As industry professionals continue to make their predictions on which nominees will be taking home statuettes at this year’s Emmy Awards, Casting Networks spoke with casting director Julie Ashton to get her take on this year’s nominations. Ashton is known for casting comedies, and she has some impressive TV credits under her belt that include Bob’s Burgers, 2 Broke Girls, and Disney Channel’s upcoming High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Starting in 1991, there are 136 total casting credits listed on IMDb under Ashton’s name, and those years of experience inform her top picks for the major supporting acting categories.


Nominations for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)

Anthony Carrigan (Barry)

Henry Winkler (Barry)

Stephen Root (Barry)

Tony Hale (Veep)

Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)


Ashton’s Pick:

Stephen Root

“I think Stephen’s contributions to comedy have been overlooked for too long. With his character of Fuches, he manages to play very dark and complex scenes while also being subtle, believable and ultimately hilarious. And he somehow makes a deplorable character strangely loveable.”


Nominations for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Olivia Colman (Fleabag)

Sarah Goldberg (Barry)

Sian Clifford (Fleabag)


Ashton’s Pick:

Kate McKinnon

“Kate’s fearlessness is what makes her so great. She is absolutely willing to do whatever it takes for a laugh and always gets one because of her total commitment to the comedy. And her versatility in her characters is unparalleled.”


Nominations for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)

Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)

Michael Kelly (House of Cards)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)


Ashton’s Pick:

Jonathan Banks

“Jonathan has always been a favorite of mine, and knowing him personally, it blows my mind that he has a way of making me forget he is not actually Mike Ehrmantraut. He’s that good.” 


Nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)

Julia Garner (Ozark)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)


Ashton’s Pick:

Lena Headey

“Lena is flawless in her performance of Cersei, and there is never a false moment. She showed us an impressive duality and made me want to root for her in the last episodes despite the unpopularity she had amassed throughout the series.”

This year’s nomination for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is Headey’s fifth for that category and role, but she has yet to win it. It’s co-star Gwendoline Christie’s first nomination in the category for her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth, and she made the list after submitting herself.


Christie wasn’t the only Game of Thrones actor whom HBO failed to put up for consideration. Alfie Allen is another actor in a supporting acting category that beat the odds to become a nominee through a self-submission. But the idiosyncrasies of this year’s nominations are not limited to the popular HBO drama. Check out what’s already making this year’s show stand out and make your own top picks by reviewing the full list of nominations before it’s here.


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