June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is just days away. And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.
Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to channel Cookie on Empire and wallop some fools with a broom.
With that said, we present the sixth of our Emmy Screening Room submissions: Outlander‘s Sam Heughan, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. We defy you to watch from start to finish and tell us he shouldn’t hear his name called when nominees are announced on July 16.
The setup: After the adrenaline has worn off following his daring rescue of wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) — and the subsequent heated argument between the two about her refusal to follow his orders — Heughan’s Jamie has a near-breakdown as he realizes how close he came to losing her.
Press PLAY above for the full scene, then share your thoughts on whether Heughan should/will make the Emmy ballot.