Emmy predictions: Drama, Best Supporting Actor and Actress


EW continues with their contribution on the upcoming Emmy nominations...


You try narrowing down the potential nominees for the best supporting actress in a drama Emmy to just six finalists. I could make the case for at least a dozen candidates, but alas, Emmy rules allow for only half that many (I stretched it to a seventh, because I literally could not eliminate any of the women below). And the supporting actor category wasn't exactly a cakewalk, either. Anyway, you know the drill, voters


Best Supporting Actress (Drama)

* Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights): Episode 8. When her character realizes she isn't going to be getting her new dream home. Excitement. Desperation. Resignation. All in three minutes. She deserves her own category.

* Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love): It'd be easy to overlook her sunny character as mere comic relief. Easy and wrong.

* Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy): Though the cancer arc tested my patience, damned if she didn't sell the material like her life depended on it. (Memo to Shonda Rhimes: As such, please don't kill her off.)

* Christina Hendricks (Mad Men): If it takes a strong woman to show her soft side, this one's Hercules in heels. Hers is my favorite Mad Men character by far.

* Alison Pill (In Treatment): As a young cancer patient purging her soul, she was part sad, part inspiring, all perfection.

* CCH Pounder (The Shield): She fought two evil foes (lupus, Mackey) with fierce determination. If Mackey was this show's driving force, Claudette was its secret weapon.

* Chloe Sevigny (Big Love): The sneakier her character got, the more I wanted to give her a hug. Oh, and an Emmy!


Best Supporting Actor (Drama)

* Walton Goggins (The Shield): Right down to his character's dying breath, he kept us gasping in awe. A mesmerizing performance.

* Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad): Slowly stepping out of Bryan Cranston's shadow, he revealed himself to be a powerhouse actor in his own right.

* John Noble (Fringe): You know how the show kinda feels familiar? Well, there's nothing familiar about Noble's kooky, quirky scientist.

* Jeremy Davies (Lost): As the show was nearly swallowed up by mythology, he supplied much of the heart that kept us invested.

* Ryan Kwanten (True Blood): Yes, he's pretty. He's also pretty amazing. (You can argue with me after you've played an extended-erection subplot with the kind of go-for-broke abandon that he did.)

* Jon Voight (24): The acting vet's challenge: Play a power hungry, murdering evildoer without coming off as a cartoon. Mission accomplished!


also see

Emmy predictions: Drama, Best Lead Actor and Actress

Emmy predictions: Comedy, Best Supporting Actor and Actress

Emmy predictions: Comedy, Best Lead Actor and Actress

Emmy predictions: Best Comedy and Drama Series


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May 28, 2009 5:26AM EDT

I love Davies, I really do, but he is just one of many good supporting actors on Lost and it'd be a pity to honour one without the others. I do miss Faraday, though. :(
I think the Emmy should go to Voight. He's fantastic in nearly anything he's in, and 24 was no exception.

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May 29, 2009 12:06AM EDT

i think the emmys should go to connie britton and aaron paul there excellent performances are worthy of suitable recognition.I hope the press coverage of brittons win will help push the ratings of her show recover from the disgraceful treatment her show has gotten from nbc moving it to summer while keeping dtrump and the heroes mess a part of the fall schedule.WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE

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Jun 3, 2009 6:24AM EDT

Terry O'quinn as Lost's John Locke is without a doubt the best and most complex character that could be nominated for a best supporting actor award, how was he not mentioned.

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Jun 17, 2009 10:47PM EDT

Katherine Heigl and John Noble...
Duh... Supporting Actress was kind of easy-
Actor should have gone to Terry O'quinn or Michael Emerson-

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