Friday, August 31, 2012

AFT Awards: Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

This is the seventeenth category of the 6th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2011-2012 season. For the directing and writing categories, I’ve included only honorable mentions rather than semi-finalists and finalists. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order.

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Justified, Mad Men, Treme

Semi-finalists: Alphas, The Closer, Damages, Hell on Wheels, Luck, True Blood

Finalists: Breaking Bad expanded its net and featured standout supporting players portraying astonishingly intense characters. Outcasts made full use of its diverse cast to create three-dimensional, gripping personalities. Boss assembled a ferocious ensemble to competently play selfish, arrogant, manipulative people. Sons of Anarchy honed in on key club members and guest stars to further embellish the show’s universe. Boardwalk Empire enhanced its period feel with strong turns all around.

The nominees:

Mad Men featured captivating storylines acted out with precision and skill by a more than competent cast. Homeland boasted mesmerizing characters, and its actors delivered equally compelling performances. The Good Wife continued to make its legal procedural relevant with sharp, funny portrayals. Game of Thrones made its massive and complicated universe comprehensible with layered, determined performances.

The winner:

Justified continues to have the best casting in the business, incorporating new villains on a nearly episode basis, each more magnificently-presented than the previous one.

Next up: Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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