September 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm #332675
The previous poll for Modern Family was overwhelmingly in favor of Ty Burrell, with Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet coming second with less than half of Burrell’s votes.
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(1) Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston
(2) Arrested Development – Jessica Walter
(3) Grey’s Anatomy – Sandra Oh
(4) Modern Family – Ty Burrell
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Now we move onto Fargo, one of the past season’s most interesting shows. I chose it because unlike previous shows we’ve done, I don’t think there is a clear standout that will garner the vast majority of votes.September 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm #332677
Thornton > Tolman > Odenkirk > Carradine > Freeman > everyone else
Went with Thornton because he was an interesting presence. Tolman was great and we all love her, but how difficult was her role really? Freeman was generally all right, albeit with a shaky accent, but that role had far more potential than any other and in the right hands, Lester would have been a no-brainer in this poll. Like his on-screen daughter, Carradine was great at being warm. Odenkirk made all the right choices, but he did not have very much to play, which makes it not too different from his role on Breaking Bad except that that one is largely comedic, whereas this was dramatic. That proven range has me more excited for his upcoming lead role than I was when the calendar year started. Colin Hanks has not really been more than serviceable since Orange County.September 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm #332678
To me it’s Freeman, Tolman, Thornton, Odenkirk, Hanks, Platt, Carradine. Thornton was an interesting presence, but too static. There was a sense of direction and movement in Freeman’s performance and to me he was the most Coen-sque character of the bunch.September 9, 2014 at 1:16 am #332679
Ooh. Nice. This could be a close poll. I went with Billy Bob Thornton. He had the best scenes.September 9, 2014 at 4:01 am #332680
Went back and forth between Tolman and Freeman a lot, I ended up going for Tolman because she’s the most essential part of the show to me : the show simply wouldn’t work without her, and she actually brings nuance to the role (she’s not just Marge 2.0.).September 9, 2014 at 4:34 am #332681
FREEMAN >>>>>>>>>>>>>THORNTON >>> TOLMAN >> HANKS > EVERYONE ELSESeptember 9, 2014 at 5:05 am #332682
While Freeman had the best role, it’s BBT who gave the best performance.September 9, 2014 at 6:46 am #332683
BBTSeptember 9, 2014 at 8:39 am #332684
FREEMAN >>>>>>>>>>>>>THORNTON >>> TOLMAN >> HANKS > EVERYONE ELSE
Pretty much. Martin Freeman has the most difficult character to play on paper (Tolman and Thornton are great and very very solid but their character don’t require much from them). Freeman is electrifying. I wish Kate Walsh had screentime enough to land her an Emmy nomination.September 9, 2014 at 11:28 am #332685
FreemanSeptember 9, 2014 at 11:43 am #332686
Freeman. Toward the end, when he gave that acceptance speech in Vegas, he was a completely different person. Full of confidence. I remember thinking how good he was, right then. Everyone else pretty much stayed the same throughout. But Lester changed dramatically.
I thought everyone was great, though. Loved the whole cast.September 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm #332687
BBT’s character just ran out of gas half way through the season. Tolman was mostly fair and sometimes good. Freeman’s performance and character arc got more confident and impressive as the season progressed.September 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm #332688
I was all set to vote for Billy Bob Thornton for one of his best roles in his career. I’d agree that Malvo stalled as the season progressed. It was instead Martin Freeman who steamrolled the rest of the season. This is what he should have won his Emmy for (if he had to win, which is debatable; I waver on even nominating him the more I watch of “Sherlock”). Honorable mention to Allison Tolman for the breakthough of the year. Voted for Martin Freeman.September 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm #332689
I’m gonna vote for Freeman. Yeah I agree the last half is where Freeman broke through. Billy Bob was a close second but Freeman had to really change character in this role and BBT didn’t. And Tolman is great but I voted for the person I really enjoyed seeing in there role.September 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm #332690
If you asked me in the middle of the season, I would have said Billy Bob Thornton hands-down! As the season progressed, though, Martin Freeman’s Lester developed into such a complex character, so wholly different from the character he was in the first episode, that I was in awe of the transformation. I was never once bored with Thornton’s Malvo, but his character didn’t necessarily develop at all over the course of the season. It is hard to vote against such a dark, yet humorous performance, especially his death glare at the very end, but this is Freeman’s to lose!
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