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.
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