Andre Braugher "Law & Order: SVU"
Dylan Baker "The Good Wife"
Beau Bridges "Masters of Sex"
Michael J. Fox "The Good Wife"
David Hyde Pierce "The Good Wife"
Courtney B. Vance "Scandal"
Other Contenders - Ed Asner "The Good Wife", Robert Morse "Mad Men", Reg E. Cathey "House of Cards", F. Murray Abraham "Homeland", Corey Stoll "Homeland", Sam Shepard "Bloodline", Alan Alda "The Blacklist", David Strathairn "The Blacklist", Ron Perlman "The Blacklist", Reed Birney "The Blacklist", Walton Goggins "Sons of Anarchy", Mel Rodriguez "Better Call Saul", Raymond Cruz "Better Call Saul", Michael Mando "Better Call Saul", Oliver Platt "The Good Wife", Gary Cole "The Good Wife", Michael Cerveris "The Good Wife", Kyle MacLachlan "The Good Wife", Pablo Schreiber "Orange is the New Black", Christian Borle "Masters of Sex", Richard Schiff "Manhattan", Scott Glenn "The Leftovers", Louis Gossett Jr. "Madam Secretary", Harry Hamlin "Law & Order: SVU", Lars Mikkelson "House of Cards", Edward James Olmos "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Commentary - This race looks to be so stacked with veterans, that it will be hard to determine which of the bunch they will go for. I fully expect Beau Bridges to return for his dramatic season opener of Masters of Sex. And The Good Wife could have a boatload of potentials. I am currently leaving off Ed Asner, Gary Cole, and Oliver Platt, but all three should not be discounted. Instead, I am going for Dylan Baker, who has been nominated several times for his role as Colin Sweeney, and it is easy to see why, as he steals every scene he is in. David Hyde Pierce hasn't had a big role in a while, so maybe some of the hype has faded, but if voters still love him as much as they did in his Frasier days, then I would be shocked if he didn't make the cut. Finally, I am going with Michael J. Fox, who, like Baker, is a perpetual nominee in this category, and has had a lot to do the last two seasons, as his role has expanded within the story line. That leaves two slots. Besides the other Good Wife guys, there is Robert Morse, who would seem like an easy pick, but his role as a ghost was incredibly short this year. Reg E. Cathey had a great episode, and honestly, he is the one I am thinking about moving into the mix before my final list. F. Murray Abraham and Corey Stoll are fantastic on Homeland this season, although a lot of their buzz depends on whether Emmy voters recognized the return to form for the last season. Sam Shepard has a great part on Bloodline, Walton Goggins should be in for his awesome role on Sons of Anarchy, Better Call Saul has three great potentials, and Alan Alda/David Strathairn are beloved veterans with juicy roles on The Blacklist. But I am going in a different direction. Law & Order: SVU used to dominate these guest categories, but have not been as potent in recent years as the show has aged. But Andre Braugher is just a knockout for these voters (remember all the nods he got for Men of Certain Age?). He is just one of those actors whose name gets checked off no matter what. I think he gets in. And finally, while Joe Morton has moved up to Supporting, this category has been won twice in a row by Scandal actors. I think that Courtney B. Vance, who was powerful in his arch on the show this season, could continue the Scandal streak.