Pretty much any time that we have done a Best Actor / Top Actor poll at CarterMatt in the past three years that we’ve been doing our “Best of” series, they have proven to be some of the most competitive ones we’ve done. There’s a lot of passion that goes into making these performances, and that is reflected in the amount of passion their supporters put into voting for them.
For this year’s category in the CarterMatt Awards, we’re looking at a winner who has been routinely shunned despite doing Emmy-caliber work over the years.
Lee Pace of “Halt and Catch Fire” is the winner of Top Actor.
As Joe MacMillan, Pace portrays a very complicated man. He’s supremely motivated and highly intelligent, but often his ambitions are overshadowed by his inability to properly communicate with people. He works tirelessly to come out ahead, but is rarely satisfied with the results on the other side. Season 2 of “Halt and Catch Fire” found Joe trying to determine if he could be happy in a committed relationship and working within a larger umbrella; however, eventually his desire to upset the apple cart and bring about a Mutiny of his own led to him reverting back more to his season 1 form. Now, he and many other of our lead characters are heading to the uncharted waters of Silicon Valley.
Of course, there were some other hard-fought campaigns in here (as there always is). Our runner-up, Sam Heughan of “Outlander,” had tremendous support and has won many polls here in the past, while our third-place finisher David Tennant (Marvel’s “Jessica Jones”) had a late push that just couldn’t get him near the top two, but had some great support from his fanbase. Heughan and Pace were the two candidates who were neck and neck throughout some of the voting; no one else was really close.
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