Sunday, December 17, 2023

Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, and Chris Rock, comedians nominated at the Golden Globes, Grammys, and Emmys

I may not be posting the highlights of last night's Saturday Night Live, but I'm still blogging about comedy for the Sunday entertainment feature. The Golden Globes have returned to primetime television and will be the first major awards show, again, on January 7, 2024, beating the Critics Choice Awards on January 14, 2024. The Golden Globes, the Iowa Caucus/New Hampshire Primary of awards shows — they have to be first! This is still true under the show's new management, Dick Clark Productions, which took over the awards upon the dissolution of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Good riddance, as scandals plagued the HFPA. May Dick Clark Productions be less controversial now that they control the show.

In addition to moving the show to CBS/Paramount+, Dick Clark Productions added two new awards to the program, Cinematic and Box Office Achievement and Best Stand-Up Comedian on Television. I'll get to the former in a future post; I'm concentrating on the latter for now because it overlaps with both the Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards — three shows with one post!

Three comedians earned nominations at all three shows, Trevor Noah, Chris Rock, and Wanda Sykes. All three are nominated for Best Stand-Up Comedian on Television at the Golden Globes and Best Comedy Album at the Grammys, while Noah and Sykes are nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) at the Emmys, Rock is nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Live), and both Rock and Sykes earned nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. Congratulations!

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Now to handicap their odds of winning each award, beginning with the Golden Globes. Eight of the nine Gold Derby editors rank Chris Rock first. The one lone holdout is Joyce Eng, who picked Ricky Gervais because he is a former Golden Globes host. Joyce, I respect your opinion and take you seriously, but I think you're wrong about this award for once. The late and unlamented HFPA would have done that, but they are not the voters this time. As I keep repeating about awards shows, electorates matter. Besides, Gervais does not have a nomination at either the Emmys or Grammys. I think that matters, too.

Speaking of the Grammys, Dave Chappelle has won Best Comedy Album four times, including last year. He's also the only repeat nominee in a field that also includes Sarah Silverman in addition to Noah, Rock, and Sykes. That makes him the nominal favorite, although I'd personally prefer someone else. Sorry, no guidance from Gold Derby here. At least Noah gets to be on stage as host again!

Gold Derby is even less optimistic about the comedians' chances at the Emmy Awards. The experts there all have Chris Rock dead last for Outstanding Variety Special (Live). Five of them have Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium as their first choice, while one each picked the Tony Awards and The Oscars. Choosing the Tony Awards is pretty amazing considering the show had no writers because of the WGA strike! At least the Gold Derby experts think The Oscars will win Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special with three ranking it first and one picking the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show to win. The directors for Rock and Sykes are fourth and fifth behind Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.

Gold Derby is also pessimistic about their chances at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with three experts picking Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love and one choosing Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter for Outstanding Variety Special (Recorded). All things being equal, the Hollywood creatives will vote for a show about themselves and these picks reflect that. Besides, I suspect those two specials really are that good. Noah and Sykes are fifth and sixth in the odds behind John Mulaney: Baby J and Lizzo: Live in Concert. The comedians fare better in Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, although none of the experts picked Noah or Sykes to win. Instead, they like John Mulaney with three ranking him first while one picked Rock with Sykes in fourth.

It's time for me to eat lunch then grade my students' papers. I hope my readers found this to be as interesting to read as I did to write and research. As I often write, it's a good day when I learn something new and I learned a lot today!

Previous posts about the 2023 Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards Previous posts about the Grammy Awards

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