Emmy Nomination Preview 2012 - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Peter Dinklage tries to defend Emmy's toughest category
Neal McDonough of 'Justified'
Neal McDonough, "Justified"
Nomination Status: Precedent says he's got a very solid shot.
In His Favor: It was only a year ago that respected veteran character actor Margo Martindale parlayed a one-season Big Bad role on "Justified" into her first Emmy win. It's easy to foresee a scenario in which respected veteran character actor Neal McDonough could do the same thing. Like Martindale's Mags, McDonough's Robert Quarles was an unrepentant psychopath with external trappings of respectability. With Mags, the trappings of respectability were the dominant trait, while Quarles was defined by his psychotic tendencies and his sexual perversities, putting the "big" in Big Bad. Everything about the character was larger than life on a show that can sustain such characters due to Timothy Olyphant's grounding central performance.
Working Against Him: Last year, the "Justified" cast distributed itself better across a slew of categories. Martindale wasn't competing with Goggins who wasn't competing with Olyphant and there was even room for Jeremy Davies to sneak in for a Guest Actor nomination. This year, voters will have to make choices. Picking Goggins, the default option, will just be easier than honoring McDonough.