According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Drama Supporting Actor, John Lithgow (“The Crown”) will take home his sixth career trophy for playing Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Netflix’s regal drama. His closest competition is Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), who’s been nominated four times throughout his career but has yet to prevail. See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
Lithgow leads the Best Drama Supporting Actor race for “The Crown” with overall odds of 27/10, based on Gold Derby’s racetrack odds that combine the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you. Lithgow previously prevailed for “Amazing Stories” in 1986, “3rd Rock From the Sun” in 1996, 1997 and 1999, and “Dexter” in 2010.
In second place with 10/3 odds is Banks, back again as former cop turned hired gun Mike Ehrmantraut on the AMC drama. He’s in the Emmy record books for being nominated in this category for three different series: “Better Call Saul” in 2015 and 2016, “Breaking Bad” in 2013, and “Wiseguy” in 1989. The new season of “Better Call Saul” premieres April 10.
Michael Kelly is in third place to win with 9/2 odds for his role as White House chief of staff Doug Stamper on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” While the new season doesn’t debut until May 30, Kelly has earned back-to-back Emmy bids and should be considered a frontrunner for a return nomination.
After being snubbed in 2015, Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home”) returned to the race last year for “Ray Donovan” and now he’s in fourth place to prevail with 5/1 odds. The four-time also-ran (“Uprising” in 2002, “Pope John Paul II” in 2006, “Ray Donovan” in 2014 and 2016) hopes to have better luck this time around for the Showtime drama.
Tied with Voight at 5/1 odds is “Westworld’s” Man in Black Ed Harris. This two-time Emmy nominee for “Empire Falls” (2005) and “Game Change” (2012) is in the running for his first major series bid. He’s also been nominated for four Oscars: “Apollo 13” (1995), “The Truman Show” (1998), “Pollock” (2000) and “The Hours” (2002).
Rounding out the predicted Emmy nominees is Harris’ “Westworld” co-star Jeffrey Wright, who plays stand-out character Bernard on the HBO sci-fi series. Wright prevailed at the Emmys and Golden Globes for his supporting role in “Angels in America” (2003), so he’s clearly an industry favorite.
Following those six contenders on our Best Drama Supporting Actor chart is Bryan Cranston (“Sneaky Pete”) in seventh place with 6/1 odds, David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) in eighth place with 13/2 odds, Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”) in ninth place with 15/2 odds and Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) in 10th place with 11/1 odds.
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