The 66th Primetime Emmys are airing on NBC tonight and everyone is putting in their last minute predictions as to which of their favorite actors and small screen series will end up taking a win. It’s been a standout year for television and with so many critically acclaimed performances and shows up for awards tonight, the only thing we know for sure is that the competition in each category is at an all time high. Some of these wins may not just be career-defining, but also record-breaking as well. Here are six nominees that could make history, should they win at tonight’s ceremony.
Nominee: Matthew McConaughey
Category: The actor is up against co-star Woody Harrelson as well as Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, and Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor in a Drama for his critically acclaimed role of detective Rust Cohle on HBO’s True Detective.
Nomination significance: The nod comes on the heels of quite a banner year for McConaughey, whose performance in Dallas Buyers Club also won him an Oscar for Best Actor. Should McConaughey win at the Emmys tonight, he will make history as only the second-ever male to win both an Oscar and Emmy in the same year. The first was George C. Scott in 1971. Several actresses, including Helen Hunt and Liza Minnelli, have performed the same feat with the Best Actress category in previous years.
His odds: Given the high praise surrounding True Detective and McConaughey’s performance in particular, the actor is widely considered a frontrunner for the win — even by his own peers. Woody Harrelson himself admitted he thought McConaughey deserved the award. As of now, experts predict his main competition will be Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, as this is his last year up for the award after the conclusion of the series.