Emmys: 3 Reasons why Donald Glover will win Lead Actor

Pictured: Donald Glover as Earnest Marks. CR: Guy D'Alema/FX Atlanta
Pictured: Donald Glover as Earnest Marks. CR: Guy D'Alema/FX Atlanta /

Can anyone beat Donald Glover at this year’s Emmys? Here are three reasons why the Atlanta star will win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

It would be hard to find someone who has a better start to 2018 than Donald Glover. The multi-talented Glover played Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Under his stage name, Childish Gambino, Glover released one of the most popular music videos of the year with “This is America.” And to top it all off, Glover’s hit series Atlanta was met with widespread critical acclaim for its second season.

Last week, Atlanta was nominated for 16 Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series. Glover received five individual nominations for his work with the big one being Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Many fans and critics, myself included, believe Glover is a shoo-in to win his second straight Lead Actor Emmy. In fact, according to GoldDerby, the 34-year-old is an overwhelming favorite with his current odds at 4/9.

Will Glover take home another Emmy for his performance as “Earn” Marks in Atlanta? Here are three reasons why Glover will hoist the Emmy once again this September…

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Season two of Atlanta was better than season one

It’s hard to even comprehend that Atlanta could improve on its stellar debut in 2016. It turns out that season two, titled Robbin’ Season, was met with even more praise than its predecessor.

Atlanta: Robbin’ Season currently holds a 97 on Metacritic, which is seven points higher than the first season. Also, the critical acclaim improvement is a reflection of the Emmy nominations number, which rose from six for season one to 16 for season 2. Atlanta is one of the best shows on television and most of that is a credit to Glover’s acting, writing, directing, and producing ability.

“Teddy Perkins” is in the running for episode of the year

Atlanta is listed as a comedy, but Glover turned the series upside down with the episode, “Teddy Perkins.” In the episode, Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) attempts to pick up a free piano a mansion owned by Teddy Perkins (Donald Glover). The 41-minute episode was extremely creepy and intense as Glover played the role of Perkins in whiteface. The show was called one of the most creative episodes in not only Atlanta’s history, but for television in 2018, and that’s all thanks to genius of Glover.

Only Bill Hader is capable of upsetting Glover

From a numbers perspective, Glover has a significant advantage on most of the actors in the category. Anthony Anderson, Ted Danson, Larry David, and William H. Macy are in the Lead Acting category, but their odds of winning are super slim. The only other nomination who has a decent chance of upsetting Glover is Bill Hader in Barry. Hader’s dark comedy is coming off of a successful first season, where it was nominated for 13 Emmys. It’s unlikely that Glover loses, but if it happens, Hader is the only candidate with a fighting chance.

Next: Emmys 2018: Predicting Outstanding Drama Series Winner

Do you believe Donald Glover will win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row? Leave your predictions in the comments or tweet me @danny_giro!

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.