The Killing Times Awards 2020 – Best Supporting Actor

The nominations are in!

Yes, it’s Oscar weekend and the great and the good will be gathering to honour the performances of the year on the big screen.

So we thought we’d do the same here at The Killing Times. We can’t promise the same amounts of glamour, but we can offer the same excellence of performance.

Each of the nominees in our four categories all turned in superb performances that reflected not only their range, skill and intensity but also the sheer diversity of types of crime dramas we saw in 2020.

So without much further ado… here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor.

Jason Watkins
Des, ITV

Playing Dennis Nilsen biographer Brian Masters, Watkins was once again in imperious form playing a complex character. Thinking he could handle Nilsen and be the first to tell his story, he soon found the serial killer to be a master manipulator and questioned whether he had bitten off more than he could chew. As ever, Watkins – one of the UK’s most accomplished actors – pitched the shifting dynamics perfectly.

Daniel Mays
Des, ITV

Another great performance from ITV’s Des, Daniel Mays played DCI Peter Jay – a man appalled by Nilsen’s crimes and determined to bring him to justice. With the whole world watching, Jay felt the pressure and soon entered into a cat-and-mouse game with his slippery adversary. Mays once again proved his versatility and ability to portray decent, driven men.

Bertie Carvel
Baghdad Central, Channel 4

We’ve saw Bertie Carvel three times in 2020 (and we’ll see him soon in Acorn TV’s new take on the Adam Dalgliesh stories), but he was never better as the corrupt Frank Temple in Baghdad Central. A fantastic, delicious character, Carvel channelled the late Leonard Rossiter for the role – all jutting chins, nervous energy and withering exasperation. Carvel is now one of those actors who guarantees a project is worth watching, and Temple is one of his most flawed and engaging characters.

John Lithgow
Perry Mason, Sky Atlantic

For its reboot of the venerable Perry Mason, HBO/Sky Atlantic brought out the big guns. One of them was John Lithgow, and just when you thought he couldn’t any better, he turned in a performance – as lawyer EB Jonathan – that was at once intensely charismatic, scene-eating and tragic.

Kunal Nayyar
Criminal UK, Netflix

How’s this? Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar in a stunning about-turn and starring as a terrifying, hardened criminal? Why, yes. Nayyar was mesmerising as Sandeep, a man convicted of murder who instead calmly and rather terrifyingly tried to cut a deal with his interrogators. First class performance.

And the winner is…

READ MORE: THE KILLING TIMES BEST ACTOR 2020

READ MORE: THE KILLING TIMES BEST ACTRESS 2020

READ MORE: THE KILLING TIMES BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 2020

READ MORE: OUR BEST CRIME DRAMAS OF THE YEAR

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