‘Outlander’ Awards 2017: What are Tobias Menzies’ Best Performances so far as Frank Randall and Black Jack?

Voting is underway for Gold Derby’s 1st Annual Outlander Awards — have YOU voted yet? Fans are excitedly close to the September 10 premiere of Season 3 of Starz’s “Outlander,” starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser. But let’s take a look now at our favorite supporting actor Tobias Menzies, who plays doppelgangers Frank Randall, Claire’s first husband, and the main villain Black Jack Randall.

We were able to narrow the choices down to his best five performances from Season 1 and five from Season 2. So, fans will get to pick his two best 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 18 to make or update your final selections for the Outlander Awards 2017.

Season 1

“Sassenach:” Frank takes Claire to Scotland (Season 1, Episode 1)

The episode begins as Claire and Frank reconnect on a second honeymoon. Frank is a history buff wanting to learn about his lineage. When Claire is transported in time the audience learns that Black Jack Randall is Frank’s doppelganger. Menzies perfectly shows the difference between the two men.

“The Garrison Commander:” Black Jack is not Frank (Season 1, Episode 6)

Claire understandably believes that Black Jack is similar to Frank but their appearance is where the similarities end. Black Jack beats Claire, literally proving he is nothing like Frank and the man she’s married to.

“The Wedding:” Frank loves Claire and cannot wait (Season 1, Episode 7)

Frank loves Claire so much that he insists on marrying her before she meets his parents. This is used in contrast to the arranged marriage of Jamie and Claire, who fall in love on their wedding night.

“Both Sides Now:” Frank looks for Claire and Black Jack grabs her (Season 1, Episode 8)

Frank continues to search for Claire with little hope. Meanwhile, when Claire has the opportunity to go back to the 1940s, Black Jack kidnaps her. This is one of the few episodes where Menzies is given the opportunity to play both Frank and Black Jack in the same episode.

“Wentworth Prison:” Black Jack terrorizes Jamie (Season 1, Episode 15)

In the episode that gained the attention of the Hollywood Foreign Press, which gave Menzies a surprise Golden Globe nomination (2016), he’s at his evil best as he assaults Jamie. But it’s the look of horror on his face when Claire whispers the date of his death that gives him the opportunity to show his range.

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Season 2

“Through a Glass, Darkly:” Frank reunites with Claire (Season 2, Episode 1)

Frank is finally reunited with Claire but she’s pregnant with Jamie’s child. He agrees to raise the child as his own on the condition that she doesn’t look for him. Menzies strikes the perfect combination between jealousy and acceptance of the situation.

“Untimely Resurrection:” Guess whose back (Season 2, Episode 5)

Since the second season moved to Paris, Menzies was not a large part of the first half of the episodes. But his walk across the garden at Versailles made fans excited at his return and his menacing presence.

“Best Laid Schemes:” The Duel (Season 2, Episode 6)

Menzies is given the opportunity to give a physical performance as he faces off in a sword fight duel against Heughan’s Jamie.

“Faith:” Why the duel happened (Season 2, Episode 7)

Menzies is an actor’s actor and proves it tenfold as he fully commits to his character even if this means the audience will hate him — and they should since he sexually assaults Fergus (Romann Berrux).

“The Hail Mary:” Black Jack’s redemption (Season 2, Episode 12)

Black Jack chooses to marry his dying brother Alex’s (Laurence Dobiesz) lover Mary (Rosie Day) so their child will receive his benefits. Menzies plays a guilt-ridden Black Jack perfectly, giving the audience an unexpected look at a villain while maintaining his level of nastiness throughout.

SEE When does ‘Outlander’ start? Season 3 welcomes back Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe on September 10

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