Walton Goggins was typically humble Thursday when reacting to his supporting actor Emmy nomination for "Justified."
"At a time in television where such extraordinary performances are being given, I'm just grateful to be included, humbled and grateful," Goggins told me via e-mail.
Goggins plays the magnetic Boyd Crowder in the FX hit. Boyd has penchant for criminal activity, but thanks to Goggins' brilliant, layered portrayal, he's more than just a baddie. You actually root for Boyd just as much as you cheer on his old friend/new nemesis, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.
Timothy Olyphant, who plays Givens in the modern Western, was nominated for best actor, another well-deserved nod. His scenes with Goggins are still my favorite part of the show. Boyd and Raylan constantly play a tense cat-and-mouse game, even when they are forced to help each other out. It's a complicated, profound relationship.
Veteran actress Margo Martindale should just be given the best supporting actress award now; she created a fascinating, frightening character in Mags Bennett, the tough matriarch of a hillbilly crime family.
Jeremy Davies earned a guest actor nomination for his portrayal of Dickie Bennett, Mags' somewhat screw-up son.
One could justify a nomination for any actor in "Justified," to be honest. It's too bad the Emmy folks didn't see fit to nominate the series itself, or its incredible writing team that includes creator Graham Yost and Elmore Leonard, upon whose stories the show is based.