2017 Drama Supporting Actor Emmy predictions slugfest: Who can take down John Lithgow?

“I assume we are all predicting John Lithgow to win for ‘The Crown,’ that seems like a no-brainer,” Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria declares during our recent webcam slugfust (watch above) to kick off our discussion of the Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy race. Joining Licuria to analyze this race in detail are Gold Derby contributing writers Charles BrightRiley Chow, Zach Laws, Tony Ruiz and Amanda Spears. The nominees in this category are:

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul” – “Witness”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things” – “The Upside Down”
Michael Kelly, “House of Cards” – “Chapter 64”
Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us” – “Memphis”
John Lithgow, “The Crown” – “Assassins”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” – “America First”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld” – “The Well-Tempered Clavier”

Although Chow is not buying that Lithgow is a done deal and is predicting Jones to prevail, he argues that we are really underestimating Wright. “He won an Emmy and won a Golden Globe for ‘Angels in America,’ and then over the next 13 years all he got was a Critics’ Choice nomination for ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ But now he has this role where he is, in his episode, playing two different characters, he’s also appearing in flashbacks, he’s also losing a child and killing himself and realizing the circumstances of his own existence.”

“I think you’re right about Jeffrey Wright,” Ruiz surmises. “But I think you’re crazy for not predicting Lithgow. He got a standing ovation at SAG.”

Spears agrees, running through his impressive showing at the SAG Awards earlier this year. “In the 23-year history at the SAG Awards, Lithgow made triple history this year. He’s the first actor nominated in every category. He’s the first actor to win on both the drama and the comedy side. He’s the first actor ever to win for a supporting role, and I think that that says a lot about how much they like him.”

“I do agree that this is a much stronger category that we’re giving it credit for and he has some competition here,” Laws says. “But whoever thought to take this guy that is tall, skinny and American, and make him one of the most recognizable people in British history.”

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