Emmys 2019 Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in A Drama Series

Updated June 10, 2019
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What is really interesting about this category, even more so than others despite having an overwhelming number of contenders to choose from, is that the eligible shows from which these predicted nominees would be stemming are only a handful. Take for instance, this year’s expected TV and Awards and everything behemoth, ‘Game of Thrones’, taht turned out to be everything other than that. While the defending champion from last season, Peter Dinklage will still will most definitely be in the running this year too, he will likely be joined by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a contender from the same show to challenge him for the title.

Not just that, another HBO show, ‘Succession’ that aired its first season last fall is looking to make some noise at the awards if all goes well for it, has three possible contenders, all with incredible supporting performances to back their name. Now, in all probability, one or tops two would make the list of nominations, but all three have a solid claim to it. If you ask me, Dinklage might be a fan favourite even this season despite its rather poor reception, but his reign to me looks threatened. And that’s just HBO’s lineup. There’s the other TV classic ‘Better Call Saul’, the family drama ‘This is Us’, and even Amazon’s hit ‘Homecoming’.

Now considering the interesting situation that has arisen, I have decided to switch things up a bit. Rather than giving off the nominees in a list as I have been doing in my previous predictions, I will list the shows that are going to have a couple of eligible (and deserved nominations) in the category, list their chances and highlight who I think has the most chances of making the list. Shows with a single nominee toward the close signify the obvious, of course. That being said, read on to find out who are the strongest contenders for Best Supporting Actor – Drama Series this year. Here are our predictions for the best supporting actor nominations for a Drama series at the Emmys 2019.

6. Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan’ certainly deserves some more love at the Emmys, and we sincerely hope this year changes that predicament. Jon Voight has previously secured Emmy nominations for himself for the show in 2014 and 2016 respectively for this category. While at this point, I strictly consider Voight’s nomination to be an unexpected spoiler of sorts, I can’t say that it won’t be a pleasant surprise, one that is most definitely bound to make things interesting.

5. 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 along with the supporting actress category, it is this category, and Justin Hartley in particular who could use some love. 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. Although his current nomination in the Critic’s Choice Awards, a first for him, has put him in a favourable spot with the contenders, we’ll have to wait till sometime in July to see how that materialises.

4. Bobby Cannavale/Shea Whigham, Homecoming

Every ‘Homecoming’ nomination is completely dependant on whether the show is able to impress voters with its 30-minute runtime. Given that goes favourably, we are looking at almost unanimous nods for Bobby Cannavale for his role as Colin Belfast in the hit Amazon series. This is going to be the first nomination for Cannavale for ‘Homecoming’, having lifted the trophy twice earlier for ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’. Yet again, there are two completely nominable acts here, the second being Shea Wigham who might be looking to spice up the proceedings given his nomination in the category at the Critic’s Choice Awards.

3. Kieren Culkin/Matthew Macfadyen/Nicholas Braun, Succession

Succession’ might not be the show of the year or the mega hit HBO might have been hoping for, but it’s still pretty damn solid, and part of the reason for that would be the solid all-round performances. While GoT is still going to be in the frontrunning for best ensemble cast, ‘Succession’ should snag a nom there too for having a truly formidable ensemble led by Brian Cox, of which Kieren Culkin made just the right amount of noise with his nomination at the Golden Globes. His nomination is almost a certain here too. The other two actors from the show who can possibly be in the race if fortune favours are Matthew Macfadyen, who was billed for the Critic’s Choice Award for the same category, and Nicholas Braun who rounds up the ensemble with a stellar act. While Culkin is most definitely in, the fate of Macfadyen and Braun will depend upon the runners from the other shows. Regardless, ‘Succession’ has been the only show in years that has offered up this many possible contenders even (apart from ‘Game of Thrones’ ofcourse).

2. Jonathan Banks/Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

TV Veteran Jonathan Banks has already been nominated thrice in the past for ‘Better Call Saul’ (and once for ‘Breaking Bad’) consecutively in the running, but ended up winning none of the times. For the show’s fourth season that aired last year, while a nomination for Banks is guaranteed, I can also predict that this year he may finally have a serious shot at lifting the trophy, given how the Academy hasn’t been very favourable to consecutive winners in this category for some reason and ofcourse, the poor reception that the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ has been through. Giancarlo Esposito on the other hand might be looking to stir things up with his first nod for the show, earlier getting nominated for ‘Breaking Bad’ once. Again, while Banks remains the expected nominee, Esposito might be the ‘expect the unexpected’ nominee depending on the voters at the Academy.

1. Peter Dinklage/Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

I have expressed this before as I will now strongly, despite the overall dwindling faith in the ‘Game of Thrones’ brand owing to its last season. I hardly think that the fate of the actors’ nominations is going to change much: the fate of their wins might just though. However, over the years, one of its most sure shot categories over the years has been this one, and the reason for that is one man, Peter Dinklage, who is a phenomenal actor in my opinion. The defending champion’s nomination is a no brainer really, and if he does win, the chances which appear slimmer by the day, he will be forming history with four wins, the maximum for any actor till date. Even now, his reign as champion would seem seriously threatened, and one of them might be lurking from within the show itself.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s nomination shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he was able to land himself one for the last season of the show, his first at the Emmys, and it was a given since his character arc currently has seriously developed into so much meatier than what it was initially, giving the actor a rather deserved opportunity. While we had to say goodbye to him in the fifth episode in a fashion that nearly lay waste his development as a character and his redemption arc, his nomination might still very much be on the cards. Added to that, he does have a latent fanbase of his own. The win may be a question, the nomination most certainly isn’t. This year too, I predict the Lannister brothers to have a nomination each to their name irrespective of the inferior final season.

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