2021 Emmy Supporting Actor Limited Series Predictions


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UPDATED: Aug 19, 2021

PRICE PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Paapa Essiedu was bubbling through much of awards season and landed his first major name at the BAFTAs, this one to follow shortly thereafter. It also won a Film Independent Spirit Awards as part of the HBO series set. Now he might be able to get some votes out of the pocket of the TV Academy which is not on board with “Hamilton”. But if these prove to be enough to win the trophy, it will depend on the members of his show, “Queen’s Gambit” or “Mare of Easttown”.

Dual roles are always popular, and Daveed Diggs has endorsed some of the most memorable of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. Previously, he had won a Tony for the directing, a Grammy for the album, and then a SAG name for the filmed version. Of the three “Hamilton” men on this ballot, Diggs is the favorite and could be an overall favorite for name recognition and sheer love of the industry alone. If he wins, he will be three quarters of the way to EGOT status.

Evan Peters in “Mare of Easttown” (HBO)
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After memorable performances over several seasons of “American Horror Story”, Evan Peters finally landed an Emmy name for another limited series. His role as Detective Colin Zabel on the HBO hit hit social media, and his final episode was one of the most shocking of the entire race. As the category found itself devoid of all of the alleged favorites including John Boyega and Bill Camp, Peters could be a sure-fire way to reward his show in a major way.

Comic relief isn’t always recognized, but Jonathan Groff’s stage robbery like King George was. He showed perfect timing and commitment and turned out to be extremely memorable. As a recent Broadway mainstay, he can also garner votes from those feeling the excitement of restarting live productions. However, it’s hard to say if he has enough backing to beat his co-stars.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster has become one of the surprise Emmy names this year, mainly because he was celebrated when his co-star Bill Camp was not. While he could technically benefit a bit from the “Hamilton” co-star voice division, the odds of him winning the category are only high if a “Queen’s Gambit” sweep is forthcoming. And that several months after the launch of the limited series, it seems unlikely

Anthony Ramos, the only actor on the show who wasn’t Tony nominated, still landed a name on TV Academy, which was surprising given that many (rightly) thought he would be nominated in the TV Academy. Support actor run for “In Treatment” instead. He might pick up a few more votes from those who are crazy for not having made that other final ballot, but it won’t be enough; this appointment will likely only be a ticket to even more important roles in the future.

The Emmy Nominee Observation Deck opens August 13, with final round voting, starting August 19 at 9 a.m. PT until August 30 at 10 p.m. PT.

See the full ranking of nominees in the category in the table below.


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Richard Rodgers Theater
To throw
Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander Hamilton
Javier Muñoz Alexander Hamilton
Carleigh Bettiol
Andrew Chappelle
Ariana DeBose
Alysha Deslorieux
Daveed Diggs Marquis De Lafayette
Thomas jefferson
Renée Elise Goldsberry Angelica Schuyler
Jonathan Groff King George III
Sydney James Harcourt
Neil Haskell
Sasha hutchings
Christopher Jackson George Washington
Thayne Jasperson
Jasmine Cephas Jones Peggy Schuyler
Maria reynolds
Stephanie Klémons
Emmy Raver-Lampman
Morgan marcell
Leslie Odom, Jr. Aaron Burr
Okieriete Onaodowan Hercules Mulligan
James madison
Anthony Ramos John Laurens
Philippe hamilton
Jon Rua
Austin smith
Phillipa Soo Eliza Hamilton
Seth stewart
Betsy Struxness
Ephraim Sykes
Voltaire Wade-Vert
Watch: Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton)
Production credits:
Thomas Kail (director)
Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer)
David Korins (stage design)
Paul Tazewell (costume design)
Howell Binkley (Lighting Design)
Other credits:
Lin-Manuel Miranda lyrics
Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jeanne Marcus

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (supporting actor in a limited series)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as Emmy, is the most prestigious artistic award on television. There are many records held for wins and nominations over the past eight decades.

For wins: The rules for this category have changed several times over the years, but as it stands, Beau Bridges is the only actor to have won this race more than once – “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom “(1993) and” Civil War II “(1997).

For the nominations: The late Brian Dennehy is the most nominated actor in this category with four nods, followed by Beau Bridges, John Gielgud, John Malkovich, Joe Mantegna and Michael K. Williams with three each.

2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as Emmys, is awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in prime-time American television programming. They are divided into three categories: the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (which recognize the achievements of craftsmen) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognize significant technical and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of a given year. The Television Academy has over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Sunday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. EST on CBS and On-Demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.


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