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Bill Paxton of 'Big Love'
Bill Paxton, "Big Love"
Nomination Status: Golden Globe favorite hasn't cracked the Emmy field yet.
In His Favor: While "Big Love" had an uneven season, we can point to several episodes that really showcase some of the best acting Paxton has done in his whole career. "Sins of the Father," in which Bill has to make an emotional confession in order to stay in the election, was probably Paxton's finest work. Meanwhile, Golden Globe voters keep nomination Paxton, which is enough to keep him in the conversation.
Working Against Him: Emmy and SAG voters haven't warmed to Paxton and in a field this tough, his laconic performance style may not be showy enough to make the cut.