I honestly think Rumple/Gold is supposed to be all over the place/over the top/inconsistant/unpredictable in terms of what you see on screen because there is so much going on with the characters. That’s actually why I think Robert Carlyle is such a brilliant actor – he has to play so many different characters in the same show. I really like Lana too and definately think she deserved the nomination but just to use her as the example – she has to play two characters, the EQ and Regina who each have nuances of personalities within each of those characters to keep you wondering what is going with each of them (although I do think we are about to see a third version of her character BEFORE she was the EQ). But with Robert he has to play Rumple before the Dark one, early Dark One who was really kind of sinister, pscho Rumple, funny/playful Rumple, in love with Belle Rumple, and then there’s all the Mr. Gold variations as well that keep you guessing. I’m guessing there are more variations of Mr. Gold to come as well.
Not trying to take away from Lana’s nomination here – she’s definately well deserving! And if ever there was a show that should win an ensemble award, it’s this one!!