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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

As if giving us Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess) weren’t enough, creator Tina Fey had to go and throw another delusional Jane Krakowski character and Carol Kane as a conspiracy theorist landlady into the mix. We already loved Fey for “Mean Girls” and casting Elaine Stritch in “30 Rock,” how can we ever repay her now?

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The past winners: Tony Hale took home his first Emmy on his first try. After earning his long-delayed nomination in 2013, the former “Arrested Development” star has been nominated every year since then for his role as the devoted bagman Gary on “Veep.” A consistent favorite to win, Hale has gone up against “Modern Family” star Ty Burrell in each of the last three years — and lost once. Burrell is on his sixth year-in-a-row with an Emmy nod, and already has two total wins under his belt. But even that impressive track record doesn’t compare to Andre Braugher, a nine-time nominee and two-time winner looking to pull in his third Emmy and first for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Can any of these three popular vets take home another piece of gold for their trophy case?

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The past nominee: Adam Driver is zero for two at the Emmys, but he’s got a few things working in his favor this year. For one, he’s the only series regular on “Girls” to land a nomination in 2015. For another, he’s a hot Hollywood commodity, appearing in the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel and a number of other anticipated features on the way. Maybe the TV Academy will want to keep things trendy and give Driver his due.

The newcomers: Tituss Burgess and Keegan-Michael Key couldn’t have gone about earning their nominations more differently. Burgess exploded onto the scene in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” owning the part of Kimmy’s new roommate and fame-hungry actor Titus Andromendon with a fresh conviction that made for a memorable and affecting onscreen presence. Also, you would have been hard-pressed to pick him out of a lineup before seeing him in “Unbreakable.” Keegan-Michael Key, meanwhile, has been a popular character actor and comedian for some time, appearing in “Reno 911,” “MADTv,” “Fargo,” “Parks and Recreation” and a number of feature films. Before busting onto the scene with the sketch comedy series “Key & Peele,” many entertainment fans would have at least recognized his face if not remembered one of his creatively-captured characters. Does one background have an edge over the other? We shall see.

Below are predictions for who will win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Critic Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change ’em up between now and September, and stay up-to-date on all the races with our predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”

Ben’s predictions:
Will win: Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Could win: Tony Hale, “Veep”
Should win: Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”
Shoulda been here: Sam Waterston, “Grace and Frankie”

Peter’s predictions:
Will win: Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Could win: Tony Hale, “Veep”
Should win: Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Shoulda been here: Robert Michael Morris, “The Comeback”

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