The TV Czar's Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
For some crazy reason, the Academy refuses to give me an Emmy ballot. Seems preposterous to me, but I suppose I have to accept their decision. Since they won't let me have my say, I've decided to submit my personal Emmy ballots via Technorati. The series will cover my ballots for the major Emmy awards leading up to the actual nominations on July 19.
While the Supporting Actress in a Drama category was fairly shallow, the male counterpart is chalked full of massive performances. What’s more, all six nominees from last year are eligible once again. I have chosen my six based on a mixture of performance and personal preference. Though I was forced to narrow the list down to six, it easily could have been 12 people long. Unfortunately, only six are allowed. Here are my six:
Peter Dinklage- One of two certified locks to be nominated. Thanks to the Breaking Bad guys not being eligible last year, Dinklage stepped into the vacuum and took home the win. In many ways, his performance was even better this season. He’s sure to be nominated, but he’s not the obvious winner this time around.
Aaron Paul- Here is lock number two. Admittedly, Paul should be in the Lead Actor category (so should Dinklage for that matter), but I respect the Breaking Bad guys’ wishes to not have Paul and Cranston cannibalize each other. Paul gets a ton more material than the other guys in this category, but that doesn’t make his performance any less powerful and compelling. It’s going to be pretty hard for anyone to vote against him regardless of how wonderful Dinklage was this season.
Giancarlo Esposito- Esposito’s case is weakened slightly by the presence of Paul, but his performance as Gustavo Fring is something worth a ton of praise. After watching his completely silent, transcendent scene from “Box Cutter,” I instantly texted my brother to tell him that “Esposito just won an Emmy without saying a word.” That may have been hyperbole, but not all that far off.Continued on the next page