August 19, 2020 at 7:37 pm #1203655966
Some of these threads are getting very long and I thought that it would be fun to have a thread to focus on the Guest categories. Please discuss
DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS:
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) – “God Bless The Child”
Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”) – “God Bless America”
Cherry Jones (“Succession”) – “Tern Haven”
Phylicia Rashad (“This Is Us”) – “Flip a Coin”
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) – “Stay”
Harriet Walter (“Succession”) – “Return”
DRAMA GUEST ACTOR:
Jason Bateman (“The Outsider”) – “Fish in a Barrel”
James Cromwell (“Succession”) – “Dundee”
Giancarlo Esposito (“The Mandalorian”) – “Redemption”
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) – “After the Fire”
Andrew Scott (“Black Mirror”) – “Smithereens”
Martin Short (“The Morning Show”) – “Chaos Is the New Cocaine”
COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS:
Angela Bassett (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”) – “The Baddest *****”
Bette Midler (“The Politician”) – “Vienna”
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”) – “You’ve Changed, Man”
Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) – “Host: Eddie Murphy”
Wanda Sykes (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – “A Jewish Girls Walks into the Apollo”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Saturday Night Live”) – “Host: Phoebe-Waller-Bridge”
COMEDY GUEST ACTOR:
Adam Driver (“Saturday Night Live”) – “Host: Adam Driver”
Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
Eddie Murphy (“Saturday Night Live”) – “Host: Eddie Murphy”
Dev Patel (“Modern Love”) – “When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist”
Brad Pitt (“Saturday Night Live”) – “At Home #2”
Fred Willard (“Modern Family”) – “Legacy”August 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm #1203655981
I loooove that Adam Driver nom.
Brad Pitt is propably one of the worst and most ridiculous acting nominations in Emmy history.August 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm #1203655992
My analysis of the categories :
Comedy Guest Actress : Maya Rudolph (SNL) vs Wanda Sykes (with Angela Bassett as a dark horse) – All three have an overdue narrative going on here and both Rudolph and Sykes are in the two shows that are the strongest in acting this year on the Comedy side (SNL has 8 acting nominations whilst Maisel has 7). Both Rudolph and Sykes seem to also have lots in their favour too. Sykes was only in Maisel for like 5 seconds in the finale and received lots of online support from thespians for her performance so really the nomination seems to have been her hurdle. She is also playing an iconic and under appreciated Black comedian which is a very strong narrative here. Rudolph is playing Kamala Harris. It is also worth mentioning that all three have been campaigning a tonne and considering how strong SNL and Maisel are in acting an argument can be made that Sykes and Rudolph don’t need to campaign.
Comedy Guest Actor : Eddie Murphy vs Luke Kirby (with Fred Willard as a dark horse)
If I was to explain why Eddie Murphy could win this I’d be here for centuries. Luke Kirby has the advantage of his performance being considered one of the most passionate and standout parts of Maisel (I mean I sampled 100 GD award ballots and despite this forum not being fans of Maisel he was within touching distance of overtaking Murphy despite a majority of his voters on here being from people who had otherwise been voting for Schitt’s or TGP sweeps). Kirby also has the benefit of these categories often rewarding repeat winners in his favour (i.e. Margo Martindale, Alison Janney). I have Fred Willard 3rd but considering these people failed to nominate Robert Forster I am not sure how keen they are to award someone posthumously here (unlike in the directing branch).
Drama Guest Actress : Cherry Jones vs Phylicia Rashad (with anyone in the category being a dark horse)
Cherry Jones is the incumbent here, is beloved by the TV Academy and is in the actors favourite show overall at the Emmys in nominations (and unlike last year she has the performance this year). Rashad however has the fact she has been overlooked for her win worthy work already which could help her like it did with Reg E. Cathey and Jane Lynch (who had win worthy work both years). I mean even Cherry Jones said Rashad should have won last year so I can see voters deciding to correct their mistake this year. Rashad also has an overdue narrative at the Emmys. Then again Cicely Tyson has an overdue narrative and this may be seen as a literal career Emmy too. Laverne Cox could benefit from an overdue narrative and the TV Academy wanting to curb the backlash against not having any trans nominees from Pose this year. Harriet Walter could benefit from being in multiple projects and voters possibly voting for both seasons of Succession and Alexis Bledel could continue the Handmaid’s trend in this category.
Drama Guest Actor : James Cromwell vs Giancarlo Esposito (dark horse : everyone apart from Martin Short)
James Cromwell could benefit from similar reasons to both Jones and Walter and Esposito is double nominated and has an overdue narrative. Andrew Scott is electric in Smithereens and could win a makeup Emmy for Fleabag. Ron Cephas Jones could repeat and Jason Bateman may have passion for his performance to win (I mean he was really good). I don’t see a path for Martin Short.
FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")August 20, 2020 at 6:18 am #1203656351
I have not seen Jason Bateman in The Outsider. How is he? I just can’t picture him being an Emmy winner for his acting, but then again I did not expect him to win the Directing Emmy last year.August 20, 2020 at 6:33 am #1203656380
He’s fine. He gets to show off a bit more range than on Ozark, but it isn’t anything spectacular either. I’d much rather Andrew Scott wins this for a performance that is truly breathtaking.August 20, 2020 at 7:20 am #1203656485
I’m worried the Emmys are going to treat him dirty again. He already should have two Emmys on is mantlepiece (one for Sherlock and one for Fleabag)!
FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")August 20, 2020 at 6:22 pm #1203657802
I was heartbroken after Phylicia Rashad’s loss last year and this was one of the rare moments where you see you this in print.
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