With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
Timothy Olyphant of 'Justified'
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Nomination Status: Forget the last three guys on this list. Olyphant is the one who *should* get the sixth nomination in this category.
In His Favor: You would be hard-pressed to find a viewer who didn't think "Justified" took a large qualitative leap in its second season, or to find a fan who didn't think Olyphant took a leap every bit as bit in his performance as Raylan Givens. And he was already Emmy-worthy last year. If Olyphant makes the field, "Reckoning" should be a good enough submission episode that he could also be in the hunt to win, but it's just one of many episodes that make him a deserving nominee.
Working Against Him: "Justified" and Olyphant both could have made Emmy rosters last year, but they didn't. It remains to be seen if FX will be able to make a strong enough awards push for the show and where Olyphant will fit on voters' priority lists. Above Margo Martindale? Below?