Michael Emerson, last year's winner, will likely take on Aaron Paul, Terry O'Quinn and more
Chris Noth of 'The Good Wife'
Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"
Nomination Status: A strong dark horse.
In His Favor: In a different year, Noth would be a shoe-in. A showy supporting role on one of the year's most popular and admired new dramas? A showy role that proved so integral that the writers were forced to elevate it from a glorified stunt cameo to a full-fledged lead? And we're also assuming that "The Good Wife" plays well with Emmy voters and earns Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Lead Actress nominations, positioning Noth for a coattails run.
Working Against Him: And yet we don't expect Noth to make the field, nor do we think he should. As good as he is, there are a minimum of five supporting players from "Breaking Bad" alone that we'd rank ahead of him, quality-wise. If it's about performance quality and depth of material, Noth doesn't have a chance. If it's about star power and visibility, he sneaks in. If Slattery benefits from "Iron Man 2," might Noth suffer from the relative disappointment of the next "Sex and the City" movie? Of course not!