Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Emmy Top Ten Lists: Guest Acting

This will probably be my last post till next week, and even then, it may be two weeks before I get much of anything up. For these categories I did a quick list, other categories will have more in-depth analysis. For now enjoy, and I will continue Emmy coverage once the craziness of exam week is over.

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

1. Tina Fey “SNL”
2. Betty White “SNL”
3. Lisa Kudrow “Cougar Town”
4. Kristin Chenoweth “Glee”
5. Kathy Bates “The Office”
6. Elaine Stritch “30 Rock”
7. Julianne Moore “30 Rock”
8. Catherine O’Hara “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
9. Julia-Louis Dreyfuss “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
10. Christine Baranski “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

1. Neil Patrick Harris “Glee”
2. Jon Hamm “SNL”
3. Matt Damon “30 Rock”
4. Edward Norton “Modern Family”
5. Carl Reiner “Two and a Half Men”
6. Will Arnett “30 Rock”
7. Jason Alexander “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
8. Eli Wallach “Nurse Jackie”
9. Jerry Seinfeld “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
10. Jack Black “Community”

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

1. Lily Tomlin “Damages” (either here or supporting)
2. Sissy Spacek “Big Love”
3. Sharon Stone “Law & Order: SVU”
4. Elisabeth Moss “Mercy”
5. Cloris Leachman “HawthoRNe”
6. Mary McDonnell “The Closer”
7. Vanessa Redgrave “Nip/Tuck”
8. Isabelle Huppert “Law & Order: SVU”
9. Evan Rachel Wood “True Blood”
10. Gena Reynolds “NCIS”

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

1. Michael J. Fox “Rescue Me”
2. Ted Danson “Damages”
3. Beau Bridges “The Closer”
4. John Lithgow “Dexter”
5. Zeljko Ivanek “Big Love”
6. James Earl Jones “House”
7. Andre Braughter “House”
8. Martin Landau “In Plain Sight”
9. Joel Grey “Grey’s Anatomy”
10. F. Murray Abraham “Saving Grace”

Commentary: To be honest, these Guest spots are hard to pick in terms of nominations and winners, so here is simply a look at the ten I think have the best shot, although there are plenty of other candidates in each category. When we get to the big categories I will do a more in depth analysis, but for now a list will suffice.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Future Projects

For the next two weeks, I am in exam mode, so posting on The Awards Psychic may be pretty slim. But after that it is summer time and I have a lot of cool projects for the site. Here are the ideas I am looking at/currently working on.

1) In Depth Emmy Preview
2) Top 100 Movies of the Last 25 years (1984-2009)
3) Tony Preview
4) Contining reviews on all of the summer's big hits.

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Top 50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book Movies of All Time: Final Part

1. The Wizard of Oz – Well, the time has come. After weeks of countdown we are finally at number one, and the question remains: did you really think it would be anything else? In 1939, we were swept up in the tornado with Dorothy and transformed to the incredible world of Oz. The Wizard of Oz, in its times, was a technical marvel, and to this day is one of the most beautiful films that has ever graced the screen. But we didn’t love it because it was pretty, we loved it for the lovable characters, the astounding music, the thrilling story, and of course Judy Garland. While she was gone from us way too soon, we will always be left with this endearing performance. I could go on for pages about this movie, but that would be a waste, because everyone in the known world has seen it, and loved it. For now, I think it is easier to say that The Wizard of Oz is quite simply, the best.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Top 50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book Movies of All Time: Part 10

5. The Dark Knight – Now two years ago, this summer blockbuster blazed onto the screen with a fury that had not ever been seen in a comic book movie, or in any movie in the last ten years. What made The Dark Knight such a success was its style, and its promise to never make Batman campy, simply badass. This time, The Dark Knight was paired with the darkest and most insane of his foes, The Joker, and with Heath Ledger’s enduring performance, it will go down as one of the greatest villains in film history. The Dark Knight is the reason we had ten nominees this year, and there is a reason there was such an uproar over its exclusion. This is because The Dark Knight wasn’t simply a comic book movie. It was a crime-drama for the ages that transcended genres and created complete movie magic.

4. The Empire Strikes Back – A New Hope may have transformed movies forever, but The Empire Strikes Back cemented George Lucas’s and Star Wars’ legacy forever. This dark sequel wasn’t exactly the happiest of the movies, but its powerful message of love, loss, and family is something that simply made it stick out like no other movie in film history. It was much better written than the first, it was dark, but still an entertaining ride, and it made us realize that the Star Wars universe wasn’t so different from our own. For Star Wars fans, no other movie since this has even come close to matching it, and it is today considered the greatest sci-fi movie of all time, at least in my opinion…oh except for one.

3. E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial – Before we get to that one, it is worthy to mention this film classic which has become cemented in our pop culture, and made us laugh, cry, scream, and simply smile as this magical adventure unfolded before our eyes. Spielberg is always a kid at heart, and for the thousands of young kids who look up at the sky and wonder, their suspicions were confirmed when the lovable E.T. appeared. E.T. was a cultural marker that defined a generation, and with a lot of effects, some screams, some love, and a whole lot of magic, E.T. became the movie of the time.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Like I said, one of the top two, and it is because of this incredible movie. Only Kubrick could pull this off. A movie that is literally a set of montages, with very little dialogue, and a curious pretense that discusses the threat of technology, and the products of evolution; only Kubrick could have made this work. For generations to come, people would point to this movie, and it’s ever famous line, “Open the pod bay doors Hal”, and the creepiness, yet realistic message it sent home. No one has been able to top it since, and plenty have tried.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

GLAAD Awards

Here are the deserving GLAAD Awards Winners below:

Outstanding film Wide Release – A Single Man
Outstanding Comedy Series – Glee
Outstanding Reality Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment – Telemundo’s “PolĂ©micas Adopciones”
• Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: Lydia by Octavio Solis
• Outstanding Drama Series: Brothers and Sisters (ABC)
• Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: Prayers for Bobby (Lifetime)
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Why Will Won’t Pledge Allegiance” American Morning (CNN)
• Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: Two-Way Tie: “‘We Love You, This Won’t Change a Thing’” by John Buccigross (ESPN.com); “Why Can’t You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminacy, and Our War with Ourselves”by Brent Hartinger (AfterElton.com)
• Outstanding Film-Limited Release: Little Ashes (Regent Releasing)
• Outstanding Individual Episode: “Pawnee Zoo” Parks and Recreation (NBC)
• Outstanding Daily Drama: One Life to Live (ABC)
• Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
• Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Uganda Be Kidding Me” (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
• Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside” by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
• Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich (The New York Times)
• Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
• Outstanding Magazine Article: “Coming Out in Middle School” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
• Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate
• Outstanding Comic Book: Detective Comics by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
• Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway: A Boy and His Soul by Colman Domingo
• Outstanding New York Theater: Off–Off Broadway: She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Top 50 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Comic Book Movies of All Time: Part 9

10. A Clockwork Orange – This Stanley Kubrick classic may not have won any Oscars, but its vision, controversy, and creepiness will live on movie history forever. Starring Malcolm McDowell, who many may know better from his role as Dr. Loomis in the Halloween series, A Clockwork Orange is the story of a delinquent who, in a futuristic Britain, decides to be subjected to aversion therapy, to help solve society’s problems, but not all goes according to the plan. This movie is simply one of the best movies ever made, on any list. The story fluctuates between charisma, disturbing images, and this futuristic world, but with Stanley Kubrick’s visions, we can see clearly the message he was trying to display, and the magnificent world he created.

9. Star Wars – Another hint here, but this wasn’t even the best Star Wars film in my opinion, but it still was a thrilling ride that launched a movie revolution unlike any other before it or since. The story of how young Luke Skywalker learns the force, and helps save the Rebellion against The Emperor, Darth Vader, and the Empire, is an awe-inspiring visual treat, that paved the way for today’s hits like Avatar. George Lucas, with this film created an entire world that no one since had been able to top, and the characters that we met in this first go around became forever engrained in our hearts. It simply changed the face of movie making forever.

8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – By far, the best Jim Cameron movie he ever made (even with the Arnold), and a huge improvement on an already fantastic predecessor. This time, the Terminator must protect the son of the woman he had tried to kill from an even more dangerous cyborg. This movie won four Oscars, and like all good James Cameron movies, continued to improve the technical aspects of movie making. But this wasn’t just a visual treat. This is a thrilling science-fiction adventure that ranks as a 90’s classic that will be watched for generations to come.

7. Alien – Ridley Scott has made some incredible movies throughout his career, but none got much better than this. This bloodbath of sorts, about a crew landing on a distant planet inhabited by deathly aliens, who leave only one survivor, who else by Alice Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). Like its sequel, this is an ass-kicking good time, blending science fiction, action, and horror effortlessly in a movie that in 1979, helped continue the movement that Star Wars had started, in making sci-fi movies big, mainstream, and more importantly, really good movies.

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – No one in their right mind thought that The Lord of the Rings could be made into a movie. Then a hobbit-looking man named Peter Jackson somehow got the backing and faith of New Line Cinema, and did the impossible. I prefer this one to its longer and more battle-heavy sequels because of the story. Here we see where it all begins, where the magic truly came to life. Jackson’s career after this trilogy has not held up as well. Maybe it’s because he lost so much weight, or maybe it is because he did something so incredible here that nothing will ever quite compare.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Top 50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book Movies of All Time: Part 8

15. Metropolis – All the way back in 1927, before the first Academy Awards had even been handed out, Fritz Lang created one of the most enduring science fiction classics of all time. The story of the rich falling in love with a poor woman, was something that people at that time would have understood, especially with the huge gaps in income that were present during the 20’s and 30’s. But Lang dared to be different, by setting this classic story (hello Titanic) in a futuristic world unlike any other that had ever been seen. Metropolis broke ground of what science-fiction could do, and was way before its time. This classic film paved the way for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Jim Cameron, and we can’t thank it enough.

14. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – In 1977, Steven Spielberg came into the mainstream with this classic alien story. It instantly became a sci-fi classic, earned 8 Oscar nominations, including Steven Spielberg’s first, and featured an incredible cast led by Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon. Furthermore, as Star Wars was all the rage, Spielberg was able to bring the Alien invasion to the Heartland in a story that hit a little closer to home. Finally, this was the movie that launched his career into the stratosphere, and he hasn’t looked back yet.

13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – In one of Disney’s first animated classics, we were introduced to the story that has lasted generations, and has remained the greatest movie in the Disney arsenal. The story of a princess who finds refuge with a group of seven individualistic dwarfs, and who finds herself poisoned, only to be awakened by Prince Charming, is not just a classic fairy tale, but one of the first times it had been played out on the silver screen. Not only did it put Disney at the center of cinematic history, but is the pioneering work that not only was a thrilling fantasy, but a timeless love story that paved the way for every romantic movie since.

12. Wall-E – Then it comes full circle. What Snow White started, Wall-E continues, by carriying the torch brighter than any other Pixar film in its short, but successful history. Only Pixar could create an almost silent film about two robots in a futuristic world that fall in love with each other, and make it work. Not only did it work, but it soared. It was funny, poignant, and managed to make an environmental message without being too preachy. Years from now, we will still look back at Wall-E as one of the greatest fantasy/sci-fi movies of all time, or maybe just one of the best…period.

11. Aliens – While not as good as its predecessor (hint, hint), Aliens still goes down as one of the most thrilling, and coolest sci-fi movies of all time. Ellen Ripley’s return to LV-426 is only made possible by the lack of complete contact on the planet. The only survivor is a young girl, and with her help, and the help of some kick-ass marines, Ellen revenges the Nostromo and using some bad-ass weaponry goes to war with the blood-thirsty aliens. This movie was simply bad-ass, Sigourney Weaver killing shit, amazing. Jim Cameron may have a lot of faults, but making great sequels is one area that he deserves praise. Pure sci-fi heaven.

RIP Dixie Carter

Famously known for her role as Julia Sugerbaker on Designing Women, the great Dixie Carter, wife to Hal Holbrook, and loving mother has died at the age of 70. Thank you for your incredible talent, the strong female characters you portrayed, and the light you shined on this world with your charm and love. Rest in Peace.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Review: Date Night

I have come to the conclusion that nowadays, actors have to work so much harder than they used to. It's as if directors decide that it doesn't matter if the script is good, or the editing is good, or anything else, but as long as the acting is good, it will carry the movie, and Date Night is no exception.

Date Night is the story of Phil and Claire Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carrell), who decide to spice things up a little bit on their normal date night, and end up hooking up with all the wrong people. After stealing reservations from The Triplehorns, and being mistaken for them by a couple of cops who are being paid off by a mobster (Ray Liotta), Claire and Phil must attain a stolen UPS drive, or face death from the many people that are after them. They seek the help of an old client with a private detective buisness (Marky Mark) and a police detective (the always sassy Taraji P. Henson), and eventually run into the Tripplehorns themselves (James Franco and Mila Kunis). Along the way, they both learn a lot about themselves, take a close look at their apparently boring marriage, and somehow learn to trust each other one again.

Director Shawn Levy knows how to direct big hits (like Night at the Museum), but has always sacrificed action and crude humor for quality of story, and his "vision" (if you can call it that) almost makes Date Night one to miss. There are some cool and funny action sequences, but the whole story feels contrived, and even the action sequences have been overplayed, using all the tricks in the book, without trying to make anything too original or too cool, in order to please an apparently dumbed down audience.

However, what saves the movie is the incredible cast. While the supporting characters are brief at best, there are some interesting cameos, and worthy performances among them. Excluding Ray Liotta and Mark Whalberg (Liotta for bascially trying to be too gangsta and Whalberg for relying on his body instead of actually acting), Taraji P. Henson was fiesty, Mila Kunis and James Franco were hilarious, Jimmi Fisher and Common play badasses well, William Fichtner is creepy as always, and Mark Ruffalo and Kristin Wiig make of the most of their very little screen time.

But the true saviours here are Tina and Steve. On their respective NBC sitcoms, they both play high strung, neurotic characters to a tee. And while they begin the movie playing these characters, the best part of their performances was the suprising depth. We truly see these two characters change and grow, and rekindle a long-lost passion, and none of that is because of some amazing script, but because of the growing talents of this pair. Furthermore, their chemistry, and perfect comedic timing only make the entire movie shine brighter than it had any right to. Maybe the two will receive some well-deserved Golden Globe nominations, but for now, get in your car, drive to the theater, and watch two incredible talents make you laugh for ass off for 90 minutes, cause its worth it.

Grade: B

Monday, April 5, 2010

Top 50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book Movies of All Time: Part 7

20. Back to the Future – In 1985, Robert Zemeckis effortlessly combined teen angst, with a little bit of time traveling magic to create one of the most enduring fantasies of all time. This Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, and Lea Thompson led cast performed to a tee, and bravely went where other teen 80’s directors like the great John Hughes wouldn’t even dare to venture. Back to the Future spawned two less-than-stellar sequels, but more importantly, it spawned an entire new culture, a ride in Orlando, and created a whole new genre: Teen-fantasy.

19. Brazil – As promised, Terry Gilliam would reappear on the list, and it should come as no shock that this 1985 classic would be where he would make his mark. Brazil was the 1984 of movies. The story of a bureaucrat who becomes the enemy of the state, sounds like classic treason or whistleblower tale. But combine a retro-futuristic world and the sounds of 1984 and Brave New World are alive and well. It doesn’t hurt that Gilliam was able to snag Robert DeNiro, but this is Gilliam’s baby, and he shows his signature style of weirdness, creativity, and imagination that really makes this movie come alive.

18. Beauty and the Beast – This truly is a tale as old as time. Following their Little Mermaid success, Disney recreated this classic fantasy-love story with vivid characters, incredible voice-acting (Angela Lansbury anyone?) and fantastic music, to truly reinvent the way animation was done. Not only was it the 1st animated feature to get nominated for Best Picture, but it was a signal that the rebirth of Disney was not a fluke. This tale of magic, deception, love, and looking beyond the exterior of a person to what is inside truly is timeless.

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – As if winning 11 Academy Awards wasn’t enough; the third Lord of the Rings movie did the impossible. With so much to adapt from page to screen, many thought that this series would not be able to be accomplished in a million years. But with an all star cast, Peter Jackson, and a legion of fans, the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King capped off one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time. For me, this wasn’t the best of the three films, but it certainly exceeded all expectations I had, and was thrilling movie magic.

16. Superman – In 1978, the infamous comic strip about the alien boy who grows up to become the greatest superhero in the world came to the silver screen. With a high flying vision from director Richard Donner, and a group of marvelous actors including Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, and of course the great Christopher Reeve, this classic tale became movie legend, and started the course that would end with dozens of comic-book movies, and countless Superman remakes and spinoffs. Not to mention that it simply was an incredible film.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Early Emmy Preview

Here is a quick look at (in my opinion) the potential contenders for the major awards categories for the 2010 Emmys. I will continue by Top 50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic Book Movies sometime next week.

Big Love
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
Greys Anatomy
The Good Wife
Rescue Me
True Blood
Friday Night Lights
Men of a Certain Age

Modern Family
The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Desperate Housewives
Nurse Jackie
Cougar Town
How I Met Your Mother
United States of Tara
The Middle
Family Guy

Actor - Drama
Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall "Dexter"
Jon Hamm "Mad Men"
Bill Paxton "Big Love"
Hugh Laurie "House"
Kyle Chandler "Friday Night Lights"
Matthew Fox "Lost"
Simon Baker "The Mentalist"
Wendell Pierce "Treme"
Timothy Olyphant "Justified"
Denis Leary "Rescue Me"
Kiefer Sutherland "24"
Tim Roth "Lie to Me"
Clarke Peters "Treme"
Peter Krause "Parenthood"
Ray Romano "Men of a Certain Age"

Drama - Actress
Glenn Close "Damages"
Mariska Hargitay "Law & Order: SVU"
Kira Sedgwick "The Closer"
Julianna Marguiles "The Good Wife"
Sally Field "Brother's & Sisters"
Jeanne Triplehorn "Big Love"
January Jones "Mad Men"
Holly Hunter "Saving Grace"
Anna Paquin "True Blood"
Calista Flockhart "Brothers & Sisters"
Lauren Graham "Parenthood"
Melissa Leo "Treme"
Patricia Arquette "Medium"
Mary McCormack "In Plain Sight"
Regina King "Southland"
Ellen Pompeo "Grey's Anatomy"

Actor -Comedy
Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory"
Alec Baldwin "30 Rock"
Steve Carell "The Office"
Tony Shaloub "Monk"
Larry David "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Thomas Jane "Hung"
David Duchovny "Californication"
Matthew Morrison "Glee"
Ed O'Neill "Modern Family"
Charlie Sheen "Two and a Half Men"

Actress - Comedy
Courtney Cox "Cougar Town"
Tina Fey "30 Rock"
Lea Michele "Glee"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Toni Collette "United States of Tara"
Edie Falco "Nurse Jackie"
Mary-Louise Parker "Weeds"
Amy Poehler "Parks & Recreation"
Sarah Silverman "The Sarah Silverman Program"
America Ferrera "Ugly Betty"
Patricia Heaton "The Middle"
Sofia Vergara "Modern Family"
Eva Longoria Parker "Desperate Housewives"
Felicity Huffman "Desperate Housewives"
Teri Hatcher "Desperate Housewives"
Marcia Cross "Desperate Housewives"
Kaley Cuoco "The Big Bang Theory"

Drama-Supporting Actor
Aaron Paul "Breaking Bad"
Campbell Scott "Damages"
Martin Short "Damages"
Patrick Dempsey "Grey's Anatomy"
Michael Emerson "Lost"
Chris Noth "The Good Wife"
Terry O'Quinn "Lost"
John Slattery "Mad Men"
Vincent Kartheiser "Mad Men"
Craig T. Nelson "Parenthood"
John Goodman "Treme"
Andre Braughter "Men of a Certain Age"
Tate Donovan "Damages"
Naveen Andrews "Lost"
John Noble "Fringe"
Robert Morse "Mad Men"
Josh Holloway "Lost"
Justin Chambers "Grey's Anatomy"
James L. Perkins "Grey's Anatomy"

Drama - Supporting Actress
Elisabeth Moss "Mad Men"
Chloe Sevigny "Big Love"
Ginnfer Goodwin "Big Love"
Rose Byrne "Damages"
Lily Tomlin "Damages"
Sandra Oh "Grey's Anatomy"
Katherine Heigl "Grey's Anatomy"
Chandra Wilson "Grey's Anatomy"
Sara Ramirez "Grey's Anatomy"
Jessica Capshaw "Grey's Anatomy"
Christine Baranski "The Good Wife"
Christina Hendricks "Mad Men"
Moren Baccarin "V"
Khandi Alexander "Treme"
Cherry Jones "24"
Rachel Griffiths "Brothers and Sisters"
Julie Benz "Dexter"
Katey Sagal "Sons of Anarchy"
Anna Gunn "Breaking Bad"
Sharon Gless "Burn Notice"
Connie Britton "Friday Night Lights"
Yunjin Kim "Lost"
Erika Christensen "Parenthood"
Bonnie Bedelia "Parenthood"
Monica Potter "Parenthood"

Comedy - Supporting Actor
Neil Patrick Harris "How I Met Your Mother"
Kevin Dillon "Entourage"
Jeremy Piven "Entourage"
Ty Burrell "Modern Family"
Eric Stonestreet "Modern Family"
Rainn Wilson "The Office"
Tracy Morgan "30 Rock"
Jon Cryer "Two and a Half Men"
Jack McBrayer "30 Rock"
Fred Armisen "SNL"
Simon Helberg "The Big Bang Theory"
Chris Colfer "Glee"
Chevy Chase "Community"
John Krasinski "The Office"
Ed Helms "The Office"
John Corbett "The United States of Tara"

Comedy - Supporting Actress
Cheryl Hines "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Jane Lynch "Glee"
Kristin Wiig "SNL"
Jane Krakowski "30 Rock"
Jane Adams "Hung"
Merritt Wever "Nurse Jackie"
Jenna Fischer "The Office"
Holland Taylor "Two and a Half Men"
Vanessa Williams "Ugly Betty"
Kathryn Joosten "Desperate Housewives" (Maybe Guest)
Dana Delaney "Desperate Housewives"
Andrea Anders "Better Off Ted"
Portia de Rossi "Better Off Ted"
Jean Smart "Samantha Who?"
Julie Bowen "Modern Family"
Anne Heche "Hung"
Judith Light "Ugly Betty"
Anna Deavere Smith "Nurse Jackie"