Best Supporting Actor - Drama
Giancarlo Esposito - "Breaking Bad"
Aaron Paul - "Breaking Bad"
Peter Dinklage - "Game Of Thrones"
Mandy Patinkin - "Homeland"
Walton Goggins - "Justified"
John Slattery - "Mad Men"
Although Dinklage took this last year, and was even better in season two, we think this category comes down between the two "Breaking Bad
" boys, and our money's on Mr. Gus Fring, given season four was his best-ever showcase. Elsewhere, John Slattery
(who gets funnier with every passing season) will likely repeat, and Mandy Patinkin
is a lock for "Homeland
." As for the sixth slot, we think Walton Goggins
will return, but Alan Cumming
for "The Good Wife
" has an equally good shot, while Jared Harris
or Nick Nolte
") could surprise.
Best Supporting Actress - Drama
Kelly MacDonald - "Boardwalk Empire"
Maggie Smith - "Downton Abbey"
Christine Baranski - "The Good Wife"
Archie Panjabi - "The Good Wife"
Morena Baccarin - "Homeland"
Christina Hendricks - "Mad Men"
A move into the series category means that Maggie Smith
is all over this category, while previous favorites Kelly MacDonald, Christina Hendricks, Christine Baranski
and Archie Panjabi
are likely lagging some way behind. Some have pegged this as the year "Breaking Bad
"'s Anna Gunn
finally makes the cut, but we suspect that Morena Baccarin
" has a better chance. Angelica Huston
, of "Smash
," and Rose Byrne
, of "Damages
," could also be contenders.
Best Actor - Drama
Steve Buscemi - "Boardwalk Empire"
Kelsey Grammer - "Boss"
Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
Hugh Laurie - "House"
Damian Lewis - "Homeland"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Once again, there's a Hamm vs. Cranston battle at the top, but they face new competition in the shame of Damian Lewis,
who could well sneak in for the victory. Kelsey Grammer
got the Golden Globe for "Boss
," but will probably have to settle for the nomination here. Any of Michael C. Hall
, Timothy Olyphant, Hugh Bonneville
and Dustin Hoffman
might get nominations, but we think that Steve Buscemi
and one final go-round for Hugh Laurie
" are more likely.
Best Actress - Drama
Glenn Close - "Damages"
Michelle Dockery - "Downton Abbey"
Elizabeth McGovern - Downton Abbey"
Claire Danes - "Homeland"
Julianna Marguiles - "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss - "Mad Men"
The category's theoretically competitive, but in reality, this is all about Claire Danes
" who should walk away with it, leaving closest competition Elisabeth Moss
and Julianna Marguilles
in the dust. The "Downton Abbey
" mother and daughter look good for nods, and though the show doesn't have the profile it once did, Glenn Close
" is a solid bet. But Mireille Enos, Debra Messing, Kathy Bates, Mariska Hargaty
and Jessica Pare
could all surprise.
Best Drama Series
"Game Of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
For the most part, the big hitters should all be back, with "Homeland
" joining them, and it should make a real play for the win. "The Good Wife
" is our best bet for the final slot, but "Boardwalk Empire
" could theoretically push it out.