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Thursday, August 29, 2019

And Now... Your 5th Annual Golden Trio Award Winners!

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Each year, the thing we love most at Just About Write is watching our friends and fellow TV fans duel on social media to vote for their favorite actors, actresses, and shows in our Golden Trio Awards. What started as a fun social media game (#Top3 forever) by our assistant editor, Chelsea, turned into a yearly ceremony where you choose the three winners in each category. These awards remind us that even if a show doesn't get nominated for an Emmy or a Golden Globe, it's still worth celebrating. Never stop loving what you love!

So without further ado, let's get to your winners! Honestly a lot of the races in this year's categories were so tight that it came down to a few votes' worth of difference. Thanks for being so passionate about these people and shows, and enjoy celebrating them a little bit longer!


Outstanding Comedy Series


You all sure have a love for the lovable, quirky underdogs and we can't say we blame you!

GOLD: 
Schitt’s Creek

SILVER: 
Fleabag

BRONZE: 
The Good Place


Outstanding Drama Series


Whether fighting demons and monsters, dealing with tragedy and cancer, or chasing down serial killers, these dramas kept you all on the edge of your seats in 2019!

GOLD: 
A Million Little Things

SILVER: 
Stranger Things

BRONZE:
Killing Eve


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series


We took a few liberties in nominating two leading men for one show, but can you blame us? Clearly you all showed up and showed love for the demon/angel duo. But you also love SNL alums in their respective shows. And really, all of these men continue to knock it out of the park.

GOLD: 
David Tennant & Michael Sheen (Good Omens)

SILVER:
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

BRONZE: 
Bill Hader (Barry)


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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

These men truly brought the drama (and maybe caused us to shed a few tears) this year. They deserve all these accolades and more!

GOLD: 
James Roday (A Million Little Things)

SILVER: 
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)

BRONZE: 
Gabriel Macht (Suits)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series


This year we said goodbye to some incredibly talented women when their series ended (unless Phoebe Waller-Bridge decides we need a season three of Fleabag which we would not complain about). But you also really showed up for underrated Schitt's Creek and we're happy about it!

GOLD: 
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)

SILVER: 
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

BRONZE: 
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series


These women continue to deserve your praise, whether through Internet accolades or real accolades (we prefer the real ones too, of course). It's amazing how versatile these women are in each role they've played over the years and we're excited to see them continue to shine.

GOLD: 
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

SILVER: 
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)

BRONZE: 
Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


These men are part of ensembles of hilarious people and manage to constantly stand out because of their impeccable timing, wit, and delivery. We're happy you honored them!

GOLD: 
Andrew Scott (Fleabag)

SILVER: 
Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

BRONZE: 
William Jackson-Harper (The Good Place)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series


We'd say this race was close but let's be honest here: you Veronica Mars fans really showed up for Jason Dohring! Props to you all, and also kudos to the other two contenders in this category. We know how much Stranger Things and Game of Thrones means to all our drama-loving fans!

GOLD: 
Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)

SILVER: 
Joe Keery (Stranger Things)

BRONZE: 
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


We think D'Arcy Carden could (and should) win all the awards for "Janet(s)," but also that Alison Brie and Stephanie Beatriz have a way of nailing absurd or nuanced humor with seeming ease. You love them and so do we!

GOLD: 
D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place)

SILVER: 
Alison Brie (GLOW)

BRONZE: 
Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


You love Emily Bett Rickards just as much as we do, and we know we haven't seen the last of Felicity Smoak, right? Each woman in this category made us feel deeply this year, and we can't pay any higher honor to them than telling them just how much they affect us.

GOLD: 
Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow)

SILVER:
Mae Whitman (Good Girls)

BRONZE: 
Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)


OTP of the Year


Well it came down to the wire and the top two duked it out for days, but Suits' Harvey and Donna came out on top as your OTP of the Year! Congratulations to them and to Olicity fans who fought valiantly (and still are honorable with a silver medal!), and to fans of Schitt's Creek who I think are just happy to be in this caliber company.

GOLD: 
Harvey/Donna (Suits)

SILVER: 
Oliver/Felicity (Arrow)

BRONZE: 
David/Patrick (Schitt’s Creek)


Best New Series


Streaming services really dominated this category, didn't they? Whether rom-coms, dramas, comedies, or something in between, these new shows have captivated and entertained us all.

GOLD: 
Four Weddings and a Funeral

SILVER: 
Good Omens

BRONZE: 
Chernobyl

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Favorite Guilt-less TV Pleasure


Around here, we don't believe that you should feel guilty for loving the things you love. Not everything you watch has to be Emmy-nominated television... and that should be celebrated! Shows that make you feel good and provide entertainment are the only kinds that should be in your life. And you honored these guilt-less TV pleasures well.

GOLD: 
Younger

SILVER: 
The Bold Type

BRONZE: 
Law & Order: SVU

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Outstanding Ensemble


TV shows wouldn't work without the strength of their ensembles. These shows (and so many more) proved that in spades. Whether they're featuring specific character pairings or featuring their ensemble in an eleven-part harmony, these shows shone in 2019.

GOLD: 
Stranger Things

SILVER: 
Orange is the New Black

BRONZE: 
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Well, there you have it everyone! Thanks so much for contributing to this year's Golden Trio Awards and we can't wait to see you again next summer to do it over again.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

5th Annual Golden Trio Awards — SPECIAL CATEGORY NOMINEES

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Welcome to our Special Category in the #GoldenTrioAwards! This category is a bit shorter than in years prior, but we're still super excited to have you vote in our #OTPoftheYear category (our most popular, nicely competitive category each year)! Use your votes to tell us what you loved this year on television.

HOW IT WORKS: 

Never participated in the #GoldenTrioAwards? Here's how it works: Based on a fun, interactive game called #Top3 that our assistant editor, Chelsea, created years ago, these awards don't just have one winner — they have three! Like the Olympics, each category will wind up with a gold, silver, and bronze medalist at the end of the voting period.

Vote your favorites to the top three slots, and share the love on social media!

And while you're at it, vote in the COMEDY and DRAMA posts too!

OTP OF THE YEAR


OTP of the Year

Chidi/Eleanor (The Good Place)
Harvey/Donna (Suits)
Hopper/Joyce (Stranger Things)
Oliver/Felicity (Arrow)
Elena/Syd (One Day At A Time)
Hannah B./Tyler (The Bachelorette)
David/Patrick (Schitt's Creek)

OUTSTANDING NEW SERIES


Outstanding New Series

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Good Omens
Chernobyl
The Umbrella Academy
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Escape at Dannemora

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE


Outstanding Ensemble

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Stranger Things
grownish
Queer Eye
Orange is the New Black
The Haunting of Hill House

GUILT-LESS TV PLEASURE


Guilt-less TV Pleasure

Riverdale
The Bold Type
Younger
Queer Eye
The Bachelorette
Law & Order: SVU

Thanks for voting for your favorites! Don't forget to vote in the two other categories (Comedy and Drama) today!

5th Annual Golden Trio Awards — DRAMA NOMINEES

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Life can be dramatic, and so can these nominees! Whether they're fighting through supernatural elements, dealing with relational conflict, or just having a good cry, each of these nominees deserves some recognition for the drama they brought this year. And that's where you come in!

HOW IT WORKS:

Never participated in the #GoldenTrioAwards? Here's how it works: Based on a fun, interactive game called #Top3 that our assistant editor, Chelsea, created years ago, these awards don't just have one winner — they have three! Like the Olympics, each category will wind up with a gold, silver, and bronze medalist at the end of the voting period.

Vote your favorites to the top three slots, and share the love on social media!

Vote in the COMEDY and SPECIAL CATEGORY posts while you're at it too!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES


Outstanding Drama Series

Good Girls
A Million Little Things
The Haunting of Hill House
Stranger Things
Killing Eve
The Magicians

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

David Harbour (Stranger Things)
James Roday (A Million Little Things)
Dominic Cooper (Preacher)
Gabriel Macht (Suits)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Christina Hendricks (Good Girls)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who)
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)
Julia Roberts (Homecoming)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
George Clooney (Catch-22)
Joe Keery (Stranger Things)
Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora)
Michiel Huisman (The Haunting of Hill House)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)
Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow)
Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy)
Mae Whitman (Good Girls)
Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us)
Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon)

Thanks for voting for your favorites! Don't forget to vote in the two other categories (Comedy and Special Category, which hosts the coveted OTP of the Year) today!

5th Annual Golden Trio Awards — INTRO + COMEDY NOMINEES

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Welcome to the FIFTH ANNUAL #GoldenTrioAwards. How in the world has it already been five years of doing this thing?!

Nevertheless it's time to celebrate some of the best of the best in television this year. The point of these awards has always been to honor and recognize great talent, and it often is talent that goes unrecognized by the Emmys or Golden Globes. The awards are made for you, by us! And this year, some of the talent was so impressive that we had to put seven nominees in a category instead of six.

HOW IT WORKS:

Never participated in the #GoldenTrioAwards? Here's how it works: Based on a fun, interactive game called #Top3 that our assistant editor, Chelsea, created years ago, these awards don't just have one winner — they have three! Like the Olympics, each category will wind up with a gold, silver, and bronze medalist at the end of the voting period.

Vote your favorites to the top three slots, and share the love on social media!

Vote in the DRAMA and SPECIAL CATEGORY posts while you're at it too!

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES


Outstanding Comedy Series

Schitt's Creek
Single Parents
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
blackish
Fleabag
The Good Place

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Anthony Anderson (blackish)
David Tennant & Michael Sheen (Good Omens)
Bill Hader (Barry)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Justina Machado (One Day At A Time)
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt's Creek)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Kristen Bell (The Good Place)
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Aidy Bryant (Shrill)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek)
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Brad Garrett (Single Parents)
William Jackson-Harper (The Good Place)
Andrew Scott (Fleabag)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place)
Rita Moreno (One Day At A Time)
Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Alison Brie (GLOW)
Annie Murphy (Schitt's Creek)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Thanks for voting for your favorites! Don't forget to vote in the two other categories (Drama and Special Category, which hosts the coveted OTP of the Year) today!