With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
William H. Macy of 'Shameless'
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Nomination Status: Never rule out an Emmy favorite with a part this showy.
In His Favor: Macy has nine career Emmy nominations and two wins and he's playing a flamboyantly colorful alcoholic here. It's going to take a lot of effort for Emmy voters to avoid recognizing him.
Working Against Him: Well, Macy is a supporting actor in comedy who's gunning for an Emmy nomination as Lead Actor in a Drama. So something's got to give, right? And Macy is, more specifically, the most broadly comedic part of the "Shameless" puzzle, making the process of evaluating his performance against others in this category all the more complicated. The real shame would be if Macy somehow gets a nomination in this category, but Emmy Rossum somehow doesn't get a nomination as Lead Actress.