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!