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Luke Wilson of 'Enlightened'
Luke Wilson, "Enlightened"
Nomination Status: No real chance, though I wish Emmy voters would pay attention to "Enlightened."
In His Favor: In the first season, Mike White gave Diane Ladd what should have been a slam-dunk Emmy episode in "Consider Helen." Emmy voters were dumb and didn't notice. Oh well. In the second season, White got perhaps the best work of Luke Wilson's career in "Higher Power," an episode that sent Wilson's Levi off to rehab in Hawaii and gave ample insight into the character's reticence to face change, as well as his minor moments of, well, enlightenment. Wilson's not as good in his episode as Ladd was in hers, but he peels back some of his character's dead-beat slacker charm and gives a believable understanding of one form of addiction. Wilson actually had even better moments later in the season when he returned to the mainland and faced off angrily with Laura Dern's Amy, but those are more isolated moments in episodes focused on other characters, while this episode is all Wilson.
Working Against Him: I'd love to see "Enlightened" nominated for ANYTHING, but if I had preferences, Wilson would probably fall after Dern and White for acting, plus White for writing and directing. So if "Enlightened" were to maybe get seven or eight nominations, Wilson could be a player. One nomination would be a small miracle.