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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. 


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA 

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.


TV.COM EDITORS' PICKS

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. 


PREVIOUSLY:

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

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Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Lead Actor in a Comedy?

Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Lead Actress in a Comedy?

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

Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Comedy?

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AIRED ON 9/20/2015

Season 67 : Episode 1

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His Tyrion has became one of my fave characters of my whole TV experienced life. #AGOT
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LOVE Aaron Paul, but I'm routing for Banks- he deserves it
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Dinklage always. But Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie) was pretty awesome.
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Peter Dinklage was great but c'mon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's performance was amazing last season.
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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 !
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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.
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Aaron Paul is great but he's won enough. Time for Jonathan Banks to cash in
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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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Goggins!
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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!
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4 emmys for Aaron Paul!


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If the Gods were just Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would've been nominated. As it is, I don't care who wins this.
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It's down to Jonathan Banks and Mandy Patinkin for me. Most years, Aaron Paul would be my pick, but he didn't do too much in 5a (neither did Bryan Cranston, but that's a different matter) for me to think he could or should win. Same kind of goes for Peter Dinkalge -- love him and his character, but with SO many characters on GOT, he didn't actually do all that much during this period.

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I want Jonathan Banks to win, but I think Mandy Patinkin will. Should? I'll say what others have already and go with Coster-Waldau. Again, GOT makes it hard for someone to REALLY shine, but Coster-Waldau definitely made the most of his appearances.
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Where is Jon Voight? He was awesome in Ray Donovan!
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I don't think he's good enough, but even if he is, he would get the nomination next year, not this one.
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Nicolaj Coster-Waldau should definitely get the Emmy... oh right, he wasn't nominated!!!! >_<
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So true!!! He definitly gave us the best performance in the entire season.
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He completely re-invented the role, it had to be acknowledged.
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Short version: Mandy Patinkin

Longer version:

As usual, this is the toughest category of all. Aaron Paul plays one of my favorite characters of all time, and does it amazingly well...but let's be honest, he didn't have a whole lot to do in 5a. He should be a strong candidate for 5b, but that's for next year's Emmy's.

Peter Dinklage plays another of my all-time favorite characters, and he too does it amazingly well. He's so awsome that if he hadn't been a dwarf, the show's best option would have been to cgi his face on a dwarf's body.

I have only seen two seasons so far of Downton Abbey, so it's hard to comment on Jim Carter. He's been really great so far, but you could argue that he's just a guy who happens to have the right looks and voice for the part, and that he doesn't have to do enough acting.

Mandy Patinkin was fantastic in season 2 of Homeland. He could have earned a nomination just for the expression on his face when he saw Carrie after the you-know-what in the finale.

Jonathan Banks was great as Mike, and I'm glad he's nominated. But I think I prefer Mandy over Jonathan.

I'm not watching Boardwalk Empire anymore, so it's hard to comment on Bobby Canavale too. He was good in the episodes I've seen with him, but he was an annoying kind of good. I don't think he contributed to the quality of his show as much as Jonathan Banks did to his.

It's a tough call between Mandy and Peter. I guess I'll go with Mandy this year. Peter has won before, and may win again next year.

As others have said, Nikolaj-Coster Waldau should have been nominated, I guess in place of Bobby Canavale or Jim Carter. But I still don't think I can put him ahead of Dinklage.


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No spoilers but next season will be Dinklage's season ;)
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I usually don't like spoilers, but I enjoyed hearing that. :D
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I've only watched two out of these shows, so I'm not really qualified to say anything.
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Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire). That man was TNT to a very good season full of over the top characters.

Do they make Emmys for ugly crying? Aaron Paul.
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Bobby Cannavale has a big penis and Rose Byrne, he's won enough
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Did not know he has Rose Byrne...interesting !
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They are crying, they are not supposed to look pretty
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Quit hating on Aaron's cry face!
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Screw this. Giving it to Nikolaj Coster Waldau on principle. How he wasn't nominated is beyond me.
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Peter Dinklage did an awesome job but I would give the award to Mandy Patinkin.
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Can we write in Chris Johnson for Under the Dome? :)
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Its such a pity that we have to wait until next year to see whether anyone from Under The Dome gets nominated.

Off to take my meds
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Does an optimist like you really need meds to get through life?
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I know it will face stiff competition in the drama category from season 2 of Revolution, Falling Skies and Siberia - but i believe Under the Dome's all round awesomeness will shine through.

My meds make the number 62 give me giggles
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