Jesse Plemons is receiving recognition for his performances in recent movies like The Power of the Dog, Windfall, and Jungle Cruise — but many became acquainted with the star thanks to his part in Breaking Bad. Now he’s up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 94th Annual Academy Awards. But did he ever receive accolades for his performance in the popular AMC series?
Jesse Plemons played Todd Alquist in ‘Breaking Bad’
Jesse Plemons appears in a number of recent movies, but many will recognize the actor from his time on Breaking Bad. Plemons played Todd Alquist in the show, Jack Welker’s (Michael Bowen) nephew — a character who becomes less and less likable as the series continues.
Todd doesn’t play a massive role in the series, but he’s around enough to leave an impact. He helps Walter White (Bryan Cranston) with the train heist in season 5, and he goes on to torment Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after Walter hands him over to Jack.
His relationship with Jesse is one of the biggest reasons fans came to dislike Todd so much. But that reaction was the sign of a job well done. After all, viewers weren’t supposed to view Plemons’ character in a positive light. In that sense, he played the part to perfection. Was he ever recognized for it?
Did Jesse Plemons win any awards for his ‘Breaking Bad’ role?
If there’s one thing that can be said about Jesse Plemons’ Breaking Bad performance, it’s that it left an impact. It’s difficult not to feel angry every time Todd’s on-screen, and his character is among the show’s most despised villains. So, did Plemons take home any awards for bringing Todd to life?
Unfortunately, Plemons’ role wasn’t big enough to warrant any solo accolades at the Emmys or SAG Awards when Breaking Bad was airing. According to IMDb, he did receive an IGN Award for Best TV Villain in 2013 — a fitting honor given his character.
The entirety of the Breaking Bad cast also won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 2014 SAG Awards. Plemons can count that among his achievements. Additionally, he nearly added a solo award to his reservoir later — and it was for playing Todd, just not in Breaking Bad.
The actor almost received this honor for ‘El Camino’
Although Jesse Plemons didn’t receive any solo nominations or awards for his work on Breaking Bad, he was in the running for a Critics Choice Award after reprising his role in Netflix’s El Camino.
In 2020, he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television. Unfortunately, Plemons didn’t win in the category. Instead, Stellan Skarsgård took home the prize for Chernobyl.
Even still, it’s clear Plemons left an impact by appearing on the AMC series. And he has the chance to bring home some exciting awards for the films he’s appeared in over the past year. Check out the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27 to see if an Oscar is among them. The ceremony kicks off at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.