Just look at these six, very deserving Emmy nominees. So much gravitas, screen presence and prior acting award wins in one category, any one of these candidates for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series deserve the coveted gold statue from the Television Academy.
Each and every one of the actors nominated have been recognized before in various categories, but only three of them have come away with a trophy: Jeff Daniels, Kyle Chandler and Bob Odenkirk. The remaining three nominees, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm have an impressive 26 nominations between them and, shockingly, zero wins.
All of the acting talent in this category is top-notch, along with their corresponding, critically acclaimed shows (Chandler for “Bloodline,” Daniels for “The Newsroom,” Hamm for “Mad Men,” Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul,” Schreiber for “Ray Donovan,” and Spacey for “House of Cards”). So what are the voting members of the Academy to do?
Vote for Jon Hamm, that’s what. There’s always the chance of an upset, but Hamm is the likely favorite because a) he’s been nominated 16 times (!) and b) the Academy tends to reward quality performers on shows that have ended within the voting year (See: Chandler’s win for “Friday Night Lights”).
Daniels and “The Newsroom” also qualify for the “your-show-ended-you-deserve-this-Emmy” Academy bias and since Daniels’ 2013 win over Hamm, Spacey and “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston, there’s always a chance he could swoop in for the win.
Next to Hamm, Spacey has the most nominations and no wins (eight) for his celebrated work as Francis Underwood on “House of Cards,” he’s a solid contender for an upset over the “Mad Men” star, followed by Schreiber and his gritty portrayal of immoral fix-it-man Ray Donovan
Chandler and Odenkirk’s respective series are first time nominees, which gives them more time to be rewarded in the future and makes them longer shots to win.
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