Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
WILL WIN: Lord Tyrion's got a shot, though as with his Game of Thrones colleague Emilia Clarke, it's a bit baffling why Peter Dinklage isn't considered a lead. But by finally showing the softer side of his peerless tough-guy character Mike Ehrmantraut, Jonathan Banks will segue from Breaking Bad to its prequel Better Call Saul with an Emmy in his hand.
SHOULD WIN: Smart, tight, world-weary enough to make you take up smoking just to cope, Banks' performance deserves all the acclaim it gets, and the awards ought to follow suit.
ROBBED: Elsewhere in Better Call Saul's opening credits, you'll find the name of Michael McKean; it's amazing to think that the same guy who plays emotionally crippled but hugely arrogant attorney Chuck McGill was also responsible for singing Spinal Tap's “Big Bottom.” And unlike virtually everything else in the genre, Vincent D'Onofrio's turn as Daredevil nemesis Wilson Fisk risked alienating its audience rather than pandering to them, with dynamite results.