Michael Emerson, last year's winner, will likely take on Aaron Paul, Terry O'Quinn and more
Ryan Hurst of 'Sons of Anarchy'
Ryan Hurst, "Sons of Anarchy"
Nomination Status: Not a chance, but wishful thinking
In His Favor: Here's where it's occasionally nice to at least mention somebody who doesn't stand the slightest chance of getting a nomination, but probably deserves to at least be mentioned. Dealing with the blowback from his wife's murder at the end of last season, Hurst's Opie was a raw, angry wound at the center of the superb second season of "Sons of Anarchy." Things just kept getting worse and worse for Opie until he learned the truth behind the murder, giving Hurst a full season of great material. Other than Katey Sagal, there's no "SoA" actor more worthy of an Emmy nod than Hurst.
Working Against Him: If you're a regular "Sons of Anarchy" viewer, you know how great Hurst was all season. Otherwise, he's maybe the 10th actor from the show that you would name if you were listing your favorites. It's a shame, but Hurst doesn't stand a chance.