EmmyWatch: Best Actor Race Stronger than Ever

Kyle Chandler is the latest of the strong best actor contenders to join this year’s Emmy race. Chandler, who first rose to prominence with Friday Night Lights burns up the screen in Netflix’s Bloodline, probably his most challenging role to date. Chandler plays the sheriff in town but more importantly the older brother of a troubled family. He’s the “good guy,” like his Friday Night Lights character but is also in the business of hiding lies big and small from other people about the family.

The series has been renewed for a second season and is one of the best things on TV. Chandler may enter the Best Actor race in a big way but his main competition would be Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, another Netflix competing series. There is also Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom to contend with, Bob Odenkirk making a footprint with Better Call Saul, Clive Owen for The Knick, and Terrence Howard for Empire.

The big question this year is going to be whether Jon Hamm will finally win an Emmy for playing Don Draper in this the final Mad Men season. Hamm’s notable but somewhat understated performance has one last chance to receive some much overdue credit.

Unlike film, television divides its power between men and women with strong performances all around.

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