James Spader ~ Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Spader is perfection on screen. From his small, unique mannerisms to his
rhythm of dialog, each character pulls in the viewer. Deeply. Spader did win
le Prix d'interprétation masculine (Best Actor) for Graham in
"sex, lies and videotape". Emmy has now called him her own.
Weekly Spader a la Boston Legal just plain rocks.
One admirer, Teddy from Arlington, VA, wrote this to Boston-Legal.org:
was no mistake that James Spader won as best actor in a drama in 2004 for
The Practice. He's been a best actor in
just about everything he's ever done, and he's got a long career. I say kudos to the
people at the Emmys for getting it so right.
James deserves the nomination for 2005 for Boston Legal. He deserves the award.
Alan Shore is intriguing, beguiling, ornery, frightening, funny, sexy,
quirky, scary, lovable, despicable, mysterious, vindictive, hateable,
dangerous, pouty, fierce, huggable, endearing, appalling, touching... have I
left anything out?
Alan Shore is a complicated and conflicted, childish and charming character
and James gets that across every week in a way that makes fans want to tune in
the following week to see what he'll do next. And just when you think you
don't like him, nope - don't like him a bit - he does something so
wonderfully-human that you find yourself giving him the benefit of the doubt
and want him to find happiness or peace or, at the very least, have sex with
Death Be Not Proud Season 1, Episode 17
Airdate: March 20, 2005
"The scene I find most compelling through the entire season is Alan Shore's
closing argument defending Zeke Borns in front the Texas court.
The entire episode serves excellent examples of Spaders talent to unsettle,
move and tickle the viewer."
- Dana / Washington
Watch 5th segment clip
The closing argument begins 4:20 into this clip.
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Legal: A Greater Good Season 1, Episode 9
Airdate: December 4, 2004
"My choice for a performance that is Emmy worthy is from episode 9, "A
Greater Good", my favorite this season. It demonstrates all the elements
of Boston Legal and the Alan and Denny relationship. It has some playful
Alan and Denny moments when they both go ga-ga over the female doctor and
elbow each other as to who's going to go first.
Everybody knows Alan is eccentric, which he demonstrates by coaching
his own client to turn states evidence, but we also see his compassion in
his cross examination of the diabetic patient who was taken off the study.
As far as balcony scenes go, it's also one of my favorites, with them
sticking cigars in their ears and Denny saying, "We look good together",
and Alan replying, "Yes we do."
All in favor say, "Aye."
- Imamess / Canada
Watch 5th segment clip
Video of the specific scenes described coming soon, but this has great
scenes in the meantime.
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ABC, Inc. / Photographer: Robert Trachtenberg
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