Emmys 2011: Predicting Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Here’s how it works: some of these fellas will get nominated, some deserve to get nominated and some haven’t got a chance in hell. I am listing everyone who’s a real player, but for MY dream ballot, the chosen six are written in orange. As I have said in the past, this is my list; if you don’t like what’s on it, go sign up for a website and make your own list.
Rockmond Dunbar, Terriers – I have heard Terriers is a good show, but never watched it. Dunbar might not be the first on anyone else’s list, but dammit, this is MY list and he’s PHYNE. And a good actor. I have always enjoyed his work. Besides, he’s easy on the eyes. Sorry. #facts
Michael Cudlitz, Southland – Cudlitz’ Officer John Cooper is more leading in my opinion, but I noticed that the whole team went for supporting. Says something about the ensemble. While it’s a little-watched show, Cudlitz does an amazing job weekly as he (literally) carries around the scars of being addicted to pain killers. The final scenes of the season, where he is has just entered rehab and is listing all of the medications he is on, while vehemently denying being on any “illegal” drugs “I’m a cop!” he shouts, is worth a nomination alone.
Matt Czuchry, The Good Wife – The whole Wife supporting team deserves nominations. While Czuchry’s was let go from Lockhart/Gardner at the end of last season, Cary was back with a vengeance this year, both trying to retain his friendships with he old team and holding a grudge against Alicia. Good work.
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife – Nominated last year as a guest actor, Cumming is back this season in the supporting category. In his favor is last year’s nomination and his ability to play slimy and caring simultaneously. Against him is that three other actors could easily land a nomination from the same show.
Nelsan Ellis, True Blood – Ellis has said in interviews that casting directors always assume he’s gay. So either he’s a really good actor or all of those casting directors are stupid. And while I’m sure there is a fair share of stupidity going on, my money’s on Ellis doing his job better than anyone expected. Yes, the show is camp with a capital C, but Ellis, again, transcends the role.
Shawn Hatosy, Southland – His story arc this season, with his partner’s shocking death, was ideal for Hatosy. The slow breakdown as the season progressed was perfect.
Wendell Pierce, Treme – Pierce has more acting ability in his left thigh than most actors could ever hope for. While Treme’s style doesn’t really allow for a grand, sweeping story, Pierce owns every scene he’s in.
Romany Malco, No Ordinary Family – He will never get a nomination for the role (no one does for a show that was cancelled after one season), but Malco consistently stole scenes from the leads. He was the reason I watched the show initially and the reason I stuck with it when it started going astray.
John Noble, Fringe – A doctorate level class in acting each week. Watch and learn.
Chris Noth, The Good Wife – Noth could sneak in a nomination, despite his limited scenes. The scenes of the breakup of the Florrick marriage were remarkable.
Denis O’Hare, True Blood – Over the top and a bit campy, but when he pulled out that guy’s spine… damn! That was amazing!!
Steve Zahn, Treme – DJ Davis annoys the living shit out of me. But I love him. And for that, Steve Zhan gets his Emmy nomination.
Josh Charles, The Good Wife – The least showy role on Wife, but I have come to realize that is exactly the area in which Charles excels. I remember that when everyone from my dear, beloved Sports Night – Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Sabrina Lloyd and Joshua Malina – went on to bigger and more high profile shows, I wondered where Charles was hiding. That’s his M.O. In Wife, Charles went head-to-head with Christine Baranski during the partnership faceoff an never let her whip him into submission. That is impressive.
Walton Goggins, Justified – As a psychotic white supremacist and all-around bad guy trying to go good, Goggins’ Boyd Crowder is one of the most interesting characters on television. Throughout the second season, as he danced around redemption, viewers could easily see him being torn in both directions. An arresting performance.
joseph’s choice to win: John Noble. Period.
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