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Michael C. Hall
America’s sweetheart (serial killer) and star of "Dexter," Hall has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series every year since 2008, losing swiftly to "Breaking Bad"’s Bryan Cranston the majority of those times. His Dexter Morgan helped usher in the types of antihero fandom Cranston’s Walter White is currently enjoying, but while Dexter entered the fray with a fully formed moral code, White’s has always been evolving. Each season brought him closer to facing pure evil, and we watched him grapple with that inevitability. Dexter, meanwhile, has grown softer. This could be Hall’s chance, as Walter White last season -- half-a-season, really -- has veered so far into the diabolic that he has all but abandoned his original goal of selling blue meth to save his family. Dexter, despite the show’s inability to capture the mystery of its early seasons, remains a compelling figure worth rooting for. He has a kid now. Emmy bait?