Countdown to Emmys: A Quick Chat About Best Actor in a Drama Series

For the next seven days, Celebuzz editors Andy Scott and Robert Kessler will be analyzing the contenders for this years Emmy nominations, announcing July 18 at 8:30AM. Today’s discussion: Best Actor in a Drama Series, in which we talk about House of Cards, Jon Hamm’s losing streak and, of all people, Kevin Bacon.

Andy Scott: So, we have arrived at what is likely the best and most competitive category: Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Robert Kessler: Seriously, there’s some pretty tough competition this year. Led first by The Following’s Kevin Bacon. I sort of feel like Kevin Bacon thinks he’s really got a shot?

AS: Wait. Really?

RK: Can’t you just see him at home with Kyra Sedgwick? “Baby, I think this might be my year. This might be my shot.” Finally going to live up to the promise of that Golden Globe for The River Wild.

AS: And then she says something mean to make him cry. (I really hated The Closer.)

RK: I think we all know that Kevin Bacon is only doing this show because Bernie Madoff stole all his money and it was really nice of Fox to let Mrs. Smith’s first grade class write the show’s scripts, but it’s just not Emmy-worthy.

AS: No. He’s not really on the level of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men)  and Damian Lewis (Homeland), all of whom I think will be nominated and competing for the win.

RK: Cranston, Hamm and Lewis. The big three.

AS: So, who’s left, then? Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) is probably in, yeah?

RK: Okay. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:The Newsroom is not a good show. At all. It’s proselytizing, pandering and ridiculous. The show exists in a world where women be stoopid and men are saviors. That said, Jeff Daniels’ performance in the show is very good and I could certainly see an Emmy nomination in his immediate future. (I have a Magic 8 ball that told me that.)

AS: I mean, he gets in on name alone, right? Jeff Daniels!

RK: He’s good in the show. I say give him the Emmy. He plays a very convincing selfish asshole. (Don’t give him the Emmy though, just the nomination)

AS: Damain Lewis is probably going to win again. Or Cranston. But not Hamm. Ugh.

RK: I would be very surprised to see Jon Hamm (go Tigers!) win. Here’s why: the final season is coming. And we all know how it ends, thanks to the show’s opening title sequence. I think voters will wait until Don Draper’s death to give Jon Hamm the Emmy.

AS: Yeah. Sarah Jessica Parker. Make ‘em wait.

RK: Someone we’ve not mentioned, who I think has a huge shot at winning the thing, is Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).

AS: Oh my God. Smack me. (Not you, Kevin. I’ve seen those photos.)

RK: If you want to be very unpopular at a party, tell someone you don’t like House of Cards. I dare you. It’s like you admitted to strangling puppies as a hobby. I did it last night to a girl I haven’t seen since college. She literally said, “ARE YOU FUCKIN’ STUPID OR SOMETHING?!?!?!?!” Nice to see you again too!

AS: House of Cards is one of those shows that people bring up during a lull in the conversation. “(Five second pause.) So, are you watching House of Cards? You gotta watch House of Cards. House of Cards is so good.”

RK: Am I the only one who couldn’t get over how BAD the Philly accents are on that show?

AS: Poor Robin Wright.

RK: Robin Wright was the only thing on that show that made me want to keep going. Oh my God we have to move on, I’m going to get so many angry tweets about this. To all the h8rs: fight me, bring it (@robertkessler). In the meantime, what do you think about Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)?

AS: It’s hard to say. Downton Abbey was so messy last season. Are they really going to nominate everyone again? Like, give me Michelle Dockery and Thomas. But Earl? No thanks.

RK: I definitely don’t think he’s a lock. I mean, besides lose all his money, Lord Crawley didn’t do a whole lot this season. And Kevin Bacon did that in real life! (Crushed it.)

AS: I think there’s more competition this year, plus there are also too many fallback contenders. Like Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire). Which is a show I haven’t heard anyone talk about in forever, beyond the fact that Bobby Cannavale is now attractive? When did that happen?

RK: I’ve been into Bobby Cannavale since he was almost making out with Eric McCormack on Will and Grace.

AS: Funky spunk! That’s all I will say.

RK: So will Bryan Cranston get his ∞th Emmy this year or not?

AS: I really hope not. Can I say that?

RK: Yeah, you can. But you’re going to get a bunch of lye thrown on you.

AS: I don’t care. I love Breaking Bad but come the fuck on.


Andy Scott

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Robert Kessler

Hugh Bonneville, Donwton Abbey

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

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