Tuesday, September 22, 2020

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This is the ninth category of the 14th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2019-2020 season. This year, I’m including a shorter list, with just nominees and a few finalists, if applicable. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Last year’s nominees: Alan Arkin, Steve Buscemi, Andrew Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Timothy Simons

Emmy nominees: Mahershala Ali, Alan Arkin, Andre Braugher, Sterling K. Brown, William Jackson Harper, Dan Levy, Tony Shalhoub, Kenan Thompson

Finalists: Jake Lacy (High Fidelity), Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Jimmy O. Yang (Space Force), Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method), John Goodman (The Righteous Gemstones), Walton Goggins (The Righteous Gemstones), John Malkovich (Space Force), Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Jay Ellis (Insecure)

The nominees:

Mahershala Ali (Ramy)
Theo Germaine (Work in Progress)
Adam Godley (The Great)
Sacha Dhawan (The Great)

The winner:

James Marsden (Dead to Me) pivoted entirely from the character he played in his show’s first season, bringing an astonishing and refreshing positivity to Ben that felt comforting in the face of other characters’ bleak outlooks.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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