2015 Emmy Contenders
Dave Annable "Red Band Society"
Jonathan Aris "The Game"
Astro "Red Band Society"
Jonathan Banks "Lizzie Borden Chronicles"
W. Earl Brown "American Crime"
Michael Chiklis "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Brian Cox "The Game"
Brian Cox "The Slap"
Wilson Cruz "Red Band Society"
Martin Csokas "Sons of Liberty"
Jeremy Davies "Texas Rising"
William DeVane "24: Live Another Day"
Shaun Dooley "The Game"
Devin Druid "Olive Kitteridge"
Mike Epps "Bessie"
Ralph Fiennes "Worricker: Salting the Battlefield"
Hugh Fraser "Curtain: Poirots Last Case"
John Gallagher Jr. "Olive Kitteridge"
Michael Gambon "The Casual Vacancy"
Richard Glover "The Casual Vacancy"
Cuba Gooding Jr. "The Book of Negroes"
Louis Gossett Jr. "The Book of Negroes"
Kelsey Grammer "Killing Jesus"
Neil Patrick Harris "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Bob Hess "American Crime"
David Hoflin "American Crime"
Joe Hurst "The Casual Vacancy"
Jason Isaacs "Stockholm, Pennsylvania"
Daren Kagasoff "Red Band Society"
Rory Kinnear "The Casual Vacancy"
Kris Kristofferson "Texas Rising"
Damien Lewis "Wolf Hall"
John Carroll Lynch "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Benito Martinez "American Crime"
Olivier Martinez "Texas Rising"
Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"
Stephen Moyer "Killing Jesus"
Bill Murray "Olive Kitteridge"
Sam Neill "The Dovekeepers"
Joe Nemmers "American Crime"
Elvis Nolasco "American Crime"
Nick Nolte "Gracepoint"
Dean Norris "Sons of Liberty"
Denis O'Hare "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Evan Peters "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Jonathan Pryce "Wolf Hall"
Zachary Quinto "The Slap"
Stephen Rea "The Honorable Woman"
Paul Ritter "The Game"
Charlie Rowe "Red Band Society"
Nolan Sotillo "Red Band Society"
Rafe Spall "Sons of Liberty"
Christopher Walken "Peter Pan Live!"
Michael Kenneth Williams "Bessie"
Finn Wittrock "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Commentary - A lot, I mean a lot of names populate this race, and it kind of makes you wonderful, who is going to rise out of the masses to Emmy glory? It is best to look at these contenders grouped by their projects. Bill Murray is an obvious nominee for Olive Kitteridge, although I would argue that his role is rather limited, and that maybe John Gallagher Jr. should also be the mix. As always, there are loads of potentials for American Horror Story: Freak Show. Denis O'Hare only got a nod for the first miniseries, and poor Evan Peters has somehow managed to miss out year after year (a real shame). Out of the bunch it looks like the newcomers to the mix Finn Wittrock, Michael Chiklis, Neil Patrick Harris, and John Carroll Lynch might be safer bets come nomination morning. We still don't know how Texas Rising will turn out, but names like Jeremy Davies, Oliver Martinez, Kris Kristofferson could be hard names to pass up. Bessie did well at the Critics Choice Television Awards, although their supporting guys Michael Kenneth Williams and Mike Epps. American Crime might only be a boon for its leading players, as most of the supporting players are unknown, and two quality British productions will probably be left out either due to being too small (The Game) or mixed reviews (The Casual Vacancy) although British legends Brian Cox and Michael Gambon could get in on name recognition alone. Wolf Hall could be a winner at both the Emmys and the Tonys in the same summer, with Jonathan Pryce and Damien Lewis could be in the mix. Sons of Liberty has some big names with Dean Norris and Rafe Spall. The Book of Negroes got some nods with the Critics Choice, and was a big hit for BET, so be on the look out for Oscar winners Louis Gossett Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr. Finally, keep Christopher Walkin, Sam Neill, Nick Nolte, Stephen Rea, Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Jason Isaacs (who got a nod with the BTJA), and Ralph Fiennes.