Thursday, July 12, 2018

Emmy Nominees: Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

My predictions: 4/6, picking Kit Harington and J.K. Simmons over Bateman and Harris

I’ll admit that I’m surprised by one inclusion in this category: Ed Harris (Westworld), who I had predicted to be nominated last year in the supporting race and didn’t expect would now show up this year in a more contested race. I also may have to check out some of the work of Jason Bateman (Ozark) if he submitted anything other than the pilot. The other four were expected repeat nominees from last year, with Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) earning a promotion to the lead race and joining Matthew Rhys (The Americans) on his final nomination and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) and last year’s winner Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us). I’m disappointed that J.K. Simmons didn’t make the cut – he would have been a great addition to this category. Also of note is that Freddie Highmore wasn't nominated, but I didn't expect his series to be true Emmy fare.

Who should win? I can’t comment much on Bateman’s performance, but I think I’d probably give this to Wright.
Who will win? My money is on Ventimiglia.

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