What is really interesting about this category, even more so than others despite having an overwhelming number of contenders, is that the eligible shows from which these nominees stem are only a handful. Take for instance, this year’s expected TV and Awards and everything behemoth, ‘Game of Thrones’, that turned out to be everything other than that. While the defending champion from last season, Peter Dinklage is still in the running this year too, he has been joined by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the surprise entrant, Alfie Allen, contenders from the same show to challenge him for the title. Dinklage might be a fan favourite even this season despite its rather poor reception, but his reign to me might look threatened. And that’s just HBO’s lineup. There’s the other TV classic ‘Better Call Saul’ and the family drama ‘This is Us’ rounding up the final nominations.
Coming to the snubs, it seems like the Emmys didn’t fare well overall for HBO’s ‘Succession‘ that aired its first season last fall and was looking to make some noise at the awards if all went well for it, having as many as three could-have-been contenders, all with incredible supporting performances to back their name. Amazon’s hit ‘Homecoming’ had nearly the same fate. Be that as it may, we work with what we have got: a few surprises and a few disappointments, as with every year. Since now would seem like the correct time to place our final bets, here are our predictions for the best supporting actor winner for a Drama series at the Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
‘Ray Donovan’ certainly deserved some more love at the Emmys, and we sincerely hoped this year could have changed that predicament. However, we might have to wait for another season, and possibly, another year, for that to happen. Jon Voight has previously secured Emmy nominations for himself for the show in 2014 and 2016 respectively for this category. I did consider Voight’s nomination to be an unexpected spoiler of sorts from the beginning, I have to say it would have been a pleasant surprise nonetheless, one that was most definitely bound to make things interesting.
Justin Hartley, This is Us
Nominations in the acting and writing department have so far been a strong suite of the fantastic family drama ‘This is Us’, and while its nominations in the lead categories are but a certainty at this point in time, it was this category, and Justin Hartley in particular who could use some love. However, Chris Sullivan from the show did end up getting a nomination to his name, so the Emmys haven’t completely written off on the show in this category. The show has earlier secured a nomination in the same category for Ron Cephas Jones who has now been limited to a guest acting role in the series.