The Emmy for Best Drama Supporting Actor is notoriously fickle: Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“), who won in 2010 and 2012, was the first actor to repeat in the category since Ray Walston won back-to-back prizes for “Picket Fences” in 1995 and 1996. Is that bad news for Paul and another past champ, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage (2011)?
After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.
Despite the category’s historical bias against repeat winners, Paul is our favorite to win, getting 2/1 odds based on the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, and Users. He would be the first ever three-peat in this category. (Click here for our complete racetrack odds.)
Dinklage follows close behind with 10/3 odds, likely bolstered by a strong storyline in which he was tried for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson).
The Emmys often love movie stars who make the move to TV (Glenn Close, Al Pacino, etc.), which is good news for Jon Voight; though “Ray Donovan” isn’t expected to receive bids in most major categories, Voight gets 8/1 odds for his featured role as the show’s sinister patriarch.
Over the first four seasons of “The Good Wife,” Josh Charles earned just one bid in 2011, but the increased notoriety due to his shocking exit from the series has bolstered his chances this year. He gets 10/1 odds.
Speaking of shocking exits, Dean Norris was killed off in dramatic fashion in the final episodes of “Breaking Bad,” and like his former co-stars Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks, Norris is likely to follow his on-screen demise with an Emmy bid. He also gets 10/1 odds.
“Boardwalk Empire‘s” Bobby Cannavale pulled off one of last year’s biggest surprises by winning this category for his one-season arc as unhinged mobster Gyp Rosetti. This year, “Angels in America” Emmy champ Jeffrey Wright hopes for the same success after joining the cast as Valentin Narcisse. But he gets 100/1 odds based on our predictions.
Noah Emmerich (“The Americans“) is hoping for a second chance at Emmy after the TV academy snubbed him and most of his co-stars in 2013. And John Slattery, a four-time nominee for “Mad Men,” is hoping to return to the race for the first time since 2011. But like Wright and Carter, they both have odds of just 100/1.
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actor.
And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.