At the 75th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Nick Offerman clinched his inaugural Emmy win, securing the title of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his compelling performance in The Last of Us. The competitive category featured strong contenders from HBO, including Murray Bartlett, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Montreal Woodard, and Offerman, vying for the award alongside Succession actors James Cromwell and Arian Moayed.
In his acceptance speech, Offerman expressed gratitude and shared a philosophical insight, stating, “Fortune presents gifts not according to the book.” He acknowledged James Cromwell and extended appreciation to his “magnificent” partner Megan Mullally, who had encouraged him to take on the role of Bill, a paranoid survivalist entangled in an unexpected romance with trespasser Frank (played by Bartlett).
During the press interactions that followed, Offerman playfully suggested the possibility of a miniseries focused on the decades-long relationship between Bill and Frank, even entertaining the idea of it being a musical.
The six nominees showcased their talent in The Last of Us, with Offerman and Bartlett delivering a heart-wrenching performance in episode 3, “Long, Long Time.” The characters of skittish survivalist Bill and extroverted nomad Frank navigated a post-apocalyptic world, evolving from reluctant friends to devoted lovers, creating an emotional impact on viewers.
Bartlett, a double nominee this year, had previously won an Emmy in 2022 for his role in The White Lotus. Offerman, with his fourth Emmy nomination, had previously received nods alongside Amy Poehler for their work on Making It.
Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Montreal Woodard, in their first Emmy nominations, portrayed brave but doomed brothers in episodes 4 and 5 of The Last of Us. Johnson’s character, Henry, showcased a protective instinct for his Deaf younger brother Sam, adding layers to the storyline.
James Cromwell concluded his four-season run on Succession with a third nomination for his role as Ewan, Logan Roy’s liberal brother. Cromwell’s poignant portrayal earned him recognition, particularly for a moving eulogy delivered for Logan.
Arian Moayed, also from Succession, earned a nomination in this category for the second consecutive year. His portrayal of agnostic venture capitalist Stewy Hosseini showcased the character’s shifting allegiances in the tumultuous world of Wall Street.
The 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards celebrated the outstanding performances of these talented actors, recognizing their contributions to the world of television.