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Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Katey Sagal? Tamara Taylor? Mary Elizabeth Winstead? Vote!

Underappreciated-Entertainers-5AImage Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX; Adam Taylor/Fox; Williams + HirakawaRound one of our first annual Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year single elimination bracket game continues, and Day 5 gives you the chance to vote for an EW favorite: Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal. The Emmy voters snubbed her, but you shouldn’t. Of course, she’s facing off against Bones‘ Tamara Taylor, an actress who some Bones‘ fans would argue is even under-appreciated by the show’s writers.

The decisions don’t stop there. You’ve got three more match-ups to ponder. In the music quarter of the bracket, its Killers frontman-turned-solo artist Brandon Flowers versus electronic duo Crystal Castles; in the movies field, it’s Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence (who EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum described as, “the movie’s blooming discovery, a mesmerizing actor with a gaze that’s the opposite of actress-coy”) vs. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who EW’s Owen Gleiberman said is “a born star… like a kewpie-doll Edie Sedgwick”); and in the reality TV competition, it’s The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan versus Wipeout‘s John Henson. (Race wins Emmys, but lord knows those jokes don’t sell themselves.)

Click here to check out our entire bracket of 64 reader-picked competitors, then cast your ballot on Round 1, Day 5′s match-ups after the jump.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-5BImage Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski; Kerry Hayes; John Paul Filo/CBS; Jeff Samaripa/ABC

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Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Tom Bergeron? Michael Keaton? Jared Padalecki? Vote!

Underappreciated-Entertainers-4AImage Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW; Alan Zenuk/USA Network; Jiro Schneider; Lilja BirgisdottirHere at PopWatch, we’re big on celebrating the unsung heroes of entertainment. (Exhibit A: We are the worldwide headquarters of the Jeremy Northam fanclub.) And it is in the spirit of our love of the always-a-bridesmaid, never-a-bride geniuses who always seem slightly in the shadow of their gargantuan bretheren in the biz that we launched our first annual Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year single elimination bracket game. That means that even though we’re as in love with EW.com blogger and Survivor host Jeff Probst as any other warm-blooded human, today is about giving it up for Dancing With the Stars emcee Tom Bergeron and his ability to use that charming, self-aware sense of humor to keep us all from drowning in the raging sea of DWTS insanity. And sure, Jensen Ackles is as dreamy as Inception, but here we aim our lusty, open-mouthed panting toward his Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki. And while initially it might have seemed like something almost akin to ironic stunt-casting to have Michael Keaton appearing in major movies in 2010, his hip-to-be-square Ken doll voice in Toy Story 3 and scene-stealing role as the police chief in The Other Guys have us wishing more people were screaming “comeback” for Mr. Mom.

We know you understand, PopWatchers. All year long we talk about the under-appreciated gems filling our DVD players, DVR boxes, and iTunes queues. Well, now’s your chance to step up and get behind the 2010 star you want to see wearing the Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year crown. Today, in the TV category, it’s Padalecki trying to Psych out James Roday; in reality TV, Bergeron is looking to make trainer Bob Harper The Biggest Loser; for movies, it’s Keaton taking on the always-great Stanley Tucci (Easy A); and in music, we have the brilliant, young, and eccentric Janelle Monáe ready to Go with Iceland’s second-most famous musician, Jónsi (originally of Sigur Rós fame). So click here to check out our entire bracket of 64 competitors, then submit your round 1, day 4 vote after the jump and help propel one of these  stars to the top of the heap … [sigh] if only for a day.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-4BImage Credit: Macall Polay; Adam Taylor; Adam Larkey/ABC; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

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Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Patricia Clarkson? Paul Wesley? A Real Housewife? Vote!

Underappreciated-Entertainers-3BImage Credit: Adam Taylor; Disney/Pixar; Adam Orchon/Everett Collection; Virginia Sherwood/Bravo; Quantrell Colbert/Bravo; Quantrell Colbert/BravoI’ve been pondering the philosophical implications of our latest Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year bracket game, and I’m getting dizzy. Let’s just say that the divine Patricia Clarkson (Easy A, Shutter Island) edges the voice of Barbie from Toy Story 3, Jodi Benson, in Round 1 and goes on to win the entire contest. Does that make her the most Under-appreciated Entertainer of 2010, or by winning, is she no longer under-appreciated? By that argument then, isn’t the entertainer who loses the first-round popular vote by the largest margin, technically, the most underrated? And if the most underrated entertainer falls in the forest and there’s no paparazzi around to snap a picture, does the entertainer not bleed — Stop! My head hurts.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-3AImage Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW; Virginia Sherwood/NBC; Jonathan MannionLet’s keep it simple. There are so many talented performers who are routinely excellent but don’t always get the credit. This is your chance to recognize the one who makes you smile most. Clarkson or Benson? Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries or Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights? Real Housewife of N.J. Teresa Giudice or Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burruss? Big Boi, whose debut solo album was big but deserved to be bigger, or saucy chanteuse VV Brown, whose ubiquitous songs pop in and out of my favorite TV shows? Vote your heart, PopWatchers. Submit your round 1, day 3 vote after the jump, and click here to check out our entire bracket of 64 competitors.We’ll figure out the existential ramifications of the results after. READ FULL STORY

Who is the most under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year? (Top 64, Part 2)

Underappreciated-Entertainers-2AImage Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS; Michael Yarish/Fox; Rankin; RJ ShaughnessyYou nominated them — now it’s time to vote for who you think is the most under-appreciated entertainer of 2010! Because though Valentine’s Day is still several Hallmark holidays away, when do we not feel like showing our love for Hollywood’s most unsung heroes? But there can only be one: In anticipation of our upcoming Entertainers of the Year print issue, we’re asking you, dear readers, to crown who you think is the most under-appreciated star of the year. This time around, a doctor (from House) is in the house: Robert Sean Leonard faces off against Criminal Minds‘ Thomas Gibson in the TV category; Kelis attempts to drink Sia’s milkshake in the music category; The Runaways‘ Michael Shannon tries to, well, run away with the vote against The Town‘s Rebecca Hall in the movie category; and Jersey Shore‘s Angelina Pivarnick threatens to steal The Bachelorette’s Chris Lambton’s rose in the reality-TV category. Submit your round 1, day 2 vote after the jump, and click here to check out our entire bracket of 64 competitors.  READ FULL STORY

Vote in our Under-appreciated Entertainers of the Year Bracket Game: Round 1, Day 1!

Underappreciated-Entertainers-AImage Credit: Claire Folger; Frank Masi; Rankin; Valerie PhillipsYou love our EW.com Bracket Games! You want to have, like, 10,000 of their babies, all of whom may turn out to be Psycho Killers or Sexy Beasts. Or both! This month, in anticipation for our annual Entertainers of the Year print issue, we’ll be looking at some of the more under-appreciated all-star entertainers. Not unappreciated by YOU — you nominated ‘em! (Movies, Music, TV, and Reality TV.) Just under-appreciated by the box office, TV ratings, Emmy voters, album sales charts, etc. Basically: people who need more money. Ugh, as if.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-BImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox; Mike Yarish/AMC; Frank Micelotta/Fox; Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty ImagesUp first, we have actors Pete Postlethwaite (The Town) vs. Karl Urban (Red) in the Movies category; Swedish pop fairy Robyn vs. American folk-rock singer Lissie in Music; Fringe‘s John Noble vs. Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser in TV, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley vs. the Dancing With the Stars band in Reality TV. Check out the entire bracket of 64 competitors here (click the image to zoom in), then vote in round 1 of our polls!

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