Friday, September 18, 2015

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

This is the fifth category of the 9th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2014-2015 season. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Josh Charles, Peter Dinklage, Dean Norris, Peter Sarsgaard, Jon Voight

Emmy nominees: Jonathan Banks, Jim Carter, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage, Michael Kelly, Ben Mendelsohn

Semi-finalists: Ashraf Barhom (Tyrant), Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood), Michael Scott Kelly (House of Cards)

Finalists: Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) was focused and fascinating as the older brother of our budding lawyer with more than a few issues of his own. Joshua Jackson (The Affair) made a supporting character who could have been bland and tangential a layered and vital part of his show’s ensemble. Ari Millen (Orphan Black) had big shoes to fill on his shoe and preformed commendably as a few different variations of the same defective archetype. Sam Waterston (The Newsroom) went out with fiery passion for the work he did and the nobility of his enterprise. Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was a fun full-time addition to his already unserious cast.

The nominees:

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) revisited an already superb character and gave him considerable depth and backstory in a role that started out as all too brief. Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers) defined faith in his depiction of a preacher determined to make others see the same harsh light he did. Ted Levine (The Bridge) was a crucial part of his show, offering sardonic commentary but also a more serious sense of loyalty. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) was an outcast with fewer soapboxes to speak on but still managed to let his fiery wit and spirit into the world.

The winner:

Walton Goggins (Justified) transformed Boyd into something more than just a villain, setting him up as a man with a plan whose ambition always got in the way of living a happy normal life, and his choice of words was thoroughly sophisticated and magnificent the whole time.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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