‘Boardwalk Empire’ G-man Michael Shannon gunning for Emmy nomination

With four of last year’s Supporting Drama Actor contenders out of the hunt, there’s a lot of room in the Emmy category for new nominees. One of the strongest rookie rivals is Michael Shannon of “Boardwalk Empire,” which won Best Drama Series at the Golden Globes and Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards. Shannon is a past Supporting Actor Oscar nominee (“Revolutionary Road”) who now portrays a key character in the hot HBO series: he’s Nelson Van Aldon, a federal agent who aims to topple Atlantic City’s bootlegging empire down.

VOTE FOR: Michael Shannon and “Boardwalk Empire” here.
Log your predictions in top Emmy races. Compete against experts!

But Van Aldon isn’t a pristine hero. He’s dark and complicated, someone guilty of much wrongdoing himself. “It can be very sad sometimes,” he tells Gold Derby. “I would want to beg and plead, ‘Please, can’t he just stay unsoiled a little longer?’ But it’s a theme of the show — every character is struggling with two different aspects or two sides of themselves. That’s what makes good drama.”


Who from ‘Game of Thrones’ will rule at Emmys?

Sci-fi and fantasy shows fail to win over Emmys [Photo Gallery]

Emmy Awards 2011: Our Wish List for Voters – Television Without Pity

Emmys: Why comedy nominees aren’t funny anymore – Hollywood Reporter

Katey Sagal: ‘Scary’ mama drama on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ [Video]

Can ‘The Walking Dead’ come alive at Emmys?

No Emmy reruns for TV’s funniest ladies [Photo Gallery]

More News from GoldDerby