Peter Dinklage tries to defend Emmy's toughest category
Giancarlo Esposito of 'Breaking Bad'
Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad"
Nomination Status: Has enough buzz to crack the field, but may get upstaged by other performances from the same show.
In His Favor: Over 13 episodes in the fourth season of "Breaking Bad," Giancarlo Esposito's Gustavo Fring transitioned from intriguing foil to All-Time Villain Hall of Fame candidate. From the terrifyingly silence malevolence of "Box Cutter" through the cosmic bad joke of "Face Off," Esposito's chicken magnate/drug kingpin walked a tightrope back and forth between deliciously detestable and weirdly sympathetic. He did it in English. He did it in Spanish. He did it while staring down a hail of bullets from his rivals. Gus became a classic character and Esposito deserves a world of credit.
Working Against Him: Here's where Paul submitting as "supporting" has a drawback. If you ask me who had the best supporting performance on "Breaking Bad" last season, I'd say Esposito without hesitation. But if you ask me who had the better performance between Paul and Esposito, I similarly wouldn't hesitate to give Paul the advantage. There are so many great performances and great actors in this category that it hurts Esposito not to give the category's best performance from his own show.