The 2014 Emmy nominations ballots are out, which means it's time to decide whose names we'd like to hear called on Thursday, July 10 when the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences announces the shows and actors who're officially in the running for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
I asked some of my fellow TV.com staffers to join me in choosing our dream nominees, and after hours of internal debates and monologues that would make even Scrubs' JD tell us to shut up already, we've boldly narrowed down our picks—and as you'll see at the bottom of this page, we're prepared to defend them, too!
Each day for the next couple weeks, we'll be bringing you our highly sought-after, well-respected, and very prolific thoughts and opinions on which shows and actors should make the cut. We've already conquered the comedy categories, revealing our selections for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Comedy Series. Yesterday, we highlighted the talented Supporting Actresses of Drama, and today we're moving on to their male counterparts, generally the toughest race of the Emmy Awards.
Editors' Note: You may notice that some of our nominees don't match up with the official Emmy ballots. That's not a mistake; we've taken a few liberties because we're only "dreaming" about the 10 "major" categories, and we didn't want to leave out deserving performers based simply on their submission strategies and our coverage plans. In some cases you may see folks from the miniseries and guest-star races in our lead and supporting wish lists.
WHY JOSH CHARLES: Knowing that Josh Charles was leaving the show, the writers and producers of The Good Wife crafted a hell of a swan song for him (and for the character of Will Gardner), a capstone to a five-year performance that has somehow only netted him one Emmy nomination to date. Throughout Season 5, Charles dug deep into Will, finding intense vulnerability and anger (hello "Decision Tree"!) in Will's hurt and rage at Alicia's defection, while never making him seem like the bad guy. While the Emmy is technically only awarded for an actor's performance in a single episode, a win here would feel like well-deserved recognition for those five years of soulful eyes, cockiness without annoying arrogance, and the deadpan humor Charles would break at just the right second by unleashing a rakish smirk. — Noel Kirkpatrick
WHY DYLAN O'BRIEN: When Teen Wolf called for a darker version of Stiles Stilinski in Season 3B, Dylan O'Brien fearlessly rose to the occasion, having already quietly usurped the position of series lead from his co-star Tyler Posey with his fan-favorite performance. Stiles is a character who's known for his sarcasm, wit, and humor, and most people don't think of him as a dramatic figure, but O'Brien's work as the character dealt with some issues showcased his range as an actor, pointedly drawing our attention to the fact that his talents go way beyond perfectly delivered quips and sarcastic remarks. No longer just a sidekick, O'Brien seamlessly oscillated between the spastic but lovable Stiles, a character who couldn't sit still if his life depended on it, and the subtler and more calculated movements of the evil nogitsune who took his form. He carried much of the weight in Teen Wolf's third season, and it'd be a shame for the Emmys to ignore his performance simply because he stars on a supernatural drama on MTV. — Kaitlin Thomas
Who would YOU nominate for Supporting Actor in a Drama?