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  • Gone_Guy
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    #357102

    The Lead Actress in a Drama Series poll was such a hit, I thought we could keep it going. It gives us something to discuss and debate since Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright won’t let us in on their episodes. 

    Results of Lead Actress Drama (as of this posting)
    1. Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel – 35% (26 votes)
    2. January Jones, Mad Men – 33% (25 votes)
    3. Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex – 15% (11 votes)
    4. Mireille Enos, The Killing – 9% (7 votes)
    5. Minnie Driver, The Riches – 3% (2 votes) 

    Lead Actress Drama contains three first-time nominees this year. Lead Actor Drama also contains three.

    Two of the nominees have won Emmys before for different projects, but are up this time for the first season of their new series:
    – Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (won for the 5th and final season of FNL in this category)
    – Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (dual Emmy winner in Writing for a Variety or Music Program; the first for SNL in 1989, the second for The Ben Stiller Show in 1993)

    And one is a first-time Emmy nominee for his series, but has been nominated once before for a different project: 

    – Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (nominated in 2000 in Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie for RKO 281, losing to Jack Lemmon for Tuesdays with Morrie).  

    There are four exceptions to mention in this poll.

    The following two actors were nominated for the only season of their series they were on:
    – 2014: Woody Harrelson, True Detective
    – 2014: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

    The following actor won for the only season he was on:

    *WON- 2008: James Spader, The Practice

    Lastly, the following actor was nominated for the only season of his series:

    – 2001: Andre Braugher, Gideon’s Crossing

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    Our last list contained one winner – Sela Ward in 1994 for season 2 of Sisters – but this list contains zero. 

    • 2011: Timothy Olyphant, Justified – Lost to Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

    • 2010: Matthew Fox, Lost – Lost to Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

    • 2009: Simon Baker, The Mentalist – Lost to Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

    • 2006: Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: SVU – Lost to Kiefer Sutherland, 24

    • 2005: Hank Azaria, Huff – Lost to James Spader, Boston Legal

    • 2005: Ian McShane, Deadwood – Lost to James Spader, Boston Legal

    • 2004: Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace – Lost to James Spader, The Practice

    • 2002: Michael C. Hall, Six Feet Under – Lost to Michael Chiklis, The Shield

    • 2001: Rob Lowe, The West Wing – Lost to James Gandolfini, The Sopranos

    • 2000: Jerry Orbach, Law & Order – Lost to James Gandolfini, The Sopranos    
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    Alex
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    #357104

    DEFINITELY Michael C. Hall. He turned in one of TV’s best performances, in one of TV’s best dramas.

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    ThiagoGarcia
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    #357105

    Michael C. Hall was much better than Peter Krause. I didn’t get why they insisted on nominating the wrong Fisher. 

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    Tonbone
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    #357106

    This is why I think there should have been six acting nominees in every category since the late 90’s because by the early 2000’s there were just too many great shows for only 5 nominees. If there were 6 they could have nominated both of the leading men of Six Feet Under each season and yes I agree that Michael C. Hall deserved to be nominated each season it’s sad that he was only nominated once. 

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    Amanda Spears
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    My reason for choosing Fox over Hall is there is no question that he is the lead actor on “Lost”. Whereas with Hall I believe an argument could be made that he should’ve been submitted in supporting and probably would be an emmy winner.

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    Sócrates Ochoa
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    #357108

    Definetely Michael C. Hall, also, the only time he was nominated for Six Feet Under submitted “A Private Life”, which was the perfect submission for him, he should’ve won back then (BTW, I don’t know why that year Krause didn’t submit “I’ll Take You”). Hall should’ve been nominated every year the show was on air and even win for the fouth and fifth seasons (“That’s My Dog” and “All Alone” could’ve been such great competitive submissions for him).

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    Tavish
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    I had no choice besides voting for Ian McShane. Great actor no matter how many times the Emmys will be ignore his wonderful roles. I’m still baffled how he was nominated only for the second season of “Deadwood” and missed a nomination for the first season when Dourif and Weigert got it.

    Runner-up: Jerry Orbach. SAG again did the right thing and the Emmys failed. 

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    My reason for choosing Fox over Hall is there is no question that he is the lead actor on “Lost”. Whereas with Hall I believe an argument could be made that he should’ve been submitted in supporting and probably would be an emmy winner.

    Not really. He was definitely a co-lead. If anything, one could argue that SFU had no female lead, and both Conroy and Griffiths should have gone supporting every year. I don’t agree with that, but it’s a better argument than Hall being supporting. Had to go with McShane however. Fox is cool with his lone consolation nod.  

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    Gone_Guy
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    In Drama Lead Actress, I had to go all the way back to 1989 to gather 10 contenders for the poll. In Lead Actor, I reached my tenth contender in 2000 (Orbach). But to satisfy my own curiosity, I thought I would go back to 1990 and see who else would have made the list.

    To my surprise, only one single actor in the 90s would have been eligible for the poll: Dylan McDermott in 1999 for The Practice.

    All the others were either multiple nominees, multiple winners, nominated and/or won for the only season of their series, nominated and/or won for the only season of the series they were on, and lastly, nominated and/or won for the only episode of the series they were on (Looking at this list makes me so glad we have the Guest categories). 

    Eligible for the poll (1):

    – 1999: Dylan McDermott, The
    Practice
    – Lost to Dennis Franz, NYPD
    Blue
    . Lost to Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue.

    Ineligible for the poll (6): 

    *WON — 1995: Mandy Patinkin, Chicago Hope
    – Only one nomination in Lead, for which he won. Nominated for the same role
    four years later in Guest Actor Drama (for which he would lose to Edward
    Herrmann, The Practice).

    – 1992: Harrison Page, Quantum Leap |
    Ep: “A Song for the Soul” – Nominated for the only episode of the series he was
    on. Lost to Christopher Lloyd, Road to
    Avonlea
    .

    – 1992: Kirk Douglas, Tales from the
    Crypt
    | Ep: “Yellow” – Nominated for the only episode of the series was on.
    Lost to Christopher Lloyd, Road to
    Avonlea
    .

    *WON — 1992: Christopher Lloyd, Road to
    Avonlea
    | Ep: “Another Point of View” – Nominated and won for the only
    episode of the series he was on.

    *WON  — 1991: James Earl Jones, Gabriel’s Fire – Won for the only season of the series. Jones was the series-lead, appearing in all 22 episodes.

    – 1990: Robert Loggia, Macuso, F.B.I. – Nominated for the only season of the series. Loggia was the series-lead, appearing in all 20 episodes. Lost to Peter Falk, Colombo.

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    Emmys2011
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    #357112

    Easy pick with C. Hall. He had to get nominations for every season, as well as Krause, Griffiths and Ambrose.

    For whoever mentioned up there his doubts about him being lead, I think its a rare show that actually has 4 co-lead characters. Each member of the Fisher family is without a doubt a lead character. Its hard/unusual to think of so many, but really think about it, and every one of them had their own central storylines throughout the series. I get that Ambrose was nominated as supporting for the first 3 seasons, but I honestly think that´s the same case than with the oscars, were the younger performer gets downgraded. That, and the fact than Griffiths could be considered a lead for season 1-2.

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    Sócrates Ochoa
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    Well the only time Griffiths got nominated in lead was for the first and second seasons of the show, alongside Conroy. After that she was nominated for the third season in supporting alongside Ambrose. Given how the spotlight sligtly shifted from her in that season, I think it was logical they went on submitting her on supporting.

    Even though “4 co-lead” sounds like too much and I think Ambrose was right in being submitted in supporting the years was nominated, that definetely stands true for the last season. Krause, Conroy, Hall, Griffiths and Ambrose got incredible focus and material that they could’ve been all submited in lead and would’ve been deserving, too bad only Krause and Conroy got nods.

    A little off topic, I was checking out Boomer’s post of submissions from last years. Why the hell Krause and/or Griffiths didn’t submit “I’ll Take You” when they got nominated for seasons 1 and 2? That fight between Nate and Brenda was probably their best performance ever.

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    #357114

    Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant.

    I love Jerry Orbach but he might have had more success in Supporting since it felt like the police got less screentime than the attorneys.

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    Lead Actress Drama contains three first-time nominees this year. Lead Actor Drama also contains three.

    Two of the nominees have won Emmys before for different projects, but are up this time for the first season of their new series:
    – Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (won for the 5th and final season of FNL in this category)
    – Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (dual Emmy winner in Writing for a Variety or Music Program; the first for SNL in 1989, the second for The Ben Stiller Show in 1993)

    And one is a first-time ever Emmy nominee: 

    – Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan


    Schreiber received his first Emmy nod in 2000 for playing Orson Welles in the TV Movie “RKO 281”

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    Gone_Guy
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    [quote=”GoneGuy”]

    Lead Actress Drama contains three first-time nominees this year. Lead Actor Drama also contains three.

    Two of the nominees have won Emmys before for different projects, but are up this time for the first season of their new series:
    – Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (won for the 5th and final season of FNL in this category)
    – Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (dual Emmy winner in Writing for a Variety or Music Program; the first for SNL in 1989, the second for The Ben Stiller Show in 1993)

    And one is a first-time ever Emmy nominee: 

    – Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan


    Schreiber received his first Emmy nod in 2000 for playing Orson Welles in the TV Movie “RKO 281”
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    That’s right! I completely forgot about his first Emmy nom 15 years ago. Corrected in the original post. Thank you for letting me know.

    Wow, if Schreiber wins, he’ll be an Oscar away from having The Triple Crown of Acting.  

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    Riley
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    Have not seen Six Feet Under, but Matthew Fox should won twice from three-plus nominations.

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