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Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie — Bartlett Time

'The White Lotus' breakout Murray Bartlett has been favored to win the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series Emmy for a while.

Murray Bartlett in "The White Lotus"

Murray Bartlett in “The White Lotus”



Last Year’s Winner: Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: HBO has won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category for two years in a row, and should someone like Murray Bartlett from “The White Lotus win, they would be back on track from a decade ago, when the pay-cable network won the category from 2008 to 2011.
Notable Ineligible Series: Owen Wilson, “Loki” (submitted as a Drama Series); Paul Walter Hauser, “Black Bird” (the season will not air in time to be eligible); Domhnall Gleeson, “The White House Plumbers” (the season will not air in time to be eligible)

This article will be updated throughout the season, along with all our predictions, so make sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest news from the 2022 Emmys race. The nomination round of voting took place from June 16 to June 27, with the official Emmy nominations announced on Tuesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be given out over two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, with an edited presentation on the ceremonies to be broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET on FXX. Finally, the 74rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12, and air live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT.

The State of the Race

Looking toward Emmy night in September, the winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie will likely determine which show will win Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. Murray Bartlett is arguably the nominee least known to the general public, but has long been the favorite to win (“The White Lotus” premiered over a year ago).

If anything, co-stars Jake Lacy and Steve Zahn unexpectedly also receiving nominations feeds into an Emmy for Bartlett and for the show, but they do face tough competition with “Dopesick,” the other big competitor in the limited series categories. Michael Stuhlbarg plays a compelling villain, the face of the family deemed responsible for America’s opioid crisis, so should the TV Academy prefer that series overall, he would likely be the spoiler here. Peter Sarsgaard and Will Poulter also play key roles on the harrowing Hulu series, but not significant enough to command votes.

Finally, Seth Rogen deserves kudos for being the only limited series actor nominated in a supporting category that wasn’t on “Dopesick” or “The White Lotus,” but the issue with his “Pam & Tommy” role is that it becomes of less and less importance to the narrative as the season goes on. While he is the POV character at the beginning, and also happens to be an executive producer on the project, “Pam & Tommy” really belongs to the titular characters by the end.

Power Rankings:

  1. Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus” (HBO)
  2. Michael Stuhlbarg, “Dopesick” (Hulu)
  3. Seth Rogen, “Pam and Tommy” (Hulu)
  4. Peter Sarsgaard, “Dopesick” (Hulu)
  5. Jake Lacy, “The White Lotus” (HBO)
  6. Will Poulter, “Dopesick” (Hulu)
  7. Steve Zahn, “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Will Win: Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus”
Could Win: Michael Stuhlbarg, “Dopesick”
Should Win: Murray Bartlett, “The White Lotus”

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