Thursday, July 19, 2012

Emmy Nominees: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

My predictions: 3/6, presuming the inclusions of Mandy Patinkin, Neal McDonough, and John Slattery

It’s unforgivable that Neal McDonough got snubbed. I had high hopes after last year’s surprisingly wide recognition of performers from “Justified,” but this year it’s down to Jeremy Davies’ maniacal recurring guest spot. It’s a real shame. No Mandy Patinkin either, which is a surprise. I’ve only seen the first installment of “Downton Abbey,” but I do remember both Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle being excellent in it, though I can’t help but feel that if this show was still in the miniseries category, other actors could have been recognized. At least Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) got nominated for his tremendous performance, joining previous winner Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). With two shows taking two thirds of the spots, there’s not much room left, but fortunately there was enough for Jared Harris (Mad Men), who replaces John Slattery, who had represented the show the past four years. There’s no denying the brilliance of last year’s winner Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), but it seems strange that the show elicits just one acting nomination from amid its terrific ensemble.

Who should win? Esposito
Who will win? Esposito or Harris

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