Jonathan Banks holds a pretty cool Emmy record: He’s the only person to be nominated for three different shows (“Wiseguy,” “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”) in Best Drama Supporting Actor. But he might add a less fun one this year: He could tie the record for most nominations without a win in the category.
The dubious honor is currently held by Ed Begley Jr. who went 0-6 for “St. Elsewhere” from 1983-88. Begley is tied with Will Geer (“The Waltons”), Bruce Weitz (“Hill Street Blues”) and Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law”) at six nominations, but the other three have all won.
At 0-5, Banks earned his first nomination back in 1989 for “Wiseguy”; Larry Drake (“L.A. Law”) won. His next one would come 24 years later for playing Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad,” but he fell to Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”). His last three bids have been for reprising Mike on the “Breaking Bad” prequel spin-off “Better Call Saul” (2015-17), but Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) and John Lithgow (“The Crown”) got the better of him.
Banks’ closest brush to a victory was in 2015, when he had a killer Mike-centric episode with “Five-O” and was the favorite, but the new voting system that year — from the tape system to branch membership-wide — may have been his downfall. Even Dinklage was surprised to win and basically said that Banks deserved it.
Banks will have his work cut out for him this year to take down Dinklage, the reigning champ who’s going for a record-breaking eighth nomination and fourth win in the category. Dinklage is way out in front in our odds, followed by Banks, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”), Cannavale (“Homecoming”), Kieran Culkin (“Succession”) and Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”). If Banks falls short again, he’ll have at least one more shot at a statuette for “Better Call Saul,” which returns next year with its fifth season, but if he doesn’t convert that seventh bid, then he’d stand alone with the most nominations without a win.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.