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May 21 2020

Emmy Watch: Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series

byAbe Fried-Tanzer

蒂姆·布莱克纳尔逊 is surely a shoo-in for Watchmen

This category is arguably the weakest of the acting races in the limited series or TV movie fields this Emmy season, but that’s only because this TV season was filled with so many fantastic female characters.That’s a reason to celebrate, surely, but it does means that this particular category is wide open.Still, it's a good bet, in the absence of a strong field of performances, that multiple nominees will come from the most widely watched or admired shows.You'd have to go back to 2012 to find a lineup that didn’t feature at least one series or TV movie with multiple nominees in this particular category....

The past four years:

The two programs that have produced multiple nominees regularly in the past few years,American Crime StoryandFargo, won’t be back for another installment until next year.BothMrs.AmericaandLittle Fires Everywherehave many female contenders, but aside from the possibility of a nod for John Slattery(Mrs.America) or Joshua Jackson (Little Fires Everywhere), neither will factor heavily into this particular race.The series with plenty of male performances to choose from this year isHollywood, with two past Emmy winners, Jim Parsons and Darren Criss, and two past nominees, Dylan McDermott and Joe Mantello, all likely to garner votes.Jake Picking could also get in for playing a recognizable real person, Rock Hudson.We knowthis series is divisive here at The Film Experience, but some of its performers, particularly Mantello, are pretty terrific.

Amit Rahav is incredible in "Unorthodox" but will Emmy voters notice?Another show that could produce more than one nominee isWatchmen, with Tim Blake Nelson a good bet and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Louis Gossett Jr.also possible (Don Johnson wasn’t submitted by HBO).John Turturro (The Plot Against America) shouldn’t have much trouble earning a nomination, even if he’s the lone representative from his series.Nostalgic votes for Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy v the Reverend) and Jesse Plemons (El Camino) could propel either to a spot on the list.If their programs are well-received, Ray Romano (Bad Education)and Seth MacFarlane (The Loudest Voice) could benefit and find themselves nominated too.Even if his show doesn’t end up with other nominations, J.K.Simmons (Defending Jacob) might get in.If we’re talking longshots, I’ll put in a plug for the terrific work done by Jony Arbid (Our Boys) and Amit Rahav (Unorthodox), but both will have to overcome a resistance to non-English langauge performances from voters.

So, where does this leave us?WithHollywoodpotentially taking up half of the slots, are we underestimating other contenders?


Joe Mantello won a lot of MVP reviews among the men in "Hollywood" but he has internal competition

  • Darren Criss (Hollywood)
  • Joe Mantello (Hollywood)
  • 蒂姆·布莱克纳尔逊 (Watchmen)
  • Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
  • John Slattery (Mrs America)
  • John Turturro (The Plot Against America)

Who do you think will make the cut?And is that different than who you're rooting for?


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Reader Comments (5)

Very depressing to me that Jim Parsons is probably cruising to another nomination and win in a weak field, because...yikes.

My ballot (I haven’t made it to “Unorthodox” yet):

Anthony Boyle (The Plot Against America)
Titus Burgess
Joe Mantello
Nick Offerman (Devs)
Jesse Plemons

May 21, 2020 | Unregistered CommenterGabe

Dreadful category

I suspect it'll be MacFarlane, Nelson, Parsons, Slattery, Turturro and Wilkinson (BELGRAVIA).

May 21, 2020 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

I hope Darren Criss doesn't get nominated for "Hollywood." I hated "Hollywood" but I do think Joe Mantello is very deserving.I'm not as big a fan of Jim Parsons' performance as others.I thought he chewed the scenery a lot, but I might be in the minority.

May 21, 2020 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

Please, no one from Hollywood.That show is shit!

May 21, 2020 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I'm rooting for Amit Rahav.I think he's excellent.I've already seen a couple of interviews online so he's definitely campaigning.

May 21, 2020 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

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