Emmys slugfest: Can anyone beat Steve Buscemi for Best Drama Actor? [Video]

After winning both the Golden Globe and SAG Awards, Steve Buscemi is certainly a frontrunner to prevail at the Emmys as well for the first season of HBO’s lavish period drama “Boardwalk Empire.” However, as our two TV kudos experts Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum make mention of during their conversation below, the key to taking home an Emmy is picking the right episode.

Three-time also-ran Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) has perhaps his strongest submission ever with “The Suitcase.” Also in the mix are five other men who have been nominated for their current starring roles. Hugh Laurie was in the hunt for five of the first six seasons of “House.” Michael C. Hall contended for the past three years running for “Dexter.” Gabriel Byrne vied for each of the first two seasons of “In Treatment.” Last year, Kyle Chandler landed his first nod for “Friday Night Lights” which is signing off this year. And Denis Leary reaped noms for the second and third seasons of “Rescue Me.”

Among the stars of freshman series are previous Emmy champs Jeremy Irons (“The Borgias”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Ray Romano (“Men of a Certain Age”) and Tom Selleck (“Blue Bloods”). And hoping for their first Emmy recognition are Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”), Billy Campbell (“The Killing”), Joseph Fiennes (“Camelot”), Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”) and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”).

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