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Mads Mikkelsen of 'Hannibal'
Mads Mikkelsen, "Hannibal"
Nomination Status: Intriguing darkhorse.
In His Favor: If Terence Stamp can get a supporting actor Oscar nomination for playing Billy Budd in "Billy Budd," Mads Mikkelsen might as well be allowed to get a supporting Emmy nod for playing Hannibal on "Hannibal." And because "Hannibal" actually is Will Graham's story, I'm not even going to accuse NBC and Mikkelsen of category fraud. The remarkable thing about Mikkelsen's performance is that it seems to exist in a universe in which Anthony Hopkins never existed and in which Hannibal Lecter actually got to be a wholly original character. Mikkelsen's Hannibal is creepy, brilliant and captivating entirely on Mikkelsen and Bryan Fuller's terms. There is no winking or nodding, only superlative acting.
Working Against Him: This is a hypnotic performance on a show that nobody is watching. Would I like to believe that both Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy (and probably Caroline Dhavernas) are so good that Emmy voters will be able to see that through the low ratings? Yup. Do I believe that? Nope.