2011 Emmy Nominations Predictions – BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a DRAMA and COMEDY

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a DRAMA SERIES
 
WALTER GOGGINS as BOYD CROWDER in JUSTIFIED
 

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After a recurring role in season one Goggins was thankfully promoted to regular cast member in the second season. Not for a long time has television seen an arch rivalry so strong as the one between Boyd and Raylan.

VINCENT KARTHEISER as PETE CAMPBELL in MAD MEN
 

Kartheiser has never even been nominated for an Emmy, and it’s high time the Academy rectify this travesty. How couldn’t they award Pete, television’s most loveable, loyal and clever douchebag?

JOHN NOBLE as WALTER BISHOP in FRINGE
 

FRINGE Subject 13

If there were any justice in the tv awards-giving section of the world, Noble should walk away with a nomination for his phenomenal portrayal of the crazy, wrong-footed, dangerous scientist/father Walter Bishop. His performance, especially in Subject 13 (see the picture) was mindblowing to watch as the writers peeled away more and more layers to this dangerously brilliant man.

JOHN SLATTERY as ROGER STERLING in MAD MEN
 

Mad Men - John Slattery as Roger Sterling

It’s shocking that none of the cast members of Mad Men have ever won an Emmy, and it’s high time Slattery be recognised for his outright hilarious (biographical book recording) and often pitifully sad (hello, Joan) turn as one fourth of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

PETER DINKLAGE as TYRION LANNISTER in GAME OF THRONES
 

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You could argue that the reason why Dinklage is so good is because the role is so good, and while that’s true, there is something so charismatic about him which manages to make us not care about his brazen American accent-an extraordinary feat, considering we’re dealing with fanatics who bemoaned Lena Headey’s casting because of her brunette locks (as if wigs and dye have never been invented). Unlike his family or most of Westeros, Tyrion tries to avoid getting his way through the suffering of others: his character spends much of his time cracking jokes and smartass remarks, but Dinklage imbues every remark, every raise of an eyebrow with enough melancholy to make it clear that Tyrion’s humor is as much as an armor as the books he reads.

ALAN CUMMING as ELI GOLD in THE GOOD WIFE
 

Despite the fact that the actress who plays her has gotten herself a starring gig on Apartment 23 (shame on her!) I’m still demanding a Becca/Eli Gold series centered round the two of them making catty comments to each other for twenty minutes. Then we’ll flip over to an Eli/Jackie showdown for the last twenty minutes. CBS, get on this. Nobody plays snide crusader like Alan Cumming, and in this season, while he was allow to show plenty of heart between his relationship with his delightfully snarky daughter and America Ferrera’s illegal immigrant, he never lost the acidic strategising genius side which made him such a great character in the first place.

 

Barely missed the cut: Mark Addy’s performance as King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones was fantastic and Michael Pitt gave a stellar performance in Boardwalk Empire as Jimmy Dormady. Also, I’m pretty sure that Jason Momoa submitted in the Guest category (correct me if I’m wrong) but if I’m wrong, then count his Khal Dhrogo firmly on the tails of Boyd.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a COMEDY SERIES
 
DANNY GLOVER as TROY BARNES in COMMUNITY
 

Whether it’s a heartfelt realization that growing up isn’t nearly as profound as it’s often made out to be or sacrificing himself for his fellow teammates by body slamming a paint grenade, Glover’s turn as a once hotshot football player is hilarious and deserves some Emmy love.

ERIC STONESTREET as CAMERON in MODERN FAMILY
 

If you haven’t seen the episode where Cameron tries to direct a school play, get on it now. Just stop reading and find that episode. Stonestreet somehow managed to outdo Fizbo and become the Cecile B DeMille of a school play, handed and handling some of the funniest moments from Modern Family‘s stellar second season. There’s no reason why last year’s Emmy champ shouldn’t come back for second helpings.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON as MITCHELL PREWITT in MODERN FAMILY
 

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It’s difficult to be the straight man in a relationship, but Ferguson broke out of the role this year as Mitchell’s numerous insecurities manifested themselves, from climbing his office walls in a Spiderman outfit to confessing his crush on Rob Lowe to his father, Mitchell was given the opportunity to step out of Cameron’s overbearing shadow and Ferguson unveiled brilliant comic acting.

NICK OFFERMAN as RON SWANSON in PARKS AND RECREATION
 

Moustache.
Offerman doesn’t even need lines. The way he stares down the camera sends me rolling on the ground in hysterics. That being said, the eye power in Parks and Recreation is hilarious. From Aubrey Plaza to Amy Poehler, this show could be a silent film and I’d still be howling. But that’s not why Offerman deserves an Emmy nomination. He deserves an Emmy nomination because Ron Swanson is an awesome character.

TY BURRELL as PHIL DUNPHY in MODERN FAMILY
 

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Burrell makes up one half of the funniest couple on television as the immature, attention seeking, lovably halfwit father and husband of the Dunphy clan. He plays stupid as though it’s never been played before.

DANNY PUDI as ABED NADIR in COMMUNITY
 

Danny Pudi’s performance as the autistic Abed is one of the highlights of the show. Whether it’s live or stop motion, his performance is tonally reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin’s tragic yet hilarious tramp. Give him some gold!

 

Barely made the cut: Neil Patrick Harris from How I Met Your Mother (who almost sailed in based on his Tony hosting performance alone-seriously, that guy needs to be contracted to host everything from now until forever).

So that concludes my picks for the male supporting roles. Let me know your picks in the comments below.

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