Many of the cast from Emmys darling “Mad Men” are sure to number among the nominees for the 63rd annual awards which will be announced this Thursday. However, despite 12 bids over the past three years, none of them has won. Yet, “Mad Men” has claimed the Best Drama Series award for three years running. Besides those three top prizes, “Mad Men” has won an additional 10 Emmys in races like writing.
Playing buttoned-down professionals in the 1960s hasn’t given the cast the kind of showy scenes seen in contemporary dramas. But that changed this year as leading man Jon Hamm revealing his emotional baggage in “The Suitcase.” We see a completely different side to his character Don Draper when he gets drunk. Reigning three-time Emmy champ Bryan Cranston is ineligble for this year’s Best Drama Actor race as “Breaking Bad” did not air any new episodes making Hamm a frontrunner. Likewise, Elisabeth Moss is a strong contender for this same episode. Moving up from the supporting race, Moss gets to show a wide range of emotions in “The Suitcase.” In what is essentially a two-hander, she is given as much screen time as Hamm.
In the supporting races, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks, both previous nominees, may also be poised for their first wins if they submit their strongest episodes — “Hands and Knees” and “The Beautiful Girls” respectively. Slattery’s character Roger Sterling not only loses his biggest client but must face having impregnated his lover Joan Holloway (Hendricks) whose husband is off fighting in the war.