Emmys Poll 2015: Who Should Win Supporting Actor in a Drama?

As Stefon might say, the 2015 Emmy race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series has everything: previous winners, first-timers, comebacks from Snubs-ville, even former nominees recognized for new series.

The one thing it doesn’t have? Last year’s champ, Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who’s not eligible for this year’s shindig.

Hoping to one-up Paul by winning on their first-ever Emmy nominations will be Bloodline‘s Ben Mendelsohn and House of Cards‘ Michael Kelly. (Paul, for the record, snagged the trophy on his second attempt.)

To do that, they’ll have to get past Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, the 2011 champ who’s been relegated to bridesmaid status the last three years.

Speaking of bridesmaids, the remaining nominees have all been shut out in their prior Emmy endeavors: There’s Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter (hoping the fourth consecutive time will be the charm); The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming (re-entering the race for the first time since 2011) and Better Call Saul‘s Jonathan Banks (who came home empty-handed in 1989 for Wiseguy and 2013 for Breaking Bad, the prequel series to his current project.)

What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine actors when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 20? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to justify your pick!

Every day for the next couple of weeks, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win?” Emmy poll, so come back to TVLine.com to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s biggest honors!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Brian says:

    Rooting for Ben Mendelsohn. He makes that show.

    • BrightLight says:

      Totally agree. I had no idea who this man was before I watched the show and he blew me away.

    • The Beach says:

      So true. He was amazing and was really the star of the show, more so than Kyle Chandler. Plus I believe he’s Australian but was perfect as a native of the Florida Keys.

  2. B says:

    Walton Goggins for Justified… oh wait…

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Peter Dinklage FTW

  4. BTM says:

    Jim Carter. Carson is an unsung hero of that ensemble.

  5. webly3 says:

    Ben Mendelsohn or Jonathan Banks have to win or this category is invalid.

  6. Anna says:

    Jonathan Banks. “I broke my boy.” He was awesome on Breaking Bad, he was even better in Better Call Saul.

  7. IMHO says:

    Jonathan Banks all the way . It is a shame Walter Groggins wasn’t nominated

  8. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Peter Dinklage SHOULD win…….although I did see the episode of Better call Saul that was all about Johnathan Bank’s character and it was good. But I like to see ”Tyrion” take the prize.

  9. A.M says:

    Dinklage for sure! He’s awesome

  10. Willeyeam says:

    Banks deserves it for his breakdown, but everything else he’s done this season has been great, too. Especially the episode with the drug deal.

  11. smartysenior says:

    Nobody outshines Alan Cumming in the role of a lifetime. He is everyone’s idea of a consultant and his thoughts are always right on his face. He made all his lines into magic.

  12. abz says:

    I always love Alan Cumming on The Good Wife, but I fail to see why he was nominated this year in particular. He barely felt like a presence on the show this season (although I LOVED his scenes with his daughter, Marissa) as this past season was primary about Alicia (of course), Kalinda (her exit), and Cary (his trial).

  13. Joey says:

    I don’t really care about this one as long as Dinklage doesn’t win for an underwhelming season with no good material for him to work with.

  14. Beckers0505 says:

    A lot of great actors in this category! It’s hard to pick just one!

  15. LT says:


    He. was. AWESOME!

  16. niloofar says:

    All of the performances were great, but Jonathan Banks & Ben Mendelsohn were of another league, Specially Ben Mendelsohn’s scene confronting his family in the kitchen. Amazing

  17. Miranda says:

    While I actually voted for Ben Mendelsohn – because dang he is great on that show – I don’t see how Jonathan Banks is going to lose this. His episode submission Five-O, which gives Mike’s tragic back story and what brings him to Albuquerque, is just heartbreaking stuff and importantly features Mike as a lead character.