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  • Matt Noble
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    Is this year’s drama lead actor race going to be the weakest we’ve had in years? Winner’s Jeff Daniel’s and Jon Hamm wrapped up their roles last year. Three time champ Cranston bowed out the year before. Damien Lewis hasn’t been on Homeland in years. 

    This is the first year in I don’t know how long we haven’t had a winning character eligible (although Chandler and Spader do have new roles in contention).

    This will still be a tough field but with far fewer iconic characters than in years past.

    Perhaps the race could boil down to Spacey vs. Odenkirk? 

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    me123
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    lewis will also have a new role in contention with billions – lets see what happens once this premieres in the spring.  i can see liev getting nominated again for a great season of ray donovan

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    David Buchanan
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    Matt, I’d really love to see James Spader break through in this category for The Blacklist.  He’s having another terrific season as Reddington and he’s twice Golden Globe nominated for the role. I couldn’t see him winning over the likes of Spacey, who hasn’t yet won for House of Cards, but a nomination would well-deserved recognition.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    I think a spanner in the works would be the finale season of downtown abby and i just have a feeling will give this to Hugh Boneville

    Predictions – 3 horse race between Boneville, Spacey for House of Card & Terrance Howard

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    mikeboy898
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    If Terrence Howard didn’t get in for Empire’s 1st season, I find it highly unlikely he’ll get in for the ‘so-so’ 2nd season.

    The Emmys have shown their love for Damien Lewis before. If Showtime’s Billions delivers, he can score a nomination.

    Kyle Chandler will be nominated for Bloodline as long as it continues to air.

    Same goes with Kevin Spacey – he could win in 2016 due to lack of competition and if Season 4 of House of Cards continues to be buzzy (wish is a big if!). Bob Odenkirk will definitely repeat his nomination because it’s Better Call Saul and the critic’s can’t enough of anything Breaking Bad related (even if it is a very different show and Odenkirk is GREAT in it)

    Do not rule out HBO’s shiny new drama due out in February: Vinyl. Bonny Cannavale is the series lead and is a previous multi-Emmy nominee (and winner).

    At this point, I could see it being:
    Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
    Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
    Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
    Damian Lewis, Billions
    Bobby Cannavale, Vinyl
    Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

    I think that’s a pretty impressive bunch. Just because previosu stalwarts Cranston and Hamm are out of the race doesn’t mean one of these greats doesn’t deserve it!

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    leothescorpio
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    ^ I agree with most of what you said and your picks (except Bonneville), but I think Howard might get nominated. He’s been solid this season and is more than worthy of a nod. I just don’t see him winning. I think Spacey will take it.

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    I wouldn’t say the weakest.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I think that Clive Owen could shock everyone this year.

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    I was all behind Terrence getting nominated for the first season of Empire. This season not so much.

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    Atypical
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    I think mikey nailed it. Just replace Bonneville with Schreiber, and there’s your six nominees. Don’t expect Howard to make it in. It would take a much higher profile of “The Knick” in general for Owen to make the cut with a historic acting nomination for Cinemax. All eyes will be on Spacey to “finally” win an Emmy, like ham like him has to be acknowledged just b/c he’s seen as overdue. I think he wins even on a middling fourth season.

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    Amanda Spears
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    I could see Bonneville returning for the last season of Downtown Abbey or Howard for Empire. But its early in they year and we haven’t seen Canavales new show yet but if it lives up to the trailer he could get in he already won when no one was predicting it. If it is really a weak year maybe now is the time to give Dinklage a raise and enter the Lead Actor race. He’s been nominated for the SAG award and is arguably the star of the show.

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    But Dinklage’s screentime is tiny for a “lead.”

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    Jalal Haddad
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    We haven’t seen Vinyl yet  but I could definitely see this being a great year for Bobby Cannavale but I think this year is pretty sewn up for Kevin Spacey. With the new voting system I doubt newcomers stand a chance and Kevin Spacey is the biggest actor yet to win amongst the contenders.
     
    I wouldn’t count out Terrence Howard yet. This season of Empire  gives him a lot of stuff to do and in such a weak field I could see him receiving a nomination.

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    Is Anthony Hopkins eligible for Westworld?

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    Is this year’s drama lead actor race going to be the weakest we’ve had in years? Winner’s Jeff Daniel’s and Jon Hamm wrapped up their roles last year. Three time champ Cranston bowed out the year before. Damien Lewis hasn’t been on Homeland in years. 

    This is the first year in I don’t know how long we haven’t had a winning character eligible (although Chandler and Spader do have new roles in contention).

    This will still be a tough field but with far fewer iconic characters than in years past.

    Perhaps the race could boil down to Spacey vs. Odenkirk? 

    I don’t want to be the party spoiler here BUT Cranston is the winner of four lead actor in a drama Emmys. Not three.
    Other than that, I believe that Paul Giamatti will make it into the final six for Billions, possibly Damian Lewis as well. Spacey and Odenkirk are possibly locks and there are the HBO guys. And of course, Anthony Hopkins could be unbeatable in the very end. Clive Owen and Liev Schreiber are possibilities. Imagine Hugh Bonneville winning an Emmy and the awful Downton Abbey sweeping.

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