Day 2: Mr. TV Handicaps the Emmys

Next up in my week of predicting the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards is Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. Don’t forget to tune into CBS on Sunday, June 20 at 8 p.m. for the live telecast.
 
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
 
The Nominees:
Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal, ABC)
Michael Emerson (Lost, ABC)
William Hurt (Damages, FX)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, AMC)
William Shatner (Boston Legal, ABC)
John Slattery (Mad Men, AMC)
 
Who Should Win: Michael Emerson
Who Will Win: William Hurt  
 
With ABC’s Boston Legal long gone, it seems late to honor either Christian Clemenson or William Shatner, who has already taken home the Emmy gold for playing Denny Crane twice (once for Boston Legal, the other for parent The Practice). Michael Emerson as Lost looney Ben Linus is certainly worthy, but he has already been passed up twice. And John Slattery may be overshadowed by his “A” list co-star Jon Hamm. While Bryan Cranston’s victory as Lead Actor in a Drama last season for AMC’s Breaking Bad could mean Aaron Paul is a contender, William Hurt is an Academy-Award winner. And that alone could give him the edge.  


 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
 
The Nominees:
Rose Byrne (Damages, FX)
Hope Davis (In Treatment, HBO)
Cherry Jones (24, Fox)
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, ABC)
Dianne Wiest (In Treatment, HBO
Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy, ABC)
 
Who Should Win: Dianne Wiest
Who Will Win: Rose Byrne  
 
Of all the major categories, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama is probably the most difficult to predict. Like any two actors competing on the same show, nominations for Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson from Grey’s Anatomy could be detrimental. Plus, the soapy nature of the show has never boded well for the Emmy voters, so let’s exclude the two. In Treatment’s Hope Davis and last year’s winner, Dianne Wiest, are also competing against each other, and Cherry Jones may not benefit from the lackluster season of Fox’s 24. That leaves Rose Byrne for Damages, a show Emmy voters seem to favor. Get the acceptance speech ready, Rose Byrne.
 
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