The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Actor are Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”).
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Last year’s winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) was snubbed for the sophomore season of his USA hit show and none of this year’s nominees have won for these roles. Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the contenders in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite choices in a straight plurality vote.
Brown plays breakout character Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit family drama, and would be the first black winner of Best Drama Actor in 19 years, following Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) in 1998. This is his second consecutive Emmy nomination after winning in 2016 for his supporting performance in the limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Hopkins portrays Dr. Robert Ford, the puppet-master of HBO’s sci-fi/western series. Remember, Sir Anthony is an Oscar champ for “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), something that never hurts with TV academy members who love to see a film legend take to the Emmy stage.
Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on the AMC legal drama. Though he has lost both of his bids for this popular spinoff of “Breaking Bad,” Odenkirk has a pair of Best Variety Writing trophies for “Saturday Night Live” (1989) and “The Ben Stiller Show” (1993).
Rhys is a stand-out as conflicted KGB agent Philip Jennings on FX’s Russian spy drama. It took four years for him to finally be nominated for this role last year and he now contends for his second consecutive time.
Schreiber plays the titular character of a Hollywood fixer in this Showtime drama. The “Ray Donovan” star previously scored an Emmy bid as Best Movie/Mini Actor for “RKO 281” (2000) but has yet to take home a trophy.
Spacey portrays the duplicitous President Underwood on the Netflix political thriller. The two-time Oscar champ now has a combined 10 nominations for “House of Cards”: five for Best Drama Actor and five for Best Drama Series as a producer.
Ventimiglia is heart-breaking as patriarch Jack Pearson on “This Is Us.” This is Ventimiglia’s first Emmy notice after years starring on water-cooler TV shows like “Gilmore Girls” and “Heroes.”
UPDATED: August 7, 2017
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) — 8/11 odds
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) — 13/5 odds
Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”) — 18/1 odds
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) — 33/1 odds
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) — 33/1 odds
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) — 50/1 odds
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) — 66/1 odds
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