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Emmy Predictions: Best Voice-Over Performance

I continue my series of Emmy predictions with the programs eligible in the categories for Best Voice-Over Performance. The ballot for this category wasn’t listed on the Emmy website, so I’m taking an educated guess at who’s eligible and who could possibly be nominated. I’m going to take a look at the categories and make groupings: Tier One, Tier Two and Tier Three. Tier One placements are for people/programs that I fully expect to get an Emmy nomination. Tier Two are people/programs that are still in the running but could be left out. And Tier Three are people/programs that I don’t expect to be nominated, but they would be a little bit of a surprise. Let’s take a look at the categories…

I gathered a list of people from eligible Animated Programs, narrators from other scripted shows and non-fiction programs. This isn’t a complete list and some of these people could have even been left off the eligibility list. Here’s the list I gathered of potential nominees in Best Voice-Over Performances.

*By TV Program*
American Dad: Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal
Archer: H. Jon Benjamin, Jon Hamm, Ron Leibman, Timothy Olyphant, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter
Bob’s Burgers: H. Jon Benjamin, Kevin Kline, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal
The Cleveland Show: Reagan Gomez-Preston, Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Seth MacFarlane, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Sudeikis
Disney’s Gravity Falls: Linda Cardellini, Alex Hirsch, Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal
Disney’s Tron: Uprising: Bruce Boxleitner, Nate Corddry, Tricia Helfer, Lance Henricksen, Mandy Moore, Elijah Wood
Family Guy: Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Warburton
Futurama: John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Katey Sagal, Billy West
It’s a Spongebob Christmas!: Rodger Bumpass, John Goodman, Tom Kenny
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
The Looney Tunes Show: Fred Armisen, Bob Bergen, Jeff Bergman, Maurice LaMarche, Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
The Simpsons: Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, Yeardley Smith (Guests: Steve Carell, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Seth MacFarlane)
South Park: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Tom Hanks’ Electric City: Tom Hanks, Holland Taylor

*Other Potential Nominees*
Ed Asner, Regular Show: The Christmas Special
Seth Green, Robot Chicken
Alfred Molina, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: Enter the Dragon
Dan Povenmire, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb

David Bates, American Masters (The Day Carl Sandburg Died)
Peter Coyote, The Dust Bowl
Ron Howard, Arrested Development
Michael Murphy, American Experience (Silicon Valley)
Mandy Patinkin, American Masters (Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance)
Oliver Platt, American Experience (The Abolitionists, Death and the Civil War, AND Henry Ford)
Tom Selleck, North America
Meryl Streep, Makers: Women Who Make America
Lily Tomlin, An Apology to Elephants

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Hank Azaria, The Simpsons
Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons
Peter Coyote, The Dust Bowl
Seth Green, Robot Chicken
Maurice LaMarche, Futurama
Mandy Patinkin, American Masters

*Once again, it’s really hard to predict this category without seeing the actual ballot. Maurice LaMarche has won this category for the past two years for his various roles on Futurama. He’s a respected voice actor that works everywhere. If he wasn’t submitted for Futurama then I’m sure he’ll still get in for one of the other 10 shows he did. The Simpsons is usually good for a couple nominations here. Hank Azaria had a strong season and you can never go wrong with Dan Castellneta (even though he wasn’t nominated last year). Seth Green was another consistent nominee that was snubbed last year. I can see him making a return appearance. They also like to nominate narrators here. Peter Coyote did the latest Ken Burns project The Dust Bowl. Mandy Patinkin is my last pick, just because he’s Mandy Patinkin.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: H. Jon Benjamin, Jeff Bergman, Ron Howard, Seth MacFarlane, Oliver Platt, Dan Povenmire, Tom Selleck, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Wiig]