Don Draper — the irresistible, womanizing advertising executive with a haunting, secret past — is one of television’s most memorable, iconic characters. Yet Jon Hamm, the actor who has embodied Draper through six seasons of “
"Mad Men” has won four
This year, the buzz is that he is far from being a sure bet to take the golden statuette. That may seem crazy, but the competition is especially tough.
Hamm is facing three-time winner
Hamm also faces Kevin Spacey, who masterfully portrays a deliciously venal Washington power player in the new
And there is Jeff Daniels from “The Newsroom,” perhaps not as strong a contender but still worthy of consideration for being able to deftly recite page after page of
’s intricate dialogue.
In Don Draper, Hamm has found a potent match for his looks and talent. He could easily have spent his career playing straight-arrow cops and other bland, square-jawed characters in suits and ties. Don Draper's suits and ties barely contain an agonized soul with a carnal appetite that will not stop.