Donald Glover and Bill Hader faced off for the first of five times at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, but neither came out on top for their hosting stints on “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, Katt Williams took home Best Comedy Actor for Glover’s show “Atlanta.”
Williams was in sixth place in our odds for his performance as Earn’s (Glover) uncle Willie in the episode “Alligator Man” who imparts wisdom and a gold-plated gun to his nephew by the episode’s end. This is his first nomination and win.
Hader was our predicted winner, slightly ahead of Glover. The other nominees were Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), who was gunning for his third straight Emmy in a different category, Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).
This is the second year in a row we’ve had an upset in this category following Dave Chappelle‘s surprising win for “SNL” over presumed favorite Hugh Laurie (“Veep”) and the likes of Miranda (“SNL”) and Tom Hanks (“SNL”).
Williams’ victory, which was the final acting award given out Saturday, means all four guest acting categories went to black performers. Tiffany Haddish (“SNL”) won Best Comedy Guest Actress, Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) was named Best Drama Guest Actor and Samira Wiley gave “The Handmaid’s Tale” its second straight win in Best Drama Guest Actress.
As for Hader and Glover, their remaining four head-to-head matchups will take place at next Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards for their respective shows “Barry” and “Atlanta.” They’ll be vying for Best Comedy Actor, Best Comedy Directing — both of which Glover won last year — Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Series. Hader, unfortunately, is not favored in any of them, so this could be the only Emmy he gets this year.