Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2015 Contenders
Mahershala Ali "House of Cards"
Geoffrey Arend "Madam Secretary"
Devon Bagby "Ray Donovan"
Jonathan Banks "Better Call Saul"
Erich Bergen "Madam Secretary"
Jason Biggs "Orange is the New Black"
Jeremy Bobb "The Knick"
Billy Brown "How to Get Away With Murder"
Norbert Leo Butz "Bloodline"
Trai Byers "Empire"
Reeve Carney "Penny Dreadful"
Jim Carter "Downton Abbey"
Charlie Carver "The Leftovers"
Max Carver "The Leftovers"
Tom Cavanagh "The Flash"
Justin Chambers "Grey's Anatomy"
Chad L. Coleman "The Walking Dead"
Rick Cosnett "The Flash"
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau "Game of Thrones"
Brendan Coyle "Downton Abbey"
Alan Cumming "The Good Wife"
Matt Czuchry "The Good Wife"
James D'Arcy "Broadchurch"
Tim Daly "Madam Secretary"
Patrick Dempsey "Grey's Anatomy"
Guillermo Diaz "Scandal"
Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Christopher Eccleston "The Leftovers"
Noah Emmerich "The Americans"
Alfred Enoch "How to Get Away With Murder"
Patrick Fabian "Better Call Saul"
Jack Falahee "How to Get Away With Murder"
Scott Foley "Scandal"
Rupert Friend "Homeland"
John Gallagher Jr. "The Newsroom"
Michael Gaston "The Leftovers"
Walton Goggins "Justified"
Tony Goldwyn "Scandal"
Bryshere Y. Gray "Empire"
Bruce Greenwood "Mad Men"
Kit Harington "Game of Thrones"
Michael Harney "Orange is the New Black"
Josh Hartnett "Penny Dreadful"
Andre Holland "The Knick"
Zeljko Ivanek "Madam Secretary"
Joshua Jackson "The Affair"
Rob James-Collier "Downton Abbey"
Vincent Kartheiser "Mad Men"
Michael Kelly "House of Cards"
Rory Kinnear "Penny Dreadful"
Duncan Lacroix "Outlander"
Frank Langella "The Americans"
Tracy Letts "Homeland"
Donal Logue "The Flash"
Michael Mando "Better Call Saul"
Jesse L. Martin "The Flash"
Dave Mazouz "Gotham"
Matt McGorry "How to Get Away With Murder"
Michael McKean "Better Call Saul"
Kevin McKidd "Grey's Anatomy"
Graham McTavish "Outlander"
Ben Mendelsohn "Bloodline"
Tobias Menzies "Outlander"
Joe Morton "Scandal"
Chris Noth "The Good Wife"
Dev Patel "The Newsroom"
Mandy Patinkin "Homeland"
Jeff Perry "Scandal"
Sean Pertwee "Gotham"
James Pickens Jr. "Grey's Anatomy"
Norman Reedus "The Walking Dead"
Chandler Riggs "The Walking Dead"
Tim Roth "Penny Dreadful"
Thomas Sadoski "The Newsroom"
Danny Sapani "Penny Dreadful"
Teddy Sears "Masters of Sex"
Michael Shannon "Boardwalk Empire"
Jake Richard Siciliano "The Affair"
John Slattery "Mad Men"
Jussie Smollett "Empire"
Cory Michael Smith "Gotham"
Aaron Staton "Mad Men"
Robin Lord Taylor "Gotham"
Richard Thomas "The Americans"
Harry Treadaway "Penny Dreadful"
Jon Voight "Ray Donovan"
Sam Waterston "The Newsroom"
Charlie Weber "How to Get Away With Murder"
Michael Kenneth Williams "Boardwalk Empire"
Jeffrey Wright "Boardwalk Empire"
Chris Zylka "The Leftovers"

Commentary - This is category where a lot of the same folks could return, or there could be a lot of shakeup. Peter Dinklage feels like a lock, but as always, there is a potential for some of his Game of Thrones co-stars to join the fray. Jim Carter is never predicted to make the cut, and yet he continues to be a popular choice. If Downton is still as respected as it has been in past seasons, then Carter, and the other Downton guys are definitely still in the mix. Homeland had a resurgent season, so if Mandy Patinkin can get in for that third season, I don't see why he wouldn't get in for a much better season. Jon Voight is, well, Jon Voight. So if we assume that those four slots are taken, we know there are at least two left with Josh Charles and Aaron Paul out of the mix. Jonathan Banks is great in Better Call Saul, which will surely benefit from the Breaking Bad hangover. Alan Cumming, Chris Noth, and Matt Czurchy could get in where Josh Charles left off, as The Good Wife had another great season. Netflix's Bloodline is getting a ton of buzz, which could benefit Ben Mendelsohn and Norbert Leo Butz. Mad Men has never won an acting Emmy, so maybe John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, or Bruce Greenwood could end the streak. Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey are shoo-ins for House of Cards, but could Michael Kelly finally breakthrough or Mahershala Ali? Joe Morton had to bump up to Supporting after winning last year on Guest, joining Jeff Perry and Tony Goldwyn as potentials. Walton Goggins and Norman Reedus have been so good for so many years, and an Emmy nomination would be a nice reward. Genre potentials from the casts of Penny Dreadful, Gotham, The Flash, Outlander, and The Leftovers could join the Game of Thrones guys. Also be on the lookout for the guys from Boardwalk Empire, The Affair, The Americans, Empire, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, The Newsroom, Madam Secretary, or The Knick.

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