Louie Anderson has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets in FX comedy “Baskets.”
The role of Zach Galifianakis’ mother, played superbly by Anderson, is being hailed as one of the most welcome surprises in the year of television entertainment. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Anderson said through this role he wanted to pay tribute to his own mother.
In the show, Anderson plays a widow living in Bakersfield, California, who is insatiably proud of her adopted twin sons but not as much towards biological twins, one who wants to be a rodeo clown and another a vocational-school dean.
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“I always thought I would have to be older to play the parts that would suit me the best,” Anderson says. “I just didn’t know it would be my mother.”
It was his mother’s “hopefulness” and “the way she could make things seem exciting” that Anderson said he wanted to bring to his role, Yahoo News reports. “Even though we were in this bunker with my dad and his abuse, she was always able to find a hole in that bunker and find a ray of sunshine we could concentrate on,” the actor said. “My mom neutralized my dad’s fury with a simple gesture of love.”
“Baskets,” as Variety notes, “mixes surreal situations, snarky dialogue, and enjoyably juvenile slapstick humor with surprisingly deep emotional reserves.”
Galifianakis, the creator of the show, also serves as the executive producer along with Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.
According to IMDb, Anderson’s role as Christine Baskets has also earned the actor a nomination for the 2016 Gold Derby Award for Comedy Supporting Actor.