Emmys: How Fresh Faces Could Cause Upsets in Major Races

  • Variety
Emmys: How Fresh Faces Could Cause Upsets in Major Races
The breadth of first-time acting Emmy nominees on the ballot this year — from Jodie Comer (BBC America’s “Killing Eve”) to Benicio Del Toro (Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”) to Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl”) — marks an awards season with a notably wide-open playing field. In an era of peak TV, the number of scripted series being produced ­— and the diversity of stories being told — means that new faces and longtime veterans alike are being recognized with their first nominations.

“There have never been as many original programs as there are now,” says awards consultant Richard Licata of Licata & Co. “So, de facto, there are more actors in them, and more first-timers who have emerged, which is very exciting for the business.”

And, he continues, the volume of “first-time front-runners may be favored this year by Academy voters.” But he thinks that is due to the “great performances,” not “the
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