Emmy season is almost here and we know that we couldn’t be more excited. The Emmy is arguably the most prestigious award a television actor or actress can earn, which is why the nominations and the ceremony are such a big deal. There have been a number of standout actors this year in a number of different drama series, which makes the whole predicting process a little tough, but we think we can handle it. We’ve picked 10 actors who we think deserve an Outstanding Lead Actor nomination this year for the work that they have done in a drama series.
Disclaimer: Many of these entries include mild spoilers, so if you are not caught up, you may want be careful navigating certain entries.
Bonus: James Spader – The Blacklist
While Stephen Colbert may have made “gravitas” a pop culture word, it’s been James Spader who has been living it on screen for decades. The ultra-talented actor was primarily a film star until David E. Kelley lured him to TV as the morally ambiguous Alan Shore on The Practice. The next year, he moved over to spin-off Boston Legal where alongside William Shatner the two were a power team that consistently earned praise and Emmy recognition for their roles.
With The Blacklist, it was immediately clear only Spader could play the equally morally ambiguous Raymond “Red” Reddington and, given his past Emmy prowess, many thought he’d be a shoo-in for a nomination. Yet it was not to be as Spader was slighted…the hope is that it is rectified this year as here’s an actor that embodies the series and it would not be as successful without him in that lead role.