EMMYS: Mini/TV Movie Lead Acting Handicap
EMMYS: Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Acting Handicap
Although the number of entries is not as robust as it used to be, the longform category still boasts formidable roles from a balance of U.S. and U.K. actors and actresses. However, no matter how bright the star wattage, the TV Academy will nearly always choose a defining performance of an iconic historical figure in the end. Here’s a detailed look at each nominee and their chances to take home an Emmy this year:
KEVIN COSTNER (Hatfields & McCoys, History)
Emmy Pedigree: Though Costner doesn’t boast a track record with the Emmys, that certainly won’t tarnish his odds of winning as this has continually been the category for movie stars to get lauded and win on their first time out. Further greasing his wheels heading into the race is Costner’s Oscar blood, having collected best picture and director trophies early on in his career for his iconic western, Dances With Wolves.
What We Say: Competing against costar Bill Paxton means they could cancel each other out.
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Emmy Pedigree: This first-time Emmy nominee (who also scored on the big screen last year in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) has gotten a lot of attention for playing famed detective Sherlock Holmes in a modern-day world, including a surprise victory for him at the recent Critics Choice Television Awards.
What We Say: Cumberbatch’s rendition of Sherlock Holmes resonates with his piercing, emotionless, and wry cadence, and voters know that lauding this young British actor in his prime is timely. This could be the upset to watch for and a possible Emmy pool winner. You heard it here first.
Emmy Pedigree: Last year was a very big Emmy season for Elba. He earned a nom for his guest star stint on The Big C and his first for playing the troubled English police detective John Luther. Elba finds himself back again competing in the same category for the same role–the only returning nominee in the category this year.
What We Say: Elba wears complexity as comfortably as a warm, wool jacket against the grim, London fog. The fact that he has been nominated again for Luther should be impressive to Emmy voters, but the Academy doesn’t often reward someone just because they didn’t win before. His recent Golden Globe could help put him front of mind and engineer an upset win against some very stiff competition.