Who’s out front to win the Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Gold Derby’s own Amanda Spears, Riley Chow and I recently got together via webcam (watch above) to dish out who we think will snag the award and why.
The category finds Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”) duking it out with three contenders from “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer, John Travolta) and two from “Fargo” (Jesse Plemons, Bokeem Woodbine).
“I think any of them could potentially win,” admits Spears. Although the odds are favoring Brown as state attorney Christopher Darden in the FX anthology series, she’s leaning towards two-time Oscar nominee Travolta (“Saturday Night Fever” in 1977, “Pulp Fiction” in 1994) as star lawyer Robert Shapiro. “He is one of the first TV actors to successfully transition to stardom,” she explains. “So they might just want to bow down in front of him.”
Chow doesn’t agree. He’s picking Laurie for his villainous turn as arms dealer Richard Roper in the AMC limited series because of the potential for vote splitting, saying, “In this category, we have five performances from FX anthologies, and we have one Hugh Laurie. So I’m going with the Hugh Laurie.”
I’m torn between Travolta and Laurie, with Brown lurking close behind. In Laurie’s favor, I believe, are the eight nominations he received for “House” (Drama Actor in 2005, 2007-2011; Drama Series in 2009) without a win. As well, “He was terrific in ‘Veep,’” as Vice Presidential candidate Tom James, for which he was eligible for Comedy Supporting Actor, but not nominated.
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