Not only is Kyle Chandler one of the frontrunners for an Emmy nomination next month for his emotional work in the final season of “Friday Night Lights,” but as of last weekend he can now add “box office champ” to his resume. Chandler plays a small-town deputy with a big-time problem in the new movie “Super 8,” written and directed by Emmy winner J.J. Abrams. Besides scoring an impressive 72 at Metacritic, the action flick also opened atop the box office.
The success of “Super 8” couldn’t have come at a better time for Chandler, who received his first Best Drama Actor nomination last year for “Friday Night Lights.” For a two-week period ending June 24th, Emmy voters will be scouring through the dozens of names on their ballots to pick the six most deserving men in this category. Having a blockbuster movie premiering at the same time can only help Chandler stand tall amongst the crowded field.
For the past three years, “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has claimed the top acting award for his own, but with this titan now out of the running (his show didn’t air within the eligibility period), somebody new is destined to take home the prize. According to our editors, Chandler’s toughest competition will be recent Golden Globe champ Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), newcomer to the race William H. Macy (“Shameless”), or a trio of actors long overdue for the win: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”).
Other than his nomination last year, Chandler only has one other Emmy nod to his credit, for guest starring “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2006; he lost that race to Christian Clemenson (“Boston Legal”).