Emmys

Emmys 2016: Who Should Win Best Lead Actor in a Drama? Take Our Poll!

Will a Soviet KGB officer or a vigilante computer hacker walk away with Emmy gold?

One thing’s for sure: A win in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category for either The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys or Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek — both first-time nominees — would not be considered an upset.

In fact, with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels out of the running, this particular Emmy race is wide open.

Of the other four nominees, only Kyle Chandler of Bloodline (with his second consecutive nomination) has won this category before, having been honored in 2011 for Friday Night Lights. And while Kevin Spacey is arguably the bigger name, that hasn’t helped him secure a win for any of the previous three years he’s been nominated for House of Cards.

That of course leaves second time hopefuls Liev Schreiber of Ray Donovan and Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul. Should the (Con)-Artist Formerly Known as Saul Goodman walk away with a statue, it would serve as the Breaking Bad prequel’s first Emmy win.

What would you do if you had the opportunity to recognize one of these esteemed actors when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 18? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to defend your pick.

Every day for the next couple of weeks, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win?” Emmy poll, so visit TVLine.com daily to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s most distinguished honor.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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32 Comments
  1. Joey Padron says:

    I want Rami Malek to win. He did great in season 1 of the show.

  2. killmotion says:

    Definitely would be happy with either Rami or Matthew.

  3. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    I still think it’s crazy that Freddie Highmore wasn’t nominated.

  4. helen says:

    100% Matthew Rhys

  5. Ron says:

    My vote goes to either Rami or Matthew. Both would definitely deserve it, plus it would be nice to see the Emmys actually reward something/someone they constantly over-nominate. (Though in fairness, I guess that isn’t really the case for this category on the whole, to some extent.) But for some reason, something in my gut is telling me they’ll choose Kevin Spacey.

  6. Matthew deserves it for being snubbed so many times!

  7. Spence says:

    Matthew 1 billion%. Every award the Americans is nominated for should win.

  8. dan says:

    Kyle Chandler could’ve won for season one of Bloodline, and he was better in season two. He was incredible in the season finale!

  9. Probably Rami will win. But I would love to see Rhys or Odenkirk win. All are deserving, but I would have advocated for Freddie Highmore if he had been nominated.

  10. Iris says:

    None of them.

  11. Eve says:

    Matthew Rhys. He’s amazing!!

  12. danin says:

    I just could not get w/Mr. Robot. Matthew Rhys gets my vote.

  13. Christian says:

    Wooow look how close Rhys and Rami are! How exciting!

  14. Elizh says:

    Matthew Rhys! Rami Malek is very good, but Matthew Rhys is required to do more emotionally, his character is required to assume alternate identities while still being Philip Jennings, and Matthew does all of this while performing in his second language using an American accent that it not his own.

  15. Matt says:

    Andrew Lincoln…oh wait not nominated but gives amazing performances every week.

  16. Kurt says:

    Kevin Spacey

  17. Alec says:

    Rami Malek or Kevin Spacey.

  18. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Rami Malek HANDS DOWN will win!

  19. A Fan of TV says:

    Too close to call but I want Rami Malek.

  20. Nice bunch of talented fellows.
    Glad to watch the ceremony

  21. Liz says:

    Sam Heughan from Outlander should win actually.

  22. Jana says:

    I choose Rami Malek to win. Does anyone watch Ray Donovan? It’s great, Liev Schreiber has gotten snubbed a few times now. I for sure thought he would win last year. His performance was amazing.

  23. Mary says:

    Where is John Tuturro for “The Night Of”?

  24. Dolphin says:

    Kyle Chandler is phenomenal as good brother gone bad. Even more so in season two than in season one which also deserved his nomination. He turns a most intense performance in his season 2 season finale submitted episode. My favorite for the win. My second choice is Liev Schreiber. An intense slow burn, he also submitted his season finale. Good choice.

  25. Malaspina says:

    Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel.The male lead actor field takes second place to the very strong lead female actor field.I guess I would pick either Rami or Matthew.