As Ned the piemaker on Pushing Daisies, Lee Pace gave one of my favorite performances of the past TV season — nuanced, charming, convincing. But was it funny? On Daisies, Ned's the worrier, the straight man; it's characters like Chi McBride's Emerson and Kristin Chenoweth's Olive who provide the pure laughs. On acting merit, I'd give Pace the award in a second — but voters could want something that's more traditional comedy.
Chance of winning: Moderate
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