Will a Silicon Valley savant or a Master of None be triumphant on Emmy night?
That’s the question heading into the race for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series as first time hopefuls Thomas Middleditch and Aziz Ansari find themselves pitted against four returning nominees. Should Ansari lose to Middleditch or any one of his competitors, he could still walk away a winner as an executive producer of None, which is up for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor is looking for a repeat win following his victory last year in this category. He is joined by fellow returning nominees Anthony Anderson and Will Forte, both of whom have zero Emmys to their name. Of the two, the black-ish star would appear to have the edge given the multiple nods his ABC sitcom scored (including for comedy series and lead actress Tracee Ellis Ross). Forte, meanwhile, is Last Man‘s sole nominee.
Last but certainly not least, William H. Macy returns with his 12th career nomination. The two-time Emmy champ previously won for writing and starring in the 2002 TV-movie Door to Door; he has yet to pick up a statue for Shameless.
What would you do if you had the opportunity to recognize one of these esteemed actors when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 18? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to defend your pick.
Every day for the next couple of weeks, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win?” Emmy poll, so visit TVLine.com daily to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s most distinguished honor. (For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.)