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PHOTOS: Road to the Emmys: Actor (Drama)
Patrick J. Adams
After being nominated for a 2011 SAG Award as Mike Ross, Adams did a nifty guest turn on HBO’s Luck.
Nominated each of the first two seasons of Boardwalk, Buscemi had a wide range of moments to play in last fall’s third season.
It had been more than three decades since the former Guiding Light thesp had spent this much time on TV, but Bacon made the most of it.
While Bonneville will once again try to parlay his character’s fortune into Emmy fortune, erstwhile co-star Dan Stevens is sitting out the race.
Though the first season of Last was its last, the TV Academy does love Braugher, a seven-time nominee and
If he gets nominated, the three-time winner of the lead drama actor Emmy could benefit from new episodes airing during the final voting period.
Some would argue
that Daniels locked up a nomination with his monologue in the opening sequence of the Newsroom premiere.
Fillion continually makes more of a name for himself in the TV and film worlds, helping raise appreciation of his work on the ABC mystery series.
As legendary Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok, Fimmel was a key element in drawing big audience numbers to History for Vikings.
Despite the show’s cancelation after two seasons, Grammer’s perf as the Chicago mayor with a degenerative neurological disorder was indelible.
Michael C. Hall
Hall had been nominated in this category for five consecutive years before the streak came to an end
As often as Don Draper repeats his mistakes, Hamm’s performance never falls into a rut, keeping alive his hopes for that elusive first Emmy.
SONS OF ANARCHY
Hunnam’s Jax Teller delivered a range of emotions after several characters on the tough Kurt Sutter drama perished throughout the season.
A clip of Krause’s Adam Braverman describing his wife’s cancer to their daughter, shown at the TV Academy Honors, made a compelling case for Krause.
If anything, Lewis’ performance as Sgt. Brody became deeper and more complex in the season following last year’s Emmy lead actor triumph.
THE WALKING DEAD
Apparently zombies and rival survivors weren’t enough — Lincoln’s Rick was further tested this year by games his mind was playing upon him.
The season-two finale of Suits put Macht’s Harvey Specter at a major professional (and personal) crossroads.
William H. Macy
By displaying some rare acts of love for his family, Macy was able to show another side of alcoholic freeloader Frank.
Playing the character that Anthony Hopkins made famous means having to fill some big shoes, but Mikkelsen was up to the task.
Jonny Lee Miller
The Eye’s take on Sherlock Holmes needed a thoughtful, charismatic but also quirky lead, and Miller did not disappoint on any front.
HELL ON WHEELS
Though it is sometimes an afterthought on AMC’s powerhouse drama slate, Mount is grittily winning as the show’s lead.
As Raylan Givens, Olyphant was nominated in 2011 but not last year. A return to the awards race would certainly be, you know …
After making his U.S. TV bones on Brothers & Sisters, Rhys took on a new dimension as the mega-disguised Russian spy on the frosh FX skein.
DA VINCI’S DEMONS
Riley brought the Renaissance legend to life in the premiere season of Demons as combination intellectual artist and ersatz action hero.
The policeman/ patriarch for Bloods has eight past Emmy noms to his credit, including a lead drama actor win for Magnum, P.I. in 1984.
HOUSE OF CARDS
If Frank Underwood were turning to the camera right now, he’d offer a dryly snide observation of how strong Spacey’s nomination chances are.
As the title character, Taylor made a quiet but strong first impression on a show that aired nearly
a year ago.
a new identity outside ER, Wyle faithfully anchors TNT’s alien battle royale.
In a role that measures time almost by heartbeats, Young is mesmerizing as a man recently freed from a long stint on death row.