For six years, Hugh Laurie has headlined House M.D., by some estimates the most popular television show in the world. He's been nominated for the best actor in a drama series Emmy five times but hasn't brought home the statue yet, despite having won the SAG and two Golden Globes for the role, among other honors.
Laurie is consistently excellent but apparently hasn't had just the right scene in any season to beat out the competition: Emmy judges base their votes on a single episode of a series that the nominees submit. That just stinks. I hope he wins Sunday, but it wouldn't surprise me if he doesn't.
Laurie is one of the highest-paid actors on television, so I'm not saying he's not compensated for his work, but he's incredibly talented (he plays and sings with The Band from TV, just landed his own record deal, and has published a best-selling novel). And he's a nice guy to boot. Actually, he's a tortured soul who doesn't feel he deserves his fame, which makes me feel he deserves the recognition more than some braggart, and he gives funny acceptance speeches.
So, I think there should be an Emmy for cumulative excellence in acting, and the inaugural statue should be given to Hugh.