EMMYS 2011 - OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR NOMINEES
Jon Hamm – Nominated for the role of Don Draper in Mad Men. This is Hamm’s sixth individual Emmy nomination, fourth for the role of Don Draper. Hamm also has a Golden Globe (2008), and two SAG awards (2009 and 2010) for the Mad Men ensemble as a whole. Hamm’s breakthrough into worldwide recognition came with his role in Mad Men - he previously worked in minor roles in various television shows and movies. Since Mad Men Hamm has been in a number of Hollywood films, such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Bridesmaids, and Sucker Punch.
Michael C. Hall – Nominated for the role of Dexter Morgan in Dexter. This is Hall’s fifth Emmy nomination, with four of said nominations being for this particular role. In 2010 he won the Golden Globe and SAG Award for playing Dexter, and has two more SAG Awards (2003 and 2004) for his part in the Six Feet Under ensemble. Hall also has an extensive theater background, having moved from theater to television when he started for HBO’s Six Feet Under in 2001. He has yet to stray far from the television industry into the movie industry, and instead has worked on a number of theater projects during his series’ hiatuses, such as starring in Broadway’s Chicago and the off-broadway play Mr. Marmalade.
Kyle Chandler – Nominated for the role of Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights. This is Chandler’s third Emmy nomination, and second for the Eric Taylor role. Chandler is best known for his roles in various television shows and movies since 1988. Most notable is his Emmy-nominated stint on Grey’s Anatomy, and his role in J.J. Abrams’ and Steven Spielberg’s 2011 film Super 8.
Steve Buscemi – Nominated for the role of Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. This is Buscemi’s fourth Emmy nomination, and first for this role. In 2011 he won the Golden Globe and SAG award for playing Nucky Thompson, and also received the SAG Award for his performance in the Boardwalk Empire ensemble. He is a well-known actor, having appeared in many successful Hollywood and indie films (many of which are by the Coen brothers), such as Resevoir Dogs, Big Fish, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski.
Hugh Laurie – Nominated for the role of Gregory House in House. This is Laurie’s sixth individual Emmy nomination, all for this role. He has also won two Golden Globes (2006 and 2007) and two SAG Awards (2007 and 2009). He first became well known in Britain for being one half of the ‘Fry and Laurie’ double act, in which he worked closely with friend Stephen Fry from 1987 to 1999. He has appeared in many British television projects over the course of the years. However, he has become well known in the United States for his role as Dr. House, for which he is now the highest paid actor on television.
Timothy Olyphant – Nominated for the role of Raylan Givens in Justified. This is Olyphant’s first Emmy nomination. He began acting in 1995, having appeared in many various television shows and movies. Other than for Justified, Olyphant is perhaps most well known for his roles in Deadwood and Damages.
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