Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries

2012 Nomination Predictions
1. Ed Harris "Game Change"
2. David Strathairn "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
3. Michael Gambon "Page Eight"
4. Powers Boothe "Hatfields & McCoys"
5. Ralph Fiennes "Page Eight"

Other Contenders - Martin Freeman "Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia", Tom Berenger "Hatfields & McCoys", Denis O'Hare "American Horror Story", Evan Peters "American Horror Story", Tony Shalhoub "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Commentary - This one is chocked full of contenders, and it really is hard to narrow down to just five. My guess is that there are a total of ten actual possibilities, and only five slots. Ed Harris is a shoo-in, and probably the frontrunner, as the Television Academy loves nothing more than film stars and Oscar nominated/winning actors to dive into television. I also feel pretty confident about David Strathairn, who won this award for Temple Grandin, and although H&G wasn't exactly the masterpiece people were expecting, I still think he is a strong contender. Two Page Eight contenders look to compete, and while I'm pretty sure about Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes is the weakest of my predictions, he could easily be overtaken by O'Hare or Berenger or Freeman. Powers Boothe is also in the final five, and I am pretty confident about that pick as well. Although he and Fiennes are the ones that need to watch out for their competitors.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Top 100 Films of the 1990's: Part III

80. The Matrix (1999) - In 2009, Avatar revolutionized visual effects in film. Ten years earlier as new digital technology was growing exponentially, The Matrix became a predecessor for those that would follow it, including Avatar. It had mind-blowing visuals, as well as a complex story that questions the vary nature of our universe. It was a vision, and not just because it was groundbreaking in terms of its visual complex. It was a vision from the visionary Wachowski brothers who put into the universe a haunting tale, combined it with eastern action pieces, and created a modern science fiction masterpiece that survives till this very day as a classic.

79. Leon: The Professional (1994) - With a stylistic, European sensibility, Luc Besson was never better than in 1994's visceral, yet somehow romantic action adventure, Leon: The Professional. The story of an assassin rescuing a teenage girl, manages to combine two far-reaching elements: violence and romance into a perfectly balanced movie that is stylish, haunting, and unforgettable. Of particular greatness are the excellent performances that populate the screen, particularly Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and Natalie Portman. Reno manages to balance his assassin life with his new found love, Portman is beautiful and vulnerable, and Oldman was pure badass, plain and simple. This is one definitely not to be missed, and has remained a popular among film addicts since its release. My suggestion is that you rent it, and see what all the hype is about.

78. Trainspotting (1996) - Before Danny Boyle was a popular, Oscar-winning director, he was an arthouse legend, and none of his older films were more compelling, nor more free-flowing than 1996's brilliant Trainspotting. The story of heroine addicts battling drug addiction doesn't sound like it would be entertaining, and despite its pro-drug stance, and the fact that it can be downright depressing, it also manages to have some refreshingly funny moments, and never loses its British and grungy sense of style. Couple Boyle's style and vision with some great performances, particularly a young Ewan McGregor, who remains one of the most underrated and underawarded actors of this generation. Trainspotting is not for the weak-hearted, but it your willing to dive into this psychadelic world, I promise the trip will be rewarding.

77. Jerry Maguire (1996) - I have always liked Cameron Crowe's work, enough to overlook his sometimes cheesy outlook on life, and to look to his level of brilliance of creating bold and interesting characters that are so easy to fall in love with its hard to not become completely engaged with their stories. That fact was never more true than in Crowe's 1996 hit Jerry Maguire. Starring the once charming Tom Cruise, an emotional Renee Zellweger, and an enthusiastic Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire is chocked full of likeable actors playing likeable characters. It has some incredible one-liners, thanks to the warm and infectious script by Crowe, and overall it remains one of the most romantic, cheerful, and entertaining films of the 1990's.

76. Ed Wood (1994) - Tim Burton, in the last couple of years, seems to have either lost some of his spark, or simply needs to take a break from Johnny Depp. But in the 1990's, and through the last decade, Burton and Depp were simply on a roll. And one of their most fascinating, weird, and creative endeavors was 1994's Ed Wood. Featuring a young Depp, along with an Oscar winning performance from the legendary Martin Landau, Ed Wood is the story of a director who makes really bad movies (maybe after Dark Shadows, Burton needs to rewatch his own work). Shot in black and white, with splashes of color, it is actually a bit of a change for Burton, not featuring fantasy, the supernatural as much, as a colorful and strange cast of characters. It is a brilliant look at film making, wonderfully weird, and one of the most clever and original pieces of a great decade for film.

75. Waiting for Guffman (1996) - Christopher Guest films are not for everyone, but for those who are willing to embrace his wackiness, and continually fall in love with his usual suspects including Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, Don Lake, and others, then Waiting for Guffman is a treat, and one of our first introductions to this truly original filmmaker. Like Ed Wood before it, and many other films, this is about the art and craziness of making art. However, it is featured in a small rural town, and its wackiness is a lot more ridiculous, and a lot more hilarious than most films about Broadway or film or television. Just when you think it can't get any funnier, it does. Waiting for Guffman is sort of a cult-classic among film-goers who appreciate Guest's originality and wit, and after seeing it, you'll understand why.

74. Breaking the Waves (1996) - Lars von Trier is a misogynistic, crazy man, but as a film director, few people, maybe Terrence Malick being the exception, have such an incredible vision or philosophical take on life, and few make such brilliant dreary and emotional films. The story of a guilty wife who is urged to have sex with other men when her husband becomes paralyzed is not exactly for the weak-at-heart.  But with a stunning film debut from the now unstoppable Emily Watson, any viewer can become completely encompassed in her story. You can see her pain, her guilt, her vulnerability. It is actually a lot different than Trier's other works, as it focuses on love and goodness and faithfulness, and that fact never diminishes the power and pain that exudes from its frames. If that's not greatness, I don't know what is.

73. Short Cuts (1993) - So many directors have tried to create large ensemble films that interweave its various characters into one concept or around one specific event, person, or idea. On occasions those directors have succeeded, but more often than not, they turn into big messes. The godfather and master auteur of ensemble-oriented films was the great Robert Altman, the inspiration that tried to be replicated. But if his body of work is any proof, I doubt anyone in the near future will be able to accomplish what Altman did. One of his best works was 1993's Short Cuts. Featuring the intersecting lives of unsuspecting suburbanites might seem like a far-flung concept, but with Altman's superior direction and screenplay, along with an incredible cast including Jack Lemmon, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Downey Jr., and others, makes Short Cuts feel less like a collection of intertwining short stories, and more like complete and funny vision.

72. Good Will Hunting (1997) - It is still hard to believe just how young Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were when they wrote this incredible little film about a brilliant janitor, who discovers his own place in this would with the help of a psychiatrist. Now we see two men who are both blossoming in their respective careers, and after a film like this I expected nothing less (although both had to get through some rough spots to get to their current point). Good Will Hunting is a warm and infectious film, aptly directed by Gus Van Sant, featured  truly authentic and wam screenplay, and some incredible performances. Particularly Robin Williams, who proves himself to be more than just a funny guy. It manages to avoid some of the cliches that populate so many inspirational films, and I thought its ending was a perfect cap to great film.

71. Miller's Crossing (1990) - The Coen Brothers have dark moments amidst their comedies, and in 1990, they dove into the depths of warring mob families with the dark and exciting thriller, Miller's Crossing. The premise of mob families during Prohibition is not a new one at all. But combine a familiar element with a bloody film noir style, and some signature Coen Bros. elements, and what you have is a truly original and wonderful entry into a well-treat genre. Featuring some searing performances from both Gabriel Byrne, and the always incredible Albert Finney, Miller's Crossing is a film that doesn't leave you. It is violent and dark, quiet at moments, then shockingly loud at others. A true treat.

2012 New Academy Members

A great list of new editions including some that should have been here years ago, like Berenger, McTeer, Kai, Malick and others.

Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”
Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon”
Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life”
Clifton Collins, Jr. – “Star Trek,” “Traffic”
Bryan Cranston – “Contagion,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist”
Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I”
Jonah Hill – “Moneyball,” “Superbad”
Ken Howard – “J. Edgar,” “In Her Shoes”
Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También”
Margo Martindale – “Secretariat,” “Million Dollar Baby”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan”
Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill”
Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Mother and Child,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
Sam Rockwell – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Moon”
Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help,” “The Soloist”
Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity”
Nia Vardalos – “For a Good Time, Call…,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained,” “Ray”
Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Laurence Bennett – “The Artist,” “Crash”
David Brisbin – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Dead Presidents”
Scott Chambliss – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Wendy Chuck – “The Descendants,” “Sideways”
Maria Djurkovic – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Hours”
Sanja Milkovic Hays – “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Mission to Mars”
Mayes Rubeo – “Avatar,” “Apocalypto”
Anne Seibel – “Midnight in Paris,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Sharon Seymour – “The Ides of March,” “Friday Night Lights”
Sammy Sheldon – “X-Men: First Class,” “V for Vendetta”

Florian Ballhaus – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Oliver Bokelberg – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent”
Anna J. Foerster – “Anonymous”
Larry Fong – “Super 8,” “300”
Alwin Kuchler – “Hanna,” “Proof”
Toyomichi Kurita – “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Waiting to Exhale”
George Mooradian – “Crazy as Hell,” “Nemesis”
Guillaume Schiffman – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Terry Stacey – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Friends with Money”

Joseph Cedar – “Footnote (Hearat Shulayim),” “Beaufort”
Jean-Pierre Dardenne – “The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au vélo),” “The Child (L’enfant)”
Luc Dardenne – “Lorna’s Silence (Le silence de Lorna),” “The Son (Le fils)”
Philippe Falardeau – “Monsieur Lazhar,” “It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C’est pas moi, je le jure!)”
Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation (Jodaieye Nadar az Simin),” “About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
(also invited to the Writers Branch)
Rodrigo Garcia – “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child”
Michel Hazanavicius* – “Les infidèles (The Players),” “The Artist” (also invited to the Writers
Kasi Lemmons – “Talk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou”
Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”
Michaël R. Roskam – “Bullhead (Rundskop)”
Wong Kar Wai – “My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”

John Battsek – “The Tillman Story,” “One Day in September”
Amy Berg – “Bhutto,” “Deliver Us from Evil”
Simon Chinn – “Project Nim,” “Man on Wire”
Marshall Curry – “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” “Street Fight”
Johanna Demetrakas – “Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa
Rinpoche,” “Bus Riders Union”
Daniel Junge – “Saving Face,” “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
Mary Lampson – “Kimjongilia,” “Harlan County, USA”
Sam Pollard – “Gerrymandering,” “4 Little Girls”
Glenn Silber – “El Salvador: Another Vietnam,” “The War at Home”
Lucy Walker – “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” “Waste Land”

James Amos
Michael Bostick
Richard Brener
Howard Mark Cohen
David C. Glasser
Jeffrey B. Goldstein
Frederick Huntsberry
Jon Jashni
Michael Marshall
Tony Safford
Gregory Silverman
Nigel Sinclair

Film Editors
Kirk Baxter – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”
Nicolas De Toth – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Sum of All Fears”
Scott Hill – “Zookeeper,” “Bruce Almighty”
Dan Lebental – “Iron Man 2,” “Elf”
Glen Scantlebury – “Transformers,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Mark Coulier – “The Iron Lady,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Linda Flowers – “The Hunger Games,” “The Social Network”
Toni G – “Salt,” “Monster”
Amanda Knight – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Mission: Impossible”
Tami Lane – “Superman Returns” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the

Wendy Aylsworth
Kyle Cooper
Patrick Crowley
Bud Davis
Chris deFaria
Sarah Katzman
John Kilkenny
Heidi Levitt
Kerry Lyn McKissick
Elizabeth Sayre
Michael Tadross
Mary Vernieu

Ludovic Bource – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Lost In Rio”
Alberto Iglesias – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Constant Gardener”
Conrad Pope – “My Week with Marilyn,” “The Rising Place”
Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Love Is the Devil,” “The Last Emperor”
Theodore Shapiro – “The Big Year,” “I Love You, Man”

Letty Aronson – “Midnight in Paris,” “Match Point”
Michael Barnathan – “The Help,” “Rent”
Jean Bréhat – “London River,” “Days of Glory (Indigènes)”
Susan Cartsonis – “Beastly,” “What Women Want”
Tracey Edmonds – “Jumping the Broom,” “Soul Food”
Dede Gardner – “The Tree of Life,” “Running with Scissors”
Grant Heslov* – “The Ides of March,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (also invited to the
Writers Branch)
Thomas Langmann – “The Artist,” “Mesrine: Public Enemy #1”
William Packer – “Think Like a Man,” “This Christmas”
Aaron Ryder – “The Raven,” “The Prestige”
Peter Saraf – “Our Idiot Brother,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Mary Jane Skalski – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent”

Public Relations
Larry Baldauf
Cindi Berger
Matthew P. Brubaker
Brian Daly
Rebecca Kearey
Adam Keen
Katie Martin Kelley
Eric Kops
Derek McLay
Michelle Sewell
Mark Woollen

Short Films and Feature Animation
Paul Cichocki – “Brave,” “WALL-E”
Eric Daniels – “Tangled,” “Meet the Robinsons”
Amanda Forbis – “Wild Life,” “When the Day Breaks”
Emily Hubley – “The Toe Tactic,” “Pigeon Within”
William Joyce – “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” “Meet the Robinsons”
Marv Newland – “CMYK,” “Tête à Tête à Tête”
Floyd Norman – “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” “Mulan”
Jonas Rivera – “Up,” “Cars”
Michelle Steffes – “The Interview,” “Day Labor”
David Verrall – “Dimanche/Sunday,” “Madame Tutli-Putli”
Jennifer Yuh Nelson – “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Madagascar”

Erik Aadahl – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Monsters vs Aliens”
Deb Adair – “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” “Moneyball”
Stephen M. Bartkowicz – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” “Red State”
John T. Cucci – “Snow White & the Huntsman,” “Prometheus”
Chuck Garsha – “Misery,” “Die Hard”
Mildred Iatrou – “The Green Hornet,” “The Tree of Life”
Tim LeBlanc – “For Greater Glory,” “Something Borrowed”
Bo Persson – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Fanny & Alexander”
Gary L.G. Simpson – “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”
Philip Stockton – “Hugo,” “Brokeback Mountain”

Visual Effects
Scott Benza – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Iron Man”
Greg Butler – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “The Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King”
Sheena Duggal – “The Hunger Games,” “Spider-Man 3”
Christopher Evans – “Hugo,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ben Grossmann – “Hugo,” “The Italian Job”
Dan Lemmon – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “King Kong”
John Rosengrant – “Real Steel,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”
Eric Saindon – “Avatar,” “X-Men The Last Stand”
R. Christopher White – “The Lovely Bones,” “Jurassic Park III”
Guy Williams – “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avatar”
Joss Williams – “Hugo,” “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

J.C. Chandor – “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation (Jodaieye Nadar az Simin),” “Beautiful City (Shahr-e ziba)”
(also invited to the Directors Branch)
Michel Hazanavicius* – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” (also invited to the
Directors Branch)
Grant Heslov* – “The Ides of March,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (also invited to the
Producers Branch)
Stephen King – “Pet Sematary,” “Creepshow”
Oren Moverman – “The Messenger,” “I’m Not There”
Annie Mumolo – “Bridesmaids”
Nicholas Stoller – “The Muppets,” “Get Him to the Greek”
Peter Straughan – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats”
Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”

2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Reality-Competition Series

2012 Nomination Predictions
1. The Amazing Race
2. American Idol
3. Top Chef
4. The Voice
5. Project Runway
6. So You Think You Can Dance?

Other Contenders - Dancing With the Stars, The Glee Project, The X Factor, Survivor, RuPaul's Drag Race, Chopped
Commentary - Will anything beat The Amazing Race? Top Chef managed to do it two years ago, but I don't know if it can pull it off again, although a nomination is certain. As is a nod for American Idol, although many agree that it has lost some its luster, and its press this year has been about how it is losing its ratings dominance. The last three slots are toss ups between four shows. I think The Voice has risen so much in popularity in its 2nd season, and critics are calling it better than Idol. I think it now has enough of a push to make the cut. Project Runway could get in again, but I think its weaker than it once was. PR is in a toss up with the two dancing shows for the last two slots. All three got in last year, but with The Voice, one is going to have to be left out. Right now I'm going with Dancing With the Stars, although it could go anyway.

2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries

2012 Nomination Predictions
1. Jessica Lange "American Horror Story"
2. Judy Davis "Page Eight"
3. Sarah Paulson "Game Change"
4. Mare Winningham "Hatfields & McCoys"
5. Gillian Anderson "Great Expectations"

Other Contenders - Frances Conroy "American Horror Story", Rosario Dawson "Five", Tammy Blanchard "Of Two Minds", Jean Malone "Hatfields & McCoys", Lara Pulver "Sherlock"
Commentary - Looks like it is a six person race for five spots. Of all the contenders, Jessica Lange is the name that stands out. She was so convincing and devilish in AHS, and such a well-liked actress among the Television Academy, that I honestly don't know if anyone can beat her. Beyond Lange, there are a few locks. Judy Davis was probably in the lead before AHS switched categories, but a nomination should be no trouble. It shouldn't be any trouble either for Sarah Paulson, who was a standout among the popular Game Change, which will probably rack up a lot of nods. Mare Winningham was nominated last year for Mildred Pierce, and I thought she was much better this time around in Hatfields & McCoys, so my guess is that she gets in once again. In the last slot, I would love to put Frances Conroy, but I wonder if Jessica Lange overshadowed her too much for both to get in. So instead I am going with Gillian Anderson who was a bright spot in Great Expectations.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Rules for the 85th Academy Awards

Here are some of the new rules approved for the next Academy Award ceremony. Most are minimal, although some will have an effect:
  • In the Makeup category, the hairstylist for The Iron Lady was not included in the winner's circle, so now the category will be known as Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
  • For Best Original Song, which appears to hang on another year, a fourth songwriter can be included (A controversy in the past), if the Executive Committee feels that it is a "rare and extraordinary circumstance".
  • In Foreign Language, films are to be submitted in 35mm or DCP, but are no longer required to be exhibited in those formats in their countries of origin.
  • Executive Committee will also let members choose for Visual Effects from a list of 10 films for the final nomination process.
So with the exception of the Makeup category, most of the rules will have no discernable effect on the ceremony, and the Best Picture category looks like it will stick with last year's format at least one more year.

2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Reality Host

2012 Nomination Predictions
1. Jeff Probst "Survivor"
2. Phil Keoghan "The Amazing Race"
3. Ryan Seacrest "American Idol"
4. Cat Deeley "So You Think You Can Dance?"
5. Tom Bergeron "Dancing With the Stars"
6. Betty White "Off Their Rockers"

Other Contenders - Padma Lakshmi "Top Chef", Heidi Klum "Project Runway", RuPaul Charles "RuPaul's Drag Race", Carson Daly "The Voice"
Commentary - Once again I am sticking with the lineup from last year, as Emmy voters have proven just how stale and repetitive they can be in the Reality and Variety sections, as evidenced by last year's compelte lack of surprises in both the nominations and winners. So last year's five nominated hosts, look to repeat with nominations. I however think that this may be where they expand to six to include the great Betty White, who is beloved by the Television Academy. If there are only five, I think that White still has a great chance, and will most likely take out one of the dancing hosts, Deeley or Bergeron. The first three, Keoghan, Seacrest, and Probst are locked and loaded, and the three most likely to acutally take home the Emmy.

2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Variety Series

2012 Nomination Predictions
1. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2. The Colbert Report
3. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
4. Saturday Night Live
5. Conan
6. Real Time with Bill Maher

Other Contenders - Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately
Commentary - I am currently predicting the same lineup as last year, although there are a few contenders not in the top six that could come and upset the apple cart. Of the six predicted, I feel pretty confident about The Daily Show, who will probably win again, The Colbert Report, and SNL, even though it may have lost of its luster as of late. I am also pretty certain about Jimmy Fallon, who has had a good year, and had some huge publicity for his interview with the President (I am personally rooting for him this year, because as a Carolina senior, I was able to go to the filming of that particular episode). The last two slots are a little tricky. Conan was nominated last year, although many hadn't predicted it, so I don't expect anything less. A lot of people are looking at Jimmy Kimmel, which is not a bad choice, but, while Real Time has never been a big winner at the Emmys, it has been a constant nominee, and at this point, I'm just not ready to bet against it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

BAFTA and Daytime News Bits

Here are two pieces of news for the Daytime Emmys and the BAFTA's
  • I always kind of liked the fact that the BAFTA's released long lists, it made them different, and let us know their process which was nice. Instead of trying to stand out, apparently the British Academy wants to become more like its American counterpart, and is combining their two step processing of long list chapters into one. They will also switch their nominating and winning voting procedures almost mirroring the Oscars. I personally will miss the long lists, and we'll have to wait and see if this changes the outcome or predicted outcome of the nominees/winners/
  • NATAS is considering combining its once three separate ceremonies into one for the Daytime, Sports, and News Emmys. This will take some manuevering considering they come at different points throughout the year. Furthermore, I wonder if they will no do away completely with a televised ceremony, or will they just make it extra long. The ratings this year were down 67% from their all time low, although between repeats it had about 2 million viewers which is good for HLN, but terrible for the telecast. If they keep going like this, then I have no doubt we will not see any more televised Emmys except for the Primetime ones.

RIP Nora Ephron

Some incredibly sad news. The talented and wonderful Nora Ephron succumbed to her battle with cancer at the age of 71. She was effortlessly funny, and contributed a lot to the film industry as a writer, producer, actress, and director. Some of her works included Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia, Silkwood, and When Harry Met Sally... My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends who are mourning tonight. Rest in peace old friend.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The 2nd Annual Awards Psychic Television Award Winners

Best Drama Series
Winner - The Good Wife
Runner Up - Homeland, Parenthood
Commentary - Last year, Parenthood triumphed, narrowly beating out The Good Wife. While both had great seasons this year, I have to give a nod to The Good Wife. Even in its third, it still remains the best drama on network television. It is smart, sizzling, and always entertaining. Plus, its intriguing cliffhangers heading into the fourth season leave me, and millions of Americans only wanting more.

Best Comedy Series
Winner - Parks & Recreation
Runner Up - Modern Family and New Girl
Commentary - For the second year in a row, Parks & Recreation takes home the Awards Psychic Television Award. I didn't feel that this was necessarily the strongest season for the show, but it still managed to be one of the funniest shows on television, and a wonderful vehicle for its talented cast. Modern Family may have been two spots ahead of it at year's end, but by the end of the season, Parks and Rec narrowly beat it out again.

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - Peter Krause "Parenthood"
Runner-Up - Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad"
Commentary - Bryan Cranston always gives an electrifying performance, and will probably win another Emmy this year for his performance. While some may say that I am crazy for picking Peter Krause instead, I think that what he does on a weekly basis is jsut as impressive. It may be a hell of a lot more subtle, but the passion, heartwarming role as a loving father, husband, son, and brother is always spectacular, and consistently provides a great model for all the dads out there.

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife"
Runner Up - Claire Danes, Lauren Graham "Parenthood", and Katey Segal "Sons of Anarchy"
Commentary - Last year's Emmy winner was particularly great in this season of The Good Wife, and while some may lament that this is an incredibly obvious and mainstream choice, I think it is also a well-deserved one, for one of the consistently great  television actors of our time, and her ever-impressive role as Alicia.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Louis C.K. "Louie"
Runner Up - Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory" and Larry David "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Commentary - Louis C.K. surprisingly got an Emmy nod last year, and after discovering the magic that is Louie on FX, I can say it was a well-deserved nod. He is televisions "it" guy at this moment, and its not hard to see why as Louie remains one of the funniest shows on TV, mostly due to the talent of C.K.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - (TIE) Amy Poehler "Parks & Recreation" & Eva Longoria "Desperate Housewives"
Runner Up - Julia Louis-Dreyfuss "Veep"
Commentary - The first name is an obvious choice as Amy Poehler has consistently provided Parks & Rec with an awesome lead performance, and has taken a show that was so-so in its first season, and turned it into one of the best shows on television. The other one has been a personal favorite of mine. No matter what ridiculous storyline they threw at Gabrielle Solis, Eva Longoria handled it with class, grace, emotion, and lots of humor. She may not be a conventional choice, but after eight seasons of being ignored by the Emmys, it is time that Eva gets her due.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - John Noble "Fringe"
Runner Up - Giancarlo Esposito "Breaking Bad"
Commentary - Fringe has its critics and its fans, and personally I enjoy the show, and particularly enjoy John Noble's performance, while many say it is too over-the-top. This season on Fringe, Noble once again was a scene stealer, and proved why he gives one of the best performances on TV.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Archie Panjabi "The Good Wife"
Runner Up - Sandra Oh "Grey's Anatomy" and Regina King "Soutland"
Commentary - Kalinda is quite possibly my favorite character on television, and her cliffhanger at this the end of this season was tension-ridden, and provided a perfect platfrom for Panjabi to show off her talent. Her perfect mix of bad-ass-ness and vulnerability, showcased a depth of character that I thought was missing in some of the previous seasons with her character.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Max Greenfield "New Girl"
Runner Up - Ed O'Neill "Modern Family"
Commentary - New Girl was such a fun and quirky show this year, that it deserves something. And while Zooey Deschanel is definitely in my top five for Best Actress, there is so much stiff competition that she didn't quite make it into the winner's circle. That being said, in this category, there was no one I could think of but Max Greenfield. His character Schmidt was so ridiculous, so funny, and stole every scene he was in, and definitely was a stand out among a great set of contenders.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Kristen Wiig "Saturday Night Live"
Runner Up - Busy Phillips "Cougar Town"
Commentary - I didn't realize how much I loved Kristen Wiig on SNL untile I realized just how big of a hole she will leave in her absense. She was always a bright spot, even in the last couple of years when SNL has lost some of its luster. While I am thrilled she is moving on to bigger and better things, I am glad I had one last opportunity to honor her for her years of hard work and humor.

Best TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - American Horror Story
Runner Up - Game Change
Commentary - While I am finally starting to get used to the fact that this is in a miniseries format, although it still feels a bit like category fraud, I liked this show so much that I am willing to overlook it. American Horror Story wasn't exactly awe-inspiring, but it was creepy, horrifying without too many cheesy gimmicks, and filled with some great performances. It was an entertaining show that never let up, and always had plenty of twists and turns. If its new story has as much bite as this first year's then we are in for a real treat.

Best Actor in TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Woody Harrelson "Game Change"
Runner Up - Idris Elba "Luther"
Commentary - Game Change was a rousing political drama, mostly due to its performances, and Woody Harrelson as McCain's campaign manager, and the tumultuous relationship that he developed with Palin was played with gusto.

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Julianne Moore "Game Change"
Runner Up - Connie Britton "American Horror Story"
Commetnary - Damn, I thought Tina Fey was good. Then Julianne Moore came along. She was stunning as Sarah Palin, capturing vulnerability, ignorance, and fight, all the good and the bad about the former Vice Presidential candidate with class that should please both fans and opponents of Palin.

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Evan Peters "American Horror Story"
Runner Up - Ed Harris "Game Change"
Commentary - Evan Peters just plain scared the crap out of me. Well scared is not the right term. He was just so disturbing and twisted in American Horror Story that his performance has forever been burned on my memory. Pretty impressive for such a young talent.

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Winner - Jessica Lange "American Horror Story"
Runner Up - Sarah Paulson "Game Change"
Commentary - Really no explanation needed. She was simply jaw-dropping astonishing week after week.

Best Animated Series
Winner - Archer
Runner Up - Family Guy
Commentary - Archer is so outrageously crude, offensive and funny, that no other Animated series can match it. It is also extremely clever, and thoroughly entertaining.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners

I will be live blogging the winners as they come in. Enjoy the show!:

Best Drama Series - General Hospital
Best Talk Show (Entertainment) - Live With Regis and Kelly!
Best Talk Show (Informative) - The Dr. Oz Show
Best Talk Show Host - Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa "Live with Regis and Kelly"
Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Heather Tom "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Anthony Geary "General Hospital"
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nancy Grahn "General Hospital"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Jonathan Jackson "General Hospital"
Best Younger Actor in a Drama Series - Chandler Massey "Days of Our Lives"
Best Younger Actress in a Drama Series - Christel Khalil "The Young and the Restless"
Best Performer in a Children's Series - Kevin Clash as Elmo "Sesame Street"
Best Children's Animated Program - Penguins of Madagascar
Best Morning Program - The Today Show
Best Culinary Program - Bobby Flay's Barbeque Addiction
Best Lifestyle/Culinary Host - Sandra Lee "Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee"
Best Game/Audience Participation Show - Jeopardy!
Best Game Show Host - Todd Newton "Family Game Night"
Best Legal/Courtroom Show - Last Shot with Judge Gunn
Best Directing Team for a Drama Series - General Hospital
Best Writing Team for a Drama Series - Days of Our Lives
Best New Directions in Daytime Television - Take This Lollipop

Okay, so a few thoughts on the Daytime Emmys:

1) I suck at predicting, and apologize for that, but then again, so did most of the so-called experts who have followed these awards for years, as it seems we all missed the mark.
2) Despite a host, this moved along at a bit of a clip, but was kind of boring, no over the top emotional moments, no Susan Lucci winning moments, not a lot of fun either. But at least it was short, sweet, and to the point.
3) What a crock that All My Children and One Life to Live got such terrible tributes. I thought the Guiding Light one was minuscule, but at least they showed some clips. Hopefully, next year, at least One Life to Live will get something better.

Good Night guys, and tune in tomorrow or maybe Monday for The 2nd Annual Awards Psychic Television Award Winners, Part III of the Top 100 Films of the 1990's, and continued Emmy/Oscar coverage as we move into July!

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Drama Series

Will Win - General Hospital
Should Win - The Young and the Restless
Could Win - All My Children
Commentary - While I think that some lingering love and good will for All My Children's run is probable, General Hospital looks like it is going to sweep up at this year's awards and take the prize.

Friday, June 22, 2012

2012 BET Award Nominees

So apparently I really missed the boat on this one. However, to make up for it, on July 1, next Sunday, I will be live blogging the winners!:

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé featuring J. Cole: "Party"
Big Sean featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash "Marvin & Chardonnay"
DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne: "I'm on One"
Drake featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga: "The Motto"
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding: "Otis"
Wale featuring Miguel: "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Big Sean
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry

Video of the Year
Beyoncé: "Countdown"
Beyoncé: "Love on Top"
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West): "N***as in Paris"
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding: "Otis"
Usher: "Climax"

Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown and Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best Nw Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy Future
Meek Mill

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune and FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping the Broom
Laugh at My Pain
Red Tails
The Help

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award
Beyoncé: "Love on Top"
Chris Brown: "Turn Up the Music"
Drake featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga: "The Motto"
Mindless Behavior: "Hello"
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding: "Otis"
Wale featuring Miguel: "Lotus Flower Bomb"

Centric Award
Robert Glasper,
Robin Thicke

Best International Act
AfricaCamp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK
Emeli Sande
Wretch 32

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Talk Show (Informative)

Will Win - The Dr. Oz Show
Could Win/Should Win - Anderson
Commentary - A really close call between the establisment, aka Dr. Oz, and newcomer to Daytime, although not to the industry, Anderson Cooper. I think this is an incredibly close race, but Daytime favorite Dr. Oz is my prediction to take another Emmy.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Talk Show (Entertainment"

Will Win/Should Win - The Ellen Degeneres Show
Could Win - The View, Live with Regis & Kelly
Commentary - Once again a close race, between perennial winner Ellen, versus The View. In this case, I think Ellen takes the prize again, although The View, after years of instability with its hosts, may have finally found its rhythmn.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Actor

Will Win/Should Win - Anthony Geary "General Hospital"
Commentary - Unlike the crowded Best Actress race, this one looks like smooth sailing. Geary has won this award enough times, and had a great year on GH. I think he has this one in the bag.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Actress

Will Win - Debbi Morgan "All My Children"
Could Win - Heather Tom "The Bold and the Beautiful", Erika Slezak "All My Children", Laura Wright "General Hospital"
Commentary - This appears to be a three way race that does not have a frontrunner at all. Heather Tom could easily win for her role on B&B, as she is a long running soap actress with a huge history with the Daytime Emmys including three wins. There is also Erika Slezak who has won a grand total of six Emmys for her role on the now cancelled One Life to Live. Now I know what your thinking: with that kind of star power, why are neither one of them your choice? Well, I think that All My Children's Debbi Morgan, also a previous winner, has the benefit of double exposure, which includes her new role on Y&R. Voters will be viewing her on several occasions, and as we have seen before with many awards ceremonies, so much exposure can really help boost your chances.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Anna Karenina Trailer

With Joe Wright and Kiera Knightley teaming up again, Oscar voters will be on the watch. I personally think the film looks a little boring, but then again, I've never been a sucker for the long, dramatic period pieces. But I'm sure that with its cast, director, and wonderful text and creative elements, that this will end up being a celebrated film come awards season.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Supporting Actor

Will Win/Should Win - Jonathan Jackson "General Hospital"
Commentary - It seems as if the consensus is that Jonathan Jackson will easily win another Emmy for his supporting role on General Hospital. I could make an argument for some of the other choices, but I think that  that would be a waste of time, as Jackson is far ahead of his competition.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Will Win - Rebecca Herbst "General Hospital"
Should Win/Could Win - Genie Francis "The Young and the Restless"
Commentary - At first I wasn't thrilled about Genie Francis' character on Y&R, but over the last year she has proven herself a professional and a trooper, and has now become integrated as part of the cast, and has handled her storylines, some of which were ridiculous with class. That being said, I think she will come in a close second to her former GH co-star Rebecca Herbst, who will win her first Daytime Emmy on her third try. You know what they say, third time's a charm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Master Teaser Trailer #2

An odd trailer to say the least. I think that at the least we are going to get a psychological interesting film with great performances. Or it could be a masterpiece.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Best Younger Actor

Will Win - Chad Duell "General Hospital"
Could Win - Chandler Massey "Days of Our Lives" and Eddie Alderson "One Life to Live"
Commentary - Alderson is an outside possibility, but the real battle is between Duell and Massey. Honestly it looks like this is a toss up that could go either way. I don't know which has the stronger episode submission, but I figure that General Hospital is the stronger show overall, and may be enough of an edge for Duell to pull out the gold.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Younger Actress

Will Win/Should Win - Christel Khalil "The Young and the Restless"
Could Win - Shelley Hennig "Days of Our Lives" and Jacqueline Macinnes Wood "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Commentary - While I think that Henning and Wood are definite possibilities, Khalil has had some great moments over the last year as Lily on Y&R, and I think that she will finally win her first Emmy after four nominations.

2012 Critics' Choice Television Winners

A pretty good list, although in many ways, particularly the acting races in for Drama and Comedy, could be the exact same at the Emmys, or pretty close. That being said there were a few surprises especially Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch. Maybe Downton Abbey has paved the way for another British invasion, and it will be interesting if it repeats at the Emmys against American productions like Game Change and Hatfields & McCoys. On a personal note, I loved the win for Archer, as it is one of the most clever and interesting shows on television.

Best Comedy Series - Community
Best Comedy Actor - Louis C.K. "Louie"
Best Comedy Actress - (TIE) Amy Poehler "Parks & Recreation" and Zooey Deschanel "New Girl"
Best Comedy Supporting Actor - Ty Burrell "Modern Family"
Best Comedy Supporting Actress - Julie Bowen "Modern Family"
Best Comedy Guest Performer - Paul Rudd "Parks & Recreation"
Best Drama Series - Homeland
Best Drama Actor - Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad"
Best Drama Actress - Claire Danes "Homeland"
Best Drama Supporting Actor - Giancarlo Esposito "Breaking Bad"
Best Drama Supporting Actress - Christina Hendricks "Mad Men"
Best Drama Guest Performer - Lucy Liu "Southland"
Best Movie/Miniseries - Sherlock
Best Movie/Miniseries Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch "Sherlock"
Best Movie/Miniseries Actress - Julianne Moore "Game Change"
Best Reality Series - Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Best Reality Series/Competition - The Voice
Best Reality Host - Tom Bergeron/Cat Deeley "Dancing With the Stars/So You Think You Can Dance?"
Best Talk Show - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Best Animated Series - Archer

Monday, June 18, 2012

Top 100 Films of the 1990's: Part II

90. Office Space (1999) - Cult classic is a term thrown around way too often for things that don't deserve it, but 1999's Office Space isn't one of those films. In all senses of the word, Office Space has truly stood the test of time because of the fans that brought it back to life despite its initial failures. More than a decade after its box-office flop, Office Space continues to live on in infamy as one of the best satires on the Dilbert-esque world of buisness to ever grace the silver screen. It is frequently funny, well-acted by its entire cast, and most importantly, relies on the unusual and jabbing wit of the talent Mike Judge, famous for many by his successful 13 year run of the hit animated series King of the Hill (one of my personal favorites), his abilities to attack the corporate world without losing credibility help make Office Space shine, and for all the workers out there, I too refuse to work on Saturdays, no matter what my boss says.

89. A League of Their Own (1992) - This is a personal favorite, and while some may claim that it is too light to be considered on any best-of list, I dare you find one person who doesn't know the infamous line, "There's no crying in baseball", and one person who doesn't find this film a charming, engaging film filled with memorable performances, and a wonderful story about an important step in women's history that is often forgotten in modern history lessons. It manages to balance its humor with its more dramatic moments, and tackles some serious issues regarding feminism with an air of lightness that makes the medicine go down easy, and embraces its quirky characterizations with gusto, giving every woman something that makes them more than just nameless pretty faces. Penny Marshall and her team assembled a wonderfully entertaining movie filled with memorable moments, and incredible entertainment value, and that is worht celebrating.

88. Clerks (1994) - One of the weirdest, quirkiest, memorable films of the 1990's, Clerks is truly an original concept that showcased a truly authentic filmmaker in Kevin Smith. Clerks is the simple, and somewhat boring premise that two convienence store clerks that spend a day driving customers away and having only semi-stimulating conversation about their perceptions of the world. But somehow, despite its premise that doesn't seem like movie material, the film really works, and manages to be one of the most eccentric films of this generation. It is also incredible funny, insightful, and just random enough to make up for its slim premise. It also challenges film conventions in a way that many films refuse to do. It doesn't understand the term "politically correct", it challenges formal film conventions, and manages to make a statement without preaching. A truly original work.

87. The Fisher King (1991) - Terry Gilliam has made some incredible films over the years, most of which have been overlooked by the mainstream public. And while 1991's The Fisher King may not be a masterpiece like say Brazil, but it still remains one of his best. and one of the most relatable. The reason The Fisher King works on more levels than some of his more obscure works is that it deftly combines his normally wacky and obscure world with a level of heart and affection that can sometimes be missing from his work. This is mostly thanks to the incredible talents of Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams, their on-screen chemisty and emotionally effective performances add humanity and class to the film making it a heart-wrenching and human film at the same time that it is a showcase for Gilliam's signature style.

86. Ghost (1990)  - One of the most memorable images of film has to be a ghostly Patrick Swayze putting his arms around a young Demi Moore as they mold clay. It is a haunting beautiful image that perfectly portrays why Ghost has remained in the American conscious 22 years since its inception. Hell it has even led to a new Broadway show. At its heart, Ghost is one of the most romantic movies of all time, that is engaging and heart-wrenching. But Ghost has something that most romantic films don't. It also has frightening moments, moments of fear and terror and sadness, along with some heart-pumping action moments, as well as some humor and heart, particularly from Whoopi Goldberg in the role that earned her her well-deserved Oscar. But what really hold the glue of this wild story together is the magnetism and chemistry of its stars, whose love is truly felt by the audience.

85. Barton Fink (1991) - The Coen Brothers finally won an Oscar in 2007 for their terrifying work No Country For Old Men. But throughout the 1990's, the Coens made one great film after another, creating a signature body of work that is quite unlike any others in the American film legacy. 1991's Barton Fink is probably not the most popular of their films, but it is quite possibly one of their best. The story of a writer facing the grueling pain of writer's block may not sound like anything new or original, but with the Coen's dark wit and strangely weird style, combined with affective performances, particularly from John Turturro and John Goodman makes Barton Fink a truly original work that will not be soon forgotten. Most importantly it manages to be just quirky and funny enough to be highly entertaining, slightly awkward, and always effective. A true feat.

84. Leaving Las Vegas (1995) - Nowadays Nicholas Cage's career is one huge joke, making one crappy film after another. This is a sad turn considering the once promising career that he once had, probably peaking with this once in a lifetime performance in Leaving Las Vegas, a role that won him an Oscar no less. Cage wasn't the only won that stole the screen, as Elisabeth Shue was pretty damn fanastic as well, and the brutually honest chemistry that the two share sends firecrackers across the screen, as they traverse the ups and downs of this less-than-feel-good films about suicide, the sideffects of overdrinking, and the depressing twists and turns that life throws at you. This is not a film for the weak at heart, but instead a film for those that don't always seek comfort, but instead liked to be challenged by a film that is not exactly fun to watch, but also thoroughly engaging and one that is worth your time, if you have the guts to endure it.

83. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) -  Sure its kind of cheesy, oh hell its extremely cheesy. Sure it is a manipulative romantic comedy that ends exactly as it is supposed to. But you know what, I dare you to find anyone who doesn't know this film or seen it, and who doesn't get lost in its frames as Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally find each other in romantic bliss. Sleepless in Seattle is an effortlessly charming film, mostly due to its leads, whose chemistry is wonderful, and its winding path to love is one of the most effective romances ever depicted on the silver screen. Sure, some will argue that the fact that they don't meet till the final frame is a stunt, but it is a light and effervescent stunt that is easily pulled off with class. Basically, whether the men in the crowd, or the snob critics will admit it, Sleepless in Seattles is an indulgent treat that is extremely satisfying.

82. Magnolia (1999) - Paul Thomas Anderson is a masterful director whose various stories are some of the most engaging in American cinema, which makes me extremely excited for this year's The Master. His ability to effectively weave a plethora of stories of fascinating characters dealing with crisis, is a reminder of great directors such as Robert Altman. But where Altman sought to find the humor in life, in Magnolia, Anderson pulls out excellent performances, particularly Tom Cruise, and manages to find the psychologically dramatic effect of trauma on a variety of people. It is professionally weaved into a taut story, that despite its length never manages to lose the audience's interest, and also manages to give every character his or her due, and explores depths into the human psyche that few directors are willing to tackle.

81. Rushmore (1998) - The other great Anderson director is Wes Anderson. However, he diverges from PTA's darkness, and instead goes for the quirky, a trend he has continued to this very day. On paper, Rushmore is a coming-of-age story about a young man who is trying to find his own special place in the world while going through prep school. But weird, yet engaging performances from Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, and an incredibly funny, well-written, and dry script from Anderson, along with Owen Wilson (yes that Owen Wilson), elevates this film to one of the best comedies of the 1990's and certaintly one of the most memorable. I would also like to note Anderson's use of music. So few films utilize great songs in just the perfect places to capture the emotion, and if they are looking for a template, look no further than the excellent Rushmore.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Game Show

Will Win - Cash Cab
Should Win/Could Win - Jeopardy!
Commentary - A really close race, last year Jeopardy! triumphed, probably trying to match up with the lifetime achievement awards for Pat Sejack and Alex Trebek. While it is still a close race, I think that without another award dangling over the competition, that Cash Cab will prevail instead this year.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Legal/Courtroom Show

Will Win - Judge Joe Brown
Could Win - We the People with Gloria Alred
Commentary - Not really a close race, according to most pundits Joe Brown will take this one in a walk. Honestly I don't watch any of these nominated shows, so my personal opinions would not be much use to you all out there. So I'll go with the majority on this one, and stick with Brown.

2012 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners

The Electric Company PBS and Jack Hanna's Into the Wild SYNDICATED

MiO / The Seven MTV

Cars.TV Cars.TV

Design Squad PBS

Sesame Street PBS

General Hospital: “Brenda Wedding” & “Kidnapping” ABC

The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Promises SYNDICATED

Transformers: Prime The Hub

Super Soul Sunday OWN: Oprah Winfrey

Style Exposed: Baring it All The Style Network

JUNE FORAY, as MRS. CAULDRON for The Garfield Show Cartoon Network

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS

General Hospital ABC

General Hospital ABC

The Bold and the Beautiful CBS and The Young and the Restless CBS

One Life To Live ABC

All My Children ABC
The Young and the Restless CBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

All My Children ABC

The Young and the Restless CBS

General Hospital ABC Dust

General Hospital ABC

The Nate Berkus Show SYNDICATED

The Fresh Beat Band Nickelodeon

Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon

Sesame Street PBS

America's Test Kitchen PBS

Today Show NBC

The Fresh Beat Band Nickelodeon



JOEL FAJNOR, Art Director

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Nickelodeon

ERNIE GILBERT, Character Designer

T.U.F.F. Puppy Nickelodeon

CHRISTOPHE VACHER, Supervising Color Designer

Transformers Prime The Hub

The Ellen DeGeneres Show SYNDICATED

The Oprah Winfrey Show SYNDICATED

Green Screen Adventures MeTV
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee Food Network

Big Morning Buzz Live VH1

Sesame Street PBS

The Wonder Pets! Nickelodeon

Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon - In the Happy Little Land of Hoboken Surprise

85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC - (Won't You) Join Our Parade

The Electric Company PBS

Equitrekking PBS

Sesame Street PBS

Sesame Street PBS

85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC

The Ellen DeGeneres Show SYNDICATED

Sesame Street PBS

WordGirl PBS

Sesame Street PBS

Days of Our Lives NBC

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Nickelodeon

The Time I...(Shoes) Disney Channel

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Nickelodeon

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Nickelodeon

Sunday, June 17, 2012

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Culinary Show

Will Win - Giada at Home
Should Win - Guy's Big Bite
Could Win - Bobby Flay's Barbeque Addiction
Commentary - Once again, a lot of people love Giada and think that she is great. I watch her show every once in a while, but sometimes her enthusiasm is just a little too much. I prefer the enthusiastic, but not too enthusastic presentation of Guy instead. In terms of the win, it seems that Bobby is the one that could unseat his pal Giada, as he is a popular host that is all over the Food Network.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Morning Show

Will Win/Should Win - Today
Could Win - Good Morning America
Commentary - With only two nominees, its a 50/50 split that could honestly go either way. My money is on Today, which is probably the better of the two, but GMA is popular, and could garner enough support. The pundits seem to be about a 60-40 split in favor of Today.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Writing and Directing Teams

Best Writing Team for Drama Series
Will Win - General Hospital
Should Win - The Young and the Restless
Could Win - All My Children

Commentary - My personal choice would be the writing staff of Y&R, but it seems like this is a horserace between General Hospital and All My Children. I think that GH will take the prize, unless voters want to reward AMC in honor of its departure from the daytime scene.

Best Directing Team for a Drama Series
Will Win - General Hospital
Should Win - The Young and the Restless
Could Win - One Life to Live

Commentary - Once again GH comes out on top, but its main rival is the other cancelled soap One Life to Live.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Talk Show Host

Will Win - Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa "Live With Regis and Kelly"
Could Win - Anderson Cooper "Anderson" and Mehmet Oz "The Dr. Oz Show"
Commentary - A lot of people are forming around the idea that Regis and Kelly will win one last time, celebrating Regis Philbin's retirement. I think that it is definitely the easiest choice, but I dare say that Dr. Oz, who has won before, and Anderson Cooper are strong contenders, and as we have seen many times at these types of ceremonies, sometimes voters fell sentimental, sometimes they don't. It just depends on how they feel when the mark their ballots. Maybe they've already gotten use to Kelly by herself, and have forgotten. We'll just have to wait and see.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Best Game Show Host

Will Win/Should Win - Ben Bailey "Cash Cab"
Could Win - Meredith Viera "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"
Commentary - Without the usual suspects of Alex Trebek and Pat Sejack, this category feels a little empty. But Bailey is a natural at Cash Cab and has won this category before. While the ever-popular Meredith Viera could give him a run for his money, I think he will ultimately prevail.

2012 Daytime Emmy Predictions: Culinary/Lifestyle Host

Will Win - Giada de Laurentis "Giada at Home"
Should Win - Paula Deen "Paula's Best Dishes"
Could Win - Deen or Nate Berkus "The Nate Berkus Show"

Commentary - I know that Paula Deen grinds some people's gears, but as a Southerner, we have soft spot for her, especially compared to the always-hyped, too-happy Giada, who sometimes just gets on my nerves. Nate Berkus is also a possibility, but I think that Emmy voters will go for Giada, even if I don't.

The 2nd Annual Award Psychic Television Awards: Nominees

Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Grey’s Anatomy
Mad Men

Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Cougar Town
Desperate Housewives
Modern Family
New Girl
Parks & Recreation
30 Rock

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”
Kelsey Grammer “Boss”
Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
Dustin Hoffman “Luck”
Peter Krause “Parenthood”
Damian Lewis “Homeland”
William H. Macy “Shameless”
Timothy Olyphant “Justified”

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close ‘Damages”
Claire Danes “Homeland”
Lauren Graham “Parenthood”
Julianna Margulies “The Good Wife”
Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men”
Ellen Pompeo “Grey’s Anatomy”
Katey Segal “Sons of Anarchy”
Anna Torv “Fringe”

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. “Louie”
Don Cheadle “House of Lies”
Larry David “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Johnny Galecki “The Big Bang Theory”
Rob McElhenney “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
Joel McHale “Community”
Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”
Adam Scott “Parks & Recreation”

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courtney Cox “Cougar Town”
Kaley Cuoco “The Big Bang Theory”
Zooey Deschanel “New Girl”
Tina Fey “30 Rock”
Eva Longoria “Desperate Housewives”
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler “Parks & Recreation”

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Josh Charles “The Good Wife”
Alan Cumming “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage “Game of Thrones”
Giancarlo Esposito “Breaking Bad”
Walton Goggins “Justified”
John Noble “Fringe”
Mandy Patinkin “Homeland”
Aaron Paul ‘Breaking Bad”
Dax Shepard “Parenthood”

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn “Breaking Bad”
Christina Hendricks “Mad Men”
Regina King “Southland”
Sandra Oh “Grey’s Anatomy”
Archie Panjabi “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith “Downton Abbey”
Chandra Wilson “Grey’s Anatomy”

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson “Modern Family”
Donald Glover “Community”
Max Greenfield “New Girl”
Tony Hale “Veep”
Nick Offerman “Parks & Recreation”
Ed O’Neill “Modern Family”
Danny Pudi “Community”
Eric Stonestreet “Modern Family”

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen “Modern Family”
Alison Brie “Community”
Anna Chlumsky “Veep”
Jane Krakowski “30 Rock”
Busy Phillips “Cougar Town”
Annie Potts “GCB”
Anna Deveare Smith “Nurse Jackie”
Sofia Vergara “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig “SNL”

Best Television Movie/Miniseries
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour

Best Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Kevin Costner “Hatfields & McCoys”
Idris Elba “Luther”
Woody Harrelson “Game Change”
Dylan McDermott “American Horror Story”
Bill Nighy “Page Eight”
Bill Paxton “Hatfields & McCoys”
Dominic West “The Hour”

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Connie Britton “American Horror Story”
Patricia Clarkson “Five”
Nicole Kidman “Hemingway and Gelhorn”
Julianne Moore “Game Change”
Emily Watson “Appropriate Adult”
Rachel Weisz “Page Eight”

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Powers Booth “Hatfields & McCoys”
Ralph Fiennes “Page Eight”
Ed Harris “Game Change”
Peter MacNicol “Game Change”
Denis O’Hare “American Horror Story”
Evan Peters “American Horror Story”
David Strathairn “Hemingway and Gelhorn”

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Frances Conroy “American Horror Story”
Judy Davis “Page Eight”
Rosario Dawson “Five”
Jessica Lange “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson “Game Change
Mare Winningham “Hatfields & McCoys”

Best Animated Series
American Dad
Family Guy
Robot Chicken
The Simpsons