Will Emmys continue to avoid repeats in Drama Supporting Actor race? [Photo Gallery]

While the Emmys often reward the same programs and performers over and over, that has not been so with the Drama Supporting Actor category. Only four men have won this race twice. The last performer to see double was Ray Walston (“Picket Fences”) in 1995 and 1996.

Since then, there have been a slew of actors young and old who’ve succeeded in this category, with no one repeating in 16 years. To see them all, VIEW GALLERY

That streak could end this year as both reigning winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“) and 2010 champ Aaron Paul — whose show “Breaking Bad” returned after an extended hiatus — are in contention. 

However, they are both well behind Paul’s costar Giancarlo Esposito who leads this race with odds of 6 to 5. He would be the first African American to win this award.

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In second place with odds of 10 to 3 is Jared Harris who contends for the first (and last time) for “Mad Men.” Paul has odds of 6 to 1 while Dinklage is at 8 to 1.

The two nominees from “Downton Abbey” are well back with Brendan Coyle at 25 to 1 and Jim Carter at 100 to 1.  

Of the past 16 champs, four fellows from “The West Wing” were elected. Other winners included two men who played lawyers created by David E. Kelley, two of the mobsters from “The Sopranos,” and two adversaries from “Lost” — Terry O’Quinn (2007) and Michael Emerson (2009) — who are pictured above. Among the other victors were men who played a suicidal lawer, a Chicago doctor, a New York detective, and a small town judge. VIEW GALLERY

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