Michael Emerson, last year's winner, will likely take on Aaron Paul, Terry O'Quinn and more
Giancarlo Esposito of 'Breaking Bad'
Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad"
Nomination Status: Too overshadowed on his own show to make the field.
In His Favor: Esposito has been doing terrific work on the stage and on the big and small screen for roughly 30 years. He's one of those actors you can always count on to be interesting. As chicken-and-meth magnate Gus, Esposito has built a character around a chilling sense of calm and civility, while remaining an understated threat. The scenes of Gus and Bryan Cranston's Walter just sitting across from each other at tables were some of the tensest of the "Breaking Bad" season.
Working Against Him: Esposito is deserving, but probably not showy enough to actually get a nomination. This writer's ballot would include Esposito in his Top Six along with Aaron Paul, Dean Norris and three other people. It's doubtful Emmy voters will even consider his all-too-low-key work. Boo, Emmy voters.