DARK HORSE: Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in “Mr. Robot”
DARK HORSE: Matt Smith as Prince Philip in “The Crown”
DARK HORSE: Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in “Ray Donovan”
DARK HORSE: Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford in “Mindhunter”
IN THE CONVERSATION: J.K. Simmons as Howard Silk (and Howard Silk) in “Counterpart”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, Sr. in “Trust”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde in “Ozark”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe/Arnold Weber in “Westworld”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Kit Harington as Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones”
FRONTRUNNER: Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy in “The Good Doctor”
FRONTRUNNER: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson in “This Is Us”
FRONTRUNNER: Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in “The Americans”
FRONTRUNNER: Sterling K. Brown as Randall in “This Is Us”
Sterling K. Brown’s a perfect two-for-two on his pair of Emmys nights. After winning for Season 1 of “American Crime Story,” Brown rode a wave of goodwill for the hit NBC drama “This is Us” to capture a second statue. While he might be the frontrunner to win again for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2018, Brown is far from the only contender in this category. (As we’ll explain, he isn’t even the only contender from his own show.)
With voting now underway, we thought we’d take a look at which actors are in a position to (re)join the nominations list this year. For this category, as with others, we’ve assembled some dark horse candidates, those just on the bubble, and the men who are virtual locks to have a spot at the ceremony on the night of September 17. For each performer, we’ve also listed whether or not they’ll be eligible when 2019 rolls around.
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Previous Nominations: 1
Previous Wins: 1
Eligible After This Year?: Even with creator Sam Esmail’s work on the upcoming Amazon show “Homecoming,” we could expect the upcoming Season 4 before it gets too far into 2019.
Eligible After This Year?: “Ray Donovan” will probably outlive us all. Showtime’s showed no signs of stopping its long-running fave — look for the 12-episode Season 6 to premiere sometime later this year.
Eligible After This Year?: Starz has renewed “Counterpart” for Season 2. Not only will Simmons be back at the forefront, but the upcoming new episodes will also feature Betty Gabriel and James Cromwell as additions to the ensemble.
Eligible After This Year?: Based on the show’s three-season plan, Sutherland may not be back in the role right away. If things go according to schedule, it might not be until after 2019 that Sutherland is back as the elder Getty.
Eligible After This Year?: “Ozark” Season 2 should be available to stream at some point in the coming months — and depending on how well it’s received, the show should continue to be a surprise audience favorite.
Eligible After This Year?: “Westworld” is always an engima. Based on the grueling, mammoth production schedule, there’s always a possibility that spring 2019 might be too early to expect the show to return.
Eligible After This Year?: After taking a break during the previous Emmys cycle, Jon Snow’s final ride is almost guaranteed to take place next year. Keeping the awards momentum through the series finale should make for a wild farewell season.
Eligible After This Year?: With “Roseanne” now gone, this show has become ABC’s biggest new hit. It’s a mortal lock for the fall lineup and a strong broadcast Emmys contender in case “This is Us” splits votes.
Eligible After This Year?: “This is Us” has already proven that it’s been able to somehow keep Jack alive long enough to have Ventimiglia on the show. As it continues to be an NBC staple, look for him to stay in the mix.