Michael Emerson, last year's winner, will likely take on Aaron Paul, Terry O'Quinn and more
Nestor Carbonell of 'Lost'
Nestor Carbonell, "Lost"
Nomination Status: One episode might be enough to make the field.
In His Favor: Carbonell wasn't really central to most of the final season of "Lost," but for one week, the show was all about him. That episode, "Ab Aeterno," was as generous an acting showcase as any supporting player this season got. He got to speak a foreign language, stare down death and totally carry one of the most anticipated and respected episodes of the "Lost" season. "Ab Aeterno" was also one of the season's most self-contained and digestible episodes, allowing even uninvolved voters to check out Carbonell's work.
Working Against Him: How many "Lost" supporting players will voters really want to recognize? O'Quinn and Emerson have the advantage in terms of prior recognition. Carbonell has never even been in an Emmy conversation. Will one terrific episode be enough to put him on the ballot? The same formula couldn't earn Jeremy Davies a nomination last year with "The Variable."