Emmy history: This is Dinklage's third nomination in this category; he won in 2011.
The case: Playing the most sympathetic character on the tawdry swords-and-sex drama, Dinklage is a fan favorite. Some emotionally complex scenes with onscreen father Charles Dance riveted audiences this season.
Trivia: Dinklage was writer George R.R. Martin's first choice for his role. But before he accepted — weary of dwarf stereotypes of fantasy series past — he gave exec producers one condition: no beard, no pointy shoes.
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Cassandra Clare and Lily Collins at "The Mortal Instruments" premiere
Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins star in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"
Kevin Zegers and Jamie Campbell Bower at the Arclight Cinerama Dome
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Kevin Zegers poses with a fan at "The Mortal Instruments" premiere.
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"First Date" star Krysta Rodriguez greets her former "Smash" castmate Jeremy Jordan at the opening night party.
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Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez at the opening night curtain call.