Named For: Frank Pembleton (Homicide)
Awarded To: The best lead character in an action series
2009 Winner: James 'Sawyer' Ford (Lost)
2010 Winner: Jack Shephard (Lost)
2011 Winner: Raylan Givens (Justified)
10. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock) 1 point
5th by Matt
9. Clay Morrow (Sons of Anarchy) 5 points
2nd by Rizzo
8. Chuck Bartowski (Chuck) 5 points
3rd by Jack, 5th by Me
7. Jimmy Darmody (Boardwalk Empire) 7 points
2nd by Cecil
6. Peter Bishop (Fringe) 8 points
3rd by T-time, 3rd by Me
5. Nick Brody (Homeland) 11 points
2nd by Bonz
4. Walter Bishop (Fringe) 14 points
1st by T-time, 2nd by Me
3. Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) 30 points
1st by Cecil, 4th by Me
2. Walter White (Breaking Bad) 31 points
1st by Jaydon, Rizzo, Larry, Matt, and Bonz
and the Poolie goes to...
1. Raylan Givens (Justified) 32 points
1st by Tyson, Mags, and Jack, 1st by Me
This is Raylan Givens's third nomination and second straight win for best lead character in an action series. Coinciding with Larry David's win of the Cory Matthews Award, Poolie voter Mags is here to talk about the two honorees.
As the suave, handsome, southern gentleman on FX’s Justified, Raylan Givens is known for his quick trigger and smooth demeanor. Playing himself on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David is infamous for his hilarious tendency to argue inane points to no end, as well as his complete lack of swagger. I would find it difficult to find two other characters which display such stark contrast.
Raylan is the preeminent modern man with a mix of traditional confederate values. He is able to talk his way through or around any situation and does it with an unmatched level of charm and swagger. That a man can wear skinny jeans, plaid shirts and cowboy boots/hat in 2012 and not look like a complete ass says enough about him. Add to that the fact that every woman south of the Mason-Dixon Line wants to sleep with him, and you know the guy is verified.
Juxtapose Raylan with Larry David. The short, bald, bespectacled goon dresses poorly and has a penchant for annoying those around him. Larry will debate any point with anyone at any time, and also harbors extreme prejudice to anyone not just like him. Despite this, he is responsible for what may be the funniest show on television.
Congratulations to Raylan on his winning The Frank Pembleton Award For Best Lead Character in an Action Series. The same goes to Larry for The Cory Matthews Award For Best Lead Character in a Comedy Series. Despite their differences, both are certainly deserving of their respective Poolies.
by Kyle Magnus