Best TV Performances of 2020: Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason— TV Guide (@TVGuide) December 18, 2020
"Rhys made Perry an exhausted grump with a bent moral compass, but with his soulful eyes and menacing outbursts, we not only allowed it, we forgave it." -@timsurette
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Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You (HBO)
"I May Destroy You" success was in great part thanks to the incredible talent of its creator, star, writer, and co-director Michaela Coel. As Arabella, a part-time writer, full-time social media influencer. Coel is magnetic and impossible to look away from. To watch Coel on this show is to declare your undying devotion to follow her career as long as she continues to grace us with her presence.
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (AMC)
It's not a secret that Rhea Seehorn is the best thing about Better Call Saul, and has been for years now. Whether she was making plans to take down a former coworker or holding her own against an imposing drug lord, Seehorn's commanding performance wasn't just the best work we saw on Better Call Saul this year, but likely on all of TV in 2020.
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason (HBO)
The mostly-good-but-definitely-not-perfect reboot of Perry Mason was buoyed by an all-good-and-damn-near-perfect performance by Matthew Rhys, who brought the classic character to the modern age, with an inner rage that we all could relate to. Rhys made Perry an exhausted grump with a bent moral compass that saw him skirt the law to get justice, but with his soulful eyes during times of defeat and menacing outbursts during times of rage, we not only allowed it, we forgave it.
Zoë Kravitz, High Fidelity (Hulu)
Stepping into the role previously played by John Cusack in the 2000 film of the same name, Kravitz made the updated version of the sardonic record store owner her own, painting a portrait of a complicated woman who cheats on her partners, drinks too much, and will happily tell you why Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is overhyped. And yet, despite all of that (or maybe because of it), Kravitz turned Rob into someone you'd want to be friends with.
Shira Haas, Unorthodox (Netflix)
Haas' performance is almost unimaginable in its vulnerability; it required her to shave her head on-camera and, in the series' unforgettable climax, sing a cappella. Those big, exterior moments complement the smaller, more intimate and finely skilled emotions that play across her unusually expressive face like little storms.
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