The Emmys giveth — and the Emmys snatcheth and grabbeth like a petty thief on a city sidewalk.
Exhibit A: The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series four out of the last five years, who finds himself completely shut out of a nomination in 2015.
The bad news for Parsons, of course, is excellent news for awards-show audiences that like a little variety in the stauette-distribution process.
There’ll be three newcomers from freshman series attempting to crash the party in the noisiest way possible: The Last Man on Earth‘s Will Forte (previously nominated for writing on Late Show with David Letterman and guest-starring on 30 Rock); Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor (nominated six prior times as Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his work on Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show); and black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson (his first career nod).
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Four of the men who’ve played bridesmaid to Parsons in recent years are hoping it’ll be their turn to take the
altar podium: Louie‘s Louis C.K. (in the running for the fifth straight time), House of Lies‘ Don Cheadle (on his fourth straight nod), Episodes‘ Matt LeBlanc (his fourth nod in five years), and Shameless‘ William H. Macy (for the second consecutive year).
What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine actors when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 20? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to justify your pick!