Thursday, June 17, 2021

Emmy Predictions 2021 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series?

From June 17-28, 2021, voting is taking place for The 73rd 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, these are my predictions for who will be nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

For Lead Actor in a Drama Series, 104 actors were submitted for consideration. That will result in six nominees in this category when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, July 13.

Actors most likely to be nominated:
  1. Josh O'Connor for Netflix's The Crown
  2. Billy Porter for FX's Pose
  3. Sterling K. Brown for NBC's This Is Us
  4. Regé-Jean Page for Netflix's Bridgerton
  5. Matthew Rhys for HBO's Perry Mason
  6. Jonathan Majors for HBO's Lovecraft Country
Serious threats that could break through:
  1. Pedro Pascal for Disney+'s The Mandalorian
  2. Joseph Fiennes for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale
  3. Milo Ventimiglia for NBC's This Is Us
  4. Justin Theroux for AppleTV+'s The Mosquito Coast
  5. Joel Kinnaman for AppleTV+'s For All Mankind
  6. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan for Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  7. Antony Starr, Karl Urban and Jack Quaid for Amazon's The Boys
  8. Christopher Meloni for NBC's Law & Order: Organized Crime
  9. Nicco Annan for Starz's P-Valley
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Finn Wittrock for Netflix's Ratched
  2. Harry Lawtey for HBO's Industry
  3. Ben Barnes for Netflix's Shadow and Bone
  4. Jack Dylan Grazer for HBO's We Are Who We Are
  5. Forest Whitaker for Epix's Godfather of Harlem
  6. Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge for Showtime's City on a Hill
  7. Freddie Highmore for ABC's The Good Doctor
  8. Kevin Costner for Paramount's Yellowstone
  9. Elliot Page for Netflix's The Umbrella Academy
  10. Daveed Diggs for TNT's Snowpiercer
  11. Abubakar Salim for HBO Max's Raised by Wolves
Colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Josh Duhamel for Netflix's Jupiter's Legacy
  2. Andrew Koji for Cinemax's Warrior
  3. John Stamos for Disney+'s Big Shot
  4. Daniel Brühl for TNT's The Alienist: Angel of Darkness
  5. Ricardo Chavira for Netflix's Selena: The Series
  6. Steven Pasquale for Spectrum's The Bite
  7. Dylan Minnette for Netflix's 13 Reasons Why
  8. Hamish Linklater and Enrique Murciano for Amazon's Tell Me Your Secrets
  9. Toby Kebbell for AppleTV+'s Servant
  10. Jared Padalecki for The CW's Walker

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