Thursday, February 24, 2022

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series

The competition: Brian Cox (Succession), Billy Crudup (The Morning Show), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), Jeremy Strong (Succession)

For your information: The only returning nominee is Crudup, who was nominated for his show’s first season alongside costar Steve Carell. Cox was nominated in 2000 for his role in “Nuremberg.” This is the first individual nomination for everyone else, though Culkin was previously nominated for being part of the ensemble from “The Cider House Rules” and Strong won that prize last year as part of the cast from “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” At the Emmys, Crudup won for season one of his show and Strong beat Cox for season two of their series. This category has seen two nominees from a single show before but never three. Jung-jae is the first actor from a non-English show to be nominated in this category. All three represented series also have their ensembles nominated.

Who should win? It’s a good list, even if I wish more shows were represented. I would probably choose Culkin.

Who will win? While Jung-jae could benefit from a vote split, I think Strong continues his awards run.

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