Monday, May 30, 2011

Emmy Contenders: Best Actor in a Drama Series

Possible Contenders
Steve Buscemi "Boardwalk Empire"
Michael C. Hall "Dexter"
Hugh Laurie "House"
Kyle Chandler "Friday Night Lights"
Jon Hamm "Mad Men"
Tom Selleck "Blue Bloods"
Bill Paxton "Big Love"
Jeremy Irons "The Borgias"
Gabriel Byrne "In Treatment"
Peter Krause "Parenthood"
William H. Macy "Shameless"
Sean Bean "Game of Thrones"
Timothy Olyphant "Justified"
Ray Romano "Men of a Certain Age"
Denis Leary "Rescue Me"
Joseph Fiennes "Camelot"
Wendell Pierce "Treme"
Patrick Dempsey "Grey's Anatomy"
Andrew Lincoln "The Walking Dead"
Simon Baker "The Mentalist"
Charlie Hunnam "Sons of Anarchy"

This is a tough race, with old timers and newcomers battling it out for only six or seven spots. Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall, Bill Paxton, Gabriel Byrne, and Kyle Chandler, all are returning to the race, but not all of them will make the cut. Not with the likes of Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy whose showy cable roles will most likely get nods for their new series. Jeremy Irons could also get in with his Oscar-winning status and popular The Borgias. Tom Selleck is no stranger to this category going back to his Magnum, P.I. days, but the competition looks to be a lot stiffer this time around. On a personal note, I would like to plug the great performances of Peter Krause, Timothy Olyphant, and Wendell Pierce, which will most likely be overlooked.

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