Jim Carter - 'Downton Abbey'
August 20, 2013
Despite a long career in TV and film, Downton Abbey has been Jim Carter's first project to garner significant award season attention (save for Shakespeare in Love in 1998).
Carter's role as Downton's faithful butler has translated now to two Emmy nominations.
Pulling off a win in the Supporting Actor in a Drama category might be difficult, given the pedigree of his competitors -- fan favorites such as Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland).
Given Carter's own new-found notoriety however, like the surprise hit that his PBS series became, it'd be smart not to rule out an upset in this category.