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Steve Buscemi of 'Boardwalk Empire'
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Nomination Status: A lock for a second straight nomination.
In His Favor: Pegged by many as last year's favorite, Buscemi isn't expected to win this year, but with second Golden Globe and SAG Award nods in place, there's no reason he won't add a second straight Emmy nod. And while it looked in the early part of the second season as if this would be a weaker, quieter year for Buscemi and Nucky, he closed strong. The season finale is a good enough submission episode to have Buscemi comfortably in the Emmy conversation once he gets his nomination.
Working Against Him: Last year, Buscemi was shiny and new and scooping up all the few Emmy precursor awards. This year, he's in the background behind three or four fresh faces in this category.