Thursday, July 12, 2018

Emmy Nominees: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

My predictions: 4/6, picking Bobby Cannavale and Justin Hartley over Coster-Waldau and Fiennes

Two widely-predicted contenders in this category, Justin Hartley and Noah Schnapp, didn’t make the cut despite their shows doing pretty well elsewhere. I suppose any enthusiasm for “Mr. Robot” was too much to hope for. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) finally earned his first Emmy nomination after many years of only Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) being nominated, and I think it’s a worthwhile inclusion this year. Two other supporting players who didn’t make it last year got their shot this year: Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Matt Smith (The Crown), deserving nominees whose material really was expanded. David Harbour (Stranger Things) is back again for his show, as is Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), a show still hanging on after starting strong years ago.

Who should win? These are all good choices, though I’d probably leave off Patinkin for the portion of his season that I’ve seen. Dinklage would probably get my vote, though any of them would be fine.
Who will win? It’s hard to say. I think Dinklage will probably win ago if Smith doesn’t upset.

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