Jonathan Banks has one of many coolest Emmy information and one of the vital doubtful ones. He’s the one individual to be nominated for 3 exhibits — “Wiseguy,” “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” — in Greatest Drama Supporting Actor, and he additionally shares the file, with Ed Begley Jr., for essentially the most nominations with out a win within the class at 0-6. If he doesn’t take dwelling the gold this 12 months on a possible (un)fortunate seventh bid, then he’ll have that unlucky file all to himself.
Banks tied the “St. Elsewhere” star’s file final 12 months after dropping to “Game of Thrones’” Peter Dinklage, who bagged a record-setting fourth statuette, breaking the tie he shared with Banks’ “Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul. Banks and Begley are two of 5 males with six nominations — the second most within the class behind Dinklage’s eight — however the different three, Will Geer (“The Waltons”), Bruce Weitz (“Hill Street Blues”) and Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law”), have all gained. So if Banks will get shortlisted this 12 months, he’ll climb to solo second place with seven nominations.
The actor earned his first nomination in 1989 for “Wiseguy,” falling to Larry Drake (“L.A. Law”). His sophomore bid got here 24 years later for taking part in Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad,” however Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”) gained. His final 4 bids have been for reprising Mike on “Better Call Saul” (2015-17, ’19); Dinklage (2015, ’19), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline,” 2016) and John Lithgow (“The Crown,” 2017) prevailed as a substitute.
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Banks was broadly predicted to win in 2015 when he had a sensational Mike-centric episode with “Five-O,” however he may have been doomed by the brand new voting system that 12 months, which switched from the tape system to department membership-wide voting. Even Dinklage was dumbfounded that he had gained, singling out “Jonathan Banks and the rest.”
With “Game of Thrones” over, is it lastly Banks’ time? Sitting in first place in our odds, he had one other nice season in arguably “Saul’s” greatest installment but, together with what was mainly a two-hander hour between him and Bob Odenkirk within the Vince Gilligan-helmed “Bagman,” as Mike and Jimmy trudged by means of the desert with $7 million in cash.
However he has some stiff competitors not from from a pair of never-nominated scene-stealers. “The Morning Show’s” Billy Crudup, in second place, gained Critics’ Selection and scored a stunning Display screen Actors Guild Award nomination in its single drama actor class for his devilish TV exec Cory Ellison. In the meantime, Tom Pelphrey has been surging in our odds for his eye-popping flip as Laura Linney‘s bipolar brother Ben on the third season of “Ozark.” The “Guiding Light” alum, who has two Daytime Emmys, is at the moment in fourth place, behind additionally Kieran Culkin (“Succession”) in third. Rounding out the highest six are three-time winner Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and two-time nominee David Harbour (“Stranger Things”).
If Banks doesn’t cross the end line this 12 months, he has one final shot for “Saul” with its upcoming sixth and last season.
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