The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actor are Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”), Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), John Lithgow (“The Crown”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”).
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None of this year’s nominees have won before for these roles. Last year’s champ Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) was eligible in the guest category this year due to his decreased screen time, where he received another nomination. A recent shift in voting could result in many unexpected surprises at the 2017 Emmys. Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the contenders in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite choices in a straight plurality vote.
Jonathan Banks is back again for his fan-favorite AMC role as hired gun Mike Ehrmantraut. Banks is already in the Emmy record book for being nominated in this category for three different series: “Better Call Saul” as Mike (2015-2017), “Breaking Bad” also as Mike (2013), and “Wiseguy” as Frank McPike (1989).
David Harbour earned his first Emmy nom for his role on “Stranger Things,” Netflix’s sci-fi series set in the 80s about the supernatural occurrences surrounding the disappearance of a young boy. Harbour, who scored a 2005 Tony nom for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” plays local police chief Jim Hopper.
Ron Cephas Jones portrays William on NBC’s family drama “This Is Us,” the cancer-stricken biological father of Sterling K. Brown‘s Randall. This is Jones’ first awards notice after decades working in film and television.
Michael Kelly is back once again for his role as White House chief of staff Doug Stamper on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” In a savvy move, the new season debuted right at the end of Emmy’s eligibility period, which likely helped put the two-time nominee (2015, 2016) top of mind during voting.
John Lithgow is already a five-time Emmy champ for “Amazing Stories” (1986), “3rd Rock From the Sun” (1996, 1997, 1999) and “Dexter” (2010), and now a victory for “The Crown” as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill seems like a no-brainer. He just won the SAG Award for this role on Netflix’s regal drama.
Mandy Patinkin has garnered his third Emmy bid as CIA operative Saul Berenson on Showtime’s “Homeland.” This marks the actor’s sixth career nomination, having previously been recognized for “Chicago Hope” in 1995 and 1999, winning on the first occasion, and “The Larry Sanders Show” in 1992.
Jeffrey Wright takes on the fan favorite character of Bernard, who had more than one jawdropping moment during Season 1 of HBO’s sci-fi/western series “Westworld.” Wright prevailed at the Emmys and Golden Globes for his supporting turn in “Angels in America” (2003), so he’s clearly an industry favorite.
UPDATED: August 9, 2017
John Lithgow (“The Crown”) — 2/9 odds
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) — 10/1 odds
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) — 28/1 odds
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”) — 50/1 odds
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”) — 66/1 odds
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”) — 80/1 odds
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) — 80/1 odds
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