Monday, January 21, 2019

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series

The competition: Jason Bateman’s protective patriarch (Ozark), Sterling K. Brown’s loyal father and brother (This Is Us), Joseph Fiennes’ domineering commander (The Handmaid's Tale), John Krasinski’s secret agent (Jack Ryan), and Bob Odenkirk’s inventive lawyer (Better Call Saul).

For your information: Brown won last year and was nominated the year before for his role in “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Bateman contended last year and was previously nominated in 2004 and 2013 for his role on “Arrested Development.” This is Odenkirk’s third nomination, and he previously won as part of the “Breaking Bad” ensemble. Fiennes was nominated in 1998 for his film performance in “Shakespeare in Love” and contended last year as part of his ensemble. This is the first solo nomination for Krasinski, who won twice as part of the ensemble from “The Office.” All but Krasinski are also nominated as part of their ensembles, and Brown has a second ensemble bid for his work in the film “Black Panther.” From 2010 to 2015, this category saw three back-to-back winners.

Who should win? I haven’t seen any of Bateman’s work this season, and only saw the pilot of Krasinski’s show. Brown and Odenkirk are always great, and Fiennes had a particularly strong plotline this year, so I’m fine with any of those three.

Who will win? I think Brown repeats history and wins again.

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