EW Staff
January 20, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jeffrey Wright is among this year’s EW.com Award winners

FOR ”Angels in America”

WHY? ”Quiet dignity” and ”former drag queen” aren’t phrases usually heard in close company, but they effectively paraphrase Wright’s performance in ”Angels in America.” As the nurse Belize, whose presence links far-flung plot strands, he serves as the chaotic story’s conscience. That Wright carries off the role with apparent ease is no surprise; not only has he astonished viewers with his range and power in projects as diverse as ”Basquiat” and ”Shaft,” but he also won a Tony for playing Belize on Broadway a decade ago. And while critics lauded costars Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson for assuming multiple roles in the HBO miniseries, Wright’s double duty is often overlooked (that’s also him as Mr. Lies, the diabolical travel agent hallucinated by Harper [Mary-Louise Parker]).

(Golden Globe nomination: Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie)

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