Saturday, June 15, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama Series?

From June 10 to June 24, 2019, voting is taking place for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As such, it's fun to look at which actors and shows have the best chances of actually being nominated this year. So, here is how I see the race for Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

2018 Nominees:
        F. Murray Abraham for Showtime's Homeland
        Cameron Britton for Netflix's Mindhunter
        Matthew Goode for Netflix's The Crown
        Ron Cephas Jones for NBC's This Is Us (WINNER)
        Gerald McRaney for NBC's This Is Us
        Jimmi Simpson for HBO's Westworld

The guest acting categories can always be difficult to judge because they receive so much turnover. Plus, the voters aren't always predictable. Sometimes, name recognition is all it takes to enter the field. Other times, strong character actors who deliver notable performances actually get in and walk home with the prize. As such, my predictions are a mix of those who have previously won or gotten nominated as well as people who gave some of the most notable performances in their respective series. This is one of only two acting categories The Handmaid's Tale found a technicality to enter this year. That should very much work in its favor - especially since it's for Bradley Whitford. Meanwhile, This Is Us seems incredibly likely to have multiple nominees in this field just like it has for the past two years. It's all just determining which performers seem the most likely. Plus, this finally seems like the year that Michael McKean will get recognized for the brilliant work he did on Better Call Saul. That would make for one fantastic moment come nominations morning.

So now, here are the actors most likely to be nominated:
  1. Bradley Whitford for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale
  2. Ron Cephas Jones for NBC's This Is Us
  3. Michael McKean for AMC's Better Call Saul
  4. Denis O'Hare for NBC's This Is Us
  5. Christopher Meloni for FX's Pose
  6. Jeremy Allen White for Amazon's Homecoming
Next are some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Griffin Dunne and Michael Angarano for NBC's This Is Us
  2. Alan Alda, Tituss Burgess, John Cameron Mitchell and Chris Sullivan for CBS All Access' The Good Fight
  3. James Cromwell and Eric Bogosian for HBO's Succession
  4. Dylan McDermott and BD Wong for FX's American Horror Story: Apocalypse
  5. Alan Alda for Showtime's Ray Donovan
  6. Dermot Mulroney for Amazon's Homecoming
  7. John Cho, Greg Kinnear, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris O'Dowd, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Steven Yeun for CBS All Access' The Twilight Zone
  8. Mahershala Ali, Michael Shannon, Brian Tyree Henry and Rainn Wilson for HBO's Room 104
  9. Andrew Lincoln for AMC's The Walking Dead
  10. Wagner Moura for Netflix's Narcos: Mexico
Here are some considerable long-shots:
  1. Common for Showtime's The Chi
  2. John Malkovich for Showtime's Billions
  3. Lars Mikkelson for Netflix's House of Cards
  4. Bruce Campbell for AMC's Lodge 49
  5. Glynn Turman for ABC's How to Get Away With Murder
  6. Daniel Dae Kim for ABC's The Good Doctor
  7. John Stamos for Lifetime's You
  8. Noah Taylor for Amazon's Hanna
  9. Julian Barratt for BBC America's Killing Eve
  10. Carl Weathers and Wallace Shawn for NBC's Law & Order: SVU
And finally, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Jon Cryer for The CW's Supergirl
  2. Lou Diamond Phillips for Amazon's Goliath
  3. Bradley Whitford for Pop's Flack
  4. Jim Carter for History's Knightfall
  5. James Frain for CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery
  6. Michael Imperioli for History's Project Blue Book
  7. Josh Lucas for Paramount's Yellowstone

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