Monday, October 5, 2015

AFT Awards: Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

This is the twelfth 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 Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Uzo Aduba, Linda Cardellini, Gaby Hoffmann, Taryn Manning, Tatiana Maslany

Emmy nominees: Pamela Adlon, Elizabeth Banks, Christine Baranski, Joan Cusack, Tina Fey, Gaby Hoffmann

Semi-finalists: Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley), Alicia Witt (House of Lies), Allison Mack (Wilfred), Desiree Akhavan (Girls), Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation), Lennon Parham (Veep), Mary McCormack (House of Lies), Mary Steenburgen (Togetherness), Michaela Watkins (Married), Michaela Watkins (Transparent), Sophie McShera (Galavant), Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley), Tina Fey (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Finalists: Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation) was a sweet, cool, wonderful companion for the incomparable Tom Haverford. Barbara Rosenblatt (Orange is the New Black) made the onetime bank robber’s time in prison among the most endearing of her show’s plotlines. Valorie Curry (House of Lies) added a bit of non-Jeannie feminine energy to the pod, never content to back down from a war of words or to be judged by a man. Emily Robinson (Transparent) stole an uneven episode with her spirited performance as an unforgettable rebellious Bat Mitzvah candidate. Kiernan Shipka (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) was just as energetic as her sister but filled with so much hilarious hate rather than love for the world.

The nominees:

Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) was a frantic, wild mess who was irresistible to watch. Andrea Savage (Episodes) took charge of her network and the people involved with a scathing and fantastic fury. Gillian Jacobs (Girls) burst onto the scene as the friendliest, most intellectual threat to Hannah possible, a magnificent match for her. Sasha Alexander (Shameless) took Lip by storm in an extremely confident, alluring role.

The winner:

Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin) was a superb part of her show, transforming a mogul father’s wife into something much more complicated, devious, and entertaining.

Next up: Best Directing for a Drama Series

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