Tuesday, August 18, 2009

AFT Awards: Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

This is the ninth category of the 3rd Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television this past season. This year, semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work being done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Steven Culp, Charles Durning, Dohn Norwood, D.B. Sweeney, Glynn Turman

Emmy nominees: Ed Asner, Ernest Borgnine, Ted Danson, Michael J. Fox, Jimmy Smits

Semi-finalists: Matt Servitto (Brotherhood) showed how political office could really change an honest man into something wholly different. Joel Murray (Mad Men) conveyed the tragic end of an ad man’s career with heartbreaking sentimentality.

Finalists: Mark Pellegrino (Lost) instantly created a mythology-worthy series character with his endless appearances in all of the characters’ pasts. Andre Benjamin (The Shield) also made quite an impression in the last few episodes of FX’s show as a rival candidate to Aceveda with groundbreaking ideas. Billy Burke (The Closer) was stoic and creepy as murderous man with a massive familiarity with the law which helped him get away with his crimes. Dean Stockwell (Battlestar Galactica) commanded the screen as he waged war on those who refused to accept the superiority of his race. Jason O’Mara (The Closer) was devilishly entertaining and darkly suspicious at the same time.

The nominees:

Stephen Root (True Blood) showed deep compassion as a vampire placed in a terrible predicament desperately longing to be left alone. Patrick Fischler (Mad Men) was oily and unlikable, but tore a deep hole in Don’s adulterous character. Richard Hatch and Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica) made for an unexpected but fantastic duo of mutineers both securely rooted in their beliefs and determined to follow their hearts. John de Lancie (Breaking Bad) conveyed utter sadness as he dealt with his daughter’s untimely death and wreaked unintentional havoc on Phoenix.

Next up: Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series


G1000 said...

2 more nods for "Galactica". Thank you for being one of the few people to recognize this show for what it was: simply one of the greatest dramas ever to hit the small screen.

Fabio Nascimento said...

Kudos for the great The Closer's guests, Root was one of alternatives, but where's Bob Odenkirk? He was so good in Breaking Bad, completely stole the episode.