This year EW is here to help with our first-ever For Your Consideration issue. We have curated the bajillion shows and performances (give or take a million) eligible for Emmy nominations to help voters select their top picks. Consider this a sneak peek into the nomination process and an early guide to the awards, which air Sept. 18 on ABC.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Any superhero show is only as strong as its villain, and Jessica Jones trotted out a doozy in Kilgrave — a petulant and romantically obsessed psychopath who used mind control to force others to do his bidding. Tennant was electric in the role, becoming 2015’s ultimate love-to-hate character.
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Peter Dinklage may be the Emmy favorite, but his costar Harington has evolved into one mesmerizing physical performer (see: his shell-shocked resurrection). This season is Jon Snow’s biggest yet as he leaves the Night’s Watch to seek his destiny. Perhaps now his Emmy watch has ended as well?
Mr. Robot (USA)
The performance that Christian Slater gave as Mr. Robot in the series’ debut season was worthy of Emmy consideration on its own merits. The role is deeply felt, ironically human, and would make us take note of any actor delivering it. But as a culture, we’ve been watching Slater for 35 years, and it’s safe to say that no one expected this career twist.
Much has been asked of Menzies in his dual roles of loving 20th-century husband Frank and ruthless 18th-century ancestor Black Jack. But in the time-traveling epic’s second season, he managed to inject his good guy with just enough wounded rage to convincingly blur the line between his alter egos.
Joel de la Fuente
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
As Chief Inspector Kido, de la Fuente oozed icy intensity running the Japanese Kempeitai in occupied San Francisco in Amazon’s alternate-history series. Playing a man willing to sacrifice himself in search of the truth, de la Fuente showed us that even baddies can have honor.
The Good Wife (CBS)
Eli Gold has always been the fixer. But what happens when you put all of the fixer’s work in jeopardy? You get a truly dynamic performance from Cumming. From Eli’s voicemail confession to his attempts to save Peter (Chris Noth), Cumming stole scenes like Good Wife politicians stole elections.