Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 Emmy Contenders: Best Actor in a Drama Series

2012 Contenders
Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad"
Jon Hamm "Mad Men"
Damian Lewis "Homeland"
Steve Buscemi "Boardwalk Empire"
Kelsey Grammer "Boss"
Dustin Hoffman "Luck"
Hugh Bonneville "Downton Abbey"
Timothy Olyphant "Justified"
Hugh Laurie "House"
Michael C. Hall "Dexter"
Kiefer Sutherland "Touch"
Nathan Fillion "Castle"
William H. Macy "Shameless"
Andrew Lincoln "The Walking Dead"
Patrick J. Adams "Suits"
Jeremy Irons "The Borgias"
Jason Isaacs "Awake"
Tom Selleck "Blue Bloods"
Anson Mount "Hell on Wheels"
Simon Baker "The Mentalist"
Stephen Moyer "True Blood"
Patrick Wilson "A Gifted Man"
Charlie Hunnam "Sons of Anarchy"
Jeffrey Dean Morgan "Magic City"
Peter Krause "Parenthood"
Jim Caveziel "Person of Interest"
Jeffrey Donovan "Burn Notice"
Denis Leary "Rescue Me"
Commentary - Can anybody beat Bryan Cranston? When he wasn't eligible last year, I thought that Jon Hamm was finally going to snag a win, but then sentimentality ruled the day, and Kyle Chandler got a surprising, albeit deserving win. So now that Cranston is back it is once again him vs. Hamm, and I think that Hamm will have to wait around again for that Emmy. Beyond those two, there are some other fairly strong contenders. Steve Buscemi returns for Boardwalk Empire, fresh off another SAG Ensemble win, meaning it has actor's support. Three of last year's nominees are also returning: Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie for the last season of House, and Timothy Olyphant, but with a slew of new contenders, none of their spots are safe, and there is a good chance that none of them return. Of the newcomers, Damian Lewis might be the most competitive for his meaty role in Homeland. But television and Emmy favorite Kelsey Grammer playing bad in Boss and legend Dustin Hoffman are not far behind, although in Hoffman's case, the controversial cancelling of his show Luck may work against him. The other newcomer to this particular race is Hugh Bonneville, but since he failed to get a Movie/Mini nomination last year, I don't think he can get in here, but hey, anything is possible. Beyond those names, the list of possibilities is long, but not much chance, with the exception of Kiefer Sutherland, because he is well, Kiefer Sutherland.


  1. I like Sutherland's performance in Touch, so I am secretly hoping he gets in. And as much as I want Jon Hamm to get his Emmy, I think that either Cranston or Grammer is going to get in. I'm not exactly sure who'll win though, it's anyone's race.

  2. If anyone can beat Cranston, I think its Grammer, simply because of his history with the Television Academy. Poor Hamm looks like he will never win.