Will Tom Hiddleston get an Emmy nomination for ‘The Night Manager’?

I’m pretty sure this Tom Hiddleston & Aaron Paul interview happened months ago, because I remember the Hiddles-fan sites getting photos a while back. This probably happened during Tom’s magical two-month press blitz in America. Tom and Aaron interviewed each other for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, which is Variety and PBS’s version of the actor-roundtable. I’ve already covered the Lady Gaga-Jamie Lee Curtis interview and the Kerry Washington-Aziz Ansari interview. Variety organized this series ahead of the Emmys (and Emmy nominations). Which brings me to a question: is Tom getting an Emmy nomination this year for The Night Manager? Do you think he deserves a nom? I enjoyed TNM and I could see it getting nominated for Best Miniseries/TV Movie. I also think Hugh Laurie will probably get nominated. But Tom? I’m not sure.

Anyway, you can read a partial transcript of the Hiddles-Paul interview here, and I’m including the full video at the end of the post. Here are some of the more interesting Hiddlesquotes.

Tom on film acting versus TV acting: “Honestly, I’ve never really made a distinction myself between film and television, because, I think, as an actor, the work is the same. And I think audiences feel that they’re different somehow because they’re delivered differently. Because you turn your TV on or you stream it, or you watch it on a box set. And it’s in your home and you can watch it whenever you want, whereas getting in the car and going to the theater is a different thing. But as an actor, it feels like the same job…”

On his TNM character, Jonathan Pine: “I just felt like I understood this man. I understood the world he was in. I understood his moral courage. My character, Jonathan Pine, is a former British soldier who served in the Iraq War of 2003.”

He hates auditioning: “Auditioning was what I always found difficult, still do. I always want to preface it with, ‘I’ll show you what I could really do if and when you want to offer me the role.’ I’m sort of holding back. Like I’m keeping my cards close to the vest in some way. It’s a weird commitment thing.

[From Variety]

I’ve always believed that British actors are less precious about TV versus film acting. British actors just look for interesting projects, and almost all of them move between TV and film with ease. It’s not the same way with American actors at all. What’s great about Tom’s involvement with The Night Manager is that it raised his profile so much more than his last three films, you know? Suddenly, even my mom knows who Tom Hiddleston is. He went from “internet famous” to “that good-looking guy on The Night Manager.”


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Variety.

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  1. meme says:

    of course he will. and he certainly deserves it.

  2. Pinky says:

    Not if I have anything to say about it!

    (Hint: I don’t.)


  3. GiGi says:

    The night manager was so good. I was not a Hugh Laurie fan but definitely am now. So much to love about it. I loved that one of the leads is a heavily pregnant woman who just completely kicks ass. SHE should get the nom. And Hiddles and Laurie, too.

  4. Maggie says:

    Raised his profile? I don’t know anyone who watched Night Manager. He’s still Loki from the crappy Thor movies.

  5. Sixer says:

    You guys can nominate whomever you like for your awards. I just hope there’s no BAFTA nod. I thoroughly enjoyed TNM, but you’d have to have a few marbles loose to think that a) LEGS was the standout performance in it, or b) it was anything like his best work. Nup. Nope. Nonono.

    Also, the cup of tea photo is silly.

    On the upside, I quite liked the audition remarks!

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I don’t think he should be nominated for the reasons you stated above. But he did look good in it. LEGS, GUNS and STUBBLE are a lethal Hiddlecombo.

      Coleman deserves the Emmy nod.

      I enjoyed both the Aaron Paul chat and the Emmy round table that the LA Times posted a week or so ago.

      Is he on vacay now that Thor starts up in a few weeks?? We need another bombshell viral photo to add some excitement to the webs.

      • Sixer says:

        Did you get around to watching Mum yet, missy? I’ve become quite attached to it.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Yes! I love it… especially Kelly. She is such a delight!

        Finishing up “The Disappearance” today. That was intense!

      • Lilacflowers says:


        I enjoyed that round table discussion. It was an interesting group of people. Jean Smart has just done it all. Tom seemed quite interested, both with that group and Aaron Paul, about the experience of working on the same character for a full series for many years? It made me wonder if he is being offered American television roles.

      • Sixer says:

        “He didn’t talk back. He’s a fox.” Bless Kelly! Two more episodes of The Disappearance for me. The one after the cop’s daughter discovered the body was a killer. I bawled!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Ha Sixer, I just watched that scene this morning and laughed out loud at the cafe when she said that line. Old, horney & hunchback! I love the way Kathy reacts to the kooky things she says. It affirms the the stereotype of what I think of as the polite, uptight Brit trying not to be offensive.

        Ep 5 of The Disappearance was so hard to watch as the family deals with the reality of their loss.

        Lilac, I wondered the same thing. TV is the way to brand himself into the cultural landscape in a way that can’t be done with film and theater, while affording him the opportunity to pursue other types of work — as long as it’s not a 24 episode season. It’s the best way to make his mark, if that’s what he wants now that the writing for TV is so much better on the whole than it used to be.

      • Sixer says:

        Good theory, considering TNM was a joint finance gig across the Atlantic. If I were a relatively serious actor, I’d be going for TV. Fluff level is what sells at the cinema, so if you do serious films, hardly anyone will watch you. But the appetite for high quality TV makes for a growth market.

        I don’t like things that occur on AMC as most of it goes to BT – a provider I have to subscribe to for sporting reasons but due to some strangeness with Sky, can only be shown on one TV in our house. The one used by Mr Sixer and the Sixlets for sports viewing, not my nice shiny one. I like HBO and Showtime because they just turn up on Sky Atlantic on ALL my tellyboxes.

      • ApplePieNYC says:

        Unless I’m missing something, they can (and should) all be nominated. Colman in the actress category and Hiddleston and Laurie for their leading roles, Hollander for supporting.

        Tom had the toughest job – keep that suave – or cold/mean – exterior but show the signs of the inner turmoil underneath. The simmering and smolder was in full view to me, except in the very last frame where I truly did not know what to make of how Pine felt about Jed. God yes, give the man a nomination and please let him win.

        And if BC gets nominated for whatever that mess of Sherlock special was over the holidays, I’ll be ticked.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Have some cake, dear.

      I think AMC is pushing him for an Emmy nod. Of all of them , I think Olivia and Hollander were most deserving. If there was an award for best facial expressions, Tobias would get it for the scene when he can’t answer the phone

      I think it was a good career move for Tom, award nominations or not.

    • MI6 says:

      @ Sixer: Big TH fan but totally agree with you. Nowhere NEAR what he’s capable of. It was a man-candy role that did serve to raise his profile here in America, but dancing with Taylor Swift did that, too.
      I expect bigger and greater things from him in the (near) future.
      PS- Hugh Laurie for the Emmy win ;)

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      He was very VERY easy on the eyes in TNM, but I would never call his performance worthy of a major award. Still, I am sure the powers that be and connections can work wonders, so who knows? His PR has had a field day with TNM and with Bond rumors, which have effectively drowned out the disappointment that was ISTL. Well handled.

      Olivia Coleman on the other hand…. OMG, yes. And Hugh Laurie as well– this show really was his baby, a labor of love he has been working toward for years. He should get the award. And the director? Yes, yes.

    • Sixer says:

      You guys don’t really seem to nominate Britisher stuff according to merit, do you? See: Downton. It’s all the fluff. Fun, but still fluff.

    • mira says:

      “I thoroughly enjoyed TNM, but you’d have to have a few marbles loose to think that a) LEGS was the standout performance in it, or b) it was anything like his best work. Nup. Nope. Nonono”

    • Bay says:

      Then I don’t have any marbles. Plus that throwing about mental incapacity diagnosis, based on opinions concerning an actor’s role is… not silly or idiotic at all: the things one learns on the internet.

  6. Tig says:

    I really liked the Night Manager. Hugh Laurie is incredible- I can remember watching him as the brain-less Bertie decades ago on “Bertie and Jeeves” on PBS. His range is amazing.
    I’m betting Tom will get the nod bec his PR is better, and besides, how many more Emmies does Hugh need? Olivia is also deserving, but to me, Season 2 of Broadchurch was such a letdown from Season 1.

  7. Dara says:

    Nominated maybe, but I think a win is a long shot. But since a nomination alone means more Tuxedo Tom! – that is really more important for the rest of us than some silly gold statue, although the Tomster might disagree on that score.

    I think Olivia Colman might have a decent shot at winning, but I’d have to look up her competition. People vs. OJ Simpson is going to be hard to beat, in any of the categories.

  8. Guest says:

    Three words: The Hollow Crown.
    Forget TNM. If you want to see him shining, then it is THC.

  9. KTE says:

    Hmm, although I agree it wasn’t his best work, I still suspect it will get him a nod. Not just because of his PR team, but because a lot of people haven’t seen his best work. If the Emmy voters are only familiar with him as a scenery-chewing comic book villain than his performance may well have impressed for its containment, naturalism, and for the solid contrast with Loki, as well as his natural charisma. If you’ve seen him give that sort of pitch of performance before then TNM wasn’t that impressive, but I bet a lot of people hadn’t.

    Agree he won’t win, though.

  10. jammypants says:

    I actually think if Tom should get nominated, it should at least be for his performance in episode 1. He was excellent in that. Once he went into his other “guards” he didn’t have much to work with. Sad his best performance in ISTL is not widely seen at all.

  11. Guesto says:

    The Night Manager really doesn’t deserve any nominations anywhere. Sure, it was easy tv and very aesthetically pleasing but it was also filled with really annoying holes and gaps and the suspension of disbelief at times took it almost into (not very funny) comedy territory.

    But, in a flawed series, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander were the two standouts for me, so if there are Emmy noms going begging, then that’s where they should, imo, land.

  12. Tiffany says:

    I think acting nods will go to Coleman, Laurie and Hollander and Bier for direction. Hiddles produced it along with Laurie, so if it wins the miniseries category, he will be an Emmy winner. That will not be a horrible position if he focuses on producing.

  13. delorb says:

    Of the pundits that I’ve read, he’s on the short list to get a nomination as is Hugh. Not saying that they are always right, just putting it out there that of the lists that I’ve read, he’s on all of them.

  14. Phoebe says:

    I think he definitely deserves a nomination. That role was not a big, showy, scenery-chewing type of role. He had to convey how Pine was feeling in few words (hence the smoldering) and I thought it was understated but excellent. I just hope Emmy voters don’t see it as a man candy role and rule him out for that. It takes a lot to keep a performance subtle and convey those emotions that are just under the surface without revealing them.

    And also he’s practically perfect in every way :-)

  15. kri says:

    I like TH alot. Very talented. TNM was well done. But Hugh Laurie..well he has had my heart since he deigned to look over his newspaper during the carriage ride scene in Sense and Sensibilty”. Love you,Hugh.

  16. K.C. says:

    I’m surprised at how many here seemed underwhelmed with Tom’s performance in TNM. I really enjoy him in roles where he’s more understated–I thought he played it remarkably natural, and conveyed a lot with just his expressions. I have to say this is one of my favorite projects of his that I’ve seen.

    Funny so many are highlighting Laurie, Colman, and Hollander, actually–I think they’re all great actors and put in nomination worth-performances, but I feel like I’ve seen them all play similar roles, so none of them particularly stood out to me. Tom ended up being the outstanding one, because this just felt a bit different for him.

  17. sansa says:

    In TNM roper talked so big but did so little. I loved how he got played out at the end by pine. Go pine!

  18. Nyle says:

    Really, roper acted so rough and tough and in the end got played like a boy by pine.

  19. Dara says:

    Someone better tell Colin to double-up on the liquor order, and have Mark add a few extra security personnel – things are about to get very exciting!!