Last year’s Emmy battle for Best Comedy Supporting Actor had surprises all around. Our predicted winner at this stage was Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family“), and he wasn’t even nominated. The ultimate champ, Tony Hale (“Veep“), was way off the radar and was only ranked 17th to be nominated. (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.
Ty Burrell is looking to add a bookend to his previous Emmy win in 2011 for this category. He plays goofy Phil Dunphy on ABC’s “Modern Family,” and has been nominated in each of the first four seasons. In January, he won first-ever individual SAG Award beating, among others, seven-time champ Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock“). He is in first place with 13/5 odds.
After his upset last year, Hale has earned our respect and this time around sits in second place with 10/3 odds. He plays Gary Walsh, the incredibly loyal aide to the Vice-President, on the HBO comedy.
Look for Emmy favorite Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) to reap a bid for this freshman laffer. He is a two-time Emmy champ for dramatic roles (“Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Thief”). On the rookie Fox show, he plays Captain Ray Holt, a strict commanding officer of a New York police precinct. Braugher won this category at the Critics Choice TV Awards last month. He is in third slot with 5/1 odds.
Burrell’s three co-stars are all expected to return to this race again.
After being snubbed in 2010 for the first season of “Modern Family,” Ed O’Neill has contended for the past three years running. He plays the crotchety patriarch Jay Pritchett of a large blended family and is married to a much younger woman (Sofia Vergara). He is in fourth place with 9/1 odds.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson has received Emmy bids in each of the first four seasons for playing Mitchell Pritchett but has never won. Will a much-publicized wedding between his character and Cameron Tucker (Stonestreet) finally bring him the big prize? He has 10/1 odds, while two-time champ Stonestreet sits in sixth place with 14/1 odds.
Adam Driver (“Girls“) received his first Emmy nomination last year for his role as the aloof part-time carpenter and actor Adam Sackler. He is now in seventh place with 33/1 odds for this HBO show.
Beyond this, it gets trickier as all of our contenders have odds of 100/1. That list starts with past nominee Neil Patrick Harris, who has one final shot at an Emmy for the departed “How I Met Your Mother“. Harris is a four-time winner for his work on the Tony Awards and a guest spot on “Glee.”
Max Greenfield (“New Girl“) was nominated two years ago for the rookie season of his Fox hit show. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have been trying for years to get in for the mega-popular “The Big Bang Theory.”
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.