Wednesday, June 30, 2010
1. Ryan Murphy "Glee - Pilot"
2. Jason Winer "Modern Family - Glee"
3. Larry Charles "Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Table Read"
4. Paul Feig "The Office - Niagara"
5. Don Scardino "30 Rock - I Do Do"
Alternates: Joe & Anthony Russo "Community - Pilot", Paris Barclay "Glee - Wheels", Allen Coulter "Nurse Jackie - Pilot", Jeff Schaffer "Curb Your Enthusiasm - Seinfeld"
Commentary: I'm probably stupid for not putting Curb Your Enthusiasm in the final spot, especially considering it was the Seinfeld reunion, but I went with 30 Rock instead, as it is a frontrunner for the top prize. The other four I am pretty certain about, as they seem to be the consensus of most pundits.
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
1. Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan & Ryan Murphy "Glee - Pilot"
2. Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd "Modern Family - Pilot"
3. Matt Hubbard "30 Rock - Anna Howard Shaw Day"
4. Kay Cannon, Tina Fey "30 Rock - Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter"
5. Mindy Kaling & Greg Daniels "The Office - Niagara"
Alternates: Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh "Modern Family - Fitzbo", Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, Evan Duncksy "Nurse Jackie - Pilot", Dan Harmon "Community - Pilot"
Commentary: I think that the Glee and Modern Family Pilots are safe, as is at least one of the 30 Rock episodes, and I think both as well. The Office has a great shot, but don't count out another Modern Family episode slipping in and taking that spot.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
1. Betty White "SNL"
2. Kristin Chenoweth "Glee"
3. Tina Fey "SNL"
4. Elaine Stritch "30 Rock"
5. Catherine O'Hara "Crub Your Enthusiasm"
Alternates: Kathleen Turner "Californication", Julia Louis-Dreyfuss "Curb Your Enthusiasm", Kathy Bates "The Office", Minnie Driver "Modern Family", Judith Ivey "Nurse Jackie", Christine Baranski "The Big Bang Theory"
Commentary: Not sure if there will be five or six nominees, so I went with five, and Judith Ivey, Kathy Bates, and Christine Baranski are the next in line. I think that Tina Fey and Betty White are locks for their SNL turns. I also think that Kristin Chenoweth is in for her singing turn in Glee. Finally, I think that Stritch is in because of name recognition, and O'Hara is a guilty pleasure pick that deserves some recognition.
Outstading Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1. Neil Patrick Harris "Glee"
2. Jon Hamm "SNL"
3. Carl Reiner "Two and a Half Men"
4. Harvey Fierstein "Nurse Jackie"
5. Mike O'Malley "Glee"
Alternates: Fred Willard "Modern Family", Will Arnett "30 Rock", Matt Damon "30 Rock", James Franco "30 Rock", Eli Wallach "Nurse Jackie"
Commentary: I'm going out on a limb and predicting that Glee makes a big statement getting in both Harris and O'Malley, although this is a tough category, and neither could make it. Jon Hamm is the frontrunner at this point, and Reiner and Fierstein are industry vets that deserve more credit than they usually get. This is a tough category and any of the alternates could get in. We'll wait and see.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Best R&B Female Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Best New Artist
Video of the Year
"Video Phone," Beyonce and Lady Gaga
Sportsman of the Year
Sportswoman of the Year
Best International Act
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Julie Pinson as Janet Ciccone on As The World Turns.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama
Billy Miller as Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
Outstanding Talk Show - Informative
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Daytime Drama
Drew Tyler Bell as Thomas Forrester in The Bold and the Beautiful.
Outstanding Talk Show - Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Daytime Drama
Julie Marie Berman as Lulu Spencer in General Hospital
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Talk Show Host
Dr. Mehmet Oz for The Dr. Oz show
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Michael Park as Jack Snyder in As The World Turns
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Maura West, As the World Turns
Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tobin Bell – “Saw,” “The Firm”
Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air,” “The Departed”
Miguel Ferrer – “Traffic,” “RoboCop”
James Gandolfini – “In the Loop,” “Get Shorty”
Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air,” “Twilight”
Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Phat Girlz”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education,” “Public Enemies”
Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker,” “28 Weeks Later”
Ryan Reynolds – “The Proposal,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson – “Mother and Child,” “Losing Isaiah”
Peter Riegert – “Traffic,” “Crossing Delancey”
Sam Robards – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “American Beauty”
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”
Zoe Saldana – “Avatar,” “Star Trek”
Adam Sandler – “Funny People,” “Punch-Drunk Love”
Peter Sarsgaard – “An Education,” “Boys Don’t Cry”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Shaun Toub – “Iron Man,” “The Kite Runner”
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
George Wyner – “A Serious Man,” “American Pie 2”
Ken Bielenberg – “Monsters vs Aliens,” “Shrek”
Peter de Seve – “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Ratatouille”
Steve Hickner – “Bee Movie,” “The Prince of Egypt”
Angus MacLane – “Toy Story 3,” “WALL-E”
Darragh O’Connell – “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”
Simon Otto – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda”
Bob Pauley – “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.”
Willem Thijssen – “The Aroma of Tea,” “A Greek Tragedy”
Kim Sinclair – “Avatar,” “Cast Away”
Dave Warren – “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”
Laura Rosenthal – “The Messenger,” “I’m Not There”
Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker,” “United 93”
Christian Berger – “The White Ribbon,” “Cache”
Hagen Bogdanski – “The Young Victoria,” “The Lives of Others”
Shane Hurlbut – “Terminator Salvation,” “We Are Marshall”
Tom Hurwitz – “Valentino The Last Emperor,” “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”
Dan Mindel – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Tobias Schliessler – “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hancock”
Stephen Windon – “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “House of Wax”
Robert Yeoman – “Get Him to the Greek,” “The Squid and the Whale”
Catherine Leterrier – “Coco before Chanel,” “Avenue Montaigne”
Janet Patterson – “Bright Star,” “The Piano”
Jacques Audiard – “A Prophet,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”
Juan Jose Campanella – “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Son of the Bride”
Lee Daniels – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Shadowboxer”
Claudia Llosa – “The Milk of Sorrow,” “Madeinusa”
Lone Scherfig – “An Education,” “Italian for Beginners”
Adam Shankman – “Bedtime Stories,” “Hairspray”
Nancy Baker – “Rehearsing a Dream,” “Born into Brothels”
Rick Goldsmith – “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” “Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press”
Davis Guggenheim – “It Might Get Loud,” “An Inconvenient Truth”
Tia Lessin – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water”
Cara Mertes – “The Betrayal,” “My Country, My Country”
Frazer Pennebaker – “Al Franken: God Spoke,” “The War Room”
Julia Reichert – “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “Seeing Red”
Morgan Spurlock – “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?,” “Super Size Me”
Christopher W. Aronson
Donald Peter Granger
David Andrew Spitz
Robert Frazen – “Synecdoche, New York,” “Smart People”
Dana E. Glauberman – “Up in the Air,” “Thank You for Smoking”
Joe Klotz – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Grace Is Gone”
Bob Murawski – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man”
John Refoua – “Avatar,” “Reno 911!: Miami”
Live Action Short Films
Joachim Back – “The New Tenants”
Gregg Helvey – “Kavi,” “The Knife Grinder’s Tale”
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Kris Evans – “X-Men The Last Stand,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Jane Galli – “Knight and Day,” “3:10 to Yuma”
Mindy Hall – “Star Trek,” “World Trade Center”
Joel Harlow – “Star Trek,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
Jenny Shircore – “The Young Victoria,” “Elizabeth”
Christophe Beck – “The Hangover,” “Bring It On”
Bono – “Gangs of New York,” “In the Name of the Father”
T Bone Burnett – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain”
The Edge – “Gangs of New York,” “GoldenEye”
Brian Tyler – “Fast & Furious,” “Aliens vs. Predator Requiem”
Stephanie Allain – “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow”
Gregory Jacobs – “The Informant!,” “The Good German”
Jon Landau – “Avatar,” “Titanic”
Marc Turtletaub – “Away We Go,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Glenn Williamson – “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Hollywoodland”
Kirk M. Pertruccelli – “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Patriot”
Edward S. Verreaux – “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Jurassic Park III”
Suzanne M. Cole
Maggie Gray – “The Young Victoria,” “Ella Enchanted”
Douglas A. Mowat – “Role Models,” “The Sixth Sense”
Caroline Smith – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” “Match Point”
Frank Eulner – “Iron Man 2,” “Hellboy”
Adam Jenkins – “I Love You, Man,” “Crash”
Tony Lamberti – “Inglourious Basterds,” “Sideways”
Dennis Leonard – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “The Polar Express”
Tom Myers – “Up,” “WALL-E”
Paul N.J. Ottosson – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man 3”
Resul Pookutty – “Ghajini,” “Slumdog Millionaire”
Gary A. Rizzo – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Dark Knight”
Michael Silvers – “Up,” “Ratatouille”
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle – “Avatar,” “The Simpsons Movie”
Matt Aitken – “District 9,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Karen Ansel – “Angels & Demons,” “Men in Black II”
Richard Baneham – “Avatar,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
Eric Barba – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Zodiac”
Paul Debevec – “Avatar,” “King Kong”
Russell Earl – “Star Trek,” “Transformers”
Steve Galich – “Date Night,” “Transformers”
Andrew R. Jones – “Avatar,” “I, Robot”
Dan Kaufman – “District 9,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”
Derek Spears – “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “Superman Returns”
Steve Sullivan – “Avatar,” “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”
Michael J. Wassel – “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “The Bourne Identity”
Neill Blomkamp – “District 9”
Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker,” “In the Valley of Elah”
Geoffrey Fletcher – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Nick Hornby – “An Education,” “Fever Pitch”
Alex Kurtzman – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Tom McCarthy – “Up,” “The Visitor”
Roberto Orci – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Terri Tatchell – “District 9”
1. You Don't Know Jack
2. Georgia O'Keefe
3. Temple Grandin
4. The Special Relationship
5. When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
Alternates: Endgame, A Dog Year, Capturing Mary, Moonshot
Commentary: I think there are four safe spots for the high profile projects of Temple Grandin, You Don't Know Jack, The Special Relationship, and Georgia O'Keefe. The final slot could go to Endgame or A Dog Year or even Moonshot, but the Winona Ryder vehicle When Love is Not Enough, gets the final spot.
1. The Pacific
Alternates: Return to Cranford, The Prisoner, Alice
Commentary: With only five eligible minis this year, and a clear cut winner (most likely) with The Pacific, I went with Emma in the second spot, although Return to Cranford could easily get the gig.
Avatar cleans up (no surprise) at the Saturn Awards. Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Science Fiction Film: AVATAR
Best Fantasy Film: WATCHMEN
Best Horror Film: DRAG ME TO HELL
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Best Actor: SAM WORTHINGTON (Avatar)
Best Actress: ZOE SALDANA (Avatar)
Best Supporting Actor: STEPHEN LANG (Avatar)
Best Supporting Actress: SIGOURNEY WEAVER (Avatar)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: SAOIRSE RONAN (The Lovely Bones)
Best Director: JAMES CAMERON (Avatar)
Best Writer: JAMES CAMERON (Avatar)
Best Music: JAMES HORNER (Avatar)
Best Costume: MICHAEL WILKINSON (Watchmen)
Best Make-Up: BARNEY BURMAN, MINDY HALL, JOEL HARLOW (Star Trek)
Best Production Design: RICK CARTER, ROBERT STROMBERG (Avatar)
Best Special Effects: JOE LETTERI, STEPHEN ROSENBAUM, RICHARD BANEHAM, ANDREW R. JONES (Avatar)
Best International Film: DISTRICT 9
Best Animation Film: MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
Best Television Series: LOST
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: BREAKING BAD
Best Presentation on Television: TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH
Best Actor on Television:JOSH HOLLOWAY (Lost)
Best Actress on Television:ANNA TORV (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television:AARON PAUL (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: JULIE BENZ (Dexter)
Guest Starring Role on Television: LEONARD NIMOY (Fringe)
Best DVD Release: NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Best DVD Television Release: LOST (The Complete Fifth Season)
Best DVD Special Edition: WATCHMAN: THE ULTIMATE CUT
Best DVD Collection: Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection
Best Local Stage Production: Fantasy/Musical:MARY POPPINS (Ahmanson Theatre)
Best Local Stage Production: Play/Dramatic Musical: PARADE (Mark Taper Forum)
Best Local Stage Production: Small Theatre: FELLOWSHIP: THE MUSICAL (Falcon Theatre)
The Visionary Award: JAMES CAMERON
The George Pal Memorial Award: ROBERTO ORCI & ALEX KURTZMAN
The Producers Showcase Award: LAUREN SHULER DONNER
The Life Career Award:IRVIN KERSHNER
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
1. Hope Davis “The Special Relationship”
2. Claire Danes “Temple Grandin”
3. Maggie Smith “Capturing Mary”
4. Joan Allen “Georgia O’Keefe”
5. Judi Dench “Return to Cranford”
Alternates: Caterina Scorsone “Alice”, Romola Garai “Emma”
Commentary: This one is basically set in stone. Two Academy Award winners, lock. Joan Allen, lock. Claire Danes and Hope Davis are industry insiders......lock.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Made For Television Movie/Miniseries
1. Dennis Quaid “The Special Relationship”
2. Michael Sheen “The Special Relationship”
3. Al Pacino “You Don’t Know Jack”
4. Ian McKellen “The Prisoner”
5. Jeremy Irons “Georgia O’Keefe”
Alternates: Tom Wilkinson “A Number”, Chiwitel Ejiofor “Endgame”, William Hurt “Endgame”, Tom Selleck “Jesse Stone: No Remorse”
Commentary: This one is not so locked in stone. I think Quaid, Pacino, McKellen, and Irons are in, but that last spot is tricky. I go with Sheen, cause if Quaid gets in, so should Sheen. But William Hurt is hot on their trail, simply because he is William Hurt. And don't count out Wilkinson, Ejiofor, and Selleck, who are well known contenders. Also don't count out The Pacific boys, but I think they cancel each other out, plus it is not an acting showcase.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
1. Imelda Staunton “Return to Cranford”
2. Tyne Daly “Georgia O’Keefe”
3. Susan Sarandon “You Don’t Know Jack”
4. Brenda Vaccaro “You Don’t Know Jack”
5. Julia Ormond “Temple Grandin”
Alternates: Catherine O’Hara “Temple Grandin”, Kathy Bates “Alice”, Lois Smith “A Dog
Year”, Diahann Carroll “Patricia Cornwell's The Front”
Commentary: This is a seven-way race for five spots. I think that Staunton, Daly, Sarandon, and Vaccaro are locks for nods, but the last spot is up for grabs. Julia Ormond might have the better role, but the popularity of O'Hara and Bates could put one of them in instead.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Made For Television Movie/Miniseries
1. John Goodman “You Don’t Know Jack”
2. Michael Gambon “Emma”
3. David Strathairn “Temple Grandin”
4. Danny Huston “You Don’t Know Jack”
5. Patrick Stewart “Hamlet”
Alternates: Jim Broadbent “Einstein & Eddington”, Jonathan Pryce “Return to Cranford”
Commentary: This one is almost set in stone, as I think that these five are going to be in. The only possible upsets will come from Broadbent or Pryce, but I think they will miss the cut.
Monday, June 21, 2010
1. Bruce C. McKenna & Robert Schenkkan "The Pacific - Home"
2. Christopher Monger & Merritt Johnson "Temple Grandin"
3. Peter Morgan "The Special Relationship"
4. Michael Christofer "Georgia O'Keefe"
5. Adam Mazer "You Don't Know Jack"
Alternate: Sandy Welch "Emma"
Commentary: The Pacific, Temple Grandin, and You Don't Know Jack are pretty much locks, as is The Special Relationship, with Two0Time Oscar Nominee Peter Morgan most likely making the list simply by name recognition. The last spot is a close race between Georgia O'Keefe and Adam Mazer, but since O'Keefe got the WGA nod, I'm liking its chances.
Outstanding Directing for a Made For Television Movie or Miniseries
1. Bob Balaban "Georgia O'Keefe"
2. Mick Jackson "Temple Grandin"
3. Richard Loncraine "The Special Relationship"
4. Barry Levinson "You Don't Know Jack"
5. David Nutter & Jeremy Podeswa "The Pacific - Iwo Jima"
Alternate: Tim Van Patten "The Pacific - Okinawa"
Commentary: There is a good chance that The Pacific gets more than one nod, but for now, I'm going with the top contenders all getting just the one nod, and including the popular choices of The Special Relationship, Georgia O'Keefe, Temple Grandin, and You Don't Know Jack.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall “Dexter”
Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
Peter Krause “Parenthood”
Timothy Olyphant “Justified”
Clarke Peters “Treme”
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close “Damages”
Lauren Graham “Parenthood”
Melissa Leo “Treme”
Julianna Margulies “The Good Wife”
Ellen Pompeo “Grey’s Anatomy”
Kyra Sedgwick “The Closer”
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”
Larry David “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Thomas Jane “Hung”
Zachary Levi “Chuck”
Matthew Morrison “Glee”
Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courtney Cox Arquette “Cougar Town”
Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey “30 Rock”
Lea Michele “Glee”
Eva Longoria Parker “Desperate Housewives”
Mary-Louise Parker “Weeds”
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braughter “Men of a Certain Age”
Patrick Dempsey “Grey’s Anatomy”
John Goodman “Treme”
John Noble “Fringe”
Chris Noth “The Good Wife”
Aaron Paul “Breaking Bad”
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Khandi Alexander “Treme”
Christina Hendricks “Mad Men”
S. Epatha Merkerson “Law & Order”
Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men”
Sandra Oh “Grey’s Anatomy”
Chandra Wilson “Grey’s Anatomy”
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Fred Armisen “SNL”
Ty Burrell “Modern Family”
Chris Colfer “Glee”
Neil Patrick Harris “How I Met Your Mother”
Ed O’Neill “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet “Modern Family”
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen “Modern Family”
Anna Deavere-Smith “Nurse Jackie”
Jane Lynch “Glee”
Megan Mullally “Party Down”
Sofia Vergara “Modern Family”
Vanessa Williams “Ugly Betty”
Friday, June 18, 2010
I think it is safe to say that this is the best movie of the year so far, and to be honest, could end up being the best movie of the year.
Thats right folks, I think that with these kind of reviews, and what is sure to be an incredible box-office haul, that Toy Story 3 can go where Up and Beauty and the Beast couldn't - The Best Picture of the Year.
I have not seen it yet, so my judgment might change with a viewing, but for now, I think that this is going to be an interesting year at the Oscars, and watch out live-action films, the toys are coming.....
Monday, June 14, 2010
WINNER: Red, John Logan
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Revival of a Play
Best Revival of a Musical
WINNER: La Cage aux Folles
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
WINNER: Denzel Washington, Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
WINNER: Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
WINNER: Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
WINNER: Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
WINNER: Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
WINNER: Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Best Scenic Design of a Play
WINNER: Christopher Oram, Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
WINNER: Christine Jones, American Idiot
Best Costume Design of a Play
WINNER: Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family
Best Costume Design of a Musical
WINNER: Marina Draghici, Fela!
Best Lighting Design of a Play
WINNER: Neil Austin, Red
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
WINNER: Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Best Sound Design of a Play
WINNER: Adam Cork, Red
Best Sound Design of a Musical
WINNER: Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Best Direction of a Play
WINNER: Michael Grandage, Red
Best Direction of a Musical
WINNER: Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
WINNER: Bill T. Jones, Fela!
WINNER: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis
Friday, June 11, 2010
Will Win: Memphis
Should Win: American Idiot
Commentary: While I thought that American Idiot was the hardest to pull off, and done so miraculously well, I think that Memphis will dance away with the top prize.
Will Win/Should Win: Red
Commentary: John Logan created a two-man show that, at this point, is unbeatable.
Best Revival of a Musical
Will Win/Should Win: La Cage Aux Folles
Commentary: I think this one is lock.
Best Revival of a Play
Will Win/Should Win: Fences
Commentary: This one got the best reviews of the year...lock.
Best Lead Actor - Play
Will Win: Alfred Molina "Red"
Should Win: Denzel Washington "Fences"
Commentary: This one is the big battle of the night. While I preferred Denzel's performance, I think the wonderful Molina will take the prize, but it will be a close one.
Best Lead Actress - Play
Will Win/Should Win: Viola Davis "Fences"
Commentary: I think this one is a lock, and after losing a well-deserved Oscar, she deserves a major award for her work.
Best Featured Actor - Play
Will Win - Eddie Redmayne "Red"
Should Win - Stephen McKinley Henderson "Fences"
Commentary: Another close one. While I preferred Henderson's performance in Fences, I think that Redmayne's supporting role will take the prize.
Best Featured Actress - Play
Will Win/Should Win - Jan Maxwell "Lend Me a Tenor"
Commentary: I loved both Scarlett Johansson, but Jan Maxwell was simply terrific, and is most likely a shoo-in.
Best Lead Actor - Musical
Will Win/Should Win: Douglas Hodge "La Cage Aux Folles"
Commentary: While I think that Sahr Ngaujah and Sean Hayes (who is hosting) have a shot, it may be futile with Hodge's showstopping turn in La Cage Aux Folles
Best Lead Actress - Musical
Will Win: Catherine Zeta-Jones "A Little Night Music"
Should Win: Montego Glover "Memphis"
Commentary: Zeta-Jones was fantastic and will probably win based on name recognition, but newcomer. Glover was the real star in her incredible turn in Memphis, and is not far behind.
Best Featured Actor - Musical
Will Win: Levi Kreis "Million Dollar Quartet"
Should Win: Robin de Jesus "La Cage Aux Folles"
Commentary: Another close battle, but I think that Jerry Lewis will beat the butler.
Best Featured Actress - Musical
Will Win: Katie Finneran "Promises, Promises"
Should Win: Angela Lansbury "A Little Night Music"
Commentary: A month ago, Lansbury was still a possibility, but quickly Finneran has become the frontrunner, and will most likely take the prize.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
2. Mad Men
3. Breaking Bad
6. Big Love
7. The Good Wife
Commentary: Mad Men may have some tough competition this year, as Damages is going off the air, Breaking Bad is getting better and better, and Dexter had its best season yet. But this year Lost's last season, and particularly its last episode could easily and should easily carry the day. Big Love could be back in again this year, even though this season wasn't as good as lasts. House is always in the mix, but is falling off the map. Finally there are some newcomers like Parenthood, Treme, and The Good Wife who could make their mark. While not on the list, 11-15 or so may include some stiff competition I wouldn't count out like True Blood, Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, and Justified.
Friday, June 4, 2010
89. The American President - This is a personal fave, and might surprise some, but back in 1995, Carl Reiner perfectly combined a mix of politicals and passion with a little humor with a two-fold story about two important pieces of legislation and the effects of a politician dating a lobbyist. If it sounds like a lot it is, and yet it is a pitch perfect blend that never exceeds its welcome and always mananges to fascinate and charm. It doesn't hurt that the incredible talents of Michael Douglas, Annette Benning, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, Anna Deveare Smith, and Samantha Mathis shine.
88. The Insider - Michael Mann was never able to top his 1995 classic Heat (as you will see much later on), but he got pretty damn close with this 1999 whistleblowing thriller with the great talents of Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, and Christopher Plummer, and an incredible story. When Mann hits his target on thrillers, he has an incredible knack for combining a great storyline with choppy, yet effective editing that creates a gritty, surreal environment that is hard to match.
87. Dreamgirls - While many dissed this glitzy, pop musical, I can honestly say that this was one of the best times I have ever had in a movie theater. Too many musicals tried to copy the success of Chicago by trying to make the story too gritty or focusing too much on making it stylish, and forgetting to make it fun. Not to say that Dreamgirls was pop heaven, stuffed with the style and attitude of the 1960's, but still managed to make a toe-tapping musical that had great performances, most notably Jennifer Hudson, and had the crowds singing long after they left the theater.
86. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - While its sequels never really amounted to much more than popcorn trash, this surprise little hit was one of the most fun and entertaining movies that was released in the last quarter century, and it put Johnny Depp on the map. His performance as Capt. Jack Sparrow will go down as one of the greatest movie characters of all time, and it is my belief that he was closer to winning an Oscar than most people think. But overall, the magic, style, and the popcorn perfection of this movie made it the perfect summer outing.
85. Up - Pixar will appear a lot on this list (sorry for giving up too many hints), but its most recent entry cannot be so quickly forgotten. Not only was it the second animated movie to ever receive a Best Picture nomination, but more importantly, it proved that Pixar is the best studio in Hollywood. It is the only studio that continually, and annually releases not just popular movies, but incredible movies with incredible stories. And the story of the unlikely pair of a old man and a young scout on a whirlwind adventure was no exception.
84. Election - Alexander Payne has a knack for the quirky, and in 1999, he hit his stride with this pitch perfect comedy about the brutality of high school, seen through the lens of school elections. The relationships that were developed between students, teachers, were so realistic and so bitter, I think we all felt like we were back in high school. It perfectly captured the bitterness and cynicism of high school, and had some great performances, particularly the wonderful Reese Witherspoon.
83. Dazed and Confused - If Election captured the bitterness of high school, then Dazed and Confused captured what could be so great about high school. Of course if all I did was smoked pot and looked like I was 25 in high school, I probably would have been happy too. What Dazed and Confused did was provide a new generation a look back at the culture and attitudes of those at the Bicentennial. Furthermore, while Cheech and Chong were anything but subtle, D & C took the pot culture to a new level, allowing for characterizations, subtletly, and humor.
82. There's Something About Mary - I love great comedy films as well, I mean who doesn’t like to laugh? This one is definitely in that category, and will leave you laughing long after it’s over. Cameron Diaz was a revelation in this movie, and it was the only movie, with the exception of Crash that Matt Dillon did that was worth anything in the last twenty five years. This one is raunchy, yet has a lot of heart, and is definitely worth the rent.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
2. 30 Rock
3. The Office
4. Modern Family
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm
7. The Big Bang Theory
8. How I Met Your Mother
9. Family Guy
10. Nurse Jackie
Commentary: CBS has a slew of sitcoms that could make the cut, but the two most likely are The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Weeds and Nurse Jackie give Showtime a chance, but they are more focused on their leading ladies. Family Guy got a surprise nomination last year, but anyone who loves this series (like me) knows that this season is a huge disappointment. Curb Your Enthusiasm is back in the race after a stellar season. Modern Family and Glee are the newcomers who I predict will give 30 Rock for its money. Finally, The Office gets its designated spot. Overall, a pretty interesting category which is going to be hard to narrow down.