This just in from Tim Goodman at the San Francisco Chronicle, in his article about acting nominees for the Emmy Awards:

Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment,” HBO. He really does the impossible in this role: He puts thoughtfulness in motion.

Here’s his competition:

Outstanding actor in a drama series: Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC. Unbelievably great work from Cranston on a series that miraculously got a lot greater. Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC. He broadened the role, shading the character and hinting at past vulnerabilities. Very deft. Michael Chiklis, “The Shield,” FX. Chilling. The odds-on favorite. Chiklis goes out the way he came in – with viewers unable to look away from him. Michael C. Hall, “Dexter,” Showtime. Even the voice-over work is exceptional. Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment,” HBO. He really does the impossible in this role: He puts thoughtfulness in motion. Edward James Olmos, “Battlestar Galactica,” Sci-Fi. Sure, he chews a little scenery, but it’s the subdued scenes where he excels. That’s an incredible starting six right there. And not a network series star in the mix.

We could not have said it better ourselves! Read the complete article and stay tuned for the announcement on July 16.

Thoughtfulness in motion. Yes.


  1. I read this a couple of days ago and my heart skipped a beat – because for me, in SO MANY OF HIS ROLES, Gabriel Byrne does indeed “put thoughtfulness in motion.”

    He should adopt that phrase as his trademark, or something.

    My fingers, legs, arms and eyes are currently crossed, waiting to hear about Emmy nominations. Though I don’t suppose Gabriel himself is shallow or self-obsessed enough to give a shite about winning such an award, I think if he did, it would be a nice opportunity for his fans to have a little celebratory party never the less. An opportunity to show him we love ‘im, and also to say to a host of other people, “SEE?? WE TOLD YOU HE WAS AWESOME!!!”

  2. And, actually, I have just read that Gabriel HAS BEEN NOMINATED again this year! Yay! Hope Davis and Dianne Weist, too!

  3. I agree about the trademark line, Lozzie. That writer captured him in a single phrase, a very difficult thing to do!

    I’ve got the celebratory champagne on ice and MY fingers are so crossed for his Emmy win that I am having troublellll typppinggggg….


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