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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

UPDATED: July 29, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Sweeping the televised award shows, Jason Sudeikis is a multiple Emmy nominee and “Ted Lasso” is sure to clean up. The question is, with talent scheduled to be in person, will he stick to his hoodies or will he go for the conventional tux?

If we’re looking for any possible upset contenders, “Black-ish” is up in nominations and Anthony Anderson has yet to win for his performance as Dre Johnson. Anything can happen.

The viewing platform for Emmy nominees opens on Aug. 13, with final-round voting, beginning on Aug. 19 at 9:00 am PT until Aug. 30 at 10:00 pm PT.

Check out the full rankings of the category’s nominees in the chart below.


ALL SUBMISSIONS & RANKINGS:

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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actor Comedy)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television's most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.

For wins: Four actors have won the most prizes in this category, with four in all of Emmy history - Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer, Carroll O'Connor and Jim Parsons. Fox and O'Connor have won three consecutive years. Except for Fox, Grammer ("Frasier"), O'Connor ("All in the Family") and Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") won for the same television series. Fox won three for "Family Ties" and the other for "Spin City." Four men have three times - Don Adams, John Lithgow, Tony Shalhoub and Dick Van Dyke.

For nominations: Ted Danson has the most nominations ever in this category with 14 (winning twice for "Cheers"). Alan Alda and Kelsey Grammer are next in line with 11, while Michael J. Fox, Carroll O'Connor and Tony Shalhoub have eight each.

John Goodman, Matt LeBlanc and Hal Linden have the most nominations without ever winning for lead actor in a comedy series. Goodman ("Roseanne") and Linden ("Barney Miller") were all nominated for the same series. LeBlanc's nods are split between "Friends" (3) and "Episodes" (4).

"Cheers" and "M*A*S*H" are the leading series with nominations in this category, with 11 with "Frasier" and "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975) nabbing 10. NBC has won this category the most for any network with 26, while CBS and ABC have 19 and 11 wins. Amazon Prime Video is the first and only streaming platform to win this category for Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") in two consecutive years.


2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes - Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.