Not much unlike last year, unsurprisingly so, the race this year too is going to be squarely set between major characters from returning shows, fact being that most of them have already secured nominations before in the same roles. The only big shakeup I see from last year’s lineup is that the winner from 2018, an incredible Matthew Rhys won’t be returning this year, with ‘The Americans’ having aired its final season last year.
‘Westworld’ was another popular show, also an award circuit favourite that won’t be returning within the eligibility window for this year, with the next season scheduled for 2020, thus rendering Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris ineligible too. The other major shakeup I expect is from ‘Game of Thrones’, that is increasingly getting difficult to predict given its almost decade long tryst with the Emmys and given how its final season has turned out. Nothing is for certain even now, but the show might finally did bag a nomination in the lead actor category.
While we discuss the individual strength of all these nominees as we read about them in the following writeup, the nominations anyway had little to no chance of landing up outside this bracket. Predicting winners, however, will be a completely different ballgame altogether. You see, the thing with uniformly good performances over years is that you surely know who is going to be running in the race. However, when it comes to deciding the winner, everyone would then seem to have a worthy claim or a plausible shot at the title. That being said, read on to find out our predictions for the best actor nominations for a Drama series at the Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Brian Cox, Succession
WIth Kit Harington’s sure shot nomination on the cards since the beginning despite how the last season performed, I wasn’t anyway sure about this one. Brian Cox playing the patriarch in ‘Succession’, due for a second season renewal this year, ultimately didn’t land a nomination despite being pretty great in the role. Its first season, while not exactly a home run, proved to be right among the top for HBO’s excellent slate of shows. Plus, the show remained largely snubbed at the Golden Globes last year. While that was mostly an indication of a show’s fate at the Emmys, I was hoping that ‘Succession’ might have just made a comeback. Clearly, that wasn’t the case.
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Richard Madden’s big win at the Golden Globes last year seemed to seal a nomination call for him at the Emmys, but it turned out quite the opposite. The British espionage drama has earned rave reviews but was mostly seen as populist affair until it sweeped major nominations at nearly all award shows, surprising virtually everyone, including me. ‘Bodyguard’ has made a place for itself, in the best drama series category, but fans of Richard Madden would be disappointed, despite BBC and its American streaming partner Netflix putting up a strong campaign,