Along with a recent category that I predicted, for the best actress in a comedy series, this is one category that I seriously think is overcrowded with the sheer number of possible entrants and quality talent brimming. It could also be due to the fact that this one is the only category to award a single actor from two categories that have separate awards for themselves: the best TV movie and the best miniseries/limited series, and we essentially have to predict from twice the lot, meaning twice the number of eligible actors to choose from, all new since this category won’t have recurring candidates, and twice the onus as the excitement.
This year’s race is shaping up to be an increasingly interesting one, and just the names of stars in there is bound to cause a frenzy at the red carpet of the ceremony. I am personally a fan of most of the predicted nominees, and with the inclusion of respected veterans in the race, this one is going to be almost a celestial battle in nature. Infact, this year’s lineup is nothing like last year’s: every single name in the list is both a potential surprise and a force to reckon with. None of the contestants from ‘Fargo’, ‘Genius’, ‘American Crime Story’ or ‘American Horror Story’ would be forming part of this year’s list, but even without them, we have a sufficiently stellar list of nominees, including BAFTA and Oscar winners! I cannot simply contain my excitement as I present to you the list of final nominees- and my predicted winner for this year’s Emmys for Best Actor in a limited series/TV Movie at the Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Jonah Hill, Maniac
‘Maniac’ from Cary Fukunaga which I thought was a great show, easily the best one to look at from last year, given its neon retro vibe that filled my screen with more colours than I thought it was capable of, quickly fell in popularity shortly after it completed its run, even though it remained available for streaming on Netflix. Its reviews too, although mostly positive including mine, were not as unanimous: its series of winning reviews eventually upset by a substantial audience who praised the style but criticised the substance. Coming to the performances, Jonah Hill did some excellent work here, and while he wasn’t in my top six predicted nominees earlier anyway, he could have easily been the surprise of the year. Hill didn’t make the cut, but it is endlessly endearing to see ‘Seth’ from ‘Superbad’ being in the running for awards by virtue of some mature, fantastic work. Talk about development as an actor!
Ian McShane, Deadwood
‘Deadwood: The Movie’ made a return to TV after almost thirteen years since the series ended its run, and it has been unanimously hailed as the perfect sendoff to a much beloved town, show and characters compared to the rather abrupt one all that time ago when it was mysteriously cancelled. Coming to the performances that were as uniformly excellent as the show, and keeping apart my endless personal admiration for the actor, Ian McShane did get nominated for consecutive Emmys during his tenure playing Al Swearengen, although he never got to win one. The converse is not true for the Globes since he won a Golden Globe for the same performance in 2005. Despite pretty solid award credentials there, McShane didn’t land a nomination for his famous role.