Posted by Kim and Sage
This year, instead of uselessly railing against yet another set of disappointing Emmy prospects, we decided to take matters into our own hands. And thus, the Feelie was born.
After coming up with our own nominations for 10 major categories (see our nominee post here), we handed the power over to you. Since Monday, our polls have been open to anyone with an opinion, making this the real People’s Choice Awards. (Unlike that other one, which should actually be called Awards Conveniently Won By People Who Will Actually Deign To Show Up To This D-List Ceremony.) There were close calls and late surges and, at one point, a three-way tie. Some categories you probably guessed. Some may surprise you.
Without further ado, we give you your winners. May I have the envelope, please?
Best Comedy Series
The Nominees Were…
Parks and Recreation
The Mindy Project
And the Feelie goes to Parks and Recreation!
Despite a last minute surge (coming only 3 votes short of a total victory) by TV’s most improved comedy, The Mindy Project, that comforting bacon topped macaroni and cheese of television Parks and Recreation reigned supreme. While some of our favorites had uneven seasons (Community) or downright disappointing ones (I’m just going to say it…New Girl), Parks and Rec never failed to deliver in both laughs and overall heart and soul (I dare you to find a more heartfelt comedy on television). From its season premiere in London to the finale that felt like a series finale before it rebooted the entire show in the last 2 minutes (perhaps the ballsiest move of the television season, second only to The Good Wife), Parks had us laughing, smiling, and FEELING things all season. What I love most about Parks is that embraces character growth and plays to the strengths of the greatest ensemble of actors on television. These are not the same people we met in season one…the Parks deparment has grown and evolved and matured and we’ve gone on that journey with Leslie, Ben, Ron, Tom, April, Andy, Donna, Ann, and Chris. Oh…and Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry I guess. We’ve got 13 episodes left in that journey and I can’t WAIT to see where they end up.
Best Actress in a Comedy
The Nominees Were…
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
Malin Akerman as Kate Harrison, Trophy Wife
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, Veep
Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler, Broad City
And the Feelie goes to Amy Poehler!
Life hero. Imaginary best friend. Icon. These are all terms that can describe Leslie Knope AND the woman that brings her to life, Dame Amy Poehler (she’ll get that title SOMEDAY). As Sage said in the nominee post, there is not much for us to say about Leslie/Amy that we haven’t said before. She won this category with 50% of the vote so you are all agreed that she’s amazing. The fact that she is a perpetual “also ran” at all major awards ceremonies BAFFLES me. Perhaps they don’t think she is acting because the Leslie persona feels like how Amy would be in real life? Perhaps they think that giving her awards WOULD make her the perfect human being that no one else could ever live up to? Whatever the reasons are, they are crap. Amy deserves all the awards and we are so proud of our readers for recognizing this. Amy, we’ll be proud to give you your award next time you are in NYC. Cocktails will be on us.
Best Actor in a Comedy
The Nominees Were…
Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreation
Chris Messina as Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project
Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill, Enlisted
Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Community
Louis C.K. as Louie, Louie
And the Feelie goes to Chris Messina!
After some initial competition from co- HOF Sexiest Men Alive 2012 Adam Scott and Joel McHale, the runner-up for HOF Sexiest Man Alive 2013 (what can we say? We like our sexy men talented) handily won this category with over 40% of the vote. Danny Castellano is more than a crotchety dreamboat who wears old-man glasses. In Chris Messina’s hands, Danny is a man of ambition and integrity. He’s a man who has been hurt before and is terrified of the emotions and the vulnerability that comes with falling in love with his best friend. He’s a man who will learn about Micheal Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper because he knows you like them. He’s also a MAN who is not afraid to man the fuck up when the situation demands it. He’s a man who will always go for the ass grab when he kisses you. He’s a man with the sexiest goddamn half smile on the planet and sweet dance moves that he uses just for you.
He’s perfect and we would like to thank Chris Messina for ruining our lives all season. It would be offensive if it weren’t just so damn perfect.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
The Nominees Were…
Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation
Marcia Gay Harden as Diane Buckley, Trophy Wife
Michaela Watkins as Jackie Fisher, Trophy Wife
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep
Kate McKinnon as Everything, Saturday Night Live
Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Orange is the New Black
And the Feelie goes to Kate McKinnon!
10 Minutes before the polls closed this race was a three way tie between McKinnon, Natasha Lyonne, and Aubrey Plaza. Kate eked out this victory by ONE VOTE. The tightness of this race throughout the entire voting period (the top 3 all held a solo lead at one time during the week) proves that we picked excellent nominees in this category and that the field of supporting actresses in comedy is SO RICH with talent. Well done, ladies.
It’s hard to believe that this season was Kate McKinnon’s first as a principle cast member on Saturday Night Live. She proved to be an invaluable player in what many considered to be a rebuilding season of the show and she is poised to join the ranks of the all time female SNL greats. She heightens every sketch she is in whether she is doing her remarkable Ellen DeGeneres impression or one of her wacky Weekend update guests. And to think…she is just BEGINNING. We’ve got so much more to see from her and I can’t wait to see what she does in the coming years.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
The Nominees Were…
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation
Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, Community
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother
Albert Tsai as Bert Harrison, Trophy Wife
Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan, Veep
And the Feelie goes to Nick Offerman!
Like with Amy Poehler, there is very little to say about Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman that we haven’t said before. Years from now television scholars will look at this character and actor and write essays on why awards bodies were FOOLS not to shower him with all the things. The best thing about Ron’s character growth is that we have seen that the man who claims to love nothing actually loves EVERYTHING and he loves it DEEPLY, even if he doesn’t always know how to express it. It has been such a joy seeing him softened by his friendship with Leslie and by becoming a husband to Diane and father to his children. Don’t let the gruff exterior fool you. Ron’s a big old softie and he is a fount of wisdom for all the people he encounters. There are few things better than a Ron Swanson smile or giggle and I love that the show has let that side of him come out more as he has evolved.
Plus, he’s right about frozen yogurt. Be ice cream or be nothing.