The Emmy Awards are set to air on Sept. 23, and "Modern Family" will once again be a major factor. All six of the main characters on the show are nominated in the supporting categories. Past Emmy winners Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell are joined by past nominees Ed O'Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the male category, while Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara are both nominated for the third straight year in the female category. Obviously, there can only be a maximum of two winners from the whole group. However, one actor deserves the honor more than any other. If there is any justice at the 2012 Emmy Awards, Ed O'Neill will finally walk away with a trophy. Here are a few reasons why he will win the award this year.
He was the strongest actor in the third seasonIn a show that features so many strong actors, it says something that O'Neill stands above the rest. While his co-stars were all strong, there was something great about the old guy this past season. He doesn't have the flamboyance of Stonestreet or the goofiness of Burrell, but the actor made the most of his stoic presence. There were so many moments where his sweet side came through, and that's a big credit to the actor. A great example is the episode in which Mitchell spoils one of Jay's great golf memories. After Jay shares an emotional moment with his son, he reverts right back to being the same guy. Any time he interacts with a member of his family, it's hard not to laugh. It's time that his subtle approach is recognized. More than any other cast member on the show, O'Neill seems to be getting better with each passing season.
He's overdueMany people might think of "Married …with Children" as being crass, and that seems evident given the fact that O'Neill never even received an Emmy nomination for his role as Al Bundy. Still, it was a travesty that his brilliant work was never recognized in the 11 seasons that the show aired. By winning the award this year, the actor will receive some vindication. Over the years, awards shows have used supporting categories to honor veteran actors that were previously snubbed. This would be one case where that practice would be justified.
History can be madeIf O'Neill wins this year, history will be made in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. "Modern Family" would become the first sitcom to ever produce three different winners in the category. Stonestreet and Burrell have each won in the last two years, and all signs point to the show producing a third straight winner in 2012. O'Neill is clearly deserving regardless, and this bit of history might give him the boost he needs. If the Emmys are ever going to allow a sitcom to have a third winner in this category, this is the year for it to happen.
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