December 13, 2014 at 7:37 am #340008
(01) Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston
(02) Arrested Development – Jessica Walter
(03) Grey’s Anatomy – Sandra Oh
(04) Modern Family – Ty Burrell
(05) Fargo – Martin Freeman
(06) Seinfeld – Jason Alexander
(07) Six Feet Under – Frances Conroy
(08) Glee – Jane Lynch
(09) Mad Men – Elisabeth Moss
(10) Friends – Lisa Kudrow
(11) Shameless – Emmy Rossum
(12) The Office – Steve Carrell
(13) Homeland – Claire Danes
(14) Fraiser – David Hyde PierceDecember 13, 2014 at 9:41 am #340010
I really love Jeff Perry. He is so raw and some people say he over acts but everyone pretty much does that on this show but I think he floors me every episode how great he is.December 13, 2014 at 9:50 am #340011
I really want to go with Kerry Washington, because she does carry this series which is really difficult and she does play Olivia Pope (which I think is on it’s way to becoming an iconic tv character if it hasn’t already) amazingly, but I just had to go with Bellamy Young. She added so many layers and nuances to Mellie before the writers even started putting them there, and I obviously can’t know this for sure but I feel like this is one of the few scenarios where an actors performance led to their characters becoming more prominent, not the other way around. She was only supposed to be the in the first season for christs sake! And her storyline and performance in season 3 were easily the best thing about what turned out to be the messiest season of scandal, and the fact that she didn’t get nominated for the emmy is just ridiculous.December 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm #340012
For my personal awards last year, I nominated Washington, Young, and Perry. So they’re my top three. I think Washington can sometimes do really stellar work on the show, but surprisingly in the quieter moments. I know she’s known for her bigger monologues, but I like seeing Olivia Pope’s walls come down and Washington plays that beautifully. Perry can sometimes be very over-the-top, but he sells it really well. His experience with Shondaland works shows here as he knows how to play each scene and with how much cheesiness and sincerity. But ultimately, the MVP is Bellamy Young. Here’s a character that was merely background fodder in the beginning of the series, only meant for two episodes, and becoming the breakout character of the series. It doesn’t matter how Young is playing the character, she nails it and I salivate waiting for Young to show up on my screen. She was my personal Supporting Actress pick last year, and while she’s getting less screentime this year, she’s nailing it with the mourning and crazy neurotics of dealing with tragedy. She’s my pick.December 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm #340013
Even though Kerry Washington is amazing as Olivia Pope and she does some great work as showcased by the midseason finale (which should really be her emmy tape as it was an awesome performance) I gotta go with the phenomenal Bellamy Young. She brings so much depth to her character and every scene she is in she steals the show. She has brought so much fun out of the character when playing Drunk Mellie or Fried Chicken Mellie. She shines when she needs to be a strong, manipulative, and resourceful woman but still lets us feel empathy for her character. Bellamy Young should really get an emmy for her awesomeness.December 15, 2014 at 8:52 am #340014
I agree, Kerry Washington was superb in the mid-season finale and is one of her best, if not her best, of the whole series. She certainly does carry this show as nearly every plot is somehow related to her and it certainly wouldn’t be the same show without her.
But in terms of the sheer enjoyment I get out of every time she’s on camera, I have to go with Bellamy Young. She plays the First Lady SO well, especially after everything we learned about her in Season 3. Plus, she’s the most GIF-worthy character on the show!
Runner-up: Jeff Perry because he KILLED it in season 3 with the death of his husband.December 15, 2014 at 9:24 am #340015
Why isn’t Joe Morton included here? SMH.