Will Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) become the ninth person to repeat in the Emmy race for Best Drama Actor, or might another contender take him down? Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery argue over all of the 2017 Emmy frontrunners, and even some important underdogs, during our recent in-depth slugfest. Our Best Drama Actor discussion begins at the 22:20 mark in the video above.
When our editors’ predictions are combined, the Top 10 contenders for Best Drama Actor are Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”), Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), Ian McShane (“American Gods”) and Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”).
Dixon is picking Sterling K. Brown to win the Emmy, proclaiming, “If the voters love ‘This Is Us’ as much as America did, I think he’s a shoo-in. He just won last year so he’s in this honeymoon phase — he won for ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson.’ And it’s just a really great standout role from the show. To me, he is ‘This Is Us.'”
Beachum adds, “And you know which episode he’s going to submit, [‘Memphis‘]. I just moved him into first, just looking at my list I had Kevin Spacey kind of in the IOU factor, but I think I’m moving him down to about third. He should easily get in. It’s like three that I think have a shot at winning, depending on where things fall: Sterling, Bob Odenkirk, Kevin Spacey.”
Montgomery concedes, “I’ve actually got Bob Odenkirk still to win. It would normally be Kevin Spacey’s turn in a sense, but I think Bob Odenkirk has the acclaim, and ‘Better Call Saul’ is airing at the right time. And you’re gonna have those ‘Breaking Bad’ fans who are going to be voting for him, which of course worked for Bryan Cranston to win four times.”
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