Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

This Sunday, ABC will air the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will honor the best of television from the past year. in the week leading up to the ceremony, we here at TVRage have been sharing our thoughts and predictions on who will (and should) win, which you can check out here. Now, we're tackling the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. Here are the nominees: 

  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey (Episode: "Episode Seven") (PBS)
  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson on Boardwalk Empire (Episode: "Two Boats and a Lifeguard") (HBO)
  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White on Breaking Bad (Episode: "Crawl Space") (AMC)
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan on Dexter (Episode: "Nebraska") (Showtime)
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men (Episode: "The Other Woman") (AMC)
  • Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody on Homeland (Episode: "Marine One") (Showtime)

First of all, there's no use in kidding ourselves here: perennial nominee Michael C. Hall is not going to win this award, especially after the abysmal sixth season of Dexter. Neither is Hugh Bonneville, who, while part of the great Downton Abbey, simply can't hold a candle to the rest of the talent here. Steve Buscemi was absolutely riveting in Boardwalk Empire, but as great as he is, he probably won't take home the trophy either. 

This is really a three-way race between Jon Hamm, Damian Lewis, and Bryan Cranston. Hamm's performance in "The Other Woman" (and Mad Men as a whole) was great this year, but he's probably the least likely to win out of these (he's been nominated four times and never won). 

Damian Lewis was absolutely riveting in the Homeland season one finale, "Marine One," which showed him struggling to carry out his mission of carrying out a suicide bombing. His wordless performance in those crucial moments makes him a real contender, and though it's a bit of a stretch, he could pull an upset. 

But really, this category belongs to Bryan Cranston, who has won for his role on Breaking Bad three times before. He's consistently brilliant as Walter White, and after the episode for which he's nominated, "Crawl Space," aired, I'm surprised they didn't just go ahead and give him the Emmy ahead of time. Seriously. Watch this scene if you don't believe me (and even if you do). 

WHO SHOULD WIN: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

WHO WILL WIN: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below, and tune in on September 23 to ABC to see the winners announced. 

- The Emmy Awards
- Bryan Cranston

Written by: mcpherson
Sep 21st, 2012, 4:51 pm


Message Posted On Sep 25th, 2012, 1:03 pm
Bryan Cranston is an awesome actor ,i like his emotions.He is a hypnotizer i should say. He always came up with brilliant ideas in solving any mess, which also make it happen this award belongs to this man .
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