We’re on to the big ones…
The nominees are…
Chris Rock, Fargo, Channel 4
You think you know Chris Rock, and then you watch series four of Fargo. He sells out huge auditoria thanks to his award-winning stand-up, but here he’s perfectly cast as Loy Cannon, crime boss to the African-American Cannon family, at war with the rival Faddas. Rock reveals himself to be an actor of huge charisma, at once charming and dangerous. It’s a tricky balance to get right, but Rock nails it superbly.
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Sean Bean, Time, BBC One
We’ve always known that Sean Bean is a fine actor, and he returned for Jimmy McGovern’s prison drama, Time, in which he played the wracked and guilt-ridden Mark Cobden. Interned for killing a man while drunk at the wheel at his car, Cobden is quiet, remorseful and wants to serve his time without any fuss. However, when he’s introduced to the savage territorial maneouverings inside, he has to make a choice. Great stuff from Bean, yet again.
READ MORE: OUR REVIEW OF TIME
Omar Sy, Lupin, Netflix
One of the surprise hits of the year was Lupin, an old-fashioned caper on Netflix. French actor Omar Sy played the almost lovable Assane Diop, a ‘gentleman thief’ styled on his predecessors. Sy inhabited the role with ease, and radiated cool magnetism and charisma.
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Paul Bettany, A Very English Scandal, BBC One
Playing Ian Campbell, the 11th Duke of Argyll, Bettany used all of his nous and experience to give us a really awful, unlikeable character. Entering into an internecine relationship with Margaret Whigham (Claire Foy, also fantastic), their initial love story descended into a haze of alcohol, self-loathing, control and abuse.
Michael Keaton, Dopesick, Disney+
Dr. Samuel Finnix is a man we all know. A local GP in a small town (in Dopesick’s case Virginia), many of the patients he treats he has known since birth. He’s a pillar of society and someone people trust. He’s also someone who cares about the people he treats. So when he starts to prescribe them OxyContin – the infamous and addictive opioid – that relationship crumbles. Portraying Finnix is Michael Keaton, who bring with him all of his experience to play someone who is conflicted, vulnerable and in the end, angry.
READ MORE: OUR REVIEW OF DOPESICK
And the winner is…
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jason Watkins, Des
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Weruche Opia, I May Destroy You
BEST ACTOR: Lennie James, Save Me Too
BEST ACTRESS: Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You