James Marsters and Amy Acker both deserve an Emmy
Wednesday 2 June 2004, by Webmaster
TV Guide has created a list of the actors they believe should be nominated for an Emmy, and they’ve chosen two of our favourite ANGEL stars.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
James Marsters (Spike, Angel): When is somebody going to give this snarky, scampy vamp his own spinoff? Effortlessly stealing scene after scene with a surly punk attitude and effortless sex appeal, Marsters sinks his teeth into the role of an afterlife-time.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Amy Acker (Fred/Illyria, Angel): We merely endured Acker as perky science geek Fred. But we were mesmerized by her powerful, sexy performance as Illyria, the demon ruler from the ancient past who possessed Fred’s body, an old soul who had nothing but contempt for pesky humans. Who knew?
2 June 2004 21:57, by newchick
Yay! Its all so true! Except for "merely enduring" Fred... I LOVED Fred!
2 June 2004 23:39, by Anonymous
YES YES YES!
3 June 2004 11:18, by haha
some of us did recognize amy’s talent loooong before she went all blue, and james marsters IS VERY TALENTED. that can’t be overlooked.
3 June 2004 15:49, by newchick
The character of Spike had like the 3rd or 4th most major character progression on the show(s)! How can you claim JM can’t act? He went straight from being a Big Bad in Season 2, to neutered in Season 4, to confused in Seasons 5/6, to repentent/crazy in Season 7... and beyond that once on AtS.
I’m not a die hard Spike fan or Spuffy shipper... Just recognizing talent when I see it. Me thinks perhaps you are jealous all the girlies want him :)
3 June 2004 17:58, by Anonymous
Personally, I think ego-boy down there needs to get over himself. I thought Amy Acker was pretty flat as Fred (although, still charming) and then with the change, became just a little bit more interesting. I think that had to do with the character (even if it was handled a bit badly) than the acting.
Alexis Denisof, to me, was the best actor on the show and his character changed the most in either of the series. If they’d give him an Emmy, though, I’d be really surprised.
I think Spike went downhill around the time that he started getting Buffy’s attention, through no fault on anyone. His character has always been sort of pathetic (which I liked), dominated by women (which is only pathetic because of the extent of the domination), not very bright (very perceptive though), and without the ability to function independently. So, while the moves to his character made sense, I think it did sort of end the interest in the character I used to have.
3 June 2004 18:33, by Anonymous
The harsh criticism of James Marsters’ acting came from someone whose handle is ’BuffyAngelfan2004’. Wow, real objectivity there.
3 June 2004 18:34, by Anonymous
Are you insane? JM has been praised by critics everywhere...I’ve had friends that are not fans of buffy point out that he’s a fantastic actor, without my input. Me thinks someone is a little disappointed that their ship didn’t sail into the sun set.
4 June 2004 01:39, by Celtic Cat
I definitely agree that both actors deserve emmys. For Amy Acker to go from sweet Fred to the demon with an attitude was quite a challenge, and she met it well. As for James Marsters, it takes a very secure person to play a villian, given that most of us really want people to like us. Then to go through all the changes that his character has had is just amazing. All the highs and lows, he has handled them all and made Spike a real person.
4 June 2004 03:43, by Dan
Denisof definatly deserves an award. His character, I agree, changed the most of any character, it was spectacular. Especially dark Wes, season3/4 was really intrigueing, and it is also why reclusive Wes, (post Fred Wes) was a natural progression/regression to that type of character, and I loved it, he did brooding better than Boreanez, and that was Boreanez’s thing. Beyond that, his ability to convey emotion was simply unmatched by any of the other characters. I always felt he gave more in a look then any of the rest of the cast combined... hands down.
Dont get me wrong, I loved the Illyria performance, and post-pussy spike was great and all, but goddamn, I really hope to see Denisof get some starring roles in something, and if the whedonverse returns, to see him come back into play.
(I easily see him returning as conflicted pawn of W&H since lilah could be brought back, and he did sign the contract. Arguably Angel and Fred’s contracts are void now, but Gunn’s, Wes’s and Lorne’s are not)
4 June 2004 17:26, by newchick
Oh Alexis Denisof definitely deserves an Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Moonman, and any other award they can throw at him for his phenominal acting :)
You’ll notice I said Spike went through the third-ish biggest transformation. Number 1 definitely Wesley. (Number 2 Willow. Number 3 Fred/Illyria, though I don’t know if that counts since its not technically the same character) Watching Season 3 Buffy a couple weeks ago and seeing where Wes started off as really makes me realize how incredible AD was as an actor.
Still need to give props to James, though!
5 June 2004 04:25, by Anonymous
Pretty much every actor in buffyverse (with very few exceptions) deserves recognition. I wouldn’t single anyone of them out, they’ve all done a fantastic job.
5 June 2004 21:17, by Anonymous
I think Alexis Denisof deserve the Emmy He Act 3 great years in Angel and not just for spike it’s Glamoruos in a season of Angel fastly deserves and emmy!No!
i think he’s the last one who deserve it.
Amy Acker deserves it too.
8 June 2004 00:26, by Wolverine68
They all work really hard, but I agree Denisof is the one who really deserves the emmy.
12 June 2004 00:49, by Anne
It has been a travesty of justice since BTVS debut that joss Whedon has not received an emmy for his outstanding programming. In the acting category James Marsters should have been given one long ago and recently Alexis Denisov and Amy Acker have put in the best performances on TV.
6 August 2004 01:54, by I Love Spike13
well i agree that Spike should get a Emmy just as much as any other Buffy characters! Spike made the chow just more interesting! Evil to Chipped to Stalker to Lover to Insane to being a all around soul vamp who saves the world so i give all the props in the world to James and i hope that he continues his acting career!!!!!
As for Amy i thought she played over all well and she was a fav of mine
props to her and her wounderful acting hope she goes far!