Darren Criss is perhaps best known for his role in the musical comedy-drama sensation that was Glee. This show garnered popularity not only on the screen but in the music charts as well, in fact Criss’s debut number, a cover of Teenage Dreams by Katy Perry was the fastest selling single from the series. This is his second Emmy nomination and first win. The award was for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance as the serial killer Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Jeff Daniels is a well-known actor appearing in much loved movies like Dumb and Dumber, Pleasantville and more recently The Martian. Daniels has garnered much success of late in television for his performances in The News Room and The Looming Tower. This year he won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in the Netflix series Godless, a western series in which he plays a murderous outlaw gang leader out for revenge.
The winner of this year’s Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series was Matthew Rhys for his role as Phillip Jennings in The Americans. The series revolves around Phillip and fellow agent, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) as they pose as an average American couple during the height of the cold war. Rhys has received many nominations for his performance in the series however this is the first time he has won one, which is fortunate as the recent sixth series of the show was the final one.
This year for the seventh time Peter Dinklage was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the cultural phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. It was also his third win for the role. The series is a HBO fantasy series set in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. Dinklage’s role is arguably the most popular in the show, his smarts and charisma constantly shine through despite being in a world that hates him for his condition (dwarfism).
Bill Hader has quietly become something of a comedy giant, since his early career as a member of the Saturday Night Live team to his movie career, appearing in films like Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Tropic Thunder he’s certainly made in impression on the comedy world. Throughout his career Hader has been nominated for 15 Emmy’s and won a total of 3. This year he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the title role in Barry, a HBO series about a hit man trying to make it as an actor.
Another win for Barry, this time for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Henry Winkler is something of a household name now thanks to his iconic role of the Fonzie in the 1970s American Sitcom Happy Days. Despite his long career in both film and TV this was Winkler’s first win though he has been nominated for a total of 6 Emmy’s.