Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Allison Iraheta? Julie Chen? Busy Philipps? Kieran Culkin?
Our search for 2010’s Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year continues!
Image Credit: Kerry Hayes; Dan Smith; Michael Becker/Fox; John P. Filo/CBS
One played a dad and a villain this year. One played a salty gay roommate. Perhaps neither earned the accolades he rightly deserved. Mark Strong, whose credits this year include Kick-Ass and Robin Hood, and Kieran Culkin, who almost stole the show in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: Whose cuisine reigns supreme? Er, I mean, who were you loving this year?
On the reality side of things, Kara DioGuardi and Julie Chen are facing off. Both have been overshadowed by villains or divas (or both) on their respective contest shows, yet each holds a special place in our heart of hearts.
But what of music, you ask? What indeed!Image Credit: Bruce Birmelin/ABC; Eric Ogden/USA Network; LeAnn Mueller
Allison Iraheta, perennial EW fave, light up the stage opening for Adam Lambert on tour this year, but her debut album, Just Like You, underperformed last winter, and she was dropped from her label this fall. But is the rocker more beloved than the hyper-adorable Marina and the Diamonds? Neither songstress got the adulation she so richly earned this year.
And then there were the sidekicks. Busy Philipps is hilarious as Jules’ sexpot pal Laurie on Cougar Town, and Willie Garson gives White Collar’s Moz just the right blend of humor and mystery. (I’m partial to Garson because as near as I can tell, we wear the same glasses. Fate?)
Okay, PopWatchers, let your mouse-fingers do the voting: Who is 2010’s Under-appreciated Entertainer of the year?