Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Look at: Actor in a Miniseries/Movie

Kenneth Branagh has been here a few times before, and has won for a much better performance. In a weaker year he might be an easier pick, but not this one.

Kiefer Sutherland actually did a great job in 24: Redemption, but the overall lack of love for either the movie or the show, hurts his individual chances.

Kevin Kline is quirky and eccentric in Cyrano de Bergerac, but I think he was outdone this year by a few of the nominees, and probably won’t get a trophy this year.

Brendan Gleeson did an excellent job as Winston Churchill, but Albert Finney, in my opinion was much better a couple of years ago for The Gathering Storm, and some Emmy voters may think it is too soon for history to repeat itself.

For months I though Kevin Bacon was going to win for his role in Taking Chance. I still think he has a decent shot, but its subtlety can actually be a deterrent, simply because award’s voters like flashy performances, and while it was a great performance, it definitely wasn’t flashy.

So that leaves me with the great Sir Ian McKellen. His role was flashy, and very baity, and seeing as he has never won an Emmy, I think voters will take this opportunity to honor a legend in his own right, and maybe see a standing ovation.

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