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Variety and THR Talk Emmys for Cranston, Paul and MacLaren

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The Emmys are less than a month away, and Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are chock-full of coverage on Breaking Bad‘s seven nominations.

An Academy of TV Arts & Sciences exec notes in The Hollywood Reporter that Breaking Bad‘s “range and writing is very appealing to performer/voters.”

-In a round-up of best drama actor nominees, The Hollywood Reporter pronounces Bryan Cranston the favorite because “he’s won two years in a row for the gnarliest role on TV.” (No Link)

THR also focuses on Aaron Paul, who has “earned his second nomination for rising above his youth with gritty fearlessness.” (No Link)

The Hollywood Reporter says that Michelle MacLaren’s direction of Episode 7 was a “riveting Hitchcockian horror ride” that gave Dean Norris “his meatiest work yet.”

Variety concurs: Michelle MacLaren could win best director because her “skill isn’t shown only in action scenes, but in small moments,” like Hank breaking down in the elevator. (No Link)

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