Emmys 2012: The Supporting Drama Actor Race in Review, Including Our Dream Nominees

This year’s Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama race could come down to a duel between ’10 champ Aaron Paul (back in the running after a year of hiatus-imposed ineligibility) and last year’s victor Peter Dinklage (still very much on top of his, um, game.)

A wildcard to watch: Paul’s Breaking Bad co-star Giancarlo Esposito, who made one of TV’s most memorable exits ever.

More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Drama Series | Lead Drama Actor | Lead Drama Actress | Supporting Drama Actress | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Outstanding Reality-Competition Series | Outstanding Movie/Miniseries

Review this slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s Dream Nominees — then vote below for who you think are the six best. And check back Wednesday for our preview of the Supporting Actress Drama race!

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  1. Ellen says:


  2. Will says:

    If I had an Emmy vote it would go to Ben McKenzie. If only his current show, “Southland,” had more episodes, less than 10 months in between seasons, and material for him to develop his character. He’s a very intuitive, intelligent and compelling actor who excels at the non-verbal aspects in the most subtle and engaging ways. He’s raised the bar for me and made what could have easily been a caricature into a multi-dimensional character despite very strict parameters and limited context. He won’t be the obvious or popular choice because of age and lack of self-promotion and marketing and screen time, but he epitomizes what exceptional acting is.

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  4. Michael says:

    Yo Bitch! Aaron Paul!!