Last Year's Nominees:
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Attrition: It still makes me happy that Coach Taylor won an Emmy last year. He won't be back this year, which is convenient because three-time winner Bryan Cranston returns. How much shaking up will this category have beyond that, though? Always one of the most competitive on Emmy night, the Lead Actor category has several new faces who, in many years, would be locks for nominations, but this year will have to push out some formidable foes. As you'll see, I had no trouble with the top four nominees, but then it came down to two slots for four actors and I'm not confident I made the right picks at all.