It is, at this point, a laughable numbers game. Roughly 500 original scripted shows have aired on this past son, and yet e only si or seven slots per category to rewd the ect shows and performers. How in the do choose?

Emmy voters typicy respond infuriatingly, returning to the same series and s ye after ye, or flocking to predictably dk, angsty bait with big movie s in the leads.

That isnt always a bad thing, not when have Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sandra Oh, and the standouts from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, and Game of Thrones in the mi. But for those slots, we offer up instead of the usual fe and the predicted, heavily ized performances, te under-the-rad contenders who delivered some of the best of the ye in ?

Here e 20 of our favorite performances we hope make it onto Emmy voters rad before voting ends June 24.

Christina legate Dead to Me

Best in a Comedy Series

It is so gratifying to a performer as soned and bed as Christina legate finy get a role that ecavates layers of her skills as an . The levels of pain and anger she unleashes in Dead to Me as a grieving widow e shaded so cleverly with her easperated, tt-tongued one-liners that ll often lose track of whether re laughing or cryingjust king that re feeling something real.

ielle Brooks Orange Is the

Best Supporting in a Series

Brooks has been a standout on Netflixs longest running series from the t. But as her line has moved to center of the films eploration of injustice in the sy, Brooks has been a towering presence. Especiy king how goofy and bright Taystees light was when we first met her, its hetbreaking to it dim as she confronts the inevitability of her fate. Through it , Brooks delivers a shattering performance that demands attention.

Asa Butterfield Se

Best in a Series

With voters so used to sting their eyes in the dkness of the fe they so refleively rewd, its easy to them being a bit blinded by the brightness, humor, and het of Netflis teen dramedy Se . Of pticul note is the endeing, bumbling vulnerability Asa Butterfield brings to its protagonist teen boy, attempting to reckon with his awkwd place in a his , his , everywhereobsessed with se.

Sian Clifford Fleabag

Best Supporting in a Comedy Series

s something that hens after ve finished the masterful second season of Fleabag, once ve cooled off from the Hot Priest and the intense chemistry between An Scott and Phoebe Wer-Bridge. realize the the entire son ed was because of Sian Cliffords complicated performance as Fleabags sister, Claire. Its a brilliant turn that sneaks up on , but once it does it stays with . I, for one, cant stop about it.

Rob Delaney Catastrophe

Best in a Comedy Series

Catastrophe was just so good. It was dk and real and , and then just etremely painful. Rob Delaney co-created, co-wrote, and co-red in the series with the magnificent Sharon Horgan, crafting the most relatable depiction of a mriage has ever seen, which means capturing it at its bleakest as often as at its most tender. But throughout the course of filming, rie Fisher, who played Delaneys m, as well as his real-life ng son died. The final son is undersd in that tragedy and by that mourning. Hd as it is to face, its beautiful to .

Stephen Dorff True

Best Supporting in a Limited Series or Movie

Its the quiet that too often goes unnoticed, and it would be a shame if Dorffs performance on the most recentand franchise-savingseason of True Detective is passed over because of that. Its some of the best of the s eer, coloring the gruffness and wry humor d epect from a grizzled with a compelling, deliberate wrestling with demons.

a Erskine and Anna Konkle PEN15

Best in a Comedy Series

Like Broad Citys Abbi and Ilana and s, well, Key and Peele, I dont k how etricate one performance from the when it comes to these two. PEN15s central gimmicktwo in their thirties portraying the awkwd trauma of middle- girlsonly s because of how un-gimmicky they make it, and the amount of empathy and cringe-inducing pathos they bring. But its also due to how intense a bond te two eceptional es forge. By the end of son one, want to give a and Anna a hug. How about some Emmy , too?

Sy Field Maniac

Best Supporting in a Limited Series or Movie

the attention was on Emma Stone and Jonah Hill when the trippy sci-fi fever dream Maniac premiered on Netfli in September. But its two-time Os winner Field who, playing a ncissistic self- guru among a handful of roles, nails the shows preious tonal tightrope walk. She puts on a big show, a daffy performance eploding with histrionics. But she does it so confidently, without so much as a wobble, that its this circus-act series biggest thrill.

Maggie Gyllenhaal The Deuce

Best in a Series

Every time Maggie Gyllenhaals Candy es on in The Deuce, can see her negotiating: What is her power at that ? What is she ing to sacrifice? How is she being ed? What does she rey want? It hens in fleeting s, none more powerful than a scene in which she finy sees the for more gled in front of herto direct her own filmbut then is also confronted with what it cost her to have it. Its the finest-acted Ive seen this son.

Stephan James coming

Best in a Series

Its no sm t: to go toe-to-toe with Roberts, in her best role in yes, in her first regular TV role, in two-person dialogue scenes that lasted upwds of 15 minutes. But Jamess on coming, as impressive as it was given the A- scene ptner he was given, stands on its own, a brittle portrait of PTSD and hope. James manages to make seismic emotional impact with just the slightest shift in his epression or cadence, making a scorching mk in a quiet burn of a series.

Jhrel Jerome When They See Us

Best in a Limited Series or Movie

As is the only actor to play one of the men kn as the Central Pk Five both as a teenager and adult. As Korey is wrongfully convicted, endures a violent 13 yes in jail, and is eonerated, Jerome turns in a subtle performance that builds into an emotional knockout. Its the kind of devastating, visceral turn that makes ers lean in and , Who is he? Heres hoping Emmy voters find out.

Levy Schitts Creek

Best Supporting in a Comedy Series

Dont forget about Catherine OHas wondrous performance as Moira Rose on Schitts Creekor Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy, Noah Reid, Hampshire, and the whole cast, for that matter. But lets not over the specific, hilious ality of Dan Levys performance as , delivered with a kind of whimsical gesticulation, as if conducting his own speech like an orctra. More, its an unapologeticy performance in a that doesnt b to anyone to apologizesomething I, for one, have never seen before.

MacFadyen

Best Supporting in a Series

Within seconds of MacFadyen riving on as the desperate-to-please, upwdly beau to Sah Snooks Shiv Roy on , wonder, What is this guys deal? Ten of epic levels of weirdo later, I dont think I was any to king the answer. But Ive never had more fun trying to figure something out.

Niecy Nash Cs

Best in a Series

No on is capable of as deftly between outlandish and devastated, fabulous and tragic, hopeful and defeated as Niecy Nash. On Cs, she sometimes wield her fake nails as , but s not a false note in the ity those talons e protecting. Its the kind of chacter and premisenail salon owner gets entangled with the Florida mafiathat should have voters salivating. Why havent they caught on?

Paula Pell Documenty !

Best Guest in a Comedy Series

s a buffet of uproious performances to choose from on this son of Documenty !: Cate Blanchett as a Mina Abramovic stand-in? Owen Wilson does , Country? Even just in the Original Cast Album: Co-Op episode, s John Mulaney, Richd Kind, Tan Killam, and more. But Paula Pells cantankerous-turned-triumphant homage to Elaine Stritch is too inspired to ignore. I gotta go!

Sy Phillips Veep

Best Guest in a Comedy Series

is not one syllable that comes out of Sy Phillips mouth as Minna, the often-oblivious Finnish , that doesnt have me in stitc. S done this reliably through the entire run of Veep, and the show was kind enough to gift us with one last awkwd Minna swan song. Let us finy pay it the attention it deserves.

Natasha Rothwell Insecure

Best Supporting in a Comedy Series

On Insecure, Natasha Rothwell does that whole scene-ing thing everyone s to praise, and does it often with only the delivery of one line. Hell, with just one . But what makes Rothwell so n good on the show is that its not just drive-by comedy. In fits and tsand certainly with those sshe telegraphs her chacters entire emotional journey, who she fully is. And that, among , is the chacter on want to spend time with the most.

Ashton Sanders Native Son

Best in a Limited Series or Movie

This is a category where big, veteran movie s e fawned over, and e plenty of those for Emmy voters to consider this ye: Hugh Grant, Mahershala Ali, Ian McShane, Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Benicio Del Toro) But voters would be wise to remember the Moonlight co-stars powerful work as a ng man in Chicago reduced in a spiraling to a horrific act of desperation.

Molly Shannon The Two

Best Supporting in a Comedy Series

Molly Shannon is so good at what she does, making it so effortless, that it might slip past how -blowingly genius her acting is. s an episode in The Two, one of the hands-down funniest shows of 2019, where her chacter, the m to a rising , has an emotional breakdown that contains both the higt comedy s and most intense tic notes of the ye. It leave breathless.

Misa Tomei Live in Front of a Studio Audience

Best in a Limited Series or Movie

A ye in this category that is blanketed in dkness and angst could use the burst of pure shine that is Tomeis take on Edith Bunker during the in the portion of ABCs live broadcasts of classic Norman Le . She somehow summoned the spirit of Jean Sletons batty, endeingly enest performance and made it freshly her own, ening some of the biggest smiles of the ye.



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