Award Shows Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Vote up the actresses you think you should win the Best Lead Actor Emmy in drama, comedy, and limited series.

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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.

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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Mr. Robot (Elliot Alderson)

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Drama Series - House of Cards (Frank Underwood)

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Bob Odenkirk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Better Call Saul (Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman)

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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Shameless (Frank Gallagher)

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Master of None (Dev)

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Matthew Rhys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Drama Series - The Americans (Philip Jennings)

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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - Luther (DCI John Luther)

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Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Drama Series- Ray Donovan (Ray Donovan)

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Thomas Middleditch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Silicon Valley (Richard Hendricks)

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Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - The People v. O.J. Simpson (O.J. Simpson)

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Courtney B. Vance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - The People v. O.J. Simpson (Johnnie Cochran)

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - The Night Manager (Jonathan Pine)

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Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Black-ish (Andre Johnson)

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Sherlock Holmes)

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Best Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - All the Way (Lyndon B. Johnson)

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Jeffrey Tambor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Transparent (Maura Pfefferman)

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Kyle Chandler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bloodline (John Rayburn)

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Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actor at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - The Last Man on Earth (Phil "Tandy" Miller)