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Jeffrey Wright, 'Boardwalk Empire'
Nomination Status: Wright is the logical successor to last year's winner in this category.
In His Favor: Bobby Cannavale. Have you already forgotten? I just mentioned it in my Drama Series blurb for "Boardwalk Empire." And I mentioned it under "Attrition" for this gallery. Why is it so hard to remember that last year's Supporting Actor in a Drama was one larger-than-life "Boardwalk Empire" villain played by an actor with a previous Emmy, so why should this year be any different. Everything I criticized about Jon Voight in the previous slide is also true of Jeffrey Wright. Valentin Narcisse speaks with a Trinidadian accent that he pours over every word like syrup in a world in which calories are no obstacle. He wields his feigned gentility like a tommy-gun and twirls his metaphorical mustache like a nefarious landlord demanding payment of the rent from a soon-to-be-distressed damsel. Why do I feel like Wright fleshes out the fringes of his character with nuance, while Voight just hogs the screen? "Writing," I guess. Or "Hypocrisy." Your pick. This is a fun, fun performance and it's outsized in the came way Cannivale's performance was, which bodes well for the "Angels in America" Emmy winner.
Working Against Him: The question is just whether Emmy voters are still interested in "Boardwalk Empire" and whether HBO, with "True Detective" and "Game of Thrones" as stronger contenders, has any interest in pushing for a lowly Supporting Actor nod. At least HBO didn't try to rig the category by submitting Woody Harrelson here. That would have been silly.