2017 Emmy predictions: Best Drama Guest Actor

The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Guest Actor are Hank Azaria (“Ray Donovan”), Brian Tyree Henry (“This Is Us”), Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”), Denis O’Hare (“This Is Us”) and BD Wong (“Mr. Robot”).

Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the rest of the Primetime Emmy categories and compete against our Emmy experts who cover this race year-round for such leading media outlets, as well as the two dozen amateurs who ranked in the Top 24 last year, the all-stars who did well for two years in a row, and thousands of Emmy fans just like you. (Scroll down to see up-to-date racetrack odds derived from all of these predictions.)

Reigning category winner Azaria is back, as is Mendelsohn who prevailed up in the supporting race last year. A recent shift in voting could result in many unexpected surprises at the 2017 Emmys. Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the contenders in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite choices in a straight plurality vote.

Hank Azaria contends again for his popular role of ex-FBI agent Ed Cochran on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” Azaria is an Emmy magnet with prior victories for “Tuesdays With Morrie” (2000) and for his voice-over work on “The Simpsons” (2015, 2003, 2001, 1998).

Brian Tyree Henry is having the greatest year of his career thanks to his nominated guest gig on NBC’s “This Is Us” as lounge singer Ricky and his regular role on FX’s “Atlanta” where he plays rapper Paper Boi.

Gerald McRaney plays Dr. Nathan Katowski on NBC’s family drama “This Is Us” and could potentially win his first career Emmy on his inaugural nomination. After starring on television for over 40 years, fans are surprised to learn that he’s never won.

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) returns for the final time as deceased brother Danny Rayburn on the dearly departed Netflix drama, just one year after he pulled off a jawdropper as Best Drama Supporting Actor.

A third “This Is Us” guest star, Denis O’Hare, is nominated for portraying Jessie, the longtime lover of cancer-stricken William (Ron Cephas Jones). This is O’Hare’s third Emmy bid after “American Horror Story” in 2012 and 2015.

Though he was snubbed last year, “Mr. Robot” guest star BD Wong now contends for his mysterious role of Whiterose, the leader of the Dark Army, a Chinese-based hacking organization. This is his first career nomination.

UPDATED: August 15, 2017

Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”) — 6/5 odds

BD Wong (“Mr. Robot”) — 27/10 odds

Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) — 3/1 odds

Hank Azaria (“Ray Donovan”) — 10/3 odds

Denis O’Hare (“This Is Us”) — 10/3 odds

Brian Tyree Henry (“This Is Us”) — 10/3 odds

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