Emmy season is in full swing! Voters will be checking off names and shows this week they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 19. 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: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actress in a drama series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Is any character more entertaining to watch than Tyrion? Devilishly shrewd and charming, The Imp took charge in Season 2 and crackles in every scene he's in. Dinklage is also on an awards roll, having won the Emmy last year and the Golden Globe in January.
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Who would've thought when Gus debuted as an ostensible foil to Walt in Season 2 that he would eventually become one of the greatest TV villains of all time? Quietly ruthless and calculating, Esposito's mild-mannered meth kingpin was simultaneously bone-chilling and sympathetic that we mourned — not cheered — his death. A nod is a no-brainer, or in Gus' case, a half-brainer.
Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men
While his fellow original castmates rack up Emmy nods year after year, Kartheiser has cruelly been overlooked. Yes, Pete is self-absorbed, sleazy and pompous. He had an affair and planted the seeds for Joan's self-prostitution this year. But no matter how irritating this insatiable alpha wannabe gets, we can't turn away — a testament to the captivating intensity Kartheiser brings to the table. Lane gave Pete what he deserved — a punch to the face — so why don't we finally give Kartheiser what he deserves: a nomination.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for comedy series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Had Season 4 of Breaking Bad been eligible last year, we truly believe Paul would be a back-to-back Emmy winner by now. With his versatile range on full display, he skillfully transformed from a numb Jesse in a post-murder stupor to one brimming with swagger — all the while unaware that nothing has changed and he's still a pawn in Gus and Walt's chess game. Now that Paul's back in the race, the category may see its first two-time winner in 16 years.
Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire
Talk about going out with a bang. Even not counting Jimmy's tragic end, Pitt had one juicy story line after another this year — Betraying Nucky! Ruling Atlantic City! Angela's death! Incest! — each of which he played to pained perfection. His apologetic final moments, as Nucky prepared to kill his former prodigal son, are as Emmy-worthy as they come.
John Slattery, Mad Men
Slattery has churned out consistently great, funny and subtle work, which was never more apparent than in the episode "Far Away Places," in which Roger accepts the demise of his marriage to Jane after a hilariously dark LSD trip. He's a four-time nominee, and we'd hate to see him go 0-5.
Who do you hope is nominated?