With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Last Year's Nominees:
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Matthew Fox, "Lost"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Attrition: After three straight nominations and three straight wins, Cranston will take a year off to let somebody else win. With "Lost" departed, Fox is also out. Even if you assume the other four nominees stand a strong chance of returning, that still leaves two empty slots and at least a dozen very real contenders. OK. Fine. It actually leaves one sure-thing addition and a dozen real contenders for the last slot.