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Noah Emmerich of 'The Americans'
Noah Emmerich, "The Americans"
Nomination Status: Perhaps the most intriguing of the new candidates, but still far from a sure-thing.
In His Favor: Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell have the showy parts in "The Americans," with the wigs and the accents, Emmerich's Stan Beeman, coping with the decline of his marriage, all manner of professional disappointment and tragedy and a whole lot of pent-up anger, may be the show's steady foundation. Emmerich is one of those long-working character actors who has probably found a way to appear with just about every actor in Hollywood over the past 20 years, but this is probably his highest profile and most discussed role. It's a slow-burn performance, but if you look at Emmerich's more explosive work in "Safe House" and in later episodes as the character begins to melt down, it's the equal of nearly anything in this category.
Working Against Him: Emmerich will rise or fall based on how long a tail "The Americans" has. If Russell and Rhys get nominated and "The Americans" grabs a drama series nod, there's a chance the show could get seven or eight nominations total and Emmerich would be well-positioned to capitalize on that. However, he's going to be the actor that voters notice third from his own cast, so if "The Americans" has only limited Emmy support, he's not going to break into this tough category.