Here are what the “Outstanding Actors and Actresses in a Limited Series” categories would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Goran Bogdan (Milan Celik, The Last Panthers)
– Idris Elba (John Luther, Luther)
– Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)
– Oscar Isaac (Nick Wasicsko, Show Me a Hero)
– Ben Whishaw (Danny, London Spy)
– Patrick Wilson (Lou Solverson, Fargo)
Runner-Up: Timothy Hutton (Dan Sullivan, American Crime)
Older siblings are a personal soft spot but, as the person everyone was searching for all series, Goran Bogdan made Milan someone to root for, even as his actions weren’t always legal or clearly motivated. He is my biggest wild card for these nominations. He’s also one of the picks I’d most like to see realized going into tomorrow’s announcements.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)
– Kirsten Dunst (Peggy Blumquist, Fargo)
– Kerry Washington (Anita Hill, Confirmation)
– Felicity Huffman (Leslie Graham, American Crime)
– Samantha Morton (Naomi Franckhom, The Last Panthers)
– Audra McDonald (Billie Holiday, Lady Holiday at Emerson’s Bar and Grill)
Runner-Up: Rachel McAdams (Detective Ani Bezzerides, True Detective)
Before watching the show Marcia Clark was mostly a name to me. Paulson made her a person. Kirsten Dunst is close competition, but it’s Paulson’s sympathetic and powerful turn, as the lawyer everyone judged, that edges out.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Bokeem Woodbine (Mike Milligan, Fargo)
– Sterling K. Brown (Christopher Darden, The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)
– Ted Danson (Hank Larsson, Fargo)
– David Harewood (Joel Stedman, The Night Manager)
– Jesse Plemons (Ed Blumquist, Fargo)
– Wendell Pierce (Clarence Thomas, Confirmation)
Runner-Up: Jim Broadbent (Scottie, London Spy)
If you haven’t seen it already, Bokeem Woodbine’s recitation of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabborwocky,” about encapsulates Mike Milligan best:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Olivia Colman (Angela Burr, The Night Manager)
– Cristin Milioti (Betsy Solverson, Fargo)
– Connie Britton (Faye Resnick, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)
– Kether Donohue (Jan, Greece: Live)
– Rose Leslie (DS Emma Lane, Luther)
– Jean Smart (Floyd Gerhardt, Fargo)
Runner-Up: Charlotte Rampling (Frances, London Spy)
Olivia Colman brings a passionate energy to any role she plays. Here, as the woman instrumental in bringing down Hugh Laurie’s Roper, her determination is palpable. I don’t know whether her character was always intended to be pregnant or re-written that way to match Colman’s real life pregnancy, but any scenes addressing her condition, and subsequent refusal to choose between work and kids, are some of the show’s best.
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.
Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.
(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are). but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
-pictures screencapped from the 2016 Emmy Awards Performer Nominating Ballot