Emmy Episode Analysis: Beau Bridges leads Drama Guest Actor race for ‘Masters of Sex’

Three-time Emmy-winner and 15-time nominee Beau Bridges is back in the derby for a role unlike any other he’s had; Bridges is a Drama Guest Actor contender for his portrayal as Provost Barton Scully in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” and as he told our editor Chris Beachum in June, this is the first time he’s ever played a gay man.

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SYNOPSIS: In “Manhigh,” Barton is confronted by his wife, Margaret (Allison Janney), over his sexuality and cheating, and he reveals he fell in love with a man when he was 18 and has cheated on her several times with several different men. In an attempt to cure himself and save his marriage, Barton decides to undergo aversion shock therapy, braving the potential side effects including memory loss. Barton must also deal with a presentation by William Masters (Michael Sheen) that goes awry and threatens both of their jobs.

Does Bridges have this category locked down? Let’s analyze the pros and cons:


Bridges is able to make us feel as much sympathy for Barton as we do for his wife Margaret (Janney), which is quite an achievement for a character caught lying and cheating.

Bridges also has a few scenes – aside from his struggles with his sexuality – which allow you to see him in his provost role, even firing Bill Masters (Sheen). So thatg gives him a range of scenes to play with.

Bridges is an Emmy darling who hasn’t won in seven years, so he may be do another trophy.


The role is very understated. There are no fireworks and minimal tears when Barton is confronted by Margaret.

Bridges already has 15 nominations and three wins. Emmy voters may want to spread the wealth.

“Masters of Sex” underperformed with Emmy voters, failing to score major nominations for Drama Series, Drama Actor, writing, or directing.

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Bridges currently leads in our combined predictions with even odds. Do you agree Bridges is out front? Or can he be shocked by another guest thesp? Make your predictions below.

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