BY JARETT WIESELMAN, JAIMIE ETKIN, & KELLEY L. CARTER
From Empire to The Empire, these are the year's biggest breakout stars.
8. Rami Malek
In a year of star-making performances, none come close to matching the artfulnessRami Malek brought to every frame of the equally brilliant Mr. Robot. Tasked with executing one of the year’s toughest character arcs, Malek was a frenetic, wild-eyed, sweaty mess by his own design as hacker Elliot Alderson, who navigated a fractured reality also — spoiler alert — of his own design. It’s the kind of performance that not only elevates a show, but defines a career. —J.W.