Supporting Actor, Comedy
Adam Driver, "Girls"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"
Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"
Tony Hale, "Veep"
Wait, where's Eric Stonestreet? We're all for breaking up "Modern Family's" monopoly on this category, but it seems especially cruel to cut last year's winner from the running. His three co-stars who did score nods might cancel each other out, with past winner Burrell having the best shot at a win. But we're elated to see Driver in the mix for his turn as Hannah's Neanderthal ex on "Girls." Hale brings the laughs as Selina's lapdog aide on "Veep," but he's not a serious contender. And with all due respect to Hader's amazing versatility, no "SNL" cast member has ever actually won the Emmy in this category, and we don't see that trend stopping here.
Should Win: Driver is the best actor on "Girls"; he's earned serious consideration here.
Will Win: The Emmy just can't quit "Modern Family"; we see Burrell taking home another trophy.
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Another super-sized category, led by "Modern Family" co-stars Bowen (who's won twice in a row) and Vergara. Lynch has won before, but Emmy seems to have lost its taste for "Glee." Krakowski notched her fourth nomination as "30 Rock's" self-obsessed Jenna Maroney, and it's Emmy's last chance to honor her, too. We're doing a happy pancake dance for Wever's second straight nod (we've been touting Zoey for years), but a win would be a huge upset. Same goes for Chlumsky, a first-time nominee this year. But a dark horse contender might be Bialik, whose Amy Farrah Fowler is the perfect match for Sheldon on "Big Bang."
Should Win: We should just be happy with Wever's nomination, but we're still keeping our fingers crossed for a Zoey upset.
Will Win: Bialik. It's time the "Big Bang" girls got in on the Emmy action.