Winner - James Gandolfini "The Sopranos"
Runners Up - Ed Asner "Lou Grant", Dennis Franz "NYPD Blue", Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad"
Commentary - How could I give the win to Carmelo, without also giving it to Tony as well? There have been so many great male lead performances in television dramas, but James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano rises about them all to simply be the best. Gandolfini didn't just play another Brando-esque mob guy, one-note all the way. Instead, he built us an entire character, and an entire world that was The Sopranos. For six seasons, he and Falco (as well as the rest of the amazing cast), entertained us, scared the hell out of us, and kept us wanting more. For the record, if Martin Sheen had ever won for The West Wing (a shameful mark for Emmy voters) this would have been a tie.