This could be a lucky year for ‘Bet­ter Call Saul’s’ Bob Odenkirk, ‘Em­pire’s’ Taraji P. Hen­son, ‘Ray Dono­van’s’ Jon Voight, ‘Down­ton Abbey’s’ Jim Carter and a whole cell­block from ‘Or­ange.’

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Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” Bob Odenkirk, “Bet­ter Call Saul” Ter­rence Howard, “Em­pire” Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” Clive Owen, “The Knick” Do­minic West, “The Af­fair”

Prime con­tenders: Jeff Daniels, “The News­room”; Kyle Chan­dler, “Blood­line”; James Spader, “The Blacklist”

Bub­bling un­der: Hugh Bon­neville, “Down- ton Abbey”; Michael Sheen, “Mas­ters of Sex”; Matthew Rhys, “The Amer­i­cans”; Ti­mothy Olyphant, “Jus­ti­fied”; Sam Heughan, “Out­lander”; Steve Buscemi, “Board­walk Em­pire”; John Ben­jamin Hickey, “Man­hat­tan”

For your con­sid­er­a­tion: Did any other char­ac­ter on tele­vi­sion have to en­dure (and in­flict) as many hor­ri­ble acts as Rhys’ spir­i­tu­ally ex­hausted Soviet spy in “The Amer­i­cans”? Be­tween the as­sorted mur- ders, the forced se­duc­tion of an un­der­age girl and the re­vul­sion over the prospect of hav­ing his own teen daugh­ter con­scripted into the fam­ily busi­ness, Rhys’ char­ac­ter faced a new en­durance test each week, and the Welsh ac­tor made you feel the per­sonal cost of the ac­cu­mu­lated be­trayal.

Anal­y­sis: With the ab­sence of “True De­tec­tive” this year and the exit of Bryan Cranston and “Break­ing Bad,” this cat­e­gory is ready for a reshuf­fle. Odenkirk, flex­ing his dra­matic chops, slots in nicely for Cranston, and Howard should find his way in too for the wink­ing gravitas he’s brought to “Em­pire.” Chan­dler and Daniels have both won this cat­e­gory re­cently and could easily find them­selves among the nom­i­nees again, but we’ll roll the dice with Owen’s tightrope turn as the drug­gie doc­tor in “The Knick” and West’s dirty rot­ten scoundrel from “The Af­fair.” Call the lat­ter a make-good for ig­nor­ing “The Wire’s” McNulty.


Taraji P. Hen­son, “Em­pire” Vi­ola Davis, “How to Get Away With Mur­der” Robin Wright, “House of Cards” Claire Danes, “Home­land” Ju­lianna Mar­gulies, “The Good Wife” Ruth Wil­son, “The Af­fair”

Prime con­tenders: Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Caitri­ona Balfe, “Out­lander”; Tay­lor Schilling, “Or­ange Is the New Black”; Michelle Dock­ery, “Down­ton Abbey”

Bub­bling un­der: Vera Farmiga, “Bates Mo­tel”; Lizzy Ca­plan, “Mas­ters of Sex”; Kerry Washington, “Scan­dal”; Keri Rus­sell, “The Amer­i­cans”; Ta­tiana Maslany, “Or­phan Black”; Olivia Col­man, “Broad­church”

For your con­sid­er­a­tion: Col­man won a Bri­tish Academy Tele­vi­sion Award for lead ac­tress ear­lier this year for her role as a de­tec­tive forced to ques­tion all as­sump­tions about her town in “Broad­church.” Equally adept at com­edy and drama, there isn’t a bet­ter ac­tress work­ing to­day. Amer­i­can vot­ers should def­i­nitely take a cue from the Brits here.

Anal­y­sis: Many thought Washington would be­come the first black ac­tress to win this award when “Scan­dal” had its mo­ment two years ago. Now it’s Hen­son or, pos­si­bly, Davis who could soon be mak­ing history in this ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gory. There are so many wor­thy con­tenders here that four nom­i­nees from last year — Washington, Dock­ery, Ca­plan and Schilling (now com­pet­ing in drama) — could find them­selves mak­ing way for the new­com­ers. Get ready for the “snubs” choir to sing.


Jonathan Banks, “Bet­ter Call Saul” Peter Din­klage, “Game of Thrones” Mandy Patinkin, “Home­land” Jon Voight, “Ray Dono­van” Jim Carter, “Down­ton Abbey” Ben Men­del­sohn, “Blood­line”

Prime con­tenders: John Slat­tery, “Mad Men”; Alan Cum­ming, “The Good Wife”; Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

Bub­bling un­der: Matt Czuchry, “The Good Wife”; Sam El­liott, “Jus­ti­fied”; Kit Har­ing­ton, “Game of Thrones”; Michael McKean, “Bet­ter Call Saul”; Bren­dan Coyle, “Down­ton Abbey”; Wal­ton Gog­gins, “Jus­ti­fied”; Joe Mor­ton, “Scan­dal”

For your con­sid­er­a­tion: Our hearts are still heavy that we’ll never again ( well, never say never, right?) hear Gog­gins’ Boyd Crow­der say, “Raaay­lan Givens” and then launch into some mas­ter­ful mono­logue, us­ing, as one “Jus­ti­fied” char­ac­ter put it, “40 words when four will do.” If there was an Emmy for elo­cu­tion, Gog­gins would go un­chal­lenged. The Tele­vi­sion Academy should send him out in style.

Anal­y­sis: For what­ever rea­son (too many choices leads to a dou­bling down on the fa­mil­iar?), vot­ers re­turn to the same faces in this cat­e­gory from year to year. That’s prob­a­bly good news for Voight and Carter, ac­tors whose shows didn’t de­liver par­tic­u­larly strong sea­sons. Fig­ur­ing the academy has to pick at least one new­comer, we’ll go with Aussie Men­del­sohn be­cause the cat­e­gory could use at least one bad guy.


Christina Hen­dricks, “Mad Men” Mag­gie Smith, “Down­ton Abbey” Uzo Aduba, “Or­ange Is the New Black” Kate Mul­grew, “Or­ange Is the New Black” Lorraine Tous­saint, “Or­ange Is the New Black” Chris­tine Baran­ski, “The Good Wife”

Prime con­tenders: Sissy Spacek, “Blood- line”; Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”; Joanne Frog­gatt, “Down­ton Abbey”

Bub­bling un­der: Linda Cardellini, “Blood­line”; Laverne Cox, “Or­ange Is the New Black”; Car­rie Coon, “The Leftovers”; Jan­uary Jones, “Mad Men”; Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”; Natasha Ly­onne, “Or­ange Is the New Black”

For your con­sid­er­a­tion: No­body com­plained that there was too much Betty on “Mad Men” this sea­son. It turned out that Matthew Weiner was right about Jones all along, though the writ­ers had to sen­tence her char­ac­ter to death to get many view­ers on board. Jones was mag­nif­i­cent in that can­cer di­ag­no­sis episode and, si­mul­ta­ne­ously, on the Fox com­edy “The Last Man on Earth.”

Anal­y­sis: How many “Or­ange” ac­tresses make it in — and which ones? Mul­grew was nom­i­nated for com­edy sup­port­ing ac­tress last year, with Aduba, Cox and Ly­onne earn­ing guest ac­tress nods. (Aduba won the Emmy for her Crazy Eyes.) Now they’re all com­pet­ing in the same cat­e­gory, along with Tous­saint, who, we’d ar­gue, stole the show’s sec­ond sea­son as the ruth­less Vee.

Pho­tog raphs by, clock­wise f rom top, FX; Mary Cybulski Cine­max; Mark Schafer Show­time Pho­tog raphs by, clock­wise f rom top, Chuck Hodes Fox; Mitchell Haaseth ABC; Colin Hut­ton Ku­dos/ITV/BBC

AC­TOR: Wor­thy con­tenders in­clude, clock­wise from top, Matthew Rhys in “The Amer­i­cans,” Clive Owen in “The Knick” and Do­minic West in “The Af­fair.”

AC­TRESS: Oh, the nom­i­na­tion drama fac­ing, clock­wise from top, Taraji P. Hen­son on “Em­pire,” Vi­ola Davis on “Mur­der” and Olivia Col­man on “Broad­church.”

Pho­tog raphs by, clock­wise f rom top, Prashant Gupta FX; Saeed Adyani Netf l i x; Michael Desmond Show­time

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TOR: Leave slots for, clock­wise from top left, “Jus­tif ied’s” Wal­ton Gog­gins, “Blood­line’s” Ben Men­del­sohn and “Ray Dono­van’s” Jon Voight.

Pho­tog raphs by, clock­wise from top, AMC; Jojo Whilden Netf l i x; Jes­sica Miglio Netf l i x

SUP­PORT­ING AC­TRESS: Hope­fuls in­clude “Mad Men’s” Jan­uary Jones, top, and “Or­ange’s” Uzo Aduba, left, and Kate Mul­grew, Lorraine Tous­saint, right.

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