2020 Emmy for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Predictions

Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo in "I Know This Much Is True" HBO

Will another young breakup steal the Emmy spotlight, or can the horde of veteran actors regain control of the category?

Throughout the Emmy season, IndieWire will evaluate the top contestants for the most prestigious TV award, and it all starts here. At the bottom of this page are Ben Travers’ predictions for IndieWire TV critics about the best actor in a limited series or television movie. This article will be updated over the coming months, along with all our predictions, to reflect a race update status. Be sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest Emmy 2020 coverage, including cutting-edge news, analytics, interviews, podcasts, FYC event coverage, reviews from all the contestants, and more. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be given on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, September 20 (see our awards calendar for more detailed breakdowns of important dates.) ABC is airing the ceremony.



Last year’s winner: Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Info: The same actor never won this category in years ago and only one program has won more than one award: “American Crime Story” is the two-for-two best actor in a limited series or TV movie. . , with Courtney B. Vance winning for “The People vs. OJ Simpson” in 2016, and Darren Criss taking the trophy for “The Murder of Gianni Versace” in 2018.
Fun fact: Hal Holbrook has the most popular nominations in the category with seven, and his first three nominations were evenly split between the three major television stations of the era. In 1967, he represented CBS on “Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight!”; in 1971 he was part of NBC’s “A Clear and Present Danger” program; and in 1973, rejected the head of ABC’s “That Certain Summer.” He won the following year for ABC’s “Pueblo”. (And if you wonder, Fox was not founded until 1986 and has historically not featured so many limited series or television movies as competitors in its broadcast.)
Remarkable Ineligible Series: “Fargo” (season 4 didn’t finish shooting before production was suspended); “The Undo” (HBO has pushed the release date to fall 2020); “American Crime Story” (“Impeachment” has not been released), “True Detective” (season 4 has not been released), “The Alienist” (season 2 has not premiered), “The Good Lord Bird “(delayed),” Big Little Lies “(season 2 eligible for drama series)


The state of the breed

In recent times, the best actor in a limited series or television movie category has been dominated by outstanding performances. Young actors like Riz Ahmed (“The Night of”) and Jharrel Jerome (“When They See Us”) have passed the tough competition of well-known veterans. It is still unclear who the 2020 launch will be, but there are plenty of established performers looking to break the trend.

First and foremost is Mark Ruffalo. Not only is the Marvel star directing an HBO limited series of “I Know This Much Is True”, she is playing two (twin) roles: one suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and the other suffering from PTSD. . Each part’s challenge is enough to push you to the top of the conversation, and Ruffalo is three Oscar nominees with a good Emmy for “The Normal Heart.”

But she’s not the only bona fide star competing here. Chris Evans, co-star of Ruffalo’s Marvel, makes his serial debut for “Captain America” ​​on the original Apple TV +, “Defending Jacob”; Scar-winner Russell Crowe wins the Golden Globe victory in Showtime’s “loudest voice”; Hugh Jackman won criticism outside of the Toronto International Film Festival for “Bad Education” (sold on HBO); Jude Law will be promoting “Day Three” and Jeremy Irons has been dubbed the “Watchmen” male leader.

Each of the latter three are HBO projects, giving the top cable enough candidates to fill each rank, but many other networks will fight for one. Aaron Paul’s return to “Breaking Bad” via “El Camino” could wipe the actor’s first Emmy-winning gesture since winning his third trophy for the AMC drama in 2014. André Holland leads the Damfl Chazelle’s latest jazz offering on Netflix, “The Eddy”, which is also the director’s first limited series. Idris Elba is back on the BBC beat with “Luther”, and Matthew Macfadyen hopes his “Succession” success will spark interest in AMC’s “Quiz.”

Filling the dark horse contenders, Sacha Baron Cohen should hit an early release date for Netflix’s “The Spy”; Jeremy Pope Expects Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” Netflix Anthology To Speak In The Industry That Has Its Name; Morgan Spector and “The Plot Against America” ​​need TV Academy to take over from David Simon if the latest co-creator of “The Wire” is to be achieved; Willem Dafoe has to define his companion of protagonist in “Togo”; and Miles Teller would have to make a lot of efforts to get voters to look for “Too old to die young,” an Amazon original from a bygone age. Finally, there is Paul Mescal, the relatively unknown Hulu man. Could it be the break in 2020? Stay tuned to find out!

Predictive Nominees:

1. Mark Ruffalo, “I Know It A Lot”
2. Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education”
3. Aaron Paul, “The Road: A Breaking Bad Movie”
4. Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
5.André Holland, “The Eddy”
6.Jeremy Irons, “Watchers”

Spoilers: Chris Evans, “Defending Jacob”; Idris Elba, “Luther”; Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy”; Jude Law, “The Third Day”; Matthew Macfadyen, “Quiz”

In a perfect world: Miles Teller, “Too old to die young”; Paul Mescal, “Normal People”

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