The Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2012 nominees honored the top male actors in dramatic television series from the year leading up to the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards. The statues were handed out on Sunday, September 23, 2012, as Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 64th Emmy Awards from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Damian Lewis was given the Emmy in this category for his word on "Homeland."
Unlike in many other Emmy Awards categories, the 2011 winner in this award category was not in contention for the 2012 honor. Kyle Chandler took home the award in 2011 as Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights" but the series ended its run that year. Instead of Chandler, six other stellar actors were up for the prize in 2012.
AMC had two top contenders for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in Jon Hamm, who stars as the dapper Don Draper in the period piece "Mad Men," and Bryan Cranston, who transformed from an unassuming chemistry teacher turned drug lord in the thrilling "Breaking Bad." 2012 marked the fifth-consecutive year both actors have been nominated with Cranston earning the award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Other actors however were looking to pull an upset and earn the award in 2012 including Steve Buscemi, who portrays political boss Nucky Thompson in the prohibition era on "Boardwalk Empire," Michael C. Hall, who acts as both a blood spatter expert in the police department and serial killer on "Dexter," Hugh Bonneville, who acts as the Robert Crawley, the 6th Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey," and Damian Lewis, who stars in "Homeland" as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine captured and turned by Al Qaeda.Only one man too home the statue for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Emmy Awards but there are many other awards that were handed out that night including the Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series 2012 and the Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series 2012.