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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Movie   Leave a comment

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We’re now down to the lead acting contenders for the TV Movies and limited series of the past year. First up, it’s the gentlemen which contains an eclectic group of Oscar and Emmy champs as well as veterans and newbies.

Nominated last year in the Comedy Lead Actor category is Emmy winner Ricky Gervais for the Derek special. I’ve predicted him last year in a different category given how baity his performance in here is, but if that can’t even topple a fourth Jim Parsons win, I wonder how it would fare in a sea of more dramatic performances.

Veteran actor Mark Rylance received the biggest nomination of his career yet with his nod for Wolf Hall. Playing Thomas Cromwell in the Best Limited Series nominee gained him huge critical support. The only con I can see is that he’s not that big of a name as compared to the others in this category and that he’s pretty much lowkey in the initial episode of the series. That said, it’s one I can still see pulling off a win.

Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo has the baitiest role in the whole group with his one-man show performance in Nightingale. Basically, he dominates the whole series as he appears in all the scenes the whole time. This one makes him a very competitive contender and his goodwill as an uprising actor definitely helps his narrative.

Playing the lead male role in Olive Kitteridge is Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins. While the whole series (beginning with the title) belongs to Frances McDormand, Jenkins holds his own against the tour de force actress. It also helps that he’s a respected veteran who shined the most in the earlier part of the series, so while others might not finish watching it, Jenkins’ parts have been seen already.

We also have Oscar winner Timothy Hutton making a comeback with this Emmy nomination for American Crime.  As Russ Skokie, Hutton takes the dramatic gravitas of a father finding justice for his son via  avery committed performance. However, the whole series, despite being showered with lots of major nominations, have been pretty much low-key and a bit upstaged by the HBO ones.

Closing the group is another Oscar winner, 2002 Best Actor Adrien Brody, playing the icon Harry Houdini in the History adaptation of the magician’s life. Brody was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for this performance earlier this year which means he has the support from the Academy. That said, one can feel that it’s a combination of his status as an Oscar winner and the role he plays that lead to this role.

Overall, this category isn’t as slamdunk as one  might think. Richard Jenkins can easily ride the wave of olive Kitteridge (if there really is among the Academy), but Mark Rylance usually fits the glvoe of a well supported British underdog. Plus, he has the reviews to back it up. Then there’s Oyelowo who basically is on every frame of his show and Ricky Gervais can easily be a name check beneficiary. In the end, I’ll go with Mark Rylance, but watch out as if anyone who wins this might be winning this by a hair.

Prediction: Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
Alternate: Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”

Full Rankings:
01. Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
02. Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
03. David Oyelowo, “Nightingale
04. Timothy Hutton, “American Crime
05. Ricky Gervais, “Derek Special
06. Adrien Brody, “Houdini

Check my other 2015 Emmy prediction analysis here.

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67th Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination Predictions   2 comments

Before the announcement tonight, here’s a preview of the names who can expect an Emmy nominations for this year.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES:
drama series
• Better Call Saul (AMC)
• Downton Abbey (PBS)
• Empire (Fox)
• Game of Thrones (HBO)
• House of Cards (Showtime)
• Mad Men (AMC)
• Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Eighth nominee: Homeland (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama lead actor

• Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
• Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
• Terrence Howard, “Empire”
• Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
• Clive Owen, “The Knick”
• Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Seventh nominee: Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama lead actress

• Claire Danes, “Homeland”
• Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
• Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
• Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
• Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
• Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Seventh nominee: Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama supp actor

• Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
• Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
• Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
• Kit Harrington, “Game of Thrones”
• Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
• Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
Seventh nominee: Ben Mendehlson, “Bloodline”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama supp actress• Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
• Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
• Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
• Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
• Sissy Spacek, “Bloodline”
• Lorraine Toussant, “Orange is the New Black”
Seventh nominee: Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama guest actor

• Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
• Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
• Lars Mikkelsen, “House of Cards”
• Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
• David Hyde Pierce, “The Good Wife”
• Courtney B. vance, “Scandal”
Seventh nominee: Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama guest actress• Alison Brie, “Mad Men”
• Kate Burton, “Scandal”
• Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
• Diana Riggs, “Game of Thrones”
• Kiernen Shipka, “Mad Men”
• Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Seventh nominee: Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama directing

• Better Call Saul, “Uno” (Vince Gilligan)
• Boardwalk Empire, “El Dorado” (Tim van Patten)
• Game of Thrones, “Hardhome” (Miguel Sapochnik)
• The Knick, “Pilot” (Steven Soderbergh)
• Mad Men, “Person to Person” (Matthew Weiner)
Sixth nominee: Orange is the New Black, “Thirsty Bird” (Jodie Foster)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES:

drama writing

• The Affair, “Pilot” (Sasrah Treem, Hagai Levi)
• Better Call Saul, “Uno” (Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould)
• Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Money (David Benioff & D. B. Weiss)
• Mad Men, “The Milk and Money Route” (Carly Wray and Matthew Weiner)
• Mad Men, “Person to Person” (Matthew Weiner)
Sixth nominee: The Americans, “Stingers” (Larysa Kondracki)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES:

comedy series

• The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
• Louie (FX)
• Modern Family (ABC)
• Silicon Valley (HBO)
• Transparent (Amazon)
• Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
• Veep (HBO)
Eighth nominee: Episodes (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy lead actor

• Louis C.K, “Louie”
• Matt Leblanc, “Episodes”
• William H. Macy, “Shameless”
• Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley”
• Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
• Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Seventh nominee: Billy Crystal, “The Comedians”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy lead actress

• Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
• Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
• Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
• Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
• Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Seventh nominee: Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy supp actor

• Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine Nine”
• Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
• Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
• Tony Hale, “Veep”
• TJ Miller, “Silicon Valley”
Seventh nominee: Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy supp actress

• Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
• Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
• Allison Janney, “Mom”
• Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
• Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
• Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Seventh nominee: Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy guest actor

• Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
• Paul Giammatti, “Inside Amy Schumer”
• Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
• Jon Hamm, Ünbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
• Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
• Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
Seventh nominee: Mel Brooks, “The Comedians”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy guest actress• Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”
• Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
• Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
• Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
• Rita Moreno, “Jane the Virgin”
• Octavia Spencer, “Mom
Seventh nominee: Kathy Bates, “Mike and Molly”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES:

comedy directing

• Glee, “2009” (Paris Barclay)
• Louie, “Sleepover” (Louis C.K.)
• Modern Family, “Connection Lost” (Steven Levitan)
• Silicon Valley, “Two Days of the Condor” (Alec Berg)
• Veep, “Testimony” (Armando Iannucci)
Sixth nominee: Transparent, “Best New Girl” (Jill Solloway)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES:comedy writing• Episodes, “Episode 409” (David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik)
• Louie, “Bobby’s House” (Louis C.K.)
• Parks and Recreation, “One Last Ride” (Michael Schur, Amy Poehler)
• Transparent, “Pilot” (Jill Solloway)
• Veep, “Election Night” (Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche)
Sixth nominee: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “Kimmy Goes Outside” (Tina Fey, Robert Carlock)

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES:

limited series

• American Crime (ABC)
• American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
• The Honourable Woman (Sundance Channel)
• Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
• Wolf Hall (BBC America)
Sixth nominee: Texas Rising (History)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE:

tv movie

• Bessie (HBO)
• Derek: The Final Chapter (FX)
• Nightingale (HBO)
• A Poet In New York (PBS)
• Worricker (PBS)
Sixth nominee: Killing Jesus (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:

longform actor• Adrien Brody, “Houdini”
• Ricky Gervais, “Derek: The Final Chapter”
• Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
• David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”
• Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
• Kiefer Sutherland, “24: Live Another Day”
Seventh nominee: Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:

longform actress

• Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”
• Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
• Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”
• Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
• Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
• Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Seventh nominee: Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:

longform supp actor

• Michael Chiklis, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
• Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
• Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
• Jonathan Pryce, “Wolf Hall”
• Stephen Rea, “The Honourable Woman”
• Michael Kienneth Williams, “Bessie”
Seventh nominee: Michael Gambon, “The Casual Vacancy”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:

longform supp actress

• Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
• Judy Davis, “The Honourable Woman
• Janet McTeer, “Worricker”
• Mo’nique, “Bessie”
• Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
• Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
Seventh nominee: Regina King, Ämerican Crime”

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:

longform writing

• American Crime, Ëpisode One”(John Ridley)
• Bessie (Dee Rees. Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois)
• Derek (Ricky Gervais)
• The Honourable Woman (Hugo Blick)
• Olive Kitteridge (Jane Anderson)
• Wolf Hall (Peter Straughan)
Alternate: Nightingale (Frederick Mensch)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES:

longform directing• American Horror Story: Freak Show, “Monsters Among Us” (Ryan Murphy)
• Bessie (Dee Rees)
• The Honourable Woman (Hugo Blick)
• Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko)
• Texas Rising (Roland Joffe)
• Wolf Hall (Peter Kosminsky)
Alternate: Nightingale (Elliott Lester)

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES:
reality competition• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
• Project Runway (Lifetime)
• So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)
Seventh nominee: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION HOST:

reality host

• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
• Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
• Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
• Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
• Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
• Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Seventh nominee: Carson Daly, “The Voice”

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK PROGRAM

variety talk

• The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
• The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
• Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
• Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
• Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Seventh nominee: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH PROGRAM

variety sketch

• @midnight (Comedy Central)
• Comedy Bang Bang (IFC)
• Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
• Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
• Portlandia (IFC)
• Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Seventh nominee: Drunk History (Comedy Central)

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Posted July 16, 2015 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, TV

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