It was a fantastic year for drama in television, and this leads to a pretty amazing crop of drama nominees for the Critics’ Choice TV Awards in the supporting actor field. This group once again shows that more so than the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and especially the SAG Awards, the voters here really pay attention to what’s trending in TV. These nominees are fresh, different, and it’s a pleasure to know that one of them will go home with a trophy June 10.
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The nominees – Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad” (AMC), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones” (HBO), Michael Cudlitz, “Southland” (TNT), Noah Emmerich, “The Americans” (FX), Walton Goggins, “Justified” (FX), Corey Stoll, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
The surprises – Where do we start here? Almost all of these choices, save for maybe Noah and Walton, are complete surprises to us based on who awards-shows have looked at in the past couple of years.
The snubs – The number of surprises do of course lead to some big snubs, like say John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men,” Banks’ “Breaking Bad” pal Aaron Paul, Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones,” Alan Cumming from “The Good Wife,” and the big one for us, “Homeland’s” Mandy Patankin, who we actually think is stronger than anyone nominated.
Who should win – Out of this very good group, we’re going to go with the man who has seriously upped his game this year in Nikolaj. Before season 3, Jaime Lannister was just a character who was easy to hate. He was cruel, creepy, and had no problem throwing little boys off of high ledges. Now, the actor has actually made this character (dare we say it?) sympathetic, and we care about his journey and his friendship with Brienne.
Who will win – This is the toughest category out of all of them to call. We do think that Nikolaj has shot due to his show being genre, Stoll is probably not notable enough, and Goggins has already had a great deal of love for his role as Boyd Crowder. While Noah could be a steal, we’re going to say Jonathan Banks is the favorite thanks to his gritty take on Mike, and the general affection that is out there for “Breaking Bad.”
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