Thursday, July 16, 2015

Emmy Nominees: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

My predictions: 3/6, picking only Banks, Dinklage, and Mendelsohn

I have a few issues with this category. I don't understand why Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) is nominated every year, especially since his costars are being dismissed in almost all races. He's not bad at all, in fact he's quite charming, but he's not one of the six best supporting actors on dramatic television. Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) is also an odd choice at this point in time, mainly because this wasn't Eli's most notable year. I have no issue with Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), who I like as an actor even though I don't like his show, and I'm fully supportive of Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). And even though he wouldn't be my choice, I welcome the inclusion of Michael Kelly (House of Cards), a hardworking actor who has never really had the opportunity to be recognized like this. It's more of a letdown to see actors like Christopher Eccleston, whose amazing show earned a grand total of zero nominations, and Walton Goggins, whose show in its final year also earned absolutely nothing, ignored when they actually had a chance of representing their series. It's also puzzling to see Jon Voight snubbed for year two of his show, especially since costar Liev Schreiber did get nominated. And, not that I'm complaining, I'm surprised that last year's nominee Mandy Patinkin isn't here given the enthusiasm shown for his show and its mediocre creative resurgence.

Who should win? Banks or Dinklage
Who will win? I'll hedge my bets on Banks for now, knowing full well what his episode will be. It will all depend on what others submit.

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