Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Best of the Emmy Awards: Winners - Best Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries

Winner - (TIE) Cicely Tyson "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and Meryl Streep "Angels in America"

Runners Up - Ingrid Bergman "A Woman Called Golda", Julianne Moore "Game Change", Sally Field "Sybil"

Commentary - Two titans of acting share this award. Meryl Streep's various characters in Angels in America range from haunting to tormenting, but all of them show us exactly why we love Meryl Streep so much. She was simply impeccable. The other is a personal favorite that pulls my heartstrings. I have a degree in American History, and in a slave seminar I took, a classmate told us about her grandparents. They had just recently passed away, both above the century mark. They were sharecroppers, and their parents were slaves. We think we are so far removed from it, but we're not. When she was telling us this story, I got goosebumps, and in the back of my mind, I thought of Miss Jane Pittman. This story of resilience and memory, of redemption and change, is so powerful thanks to the incredible talents of Cicely Tyson. She plays Pittman with tenacity and heart-tugging emotion, and gives this incredible character so much life and historical impact.  An incredible performance.

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