Friday, July 14, 2017

Emmy Nominees: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

My predictions: 4/7, missing Patinkin, Harbour, and Wright

This is one of a number of categories this season where there are seven nominees and still some important people left off. Ed Harris’ snub is the most surprising, though I’m glad that Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), who for some reason I didn’t predict, did make the cut. Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) is a solid choice, but it’s still so puzzling to me that anyone who watches the show would pick him over Michael McKean this season, though that was a similar problem that happened when Aaron Paul kept getting nominated for “Breaking Bad.” All the actors on that show are terrific; it’s just a matter of picking the right standout each season. I think David Harbour (Stranger Things) counts as a surprise, though I’m clueless since I haven’t yet seen the show, which I plan to watch this summer. Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) is a bizarre choice since the show has gone very far downhill and for the first time neither Claire Danes nor the show are nominated. Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) is a good pick for his show, while Michael Kelly (House of Cards) hardly seems to me, halfway through the season at this point, to be the right pick from his show (I’d go with Joel Kinnaman). Rounding out the list is John Lithgow (The Crown), whose show I’ll also be watching this summer.

Who should win? Out of those I’ve seen, definitely Wright. More once I’ve watched the rest.
Who will win? I’ll pick Jones for sentimentality reasons, though I think Lithgow could just as easily win.

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