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Adam Driver of 'Girls'
Adam Driver, "Girls"
Nomination Status: If "Girls"-mania sweeps across Emmy ballots, Driver could be an oddball dark horse.
In His Favor: I don't think most people understand how great Driver is on "Girls." Driver took Adam to places of remarkable and unbearable grotesquerie in the show's early episodes, which could have been worthy of recognition in and of itself. Star Lena Dunham likes to make herself look bad, but compared to Driver, she's Kate Upton. But in later episodes, Driver's actually made his character into a shockingly human figure. Driver has peeled back Adam's layers with each week and I know that I've been shocked by how much I've grown to like him, or at least understand him.
Working Against Him: If Emmy voters like "Girls," it could just become a game of "How many times can we nominate Lena Dunham? Two? Three? Four?" If that happens, nobody will notice any of the supporting performers. Driver's willingness to go so ugly so early may also prevent viewers from warming to the character.