Saturday, June 29, 2013

Emmy Nomination Preview 2013 - Guest Actor in a Drama Series

        Saturday, June 29 - Earlier this month, the ballots were released for the contenders for the upcoming 2013 Emmy Awards. With nominations being announced on the morning of July 18, I'm going through all of the major categories and analyzing which performers are most likely to make the nomination list.

Nominees for the 2012 Emmy Awards
        Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
        Jeremy Davies, Justified
        Ben Feldman, Mad Men
        Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
        Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
        Jason Ritter, Parenthood

        The guest categories are increasingly growing more difficult to predict. In years past, it was easy to guess who would be nominated based on who had the biggest name. That is becoming less and less true based on the sheer volume of great performances on an increasing amount of original series. Three of last years nominees are eligible again (Baker, Fox, Ritter) and most likely will repeat. Nathan Lane and Ray Romano have been Emmy favorites in the past and have good chances to break into the field this year. Jimmy Smits and Matthew Perry also have the names and good will of voters but the fact that Sons of Anarchy has never been nominated and that Perry was nominated last year give me pause on their chances. Jim Beaver, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Robert Morse, Jere Burns, Mike O'Malley, Patton Oswalt, Rupert Friend, Eddie Izzard and William Daniels also are in serious contention. With all that said, here is how I think the chips will fall this year.

NOTE: These rankings are how likely I think people are to be nominated NOT who is likely to win in September.

* = My Top 6 performers - the ones I would vote for if I had a ballot.

LIKELY TO BE NOMINATED

1. MICHAEL J. FOX, THE GOOD WIFE *

2. DYLAN BAKER, THE GOOD WIFE

3. NATHAN LANE, THE GOOD WIFE *

4. RAY ROMANO, PARENTHOOD *

5. JASON RITTER, PARENTHOOD

6. JIM BEAVER, JUSTIFIED *

MAJOR UPSET CONTENDERS

7. JIMMY SMITS, SONS OF ANARCHY

8. MATTHEW PERRY * and JOHN NOBLE, THE GOOD WIFE

9. CIARAN HINDS, GAME OF THRONES

10. ROBERT MORSE and HARRY HAMLIN, MAD MEN

11. JERE BURNS, MIKE O'MALLEY, PATTON OSWALT and RAYMOND J. BARRY, JUSTIFIED

12. RUPERT FRIEND, HOMELAND

13. EDDIE IZZARD, HANNIBAL *

14. WILLIAM DANIELS, GREY'S ANATOMY

15. JESSE PLEMONS, BREAKING BAD

HONORABLE MENTIONS

ANDRE BRAUGHER, DENIS O'HARE and DEAN WINTERS, LAW & ORDER: SVU

DAN BUCATINSKY, SCOTT FOLEY and GREGG HENRY, SCANDAL

JERE BURNS, BATES MOTEL

WALTON GOGGINS, SONS OF ANARCHY

JOHN HANNAH, DAMAGES

MATT LAURIA, PARENTHOOD

GERALD MCRANEY, HOUSE OF CARDS

CHRIS MESSINA, THE NEWSROOM

MICHAEL O'NEILL, RECTIFY



Previous Emmy Previews:
        Supporting Miniseries Actress
        Supporting Miniseries Actor
        Supporting Comedy Actress
        Supporting Comedy Actor
        Supporting Drama Actress
        Supporting Drama Actor

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