Of the six men nominated last year, only one — eventual winner Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) — managed to make the cut in 2012. Also in the hunt is 2010 winner Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad (whose show was inelligible last year).
The field is rounded out by a quartet of first-time Emmy nominees: Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey ), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey ), and Jared Harris (Mad Men).
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