Saturday, June 16, 2018

Emmy Predictions 2018 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama Series?

From June 11 to June 25, 2018, voting is taking place for The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

2017 Nominees:
        Hank Azaria for Showtime's Ray Donovan
        Brian Tyree Henry for NBC's This Is Us
        Ben Mendelsohn for Netflix's Bloodline
        Gerald McRaney for NBC's This Is Us
        Denis O'Hare for NBC's This Is Us
        B.D. Wong for USA's Mr. Robot

As I state every year, it's much more difficult to guess the nominees in the guest acting categories because they change substantial each year. Yes, there are many performers who were nominated a year ago who are once again back this year for the same show and performance. And yet, they may not be slam dunks because there are other performers with just as much buzz that could get nominated. Last year This Is Us surprised everyone by getting three nominees in this field including the winner. That makes it seem like they will get multiple nominees again. Moreover, this seems like a category where Westworld or The Crown could do very well for themselves. It could also be the field where Mindhunter and The Good Fight have a reasonable shot of getting nominated. Even stuff like Homeland, Billions and The Chi have a play in this race. That's what makes it so unpredictable.

So now, here's my thoughts on the actors most likely to be nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
  1. Gerald McRaney for NBC's This Is Us
  2. Ron Cephas Jones for NBC's This Is Us
  3. Cameron Britton for Netflix's Mindhunter
  4. Matthew Goode for Netflix's The Crown
  5. Alan Alda for CBS All Access' The Good Fight
  6. Jimmi Simpson for HBO's Westworld
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Peter Mullan for HBO's Westworld
  2. Beau Bridges and F. Murray Abraham for Showtime's Homeland
  3. Michael C. Hall for Netflix's The Crown
  4. John Malkovich for Showtime's Billions
  5. Sylvester Stallone for NBC's This Is Us
  6. Common and Jahking Guillory for Showtime's The Chi
  7. Rob Reiner, Denis O'Hare and Jerry Adler for CBS All Access' The Good Fight
  8. Michael J. Fox for ABC's Designated Survivor
  9. Matthew Modine for Netflix's Stranger Things
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Edward James Olmos for Netflix's Narcos
  2. David Tennant for Netflix's Jessica Jones
  3. David Strathairn, Danny Strong and Rob Morrow for Showtime's Billions
  4. Richard Schiff for Starz's Counterpart
  5. Rainn Wilson and James Frain for CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery
  6. Ray McKinnon and Dean Winters for NBC's Law & Order: SVU
  7. Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy and Clark Middleton for NBC's The Blacklist
  8. Brian d'Arcy James for Netflix's 13 Reasons Why
  9. Ben Barnes, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jonathan Tucker for HBO's Westworld
  10. Joey Bada$$ for USA's Mr. Robot
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Clarke Peters for HBO's The Deuce
  2. Duncan Lacroix for Starz's Outlander
  3. Malcolm-Jamal Warner for Amazon's Sneaky Pete
  4. Matthew Morrison and Greg Germann for ABC's Grey's Anatomy
  5. Kenneth Choi and Guy Burnet for Starz's Counterpart
  6. Haley Joel Osment for FOX's The X-Files
  7. Rob Lowe for FOX's The Orville

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!