Brooklyn Nine-Nine just ended its eight-season run. It was a really good workplace sitcom with some sharp jokes and some memorable characters. Due to when the final season ran, it wasn’t up for this year’s Emmys, which means its final season will be up for next year’s Emmys. While I don’t expect Brooklyn Nine-Nine to win for Outstanding Comedy Series, I am holding out hope Andre Braugher will win for his work on the show.
While I was familiar with Braugher prior to Brooklyn Nine-Nine due to his reputation from Homicide: Life on the Streets and Men of a Certain Age, I had not really seen him in action. His casting felt like a coup for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and watching him in action over the years proved that.
What Braugher brought to the role of Captain Raymond Hold is gravitas. That gravitas could be used to great comedic effect. He would play the reasonable one in a room full of zany folks. Holt would be deadpan in the face of chaos. He was not just serious, but comedically serious. Take something silly and put it in Braugher’s voice and its extra funny.
Braugher nailed so many line deliveries and could be silly when need be. No character made me laugh more than Holt, and he was a perfect foil both in the way he was written and the way he was performed. Also, Braugher was the only member of the cast who had the ability to nail the serious and emotional scenes. I would squirm sometimes watching Andy Samberg or even Melissa Fumero or Terry Crews try and deliver serious lines or have gravitas. Braugher could nail it.
While I have to assess the full picture of people potentially up for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for next year, off the top of my head nobody in beating Braugher in my personal opinion. He’s also an actor that I could imagine Emmy voters loving. This is the last chance to reward him for his work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He’s been nominated four times already. Let’s make it a fifth nomination and a win in 2022.