July 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm #222391
For every leading Showtime lady, there are two supporting Showtime men:
Kirk and one of her sons (decide on your own)
Corbett and Gilchrist
Facinelli and Wallem
Platt and Hickey (arguably Basso)
My question is: will any of these men be recognized? As of right now, NO Showtime man has been recognized (the exception being David Duchovny, who won a GG, but he is not supporting).
Rob Licuria insists that Oliver Platt will break this curse, but I don’t understand the fascination. If there is any man who breaks the curse, I believe it will be John Benjamin Hickey, who not only recently won a Tony, but also delivers what I think is the only comical performance on the overly-dramatic The Big C. He has a stellar episode with “Two For The Road” and he could win with said episode should he be nominated.
I want your opinions on the situation for Showtime men as opposed to Showtime women. Share them on this thread.July 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm #222393
The guys on Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, and Weeds don’t have showy roles in the way Platt and Hickey do. While I think Hickey gives the better performance of the two, Platt seems like a probable nominee. He managed two nominations for Showtime’s low-rated Huff in a comic relief role not dissimilar from the one he’s playing now. He’s also got guest nominations for Nip/Tuck and The West Wing. He’s something of an Emmy darling. It also can’t hurt to be riding Laura Linney’s coattails, seeing as she’s never lost the three times she’s been nominated.July 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm #222394
I, too, prefer Hickey over Platt. I agree the roles are not showy. Plus, there are lots of supporting actors eligible in network comedies in recent years (even multiple on some shows) that provide flashier performances so this does not bother me a beat.
I’m actually wondering why David Duchovny never managed to get the break for Californication.July 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm #222395
I’m actually wondering why David Duchovny never managed to get the break for Californication.
It’s always wacky to me when shows get multiple nominations for Casting, but none of the show’s actors are nominated. Californication managed two Casting noms without getting acting nominations, the only comedy to do so. Friday Night Lights did the same for their first three years in Drama. The Tudors also went for three years and True Blood is going on two.July 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm #222396
I’ve been wanting a Justin Kirk nomination since the beginning of the series. He has been stellar on an inconsistent show and has had some great tapes EVERY season. Also, for certain seasons, he arguably could’ve been lead. Also, Kevin Nealon would be the supporting actor to watch other than Kirk. I know people don’t like his performance and no one can really understand why he’s still on the show, but if there were a 2nd supporting actor from that show to be recognized, it’d be Nealon.
I would’ve supported a Peter Facinelli nomination for last year (seasons 1 & 2) but between the entire show sort of at a standstill in season 3, and his out-of-nowhere family drama and shotgun wedding-to-be, he really offered nothing. I think Paul Schulze and Dominic Fumusa are much more central to ‘NJ’ than Stephen Wallem.
I agree that Hickey is much better than Platt on ‘The Big C’. I had him on my personal list for a little while, before eventually bumping him for some more worthy contenders. But I would not gripe at a nomination for either on that show.
Corbett and Gilchrist were much more of a dramatic center for the season. They are both great performances, but I would not support a comedy supporting actor nomination from either of them.July 17, 2011 at 1:15 am #222397
Justin Kirk has been consistently great and underrated on Weeds since he joined that show.
As for The Big C men, I find John Benjamin Hickey’s character to be unbearable, almost insuferable, and I can’t say that his performance rises above the way he’s written. Can’t stand the character, and not in a Pete-Campbell-despise-him-because-he’s-amazing way.
Oliver Platt is good but The Big C has potential but it’s not a show with big fireworks just moments here and there that work.
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