Best Actor in a Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
WILL WIN: With great responsibility comes great power: Jeffrey Tambor took on the understandably freighted work of portraying Maura Pfefferman, Transparent's sorta-title character, to wide acclaim. Emmy voters are all but certain to agree.
SHOULD WIN: Tambor takes his role as a trans woman way beyond "hey look at me playing a persecuted minority" award-bait territory where many actors would have merely coasted.
ROBBED: It's a shame his in-character participation in oddcore comedians Tim and Eric's latest live tour doesn't count, because John C. Reilly's starring role Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, which took the year off, is the kind of fully committed craziness TV hasn't seen since Andy Kaufman. That aside, Andy Daly's oblivious everyman TV-show host Forrest MacNeil plumbs new depths of middle-aged white-guy disaster on a weekly basis in Review; we're sure he'd give winning an Emmy five stars.