2016 Emmy Nomination Predictions
Bryan Cranston "All the Way"
Idris Elba "Luther"
Tom Hiddleston "The Night Manager"
Anthony Hopkins "The Dresser"
Ian McKellen "The Dresser"
Courtney B. Vance "The People Vs. OJ Simpson"
Other Contenders - Oscar Isaac "Show Me A Hero", Benedict Cumberbatch "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride", Patrick Wilson "Fargo", Bill Murray "A Very Murray Christmas", Cuba Gooding Jr. "The People Vs. OJ Simpson", Malachi Kirby "Roots", Richard Dreyfuss "Madoff", Timothy Hutton "American Crime", Ben Whishaw "London Spy", James Norton "War & Peace", Wes Bentley "American Horror Story: Hotel", Matt Bomer "American Hotel Story: Hotel", Kenneth Branagh "Wallander: The Troubled Man", Paul Dano "War & Peace", Ben Daniels "Flesh & Bone", Colin Farrell "True Detective", Vince Vaughn "True Detective", James Franco "11.22.63", Vincent Kartheiser "Saints & Strangers", Tony Shalhoub "Act One", Aaron Tveit "Grease Live", Michael Kenneth Williams "The Spoils Before Dying"
Commentary - The only two that feel safe are Vance and Cranston, who will probably battle it out for the win. This race was complicated enough for the last four slots, then The Dresser premiered, and it all got thrown for a loop. With those reviews, I don't know how voters pass up the dynamic duo of Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, but that means some pretty big names are left off. Idris Elba won the SAG, and is clearly beloved among the actors. That leaves one slot. I am going with Tom Hiddleston, because The Night Manager is relatively new, and did well with audiences and critics. But what about Oscar Isaac, previous winner Benedict Cumberbatch, Bill Murray, Patrick Wilson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Malachi Kirby, and a nominee from last year Timothy Hutton? Then there is Ben Whishaw, James Norton, the True Detective duo, Kenneth Branagh, James Franco, last year's nominee Michael Kenneth Williams, multiple Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, Ben Daniels, and Vincent Kartheiser. All of this means that there are way too many contenders for six slots, and this race is far from over.