Primetime Emmy Awards – Our picks for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama, Comedy or Miniseries



We’ve checked our list twice and we’re pretty sure we know who’s taking home the statue in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress category. 

Let’s start off with Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Comedy or Miniseries:


The Nominees:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk EmpireHBO
Jonathan BanksBreaking BadAMC
Aaron Paul, Breaking BadAMC
Jim Carter, Downton AbbeyPBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesHBO
Mandy PatinkinHomelandShowtime

The Laurene pick: I WANT Jonathan Banks to win for Breaking Bad (RIP Mike Ehrmantrout), but this may another win for Aaron Paul. 
MJP pick: Aaron Paul? Or Peter Dinklage. Mandy Patinkin is great in Homeland but his performance/role might not be showy enough?
Funmi pick: I agree with MJP. My gut tells me Aaron Paul will pick it up again. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Peter Dinklage walk away with an Emmy. 

Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty BurrellModern Family, ABC
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tony HaleVeep, HBO
The Laurene pick: I’ve only watched so many episodes of GIRLS, and I know he’s gotten buzz and from what I saw he was fantastic. I think it’s going to Adam Driver.
MJP pick: Bill Hader… He’s so talented and hilarious, and was one of the few great people on SNL these last few years. It won’t be the same without him. Tony Hale is a close second in my book.
Funmi pick: Ed O’Neill? I’m never good with this category. 
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
The Laurene pick: This is tough! This could go to American Horror Story – possibly Zachary Quinto?
MJP pick: Zachary Quinto… Again, the competition isn’t all that strong in this category, but Zachary was great in AHS this season. He was vile, creepy, and complex, and I was on the edge of my seat.
Funmi pick: Zachary Quinto for American Horror Story: Asylum or James Cromwell.
Best Supporting Actress 
The Nominees: 
Anna GunnBreaking BadAMC
Maggie SmithDownton AbbeyPBS
Emilia ClarkeGame of ThronesHBO
Christine BaranskiThe Good WifeCBS
Morena BaccarinHomelandShowtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad MenAMC

The Laurene pick:  I really want to see Anna Gunn win for Breaking Bad since Skylar has been phenomenal, but I can easily see the award go to Emilia Clarke for GoT.
MJP pick: Maggie Smith? Or possibly Anna Gunn.
Funmi pick: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad. Skylar has been a bad ass all season long! 

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox
Sofia VergaraModern Family, ABC
Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC
Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

The Laurene pick: Jane Lynch has been on fire all year – I can totally picture her nailing this for Glee.
MJP pick: Jane Krakowski… I live Anna in Veep and Merritt in Nurse Jackie, but Jane made me howl with laughter on 30 Rock.
Funmi pick: Mayim Bialik! I won’t stop rooting for her until she wins! Amy Farrah Fowler all the way!
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX
Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO
Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance Channel
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime

ImageThe Laurene pick: Again, tricky for me to predict. I’m more familiar with American Horror Story, so my vote goes to Sarah Paulson.
MJP pick: Sarah Paulson… An interesting actress finally getting the spotlight… She not only deserves to win for all the brutal crap she had to put up in AHS but also because the competition isn’t all that strong in this category. Ellen Burstyn is awesome, but she hammed it up in Political Animals.
Funmi pick: Sarah Paulson killed it on AHS!
Well, those are our picks for the major categories. We’ll be watching on Sunday, will you? 

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