Emmys slugfest: Drama Supporting Actor race wide-open [Video]

Four of last year’s six Drama Supporting Actor nominees aren’t in contention this year: past champs Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn  featured on the now-departed “Lost” while last year’s champ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“) and nominee Martin Short (“Damages“) are on shows which are on extended hiatus.

The other two nominees — Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age“) and John Slattery (“Mad Men“) — are likely to return this year. And Slattery could finally prevail after three previous bids.

Among the potential newcomers are a trio of talents from “Boardwalk Empire” —  Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg — all of whom have excellent episodes to submit.

The Good Wife” roster of potential nominees includes new series regular Alan Cumming — a nominee last year in the Drama Guest Actor category — along with Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry and Chris Noth.

Also in contention are: Matt Ross (“Big Love”), Donnie Wahlberg (“Blue Bloods”); Derek Jacobi (“The Borgias”); Mark Addy and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”); John Noble (“Fringe:); Scott Caan (“Hawaii Five-0”); Irrfan Khan (“In Treatment”); Walton Goggins (“Justified”); Billy Campbell and Brent Sexton (“The Killing”); Michael Cudlitz (“Southland); and Denis O’Hare and Alexander Skarsgard (“True Blood”).

 Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum discuss this category that is sure to yield a few surprises.

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