There wasn’t a more impassioned and heartbreakingly gut-wrenching performance by an actor on TV this past year than that delivered by Rick Hoffman on the mid-season finale of USA Network’s legal drama “Suits” back in August. Let’s hope Globe and SAG voters agree by bestowing a much-deserved nomination on Hoffman next month.
Hoffman plays Louis Litt, an insecure, eccentric and misunderstood attorney who steadily unravelled this past season. He snapped when he found out that his closest friends and colleagues have been lying to him for years. Litt’s cathartic explosion as he unleashed the anger and hurt that had been pent up for so long left fans of the show reeling.
Hoffman’s ability to convey this raw and unbridled rage, as Litt confronts those that have betrayed him, made him one of TV’s most impressive performers of the year. As I can’t get his performance out of my mind, I’m putting Globe and SAG voters on notice to nominate this talented actor.
I’m not alone on this. Following the finale, TV Line named Hoffman “performer of the week,” as he “set our televisions ablaze with his fiery passion.” And in her review of the episode, Carla Day (Buddy TV) noted, “USA Network historically hasn’t received much notice when awards season comes around, but that should change. ‘This is Rome’ showcased one of the top performances of the year from Rick Hoffman.”
We know that SAG voters have “Suits” in their sights. Three years ago, in the highly competitive Best TV Drama Actor category, Hoffman’s co-star Patrick J. Adams contended against heavyweights Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall and eventual winner Steve Buscemi.
And over the last few years, Globe voters have singled out standout supporting players from series that otherwise went unrecognized. In 2010, Scott Caan was nominated for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” reboot (losing to Chris Colfer in “Glee”). In 2012, Danny Huston was cited for Starz’s “Magic City” (he lost to Ed Harris in “Game Change”). Last year, Globe voters recognized Monica Potter for her standout performance on NBC’s “Parenthood” (Jacqueline Bisset was stunned to win for “Dancing on the Edge”).
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