Pop Quiz: When did Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston last take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series? If you guessed 2013, 2012 or 2011 — a red ‘X’ and a loud ‘bzzzt’ are being sent in your direction.
This isn’t to say the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hasn’t been good to Cranston — after all, he snagged the statuette in 2008, 2009 and 2010. But after sitting out 2011 due to ineligibility (Kyle Chandler triumphed that year for Friday Night Lights), Cranston has been beaten the last two Emmy seasons by Homeland‘s Damian Lewis and The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels.
The latter actor is back in the race in 2014, and he’s bringing two extra members of his HBO family with him: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, from the freshman crime drama True Detective.
Rounding out the field? Seven-time bridesmaid Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Kevin Spacey (in the race for the second consecutive year for House of Cards).
What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine actors when the Emmys are handed out on Aug. 25 ? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to justify your pick!
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