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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Actor

Indiewire By Peter Knegt and Ben Travers | Indiewire April 7, 2014 at 4:15PM

Here's our take on the best drama actor category.
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"True Detective"
"True Detective"

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions through August 25th, when the winners will be announced. 

It seems like a Walter White vs. Rust Cohle showdown is imminent, but I'm sure many felt the race was down to one or two candidates last year when Jeff Daniels swooped in and stole (rightly won) the Outstanding Drama Actor award. He's back again in 2014, looking to repeat his upset streak against even more formidable competition. Kevin Spacey can't be ignored, and Woody Harrelson is a beloved honoree with a heckuva performance behind him. Jon Hamm is hoping some "Mad Men" fans from the first four seasons turn out to award him for the first half of his last year as Don Draper. 

READ MORE: Emmys: 2014's Tightest Races Find 'True Detective' Squaring Off Against 'Breaking Bad'

Below are predictions for best drama actor from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Editor Ben Travers. Check out predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"

Ben's Predictions:
Will win: Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Could win: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Should win: Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Shoulda been here: Mads Mikkelsen, "Hannibal"

Peter's Predictions:
Will win: Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Could win: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Should win: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Shoulda been here: Michael Sheen, "Masters of Sex"

This article is related to: Television, Emmys, Emmy Awards, 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards