Five attempts at being nominated for best actor at the Emmy’s and Steve Carell still seems to be bested every time by another competitor in the same category. In 2006, his show on NBC’s The Office won the Emmy for best comedy television series , but it still didn’t help him snag the small golden statue that year. He was thought to be in the lead that year, but the Emmy went surprisingly to Tony Shaloub for his portrayal in USA Network’s Monk. Every year since has seemed to be a tradition where Carell is snubbed aside. First by Shaloub, then Ricky Gervais in HBO’s Extras, Alec Baldwin in NBC’s 30 Rock two years in a row, and last years win to Jim Parsons for his role as the ultimate geek in The Big Bang Theory.
Now, with Carell having left The Office, he has officially made it his last year as the off-the-wall “World’s Best Boss,” Michael Scott. Of course, the role was brought to life by Ricky Gervais which was originally established in Britain, it doesn’t mean Carell got lazy with his character’s personality. On the contrary, Carell truly invented a unique and ridiculous figure.
Because of Carell’s allegiance to his contract and his obligation to stick with the show without complaint, people are pushing for him to win. He could have simply fought to leave The Office if he wanted, but instead he stuck through like a champ and thus has been viewed as deserving of the 2011 Best Actor in a comedy television series. Carell is seen as an easy-to-work-with-likable guy in the show business world which makes the public want him to win.
Discussing the question of whether Carell should win an Emmy, showrunner for The Office Paul Lieberstein says, ” He certainly deserves it. I don’t think anyone on television has done as much as Steve has for The Office. No one has consistently driven both comedy and heart the way he has from moment to moment on this show. He can draw you in with tears and, at the same time, make you laugh with a joke. You can go to him as the biggest buffoon and the smartest guy in the room on the same page and make you believe both of them. He’s just so enormously talented that he has my vote.”
Comedians who have won before in the same category may be against Carell such as Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons, but there is a strong effort already being made in order to make sure Carell comes out on top. Confidentially an Academy member said, “I’ll be voting for Steve this time, and I say that before even seeing his submission. And I’ll bet I’m not the only one who feels that way.”
So, how many Emmy nominations does it take for Steve Carell to win an Emmy Award? Our fingers are crossed for six!
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