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The EWwys – Drama

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 9, 2009

Here’s the second installment of Entertainment Weekly’s online poll series to determine the best of the non-nominated performers for last season. Sometimes the Emmy panel does get it right. But in the drama category, especially male, they miss the boat. So the EWwys picks up the slack. The comedy ones can be found in my earlier post. Follow the link above for the drama nominees and make your picks…and comment about it below. But first, here’s who I’d go with.

And look on Hulu for clips of most of these “nominees.”


Best Lead Actor in a Drama

– Michael Chiklis, “The Shield”
– Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights” – This might as well be the Emmy category. All these nominees are tremendous. Chandler’s subtlety is the difference maker.
– Scott Grimes, “ER”
– Josh Holloway, “LOST”
– Denis Leary, “Rescue Me” (2nd)
– William Peterson, “CSI”

Best Lead Actress in a Drama

– Mary McDonnell, “Battlestar Gallactica”
– January Jones, “Mad Men”
– Regina King, “Southland” (2nd)
– Emily Deschanel, “Bones”
– Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl”
– Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights” – I don’t love her performance as much as Chandler’s, but she delivers her lines with just as much sincerity. Definitely the best of this group.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

– Nelsan Ellis, “True Blood”
– Kevin McKidd, “Grey’s Anatomy”
– John Noble, “Fringe” – His performance might have been one of the best of the year of any actor. Crazy hilarious tangents mixed with honest fatherly compassion.
– Matthew Rhys, “Brothers & Sisters” (2nd)
– Walton Goggins, “The Shield”
– Jake Weber, “Medium”

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

– Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love”
– Lisa Edelstein, “House” – She’s not given much to do in general, but this season she had to balance possible feelings for House and having a new baby. And she did it perfectly, letting you see Cuddy’s vulnerability.
– Elizabeth Mitchell, “LOST”
– Alison Pill, “In Treatment”
– Cote de Pablo, “NCIS” (2nd)
– Tricia Helfer, “Battlestar Gallactica”

Best Drama

– Friday Night Lights
– The Shield
– Battlestar Gallactica
– Burn Notice
– True Blood
– Rescue Me – Honestly, I haven’t seen the most recent two seasons. I’m catching up now. But I’ve fallen into the Emmy trap of needing to award career achievement. The writing, acting and realism is terrific.

Last year was the first year of the EWwys. I guess there are no repeats. The drama winners were:

Best Drama – “Bones”

Best Actor – Jensen Ackles, “Supernatural”

Best Actress – Maura Tierney, “ER”

Best Supporting Actor – Henry Ian Cusick, “LOST”

Best Supporting Actress – Yunjin Kim, “LOST”


5 Responses to “The EWwys – Drama”

  1. Christopher Moltisanti said

    I know you hate Betty, but January Jones is brilliant in Mad Men.

    • Mr. Feeny said

      I admit. My hatred of the character influenced my vote. But I’ve gotta believe she could make Betty less lifeless and uninteresting and weak.

      • Christopher Moltisanti said

        Well, Bets is weak-willed, insecure and childish, but most definitely not uninteresting. I think January does a great job of capturing the subtleties of the character. Just watch her smile. You can see right through it to the fragile hold she has on happiness or satisfaction of any kind.

        Plus, she’s beautiful.

  2. CJ Cregg said

    Matthew Rhys is FANTASTIC as Kevin in Brothers and Sisters. My fave character on that show hands down. He’s so sincere and earnest.

    I don’t much care for Elizabeth Mitchell on Lost.

    I guess I don’t really have strong feelings on many of these categories. Other than my love of Friday Night Lights.

  3. Blu said

    Chiklis for best actor. Just seeing how the last season unfolded and Vic met his fate was just, heartbreaking, satisfying, and a fitting end for that good/bad guy.

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