Can Kevin Spacey, Jeff Daniels or Matthew Rhys break the field?
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Jeff Daniels of 'The Newsroom'
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Nomination Status: The strong No. 2 of the new leads pounding at the door. I assume Bonneville is out. If Buscemi drops out as well, Daniels takes that slot.
In His Favor: Getting to be at the center of nonstop Aaron Sorkin grandstanding is probably as good as it gets for a certain kind of actor. And Jeff Daniels happens to be that certain kind of actor. Will McAvoy's righteous indignation and self-agrandizment came naturally to Daniels and no matter what problems I may or may not have had with "Newsroom," those problems rarely extended to the believability of Daniels' performance. While "Newsroom" may not have been a critical favorite, he has already picked up a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, with the latter serving as a particularly positive sign that industry types respect what Daniels is doing here.
Working Against Him: I would be much more confident in Daniels' chances if Kevin Spacey had been eligible for either of those awards that Daniels has been nominated for. As it stands, the evidence is in Daniels' favor, but the assumption still leans towards Spacey.