HBO has confirmed to Gold Derby that last year’s Best Drama Actor nominee Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”) will be back on the Emmy ballot this year … but with a twist. Because of his reduced screen time in Season 2, Hopkins now contends in Best Drama Supporting Actor, the same category that his costars Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris recently vacated to try their luck up in lead. Will this esteemed Oscar winner run off with his third career Emmy Award after prevailing for the telefilms “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” (1976) and “The Bunker” (1981)? If so, he’ll have to take down Gold Derby’s predicted frontrunner, David Harbour (“Stranger Things”).
According to the Emmy predictions of our Expert journalists from major media outlets, Harbour is the frontrunner to win the trophy for Best Drama Supporting Actor after losing last year to the now-ineligible John Lithgow (“The Crown”). Harbour plays police chief Jim Hopper on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” a fan fave who had even more impact in the second season thanks to his many scenes with Millie Bobby Brown‘s Eleven.
Hopkins portrays Robert Ford in HBO’s “Westworld,” the genius director and founder of the robotic theme park. After his character’s death last season many fans assumed we’d seen the last of Ford. But in recent “Westworld” episodes Ford has popped up in a sort of dream world that can only be seen by Bernard (Wright). With two more hanging episodes still to go, it’s unclear how much more of a presence Hopkins may have in Season 2.
Currently the six men predicted to earn Best Drama Supporting Actor nominations are Harbour, Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) and Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”). But now that Hopkins has entered the Emmy race, how will things shape up as more of our prognosticators go about updating their predictions?
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