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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES
UPDATED: Aug 19, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Paapa Essiedu was bubbling under for much of awards season and picked up his first major nom at the BAFTAs, with this one to follow soon after. He also earned a Film Independent Spirit Awards win as part of the HBO series’ ensemble. Now, he may be able to pick up votes from the pocket of the TV Academy that isn’t on board with “Hamilton.” But whether those prove to be enough to take the trophy may depend on if members go down the line on his show, “Queen’s Gambit” or “Mare of Easttown.”
Dual roles are always popular, and Daveed Diggs took on some of the most memorable ones in Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. He previously won a Tony for the stage production, a Grammy for the album and then picked up a SAG nom for the filmed version. Of the three “Hamilton” men on this ballot, Diggs is the front-runner and could be a front-runner overall for name recognition and sheer industry love alone. If he wins, he’ll be three-fourths of the way to EGOT status.
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After memorable performances in multiple seasons of “American Horror Story,” Evan Peters finally nabbed an Emmy nom for a different limited series. His role as Detective Colin Zabel in HBO’s hit was the talk of social media, and his final episode was one of the most shocking of the entire run. As the category ended up devoid of all the assumed front-runners including John Boyega and Bill Camp, Peters could be a surefire way to reward his show in a major way.
The comic relief isn’t always recognized, but Jonathan Groff’s scene-stealing turn as King George was. He showcased perfect timing and commitment and proved to be extremely memorable. As a recent pillar of Broadway, he may also draw votes from those feeling the excitement about live productions starting up again. However, it is tough to tell if he has enough support to best his co-stars.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster became one of the surprise Emmy noms of this year, mostly because he was celebrated while his co-star Bill Camp was not. Although he could technically benefit a bit from vote-splitting of the “Hamilton” co-stars, the odds of him winning the category are only high if a “Queen’s Gambit” sweep is coming. And this many months after the limited series launched, that seems unlikely
Anthony Ramos, the only actor from the stage show who was not Tony-nominated, still grabbed a nom from the TV Academy, which was surprising given that many (rightfully) assumed he would be nommed in the supporting drama actor race for “In Treatment” instead. He could pick up a few extra votes from those who are mad he did not make that other final-round ballot, but it won’t be enough; this nomination will likely just be a ticket into even bigger roles going forward.
The viewing platform for Emmy nominees opens on Aug. 13, with final-round voting, beginning on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. PT until Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. PT.
Check out the full rankings of the category’s nominees in the chart below.
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Richard Rodgers Theatre
Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander Hamilton
Javier Muñoz Alexander Hamilton
Daveed Diggs Marquis De Lafayette
Renee Elise Goldsberry Angelica Schuyler
Jonathan Groff King George III
Sydney James Harcourt
Christopher Jackson George Washington
Jasmine Cephas Jones Peggy Schuyler
Leslie Odom, Jr. Aaron Burr
Okieriete Onaodowan Hercules Mulligan
Anthony Ramos John Laurens
Phillipa Soo Eliza Hamilton
Standby: Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton)
Thomas Kail (Director)
Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer)
David Korins (Scenic Design)
Paul Tazewell (Costume Design)
Howell Binkley (Lighting Design)
Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting Actor in a Limited Series)
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: The rules for this category has changed many times over the years, but as it stands, Beau Bridges is the only actor ever to win this race more than once - "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993) and "The Second Civil War" (1997).
For nominations: The late Brian Dennehy is the most nominated actor in this category with four nods, followed by Beau Bridges, John Gielgud, John Malkovich, Joe Mantegna and Michael K. Williams with three apiece.
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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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