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James Purefoy of 'The Following'
James Purefoy, "The Following"
Nomination Status: If not now, nevermore. So... Probably nevermore.
In His Favor: I may have hated "The Following," but it was one of the year's biggest breakout drama hits, so you can't rule out the possibility that Emmy voters may confused strong DVR numbers with quality. And once they've decided that "The Following" is quality, they may confuse wildly inconsistent scenery chewing from James Purefoy with acting. Purefoy is a respected -- You know, "British" -- actor and he's been frequently good in other things which could, again, lead people to believe that it would be impossible for him to be so bad in this. In a different award cycle, Purefoy could have drunk and flirted his way to a Golden Globe nomination and maybe ridden that to an Emmy. So much drinking and murdering and sneering and bad literary analysis.
Working Against Him: Outside of "House" and "24," FOX hasn't been a big Emmy player in the drama categories for a while. In fact, network television hasn't been a big Emmy player in drama categories for a while. Yes, "The Following" has been a hit, but it's not like anybody's expecting Emmy attention for "Revolution," which drew nearly the same audience.