Emmy experts' video slugfest: Who will win Best Supporting Drama Actor?

By Rob Licuria
By Rob Licuria
Jul 04 2011 10:02 am
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This year's Emmys race for Best Drama Supporting Actor is almost a clean slate compared to last year. Four of the six 2010 nominees won't be back. Last year's champ Aaron Paul is taking a break from Emmy contention as "Breaking Bad" did not air any episodes during the eligibility period. Neither did "Damages" which featured Martin Short. And "Lost," which featured winners Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn, left the airwaves. Of the two nominees still in contention, John Slattery ("Mad Men") will certainly repeat while Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age") may succumb to this year's heavy competition.

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Three of the supporting players on "The Good Wife" have good shots at these slots: Alan Cumming (nominated last year in the guest actor category), Josh Charles and Chris Noth. Other actors from returning shows looking for their first bids for current roles include recent Critics Choice Award winner John Noble ("Fringe"), Critics Choice nominee Walton Goggins ("Justified"), Jared Harris and Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), Emmy champ Craig T. Nelson ("Parenthood"), Michael Cudlitz and Critics Choice nominee Shawn Hatosy ("Southland"), and Alexander Skarsgard and Tony winner Denis O'Hare ("True Blood").

Potential contenders from freshman series include Donnie Wahlberg ("Blue Bloods"), recent Critics Choice nominee Peter Dinklage and Mark Addy ("Game of Thrones"), Derek Jacobi ("The Borgias"), Billy Campbell and Brent Sexton ("The Killing"), Scott Caan ("Hawaii Five-0"), and five fellows from "Boardwalk Empire" -- Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael K. Williams and Stephen Graham.

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Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil with senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria discuss the race in this video slugfest. They are among the experts and editors who have ranked the potential nominees in this category.

Watch our three experts slug it out over these other cliffhanger races:

BEST DRAMA SERIES
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
BEST COMEDY SERIES
BEST COMEDY ACTOR
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
BEST SUPP. COMEDY ACTOR

BEST SUPP. COMEDY ACTRESS
BEST SUPP. DRAMA ACTRESS

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