Monday, July 10, 2017

Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 13th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Jonathan Banks, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Michael Kelly, Ben Mendelsohn, Jon Voight

The competition: Three of last year’s nominees aren’t eligible this year since “Game of Thrones” didn’t air and Mendelsohn is on the ballot in the guest category. Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) are likely to return though either could fall off, and Michael Kelly (House of Cards) seems like a safe bet. Ed Harris (Westworld), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), and John Lithgow (The Crown) are the likeliest freshman series contenders to join the race, and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) will surely garner some votes as well. Non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon (Billions) submitted themselves in this category, so a nomination seems possible though the show was completely shut out last year. Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) was previously nominated in this category for the same role on a different show, and given that Banks made it in again, he may as well, though I think that any enthusiasm for the show, which may be waning, should go to Michael McKean (Better Call Saul). Golden Globe winner Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) missed the cut last year and will likely do so again, while Emmy nominee Paul Sparks (House of Cards) and Joel Kinnaman (House of Cards) might benefit from promotions from the guest category to this one. Votes may go to veteran actors William Hurt (Goliath) and Frank Langella (The Americans), and I have to imagine that Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) is a dark horse even though his show has never gotten non-technical Emmy love.

The predicted nominees: Banks, Harris, Jones, Kelly, Lithgow, Voight

The predicted winner: Jones

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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