Can anybody break the Jim Parsons/Alec Baldwin logjam in this category?
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Don Cheadle of 'House of Lies'
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Nomination Status: This last slot is a tough one. I'll take the Oscar nominee
In His Favor: He's Don Cheadle. That means he brings an Oscar nomination and four Emmy nods to the table. It's a performance with flashy, broad moments from a network that has been very successful at getting acting nominations for its comedies, albeit more successful for actresses than actors. Matt LeBlanc got a nomination last year. Showtime can't promote him this year. Figure Cheadle turns that concentrated love into a nod.
Working Against Him: Here's Cheadle's problem: This is a Golden Globe kinda performance on a Golden Globe kinda show, but Showtime premiered "House of Lies" post-Globes, so he has no Globes momentum to build his Emmy case upon. Without that Globe nomination (and probable win), Cheadle's left with a solid, but not especially comedic, performance on a show that got solid, but unremarkable reviews. The series and Cheadle's performance have a lot in common with "Californication" and David Duchovny's performance. Emmy voters haven't been kind to that Duchovny performance.