Best Actor in Drama, 2011
On September 5, 2010, Jon Hamm drank, fought, vomited, shouted, and sobbed his way into immortality in the classic Mad Men episode "The Suitcase." It wasn't like you could pinpoint one greatest-hits moment in the way he turned Don Draper's darkest hour into a symphony of self-loathing; his entire performance during that hour of TV was an Emmy reel. And with his three-time-winner AMC stablemate Bryan Cranston out of contention that year, it appeared as if the Best Actor Emmy would, at long last, go full Hamm. Cue Friday Night Lights' Coach Taylor with the game-winning interception: Kyle Chandler grabbed the award instead. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose indeed.