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 Supporting Actor in a Drama
Honorable mentions: This is always one of the most stacked categories, and many stars on the ballot have been honored at least with nominations before, or belong to very crowded ensembles like The Good Wife or Mad Men with lots of outstanding acting. Nicholas D’Agosto did great and surprising work on Masters of Sex this year. Peter Dinklage is pretty much a lock for a nomination for Game of Thrones. Walton Goggins should always be in the conversation for Justified. Jack Huston would get a send-off nod in a less crowded year for Boardwalk Empire. Ted Levine was the most underrated part of the generally underrated The Bridge. Mandy Patinkin is always good on Homeland but that show is losing steam. Aaron Paul is a lead actor on Breaking Bad but wisely continues to pretend otherwise to get out of Bryan Cranston’s way.
Josh Charles, The Good Wife