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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Seven nominees are jockeying for position in a real horse race in the Best Supporting Actor category.

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Quick Hits

  • Last Year’s Winner: Tony Hale, “Veep”
  • Was It an Upset? Kind of, as many suspected Tituss Burgess to take home the gold.
  • Still Eligible? Yes
  • Hot Streak: Over the past six years, two shows have dominated this category — “Veep” (2 wins) and “Modern Family” (4) — but three actors have shared the love: Tony Hale, Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell.
  • Fun Fact: Despite five nominations, Jesse Tyler Ferguson has never been able to top his fellow “Modern Family” supporting players.

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What a tight race this one is! There’s a case to be made for each and every one of these fine performers, and it may all come down to who’s the most familiar. If so, Tony Hale may find himself with a third statue. If not, we could be in for a surprise on Emmys night.

Louis Anderson got a lot of praise early this year when “Baskets” debuted, and its ratings success doesn’t hurt his chances either. Andre Braugher has snagged three straight nods for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and the beloved actor, who’s won Emmys for “Thief” (2006) and “Homicide: Life on the Streets” (1998), has yet to take home gold for a comedy. If he can, he’ll be one of the few actors to win a trophy for a drama, comedy and miniseries. Still, Keegan-Michael Key is up for “Key & Peele” for the final time. He’s been nominated before, and the show — despite 15 nominations — has never won for anything. Perhaps the Academy will recognize it in a big way this year.

Below are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for all the latest buzz and highlights from the 2016 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all the categories, as well.

The Nominees:

  1. Louis Anderson, “Baskets”
  2. Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
  3. Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
  4. Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  5. Tony Hale, “Veep”
  6. Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”
  7. Matt Walsh, “Veep”

Will Win: Tony Hale, “Veep”
Could Win: Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Should Win: Matt Walsh, “Veep”

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