Emmys Buzz: Jon Cryer Moves Up to Lead Actor Race – Do You Think He Made the Right Call?

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After six consecutive years of vying in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy race, Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer reportedly will submit himself in the lead category at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

As noted by the Gold Derby awards-centric website, which first reported on the change-up, both Cryer (whose camp would not confirm the move) and then-costar Charlie Sheen submitted for Lead Actor during the first two years of Men‘s run, but with zero success. After Cryer downshifted to the supporting race starting in 2006, he netted a supporting nod every single year, while Sheen went on to amass four lead nods. Win-winning!

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With Sheen “moved on” now, and the supporting comedy actor race as competitive as ever (thanks to the Modern Family men) — and, as Gold Derby points out, both Steve Carell (gone from The Office) and Matt LeBlanc (Episodes is not eligible this year) out of the mix, Cryer’s move seems prudent.

Last year’s Lead Actor in a Comedy shortlist looked like this; Parsons went on to win:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Do you think Cryer has a chance to net a nod in the Lead category? And which funny man would you like to see seize his vacancy in the supporting race?

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Comments (57)

  • Sure, why not? He’ll lose, but he wasn’t going to beat any of the Modern Family people. And this gives Max Greenfield a slot for getting a nom in the Supporting category.

    Comment by Dryden – March 10, 2012 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

      Comment by Lauren – March 10, 2012 11:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Hopefully they’ll stop nominating everyone from Modern Family. They haven’t been as good lately. Schmidt for the win indeed. :)

        Comment by Seriously – March 11, 2012 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i say damon wayans jr takes his place.

    Comment by Iago – March 10, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was my first thought too as Damon was funnier than every other guy on every other show this entire season.

      Comment by Emily – March 10, 2012 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Another AGREE! Happy Endings is one of the two funniest shows on air right now.

      Comment by heather_kaye – March 12, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who cares about him. I will never put any weight on an Emmy award again until John Noble or Anna Torv win one. Their rejection of actors/actresses on sci-fi-esque shows is getting ridiculous.

    Comment by BonesFringeFan – March 10, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree 100% with your comment about Emmy relevance and Fringe. If you’re not going to recognize the best through nomination, what’s the point?

      Comment by ScrubsGuy – March 11, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly. Some of the most popular shows around are sci-fi. I bet the Emmy selection group/voters couldn’t provide one single reason why sci-fi is “unworthy”. It’s disgraceful. The likes of Glee and Two & A Half Men are considered worthy, but Fringe and other shows like it aren’t? It’s a joke.

        Comment by BonesFringeFan – March 11, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not much of a Fringe fan, but I definitely agree about the ridiculous rejection of sci-fi/fantasy shows in general.

      Comment by Nara – March 11, 2012 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m still bitter about Mary McDonnell’s snub, especially during BSG’s 4th season.

        Comment by Matt – March 11, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If horrible Anna Torv is ever so much as nominated for an Emmy for her stinky performances on Fringe, it will devalue the entire awards process.

      Comment by Gina – March 11, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m guessing you’re vying for Snooki? If you’re going to criticize, try to use a better adjective than “stinky”.

        Comment by Emily – March 11, 2012 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love for any of the men of Parks & Rec, Cougar Town, or Happy Endings to take his spot.

    Comment by tvaddict – March 10, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • no, I still see his character as a supporting actor. Regardless of which category he enters I do not see him winning – haven’t liked the writing for his character in awhile. More pathetic – less funny.

    Comment by allie8 – March 10, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No. The show is barely tolerable and all gas, farts, little boy jokes. And hs character has gone beyond loser.

    Comment by Barbara Darlin – March 10, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. When Alan had to pay alimony to Judith, he had a reason to live at Charlie’s house. He was a successful chiropractor who did not have a lot of money left over due to the alimony payments. His financial problems were situational and not a reflection of his character. Instead of developing new problems and obstacles for Alan, the writers just turned him into a loser who can barely support himself.

      Comment by harmoney – March 11, 2012 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Certainly agree about the part of “character has gone (insert far) beyond loser”
      The character of Alan has just about totally driven me from watching
      the show. Really, is anyone more grating on the nerves?

      Well, possibly Schmidt on New Girl, but that’s about it.

      I thought that when they were contemplating their options last spring with regards to 2 1/2 men, that they could have simply had the 1/2 man refer to Alan.
      After all, he has been less that a man for 7 years.

      Comment by J.Norman – March 11, 2012 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cryer can enter as a leading man but he won’t win. There are too many other actors who are funnier, more charming and on better shows. Men has gone steadily downhill without Sheen and Cryer just doesn’t have what it takes to be considered leading man material.

    Comment by Kat – March 10, 2012 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. And while I’m at it, what an arrogant s.o.b. Cryer must be to have submitted for lead actor the first two years of TAAHM when he was obviously a supporting character. “Ducky” is a mediocre actor at best who got a lucky break. If not for Charlie Sheen and his ability to tackle Charlie Harper with such charismatic aplomb, this has-been would have been delegated to a never-was in record time. What an ungrateful pig who thinks so very highly of himself.

      Comment by april-ann – March 11, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not funny, shouldn’t win.

    Off topic but I still can’t believe Episodes was nominated for ANYTHING. That show is awful

    Comment by jenna – March 10, 2012 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Episodes wasn’t nominated. Matt LeBlanc was, and he was pretty good.

      Comment by Michael – March 10, 2012 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Episodes was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, along with Louie, 30 Rock, The Office, and Modern Family.

        Comment by ... – March 11, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Ron swanson or Andy from parks and rec don’t get nomination am really ganna think this thing is riged and Amy pohler should totally win this year I was her idea to do the beueaty pagent bit last year witch was the highlight of the emmys and she does amazing work on parks and rec come on people at emmys she deserves it!

    Comment by dot – March 10, 2012 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Your entire post is an indictment of the American educational system.

      Comment by Parker – March 11, 2012 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ….I love you for saving me from having to write this (and I’m an 18 year-old American!).

        Comment by Tia – March 11, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Poor grammar, yes. Dot is absolutely correct, however. The people on Parks and Rec deserve nominations (and wins) much more than Jon Cryer.

        Comment by Lindsey – March 12, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He can do whatever he wants. We all know this award will be going to jim parisons. Which btw he deserves

    Comment by Mh – March 10, 2012 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think it matters anyway. Jim Parsons is going to win again. If anything it just allows another victory for Modern Family.

    Comment by matthew c – March 10, 2012 09:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lead actor should go to parsons and supporting actor nominees should be wayans jr. pudi, glover o’neill, and burrell with wayans jr. or glover winning it.

    Comment by josh – March 10, 2012 10:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well since three of the nominees won’t be nominated and thier were a ton of new great comedies and because two half men sucks now he won’t get a nod and a lot of unexpected picks will

    Comment by Matt – March 10, 2012 10:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joel McHale, Danny Pudi and Donald Glover should all win this award before this boring man does.

    Comment by Evelyn – March 10, 2012 10:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hopefully one of them will. Anyone else than the terribly overrated Parsons winning is going to be fine than me. He already has at least one Emmy too many.

      Comment by Angie – March 11, 2012 06:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Beat me to it. Completely agree with you.

      Comment by Angela – March 11, 2012 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sure, since it means there’s a slot of Nick Offerman or Danny Pudi. Though I still say Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet don’t need nominations, so there should be THREE spots open.

    Comment by Carmichael – March 10, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s gonna get a nomination, for sure. That category is often one of the weakest ones, thanks to the voters who fail to nominate standout performers such as Joel McHale. I’m actually happy he did that – now this opens up a spot in the supporting category for someone who *isn’t* on Modern Family.

    Comment by Chmarin – March 10, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joel McHale should be nominated this year

    Comment by Lat – March 11, 2012 01:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Episodes not eligible this year?

    Comment by Vack – March 11, 2012 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The eligibility period is June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012. EPISODES wrapped its first season in February 2011, and Season 2 remains unscheduled/certainly won’t premiere in time.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – March 11, 2012 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It aired last year and is not airing again until later in 2012.

      Comment by Tommy – March 11, 2012 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All I care about is Joel McHale being nominated after being snubbed two years in a row.

    And hey, if Jon Cryer is taking himself out of Supporting Actor contention, then there’s room for Donald Glover or Danny Pudi on that list.

    Comment by Christie – March 11, 2012 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This nomination needs to go to Danny Pudi, Nick Offerman, or Simon Helberg.

    Comment by R – March 11, 2012 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jon has won best supporting actor, the year Neil Patrick harris should have finally won, so maybe his opening will open the slot for Neil.

    Comment by Jake – March 11, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He´s not going to win, jim parsons will, and he should. Also Johnny Galecki should be out of the race in any category, I like Leonard but this season he had 0 storys. For the supporting Simon Helberg killed it on TBBT and also max Greenfield is great on new girl

    Comment by Lu – March 11, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHATEVER! Still don’t cares!
    I’m tired of the Emmy’s, always the same peoples who win each year..
    Unless, they create a nw category “Nominated each year & been robbed every year” and GIVE finally an Emmy to HLaurie, I’ll probably watch…
    Plus, maybe the ceremony will be more fun if thoses who have won already(specially thoses who had more than 2 for the same roles) retract theirs names of the categories, to make places for thoses who deserve to be included or thoses who never win…
    But, till then, I’ll probably DVR the whole thing too long, too boring…predictable each year!

    Comment by J – March 11, 2012 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds great i am such a big fan and i hope he wins.

    Comment by Aidan Williams – March 11, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s cool, he’s earned his stripes, but he’ll still lose to Jim Parsons or one of the Modern Family guys.

    Comment by JohnDoe – March 11, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I still think he’s chances suck. Between Baldwin or Parsons on of them will probably walk away with it. It’s better than supporting since the Entire Modern Family cast Men and Women agreed to sumit themselves as supporting they will continue to clean up.

    Comment by Tori – March 11, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good riddance, that opens up a spot for Ron f’ing Swanson or Danny Pudi or Donald Glover. Ideally for me, the race would be between those 3, plus Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Neil Patrick Harris. But then I wouldn’t know who to root for.

    Comment by Amber – March 11, 2012 10:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My bet is that he gets the nomination, only because Sheen’s not there and just to make it seem like Men has trully moved on from its Sheen years, but he will never get the win no matter with who he will be up against. So sure, why not let him have a nomination so we can go on with some more interesting news?

    Comment by Julie – March 12, 2012 04:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I totally second the comments about Torv and Noble deserving Emmys!
    They have delivered that caliber of performance throughout the series and are deserving.

    Cryer can do what he wants. If Parson’s is nominated in that category (which I would assume he again will be) I don’t think Cryer would stand a chance.

    Comment by kirads09 – March 12, 2012 05:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It doesn’t matter what Cryer does. Jim Parsons has been phenomenal this season and is a lock to win again.

    Comment by Abe Froman – March 12, 2012 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He won’t even get a nomination. His character is just awful.

    Comment by Erin – March 12, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No way will Jon Cryer win or even be nominated. His character is really poor. It is truly ONLY a supporting role. He’s dreaming.

    Comment by Mary – March 12, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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