“Bates Motel” returns to A&E tonight, February 20, for its fifth and final season, and Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) has finally gone “Psycho.” In last year’s season four finale, Norman killed his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in an attempted murder-suicide, but he still hallucinates her and has blackouts where he assumes her identity. Sound familiar? That means “Bates” has finally caught up to Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic 1960 film, and we’re about to meet Marion Crane (Rihanna).
The role of the doomed Marion Crane, who visits the title establishment after embezzling money from a client, earned an Oscar nomination for Janet Leigh, and our readers expect it to be an awards success for Rihanna as well. In our recent poll 56% of respondents said Rihanna will receive an Emmy nomination for her performance. Another 31% take a wait-and-see approach but think she could be great. Only 13% think she doesn’t have a chance at all.
Grammy winner Rihanna doesn’t have much experience as an actor, but that doesn’t mean she can’t make a sudden awards impact. Just look at fellow singer Janelle Monae, who made her on-screen acting debut in 2016 with the film “Moonlight” and then followed that with “Hidden Figures.” She earned a Critics’ Choice nom for Best Supporting Actress for “Hidden Figures” and won a SAG Award as a member of the ensemble of that film. And several other musical performance have made an awards impact for TV acting, including Justin Timberlake (“Saturday Night Live”) and Lady Gaga (“American Horror Story”).
Will Rihanna be the latest musician-turned-actor to strike awards gold? Check out our poll results below, and discuss “Bates Motel” and more in our forums.