Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series


The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Kyle Chandler, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Bob Odenkirk, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey

The competition: Count out two of last year’s nominees, including the winner, since their shows have gone off the air: Daniels and Hamm. Of the remaining four, I think only two are strong contenders to come back: Odenkirk and Spacey, whose shows are still popular and well-regarded. While I think that he completely deserves it, I’m not sure that Schreiber will manage to return for nomination number two. I’m equally dubious about Chandler, who was here with costar Ben Mendelsohn last year for season one of his new Netflix drama. I expect that both Golden Globe additions, Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and Wagner Moura (Narcos), may join the list, though the latter isn’t a lock despite being truly excellent on the Spanish-language streaming show. Looking at experts’ predictions, no one chose both Damian Lewis (Billions) and Paul Giamatti (Billions), both of whom are past Emmy winners, but many chose one or the other. I think both will make the cut. Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl) is the other new contender who may end up with a nomination, especially considering he took home an Emmy for his last HBO role on “Boardwalk Empire.” Other possibilities include Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), a past nominee, and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) or Terrence Howard (Empire), who could finally score their first nominations after being ignored in the past.

The predicted nominees: Bobby Cannavale, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Rami Malek, Bob Odenkirk, Kevin Spacey

The predicted winner: Malek