Supporting Actor, Drama
Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire"
Jonathan Banks, "Breaking Bad"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
Toldja! We pushed for Cannavale to get a nod for his work as hotheaded gangster Gyp Rosetti, and Emmy obliged. Too bad he has no shot at the prize. Neither does Carter, whose stoic Mr. Carson isn't a showy enough role to win. Speaking of stoic, Banks takes it to a new level as "Breaking's" terse hitman Mike, joining his co-star (and two-time winner) Paul in the category. Dinklage has already earned an Emmy as roguish imp Tyrion Lannister, but he took a backseat this season. And finally: Mandy Patinkin, holla! He got snubbed last year, but his great work as Carrie's mentor Saul finally got recognized.
Should Win: We're pulling for Banks, especially since it's his last chance.
Will Win: Patinkin, giving "Homeland's" Carrie and Saul matching Emmys.
Supporting Actress, Drama
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
It's the Mother of Dragons versus the Dowager Countess, as Clarke and Smith look to be the early frontrunners in this category. Clarke snagged the first non-Dinklage acting nod for "Thrones," and deserves it for her tough-as-nails performance as fiery Daenerys Targaryen. But she's up against a formidable opponent in Smith, last year's winner and a beloved showbiz veteran. (She's a Dame, for Pete's sake.) The rest is basically filler: Gunn had maybe her best season as Walter White's complicit wife Skyler, but she's out-Gunned here. "The Good Wife" is quickly losing Emmy steam, so Baranski is out. And as much as we love "Mad Men's" Joan, Hendricks didn't have enough to do this season to merit her first win.
Should Win: Dracarys! We'd love to see Clarke and her dragons storm the Emmys stage, but…
Will Win: Dame Maggie Smith has this category on lockdown until further notice.