For “The Crown” to sweep through the categories of dramatic actors, Tobias Menzies must beat 1 undisputed leader

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The Emmys gave the stars of The crown major recognition this year with nominations in all six drama actor categories. If they do manage to win all six, the Netflix drama would be the first TV show in history to sweep the dramatic actor categories.

But for that to happen, Tobias Menzies will have to beat the clear leader in a specific category.

‘The Crown’ stars Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies | Araya Diaz / Getty Images for Netflix

‘The Crown’ Has Nine Emmy Nominations For Acting

In its fourth season, The crown received a total of nine acting appointments. These are the hottest nominations the show has ever received. And this is the first time they’ve appeared in all six drama actor categories – four regulars (lead actor and actress, supporting actor and actress) and two guest (guest actor and actress).

Josh O’Connor landed a nomination in the lead actor category for his performance as Prince Charles. Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, was nominated for Best Actress. Just like Emma Corrin for her portrayal of Princess Diana

Gillian Anderson received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Role for her role as Margaret Thatcher. Helena Bonham Carter also received a nomination in the Supporting Actress category for the role of Princess Margaret. And Emerald Fennell received his first name for his portrayal of Camilla Parker Bowles.

Tobias Menzies received a nomination in the Dramatic Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Prince Philip. Charles Dance got a nod in the Drama Guest Actor category for his performance as Lord Mountbatten. And, Claire Foy received a nomination in the guest theatrical actress category for reprising her role as young Queen Elizabeth.

Gillian Anderson is the favorite in the Supporting Actress category

When it comes to betting odds, Anderson’s victory in the Supporting Actress category is almost a guarantee. She has previously won a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role of Margaret Thatcher. Carter is in third place in the category, according to the predictions of the Gold Derby, and Fennell is in eighth place.

In the lead actress category, Corrin is the favorite to defeat Colman, who currently sits in fourth place. O’Conner is also the favorite in the lead actor category. Guest categories are much harder to predict, but Dance and Foy both have a good chance of winning the award.

But the roundtable could collapse in the Supporting Actor category, as Menzies is up against a clear leader.

‘The Crown’ needs Tobias Menzies to win for Emmys drama sweep

Menzies landed his first-ever Emmy nomination this year for his turn as Prince Philip. For many fans, this recognition is long overdue. Menzies starred as Black Jack and Frank Randall on Foreigner for three seasons. But the Academy has neglected its incredible performances every year. They also have a habit of snubbing their Foreigner co-stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe.

But if The crown wants a shot at a clean slate in the dramatic actor categories, Menzies will have to beat the undisputed leader – the late Michael K. Williams of Lovecraft Country.

Michael K. Williams was the frontrunner before his sudden death

September 6, Lovecraft Country Star Michael K. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn home at the age of 54. Prior to his tragic death, Williams was already the frontrunner in the Supporting Actor category, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Not only his work as Montrose Freeman on Lovecraft Country exceptional, but Williams’ recognition is also long overdue. It’s hard to believe, but Williams never received a nomination for his work from Omar Little on Thread. And, he didn’t receive a nod for his performance on Boardwalk Empire.

Michael K. Williams has received five Emmy nominations in the past seven years

Despite past Emmy snobs, Williams has been recognized by Television Academy in recent years. In 2015, he earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture for his work in Bessie. The following year, he gets a nod in that same category for The night of. In 2019, Williams received another nod in this category for his performance in When they see us.

In 2018, Williams landed a nomination for Best News or Specials Series for Vice, a project on which he was executive producer. His final nomination this year was for Lovecraft Country.

Despite all these nominations, Williams never won a victory. But this year, that will most likely change. And that means a clean slate for The crown probably won’t happen.

The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 19 on CBS.

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