Beau Bridges on Emmy nomination and ‘great blessing’ of ‘Masters of Sex’ [Exclusive Video]

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At Monday’s cocktail reception for Emmy nominees hosted by the Performers Peer Group of the TV academy, we chatted with Best Drama Guest Actor frontrunner Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex“) on the red carpet about his cast mates and what it would mean to win Emmy #4 at this stage in his career. Watch our fun interview below.

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“The whole cast is great,” Bridges remarks of his “Masters of Sex” comrades. “Allison Janney, I’m glad she got the nod. But the other people that really drive this show are Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Annaleigh Ashford. I feel like I’m representing that cast being here. It’s a great blessing to be able to be a part of the show.”

“Oh my goodness. Wow,” says a humble Bridges when our editor Chris Beachum informs him that he’s predicted to win the Emmy this year. He currently has leading odds of 4/5, ahead of all of his guest-acting competitors. This is Bridges’ second nomination for playing closeted Provost Barton Scully on the Showtime period drama, though he lost last year to Joe Morton (“Scandal”).

After three wins in the Movie/Mini races, this would be Bridges’ first trophy for playing a recurring character. He previously won Best Actor for “Without Warning: The James Brady Story” (1992), Best Supporting Actor for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (1993) and Best Supporting Actor “The Second Civil War” (1997).

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Photo: Beau Bridges at Emmy event on August 24, 2015. Credit: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX

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