Thank you once again for voting in the Unpopcult Awards 2014! The time for waiting is finally over, though, so here are your winners:
Best US Drama: The Good Wife
The all-conquering Good Wife caps an astonishing year with a well-deserved return to the top of the unpopcult chart. Hold tight for season 6, making its way onto UK screens later this month. Commiserations, however, to the majestic Game of Thrones, only just beaten into second place after another thrilling season, with season 5 also not too far away.
(Previous winners: 2008 – Lost; 2009 – Mad Men; 2010 – Lost; 2011 -The Good Wife; 2012 – The Good Wife; 2013 – Scandal)
Best UK/International Drama: Sherlock
After (yet) another couple of years off, Sherlock returned, sparking mixed reviews, heated debate and more than a spot of squabbling. Event television is event television, however, so Holmes and Watson once again carry off the UK/International Drama crown, with newcomer to the tv crimefighting game Babylon a worthy runner-up.
(Previous winners: 2010 – Spooks; 2011 – Being Human; 2012 – Sherlock; 2013 – The Almighty Johnsons)
Best Comedy: Parks and Recreation
Despite BBC4’s best efforts to repel viewers – late night double bills, several years behind the US, seasons on DVD before they ever make it to tv etc etc – the irresistible Leslie Knope and the people of Pawnee pipped the Big Bang nerds to the post, with the glorious Parks and Rec taking the trophy for Best Comedy for the second year in a row. Literally.
(Previous winners: 2008, 2009 and 2010 – 30 Rock; 2011 – Modern Family; 2012 – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; 2013 – Parks and Recreation)
Best New Show: True Detective
The rest of the unpopcult collective obviously liked True Detective a whole lot more than I did, beating as it did fellow prestige drama newcomer Fargo into second place by some distance. Since time is a flat circle, season 2 will have a different cast, a different location and a brand new, different story. Will it have the same success? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
(Previous winners: 2011 – Game of Thrones; 2013 – The Blacklist)
Best Actor: Josh Charles, The Good Wife
*wipes away tear*
In a category bursting with brilliant performances, Josh Charles takes the top prize for his part in the biggest tv secret of the year. Matthew McConaughey was a close second but, in the end, Rust Cohle’s nihilism couldn’t quite trump Will Gardner’s broken heart.
(Previous winners: 2008 – Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Zeljko Ivanek; 2009 – Hugh Laurie; 2010 – Michael Emerson; 2011 – Timothy Olyphant; 2012 – Damian Lewis; 2013 – James Spader)
Best Actress: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Another year, another magnificent performance from three-peat winner and unpopcult favourite Julianna Margulies, with TGW carrying off yet another unpopcult honour. Just thinking about The Last Call makes me cry. And crawl into a ball, rocking and moaning. Why did it have to happen?! WHY?!
Er, yes, again this was an exceptional category stuffed with incredible performances so well done Julianna and kudos too to the astonishing Tatiana Maslany in second place, who came very, very close to stealing home herself.
(Previous winners: 2008 – January Jones, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close; 2009: Hermione Norris; 2010 – Jane Lynch; 2011 – Margo Martindale; 2012 – Julianna Margulies; 2013 – Julianna Margulies)
Best Ensemble: Game of Thrones
GOT’s second Ensemble win in a row is no more than its due: this sprawling tapestry of stories is brought to thrilling, compelling life by a cast as bewilderingly talented as it is absolutely huge. Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau…. the list goes on and on and it is amazing.
(Previous winners: 2008 – Lost, Mad Men and Battlestar Galactica; 2009 – Mad Men; 2009 – Lost; 2010 – Lost; 2011 – Southland; 2012 – The Good Wife; 2013 – Game of Thrones)
I Would (Male): Michiel Huisman, Nashville / Game of Thrones / Orphan Black
Leapfrogging all the other incredibly handsome fellows in this usually hotly-fought category, 2014’s favourite love interest Michiel Huisman took a very early lead in the voting this year and never let go. Whether you knew him as bad boy Liam from Nashville, bad boy Daario from Game of Thrones or, er, dad boy Cal from Orphan Black, you (and I) loved him a whole lot, so congratulations to Michiel and happy handsomeness to everyone else.
(Previous winners: 2009 – Richard Armitage; 2010 – Richard Armitage; 2011 – Shane West; 2012 – Simon Baker; 2013 – Gregory Fitoussi)
I Would (Female): Connie Britton, Nashville
Tami Taylor triumphs again! A second win in a row for the gorgeous Connie Britton (and her amazing hair, my goodness I want that hair) and a fifth redhead winner in a row for this category. No word on a UK air date yet for Nashville season 3, but seasons 1 and 2 both ran in February so that’s as good a guess as any.
(Previous winners: 2009 – Tina Fey; 2010 – Christina Hendricks; 2011 – Audrey Fleurot; 2012 – Christina Hendricks; 2013 – Connie Britton)
Most Annoying Storyline: Jack being a “good” Stalker, Stalker
Scarlett on Drugs and Kono’s endless, from-the-neck-up search for Adam were only a few votes behind but ultimately, Good Stalker Jack’s combination of stupidity, sexism and silliness “won” the day. Um… congratulations?
(Previous winners: 2012 – Dana’s Hit-and-Run, Homeland; 2013 – Kalinda’s Ex, The Good Wife)
Most Annoying Character: Damian, The Good Wife
Competition is always super-fierce in this category, but ultimately the bafflingly bad Damian – sticking out like a sore thumb in an otherwise almost flawless show – climbed to the top of the turnip pile, with Jack from Stalker in second place. Sadly, this means that Maggie and Useless Jim from The Newsroom will never win a category that could have been created for them, but I’m confident they’ll get over it. Well done, Damian. Don’t ever come back.
(Previous winners: 2008 – Mohinder Suresh, Heroes; 2009 – President Allison Taylor, 24; 2010 – Susan Delfino, Desperate Housewives; 2011 – Will Schuester, Glee; 2012 – Ellis Boyd, Smash; 2013 – Van Pelt, The Mentalist)
And that, unpopculters, means our business with 2014 is almost finished. I know I say it every year but thank you so much to everybody for watching with us and for voting – Jed and I can’t wait to talk more tv with you all in 2015. We have just one more gong to give out before we go, though, and it’s a heartbreaker….
Ship of the Year: Will and Alicia (In Memoriam)
Sigh. There could be no voting this year, because there could only be one winner. Goodbye Will, goodbye Walicia and goodbye 2014.
(Previous winners: 2011 – Lund and Hartman; 2012 – Will and Alicia; 2013 – Jane and Lisbon)