Peter Dinklage tries to defend Emmy's toughest category
Nick Nolte of 'Luck'
Nick Nolte, "Luck"
Nomination Status: If having Nick Nolte on a TV show doesn't guarantee an Emmy nomination, I don't know what does.
In His Favor: He's Nick Nolte. If Nick Nolte is on a TV show, you nominate him for awards. If you nominate Nick Nolte for awards, Nick Nolte shows up at your award show. If Nick Nolte shows up at your award show, you get to have the pure joy of making fun of his incoherence for hours at a stretch. Yes. That sounds like a bad DirecTV commercial. Aside from that, you don't get to Nick Nolte's level -- three Oscar nominations and whatnot -- without being a hell of an actor and although "Luck" never had time, at least not in its first (and sadly last) season to unleash The Full Nolte, he definitely got enough material, especially in the last three episodes, to remind viewers and voters of how magnetic a screen presence he is, even if you don't understand a word he says sometimes.
Working Against Him: David Milch was playing the long-con with both of his A-list leading men and neither Dustin Huffman nor Nolte got quite as much to do as some folks might have hoped. There are dozens of actors in this category with comparable reels for this season. Nolte will be relying on his innate Nick Nolte-ness to put him over the top.