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Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Nomination Status: "Mad Men" may fade, but I can't pick against this six-time nominee in this category and zero-time winner.
In His Favor: This is a warning to Emmy voters: Ignore Jon Hamm at your own peril. The Golden Globes snubbed Hamm earlier this year. And who cares about the Golden Globes? Then again, he also didn't get a SAG Award nomination for the first time and that actually concerns me. Hamm has earned six straight Emmy nominations for his performance as Don Draper and the idea of Emmy voters watching "The Monolith" or "The Strategy" or "The Monolith" and not at least putting him in the Top 6 fills me with concern and premature frustration. It's bad enough that Hamm has never won an Emmy, whether on the back of "The Suitcase" or "In Care Of," but as long as "Mad Men" is on the air, Hamm's nomination at least should be guaranteed. Grrr. Watch Don's last phone call with Megan. Watch him slow-dance with Peggy. Watch him sing "Meet the Mets." Watch him face the prospect of a threesome with two hotties like a walk down the Green Mile. This is gold. Every bit of it.
Working Against Him: Through no fault of his own, Hamm has fallen victim to "Mad Men" fatigue with several award-giving organizations in the past year. As you may be able to tell, I'm ready to go a bit nutty if Emmy voters somehow leave him out.