Michael Emerson is a perennial Emmy nominee, so Michael Emerson getting into the Supporting Actor Drama Emmy field was no shock. Still, Michael Emerson claimed he was stunned when he got the news of his latest nomination. It’s a call Michael Emerson has gotten three years in a row, for every year since he joined the regular cast of Lost as Ben Linus. Now, the question is whether Michael Emerson can actually win this time around, and finally add a second Emmy to his mantle.
Michael Emerson led the nominees for Best Supporting Actor Drama yet again, for the third year in a row. His competition this year is William Shatner and Christian Clemenson for Boston Legal, William Hurt for Damages, Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad and John Slattery for Mad Men.
Despite being nominated twice before for Lost, Emerson told Radar Online that he was “surprised” to get another Emmy nod. Though the Emmys had a few new and fresh nominees this time around, Emerson is one of the old Emmy standbys, despite no wins lately.
Since arriving on Lost, Michael Emerson has become the lynchpin of the complicated show, and the center of the entire Lost universe as villain/possible hero Ben Linus. Emerson only joined the cast as a regular in Season Three, but has gotten an Emmy nomination every year since then.
Emerson already has an Emmy from his guest work as another “creepy” killer on The Practice in 2001. But for Lost, he has gone home empty handed so far.
In 2007, Emerson lost to frequent Lost scene partner Terry O’Quinn, and was supposed to be favored last season. However, Emerson was upset by Damages’ Zeljko Ivanek. This year, with Ivanek out and O’Quinn choosing not to submit himself, this would seem to be Emerson’s year.
Emerson submitted himself for the episode “Dead Is Dead” which got some complaints for the attempts to make Emerson play a mid-20’s Ben in the flashbacks, and for the cheesy special effects when Ben was judged by the island smoke monster. However, Emerson is one of those actors able to overcome the questionable scenery around him.
Emerson has to beat out old Boston Legal favorites Shatner and Clemenson, who have one last chance to gain favor from the Emmys. Hurt is a big name who got to face off with Glenn Close again, but was barely in Damages after the first five weeks of last season. Paul is a newcomer, but since Breaking Bad is a new Emmy favorite, he could sneak up. Slattery will again try to ride the Mad Men success tide in his favor.
For now, Emerson is still enjoying his final Lost summer break, hanging around his wife and True Blood star Carrie Preston. He will return for Season Six filming starting in mid-August, as Ben tries to rebound after being overthrown by an island God posing as John Locke.
Radar Online- “Lost star Michael Emerson ‘Surprised’ By Emmy Nomination” www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/07/exclusive-lost-star-michael-emerson-surprised-emmy-nomination