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Kelsey Grammer of 'Boss'
Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"
Nomination Status: An Emmy-winning juggernaut on the comedy side moves into the drama field with a Golden Globe win already under his belt.
In His Favor: Kelsey Grammer's Golden Globe win for "Boss" wasn't a surprise, but it was a necessary boondoggle to support the case for his first dramatic Emmy nod. Whatever flaws "Boss" had, it offered Grammer a fantastic part that was made for awards consideration. It's full of passionate monologues, medically induced hallucinations and indignant bluster and Grammer's performance is a reminder that before "Cheers" and "Frasier," he had Shakespeare-bolstered theatrical credentials. When it comes to expert scenery chewing, Grammer can hold his own against anybody in this category.
Working Against Him: "Boss" isn't likely to earn any other major nominations, which means Grammer has to be something of a self-starter, hype-wise. Grammer is also working against Starz's lack of successful Emmy lobbying experience and the fact that "Boss" drew only a miniscule audience. In a category of heavyweights, might he be perceived as a lightweight trying to fight way out of his class?