Wednesday, September 13, 2017

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This is the seventh category of the 11th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2016-2017 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 Comedy Series



Last year’s nominees: Nathaniel Buzolic, Liam Carroll, Vinnie Jones, Timothy Omundson, Sam Richardson

Emmy nominees: Louie Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, Ty Burrell, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh

Semi-finalists: Andrew Rannells (Girls), Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Chris Williams (The Great Indoors), Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces), Desmin Borges (You're the Worst), Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie), Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), John Ales (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll), John Corbett (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll), John Early (Search Party), John Reynolds (Search Party), John Simm (The Catch), Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin), Keith Stanfield (Atlanta), Ken Hall (People of Earth), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Liam Carroll (The Detour), Malcolm Goodwin (iZombie), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Matt Ross (Silicon Valley), Matt Walsh (Veep), Michael Cassidy (People of Earth), Robert Kelly (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll), Shaun Brown (The Great Indoors), Shea Whigham (Vice Principals), Skyler Gisondo (Santa Clarita Diet), Stephen Fry (The Great Indoors), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tony Hale (Veep), Tyrel Jackson Williams (Brockmire), Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Finalists: Brian Huskey (People of Earth) and Björn Gustafsson (People of Earth) were completely different parts of the same show, one rightfully paranoid about alien invasion and the other the nicest possible face of said real invasion. Mpho Koaho (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) was, more than anyone, a man caught in an unthinkable situation, and watching his calm demeanor evolve and his attitude change over the course of the season was quite a ride. William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) was so committed to goodness, and watching him scramble to stay good in a heaven that didn’t seem all that incredible was quite entertaining. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (The Great Indoors) was the natural choice for a part practically written for him, allowing him to channel his nerdy nature into a sweet and winning performance.

The nominees:

Steven Boyer (Trial and Error) was a superbly loyal, dimwitted, and always overexcited deputy who was the embodiment of the backwards nature of East Peck. Timothy Simons (Veep) made the most of his new position in politics, hilariously taking on Daylight Saving Time as his number one agenda item. Sam Richardson (Veep) achieved new popularity within his work circle and continued to shine with his unique perception of the world. Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) tried to embark on new adventures but got himself way in over his big head with a few hilarious misunderstandings.

The winner:

Manny Jacinto (The Good Place) turned what could have been the stupidest character on his show into the funniest, imbuing him with the most childlike sense of wonder and appreciation of the simplest things.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series