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Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad'
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Nomination Status: Last year proved he was beatable, but he may regain the crown this year.
In His Favor: After three wins in this category, Bryan Cranston lost last year. It was a minor stunner. Don't cry for Bryan Cranston, though. Walter White has continued to grow worse and worse as "Breaking Bad" has moved towards its series finale and that detour into darkness has only helped Cranston get better and better. For a long time, Cranston was most masterful at letting viewers sympathize with Walter White even as his decisions grew increasingly irredeemable. Perhaps it's the ultimate tribute to Cranston that fans of the show can look at Walter's deeds on a spreadsheet and still think this is a character whose actions can be justified or forgiven. Really, Cranston and Vince Gilligan have created one of the great villains in all of fiction and we love and fear him in equal measure.
Working Against Him: Nothing.