July 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm #222386
Hey everyone, I’m gonna share to you my chocies for my own TV awards this year.
Before that, here are the nominees and winners of my 6th ISK Awards:
Friday Night Lights
DRAMA LEAD ACTOR
KYLE CHANDLER (Friday Night Lights)
BRYAN CRANSTON (Breaking Bad)
MATTHEW FOX (Lost)
MICHAEL C. HALL (Dexter)
JON HAMM (Mad Men)
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT (Justified)
DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS
CONNIE BRITTON (Friday Night Lights)
ANNA GUNN (Breaking Bad)
JANUARY JONES (Mad Men)
JULIANA MARGULIES (The Good Wife)
KATEY SAGAL (Sons of Anarchy)
ANNA TORV (Fringe)
DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
MICHAEL EMERSON (Lost)
JOSH HOLLOWAY (Lost)
JOHN NOBLE (Fringe)
DEAN NORRIS (Breaking Bad)
TERRY O’QUINN (Lost)
AARON PAUL (Breaking Bad)
DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
ROSE BYRNE (Damages)
JENNIFER CARPENTER (Dexter)
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS (Mad Men)
ELISABETH MOSS (Mad Men)
ARCHIE PANJABI (The Good Wife)
CHLOE SEVIGNY (Big Love)
DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
BEAU BRIDGES (The Closer)
ZACH GILFORD (Friday Night Lights)
JOEL GREY (Grey’s Anatomy)
GREGORY ITZIN (24)
JOHN LITHGOW (Dexter)
DAVID STRATHAIRN (House)
DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
ALISON JANNEY (Lost)
MARY McDONNELL (The Closer)
MARTHA PLIMPTON (The Good Wife)
ADINA PORTER (True Blood)
SISSY SPACEK (Big Love)
LILY TOMLIN (Damages)
Parks and Recreation
COMEDY LEAD ACTOR
ALEC BALDWIN (30 Rock)
STEVE CARELL (The Office)
THOMAS JANE (Hung)
ZACHARY LEVI (Chuck)
JOEL McHALE (Community)
JIM PARSONS (The Big Bang Theory)
COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS
TONI COLLETTE (United States of Tara)
COURTENEY COX (Cougar Town)
EDIE FALCO (Nurse Jackie)
TINA FEY (30 Rock)
BILLIE PIPER (Secret Diary of a Call Girl)
AMY POEHLER (Parks and Recreation)
COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
TY BURRELL (Modern Family)
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (How I Met Your Mother)
JOHN KRASINSKI (The Office)
NICK OFFERMAN (Parks and Recreation)
DANNY PUDI (Community)
ERIC STONESTREET (Modern Family)
COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
JULIE BOWEN (Modern Family)
JENNA FISCHER (The Office)
JANE LYNCH (Glee)
CHRISTA MILLER (Cougar Town)
BUSY PHILIPPS (Cougar Town)
SOFIA VERGARA (Modern Family)
COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
JACK BLACK (Community)
MATT DAMON (30 Rock)
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (Glee)
MIKE O’MALLEY (Glee)
MICHAEL SHEEN (30 Rock)
FRED WILLARD (Modern Family)
COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
ELIZABETH BANKS (30 Rock)
KATHY BATES (The Office)
KRISTEN CHENOWETH (Glee)
LISA KUDROW (Cougar Town)
SHELLEY LONG (Modern Family)
MEGAN MULLALLY (Parks and Recreation)July 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm #222388
Let’s start with the first category for this year. All the winners will be announced at the last part of these series.
The first category is..
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
• Cloris Leachman as “Maw Maw” in Raising Hope
• Susan Lucci as “Susan Lucci” in Hot in Cleveland
• Cynthia Nixon as “Rebecca” in The Big C
• Gwyneth Paltrow as “Holly Holliday” in Glee
• Sherri Shepherd as “Angie Jordan” in 30 Rock
• Gabourey Sidibe as “Andrea Jackson” in The Big C
Cloris Leachman continues her impressive TV resume with Raising Hope.The good thing with Leachman is that you can see her clearly having a blast with the role and that transcends to her performances in the latter part of the season especially in the finale.
Susan Lucci gets to play herself battling with Wendie Malick’s Victoria Chase in the two-parter I Love Lucci in Hot in Cleveland. Not only was it wonderful to see her over the top take as a soap opera actress but, her undeniable funny chemistry with Wendie Malick gets mad props as well.
Cynthia Nixon gets to be the playful, carefree friend of someone who has cancer. Though this storyline isn’t new to her, she gets to bring new layers in her portrayal of wild child, Rebecca, It is nice to see Nixon for once in a dramedy as someone who is very different from Miranda Hobbes.
Gwyneth Paltrow plays the substitute teacher that the Glee club falls in love with. As Holly Holliday, she managed not only to please the New Directions, but the viewers as well as she sweeps us all with her bubbly personality.
Sherri Shepherd who plays Angie Jordan gets to shine in her own scenes this season in episodes such as Queen of Jordan, and Mrs. Donaghy. For seasons, she has been given little to do, and when she gets to be the highlight, she knocks it out of the park.
Gabourey Sidibe’s portrayal of Andrea Jackson is much more appreciated when you watch the whole season. She doesn’t get to stand out in a single particular episode but her character gets to grow halfway through the season, and her one liners and facial expressions are top notch.July 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm #222389
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Richard Dreyfuss as “Gilliam T. Blount” in Parenthood
• Michael Emerson as “Andy Fitzgerald” in Parenthood
• Michael J. Fox as “Louis Canning” in The Good Wife
• Lennie James as “Morgan Jones” in The Walking Dead
• Michael Rooker as “Merle Dixon” in The Walking Dead
• Peter Weller as “Stan Liddy” in Dexter
It’s raining Michaels in this category eh? LOL.
Anyway, we’ll both start with the Parenthood guys. Richard Dreyfuss’s multi-episode arc on Parenthood opened a very interesting storyline for Lauren Graham. As theater owner Gilliam T. Blount, we see Dreyfuss gives hope and wishes hope for his own as well.
Meanwhile, three time ISK nominee Michael Emerson appeared in one episode only but was very memorable yet inspiring in his role as a bug lover who has Asperger’s syndrome.
Playing someone who has a deficiency as well, Michael J. Fox was every inch baity but every inch effective in his role as a disabled attorney using it to his advantage in The Good Wife. It was a very effective performance and very deserving of an inclusion.
Lennie James, provided a very haunting and mysterious performance in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead as a husband who tries to live a normal life for his son when his wife was attacked by a walker. His scene where he gives the details on how it happened is some of the best acting the show has ever produced.
Another “Walking Dead” star, Michael Rooker (who played Merle) showed a handful of emotions in his scenes especially when he was trying to escape on the rooftop. His performance screams histrionics but he didn’t overact in his scenes. You’ll definitely feel for him when he saw the walkers at the door of the rooftop.
Peter Weller wins by a hair over co-star Jonny Lee Miller as the guest actor from Dexter to be nominated this year. His take as Stan Liddy was one of the refreshing things about Dexter’s underwhelming fifth season.July 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm #222390
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
• Joan Cusack as “Sheila Jacksont” in Shameless
• Jennifer Love Hewitt as “Vicki Sayers” in Law and Order: SVU
• Debra Messing as “Alicia Harding” in Law and Order: SVU
• Anika Noni Rose as “Wendy Scott-Carr” in The Good Wife
• Julia Stiles as “Lumen Ann Pierce” in Dexter
• Alfre Woodard as “Ruby Jean Reynolds” in True Blood
Okay here we go.
Despite the very uneven and lack of focus writing, Joan Cusack still elevated the material enough in Shameless, that made her a worthy nominee this year. here’s wishing that she gets meatier storylines worthy of the acting she gives on the show.
Law and Order: SVU has been a very good venue for guest stars in the past few years, and this holds a testament for two of our nominees this year. Jennifer Love Hewitt caps off a great year with The Lost Valentine, and The Client List, for which she gets a Globe nomination. However, it’s her haunting performance as a rape victim that showcased her acting chops.
On the other hand, Debra Messing also gets an acting showcase in her own episode as a TV host who’s obsessed with hunting predators as a revenge to those who snatched her sister. In this episode, Messing showed a lot of range, displaying wide varieties of emotion in a span of 42 minutes.
Anika Noni Rose’s Wendy Scott-Carr might not be a topnotch Good Wife guest stint, but the collective impact of her presence (even if she only has two lines in some episodes) fared well against the whole Good Wife ensemble.
In the tradition of Jimmy Smits, and John Lithgow, Julia Stiles gets the meatiest guest stint in Dexter this season as another rape survivor who gets to do revenge on her captors. Stiles was fierce, raw, and every inch effective in this memorable guest role.
Last but definitely not the least, Alfre Woodard adds another memorable guest performance, this time, in True Blood as a verbally abusive, mentally ill patient. Woodard’s high profile performance suited the show very much making this a very deserved nomination.