Voting is underway for Gold Derby’s 1st Annual Outlander Awards — have YOU voted yet? As fans are excitedly watching Season 3 of Starz’s “Outlander,” starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as star-crossed lovers, let’s take a look at the past two seasons and our favorite kilt-wearing Scotsman Jamie Fraser. Specifically, what are his best performances to date?
We were able to narrow the choices down to his best five performances from Season 1 and five from Season 2. So voters will get to pick his best two performances and you can see our breakdown of the five nominees in both categories below. Hurry and login to your Gold Derby account right now (or register for a free one via Facebook or Twitter) and then start casting your votes in our predictions center. You have until September 25 to make or update your final selections for the Outlander Awards 2017.
“The Garrison Commander:” Jamie agrees to marry Claire (Season 1, Episode 6)
Jamie agrees to marry the mysterious stranger Claire. Heughan plays the moment so casually it makes it all the more charming as he walks away happily.
“The Wedding:” Jamie the wedding planner (Season 1, Episode 7)
If marrying one of the hottest men on television wasn’t enough to make fans green with envy, Claire did not have to lift a finger. Jamie planned every detail of the wedding from his kilt to the ring. Every woman’s fantasy a man who can plan a wedding.
“Lallybroch:” Jamie brings Claire home. (Season 1, Episode 12)
Heughan’s character makes a big shift in this episode as he now knows the truth about Claire and now sees her as more of a partner than just his wife. But it’s the friction played to perfection opposite his sister Jenny (Laura Donnelly) that gives this episode a sense of reality. And if that wasn’t enough, Jamie and Claire say “I love you” for the first time!
“Wentworth Prison:” Jamie and Black Jack (Season 1, Episode 15)
Jamie is sexually assaulted by Black Jack in this tense episode. Heughan is given a rare opportunity for a male actor to play an assault victim and he does so perfectly balancing the hopelessness and pain.
“To Ransom a Man’s Soul:” Jamie deals with the aftermath (Season 1, Episode 16)
Jamie’s mind cannot escape the prison even after his escape. Heughan is give plenty to do in this episode as he continues to play shell shocked without coming off repetitive and balanced perfectly with hopefulness as he finds out Claire is pregnant with his child.
“Not in Scotland Anymore:” Jamie admires Claire (Season 2, Episode 2)
Jamie works hard to infiltrate Prince Charles (Andrew Gower) inner circle. But it’s the devilish smile Heughan gives Claire as he sees her in that red dress that makes us love him all the more.
“Faith” Jamie gives his daughter a token (Season 2, Episode 7)
Heughan only appears at the end of the episode and plays the grief and guilt Jamie feels for being locked in prison when Claire miscarries perfectly. If Balfe didn’t make viewers cry then Heughan leaving a simple spoon at his daughter’s grave sent viewers over the edge.
“Je Suis Prest” Jamie trains his soldiers (Season 2, Episode 9)
Heughan shows off his comedic timing as Claire plays Jamie’s hostage to get information out of a British spy. The chemistry between Balfe and Heughan is evident as they play this scene to perfection giving fans a different look at their romance.
“Prestopans:” Jamie leads an army (Season 2, Episode 10)
Heughan is given the opportunity to play more than love interest as he leads men into a battle. Heughan proves a very adept action star as he charges the British.
“Dragonfly in Amber:” Jamie says goodbye (Season 2, Episode 13)
Jamie knows Claire is pregnant and the battle will not be won. He has to force Claire to return to the 40s even though he hates to see her leave. Heughan skillfully weaves the grief of saying goodbye with the inevitability of his fate.
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