The Primetime Emmy voters have actually already had their say. Ballots were due last Friday, and the nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 10th. In the meantime, though, we at The Wire feel it's only fair that we should have our say. Hindsight is not only 20/20, it's also fun, and if on Thursday July 10th we can't point at the Emmy voters' choices and say WRONG!, why are we even in this business? So these are the picks that Emmy voters should make. In the interests of a level playing field, we're limiting ourselves to the official Emmy ballot, though we've made sure to do our fair share of complaining about who was left off of that.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
Honorable Mentions: Tom Noonan as one of The Blacklist's freakiest members. Robert Morse (Mad Men), for that farewell song and dance. Michael Pitt for doing some frankly unspeakable things as the much-anticipated Mason Verger on Hannibal.
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Not unlike Orange Is the New Black on the comedy side of things, this category could entirely be filled with people who you might assume are regulars on Mad Men. But of those Mad folks, who deserves to be on this list? Well, without a doubt we have to give a spot to Ben Feldman, who handled the "nipple in a box" storyline with about as much aplomb as he possibly could. Feldman had his work cut out for him (literally, ha!) with Ginsberg, who has slowly descended over the course of his time on the show. Sure, his actions this season were extreme, but when you look back on it, Feldman planted the seeds all along.
Raúl Esparza, Hannibal