“The Adversary,” the sixth episode of “Westworld,” saw Thandie Newton’s Maeve come to terms with the reality of her existence in the western theme park. Each week I will be chatting via webcam with Gold Derby contributors about the newest episode and its awards prospects. This time around, I am joined by Amanda Spears to analyze the best performance and all the plot points (watch above).
We discussed whether the star-studded cast would be nominated for the Screen Actor’s Guild TV Drama Ensemble award. I pointed out that “unlike Golden Globe voters, the Screen Actors Guild go more for old shows than new ones. They are not all about rewarding the hot new series.”
However, I went on to explain that “you have Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Ed Harris. A lot of heavy hitters. I think they will get the nomination. Particularly with Hopkins and Harris; These are very respected actors in the industry. It’s not just a lot of big famous names thrown at a wall. They have the pedigree.”
Amanda agrees, noting that “Lee Daniel’s The Butler’ got a SAG nomination on the film side. You have to look at the list of actors in there and think that’s what probably helped them out.”
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