I’m going to do my biased thing with these nominees. And since one show inevitably gets both my votes, here are we go:
SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle as John Bates in Downton Abbey
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
Jared Harris as Lane Pryce in Mad Men
SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt as Anna in Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in Mad Men
I celebrate each and every name listed above. All are gifted thespians, and a win for anyone would not anger me… yes it would! It is a crime that Mad Men, consistently an Emmy favorite, has yet to claim an acting prize. Now is the time to break the streak, and Harris and Hendricks are poised for acceptance speeches.
Ladies first. As Joan, Hendricks had her best season ever. I thought finally kicking her slimy rapist/husband to the curb was enough to net her the award. But then Joan went out for drinks with Don and then Joan allowed every partner but Don to prostitute her for the Jaguar account. But she was never the victim in this scenario. This was Joan putting her own unique spin on feminism and grabbing a share of the agency so that she and her son would not have to wait for a man to provide a future. She’s come a long way from the secretary that advised Peggy to lose some weight to snare a husband. And Dame Maggie better not steal this Emmy just because she’s Dame Maggie (although she is awesome in her own way).
Jared Harris. I never thought I could miss a Mad Men character more than Sal. But at least he can feasibly return. Lane is gone. But what a swan song! If beating the crap out of Pete wasn’t enough, Lane got a final hour for the ages. Exposed as an embezzler, putting on a brave face for his wife, planning the perfect suicide, which just drove home the point that Jaguar sucks, and finally taping his glasses back together and typing a suicide a note that will haunt Don forever. Too much? Maybe. But Lane’s fate still haunts me. Harris won’t get another shot at Emmy for this role (unless Lane re-materializes as Don’s conscience or something). Guess it could happen, but this is Harris’ moment. This is Hendricks’ moment. Now let’s cross our fingers and hope the Emmys get it right.