John Benjamin Hickey (“In Process”) on Emmy Radar
John benjamin hickey is best known to viewers for his Emmy nominated role Laura Linneythe fragmentary brother of Showtime’s “The Big C”. Now, the Tony-winning actor is likely to land a second Emmy nomination as a white-collar criminal facing his demons on a therapist’s couch in HBO’s “In Treatment.” Hickey delivers an incendiary performance as Colin, whose probation to serve jail time for fraud depends on shrink Brooke Taylor (Uzo Aduba) sign court-prescribed therapy. This mercurial guy, who spat on a prison guard, was thrown over a banister by a psychopathic inmate and lost everything he once held dear, is he ready to go back to the world?
Episode 2 best reflects Hickey’s nuanced performance. A monologue in which Colin tells Brooke how a computer search of the prison library revealed what the outside world thinks of him professionally on social media becomes the tipping point for emotional disintegration in his meticulously decorated Baldwin Hills home . “When Martha Stewart went to jail, no one ever said, ‘That bitch can’t cook,'” he laughs bitterly. Hickey paints a vivid picture of Colin’s pain, isolation and rage. Here is a man raised in a Californian hippie commune who thought he was a “good guy” because he financially supported good liberal causes and “has never voted for a Republican in my life.” Looking up from the abyss, he wonders, “How did I get here?”
Hickey, who won his Tony in the revival of Larry kramer“The Normal Heart” of “is such an edgy and mercurial actor that it pushes Aduba to let her guard down as an impartial therapist.” Why do you need me to like you? “She asks him, dumbfounded. . Their scenes crackle with theatrical intensity. Even after Colin has recovered from his collapse, he mockingly voices his doubts about the therapy process itself. “If I wanted to sit and talk about my emotions all day, I would still be married, “he says. Of course, it’s a self-involved mess who committed a crime and made time, but many of his points have hit home. He’s desperate, he’s scared and he has no one to turn to. Normally an actor would have many episodes, sometimes an entire season, to record all of those emotions. The fact that Hickey can do so much in one episode makes him serious contender for the Emmy.
Let’s look at his competition in Best Supporting Drama Actor. Michael kenneth williams is currently in first place for his work on “Lovecraft Country”. Williams, a four-time Emmy nominee, has been overdue for years and was recognized for this performance by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but the HBO series didn’t win a single Golden Globe or SAG award earlier this year. , so the voters love there. Tobias Menzies is in second place as Prince Philip in “The Crown”. The royal’s recent death and the show’s overall excellence – the show could very well sweep the top categories, as it did at the Globes – give it a real edge. Choice of third place Bradley Whitford has already won for this role of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, although in the guest star category. John lithgow, whose performance by Winston Churchill in “The Crown” a few years ago was among the best of his career, is in the running for the “Perry Mason” reboot. Giancarlo Esposito, like Williams, is late for a win, with Emmy-nominated work on “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Mandalorian,” but will the academy really give it its highest honor? for the price of expensive popcorn?
That brings us to Hickey, currently in sixth place at 21-2 odds. Expect those odds to improve and Hickey to outperform some of his rivals as the voting deadline approaches. As the nation emerges from the pandemic, “In Treatment,” which won two Acting Emmys in 2008 for Diane Wiest as Best Supporting Actress and Glynn Turman as the best guest actor, seems more relevant than ever. When people vote, it matters.
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