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Tony Goldwyn, 'Scandal'
Nomination Status: Could benefit from boosted "Scandal" momentum. But won't.
In His Favor: It was a mighty emotional year for President Fitzgerald, what with the usual makeups and breakups with Olivia and the usual brawls with Mellie, plus various showdowns with shady intelligence and military operatives, plus the potential end of his presidency, plus shattering truths about his father, plus the death of his son. And Goldwyn handled it all well. It's hard to believe that this is a guy who seemed to be transitioning into a directing career a decade about. Goldwyn may not have quite the same opportunities for histrionics as a Joe Morton or a Jeff Perry, but he does it all while making women in the audience swoon. Nominating Goldwyn for an Emmy would be a "safe" way to expand the show's pool of honored castmembers. He'd show up at the Emmys and present. It'd be a thing.
Working Against Him: I just think there are four or five better male performances being given on Goldwyn's own show, so the only way he gets a nod is if voters are trying to find new places for "Scandal" on their ballots. Are they? Dunno.