Hugh Bonneville lost out to Damian Lewis at last year’s Emmys
Television stars are attending the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. British actors including Damian Lewis and Dame Helen Mirren are in the race for top accolades. Dame Helen is nominated in the lead actress in a mini series or movie category for her role as a leading lawyer in HBO drama Phil Spector.
Homeland star Lewis takes on fellow Brit Hugh Bonneville in the best lead actor in a drama category. American Horror Story: Asylum has the most nominations with 17 nods. Oscar winner Jessica Lange is in the running for her role in the horror tale.
Elisabeth Moss is recognised for her roles in Mad Men and Jane Campion’s drama Tope Of The Lake
Lewis and Bonneville face stiff competition in their category from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom.
At a Bafta party ahead of the ceremony, Bonneville said he felt relaxed about his prospects.
“I don’t think the pressure is on me, frankly. I feel slightly embarrassed to have been nominated alongside these amazing actors and much as I love the others, I hope it is Bryan Cranston’s year because that show has been phenomenal and his performance has been extraordinary.
“He is a great actor, as are the others, but I think it’s Breaking Bad’s year.”