Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a TV Series

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be soon, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anyone important. A reminder that last year’s nominees mean zilch at the Globes and that the race is almost entirely unpredictable.

Last year’s nominees:
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Ed Harris (Game Change)
Danny Huston (Magic City)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

This category, which lops together supporting men from drama series, comedy series, miniseries, and TV movies, tends to draw from all four media relatively equally. Repeat nominees are rare, with only comedy series stars earning that distinction lately – Jeremy Piven, Neil Patrick Harris, and, the past three years, Stonestreet. Of last year’s eligible nominees, I wouldn’t count on Danny Huston (Magic City) coming back since his show was cancelled. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and Max Greenfield (New Girl) are vulnerable because Emmy voters snubbed them this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re out. Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) is probably in again, and he’ll have competition in the form of three standout season-long roles: Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan). Emmy nominees from this past year like Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Adam Driver (Girls), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), and winner Tony Hale (Veep) might also score a spot.

Current predictions:
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing)
Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

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