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Hugh Dancy of 'Hannibal'
Hugh Dancy, "Hannibal"
Nomination Status: Had "Hannibal" been a hit, Hugh Dancy would be a strong contender. It was not. He is not.
In His Favor: You know that performance Kevin Bacon is giving -- strung-out investigator who understands the mind of a killer too, too much -- on "The Following"? Hugh Dancy is giving the same performance, only he's got much, much better writing which has given him a much, much more clearly defined character and, as a result, he's giving a much, much better performance. In fact, what Dancy is doing on "Hannibal" is so much better than the Kevin Bacon comp that it makes more sense to compare what Dancy is doing to the performance that won his wife Claire Danes an Emmy last year on "Homeland." They're both playing mentally unstable government agents prone to becoming so lost in their work that they lose track of their own well-being. Just as it's often hard to watch Danes on "Homeland," Dancy sometimes goes so deep and so dark that it becomes uncomfortable to see. If Dancy were doing this one AMC or HBO, he'd be right on the cusp of a nomination.
Working Against Him: Instead, he's starring in a show on NBC, a show that was only renewed because of wacky international financing. In contrast, Bacon is starring on a solid hit. While I'm not betting on him either, Mads Mikkelsen may have a somewhat clearer path to a nod if Emmy voters want to acknowledge "Hannibal."