Tuesday, August 14, 2012

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

This is the sixth category of the 6th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2011-2012 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 Actress in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Kelly Macdonald, Margo Martindale, Archie Panjabi, Maggie Siff, Mae Whitman

Emmy nominees: Christine Baranski, Joanne Froggatt, Anna Gunn, Christina Hendricks, Archie Panjabi, Maggie Smith

Semi-finalists: Mary McDonnell (The Closer), Rose Byrne (Damages), Joelle Carter (Justified), Natalie Zea (Justified)

Finalists: Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) looked back at her old life as she found herself continually immersed in her new existence. Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) held her own leading the firm by himself and even found some time for multiple romances. Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) saw a clear way out but couldn’t hope for such an easy solution. Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) got more and more into her husband’s business, unaware of how she’d feel about what she knew and saw. Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) proved to be the wildest mother of the year, monstrously manipulative and not the least bit ashamed of it.

The nominees:

Amy Manson (Outcasts) made an otherwise throwaway character one of the most fascinating elements of her show by imbuing her with a no-nonsense attitude and a fervent desire to see justice enacted. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) declared herself in charge of her life and took great steps to ensure that she got what she wanted. Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) went head-to-head with adults without blinking an eye. Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) found herself facing new obstacles with unexpected new allies by her side.

The winner:

Kathleen Robertson (Boss) was right in the middle of all the action in Chicago, trying hard not to show emotion as she struggled to keep it all together before losing her composure in the most devastating of ways.

Next up: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

No comments: