Peter Dinklage is going to keep getting nominated for Game of Thrones so long as he has at least one second of screen time per season. Among the rest of last year’s nominees, Jonathan Banks, Jim Carter, and Alan Cumming are probably safe. But there are a few big-name newcomers they ought to keep an eye on, primarily Christian Slater, with the role of his career as the titular Mr. Robot. That leaves at least one more slot, and it should go to a veteran. Alan Alda may get it just by virtue of being Alan Alda, but don’t count out Michael McKean. He had a lot to do in Season 2 of Better Call Saul, and Emmy voters often respond positively to increased workloads.
1. Alan Alda, Horace and Pete
2. Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
3. Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
4. Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
5. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
6. Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Before Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean were primarily known for their comedy. Their deep character work shows how easily they can transfer to drama, and McKean’s solemn and fastidious portrayal of Chuck McGill brings that to the fore. The thoroughness and control of David Tennant demonstrates why villains like Kilgrave are so frightening. As Mr. Robot, Christian Slater was both friendly and scary – the best kind of mysterious figure! Jordan Gavaris finally got his own storyline in Orphan Black, managing to really show off his versatility, and he only needed to play one character to do it! Jonathan Banks proves his Emmy bona fides in devastating moments – just check out his explanation of how a Hummer is the “opposite of restraint.” Season 4 of Arrow went a little off the rails, but Paul Blackthorne was more in control and committed than ever.
1. Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
2. David Tennant, Marvel’s Jessica Jones
3. Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
4. Jordan Gavaris, Orphan Black
5. Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
6. Paul Blackthorne, Arrow
Sound off in the comments if you think there are any other men who need our support!