Emmy voting is underway! This week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Emmys: Check out our picks for supporting actress in a drama series
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Portraying the undulating emotions of a lover (and colleague) scorned, Charles put forth his best work in his final season. How good was he? He has two killer tapes to choose from: the game-changing "Hitting the Fan," in which a confused, livid Will executes the Desk Sweep Heard 'Round the World (watch it here), and the 100th episode, "The Decision Tree," in which an entire interrogation beautifully unfolds in Will's head.
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Dinklage in Season 4 of Game of Thrones comes down to one speech and one scene. As Tyrion was unjustly put on trial for Joffrey's murder in "The Laws of God and Men," Dinklage delivered an insta-Emmy reel highlight, unfurling the Imp's long-repressed indignation and pain in a devastating monologue. Dinklage, who won in 2011, is the only Thrones actor to have been nominated every year.
Noah Emmerich, The Americans
Suffice it to say, Stan did not have it easy this season. Between the collapse of his marriage, his growing and now-fractured affair with Nina, and nearly committing treason, the veteran character actor captured Stan's conflicted isolation with a moving, understated subtlety. And he did it all without wearing a wig!
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Dean Norris, Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad has claimed two slots in this category the past two years and Norris ought to join Aaron Paul this go-around. After Hank's "oh, sh--" discovery, Norris rose to the occasion, masterfully going toe-to-toe with Bryan Cranston as the show's sole good conscience, bristling with barely controlled fury and even outwitting Heisenberg in his ultimately tragic end. Memo to voters: Don't tread lightly. Just vote!
Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing
The Killing fell out of public and Emmy favor long ago (partially through fault of its own), but Sarsgaard shouldn't be punished for that. The actor was the best thing about the just-won't-die drama, playing death-row inmate Ray with enigmatic charm and despair. His final moments in the harrowing "Six Minutes," as Seward awaits his execution, is great enough to win if he manages to get in.
Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Last year, Bobby Cannavale pulled off the upset here and Wright should to be in the conversation to make it two in a row for Boardwalk's resident villains. While Cannavale's Gyp Rosetti was bombastically over-the-top, Wright deliciously underplayed the fabulously named Dr. Valentin Narcisse with a sly malice that was in many ways even more frightening.
Who would you nominate?