Emmy lead actor in a drama series: By the numbers
Even with six men in the race for lead actor in a drama series, their award track record pales in comparison to their female counterparts, who can boast of 33 previous nods and eight wins. Before today, these half-dozen male contenders had racked up just 11 Emmy nominations and only one win (by last year's champ Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad").
While that was Cranston's first drama bid, he was a three-time supporting nominee for the laffer "Malcolm in the Middle" (2002, 2003, 2006). Hugh Laurie is already a three-time also-ran for "House," losing to Cranston last year and James Spader ("Boston Legal") in 2005 and 2007.
Michael C. Hall lost last year for his first nod for "Dexter" and was bested in his 2002 lead actor bid for "Six Feet Under" by Michael Chiklis ("The Shield").
Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") both picked up their first Emmy nods last year while Simon Baker – star of the freshman smash "The Mentalist" – is an Emmy newbie this year.
While the women have three Oscars and 11 Oscar nominations among them, the men have none. The women have three Golden Globes for 13 movie nods as well as four Globes to show for 21 TV noms. The men have no movie Globe nominations and four TV Globes out of 12 nods.
Laurie won the first two of his four consecutive Golden Globe lead actor races for "House." Last year he was beaten by Hamm for "Mad Men," and both of them lost this year to Byrne for "In Treatment."
Hall lost all three of those most recent Globe races for his lead role in "Dexter." Cranston lost his single Globe nom in the catch-all supporting category for "Malcolm in the Middle" in 2003 to Donald Sutherland ("Path to War"). And Baker was bested in his 2002 lead actor bid for "The Guardian" by "24" star Kiefer Sutherland.
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