With four 2010 nominees gone, can Walton Goggins or John Noble move up?
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John Noble of 'Fringe'
John Noble, "Fringe"
Nomination Status: With all of the attrition in the category, he's got his best chance yet. He'll still probably fall short.
In His Favor: "Fringe" has been on the air for three seasons and John Noble has given one of TV's six best supporting performances each and every year. The past two seasons, with the introduction the Over There world and Walternate to Our Walter Bishop, Noble's been doing two entirely different versions of the same man, carefully delineating the fine lines that separate the two characters. With flashback episodes and the possible future in the Season 3 finale, Noble has actually played four or five or six different versions of Walter Bishop by now, making each of them different and giving each of them a common human core. And it's not like it's only a subtle performance. Noble has played dementia and drug-addled with broad, almost Shakespearean majesty. The greatness of this performance isn't hard to recognize.
Working Against Him: As you've no doubt heard time and time again, Emmy voters rarely notice genre shows and they're unlikely to suddenly break that string to nominate a performance on a barely watched Friday night drama from FOX ("The X Files," an Emmy favorite, was popular in ways "Fringe" can't even dream of). There's just so much precedent Noble would have to defy to pick up a nomination. But he's earned it.