We've covered who should be nominated for the Emmys come next Thursday's nominations. Now it's time to settle in for grim reality. With all of last year's nominated shows back again, it's going to be tough for anyone, beyond True Detective and its moody leads, to break through.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
Joe Reid: Of last year's nominees, four will be eligible for nomination again, while one (Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife) didn't submit and one (Rupert Friend on Homeland) was bumped up to Supporting. As for the other four, you could easily say they all have even better chances to be nominated this year than last. Well, maybe Nathan Lane has about the same chance to be recognized for The Good Wife, since he did that same nerdy fretting thing. But both Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) and Robert Morse (Mad Men) could see a mortality bump on their way to another nod, while Harry Hamlin was by many accounts one of the best parts of this past Mad Men season. It's kind of a toss-up who fills the other two slots, but I'd make a very strong case for Beau Bridges in Masters of Sex, a performance that should probably be in the Supporting category anyway.
David Sims: Agreed that Bridges should be in supporting, as should Hamlin (the man is in every episode of the season) but these are the rules, and these actors are wisely exploiting them. I'd call Bridges a lock to join those four men because he is one of the most popular actors in Emmy history. Did you know Beau Bridges has FOURTEEN Emmy nominations and three wins? Almost entirely in the Miniseries and Guest categories. I think Ben Feldman could have a shot from his showcase episode of Mad Men this year, or Paul Giamatti for being both famous and on Downton Abbey, but the other biggest threat to join this category is Pedro Pascal, who had a very memorable time on Game of Thrones this season as Prince Oberyn.