Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dream Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey
In an interminably boring season, Mr. Carson stood out namely because there was finally emotional development for his character.  Carson has always been there for Lady Mary, and in Episode 1 there was an interesting dynamic where he tried to comfort her but she told him he was out of place for telling her to move on.  The two of course made up, but it's Carson's fatherly love that shine through.  The best story was with Grigg, a former friend, a women drove a wedge between their friendship, but in the end the two make amends.  Carter was fantastic this season, and deserves a nomination this year.

Josh Charles as Will Gardner in The Good Wife

I have never been more shocked and heartbroken by a character's death on a television series.  Will had a big year as Alicia broke free from the firm, that intense moment where he throws the things from her desk, chills!  Charles was so magnetic and charismatic in this role, a role he seemed born to play.  As Will angrily rails against Alicia in his new firm, the loss of her clearly makes him angry, but there is a mid life crisis aspect, which Charles played perfectly.  Whether he was bedding anti-Alicia or bringing a new lawyer into the firm to push the firm further Charles was on fire.  The last episode Dramatic, Your Honor where he lost his life was one of his most emotional cases, and it was sadly his last.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones

Speech after speech this man is the best part of this show.  After his nephew was killed he was locked an imprisoned.  Whether it was his recounting his need to make a scapegoat of his mentally challenged relative, cursing out his former love, or admitting he killed Joffrey, even though he didn't Tyrion was a man fighting for his life this season.  Dinklage will most likely win Emmy number 2 this year, and he deserves it because he is just that great in this role.

Dean Norris as Hank Schraeder in Breaking Bad

Hank was always kind of a schlub to me, having a meth dealer under his nose the whole time.  Watching his character snap the pieces into to place then battle to get Walt captured was an intense journey.  Hank was racing against the clock, and his family.  Watching him have to juggle his love for his brother-in-law, but sticking to his principles as a DEA agent was was of the most impressive journeys.  Norris proved he had the chops this year, and should be nominated this year.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad

Jesse never caught a break, he was a stoner, burnout at the beginning, but as he found love his character started to evolve.  Jesse loved Andrea and her son Brock, and watched Andrea get executed was the hardest moment for this character.  Paul is an unbelievable talent, and took a character that could have been so simple and made him unbelievably deep.  I think getting to watch Jesse drive away was one of the best moments in the series finale getting to see this character "escape."  Paul's face was priceless and unforgettable. 

Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward in The Killing

Just watch the episode "Six Minutes" and you will know why Peter Sarsgaard belong on this list.  As Ray Seward sits with Linden while he is on death row recounting how he showed up after his wife had been killed you believe in him as innocence, and that he may be killed unjustly.  It is heartbreaking to watch Sarsgaard he is a man lost, feeling hopeless.  Sarsgaard was fantastic in this role, and his performance is one of the best of the year.

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