Peter Dinklage tries to defend Emmy's toughest category
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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Last Year's Nominees:
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age"
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"
Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
Walton Goggins, "Justified"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"
Attrition: This is brutal. Supporting Actor is probably the toughest category on the entire ballot, since all six nominated actors return, but in addition to a slew of strong new dramas, "Breaking Bad," a show that could nearly fill all six slots on its own, is now back in the field. Realistically, the "Good Wife" men are going to get shoved aside without hesitation and one or two of the other actors could also be displaced depending on how Emmy voters respond to new contenders like "Homeland" and "Luck" and "Downton Abbey." Madness! My "Some Other Notable Candidates" box contains more than *20* names who would be completely acceptable and worthy as nominees if they got the call. This category is ridiculous.
Click through for my unscientific predictions. The first six slides are my predicted nominees. From there, the slides are at least somewhat in order of likelihood to earn a nomination until the last handful, which are dark horses and personal preferences.