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No Emmys for young men? Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff fight bias against whippersnappers

No Emmys for young men? Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff fight bias against whippersnappers

What do Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff have in common? They’re all on the Emmy ballot for Best Drama Actor, and they’re all among the top 10 contenders for nominations according to our racetrack odds. One more thing: they’re all under the age of 35, which might be a disadvantage. No man in his 20s and hardly anyone in their early 30s have been nominated for Best Drama Actor in the 21st century. The youngest man nominated since 2000 was Michael C. Hall for “Six Feet Under” in 2002. He was 31.

As we see at the Oscars, where only one man in his 20s has ever won Best Actor, Emmy voters don’t usually recognize whippersnappers. The youngest winner of the 21st century was Rami Malek, who was 35 when he won for “Mr. Robot” in 2016. Besides him only three other winners this century were under 40: James Gandolfini for

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