Emmy’s Lead Actor in a Drama Series contest is primed for an extreme makeover. Four of last year’s six nominees — including Succession‘s Brian Cox and (ultimate winner) Jeremy Strong, and Ozark‘s Jason Bateman — are not even in the running this year due to their series’ latest seasons getting delayed by the pandemic.
That opens the door for a massive infusion of new blood — and that’s where we come in. Half of the actors on our Dream Emmy short list have never been nominated for TV’s highest honor. And the other half? They’ve been around the kudos block a time or two — but are no less deserving this year.
Scroll through the list below to review all eight of our Dream Nominees (remember, these aren’t predictions; they’re wish lists) and then tell us if our picks warrant a “Hell, yes!,” “Um, no” or “How could you leave off so-and-so?!”
For the record, 2021 Emmy nominations will be voted on from June 17-28, and unveiled on July 13. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 on CBS.
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