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Brent Sexton of 'The Killing'
Brent Sexton, "The Killing"
Nomination Status: If Emmy voters warm to "The Killing," Sexton should easily attract notice.
In His Favor: Brent Sexton has been a steadily working character actor for two decades. Sometimes he's been strong in regular supporting roles (see "Life" or "Deadwood")), but normally he gets brought in for an episode or two or for an arc and he departs. A bit like Margo Martindale in "Justified," Sexton's work in "The Killing" is an eye-opening instance of a bit player getting an opportunity to shine and making the most of it. Sexton's Stan Larsen has been an intriguing and scary combination of grief, anger and regret this season and Sexton hasn't hit a wrong note.
Working Against Him: "The Killing" hasn't been universally adored and it's hard for a cable drama to make the Emmy grade with mixed reactions.