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Alec Baldwin of '30 Rock'
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Nomination Status: Two-time winner is a lock for another nomination.
In His Favor: So far, it's hard to resent Alec Baldwin so far. He had been nominated the past three years. He probably deserved to win the first year and lost. He won the next two, though maybe you could argue Jim Parsons deserved it a bit more last year. Still, he hasn't reached that point of overstaying his welcome, since even when "30 Rock" struggles, as it did in the first half of this season, he's still pretty great. This year, though? It's harder to make the case that he deserves to win. He hasn't had the sort of standout episodes he had each of the past few years and that love triangle he was saddled with for most of the spring was iffy at best. For a nomination, though? He's still comfortably positioned as one of TV's six best comedic leading men.
Working Against Him: Only expectations and the negative comparisons between earlier "30 Rock" seasons and much of this season. Baldwin's gonna be just fine.