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 Netflix’s “The Crown” as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill seems like a no-brainer. According to our Emmy experts from major media outlets, Lithgow is essentially unstoppable in the race for Best Drama Supporting Actor. But as we know, the Emmys always love to throw us surprises. Who could potentially take down Lithgow on Emmy night?
As of this writing 16 journalists have made their predictions at Gold Derby, and these 14 believe that Lithgow will win: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times).
Meanwhile, the other two of our Emmy prognosticators predict that Ron Cephas Jones will be the category’s winner: Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). NBC’s family drama “This Is Us” was the breakout hit of the season, with Jones playing the cancer-stricken biological father of Sterling K. Brown‘s Randall. This is Jones’ first awards notice after decades working in film and television
None of our Emmy experts are currently predicting a victory for any other Best Drama Supporting Actor nominees, but David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) comes in third place based on their rankings. Harbour earned his first Emmy nom this year for his role as local police chief Jim Hopper on Netflix’s sci-fi series set in the 1980s.
Rounding out the category are Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”). Which supporting actor do YOU think will prevail at the 2017 Emmys?
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