Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Max Greenfield, New Girl
There’s a chance that the voters might want to reward a modestly successful new show, which could open the door to Greenfield. Failing that it’s Modern Family again, and I reckon it’s Ed O’Neill’s turn.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
This is normally my favourite category; this year, though, I haven’t seen most of the nominees: we’ve lost Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, and Walton Goggins from last year. The only comment I can make is that, while Jared Harris is a fine actor, and was very good in Mad Men, nominating him instead of the extraordinary John Slattery is inexplicable.
And a word about the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama category: with Dylan Baker and Michael J. Fox nominated for The Good Wife, Jeremy Davies for Justified, Ben Feldman for Mad Men, and Jason Ritter for Parenthood, there are a lot of Emmy-worthy Unpopcult favourites there. As ever, I’d love Baker to win.