With the Emmy Awards airing this coming Monday, August 25th, on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.
Today, I’ll be looking at the drama fields, focusing on the races for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Drama Series. I already covered who should and will win for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Now it’s time to focus on the race for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Should win: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
What can I say about Peter Dinklage this season on Game of Thrones? From his amazing trial speech, where he unleashed all of the anger, frustration, and hatred that had been boiling up inside for years in what was a perfectly paced and delivered monologue to his conversation with Jaime in his jail cell during “The Mountain and The Viper,” before Oberyn met his untimely head-bursting end, where he talked about his dim-witted cousin Orson who loved to smash beetles, there was no shortage of Emmy-worthy moments from the brilliant actor this year. He gave new depth to Tyrion, who was already such a fascinating, multi-layered character, this season on Game of Thrones, and that type of performance deserves to be recognized.
Will win: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Now, while I think Dinklage may deserve the win over Paul, that doesn’t mean that I think Paul is bad choice in anyway if Emmy voters give him the award. As he was in all the episodes leading up to it, Paul was sensational during the final half-season of Breaking Bad, and although he had less moments to shine this year than he has in years past, he still made every one of them count. Plus, he has already won two Emmys for his role of Jesse Pinkman, one back in 2010 and one in 2012. While he may not be my first choice, Paul is certainly worthy of both the nomination and the win, and I won’t be upset to see him, most likely, take home the award on Monday night.
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