Magazine article Variety

A Star-Studded Screen Group

Magazine article Variety

A Star-Studded Screen Group

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TV MOVIES AND LIMITED SERIES give even the biggest names in Hollywood the chance to moonlight on television. Robert De Niro and Geoffrey Rush both earned noms for their forays onto the small screen, as did Ewan McGregor. And busy Riz Ahmed found time to star in blockbusters including "Jason Bourne" and "Rogue One" while landing his first Emmy nom. Also contending are Ahmed's "The Night Of" co-star John Turturro, an Emmy winner in 2004 for guest starring on "Monk," and Benedict Cumberbatch, a winner in 2014 for "Sherlock."

Riz Ahmed

"The Night Of," HBO

Through the course of this HBO miniseries about a man on trial for murder, we see Ahmed take Naz, a college student just trying to scrape by, from Bambi-eyed innocent to cold-blooded killer. What is disturbing, and what Richard Price and Steven Zaillian's story is saying about the criminal justice system, is that Ahmed makes you believe that either personality could be true of this character. Ahmed is also nominated for his guest turn on fellow HBO show "Girls," a role that couldn't be more different than Naz.

Benedict

Cumberbatch

"Sherlock: The Lying Detective," PBS

Just because Cumberbatch's drug-addled detective, Sherlock Holmes, may not be able to see that the stranger who shows up on his doorstep may be more than she seems doesn't mean he doesn't know how to sniff out a killer. Even while going through withdrawal and putting himself at risk, he's able to catch the egomaniacal crook and mend his friendship with the grieving Watson (Martin Freeman). When he was nominated for "The Last Vow" in 2014, Cumberbatch beat out some stiff competition for a surprise win. Don't be surprised if he does it again.

Robert De Niro

"The Wizard of Lies," HBO

The two-time Oscar winner comes to TV with this biopic of Bernie Madoff. Part of the brilliance of De Niro's depiction isn't that he plays into the sensationalism that surrounds the fallen financier, although there is plenty of scene-chewing - especially when journalist Diana B. …

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