Peter Dinklage set a new record with his fourth Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy win for “Game of Thrones,” but a far more dubious piece of history continued Sunday night: Best Drama Supporting Actor is still the only acting category left without a black winner.
Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”) was the only one who could’ve ended the drought this year, but he was in fourth place in our odds, topped by Dinklage. A former nominee in the category for “Breaking Bad” in 2012, Esposito is one of 11 black performers to have been nominated in Best Drama Supporting Actor and one of four this decade, joining Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” 2010-11), and Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) and Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”) in 2017.
Drama supporting actor became the sole category without a black champ after Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) made history as the first black Best Drama Actress winner in 2015.
But this race was always Dinklage’s to lose; he was a three-time champ and had been the only “Game of Thrones” performer to win an Emmy. The victory breaks his tie with Aaron Paul, who claimed three statuettes for “Breaking Bad,” including over Esposito in 2012.
Esposito’s co-star Jonathan Banks was in second in our odds, followed by Dinklage’s co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Michael Kelly was in fifth; Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”), sixth; and Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”), seventh.