Can anybody knock off Aaron Paul and Peter Dinklage?
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Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Nomination Status: Two-time winner is a lock to return.
In His Favor: With wins in two of the past three years, plus a nomination in 2009, Aaron Paul is pretty much assured nominations this year and next year before "Breaking Bad" leaves us forever. And although I suggested last season that Paul really ought to be submitting himself as Lead Actor opposite Bryan Cranston, the first half of the show's fifth season moved Jesse Pinkman back into something more of a supporting capacity. That doesn't mean Paul wasn't at his very best in this episodes. Watch "Dead Freight" and "Buyout" and you'll see why I wouldn't quibble with a third Paul victory this year, even if I continue to pull for recognition for his sterling colleagues, particularly Jonathan Banks this year.
Working Against Him: Maybe Emmy voters will resent Paul for his teasing tweets about awesome episodes and scripts and whatnot? Or maybe they'll blame him for the misreporting of this summer's premiere? Yeah. Probably not. This one is in the bag.