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Today let’s look at the nominees for Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Josh Charles (The Good Wife)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Some interesting points to note:

  • This is a pretty fickle category in terms of who wins. Aaron Paul has won twice,
  • Last year’s winner Bobby Cannavale isn’t nominated this year.
  • If Paul wins, he would be the first to win three Emmy’s in this category.
  • Peter Dinklage won back in 2011.
  • Josh Charles and Mandy Patinkin have both been nominated once before, while Jim Carter has been nominated three times in a row, without a win.

Who will win: 

  • Aaron Paul – the buzz surrounding Breaking Bad’s final season was pretty epic, and Emmy voters have shown that they like his acting in this category in the past. I think he is a pretty safe bet in this category.

Who should win:

  • Josh Charles – those of you who haven’t watched the fifth season of The Good Wife might wonder why  I have put Josh Charles here. But if you have, you would be nodding your head right now. That is all.


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Christine Baranski (The G00d Wife)

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

Some interesting points to note:

  • Last year Anna Gunn won for Breaking Bad, while Maggie Smith won back in 2012 for Downton Abbey.
  • If Gunn wins again this year, she will become just the second actress to win two consecutive Emmy’s in this categori, after Allison Janney (The West Wing, 2001-2002) and Blythe Danner (Huff, 2005-2006). I don’t even know what Huff is. Time for google after this I think.
  • Christine Baranski from The Good Wife has won previously for her role in Cybil and has been nominated 11 times overall. She has been nominated each season of The Good Wife, and for good reason.
  • Christina Hendricks has been nominated five times without success for her role in Mad Men. Maybe the sixth time is the charm.
  • This is Lena Headley’s first nomination for her part in Game of Thrones, and she should be happy with the nomination, because she won’t win.

Who will win: 

  • Anna Gunn – Great part, great acting, final season buzz, carry-over-champ.

Who should win:

  • Anna Gunn/Christine Baranski – a tie! I think Anna Gunn deserves it, but I am also blinded by my supreme bias for season five of The Good Wife.

Tomorrow: Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy

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