Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Drama?

By TV.com Staff

Sep 17, 2013

The Emmys are right around the corner, which means it's time to talk at length about the Emmys. Each weekday from now until the telecast on September 22, we'll be bringing you our highly sought-after, well-respected, and very prolific thoughts and opinions on who we think SHOULD win each award. Yesterday we got dramatic with our unanimous choice for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, and today we're shifting the spotlight to the supporting guys. 


THE NOMINEES: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey),  Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

RECENT WINNERS: Aaron Paul has won twice in the last three years, in 2010 and 2012; Peter Dinklage won in 2011 for Game of Thrones.


KAITLIN: This is by far the hardest category to break into, and once you do, it's even harder to win. Anyone who's ever mentioned Breaking Bad in my presence knows I'm ready to give Aaron Paul every award, even the ones for costuming and sound mixing and stuff. His performance as Jesse Pinkman continues to blow me away week after week. I know history is against him in this race—I'm reasonably sure that no one's ever won this category more than twice for the same character—but there's never been a show like Breaking Bad before. It's a challenging feat to hold your own against Bryan Cranston and his alter-ego(s) every week, but Paul makes it look easy (in that, "Oh God, oh God, he's going to die!" kind of way).

TIM: I would have given this one to Game of Thrones' Charles Dance or Nicolaj Coster-Waldau if either of them was nominated—just sayin'—but since they're not, this is a tough, tough call. I wouldn't say the first half of Breaking Bad Season 5 was Aaron Paul's strongest, material wise, but Jonathan Banks stepped into the spotlight and killed it. Let's give it to Banks by a hair over Paul and Patinkin.

JEN: Oh geez oh gosh oh boy oh man, I don't know who to pick. Jonathan Banks, Peter Dinklage, Aaron Paul, and Mandy Patinkin are all so good! (I haven't watched Boardwalk since Season 1, sorry Bobby Cannavale, and I just don't think Jim Carter measures up here.) I'm fairly certain Paul is a lock for next year, though, so I'm narrowing it down to Banks, Dinklage, and Patinkin. And I'm going with... Patinkin. No, Banks. No, Dinklage. No, Banks. Argh! Patinkin. 


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  • Ksenya_Allegra Sep 20, 2013

    His Tyrion has became one of my fave characters of my whole TV experienced life. #AGOT

  • SleepyKoalaWisdom Sep 19, 2013

    LOVE Aaron Paul, but I'm routing for Banks- he deserves it

  • Savvytvfan91 Sep 19, 2013

    Dinklage always. But Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie) was pretty awesome.

  • sam_204 Sep 19, 2013

    Peter Dinklage was great but c'mon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's performance was amazing last season.

  • MarlboroMagpi Sep 18, 2013

    Bobby Cannavale did very good work on Boardwalk Empire ! His character was one of those that have a chance to shine and shine he did ! Having said that, I am still giving it to Jonathan Banks who is simply marvellous !

  • bendylegsnick Sep 18, 2013

    I looked through the entire ballots before they released the nominations and this is by far the deepest category and the most difficult to choose. That being said, they still got the nominations wrong. I could've given the award to either Corey Stoll, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Mads Mikkelson, but since they weren't nominated I'm going to have to go with Aaron Paul just slightly ahead of Mandy Patinkin.

  • BigPoppaShizzle Sep 18, 2013

    Aaron Paul is great but he's won enough. Time for Jonathan Banks to cash in

  • StanleyStutters Sep 18, 2013

    Well, two of my personal favorites this year, Walton Goggins and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, didn't even get nominated. Looking at who did get nominated it's a three man race between Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, and Mandy Patinkin. It's a real toss-up for me, and I would be happy with any of them winning, but I think I'm going to go with Banks just barely over the other two.

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  • JoshTorok Sep 17, 2013

    For all of my love of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, there is no question that the Emmy should go to Bobby Cannavale. He brought a captivating intensity to a twisted character that stole every single scene that he was in. While Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks are excellent, neither of them have smacked the limelight from the faces of their stellar cast for an entire season. Bobby for the Emmy!

  • Iodselle Sep 17, 2013

    4 emmys for Aaron Paul!

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