Tonight was the debut of the 2011 Degrassi Nation Awards (you can watch them here). Last year’s results were insanely predictable, and just plain insane at times (I’m still annoyed that Eli’s hoarding won Best Storyline and “Umbrella” won Best Episode). But how would things fare this year? Below are the results as well as who I voted for:
Rookie Of The Year
Who won: Cristine Prosperi (Imogen)
Who I voted for: Cristine Prosperi (Imogen)
This one was a no brainer. Imogen is the only one of the 3 new characters to make a decent splash on the show, and Cristine plays her so well. Both Chloe Rose and Justin Kelly’s characters were in such restricted roles, so they didn’t get a chance to show us very much.
Best Supporting Guest Actor/Actress
Who won: Ramona Milano (Mrs. Torres)
Who I voted for: Jacob Neayam (Mo)
I would’ve never guessed that Ramona would win this category. She is one of the more memorable adult characters, but I thought Jacob did an absolutely phenomenal job in every single appearance he made in 2011. People tend to want every single person on the show to be a major character and have a major plot and be developed in detail, but that’s just not possible. The personality Jacob brought to Mo shows secondary characters are indeed just as capable of bringing A-level entertainment to the show as the power players are.
Best Crying Moment
Who won: KC & Jenna give up Tyson
Who I voted for: KC & Jenna give up Tyson
There’s not much to say because this one is no contest, and we all know why this is the best crying moment…unless of course you have no soul.
Song Of The Year
Who won: “Steal Your Heart,” by Augustana
Who I voted for: “Steal Your Heart,” by Augustana
Another no brainer. Acutally this category is almost unnecessary, because the songs used for the extended summer promos will always win this category.
Storyline Of The Year
Who won: Tyson is put up for adoption
Who I voted for: Tyson is put up for adoption
Every season has a storyline that defines it…this storyline is it for Season 11. I know there’s still a lot of episodes left in S11, but it’s going to be a difficult task to pull off another storyline this season with such superior quality as this one.
Couple Of The Year
Who won: EClare
Who I voted for: Bhandurner
In 2010, there was a plethora of reasons for EClare to be Couple Of The Year. In 2011? Not so much. By the time In Too Deep began, I was already burned out on EClare (despite that, I thought their storyline was great in Jesus Etc). Though the essence of EClare was the motivation for both Eli and Clare’s separate actions in Season 11, they still weren’t a couple. And most of the Season 10 episodes this year involved them at their wit’s end with each other. And though they had a *moment* in Lose Yourself in Season 11, that’s really the only major standout moment of them together in this current season…because they weren’t a couple. They barely interacted with each other in Season 11.
I almost thought about voting for Drianca, but at the time I submitted my vote no couple in my head made as much sense as Bhandurner. I don’t ship couples very often. But it was refreshing to see a couple like Bhandurner: they were cute together, they had a history, they had chemistry, and most importantly they balanced each other out. With my two favorite couples ever (Sellie and Parcy), the female characters balanced out the male characters and their wild personalities. With Bhandurner it was slightly different: both Alli and Dave have the tendency to be annoying/unlikable as individuals, but worked very well together as a couple…even though their ship sank all of 2 minutes after it set sail.
Actress Of The Year
Who won: Charlotte Arnold
Who I voted for: Annie Clark
Charlotte Arnold is the best actress on this show and has been for years, but I disagree with her winning Actress Of The Year in 2011. We’re keeping in mind that this award is for an actress’ entire body of work in 2011, which includes the Season 10 episodes in In Too Deep. Charlotte and Annie were always the frontrunners for this award, but for me it basically comes down to two storylines: Fiona’s storyline in Chasing Pavements and Charlotte’s kidney storyline in Season 11. Though Charlotte always does well, I believe Annie delivered a far superior performance in an episode that I consider the best of the year.
Episode Of The Year
Who won: Extraordinary Machine
Who I voted for: Chasing Pavements
It’s not that I hate Extraordinary Machine. There’s no denying the power of Eli’s monologue or the tears brought by Tyson’s adoption. But to be very blunt, to me Chasing Pavements is the best episode of Degrassi out of all the Season 8, 9, 10 and 11 episodes combined.
Actor Of The Year
Who won: Munro Chambers
Who I voted for: Munro Chambers
Fangirls may or may not have a gazillion reasons for voting for Munro as the show’s best actor, but for me there’s only one reason: it’s because he IS the best actor on this show. It’s to the point where it’s not even close, and like the show did with Jake Epstein back in the day they give Munro some pretty meaty material to work with. Even though Luke Bilyk and Sam Earle were pretty dang good with their storylines in Now or Never, it still doesn’t come close to Munro…he’s on a completely different level than the rest of the male actors on the show right now.