The competition: Sterling K. Brown’s driven son (This Is Us), Peter Dinklage’s talkative heir (Game of Thrones), John Lithgow’s Winston Churchill (The Crown), Rami Malek’s antisocial hacker (Mr. Robot), and Kevin Spacey’s corrupt politician (House of Cards).
For your information: This is Spacey’s fourth consecutive nomination, and he has won the past two years. This is also the fourth consecutive nomination for Dinklage. Malek was nominated last year, and Brown is a double nominee this year, also recognized for his performance in “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Lithgow has been nominated three times before, winning twice for “3rd Rock from the Sun.” Dinklage and Lithgow are both also contending as part of the ensembles for their shows.
Who should win: I haven’t seen Lithgow’s performance. I’d vote for Dinklage or Malek.
Who will win: Given the way this category usually goes – to returning nominees – I’d bet on Dinklage to win this year.