The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations are in and judging by the talent involved in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category, it is going to be one of the night’s toughest categories to call.
If you are one of the people who thinks Bryan Cranston has it in the bag for his always stellar performance in “Breaking Bad,” you should be aware of a little piece of Emmy trivia. Although it seems like Cranston always wins, he hasn’t taken home the trophy in this category since 2010 and has lost to one of his fellow nominees in years past.
Jeff Daniels took home the Emmy in 2013 for his role in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama series “The Newsroom.” Say what you will about the series itself, but Daniels is incredible as Will McAvoy and should take home awards for his memorization and delivery of the immense amount of dialogue in the series alone.
However, one of Daniels’ HBO comrades could end up taking home the trophy, as there is no denying Matthew McConaughey is having a killer year. Not only does he already have momentum from taking home an Oscar this year for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” he showed how versatile he could be playing the complex character of Rust Cohle in “True Detective.”
Rounding out the category are Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), seven-time Emmy nominee Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and McConaughey’s “True Detective” buddy Woody Harrelson. All are fabulous in their perspective roles, but five of them won’t walk away winners on Aug. 25.
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