I’m sure you’re still recovering from the adrenaline-fueled and ARTPOPpy rush of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, but if you’re like me, you’re already searching for another award show fix. Have no fear: The Emmys are coming up in September, and we’re previewing the big TV trophycast with a rundown of the show’s 11 hottest acting nominees.
11. Rupert Friend, Homeland (Guest Actor, Drama Series)
I first dug this guy in The Young Victoria, but his amazingly squarish jawline has earned Emmy cred on Showtime’s unstoppable Homeland. At the TCAs this past month, he wore suspenders and looked strangely Amish. He’s weird, and I’m proud of Keira Knightley for having dated him.
10. John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter (Supporting Actor, Miniseries/Movie)
The 50-year-old gay actor stole our hearts in The Normal Heart, which earned him a Tony and gave him the opportunity to thank his longtime partner Jeffrey Richman (who writes for Modern Family), and now he and Laura Linney are The Big C: Hereafter‘s sole nominated representatives. Reddish scruff for the win!
9. Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Actor, Comedy Series)
I remember watching him nail the role of Sammy Davis Jr. in the TV movie The Rat Pack, which netted him his first Emmy nomination. Now the amazingly hot 49-year-old is up for his sixth nomination (still waiting for a win) on House of Lies, and if Jim Parsons doesn’t win again this year, I think he has a very real chance of taking it.
8. Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End (Actor, Miniseries or Movie)
The dastardly Benedict Cumberbatch has an aggressive, mouthy way of dealing with press attention, and I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t hot. He slays us as Sherlock, but writer Tom Stoppard wanted him for this miniseries even before he landed that career-making role.
7. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (Actor, Comedy Series)
Jim Parsons is sweet, smart, and — oh, would you look at that? — gay, and he’s the lead actor on TV’s biggest comedy. What are we supposed to do, not love him? Exhilarated to see him up for an award again, and I’m always delighted to see his fascinatingly angular and adorable mug.
6. Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie (Supporting Actor, Drama Series; Guest Actor, Drama Series)
If you didn’t watch Blue Jasmine and get libidinously swept up in Bobby Cannavale’s Stanley Kowalski antics, we have nothing in common. But maybe we can agree that he’s a marvelous TV presence, as he’s netted two nominations this year. How very Sigourney Weaver-at-the-’88-Oscars of him.