After Oscar victories earlier this year by “The Artist” and its star Jean Dujardin, are the Emmys now ready to reward a silent performance of their own? According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Mark Margolis (“Breaking Bad) has a slight 3/2 edge to win Best Drama Guest Actor. at this Saturday’s Creative Arts ceremony.
Three Experts, seven Editors, and 33% of Users predict this first-time Emmy nominee to prevail. His role as former cartel enforcer Tia Salamanca is completely silent since he is an invalid who only uses his facial expressions and a bell to express his thoughts and feelings. His submission is the season four finale “Face Off,” where he is convinced by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to detonate a suicide bomb which kills himself and drug boss Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
Five-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox (“The Good Wife“) is in second position at 21/10 for his role as defense lawyer Louis Canning. He has the support of two Experts, three Editors and 38% of users. His submission is “Parenting Made Easy,” in which he is once again up against Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) in a case against a fired professor. Fox was nominated for this same character last year but lost to Paul McCrane (“Harry’s Law”). Along with a bid as Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he celebrates his 14th and 15th career nominations.
Jeremy Davies (“Justified“) returns to contend again for his role as lowlife criminal Dickie Bennett. He is in third place at 6/1 with only one Expert vote and 9% of users. His submission “Coalition” was the penultimate episode of the third season and involved a showdown with U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant).
Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife”) is next in line at 12/1 with no votes from Experts or Editors and only 11% of users. He was nodded in 2010 for this same role as Colin Sweeney, a former wealthy executive now in prison for murder. In his submitted episode “Marthas and Caitlins,” he is wired to obtain a confession so he can obtain his own parole.
In fifth place at 25/1 is first-time nominee Ben Feldman (“Mad Men“). In the episode “Dark Shadows”, he plays young advertising copywriter Michael Ginsburg who is upset when his boss Don Draper (Jon Hamm) does not even present his idea to a prospective client.
Far behind at 100/1 is another Emmy rookie Jason Ritter (“Parenthood“). As high school teacher Mark Cyr, he takes girlfriend Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham) to meet some of his friends and to discuss their future together in the episode “Politics.”