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    Who gave your favorite TV breakthrough performances of 2016 and why?

    Connor Jessup was one of my MVPs of 2016 for “American Crime.” Should have been nominated — heck he should have won. No offense to Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. OJ Simpson”), who deserved it too and I’d count here twice for that performance as well as “This is Us.” And of course Jessup’s co-star Joey Pollari was stellar as well.

    “Mr. Robot” was in its second season this year, but I thought it was a real breakthrough year for Carly Chaikin as Darlene.

    And how could I forget Samantha Bee, who I think became TV’s leading voice of political outrage this year on “Full Frontal.”

    Who else had great breakthroughs this year?

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    Connor Jessup and Adina Porter.

    Honorable mentions: Sterling K Brown, Samantha Bee and Millie Bobby Brown.

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    Donald Glover.

    He looked like an 80s’ pornstar at Critics Choice.

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    Bella Ramsey, Sidse Babett Knudsen (even though she is already massive in Denmark), Riz Ahmed, Issa Rae, Sterling K Brown.

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    Sterling K. Brown for sure. I have fallen in love with him as an actor. Not only was he the heart of OJ (along with Sarah Paulson), but he is so, so good in This Is Us. He’s my favorite actor of the year.

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    While I think her show’s overrated, Alison Wright had a truly stunning breakout turn in The Americans this year.

    For Your Consideration:

    Best International Feature: Instinct (The Netherlands)
    Best Actress: Carice van Houten (Instinct)

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    Sterling K. Brown!

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    Sterling K. Brown in The People V. O.J. Simpson. He showed just how much of a role Christopher Darden played in the O.J. Simpson trial, and that it wasn’t just Marcia Clark doing all the work.

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    You mean “breakout”?

    Sterling K. Brown’s duet of roles, Bryan Tyree Henry on Atlanta, Caitlin FitzGerald on Rectify, William Jackson Harper on The Good Place, Claire Foy on The Crown, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal on Westworld, the main cast of Insecure.

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    ISSA RAE

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    Yvonne Orji
    Brian Tyree Henry

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    Sterling K. Brown – The People vs OJ Simpson & This Is Us

    Honorable Mentions:
    Issa Rae – Insecure
    Thandie Newton – Westworld
    Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
    Connor Jessup & Joey Polari – American Crime
    Kylie Bunbury – Pitch
    Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
    Donald Glover – Atlanta
    Chrissy Metz – This Is Us
    D’Arcy Carden – The Good Place

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