Tuesday, August 2, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

This is the third category of the 10th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2015-2016 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 Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Matt LeBlanc, William H. Macy, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Scott, Jeffrey Tambor

Emmy nominees: Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Will Forte, William H. Macy, Thomas Middleditch, Jeffrey Tambor

Semi-finalists: Chris Geere (You're the Worst), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Fred Savage (The Grinder), Jason Jones (The Detour), Josh Zuckerman (Significant Mother), Nat Faxon (Married), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)

Finalists: William H. Macy (Shameless) tried to take fatherhood to a new dimension as he faced new and exciting things that surely couldn’t last.Greg Poehler (You, Me, Her) was endearing, awkward, and a strong contributor to the fantastic threesome on his show. Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) became part of the ensemble in the second season of his show with an involved and emotional performance. Tim Robbins (The Brink) was so committed to his own ridiculousness that it was hard not to be amazed by his every preposterous word. Mark Duplass (Togetherness) experienced a new sense of self-advocacy as he tried to explore his own future and happiness.

The nominees: Aziz Ansari (Master of None) created the perfect role for himself, allowing him to speak his mind and craft a fun character out of it in the process. Denis Leary (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll) returned to the small screen with another great parody of men who just think about themselves. Rob Lowe (The Grinder) and John Stamos (Grandfathered) were great standouts on enjoyable sitcoms that were sadly short-lived.

The winner:

Tommy Dewey (Casual) was a great protagonist for a show about failing to commit, someone so in tune with how to analyze other people’s relationships with surprisingly little awareness of his own situation.

Next up: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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