2016 Nomination Predictions
Jonathan Banks "Better Call Saul"
Jim Carter "Downton Abbey"
Alan Cumming "The Good Wife"
Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Michael Kelly "House of Cards"
Christian Slater "Mr. Robot"
Other Contenders - Ben Mendelsohn "Bloodline", Kit Harington "Game of Thrones", Alan Alda "Horace and Pete", Mandy Patinkin "Homeland", Ray Romano "Vinyl", Jon Voight "Ray Donovan", Alano Miller "Underground", Christopher Meloni "Underground", Tobias Menzies "Outlander", Michael McKean "Better Call Saul", Beau Bridges "Masters of Sex", Josh Charles "Masters of Sex", Christopher Eccleston "The Leftovers", Nikolaj Coster-Waldau "Game of Thrones", Rufus Sewell "The Man in High Castle", Mark Margolis "Better Call Saul", Jussie Smollett "Empire", Frank Langella "The Americans", Dylan Baker "The Americans", Tony Goldwyn "Scandal", Rupert Friend "Homeland", F. Murray Abraham "Homeland", Gary Cole "Mercy Street", Matt Czuchry "The Good Wife", Steven Yeun "The Walking Dead"
Commentary - All six guys are returning, but Bloodline lost steam in its second season, and I think a newcomer, Christian Slater, will be enough to knock him out. A lot of folks are moving Jim Carter out, but he has never missed the cut, and Alan Cumming managed to get back in, but he too is vulnerable. Kit Harington had a great season, and a lot of press for his return, but will it translate to Emmy gold? Ask his co-star Coster-Waldau, who could not capitalize on his excellent season a few years back. Alan Alda is an Emmy legend, Ray Romano has won several of these, and Mandy Patinkin should be back in this thing for yet another great season of Homeland. Tobias Menzies could get in if Outlander is bigger than expected, Jon Voight did manage a nod two years ago, and there are a few guys from Underground that could make a splash. Michael McKean is getting a lot of predicts, but can two guys from Better Call Saul get in? That will show a lot of strength if they can. Beau Bridges and Josh Charles are both Emmy favorites, Christopher Eccleston is a critical favorite, Mark Margolis has been nominated for this role before, and The Americans has two veterans, if they ever recognize that show.