The nominees in the three Best Lead Actor categories at the 2016 Emmys are tough to call because there’s not a loser in the pack. Who’s the favorite for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series? Rami Malek for Mr. Robot? Matthew Rhys in The Americans? Or will Kevin Spacey snatch that trophy before anyone knows what hit them, House of Cards style? Bob Odenkirk is amazing on Better Call Saul. Liev Schreiber commands the screen saying six words a season on Ray Donovan. And Kyle Chandler proves that he’s deserving in Bloodline.
How about Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series? Anthony Anderson kills it every season on Black-ish. Jeffrey Tambor is no slouch on Transparent. William H. Macy has perfected the worst father ever on Shameless. Will Forte manages to keep Tandy sympathetic on The Last Man on Earth. But Aziz Ansari may take it away after the wonderful Netflix series Master of None.
The big surprises lie in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series. Will the Emmy go to one of the Brits: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager), or Idris Elba (Luther)? Or will the academy see fit to honor one of the Americans? Bryan Cranston nails LBJ in All the Way. Cuba Gooding Jr. captures the essence of O.J. rather than doing an impression, while Courtney B. Vance nails Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Which actor are you pulling for in the 2016 Emmy race? Who should win? Vote up the actors you think deserve it most in every category.