Welcome to the CarterMatt Awards results! Throughout the final days of December we’re going to be sharing with you the end results of one of the greatest editions of these awards ever since we first started them six years ago. Hundreds of thousands of you voted, making this edition incredibly competitive and also a total blast to conduct. We hope that some of your favorites end up being among the winners this year! (Check out all of the categories and results over at the link here.)
One of the new categories that we came up with for 2017 was Best Hero, and its creation was born largely out of this desire to be able to look for hopeful figures within the world of television. There are so many different reasons now to be negative and cynical; as a result of that, we looked at this award as an opportunity for some optimism and a chance to feel more hopeful about what surrounds us. We need a hero from time to time; the world certainly needs them now more then ever.
Some of the characters nominated in this category are superheroes with powers and costumes; however, not all heroes wear capes. Some have a police badge; others try to inspire hope from hopeless situations.
In the end, there is only one hero who emerged through the pack as the winner.
Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) of Law & Order: SVU wins Best Hero
There is no better time for Benson to be named Best Hero than 2017, a year when so many have come forward to speak out against sexual assault and harassment. Benson has been a champion for the same causes as the #MeToo movement for almost twenty years, supporting victims and finding a way to obtain justice even in the darkest of times.
While Olivia may be a fictional character, she represents so much more — she’s hope that the truth can win, and that there are people out there who will fight for you. She’s a reminder that we are all deserving of a voice. Hargitay reflects Benson with some of the work she does to help stop domestic violence away from SVU. This is the case of a performer taking on some of the heroic traits of their character in real life and it’s hard to be more admirable than this.
If you were going to have your kid look towards a TV character as inspiration in some shape or form, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one than Olivia. While she is far from perfect, it’s her flaws that make her human and the sort of TV hero we should all aspire to be.
Congrats to Olivia, and Mariska, on their much-deserved win!
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