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A category with a lot of talent is the Lead Actor in a Drama Series. And the nominees are:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – 

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, FOUR)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, TV3)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men, SOHO)

Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, SOHO)

Woody Harrelson (True Detective, SOHO)

Matthew McConaughey (True Detective, SOHO)

Some interesting points to note:

  • Jeff Daniels is the defending champ in this category.
  • Bryan Cranston has won Best Actor in a Drama three previous times for his portrayal of Walter White.
  • If he won this year, he would equal the record for most Best Drama Actor wins.
  • Matthew McConaughey won this years Critics’ Choice TV Award for his role as Rust Cohle in True Detective.
  • Woddy Harrelson has been nominated for seven Emmy’s, and won in 1989 for Comedy Supporting Actor for his role in Cheers.
  • John Hamm has been nominated for 11 Emmy’s, and has won…zero.
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You may have seen the edited version of Kevin Spacey’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. This is the full thing and well worth watching.

In my other life as a forensic computer specialist for the GCSB, I get to see that the majority of people now download movies and TV programmes from the Internet.  It shows there is a growing need for audiences to watch what they want to watch and when they want to watch it.

And although this doesn’t have national security implications, it does indicate the growing pressure on traditional broadcast channels to adapt.

In the US, House of Cards is having a tilt at a new distribution model:  The whole show is released at the same time.  Viewers can choose to watch one episode at a time, or gorge themselves with back to back marathons.

Its main star, Kevin Spacey, explains their journey

Double Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey has challenged TV channels to give “control” to their audiences or risk losing them at his address at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

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