Samuel L. Jackson "The Sunset Limited"
Tommy Lee Jones "The Sunset Limited"
William Hurt "Too Big to Fail"
Jim Broadbent "Any Human Heart"
Idris Elba "Luther"
Laurence Fishburne "Thurgood"
Patrick Stewart "Macbeth"
Hugh Bonneville "Downtown Abbey"
Tom Selleck "Jesse Stone"
Greg Kinner "The Kennedys"
Kenneth Branagh "Wallander"
Ed Stoppard "Upstairs, Downstairs"
Ian McShane "Pillars of the Earth"
Joseph Morgan "Ben-Hur"
Edgar Ramirez "Carlos"
In my personal opinion, the performances of Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson in The Sunset Limited were the best of the year, Jackson slighty ahead in my vote. But they may split each other's votes, leading the way for another actor to get in. One of these could be William Hurt, former Oscar winner, in the politically charged To Big to Fail. Another possibility could be the always incredible Jim Broadbent for Any Human Heart. I defnitely think that last year's breakout performance Edgar Ramirez for Carlos is a contender, as is the underratedc Idris Elba. Finally, Greg Kinner would have easily gotten in if The Kennedys had not stirred up controversy. If for some reason, the Academy likes the miniseries, then Kinnear could still get in.