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2010 Emmy Nominees For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Who Should Win the Emmy For Best Lead Actor, Drama?

As we continue to break down this year's Emmy nominees, it's time to take a step up from supporting actors and actresses and take a closer look at the leads. The race for best lead actor in a drama is a pack of heavy hitters to say the least; four of these guys have been nominated in their roles before!

Let's start with the newcomers: Matthew Fox scored his first nod for the final season of Lost, while Kyle Chandler's name appears for the first time after being overlooked in past years for Friday Night Lights. This marks Hugh Laurie's fifth nomination for House and Bryan Cranston's third for Breaking Bad (Cranston is also undefeated thus far!). Michael C. Hall and Jon Hamm also have three nods apiece for Dexter and Mad Men, respectively.

The competition is so fierce even I'm having trouble figuring out who deserves the trophy. That's why I need you all to weigh in and help me decide: state your case for the man that deserves the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series!

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braddybradshaw braddybradshaw 5 years
Jon Hamm. It boggles my mind that he's been nominated for the past three years and still hasn't won!
Siberian Siberian 5 years
Michael C. HallorHugh Laurie
Siberian Siberian 5 years
Michael C. Hall or Hugh Laurie
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
i really think chandler deserves it. he's amazing on FNL
DebDebbie DebDebbie 5 years
They are all worth ... but Kyle Chandler, please.Much like Brian Cranston, Chandler was cast against type (the Early Edition guy?) and made his role his own. Not only did pull it off, he IS Coach Taylor. He's turned in consistently excellent and critically acclaimed performances for four years. Frankly, I think the electorate is embarrassed not to have recognized him before now.2 prior wins could hurt rather than help Cranston, as do multiple prior nominations but no wins for Laurie, Hamm, and Hall. The addition of newcomers Chandler and Fox to the field this year suggests the electorate is wanting something new ... but I predict this will be Chandler's year.
DebDebbie DebDebbie 5 years
They are all worth ... but Kyle Chandler, please. Much like Brian Cranston, Chandler was cast against type (the Early Edition guy?) and made his role his own. Not only did pull it off, he IS Coach Taylor. He's turned in consistently excellent and critically acclaimed performances for four years. Frankly, I think the electorate is embarrassed not to have recognized him before now. 2 prior wins could hurt rather than help Cranston, as do multiple prior nominations but no wins for Laurie, Hamm, and Hall. The addition of newcomers Chandler and Fox to the field this year suggests the electorate is wanting something new ... but I predict this will be Chandler's year.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Michael C. Hall for Dexter! WITHOUT A DOUBT!
Dolpin Dolpin 5 years
I'd just like to clear up confusion that is out there on the net and is being misrepresented here. Friday Night Lights just wrapped filming on it's 5th and final season ... yet to be aired ... first on Direct TV in the Fall of 2010 and on NBC some time in 2011. The show has has one more year to air.
Dolpin Dolpin 5 years
I'd just like to clear up confusion that is out there on the net and is being misrepresented here. Friday Night Lights just wrapped filming on it's 5th and final season ... yet to be aired ... first on Direct TV in the Fall of 2010 and on NBC some time in 2011. The show has has one more year to air.
jannam jannam 5 years
MATTHEW FOX! He was AMAZING in the finale (the whole series, really). The Lost finale was so good - in large part due to Fox's portrayal. It gives me chills just thinking about the final scene. He flawlessly took this character to so many different dimensions... sweet, strong, romantic, dark, tortured.. Fox deserves this Emmy!
Dolpin Dolpin 5 years
Kyle Chandler ...
Dolpin Dolpin 5 years
Kyle Chandler ...
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 5 years
I admit that I'm really biased, but I hope Matthew Fox takes it. He should have been nominated A LONG time ago, and it would be a perfect way to say goodbye to a great show like LOST.
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