Monday, July 9, 2012

Emmy Predictions: Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 19th. Please refer to my Emmy musings for this category for a detailed analysis of the contenders, and, as always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Beau Bridges (Brothers and Sisters), Jeremy Davies (Justified), Bruce Dern (Big Love), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Paul McCrane (Harry’s Law), Robert Morse (Mad Men)

The competition: Half of last year’s slate is eligible again, and it’s likely that all three will be back again. Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife) has amassed three nominations for different performances in this category over the past five years, and he’s likely to earn his second for the CBS legal drama. Robert Morse (Mad Men) stands to earn his fourth nomination in five years for the AMC period drama, and Jeremy Davies (Justified) should be back for his wild performance as an idiotic criminal in Kentucky. Other actors from the same shows will likely join them, such as Matthew Perry (The Good Wife), who earned two nominations in this category for “The West Wing,” and Mykelti Williamson (Justified), set to earn his first-ever nod. Chris Messina (Damages) really should make it in for his season-long performance as a haunted soldier, and I hope that he doesn’t get shut out in favor of other performers. Previous Emmy winners Jeffrey Wright (House) and Christian Clemenson (Harry’s Law) may be back for different roles, while Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), a nominee two years ago, could return for the same part. “Dexter” has had one guest performer nominated each of the past three years, and so Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos may have a shot at recognition this year.

The predicted nominees: Jeremy Davies, Michael J. Fox, Chris Messina, Robert Morse, Matthew Perry, Mykelti Williamson

The predicted winner: Williamson

Next up: Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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