Is it possible this year’s Emmy race for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor is already over? After all, our projected winner portrays a character who suffers and then dies in a much-loved adaptation of a Broadway play. (See the 2014 racetrack odds for all contenders here).
After reading our recap, 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.
Handsome leading man Matt Bomer is best known as the star of the crime drama “White Collar.” In HBO’s telefilm “The Normal Heart,” he trasnforms himself to play Felix Turner, a newspaper journalist reluctant to write stories on the developing AIDS crisis of the 1980s who then contracts the disease himself. After his recent victory at the Critics Choice TV Awards, he is the overwhelming frontrunner to win his first Emmy with odds of 9/4.
His strongest challenge could be from Martin Freeman who has had an outstanding year and will most likely earn two Emmy nominations for his lead role in “Fargo” and his supporting work as Dr. John Watson in the British/PBS production of “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” He contended in this race for that character in 2012 and is in second place with 4/1 odds.
Despite a lengthy career in television, Alfred Molina has never received an Emmy nomination. He is favored with 15/2 odds to reap a bid for his role as family patriarch Robert Royal in the Lifetime telefilm “Return to Zero.” He also has 100/1 odds for his small part in “The Normal Heart.”
Three-time Emmy champ Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) steals scenes as the righteous Tommy Boatwright, one of the leaders of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis advocacy group in “The Normal Heart.” He is in fourth place with 15/2 odds.
John Goodman has earned 11 Emmy nominations over the years but has just one previous victory to his name (for a 2007 guest role on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”). He is in fifth place with 12/1 odds for playing Walter Masterson, one of the richest men in the world during the 1930s, in the Starz miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.”
Next up is veteran actor Frank Langella with 25/1 odds in seventh place. In his five-decade career, he has had just one Emmy nomination. He plays Chief Justice Warren Burger in the HBO telefilm “Muhammad Alis Greatest Fight.”
In the recent Broadway production of “The Normal Heart,” Joe Mantello played the lead role of Ned Weeks (assumed by Mark Ruffalo) here. He has a smaller part as Mickey Marcus in the new HBO movie but packs a punch with an extended monologue scene near the end. He is in eighth place at 33/1.
Tied with Mantello is Blair Underwood, who, despite a TV career dating back to the late 1980s, has never contended at the Emmys. In “The Trip to Bountiful,” he plays Ludie Watts, the beleagured son of the main character portrayed by Cicely Tyson.
Among those at 100/1 odds: Jonathan Groff and Taylor Kitsch (“The Normal Heart”), Denis O’Hare, Danny Huston, and Evan Peters (“American Horror Story: Coven“), William Hurt (“Bonnie and Clyde“), and Keith Carradine and Oliver Platt (“Fargo“).
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.