Monday, March 29, 2021

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), Josh O’Connor’s Prince Charles (The Crown), Bob Odenkirk’s inventive lawyer (Better Call Saul), and Regé-Jean Page’s bachelor duke (Bridgerton).

For your information: The only returning nominee from last year is Brown, who won three years ago and also previously contended for “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Bateman and Odenkirk are both back after their shows took a year off the air. Bateman won the last time he was nominated, his second bid for this show, and was also nominated twice before for “Arrested Development.” Odenkirk has three previous nominations, and won as part of the “Breaking Bad” ensemble. O’Connor, who won last year as part of his ensemble, earns his first solo nomination. This is Page’s first nomination. All but Brown contend as part of their ensembles, though Brown’s show has actually won the ensemble prize twice in the past (he also won as part of the “Black Panther” ensemble in 2018). From 2010 to 2015, this category saw three back-to-back winners. O’Connor won the Golden Globe, defeating Bateman and Odenkirk.

Who should win? I only watched the first episode of “Bridgerton,” and I can’t say that I remember any of the characters or players. This is a fine list otherwise, and I think I’d choose Odenkirk over the rest.

Who will win? It could easily be Bateman or Brown again, or O’Connor, but I’m going to bet on Odenkirk to finally win for the season that somehow didn’t manage to earn him an Emmy nomination.

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