Emmy Nomination Preview 2012 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Can anybody break the Jim Parsons/Alec Baldwin logjam in this category?
Will Arnett of 'Up All Night'
Will Arnett, "Up All Night"
Nomination Status: With four previous nominations, Will Arnett has general voter awareness in his corner.
In His Favor: I have no idea how Will Arnett has been nominated for three Emmys for his variably funny guest appearances on "30 Rock," nor for how he only received one nod for "Arrested Development." Either way, Emmy voters know who he is and if you know what Will Arnett's standard performance is like, his work on "Up All Night" is verging on revelatory. It's the most naturalistic work he's ever done without sacrificing the funny. Plus, he's sharing most of his scenes with another Emmy favorite in Christina Applegate.
Working Against Him: "Up All Night" wasn't a hit and it wasn't universally admired by critics or audiences. Although NBC has been very successful with getting Emmy nods for *some* of its low-rated comedies, "Up All Night" may not be buzz-y enough (not that being buzz-y helps "Community").