Jon Hamm's performance as Don Draper on Mad Men is by all means a seminal performance. In some ways, Draper was the heir to Tony Soprano, the character that will go down in history as the forefather of television's flourishing anti-hero genre. But despite the significance of his performance, Hamm has never won an Emmy for the role. And he probably never will.
Yes, Hamm was nominated once again this year, but after a dreary sixth season wherein many faulted his character for dragging the show down, it's looking like he once again won't make it to the stage. Not only was this season not Hamm's (or, really, Don's) best, but he's also got some stiff competition. Our bets are on the prize either going to Bryan Cranston's penultimate descent into doom on Breaking Bad or Kevin Spacey's flashy debut performance on House of Cards.
Hamm's not the only Mad Men cast member swiftly becoming the Susan Lucci of prestige cable drama. In fact, though the show swept the drama series category for the first four years it was on the air, the actors have been completely shut out. Last year the show was ominously excluded from any prizes, despite 17 nominations. "Honestly, it’s hard for me to watch even an episode from any season of the show and think that Jon Hamm’s never been recognized," creator Matt Weiner told the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff in April. "How has Elisabeth Moss not been recognized? It was a bummer. It was a bad night. It was unpleasant." It may sound whiny, but he's got a point.