Friday, July 6, 2018

Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 12th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Jonathan Banks, David Harbour, Ron Cephas Jones, Michael Kelly, John Lithgow, Mandy Patinkin, Jeffrey Wright

The competition: Expect a huge shakeup in this category since just two of last year’s nominees are in the running. Wright and Jones will compete in other categories, Lithgow didn’t appear on his show, and Banks and Kelly’s series have been on hiatus and will return later this year. David Harbour (Stranger Things) should be a sure thing, whereas Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), who has only been nominated for half of his show’s run, is far from guaranteed. Past nominee Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will be nominated again now that his show is back, and another past nominee, Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), could return too. Transplanted category nominees could include Anthony Hopkins (Westworld), downgraded from lead, and BD Wong (Mr. Robot), upgraded from guest. Justin Hartley (This Is Us) seems likely to join the list after being left off last year, and previous would-be contenders like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Noah Emmerich (The Americans) could finally be nominated. Matt Smith (The Crown) and Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) both stand a solid chance of being included, and votes could also go to Asia Kate Dillon (Billions), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), Zahn McClarnon (Westworld), and Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor). I’d watch out for an actor who was previously nominated for a show after it had lost support in major categories, and one who was terrific in his role: Bobby Cannavale (Mr. Robot).

The predicted nominees: Cannavale, Dinklage, Harbour, Hartley, Patinkin, Smith

The predicted winner: I think that Cannavale takes it if he’s nominated.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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