BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Since this category seems to have bizarre rules as to what makes a guest star as opposed to a Supporting Role, it seems likely that some of my preferences like Beau Bridges for Masters of Sex, Ray Romano for Parenthood and Joe Morton for Scandal will end up being regulated to the Guest Actor category, even though many of them made more appearances on the series than some of the regulars. Clarify things, Emmy judges or at least give the awards on Emmy Night
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Set aside the fact that his death was by far the biggest shock in the entire series run. The ugly truth of the matter is Will was never the same when Alicia left the firm, and it turned him into something of a bad-ass that made his character and the series far more interesting. He would've deserved the nomination before his passing; the fact that Emmy voters tend to recognize character's going out with a bang will probably help.
Dean Norris, Breaking Bad
Speaking of which... In all fairness, even given the enormous strength of the supporting cast of this series, it strikes me as unbelievable that Norris has never earned a single nomination for the tremendous body of work he put in as Hank. Considering the absolute range that he demonstrated in the series final year when he finally realized that it was Walt he'd been chasing all this time, his course of action and his dedication to his duty finally demonstrated that Hank was the hero of this show. And even his death had a sort of gallantry.
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Though it wasn't nearly as glorious, Jesse's final act was nearly as brilliant as Hank's. His final realization as to the kind of horror that he'd been working towards, his determination to bring Walt down, led to him encountering a fate far worse than the death he thought he was getting. There was no nobility or hope for him, but just the fact that that his character survived the horror that was 'Heisenberg' is enough for him to deserve his final shot at the ring.
Jeff Perry, Scandal
As anyone who's read my blog knows, I really don't like Scandal. That doesn't change the fact that there's still some brilliant acting on it. Last season, Cyrus seemed to be revealed the most ruthless bastard in D.C. This season revealed that there are limits even to the darkness that the Chief of Staff could handle, and when we saw the horror of the cost--- in two vital episodes--- I reluctantly came to the conclusion that he deserves a look at the brass ring.
Jon Voight, Ray Donavan
This series is still a little too scummy for my tastes, but just like on Scandal, there's some really superb actors. In his role as Mickey Donovan, Voight has done some of his finest work on any medium in a very long time. Twenty years in prison didn't take a single edge off this man who would take down the FBI and an Irish kingpin in order to protect his family. The great irony is, much as his eldest son hates him, there's a lot of Mickey in him.
Jeffrey Wright/ Jack Huston Boardwalk Empire
I overlooked this series last time, and even though it's quality was only marginally better than it was last season, there were some very rich supporting roles. I think it's more than likely that Wright will end up with a nomination for his superb work as Doctor Narcisse, the more refined black mobster on this series. However, I would remind the voters that there has been a far more groundshaking character portrayal, and that is Huston's mesmerizing portrayal of Richard Harrow. And if you need an added reason to nominate him, his death scene was one of the best of any character this year.