Can anybody break the Jim Parsons/Alec Baldwin logjam in this category?
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Larry David of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Nomination Status: With empty slots available, first choice goes to the guy with four previous acting nominations.
In His Favor: It's always hard to keep track of when "Curb" is or isn't eligible for Emmys, but the fact is that when the show is eligible, Larry David *usually* receives acting nominations (but not always). I'm not sure it was the best "Curb" season, but between "Palestinian Chicken," "Mister Softee," "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox" and a couple other stand-out episodes, I think you can pretty easily cobble together a case that David was as good as ever.
Working Against Him: There have been a couple years David wasn't nominated for acting even if the show was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, so it's not a lock. Any time you're away for a year, coming back into the field can be a challenge, though David has done it before.