Three Actors that Could Have Submitted themselves for Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2011 Emmy Awards
1. Ed O’Neill
“Jay! Jay! JAY!”
He’s definitely my top choice for this topic. It is crazy that Golden Globe nominee Ed O’Neill has never been nominated at the Emmy Awards, not even for playing Al Bundy on Marriage with Children, which I think is a crime.
During the first season of Modern Family, O’Neill acted well and was funny to watch, but he was outshined by nearly every male cast member. But Season 2 shows improvement in O’Neill’s character in terms of humor, entertainment value and likability, among other things. And this time, he’s got much better episodes to showcase his talent. Now he could be considered among the best along with fellow castmates Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.
To go on with this, remember Friends? I know it sounds kind of dumb to ask people if they still remember Friends due to its reruns, but Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) were easily the lead characters of that show. Yet, both actors agreed to consider themselves in the same level as their fellow cast members and they ended bidding in the Supporting Actor category until the show ended. Applying this to Modern Family, Jay and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) are easily the main characters given how Jay is the connection to the other two families in the show.
At the Emmy Awards, all the male actors from the show are submitting themselves in the supporting actor field — Burrell and Stonestreet would most likely repeat again, but O’Neill would get screwed over due to competition within his cast members as well as competition from other actors like Chris Colfer, Nick Offerman, Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Cryer, etc. If O’Neill would have submitted himself in the lead actor category this year, not only could O’Neill get an Emmy nomination with the greatest ease, but he would end up being an actual threat to Baldwin, Parsons and Carell. I believe he could even win the big prize. He would not only deserve it, but it would be a nice moment to see.
There you go. My three picks for who I think could have submitted themselves to the lead actor category.
Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Comment here.
Is there any other comedy actor submitted in the suporting actor category that you think they could have made a move to the lead actor category?