Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 Emmy Contenders: Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries

2014 Contenders
Matt Bomer "The Normal Heart"
Jim Parsons "The Normal Heart"
Alfred Molina "The Normal Heart"
Taylor Kitsch "The Normal Heart"
Joe Mantello "The Normal Heart"
Jonathan Groff "The Normal Heart"
John Goodman "Dancing on the Edge"
Martin Freeman "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Blair Underwood "The Trip to Bountiful"
Colin Hanks "Fargo"
Keith Carradine "Fargo"
Oliver Platt "Fargo"
Frank Langella "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"
Danny Glover "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"
Denis O'Hare "American Horror Story: Coven"
Danny Huston "American Horror Story: Coven"
Evan Peters "American Horror Story: Coven"
Sam Shepard "Klondike"
William Hurt "Bonnie and Clyde"
Jon Hamm "Clear History"
Bill Hader "Clear History"
Michael Keaton "Clear History"
Tim Robbins "The Spoils of Babylon"
Will Ferrell "The Spoils of Babylon"
Jason Isaacs "Rosemary's Baby"
Ving Rhames "A Day Late and a Dollar Short"
Mekhi Phifer "A Day Late and a Dollar Short"

Commentary - In an interesting twist this year both the TV Movie/Miniseries supporting races this year feature casts that could literally sweep the nominations. For Supporting Actress (as previously mentioned) it is the cast of American Horror Story: Coven. In this race it is the extremely deep cast of The Normal Heart which threatens to make an incredible impact on the nominations. While we will not know for a few weeks the quality of the final product, it does look like the performances (based on the play and early buzz) of Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer are the early front runners. But do not discount stage veterans Joe Mantello and Jonathan Groff, acting favorite Alfred Molina, or young star Taylor Kitsch. Beyond this cast, there are a plethora of picks, including many veterans. Emmy-winner John Goodman for his scene-stealing turn in Dancing on the Edge. Martin Freeman returns here, and could pull off a win, as a prize for both his role in Sherlock and for his role in Fargo, which could make him a double nominee this year. Speaking of Fargo, Colin Hanks and Keith Carradine are sure to be in the conversation. Blair Underwood deserves a nomination for his role in The Trip to Bountiful. Anybody that can hold their own against Cicely Tyson is worthy of recognition. While the women of AHS: Coven are going to clean up this year, the men might not be so lucky. Evan Peters and Denis O'Hare, both veterans of the show, also have unfortunate story lines this year where neither get to talk. While Jean Dujardin winning an Oscar for The Artist proved that even silent roles can win awards, I just don't see it happening this time. But Danny Huston could be a dark horse, as his scenes with Jessica Lange certainly gave this season some fireworks. Also in the running are Frank Langella and Danny Glover for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, William Hurt in Bonnie and Clyde, and the guys from Clear History, The Spoils of Babylon, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short.

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