Mark Ruffalo "The Normal Heart"
Benedict Cumberbatch "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Martin Freeman "Fargo"
Billy Bob Thornton "Fargo"
Christopher Plummer "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"
Rob Lowe "Killing Kennedy"
Chiwetel Ejiofor "Dancing on the Edge"
Matthew Goode "Dancing on the Edge"
Dominic West "Burton and Taylor"
Wendell Pierce "Treme"
Clark Peters "Treme"
Idris Elba "Luther"
Dominic Cooper "Fleming The Man Who Would Be Bond"
Larry David "Clear History"
Jeremy Irons "The Hollow Crown"
Tom Hiddleston "The Hollow Crown"
Ben Whishaw "The Hollow Crown"
Daniel Radcliffe "Young Doctor's Notebook"
Jon Hamm "Young Doctor's Notebook"
Dylan McDermott "Hostages"
Patrick J. Adams "Rosemary's Baby"
Emile Hirsch "Bonnie and Clyde"
Richard Madden "Klondike"
Commentary - A couple of months ago, this category was wrapped up and ready to go. With Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the race, this was True Detective's to lose. And for the record, for the 4th Annual Awards Psychic Television Awards, they will continue to compete in this category because that is where an anthology series should be. But alas, HBO thought the wiser and has pushed it into the Drama categories. While it will still net them a ton of Emmys, there may not be as many wins due to the much stiffer competition. So now this race has opened up a bit, and new contenders are emerging. First up is Mark Ruffalo. While we still don't know the verdict on Ryan Murphy's film adaptation, if the final product has half the response of the stage production, it is certain to be a hit with Television Academy voters. Ruffalo is the emotional center of the film, and is an Oscar-nominated actor that is incredibly popular. Nipping at his heels are the guys of Fargo. Billy Bob Thornton has the flashier role, and is a certain nominee, but don't discount Martin Freeman who could easily be a double nominee this year. He may even go up against his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will definitely be nominated again, and unfortunately will probably lose again, a real shame if you ask me. Another hot ticket item this year will be Chiwetel Ejiofor for his role in Dancing on the Edge. He is now a bona fide star after his turn in 12 Years a Slave, and will be a hard name to pass up on a voting ballot. Christopher Plummer is a legend, Rob Lowe is a television favorite playing JFK, Dominic West plays Richard Burton, Idris Elba is a perennial, and names like Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Danielle Radcliffe, Larry David, and Jon Hamm are all on people's minds. Also, I would like to give a shout out to Wendell Pierce and Clark Peters in Treme. The show was constantly ignored in the Drama categories, but maybe they can finally get some deserved attention in this less-competitive race.