Here’s Who We Think Will Take Home These 2019 Comedy Emmy Awards Vs. Who Deserves It
The 2019 Emmy Awards are right around the corner. Every year, the greatest TV shows, along with the stars and creators of those series, are honored. But sometimes, the award doesn’t go to the right person. Here’s a look at who we think will win this year, and who really deserves the Emmy.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Who’s going to win? That’s pretty easy. It’s going to be Veep. The long-running HBO hit recently aired its final season, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will (typically) honor final seasons with the award.
But guess what other show has come to an end? The surprise BBC/Amazon hit Fleabag. Yes, there were only two seasons of Fleabag. And this is the only one that was nominated. But this groundbreaking series deserves all of the awards — especially this one.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
This category is stacked. It would legitimately be difficult to go wrong here. But the Academy may very well choose to honor Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep) in her last year. And honestly, this is only one of two wrong options in this category.
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) all deserve this award equally. They should split it, Mean Girls-style. However, we’re going to give the slight edge to Waller-Bridge as the most deserving by a hair.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Though you can argue that this Academy is a bit better at this than the one the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (who select the Oscars nominees and winners), it seems like old white dudes tend to dominate this category. And typically, they select the most “highly regarded” of those dudes. In this case, that would be Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method.
But honestly — how many of you actually watched that show? Like Barry, it’s one of those series that seems to be made by Hollywood, for Hollywood. On the flipside, Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian series that’s finally getting recognition after its fifth season and subverts many of the usual tropes. Despite Eugene Levy being very much an old white dude, we think he’s deserving.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
It hardly seems fair to put Kate McKinnon, who plays many, many different characters on Saturday Night Live every week, up against the rest of these women, who meticulously hone one persona for months at a time. Even so, she’s probably going to win.
There are plenty of standout women here who all deserving. But we’re going to say have to give the most praise to Sian Clifford’s Claire in Fleabag. Claire is an exceptionally layered character who goes from being a grating presence in the main character’s life to the most relatable person on screen. Please, someone, give Clifford all of the awards.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Half of the nominees here are from Barry, so if you’re playing the odds, you’re going to guess that an actor from that series will take home this prize. However, our money’s on Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method) (see earlier comment about prestigious old white men).
But if you were betting based solely on performance, your money should be on a Tony to get this Emmy. Tony Shaloub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Tony Hale (Veep) are treasures of the comedy world. It’s hard to say which is more deserving, but we’d really like to see Shaloub get his first Primetime Emmy since his Monk days.