Unpopcult at The Emmys 2012 Part 4: Best Supporting Actor

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.


7 thoughts on “Unpopcult at The Emmys 2012 Part 4: Best Supporting Actor

  1. Snoskred July 28, 2012 / 7:01 am

    Aaron Paul truly deserves this but so does Giancarlo Esposito – they were both amazing this year in Breaking Bad. Aaron won it last year so I am sure he wouldn’t mind if it goes to Giancarlo, but to even try and compare their work vs Downton Abbey.. seriously.. there is no comparison that could be made.

    Jared was great, but still.. can’t go past the efforts of the Breaking Bad guys this year.

    And John Slattery? He was barely on the screen this year as far as I remember, what with Megan sucking up every inch of spare oxygen on the show.. He is always great when he is there, but he barely was. 😦 I WISH HE HAD BEEN THERE MORE! would have much preferred it to the Meganpocalypse.

    You said in that link that Mad Men is still the best thing on tv, well I have to say I can’t agree with that having seen season 4 of Breaking Bad and with season 5 just starting. And I wish, wish, WISH that you could see it because you would instantly see that everything else is left miles behind in the dust.

  2. Jed Bartlet July 28, 2012 / 9:27 am

    Fair point about the “best thing on TV”, Snoskred – as I haven’t seen Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or Downton I’m probably not ideally placed to comment on that one! I have a feeling that the Megan Factor might mean that Mad Men won’t win Best Drama this year. I liked the character, but obviously a lot of people didn’t.

    I stand by what I said about John Slattery, though – to nominate anyone but him, from the Mad Men cast, as best supporting actor is just perverse.

  3. CJ Cregg July 29, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Not nominating Josh Charles and Walton Goggins is just wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. They were both brilliant. But don’t count out Peter Dinklage – he was at the heart of GOT this year and fantastic in every scene. I’d give it to him.

    I’m rooting for Dylan Baker too.

    On the Modern Family front, I wonder if the recent pay dispute might affect their chances? Probably not.

  4. Tim July 29, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    I’m hoping it’s Eric Stonestreet’s turn. He treads a fine line between comedy genius and hackneyed gat caricature, and does it superbly every week.

    And Dinklage for me. But then CJ knew I was going to say that already, right?

  5. Jed Bartlet July 29, 2012 / 11:16 pm

    I love Eric Stonestreet, and I would have absolutely no problem with him winning – he won in 2010, though, and Ty Burrell won last year. So in fairness to JTF and Ed O’Neill, I’d be happy with one of them getting it, and O’Neill was never even nominated in ten years of Married… with Children.

  6. Jed Bartlet July 29, 2012 / 11:17 pm

    Not counting Peter Dinklage out at all: he’s defending champ, and incumbency’s often an advantage with Emmy.

  7. CJ Cregg July 30, 2012 / 8:15 am

    Tim :

    And Dinklage for me. But then CJ knew I was going to say that already, right?


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