Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Emmy Nomination Predictions - Best Actor in a Drama Series

2018 Nomination Predictions
Sterling K. Brown "This is Us"
Kit Harrington "Game of Thrones"
Matthew Rhys "The Americans"
Liev Schreiber "Ray Donovan"
Milo Ventimiglia "This is Us"
Jeffrey Wright "Westworld"

Other Contenders - Freddie Highmore "The Good Doctor", Ed Harris "Westworld", Jason Bateman "Ozark", J.K. Simmons "Counterpart", Rami Malek "Mr. Robot", Jonathan Groff "Mindhunter", Paul Giamatti "Billions", Damien Lewis "Billions"

Commentary - So we know there are several slots to fill. If we assume that Brown, Rhys, Ventimiglia, and Schreiber return, which are safe bets at this point, this leaves us two slots. Of course last year they managed to have a tie for a seventh slot. Spacey is not eligible (and wouldn't have been submitted if he were), Odenkirk is not eligible, and Hopkins has dropped down to supporting. In those two slots I am putting, first, Jeffrey Wright. He was nominated last year in supporting, and had an incredible year this year on Westworld, definitely earning his lead bump up. I think this show, and this Emmy-winning actor, are going to inspire a lot of votes. In the final slot, I am putting previous nominee Kit Harrington in his jump to lead. We do not need to underestimate Game of Thrones, and his character had a lot to do this season (for those who've seen it, no pun intended). A lot of folks are banking on Freddie Highmore, but is that show really going to capture Emmy votes? Ed Harris didn't get in last year, but he had so much more to work with, and J.K. Simmons is an Oscar winner in a juicy role. Bateman probably screwed himself, Malek didn't make it last year, and two Emmy winners couldn't inspire people to vote for Billions. I think its Harrington's slot to lose.

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