According to user MrAmerica in our TV forums, “Finn Wittrock‘s performance as Dandy Mott in ‘American Horror Story Freak Show‘ is one for the record books … This should be a lock [for an Emmy]!” But as of this writing, Wittrock is in second place for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor, behind Bill Murray (“Olive Kitteridge“). Why are so many of us hesitant to predict such a showy turn in a program with so much TV academy support (19 total nominations for “AHS”)? Are we underestimating him?
The rest of our forum posters chimed in with their thoughts. Read some of their comments below, and join them now to let us know what you think.
jhaddad: Being relatively unknown might hurt Wittrock but he delivers The best (and loudest) performance throughout every episode as opposed to Murray who doesn’t appear until the very end of “Olive Kitteridge.”
Atypical: It’s a wonder that Finn Wittrock was even nominated [to be honest]. This isn’t the kind of performance that the category usually notices, and it’s become a go-to place for veteran/career acknowledgment instead of rewarding upcoming talent. That’s a perfect place for Bill Murray to be in for a miniseries that voters clearly adored. Many will want to see a Bill Murray speech just for the hell of it, and we are talking about a comedy legend here. I can’t think of a win that would mirror Wittrock’s.
True Tenor: I just did the math, and the average age of the last 10 winners in this category is 59. The youngest winner in the last 10 years was last year’s winner Martin Freeman at 42 who edged out supposed frontrunner Matt Bomer.
TW: The only thing that really made [‘Freak Show’] exciting was Twisty (until they killed him off in the fourth episode) and Dandy. Dandy was a HUGE role for Finn, looking back at his other performances. His role as Dandy was completely opposite from the roles he has done in TV, film, and theater in the past. If Finn were to win this Emmy, I would be so unbelievably happy for him.
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Photo: Finn Wittrock in “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Credit: Michele K. Short/FX