Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Variety Talk and Sketch Series

Best Variety Talk Series
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Late Show with James Corden
Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Other Contenders - Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Watch What Happens Live, Desus and Mero, Conan

Commentary  - Like the Reality categories, this category has little turnover. Real Time could breakthrough, as it did for so long. But, with the Emmys, once you're out, you are usually out for good. Late Night with Seth Meyers has been hovering for a while. This could be the year it breaks into this race, or not. Instead of speculating, I am sticking with the same six as last year, knowing that probably at least five will make the cut. I like those odds.

Best Variety Sketch Series
At Home with Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now
Drunk History
I Love You, America
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman's Show

Other Contenders - Who is America?, The Joel McHale Show, Kevin Hart Presents The Next Level, The Break with Michelle Wolf

Commentary - So Portlandia is out, and I think that Documentary Now will replace it after not being eligible next year. So that should be it right? Sarah Silverman was nominated last year. But her show was abruptly cancelled, and she is facing stiff competition from a similarly tiled Who is America, the Sacha Baron Cohen. All of that being said, I am sticking with Silverman, who is an Emmy favorite, and Cohen's latest was not a critical favorite.

Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Reality Competition Series and Best Reality Host

Best Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Other Contenders - The Masked Singer, America's Got Talent, Ellen's Game of Games, Survivor, Chopped, So You Think You Can Dance?, Making It, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Hollywood Game Night

Commentary - So this category rarely changes. When it does, its one show different than the last year. A lot of commentators think that the popularity and the notoriety of The Masked Singer will land it in this race. It may. In a crowded field, sometimes the most talked about show is the one that can break through. But, I'll remind those commentators that The Masked Singer was reviled by critics, who thought it was awful, and it may have turned off voters. Which means they will settle back into their old patterns. I know there is a possibility of a change, but with this category, you are guaranteed at least five predictions to be correct if you stick with the same six as the year before.

Best Reality Host
W. Kamau Bell "United Shades of America"
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness "Queer Eye"
RuPaul Charles "RuPaul's Drag Race"
Ellen DeGeneres "Ellen's Game of Games"
Jane Lynch "Hollywood Game Night"

Other Contenders - Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman "Making It", Jeff Probst "Survivor", Phil Keoghan "The Amazing Race", Nick Cannon "The Masked Singer", Tom Bergeron "Dancing with the Stars", Marie Kondo "Tidying Up", Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano "Project Runway", Cat Deeley "So You Think You Can Dance", Carson Daly "The Voice", James Corden "The World's Best"

Commentary - Once again, this is race that doesn't fluctuate much. I think there are six contenders for five slots. Yes I know that that means folks like Jeff Probst, Phil Keoghan, Tom Bergeron, Marie Kondo, the new Project Runway duo,  James Corden, Cat Deeley, and Carson Daly. I am sticking with four previous nominees, adding in Queer Eye, who were shockingly left off last year. But that leaves off Poehler and Offerman, who are beloved veterans. Let's face it, I hope they get in, but Parks and Recreation had an interesting history with Emmy voters that was inconsistent. They may go for them, or they may stick with what they know. In this category, I'm sticking with the known.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The 35th Annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Award Nominations

Winners announced August 3rd:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects” – HBO
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora” – Showtime
Christine Baranski, “The Good Fight” – CBS All Access
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” – BBC America
Billy Porter, “Pose” – FX
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon” – FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” – FX
Bill Hader, “Barry” – HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” – HBO (2014 Winner in Category)
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” – Netflix
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” – Pop TV
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” – Amazon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
“60 Minutes” – CBS (2012 Winner in Category)
“America To Me” – Starz
“Leaving Neverland” – HBO
“Our Planet” – Netflix
“The Rachel Maddow Show” – MSNBC
“Surviving R. Kelly” – Lifetime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY
“The Great British Baking Show” – PBS
“Making It” – NBC
“Nailed It!” – Netflix
“Queer Eye” – Netflix (2018 Winner in Category)
“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” – Netflix
“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” – Netflix

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
“Arthur” – PBS Kids
“Carmen Sandiego” – Netflix
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” – PBS Kids (2016 Winner in Category)
“Muppet Babies” – Disney Junior
“Odd Squad” – PBS Kids
“Sesame Street” – HBO (2018, 2011, 2001 Winner in Category)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SKETCH/VARIETY SHOWS
“Desus & Mero” – Showtime
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” -TBS
“I Think You Should Leave” – Netflix
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – HBO (2018 Winner in Category)
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – NBC
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE OR MINISERIES
“Chernobyl” – HBO
“Deadwood: The Movie” – HBO
“Escape at Dannemora” – Showtime
“Fosse/Verdon” – FX
“Sharp Objects” – HBO
“When They See Us” – Netflix

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
“Dead to Me” – Netflix
“The Other Two” – Comedy Central
“Pose” – FX
“Russian Doll” – Netflix
“Succession” – HBO
“What We Do in the Shadows” – FX

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“Better Call Saul” – AMC
“The Good Fight” – CBS All Access
“Homecoming” – Amazon
“Killing Eve” – BBC America
“Pose” – FX
“Succession” – HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“Barry” – HBO
“Fleabag” – Amazon
“The Good Place” – NBC (2018 Winner in Category)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Amazon
“Russian Doll” – Netflix
“Schitt’s Creek” – Pop TV
“Veep” – HBO (2014 Winner in Category)

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“Chernobyl” – HBO
“Fleabag” – Amazon
“Game of Thrones” – HBO (2012 Winner in Category)
“Pose” – FX
“Russian Doll” – Netflix
“When They See Us” – Netflix

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Best Musical - Hadestown
Best Play - The Ferryman
Best Revival of a Musical - Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Best Revival of a Play - The Boys in the Band
Best Actor in a Musical - Santino Fontana "Tootsie"
Best Actress in a Musical - Stephanie J. Block "The Cher Show"
Best Actor in a Play - Bryan Cranston "Network"
Best Actress in a Play - Elaine May "The Waverly Gallery"
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Andre De Shields "Hadestown"
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Ali Stroker "Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!"
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Bertie Carvel "Ink"
Best Featured Actress in a Play - Celia Keenan-Bolger "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Best Book of a Musical - Robert Horn "Tootsie"
Best Original Score - Anais Mitchell "Hadestown"
Best Director of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin "Hadestown"
Best Director of a Play - Sam Mendes "The Ferryman"
Best Choreography - Sergio Trujillo "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Best Orchestrations - Michel Chorney and Todd Sickafoose "Hadestown"
Best Costume Design of a Musical - The Cher Show
Best Costume Design of a Play - The Ferryman
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Hadestown
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Ink
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Hadestown
Best Scenic Design of a Play - The Ferryman
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Hadestown
Best Sound Design of a Play - Choir Boy

Saturday, June 8, 2019

2019 Tony Award Predictions

Tomorrow is the show!

Best Musical - Hadestown
Best Play - The Ferryman
Best Revival of a Musical - Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Best Revival of a Play - The Boys in the Band
Best Actor in a Musical - Santino Fontana "Tootsie"
Best Actress in a Musical - Stephanie J. Block "The Cher Show"
Best Actor in a Play - Bryan Cranston "Network"
Best Actress in a Play - Elaine May "The Waverly Gallery"
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Andre De Shields "Hadestown"
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Ali Stroker "Oklahoma!"
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Benjamin Walker "All My Sons"
Best Featured Actress in a Play - Celia Keenan-Bolger "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Best Director of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin "Hadestown"
Best Director of a Play - Sam Mendes "The Ferryman"
Best Book of a Musical - Robert Horn "Tootsie"
Best Original Score -  Anais Mitchell "Hadestown"
Best Choreography - Warren Carlyle "Kiss Me Kate"
Best Orchestrations - Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose "Hadestown"
Best Costume Design of a Play - Gary: A Sequel of Titus Andronicus
Best Costume Design of a Musical - The Cher Show
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Network
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Hadestown
Best Scenic Design of a Play - The Ferryman
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Beetlejuice
Best Sound Design of a Play -  The Ferryman
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Hadestown

Monday, June 3, 2019

2019 Drama Desk Award Winners

Outstanding Play
The Ferryman

Outstanding Musical
The Prom

Outstanding Revival of the Play
The Waverly Gallery

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Jay O. Sanders "Uncle Vanya"

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Elaine May "The Waverly Gallery"

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Santino Fontana "Tootsie"

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block "The Cher Show"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Tom Glynn-Carney "The Ferryman"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Celia Keenan-Bolger "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Andre De Shields "Hadestown"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Ali Stroker "Oklahoma!"

Outstanding Director of a Play
Sam Mendes "The Ferryman"

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Rachel Chavkin "Hadestown"

Outstanding Choreography
Warren Carlyle "Kiss Me Kate"

Outstanding Music 
David Yazbek "Tootsie"

Outstanding Lyrics
David Yazbek "Tootsie"

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Robert Horn "Tootsie"

Outstanding Orchestrations
Daniel Kluger "Oklahoma!"

Outstanding Music in a Play
Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton "Choir Boy"

Outstanding Set Design of a Play
Matt Saunders "Daddy"

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical 
David Korins "Beetlejuice"

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Toni-Leslie James "Bernhardt/Hamlet"

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Bob Mackie "The Cher Show"

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Amith Chandrashaker "Boesman and Lena"

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Bradley King "Hadestown"

Outstanding Projection Design
Peter England "King Kong"

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Nick Powell "The Ferryman"

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz "Hadestown"

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Charles G. LaPointe "The Cher Show"

Outstanding Solo Performance
Mike Birbiglia "The New One"

Unique Theatrical Experience
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Outstanding Fight Choreography
Claire Warden "Slave Play"

Outstanding Puppet Design
Sonny Tilders "King Kong"

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Goldfinch Trailer

So Ansel Elgort is definitely front and center, and Nicole Kidman's role is not as big as I thought. The one that intrigues me the most is Jeffrey Wright. Check out the baity trailer below:

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Cannes 2019: Parasite Wins the Palme d'Or

Bong Joon-ho, whose Snowpiercer was one of my favorite films in recent memory, has become the first Korean director to win the Palme d'Or. Here is the full list of winners:

Palme d’Or
Parasite  (Bong Joon-ho)

Grand Prix
Atlantics (Mati Diop)

Jury Prize 
(TIE) Les Misérables (Ladj Ly) and Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles)

Best Actress
Emily Beecham “Little Joe”

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas “Pain & Glory”

Best Director
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne "The Young Ahmed”

Best Screenplay
Céline Sciamma “Portrait of a Lady on Fire"

Special Mention of the Jury
It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman)

Camera d’Or
Our Mothers (César Díaz)

Short Film Palme d’Or
The Distance Between Us And The Sky (Vasilis Kekatos)

Special Mention of the Jury
Monstruo Dios (Agustina San)

Queer Palm - Feature
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma)

Queer Palm - Short
The Distance Between Us And The Sky (Vasilis Kekatos)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cannes 2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Lands with Major Oscar Buzz

So the big one we've all been waiting for finally landed yesterday at Cannes. Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a late entry into Cannes, and it ended up being one its biggest hits. So far, Metacritic has his latest sitting at a really nice 89. Even the film's critics still have it ranked pretty high, and still give it positive ratings. Those that love it praise it as a masterpiece, perfect Tarantino, well acted, impeccably written, and his beloved crazy, unstructured style. The great Anne Thompson, whose word and Oscar saavy I trust above most pundits has already declared it a major Oscar contender. It is Tarantino, plus Hollywood, plus mega star-power. Tarantino has delivered another hit, and will be in the awards conversation as it picks up in a few months.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Cannes 2019: The Lighthouse and Terrence Malick Heat Up Festival

While still waiting on the big Tarantino debut, two more festival films are garnering buzz:

First, after a string of misfires, it looks like Terrence Malick is back to form with his latest A Hidden Life. Billed as a romance, an anti-Nazi story, and a more classic take from the director, critics are praising his work, calling it emotionally effective and resonant, and timely. The question is, how will this resonate with audiences and Oscar voters? Tree of Life managed to get a Best Picture and Best Director nod, showing the love the director's branch has for Malick. Of course, it really is too early to answer the question, but Malick in good form is sure to inspire votes.

The other, maybe even more buzzed project is Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse. Whereas Malick's film has a few detractors, the reviews so far for Eggers' are universally, overwhelmingly positive. Its genre issue, yes films with horror elements still have to work harder to get attention, could prove problematic, but Focus Features could also have a huge awards hit on its slate, especially for its two leads, Dafoe and Pattinson, who are earning raves.

Tarantino this week...the 2020 Oscar race is on!