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Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

With no Bryan Cranston and no Jon Hamm (and no Jeff Daniels, for that matter), this category is the most unpredictable it has been in years. The favorites to win are the steady Kevin Spacey, the AMC successor Bob Odenkirk, and the breakthrough Rami Malek. The Emmys still have a “movie actor” bias, even when the shows they’re on aren’t all that great, which bodes well for Paul Giamatti. If voters are aware enough of Horace and Pete, they should take notice of one or both of its leads, whom they have shown love to in the past. But I’ll say they go with Steve Buscemi and leave off Louis C.K., whose reception as a dramatic actor is still being formulated.

1. Steve Buscemi, Horace and Pete
2. Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
3. Paul Giamatti, Billions
4. Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
5. Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
6. Kevin Spacey, House of Cards


Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Rami Malek is the top dog when it comes to voiceover AND face acting – what a feat! Multifaceted is the name of the day for Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill. On Rectify, Aden Young has a way of staring that pierces his own soul and those around him. Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen on Hannibal? Damn near killed ’em! It takes a lot of gusto for Dominic West to play such a terrible husband, father, and lover on The Affair.

1. Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
2. Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
3. Aden Young, Rectify
4. Hugh Dancy, Hannibal
5. Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal
6. Dominic West, The Affair

What say you about the most dramatic men? Let me know in the comments!

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