In fact, there’s a chance he won’t even be scoring a nomination.
Sources confirm that the embattled actor — who earned four consecutive Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series nods for Two and Half Men from 2006-09 — did not submit his name by the April 29 deadline. Whether Sheen elected to take himself out of the race or — amidst the drama of the past few months, during which he changed personal representation — it merely slipped his mind remains unclear.
It sounds like it could be the latter. An Academy of Television Arts and Sciences insider confirms that Sheen’s camp — just hours after TVLine checked in with them about Sheen’s submission status — contacted Emmy brass on Tuesday to inquire about the missed deadline. And it’s a good thing they did, as Sheen’s reps were made aware of a potential and little-known loophole that would give the actor a second shot at entering the race, beginning May 18.
“The rule book states that ‘It is the responsibility of the person making the entry to list all eligible entrants,’ notes the Academy source. “TV production companies or studios or networks generally have an awards coordinator who handles most or all of the entries for a show, but with Two and a Half Men, there was no central coordinator making manifold entries. At the entry deadline of April 29, we had a number of entries for show personnel — including the principal performers — but none for Charlie Sheen. When his representative came forward [on May 3] to ask if he could be included in the cluster of performers who were already entered, we considered the above inclusionary rule applicable, because a loose confederacy of other performer reps had already submitted a partial but incomplete team of principle performers, and with Charlie we would have accomplished the rule’s letter and spirit intent of having ‘all eligible entrants’ in the fold.”
It remains unclear whether Sheen will take advantage of this second chance. Of course, let’s remember that this is the person who — in one of his many famous attacks against the CBS hitcom’s creator, Chuck Lorre — took credit for the show’s success, saying he took his boss’ “tin cans and turned them into pure gold.” So, modest he is not.
Sheen’s rep had no comment on the entire matter. A Warner Bros. insider, meanwhile, told TVLine that the studio is not responsible for submitting individual actors.