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    Cordell Martin
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    Sterling K. Brown for the win!!!!!

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    As I said in the slugfest, “In this category, we have five performances from FX anthologies and we have one Hugh Laurie, so I’m going with the Hugh Laurie.” There certainly is a chance though that American Crime Story is even more powerful than vote-splitting.

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    I love this category so much! My order of preference would be:

    1. Sterling K. Brown
    2. Jesse Plemons
    3. Bokeem Woodbine
    4. David Schwimmer
    5. John Travolta
    6. Hugh Laurie

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    As I said in the slugfest, “In this category, we have five performances from FX anthologies and we have one Hugh Laurie, so I’m going with the Hugh Laurie.” There certainly is a chance though that American Crime Story is even more powerful than vote-splitting.

    You know Riley, I’ve been going back and forth on this one. I mean I understand the vote splitting argument, but does it actually apply to miniseries and TV movie performers as much as it applies to recurring characters on multiple seasons in dramas like the ones played by Reg E. Cathey or Mahershala Ali?

    I mean, People Vs OJ is kind of like a movie at the Oscars where this is it. The 10 episodes voters saw are all that there is. No previous seasons, no upcoming seasons. And that makes it somewhat easier to build a consensus. Most people agree that David Schwimmer just wasn’t good in these 10 episodes. So will he really split the vote? Travolta, yes, is a legend. But his performance got mixed reviews. Will he really split the vote? The consensus is strongly build behind Sterling K Brown’s performance in this show. He was the stand out of these 10 episodes. For most of those who saw and loved the show, he should be the clear choice.

    In a way, I can see how the vote possibly split for the HOC actors (in both guest categories). Parker, Sparks, Cathey and Ali have been on this show for multiple seasons, and so it’s easier for them to split votes from HOC fans in the academy. I can totally see how a lot of HOC voters might have voted for Parker over Burstyn even though Burstyn was clearly better this season, just because they liked Parker’s work during the last season. Similarly I can see Cathey losing votes to his costars despite being the stand out in his tape because A) he won before and voters wanted to reward the other two, and B) because voters loved Ali’s work in previous seasons.

    None of these apply to the OJ guys.

    I’m still predicting Laurie, but I think vote splitting might not be that much of a factor here.

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    I can’t NOT see Sterling Brown getting swept up in the emmy love of The People v. O.J. Simpson, toppled with his excellent turn as Christopher Darden.

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    I think Hugh Laurie is winning here. This category almost always goes to the veteran over the young critical breakout star. The last 3 winners in this category support this notion.

    Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge) beating Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story: Freak Show) last year
    Martin Freeman (Sherlock: His Last Vow) beating Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart) in 2014
    James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) beating Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) in 2013

    Combine that with the potential vote-splitting between Brown and Travolta (the critic’s favorite vs. the movie star) and Laurie being the most overdue actor in the category, and I think this is a solid call.

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    AayaanUpadhyaya
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    I think Hugh Laurie is winning here. This category almost always goes to the veteran over the young critical breakout star. The last 3 winners in this category support this notion.

    Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge) beating Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story: Freak Show) last year
    Martin Freeman (Sherlock: His Last Vow) beating Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart) in 2014
    James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) beating Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) in 2013

    Combine that with the potential vote-splitting between Brown and Travolta (the critic’s favorite vs. the movie star) and Laurie being the most overdue actor in the category, and I think this is a solid call.

    Matt Boomer and Zachary Quinto’s loses should be irrelevant here because its a brand new system in place this time.

    And Finn Witrock (and AHS Freakshow in general) is no match to Sterling K Brown and People Vs OJ

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    Finn Wittrock easily gave one of the greatest villain performances in TV history

    What?? Only considering recent television history (not even going back very far), with actors giving memorable performances playing villains such as Tony Soprano, Dexter/Trinity, Walter White, Gus Fring, Hannibal, Joffrey Baratheon, Moriarity, to name a few… you place Finn Wittrock above all of them? Not quite able to wrap my head around that one. He certainly couldn’t keep me around…None of them could. I bailed 3 or 4 episodes in. But, I agree that Laurie was good as Roper… he is my first choice. Brown, second. It was tough choosing between the two. I’m banking on Laurie, but I very much liked both of their performances. The other O.J. guys? Just… no.

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