In what’s being described as a peak Logan Roy move, Succession star Brian Cox has reportedly submitted his Season 4 performance as the no-nonsense, foul-mouthed media mogul in the Emmy category for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. However, this move is causing a bit of head-scratching.
As fans of Succession know, Logan appears very briefly in the final season. In fact (uh, spoilers), he dies in the third episode, in an impressive move by the creative team that made Logan’s death a complete shock to viewers. Granted, Logan’s death was not entirely expected, but not with seven episodes left to go. The pivotal moment was also filmed with a brutal realness that left the Roy siblings dealing with Matthew Macfadyen’s Tom, who acted as a middleman over the phone.
Setting aside Cox’s short presence in the season, there’s also the matter of his Succession co-stars Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin, who are also competing for Lead Actor.
With Cox, Culkin and Strong opting for the same category, the show could make history as the first to land three lead drama actor noms in a year. In addition, it would be the first for any leading male category.
In any lead actress categories, that has already happened three times: NBC’s “The Golden Girls” did it in 1986-87 with Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur (who coincidentally walked away with one award each during their respective years); and in 2005, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” landed noms for Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and eventual winner Felicity Huffman.
On Twitter, Emmy watchers are predicting that Cox’s entry is basically going to cause a three-way split and hand a Lead Actor win to Bob Odenkirk for the final season of Better Call Saul:
Bob Odenkirk might actually win this year!!! https://t.co/hT1b8VHfzE pic.twitter.com/BIYny0QOEF
— Roman the Destroyer (@romansempir3) May 8, 2023
SUCCESSION VOTE SPLIT THREE WAYS YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS https://t.co/iw6exbAgRE pic.twitter.com/JEOof1g4Uc
— may thy coffee chip and shatter (@thesolarcoffee) May 8, 2023
Bob Odenkirk nation we won today https://t.co/eM2jS7oS8Y
— Paul Meredith (@Paul_Shrupert) May 8, 2023
Bob Odenkirk accepting the Emmy after the 3 Succession people spilt the vote. (I am delusional) https://t.co/IY6fAhHOhm pic.twitter.com/sncx5NP2hW
— Jared (@Name3309) May 8, 2023
AMC and Bob Odenkirk: Do not fuck this up. https://t.co/IBYeu15hu1
— Mike (@michaelcollado) May 8, 2023
Meanwhile, the Succession fan reactions vary from confusion to laughing at Cox for channeling Logan by screwing over his on-screen children in epic fashion:
Brian slamming down his Cox. https://t.co/xU3SX9w37l
— Outstanding Content (@bestmanofonline) May 8, 2023
But why tho?! https://t.co/VPAUnzGOaf
— Jackson (in his Emmy Season Era) (@jackHollywood09) May 8, 2023
— monica (@waystarroyhoe) May 8, 2023
Oh so he hate hates Jeremy Strong, huh? https://t.co/0WyYYPwKrm
— Dane McDonald (@TheDaneMcDonald) May 8, 2023
Brian Cox to all naysayers and haters: https://t.co/dt3WpCKB0H pic.twitter.com/cOhzRQpqbd
— Alyssa Christian Ⓥ *supporting WGA strike* (@veganmoviesnob) May 8, 2023
I am going to war for Kieran. https://t.co/gdWo4xNwco
— KATIE DAY (@romanroyisms) May 8, 2023
I’m torn because it makes sense but also very much doesn’t https://t.co/vxOdsy97t3
— T (@txadel_) May 8, 2023
Cox competing in the same category as his sons despite his limited screen presence is such a Succession move it ain’t even funny https://t.co/Vcea0UzjY7
— Tyler Myers (@MyersFTW) May 8, 2023