Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Emmy Nominees: Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

My predictions: 4/6, picking Menzies and Odenkirk over Brown and Carell

Last year, the big snub in this category was Richard Madden for “Bodyguard,” and now we have something even more unthinkable: Bob Odenkirk, who had his best year yet on “Better Call Saul” and somehow didn’t make the cut. I’m also very disappointed about Tobias Menzies missing for “The Crown” since he was a huge part of what made this season so strong. Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) managed to stay in as the only regular cast member from his show nominated this year, which I don’t have a problem with even though I’d have chosen Justin Hartley for this season. I am more surprised about Steve Carell (The Morning Show), who was very good but really isn’t a lead. After watching their seasons in full for the first time, I can understand why Brian Cox (Succession), Jeremy Strong (Succession), and Jason Bateman (Ozark) are here, and I’m all for it. I’m relieved that Billy Porter (Pose) made it in but I’m sad that his show was omitted from the top category since this season really was formidable.

Who should win? This really is a strong list. I’d probably choose Cox or Porter at this point. Who will win? I think Cox takes it, but Strong might give him a challenge.

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