Monday, August 8, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

This is the fifth 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 Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Jonathan Banks, Peter Dinklage, Christopher Eccleston, Walton Goggins, Ted Levine

Emmy nominees: Jonathan Banks, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Michael Kelly, Ben Mendelsohn, Jon Voight

Semi-finalists: Ari Millen (Orphan Black), Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow), Clayne Crawford (Rectify), Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan), David Costabile (Billions), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black), Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire), Luis Guzman (Narcos), Martin Wallstrom (Mr. Robot), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Mike Colter (Jessica Jones), Pedro Pascal (Narcos), Toby Jones (Wayward Pines), Tony Leonard Moore (Billions), Victor Garber (Legends of Tomorrow), Wil Traval (Jessica Jones), Will Tudor (Humans)

Finalists: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Good Wife) sauntered onto the scene with a devilish smile and unmatched commitment to his job that managed to completely captivate his series’ lead for the entirety of the final season. Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) was mysterious, maniacal, and mischievous as an orchestrator of corporate downfall. Matt Servitto (Banshee) came into his own as his show’s standout player after being hardened by his brutal town and determined not to let it stand anymore. Jon Bernthal (Daredevil) offered a complex and unexpectedly endearing portrait of a killer motivated by rage and revenge with so much more than that underneath. Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) continued to be a background player but took steps towards making big change and ensuring that those around him knew enough to fear him.

The nominees:

Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) went from being a dependable member of his ensemble to its most crucial character, even choosing moments to let his voice be heard after staying silent and subservient for so long, rising to the ranks of the show’s most consistently fantastic player, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) was calculating, vicious, and unforgiving, but also offered a layered take on a Nazi commander in New York. Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) took his shut-in status to a whole new level as his determination to achieve excellence threatened to truly affect his health.

The winner:

David Tennant (Jessica Jones) chillingly and masterfully played a villain who could get anyone to do what he wanted just by telling them to do it, so absorbed by his own power that he was truly evil and beyond salvation.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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