Emmys Countdown: A Chat About Best Supporting Actor

In the lead-up to the announcement on Emmy nominations on July 10, Celebuzz will be looking at the past year in outstanding television and analyzing what will be recognized and what, what should be recognized and what should not. Today, Robert Kessler and Barbara DeFranco discuss the Best Supporting Actor categories.

Robert Kessler: Okay so we’re here to talk about supporting actors today. What say you we start in the dramatic category?

Barbara DeFranco: Sounds good. I like drama, just not IRL.

RK: I think we have to start with Breaking Bad where Aaron Paul continues to pretend that he’s a supporting and not lead actor to get out of the way of Bryan Cranston.

BD: Does this mean you are pro-Aaron or anti-Aaron or … neither?

RK: I’d say he’s a lock for a nomination.

BD: Yes, and I’d like him to win. But I’m ok if he doesn’t since he’s taken it home before.

RK: I think that Dean Norris could also get a nomination this year.

BD: I would love that.

RK: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think this year will be the Breaking Bad Emmys.

BD: It would be a fitting tribute to an unbelievable show, but i think it could be all about Game of Thrones which got too rapey for me and I stopped watching it.

RK: In my eyes Peter Dinklage is the only one who’ll get nominated, but who knows. Some people think Charles Dance could get in there too.

BD: No Kit Harington, huh? Or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau?

RK: I doubt it.

BD: You know who I’d like to see get nominated? Ice friggin’ T. OVERDUE

RK: Hahahahahahaha “Emmy nominee Ice-T.” Yes that has a good ring to it.

RK: Someone I do think will be nominated this year is Mandy Patinkin, despite Homeland having dropped completely off the radar at record speed.

BD: Yeah, what happened to Homeland? Like it was the buzzy show and then, not so much.

RK: One too many cry faces I guess.

BD: So who else do you think will get a nod?

RK: I’d like to see Josh Charles get nominated and I think he’s got a good shot (no pun intended) (spoiler alert)

BD: Do you see anyone getting nominated from Mad Men?

RK: John Slattery perhaps

BD: Fine actor, and so handsome

RK: My final on-the-bubble nominees are Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, and Nicholas D’Agosto. Emmerich in particular I’d like to see nominated. How about you?

BD: I’d actually like to see Tony Goldwyn, Jeffrey Wright, and Brendan Coyle get a nod but I’d be rooting for Dean Norris or Aaron Paul.

RK: I have a feeling it’s Aaron Paul’s year (again).

BD: Good, now maybe he can do a decent film.

RK: :(

RK: What say you we move on over to comedy? Or rather the Modern Family Memorial Category™.

BD: I am over MF and onto Silicon Valley.

RK: This category is tough for me because it’s always been my belief that men are not funny, but no one from the Academy has answered my emails about banning men from television so we’ve gotta address it. Let’s get Modern Family over with first, just rip it like a Band-Aid.

BD: Let’s do it. Haven’t they won enough though?

RK: Who, of Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet, do you think will be nominated?

BD: Jesse

RK: Ugh all of them probably

BD: Ugh is right

RK: You mentioned Silicon Valley, which is a marvelous show…

BD: I love everyone on it, but particularly T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani.

RK: I would especially like to see Kumail Nanjiani and Christopher Evan Welch nominated, but I’d say they are both probably on the bubble. A posthumous nod for Welch, in particular, would be very nice.

BD: Definitely, although if I am being honest, he didn’t really make me laugh out loud like TJ and Kumail who, quite frankly, needs to be recognized for something already. The guy is hilarious in everything, including Portlandia. And I’d like to see Fred Armisen get a nod too for that show.

RK: How about Adam Driver and Tony Hale? Do you think they’ll repeat their nominations?

BD: Strong change for Hale. Driver I’m not so sure about.

RK: I agree with you there. Tony Hale’s Gary has only gotten more nuanced since he won last year. Driver I could see driven out by some new performances.

BD: I’d love to see Hannibal Burress get recognized for Broad City.

RK: The entire cast of Broad City is so phenomenal I cannot even handle it.

BD: Truly great show

RK: I also love Andre Braugher on Brooklyn Nine-Nine which is an odd show because its characters only get better the further they are from being the lead. What I’m saying is, Andy
is not very good on that show and everyone else is funny as hell.

BD: Terry Crews perhaps?

RK: He is also good, but maybe not given quite as much to do as Braughner is.

RK: Is there anyone else you want to be nominated?

BD: I would like to see Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt or Nick Offerman get a nod. Just some Parks and Rec presence.

RK: Nick Offerman is the last person on my list as well. It’s fairly mind blowing to me that he’s not been nominated once.

BD: Crazy in fact

RK: It’s hard to understand how excellent he is at reconciling the gruff macho man and caring aspects of his role until you’ve seen someone do it poorly.

BD: Such a good point

RK: That’s a role that could be very annoying very easily and it would be nice to see him recognized for his work.

BD: Yes, especially since the show had such a solid run and really owes a lot of laughs to him.

RK: Anyway, men are not funny. Only female-driven comedies in 2015! Go team!

BD: #likeagirl!


Robert Kessler

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
John Slattery, Mad Men
Noah Emmerich, The Americans

Tony Hale, Veep
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Kumail Nanjiani, Silicon Valley
Adam Driver, Girls

Barbara DeFranco

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Dean Norris, Breaking Bad
Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire
John Slattery, Mad Med
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley
Adam Driver, Girls
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine