Tuesday, July 27, 2010

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This is the seventh category of the 4th 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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Adam Baldwin, Rhys Darby, Chi McBride, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Emmy nominees: Ty Burrell, Chris Colfer, Jon Cryer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Eric Stonestreet

Semi-finalists: Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Jason Gray-Stanford (Monk), Ed Helms (The Office), Dulé Hill (Psych), Ted Levine (Monk), Rainn Wilson (The Office)

Finalists: Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) showed himself to be very layered after he gradually made his gruff patriarch somewhat sweet and endearing. Adam Baldwin (Chuck) didn’t have the spotlight in the show’s third season but that didn’t stop him from stealing every scene. Jeremy Piven (Entourage) and Rex Lee (Entourage) continued to make their declining show entertaining as they both found surprising new career options only slightly separate from each other. John Krasinski (The Office) couldn’t succeed as a manager, but his heartfelt portrayal of the new husband and father was one of the strongest parts of the show’s uneven season.

The nominees:

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) was magnificently unconcerned with efficiency at his job and monumentally entertaining as the inimitable Ron Swanson. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) could have created a flat stereotype, but instead crafted one of the most lavish and lovable characters on television. Eric Schaeffer (Gravity) was unrelenting in his fascinating portrayal of a peculiar cop with absolutely no filter who made his show worth watching even before it found its footing. Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) didn’t have as much to do as the rest of his cast, but he never let an opportunity for a dumb or inappropriate comment get by him.

The winner:

Ty Burrell (Modern Family) found a perfect role for his droll humor and created a fantastically uncool dad who turned out to be the funniest new character on the funniest new comedy of the season.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


thedemonhog said...

I do not agree with everyone moving past Rainn Wilson. Yes, John Krasinski should have an Emmy nomination by now, but I do not think that it has to be one or the other.

Sure, Dwight was undoubtedly more cartoonish than ever this year (in a trend that began at the beginning of the 2008/2009 season), but that helped to make him the show's funniest part and Wilson continued to bring it. Dwight had so many of the most hilarious subplots this season.

"The Lover": Dwight bugs Jim's office with a wooden malland (and secret pen).

"Scott's Tots": Dwight gets Jim to make an employee-of-the-month program and rigs it.

"The Delivery (Part 1)": Dwight puts his siren on and gets pulled over.

"The Delivery (Part 2)": Dwight smashes Jim and Pam's cupboards and windows and spends the night.

"Body Language": Dwight pushes Kelly for the minority training program.

"The Cover-Up": Dwight goes to the gym undercover.

"The Chump": Dwight renegotiates his baby contract with Angela and a lawyer.

He had a lot of great moments in "Niagara (Parts 1 & 2)" as well.

Movies with Abe said...

I didn't rank past ten, but he'd likely be my #11 or #12. I think there were lots of great supporting performances from male actors on comedy series this past season, and I just think a few people happened to be a bit stronger. Wilson was still good, though, and I don't think he should have been dropped from the Emmy lineup, especially considering the fact that Cryer got in again.