Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones — which boasts one of the strongest casts on TV right now — was overflowing with fascinating characters in its inaugural season. However, amongst the knights, politicians, and feisty kids, Peter Dinklage's nuanced portrayal of boozing, whoring, scheming Tyrion Lannister stands out.
In turns snarky, tragic, and fiercely intelligent, Tyrion brings an unparalleled dynamism to every scene he's in. Already a fan favorite in the book series, it was impossible not to fall in love with this perpetual underdog when he came to life on the small screen. Even the Academy agrees: Peter Dinklage earned a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for the role.