Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Paul Bettany Is a Double Threat for ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Uncle Frank’

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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

UPDATED: June 3, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Paul Bettany’s performance as Marvel superhero Vision, in what can be arguably dubbed one of the top three MCU outings, is nothing short of spectacular. “WandaVision” was the show everyone was talking about while it was streaming new episodes on Disney Plus, so he has a bit of an edge. Whether that he is a double-entry on this ballot (not referencing two versions of his character, but rather Amazon Prime Video’s “Uncle Frank”) hurts or helps his overall chances is still too early to call, though.

Bryan Cranston is tied with Dennis Franz for the most Emmy Awards in the lead drama actor race for AMC’s “Breaking Bad” (with four), which makes him established and “in the club.” Despite less-than-enthusiastic praise for “Your Honor” as a series, his performance still received love, including a Golden Globe nom this year.

The respect of two-time Emmy winner Jeff Daniels runs deep. In fact, one of the most shocking moments of the Emmys was when he emerged victorious against a monster lineup that included Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Damien Lewis (“Homeland”) and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”). Now in the running for his portrayal of real-life FBI Director James Comey, his success will be dependent on how tired members are of the political realm.

Hollywood director, writer and actor Joel Edgerton has been incredible in films like “The Gift” and “Boy Erased,” but he has his finest acting moments of his career in Barry Jenkins’ beautiful and heartbreaking “The Underground Railroad.” While a difficult sit for many, his role is layered and textured in a way that should appeal to voters, perhaps even making him one of the frontrunners for the prize.

Thus far, Hugh Grant’s first and only Emmy nom came just two years ago in this category for “A Very English Scandal.” But after snatching up a Golden Globe nom and a SAG nod for his work as a sociopathic doctor, husband, and father in HBO’s “The Undoing,” he is poised to receive more attention from the TV Academy. The series may have been divisive, but he and co-star Nicole Kidman received the lion’s share of praise for their performances.

The eligibility period ends on May 31 before nomination-round voting begins on June 17, concluding on June 28. The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, 2021.

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Joel Edgerton
    "The Underground Railroad" (Amazon Prime Video)


    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Ridgeway

    CREATOR: Barry Jenkins
    SYNOPSIS: A young woman named Cora makes an amazing discovery during her attempt to break free from slavery in the deep south.
    STARRING: Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre, Joel Edgerton

  2. Ethan Hawke
    "The Good Lord Bird" (Showtime)


    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: John Brown

    CREATOR: Ethan Hawke
    SYNOPSIS: Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this series based on the novel. "Onion" is a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's family of abolitionist soldiers and finds himself in the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry.
    STARRING: Ethan Hawke, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Beau Knapp, Nick Eversman, Ellar Coltrane, Jack Alcott, Mo Brings Plenty, Daveed Diggs, Joshua Caleb Johnson

  3. Hugh Grant
    "The Undoing" (HBO)


    EMMY HISTORY: One nomination
    ROLE: Jonathan Fraser

    CREATOR: David E. Kelley
    SYNOPSIS: A modern twist to a classical "whodunnit" tale, when the life of a wealthy New York therapist turns upside down after she and her family get involved with a murder case.
    STARRING: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Édgar Ramírez, Noah Jupe, Lily Rabe, Matilda De Angelis, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Edan Alexander, Michael Devine, Donald Sutherland

  4. Bryan Cranston
    "Your Honor" (Showtime)


    EMMY HISTORY: 15 nominations, 6 wins (lead actor in a drama series for "Breaking Bad" in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 and outstanding drama series for "Breaking Bad" in 2013 and 2014).
    ROLE: Michael Desiato

    CREATOR: Peter Moffat
    SYNOPSIS: A judge confronts his convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. Facing impossible choices, he discovers how far a father will go to save his son's life.
    STARRING: Bryan Cranston, Hunter Doohan, Hope Davis, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Michael Stuhlbarg, Carmen Ejogo

  5. Lin-Manuel Miranda
    "Hamilton" (Disney Plus)


    EMMY HISTORY: Four nominations, one win (original music and lyrics for the song "Bigger" from the "The 67th Annual Tony Awards")
    ROLE: Alexander Hamilton

    CREATOR: Lin-Manuel Miranda (book), Thomas Kail (director)
    SYNOPSIS: The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.
    STARRING: Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. Paul Bettany
    "WandaVision" (Disney Plus)


    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Vision

    CREATOR: Jac Schaeffer
    SYNOPSIS: Blends the style of classic sitcoms with the MCU, in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision - two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives - begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
    STARRING: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Debra Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, Kat Dennings, Evan Peters

  2. Jeff Daniels
    "The Comey Rule" (Showtime)


    EMMY HISTORY: Five nominations, two wins (lead actor in a drama series for "The Newsroom" in 2013 and supporting actor in a limited series or movie for "Godless" in 2018)
    ROLE: James Comey

    CREATOR: Billy Ray
    SYNOPSIS: Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson star as former FBI Dir. James Comey and President Donald J. Trump in this limited series of the story of two powerful men, whose strikingly different ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.
    STARRING: Jeff Daniels, Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Scoot McNairy, Jonathan Banks, Oona Chaplin, Amy Seimetz, Steven Pasquale, Brendan Gleeson

  3. Leslie Odom Jr.
    "Hamilton" (Disney Plus)


    EMMY HISTORY: One nominations
    ROLE: Aaron Burr

    CREATOR: Lin-Manuel Miranda (book), Thomas Kail (director)
    SYNOPSIS: The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.
    STARRING: Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo

  4. Chris Rock
    "Fargo" (FX)


    EMMY HISTORY: 19 nominations, four wins (outstanding variety, music or comedy special and outstanding writing for a variety or music program for "Chris Rock: Bring the Pain" in 1997, outstanding writing for a variety or music program for "The Chris Rock Show" in 1999 and outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy special for "Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger - London, New York, Johannesburg" in 2009)
    ROLE: Loy Cannon

    CREATOR: Noah Hawley
    SYNOPSIS: Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.
    STARRING: Chris Rock, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jack Huston, Salvatore Esposito, E'myri Crutchfield, Andrew Bird, Anji White, Jeremie Harris, Matthew Elam, Corey Hendrix, James Vincent Meredith, Francesco Acquaroli

  5. Andrew Scott
    "Oslo" (HBO)


    EMMY HISTORY: One nomination
    ROLE: Terje Rød-Larsen

    CREATOR: Bartlett Sher (directed by)
    SYNOPSIS: Recounts the true-life, previously secret, back-channel negotiations in the development of the pivotal 1990s Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
    STARRING: Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Jeff Wilbusch, Salim Daw, Waleed Zuaiter, Igal Naor

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS (UNRANKED):

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.

For wins: This category has had many rule changes and inceptions in its history, but it’s worth noting that Laurence Olivier has the most wins in this category, with four with Peter Ustinov behind him with three.

For nominations: Hal Holbrook has the most nominations in this category of any actor with seven, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Laurence Olivier follow close behind with six apiece.

2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.

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