The TV Czar's Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
For some crazy reason, the Academy refuses to give me an Emmy ballot. Seems preposterous to me, but I suppose I have to accept their decision. Since they won't let me have my say, I've decided to submit my personal Emmy ballots via Technorati. The series will cover my ballots for the major Emmy awards leading up to the actual nominations on July 19.
Bryan Cranston- There’s a reason this man returns to the Emmy fold as the 3 time defending champ. (We’re forgetting last year because he wasn’t eligible.) The man’s brilliance cannot be understated. At this point, we are running out of superlatives for Mr. Cranston. Right now, he’s got the TV acting title belt.
Jon Hamm- The Kyle Chandler story was nice, but Jon Hamm should have won the Emmy last year. He had the ultimate submission episode (“The Suitcase”) and dominated the season from start to finish. That being said, this season might have been even better. He showed that, four seasons in, he could still take Don Draper to new places. He may not have the top quality submission episode like last year, but there certainly isn’t a shortage of quality material to choose from this year.
Hugh Laurie- Call it nostalgia, but I want to see Laurie get in the mix one last time. Here’s something you may not realize: He utterly deserves it. Even though the show went off the rails a few seasons ago, Laurie’s work has always managed to get above the fray. He’s got a couple of great submission episodes to choose from, so a nomination doesn’t seem out of the question.
Damian Lewis- The first season of Homeland will be remembered for Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison. However, in a lot of ways, Damian Lewis had the tougher role to fill. We learned all we needed to know about Carrie Mathison in the first episode as see bounced between CIA intelligence brilliance and taken the whore’s bath before work. On the other hand, Lewis played a character that only gave us a small piece at a time. He played the role with an amazing amount of nuance and intensity. His ability to make us feel for a man in league with terrorists has to count for something. We will remember Carrie first, but we shouldn’t dare forget about the performance of Sergeant Brody.Continued on the next page