Can the men from "Modern Family" continue to dominate the race for Best Comedy Supporting Actor as they have their first two years? Ty Burrell won the Emmy Award last year, and Eric Stonestreet prevailed the year before. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ed O'Neill were also nodded. One of the other 2011 nominees - Chris Colfer ("Glee") - remains eligible, but Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") has shifted to a lead campaign since his billing has changed this season.
Three-time past champ Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") has one final opportunity to get in this race, as does his co-star and previous nominee Kevin Dillon. Others nodded before for current roles include Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"), Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), and Rainn Wilson ("The Office").
The men trying to make this category for the first time include Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"), Jason Gann ("Wilfred"), Jeff Garlin and J.B. Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Donald Glover and Danny Pudi ("Community"), Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson ("New Girl"), Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), John Benjamin Hickey and Oliver Platt ("The Big C"), James Spader ("The Office"), Luke Wilson ("Enlightened"), and the comic actors from "Saturday Night Live."