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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Actor

By Peter Knegt and Ben Travers | Indiewire June 18, 2014 at 4:01PM

Here's our take on the best comedy actress category.
Louie C.K. and Sarah Baker in "So Did the Fat Lady"
FX Louie C.K. and Sarah Baker in "So Did the Fat Lady"

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions through August 25th, when the winners will be announced. 

If the Outstanding Comedy Actor race was simply about the programs' prominence in our culture, determined through awareness, eyeballs, and respect, then Louis C.K. would walk away with this trophy. He still might, but Jim Parsons, Matt LeBlanc, and Ricky Gervais are big enough names to give him some trouble. William H. Macy could be a sleeper pick. A newcomer to the comedy genre after "Shameless" switched submission categories, Macy could lure voters over who favor dramatic acting even in the comedy categories.

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Below are predictions for best comedy actor from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Editor Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and July 10th. Check out predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Louis CK, "Louie"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" 
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Ben's predictions:
Will win: Louis CK, "Louie"
Could win: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Should win: Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Shoulda been here: Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, "Key and Peele"

Peter's predictions:
Will win: William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Could win: Louis CK, "Louie"
Should win: Louis CK, "Louie"
Shoulda been here: Jonathan Groff, "Looking"

This article is related to: Television, Emmys, Emmy Awards, 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

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