Emmy Wish List: Supporting Actor in a Drama

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With nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards scheduled to be announced by Nick Offerman and Kerry Washington on July 19, staff writer Dan Forcella is here to give you a quick overview of each category, his predictions for the 2012 nominations, and his Emmy Wish Lists for who ought to be on the ballot.

Other categories we've covered, predicted and forecasted so far: Lead Actor Comedy, Lead Actress Comedy, Supporting Actor Comedy, Supporting Actress Comedy, Comedy Series, Lead Actor Drama, and Lead Actress Drama...

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The competition only gets tougher, and deeper, as we move on to the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series race. The winner from each of the previous two ceremonies should be the favorites going into September.  Peter Dinklage will look to repeat after a bit of a surprise win last year, while 2010 winner Aaron Paul returns to the field after Breaking Bad's absence last year.

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Prediction
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad
Walton Goggins - Justified
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
John Slattery - Mad Men

The dark horse to top the two favorites is probably Paul's castmate, Giancarlo Esposito, who was phenomenol as the super creepy Gus Fring this season. Add Cumming, Goggins and four-time nominee John Slattery to the mix, and you have one heck of a group.

Still on the outside looking in may be folks like Andre Braugher and Josh Charles, who both made the field last year, as well as great performers like Neal McDonough, Michael Pitt, John Noble, Mandy Patinkin and everyone's favorite crazy man, Nick Nolte.  It's a very deep field.

Emmy Wish List
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
The second season might not have lived up to the first, but our love of Tyrion Lannister never wavered. Dinklage's performance was a big reason for that, as the actor continued to play sarcastic, loving, scared, and powerful all a the same time.

Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad
Could you imagine Breaking Bad without Esposito playing Gustavo Fring over the past couple of seasons? Neither can I. The man is now playing the magic mirror on Once Upon a Time, and it just isn't the same. This was a performance to be remembered... with a nomination.

Neal McDonough - Justified
Slightly edging out his fellow Justified player Goggins, McDonough was just too good in his lone season to leave off my list. Between Margo Martindale, Goggins, Mykelti Williamson and McDonough, this show has created a number of interesting villains, but the portrayal of Robert Quarles was my favorite yet.

Klaus, Chilling

Joseph Morgan - The Vampire Diaries
My Klaus love is well known around these parts, but I don't think I am biased at all when I say that Joseph Morgan deserves a spot on this list. With all the hype that was building up to what Klaus might be, Morgan's performance has both lived up to and surpassed that hype.

John Noble - Fringe
Like Anna Torv, Noble has played numerous characters on Fringe, each one vastly different from the other. Just this season there has been Walter, Walternate, and that early season Walter that didn't have Peter. The detail that Noble puts in to each performance is astounding.

Michael Pitt - Boardwalk Empire
The emotions that Michael Pitt can evoke from viewers of Boardwalk should not go unmentioned. Whether it a glare, a word, a punch or a gunshot, Pitt was able to turn Jimmy Darmody into a character that nobody wanted to see leave their screen for a second this season.

Now it's your turn TV Fanatics!  Who would make your Emmy Wish List for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series?

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Dinklage - but he should be in "Best Actor" category
Esposito
Vincent Kartheiser - most overlooked actor on TV
Noble - another overlooked
Slattery

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The guest actor has the luxury of serving one bookended story arc. The 'villain guest,' common to dramas, always knows he wears a black hat in the end. And the series continues. Peter Dinklage's nomination has a different problem, which is caused by the kind of show Game of Thrones is... I guess I'll have to call it a "genre drama," which doesn't have so much a sprawling cast as it has sprawling CASTS.
Dinklage is the undisputed lead of one of those casts. But, I'll agree that Esposito and Dinklage deserve to be nominated in this catagory, because the Academy is what it is and so sometimes a shoe horn is necessary. McDonough, no way... there are too many deserving supporting actors out there to pretend that this guest actor is anything else but a guest actor.

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With a huge slate of incredibly talented contenders in this catagory, it seems to me that the nominees' roles should conform with a reasonable description of 'supporting actor.' Neal McDonough - is a guest actor, period.
Giancarlo Esposito - as wonderful as he has been, he is actually a multi season guest. I wish there was a catagory called something like "Recurring Featured Guest" for him. And yes, I can imagine Breaking Bad without him, so long as Cranston continues to fill the leading role and Aaron Paul continues to fill the supporting role.
I really think it's important to admit the difference between the mandates of the supporting actor and the guest actor, because those mandates are very different. The supporting actor is given the task of supporting both the nominal lead and the show in general across the life of a series, growing the role with nuance & complexity, while maintaining the core integrity of the character. The guest actor has the luxury of serving one bookended story arc. The 'villain guest,' common to dramas, always knows he wears a black hat in the end. And the series continues. Peter Dinklage's nomination has a different problem, which is caused by the kind of show Game of Thrones is... I guess I'll have to call it a "genre drama," which doesn't have so much a sprawling cast as it has sprawling CASTS.
Dinklage is the undisputed lead of one of those casts. But, I'll agree that Esposito and Dinklage deserve to be nominated in this catagory, because the Academy is what it is and so sometimes a shoe horn is necessary. McDonough, no way... there are too many deserving supporting actors out there to pretend that this guest actor is anything else but a guest actor.

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I just hope that Robert Carlyle as Rumple/Mr.Gold is not ignored for this emmy awards nom... I find him so convincing as this badass character with so much baggage that he can convince u to be anything he wants u to belive he is! It's such a complicated character and he plays it beautifully! Also, hope my TGW's Mr. Gold is nominated too, but rather Rumple for the win!

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Supporting Actor in a drama wish list:
Windell D. Middlebrooks as Curtis, Body of Proof (winner)
Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/ Rumplestiltskin, Once Upon A Time
Steven Lang as Commander Taylor, Terra Nova
John Carroll-Lynch as Bud, Body of Proof
Jonny Coyne as Warden James, Alcatraz
Sean Bean as Paul, Missing

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I agree with John Noble for Best Supporting. He's been great with this role. The way he's able to protray the emotions with Peter (Joshua Jackson) character coming back, his quirtiness, his escentric genius he plays. Very underrated and I hope he gets recognized for this.

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François Arnaud! Awesome playing Cesare Borgia, in The Borgias

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