Awards season is kicking into gear. The Writers Guild recently announced their nominations, and the Screen Actors Guild will do so on Dec. 12. On Dec. 13, the Golden Globes will get into the mix when they announce their nominations. While an Emmy is always the top prize for TV personalities, these awards are important to those hoping to be recognized. Unfortunately for some, the same shows and people are been regularly recognized. You can bank on multiple nods for stars of shows like "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory," "Mad Men," and "Homeland." Those actors are certainly deserving of praise, but there are plenty of others that are due for their time in the sun. Here are a few TV stars that deserve awards show accolades.
Jack Huston -- "Boardwalk Empire"Steve Buscemi is the engine that makes this HBO drama run, but he's surrounded by plenty of talented actors. One who deserves at least a supporting actor nomination is Jack Huston, who portrays Richard Harrow on the show. Huston has the difficult task of acting through a mask that covers half of his face, and it's hard to imagine him doing it any better. Richard is both menacing and heartwarming at the same time, and his demeanor is usually the same in either case. That's a major selling point on just how great Huston is in the role. In the show's third season, the character grew to a whole new level. Even though he has killed dozens of people, he cares deeply for those around him. Huston acts through the physical and emotional flaws of the character, giving viewers a role that might be the most noble person on the entire show.
Rainn Wilson -- "The Office"It's true that Rainn has been nominated for an Emmy in the past, and he won a SAG Award as part of the ensemble cast of this long-running NBC comedy. However, there might be no better way to honor this departing show than to nominate the actor for playing arguably the goofiest TV character since Cosmo Kramer on "Seinfeld." As Dwight, Rainn comes off as mostly arrogant and robotic. However, the actor is fantastic at giving the character a solid emotional angle. He makes viewers feel a little sympathy for Dwight and his constant issues, but not quite enough to make him likable. Dwight is the character that everyone loves to hate, and that makes him critical to this show's success. With so many solid actors from other comedies, Rainn has been lost in the shuffle when it comes to awards. This is one more chance to honor his entire body of work.
Nick Offerman -- "Parks and Recreation"As great as Amy Poehler is as the lead character on this sitcom, the main reason to watch is Ron Swanson. The reserved, anti-government boss goes out of his way to avoid getting involved in anything that isn't in his job description. That usually involves the private lives of his co-workers, who always seem to seek his counsel on every issue that arises. As much as Ron resists, he always helps out in the end. Offerman rarely changes the tone of his character, whether he's having fun or he's miserable. That makes him the most appealing actor on a show full of great actors. Though Ron always seems like he's uninterested, Offerman convincingly shows how warm and funny he is on the inside. The fact that he's been overlooked for this long is a travesty that needs fixing.
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