2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Last year, Peter Dinklage took home his second Emmy Award for his role as Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” Despite the impressive ensemble of the show, Dinklage could stand out again this year; he already has the best line of the season: “That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” He could face competition from co-stars Kit Harington and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, neither of whom has been nominated yet.

Jonathan Banks is a likely repeat nominee for “Better Call Saul,” but his co-star Michael McKean was a scene stealer as well, and also the biggest villain of the season as he looked to usurp his own brother. McKean is a beloved vet who has never received an Emmy nomination and is long overdue.

We could see repeat nominations for Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) and Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), as well as two actors whose shows left the air this year, Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) and Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”). Nom newcomers may include Golden Globe winner Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) and Ray Romano, showing his dramatic side on “Vinyl.”
And while it’s hard to know if Emmy voters will take to Louis C.K.’s “Horace and Pete,” one should never underestimate five-time Emmy winner Alan Alda.



Jonathan Banks (BETTER CALL SAUL)


Alan Cumming (THE GOOD WIFE)

Peter Dinklage (GAME OF THRONES)

Michael Kelly (HOUSE OF CARDS)


Ray Romano (VINYL)

Christian Slater (MR. ROBOT)

Jon Voight (RAY DONOVAN)


F. Murray Abraham (HOMELAND)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (GAME OF THRONES)

Christopher Eccelston (THE LEFTOVERS)

Rupert Friend (HOMELAND)

Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES)

Andre Holland (THE KNICK)

Joshua Jackson (THE AFFAIR)


Ben Mendelsohn (BLOODLINE)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (THE GOOD WIFE)

Mandy Patinkin (HOMELAND)

Jussie Smollett (EMPIRE)


Craig Bierko (UnREAL)

Beau Bridges (MASTERS OF SEX)

Norbert Leo Butz (MERCY STREET)

Keith Carradine (MADAM SECRETARY)


Clayne Crawford (RECTIFY)

Tony Goldwyn (SCANDAL)

Nick Jonas (KINGDOM)

Joel Kinnaman (HOUSE OF CARDS)

Frank Langella (THE AMERICANS)


Christopher Meloni (UNDERGROUND)

Tobias Menzies (OUTLANDER)

Chris Noth (THE GOOD WIFE)

Pedro Pascal (NARCOS)

Jeff Perry (SCANDAL)

Norman Reedus (THE WALKING DEAD)


Jonathan Tucker (KINGDOM)

Martin Wallström (MR. ROBOT)

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