Golden Globes 2019: Why Sarah Drew, Sophie Skelton, Aisha Hinds, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Aubrey Plaza should get Supporting Actress nod

Golden GlobesThe 2019 Golden Globes are going to be airing on NBC come Sunday, January 6 on NBC, but campaign season is already underway! From now until early December, expect a wide array of campaigns from various networks and studios about specific shows and performers across a number of categories.

Here at CarterMatt, we’re getting back into the swing of things again with our own annual Golden Globes Preview Series! Our team has huddled together and come up with our own list of personal picks across some important categories, and over the next couple of weeks we’ll be sharing many of them alongside polls for you to vote for to show your support. We want this to be a fun, interactive way to help campaign for shows during this process and have some fun discussion along the way about some of the best that TV has to offer.

Just a reminder – These are not the actual Golden Globe nominees. These are just our personal picks that we hope will bring attention to these shows and actors during campaign season — that includes our focus today in Supporting Actress. Remember with the supporting categories at the Golden Globes that they encompass comedy, drama, and limited series / TV movies. It’s somewhat frustrating, but that isn’t changing, at least for this year.

Voting Rules – Vote however often you’d like! (If you are having trouble, there are instructions at the bottom of the page.) Voting will remain open until Friday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time. This allows the debate to continue for most of the campaign period. The actual nominations will be announced come December 6.

Alycia Debnam-Carey, Fear the Walking Dead – This was by far, the strongest year that we’ve seen for the character of Alicia Clark and Debnam-Carey has played her beautifully. Throughout the first portion of season 4, we saw a character still in the throws of what was effectively emotional chaos — that reverberated further when the death of Madison was first made clear. In the second part of the season, we only saw the drama for her escalate. The story for Alicia and Charlie, in particular the spotlight episode with the rainstorm, showed just how far Alicia has come in terms of her capacity to feel things and survive. It also showed further precisely what makes Debnam-Carey great as a performer — her range, and her ability to completely immerse herself in the world around her.

Sarah Drew, Grey’s Anatomy  This was Drew’s final full season as April, but we do have to say that her final arc may be one of the strongest that we have had a chance to see so far. April Kepner’s life at one point completely fell apart amidst a crisis of faith; yet, words from a rabbi, a near-death experience, and the changing landscape of the world around her helped her to rediscover the part of herself that she was missing. April’s closing arc was painful, but it showed the depth of her emotion and also all of Drew’s capabilities as an actress. There was sorrow, but in the end also strength.

Aisha Hinds, 911 – The character of Hen has long been a standout on the Fox series, but over the course of this second season we’ve seen so many wonderful dimensions to this character — whether it be the person that she is today or the road that got her there Hinds has grabbed us right by the heart week after week. Season 2 has been an outstanding showcase of Hinds’ ability, whether it be via lighthearted or painful, difficult material. She’s a performer who carries with her an innate storyteller quality, one where she can play her character’s history with often just a few moments. There’s an innate likability of Hen where every week you can see a different side to her that is so relatable.

Aubrey Plaza, Legion – Lenny Busker is one of the most-unique characters on TV; she’s unpredictable, powerful, and serves as the perfect screen companion to Dan Stevens on one of television’s most vastly-underrated series. Plaza is the sort of performer who can alternate effortlessly between comedy and drama and, beyond that, has a knack for diving into the psychosis for her characters. What perhaps is the most impressive is how Plaza is able to take this role, something so carefully constructed by Noah Hawley, and create someone who feels real and impactful no matter her screen time.

Sophie Skelton, Outlander – Finally, we have someone in the midst of her breakout season on the Starz series, and someone whose performance is only going to get increasingly more powerful as time goes along. We’ve already seen many of the qualities that make Skelton the perfect fit as Brianna, whether it be her enthusiasm for the role to her introspection to also a little bit of her quiet confidence. There is vulnerability there, but Sophie’s take on it so compelling and she plays it in a way that is not always overt. She recognizes that Brianna is someone who’s lived such a unique experience that it makes sense to have her guard up.

Other critical favorites

Keep your eyes out during the campaign for some other candidates including Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), and Chrissy Metz (This Is Us).

Now, your turn

Let us know your personal nomination picks now! (Photo: Golden Globes.)

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