2011 EMMY AWARDS Best Supporting Actor PREDICTIONS

2011 EMMY AWARDS Best Supporting Actors

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a COMEDY SERIES
 

For Supporting Actors in a Comedy, a lot of hoo ha has been made of the fact that four slots went up for Modern Family men. I’m among the few people who think that Cryer and Colfer should have been cut fast and loose and in their place Nick Offerman or Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation or Danny Pudi and Danny Glover from Community should fill out the last two spots, at the very least. Really, there are so many Supporting Actor candidates that this list would look incomplete no matter who read it, but the absence of Nick Offerman is rather dastardly.

6. JON CRYER as ALAN HARPER in TWO AND A HALF MEN
 

Jon Cryer nominated again? Whatever. What…ever. No Neil Patrick Harris? Whatever. Yet another nomination for Alan Harper, a character devoid of any heart, the one note punching bag for Charlie’s one note sexist jokes? Whatever. Whatevs. The world has not ended. Yet.

5. CHRIS COLFER as KURT HUMMEL in GLEE
 

GLEE Silly Love Songs

Set aside the fact that Kurt Hummel is a character designed to bring tears of sorrow, not laughter, Chris Colfer’s nomination is, I suppose, well deserved. He is the only character on the show the writers give a crap about and it shows.

Imagine how many more acting nominations Glee would have if Ryan Murphy gave a shit about Rachel Berry, Will Schuester, Brittany, Santana, Quinn, instead of just playing a musical version of spin the bottle with these characters every single week?

4. ED O’NEILL as JAY PRITCHETT in MODERN FAMILY
 

He’s been long due some Emmy love, though if there were any man from Modern Family getting in on good will and not necessarily funniest role, it’d be O’Neill. Maybe it’s just me, but Jay’s household is rarely my favorite. Still, the Television Academy might feel he’s due some love and give him a statue in return for a fine career.

3. ERIC STONESTREET as CAMERON TUCKER in MODERN FAMILY
 

Last year’s winner may be up for the gold again this year, but I’m not sure if he has a submission as great as Fizbo, plus with this category it would be nice to spread the wealth.

2. JESSE TYLER FERGUSON as MITCHELL PRITCHETT in MODERN FAMILY
 

He has a tougher job than Stonestreet, playing the relative straight man to Stonestreet’s flamboyantly gay clown, but the writers still gives him a neurotic way out which Ferguson portrays with aplomb. He’s probably the most overlooked actor and I’m glad to see him in this category and if he chooses the right episode, he might just be in for a chance for Emmy gold.

1. TY BURRELL as PHIL DUNPHY in MODERN FAMILY
 

MODERN FAMILY "The Kiss"

Phil makes up one half of the best couple on Modern Family, and Ty Burrell’s failed cool dad routine has oft been cited as the main reason to watch the show, and for good reason. Burrell brought to life a character which has been done a million times before, but this time it’s unique. His portrayal of the ultimate failed cool dad is heart warming, funny: the heart of the show in many ways, his loose and goofy demeanour the perfect opposite to his neurotic wife.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a DRAMA SERIES
 

There’s no one here that doesn’t deserve to be here, and it’s nice to see Josh Charles getting recognition for a role that isn’t as showy as Alan Cummings’. It’s quite surprising that the guys from Boardwalk Empire failed to get a nomination, and while I wish Vincent Kartheiser from Mad Men and Mark Addy, Jason Momoa and Harry Lloyd had scored a nod for Game of Thrones, I can’t really think of many glaring omissions.

ANDRE BRAUGHER as OWEN in MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
 

Confession time: I have never watched Men of a Certain Age (I actually thought it was a comedy), so I can’t even rank Braugher in this list. Where do you think he deserves to be? Sound off in the comments below.

5. JOSH CHARLES as WILL GARDNER in THE GOOD WIFE
 

Charles has a really deceptively difficult job to do.

He has to play a suave lawyer without appearing slimy or arrogant even though many of the things he does are unethical and slimy, as even he acknowledges; he has to be Julianna Marguileis’ love interest though she’s married and by all accounts the audience should be rooting for her character to get back together with the father of her children and stabilize the traditional family so highly valued in American culture; and he has to be a smart, savvy lawyer who is comfortable delegating, giving his underlings credit while still appearing to run the roost from behind the scenes.

All of this Charles does without seeming a martyr or a slimeball, just enviously canny and, well, if not good natured, then…well, human.

4. PETER DINKLAGE as TYRION LANNISTER in GAME OF THRONES
 

game of thrones

I love Peter Dinklage, I love Tyrion Lannister and I love Game of Thrones. But give him the award next year. If season two follows Tyrion’s storyline in the second book in any way, then next year will be a showdown between Dinklage and Aaron Paul.

3. JOHN SLATTERY as ROGER STERLING in MAD MEN
 

Mad Men - John Slattery as Roger Sterling

Once you get down to the top three in my list, it’s pretty much a three-way tie. I’d be delighted to see any one of these men walk away with the gold, and though it’s been a long while since Mad Men has been on the air, how can you forget the reason why Roger’s mother never let him eat chocolate ice cream? Roger brings with him dry wit, the drink, the charm, the easy attitude, the risqué behaviour, the juvenile attitude to a show which, despite its appearance, has never been somber, grave and dull, and that’s in large part thanks to this man.

2. ALAN CUMMING as ELI GOLD in THE GOOD WIFE
 

Cumming’s performance as Eli Gold is one of the most delectable of the year.

There is no one as delightfully snide as Gold. Seeing him deliver a world class smack down a sixteen year old diva while exasperatingly dealing with the polly perfect Wendy Scott Carr. His subplot with America Ferrara’s illegal immigrant-status character offered a shade of complexity and tragedy to his otherwise cut clean cold strategist, plus his relationship with his snarky daughter rocks.

1. WALTON GOGGINS as BOYD CROWDER in JUSTIFIED
 

FINALLY! Goggins was completely snubbed for all the years he shined in The Shield, but thankfully his silky smooth performance in Justified is getting him the recognition he deserves. Hopefully he’ll walk away with the gold.

What do you think of the field? Who do you hope to see walk up on stage? And what is the most glaring omission? Sound off in the comments below.

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