Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Reality-Competition Series and Best Reality Host

Best Reality-Competition Series
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Other Contenders - RuPaul's Drag Race, Match Game, Survivor, So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent, Chopped, MasterChef Junior, Beat Bobby Flay

Commentary - I would love to see RuPaul's Drag Race make the cut, and his win in the Reality Host category gives me hope that it is at least on voters mind. But we have seen this before. Jane Lynch, Jeff Probst. They really do separate the host and program categories, so RuPaul winning doesn't necessarily translate to the show getting in. I will stick with the same six from last year, because, honestly, this is category where turnover rarely occurs.

Best Reality Host
Anthony Anderson "To Tell the Truth"
Alec Baldwin "Match Game"
Tom Bergeron "Dancing with the Stars"
RuPaul Charles "RuPaul's Drag Race"
Steve Harvey "Little Big Shots"
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn "Project Runway"

Other Contenders - Carson Daly "The Voice", Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party", Cat Deeley "So You Think You Can Dance?", Phil Keoghan "The Amazing Race", Jeff Probst "Survivor", Guy Fieri "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives"

Commentary - Ryan Seacrest and Jane Lynch are out, so that leaves two slots available. Carson Daly has yet to make it in despite The Voice winning the competition category several years in a row (another proof that host and program are viewed separately), and the others have either not proven themselves, or are simply been there done that. I think that two Emmy favorites, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson, will ride into those slots based on their personal popularity alone, and the huge year they both have had.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Variety Series - Talk and Sketch

Best Variety Series - Talk
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Late Show with James Corden
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Other Contenders - Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Chelsea, Conan, Talking wih Chris Hardwick, Watch What Happens Live

Commentary - This race is bound to be shaken up by the new political landscape. For example, I think the ballsy liberal coverage by the great Samantha Bee, and the revival of Stephen Colbert this season will pull them into this race. Fluff like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will probably be knocked out. The question is how far does this political thing go? Does Bill Maher overcome his recent n-word controversy and rejoin the race? Does The Daily Show, which has started to find its footing under Trevor Noah. But that means one of the "fun" shows gets knocked off. Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden seem safe, but Jimmy Fallon has had a rough year. Not only has his show been lost in the political fray for being apolitical, but that disastrous Trump interview during the campaign might be his death knell. I still think he gets in, because the voters here are usually afraid of anything new. But don't be surprised if the shakeup is bigger than we all thought.

Best Variety Series - Sketch
Documenary Now
Drunk History
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman's Show

Other Contenders - Billy on the Street, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Maya and Marty, The President Show, Comedy Bang Bang

Commentary - Only a few years after its inception, this category might be on its way out the door. It is stunningly weak without Inside Amy Schumer and Key and Peele. This finally means that probably Saturday Night Live will win this category. With most likely only five nominees, this leaves one slot (Amy Schumer or Key and Peele slot), and I think that Emmy vet Tracey Ullman will join last year's list.

2017 Television Critics Association Nominations

NDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us,” NBC
Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers” & “Fargo,” HBO & FX
Claire Foy, “The Crown,” Netflix
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies,” HBO
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette And Joan,” FX
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette And Joan,” FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things,” FX
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” Netflix
Kristen Bell, “The Good Place,” NBC
Donald Glover, “Atlanta,” FX
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO
Issa Rae, “Insecure,” HBO
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag,” Amazon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” TBS
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” HBO
“The Lead With Jake Tapper,” CNN
“O.J.: Made in America,” ESPN
“Planet Earth II,” BBC America
“Weiner,” Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
“The Circus,” Showtime
“The Great British Baking Show,” PBS
“The Keepers,” Netflix
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” A&E
“Shark Tank,” ABC
“Survivor: Game Changers,” CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS
“Doc McStuffins,” Disney Junior
“Elena of Avalor,” Disney Channel
“Odd Squad,” PBS
“Sesame Street,” HBO
“Speechless,” ABC

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
“Atlanta,” FX
“The Crown,” Netflix
“The Good Place,” NBC
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
“Stranger Things,” Netflix
“This Is Us,” NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
“Big Little Lies,” HBO
“Fargo,” FX
“Feud: Bette and Joan,” FX
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” Netflix
“The Night Of,” HBO
“Wizard of Lies,” HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“Better Call Saul,” AMC
“Stranger Things,” Netflix
“The Americans,” FX
“The Crown,” Netflix
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
“This Is Us,” NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“Atlanta,” FX
“black-ish,” ABC
“Fleabag,” Amazon
“Master of None,” Netflix
“The Good Place,” NBC
“Veep,” HBO

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“Atlanta,” FX
“Big Little Lies,” HBO
“Stranger Things,” Netflix
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
“The Leftovers,” HBO
“This Is Us,” NBC

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Actor

First 2018 Predictions
Matt Damon "Downsizing"
Daniel Day-Lewis "Phantom Thread"
Armie Hammer "Call Me By Your Name"
Hugh Jackman "The Greatest Showman"
Gary Oldman "Darkest Hour"

Other Contenders - Chadwick Boseman "Marshall", Tom Hanks "Untitled Steven Spielberg Project", Timothee Chalamet "Call Me By Your Name", Benedict Cumberbatch "The Current War", Joaquin Phoenix "You Were Never Really There", Javier Bardem "Mother!", Woody Harrelson "LBJ", Colin Farrell "The Killing of the Sacred Deer", Cillian Murphy "Dunkirk", Tom Hardy "Dunkirk", Jeremy Renner "Wind River", Denzel Washington "Inner City", Domnhall Gleeson "Goodbye Christopher Robin", Kumail Nanjiani "The Big Sick, Idris Elba "The Mountain Between", Robert Redford "Our Souls at Night", John Boyega "Detroit", Andrew Garfield "Breathe", Andrew Garfield "Under the Silver Lake", Christian Bale "Hostiles", Oakes Fegley "Wonderstruck", Liam Neeson "The Silent Man", Michael Fassbender "The Snowman", Ali Fazal "Victoria and Abdul", Miles Teller "Thank You For Your Service", Jake Gyllenhaal "Stronger", James McAvoy "Split", Hugh Jackman "Logan", Robert Pattinson "Good Time", Bryan Cranston "Last Flag Flying", Adam Sandler "The Meyerowitz Stories", Daniel Kaluuya "Get Out", James Franco "The Disaster Artist", Tracey Letts "The Lovers", Ryan Gosling "Blade Runner 2049", Jaeden Lieberher "The Book of Henry", Chris Pratt "Guardians of the Galaxy 2", Johnny Depp "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", Ansel Elgort "Baby Driver", Tom Holland "Spider-Man: Homecoming", Channing Tatum "Logan Lucky"

Commentary - Another crowded year with so many possibilities. This early in the game it is best to stick with safe bets. We already know Call Me By Your Name is going to be a hit, and it might finally be the role that gets Armie Hammer an Oscar nod. The great Daniel Day-Lewis returns to the race, and it is always a bad idea to bet against him, especially when he teams up with Paul Thomas Anderson. Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum feels right up his alley. Matt Damon broke through again for The Martian, and teaming up with Alexander Payne feels like awards gold. Finally, Gary Oldman might finally have hit the role of a lifetime playing Winston Churchill. These five are out front, but you have Tom Hanks teaming up with Spielberg and Meryl Streep, Chadwick Boseman playing Thurgood Marshall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, and previous nominees and winners Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hardy, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, Andrew Garfield (in two roles), Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Liam Neeson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bryan Cranston, and Javier Barden. There is young talent like Sundance breakthrough Timothee Chalamet, Miles Teller, Oakes Fegley, Tom Holland, and Ansel Elgort. Finally, early contenders like Hugh Jackman and Daniel Kaluuya, and outside the box choices like James Franco, Tracye Letts, and yes, even Adam Sandler, could be in the mix.

The 7th Annual Awards Psychic Television Awards: Nominations

It is that time of year again! Here are my nominations for the 7th Annual Awards Psychic Television Awards!

Best Drama Series
American Gods
The Americans
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Good Fight
Grey's Anatomy
The Handmaid's Tale
The Leftovers
Legion
Stranger Things
This is Us
Westworld

Best Comedy Series
Atlanta
Better Things
black-ish
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Grace and Frankie
Insecure
Mom
One Day at a Time
Please Like Me
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep
You're the Worst
Younger

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown "This is Us"
Joseph Fiennes "The Handmaid's Tale"
Rupert Friend "Homeland"
Freddie Highmore "Bates Motel"
Anthony Hopkins "Westworld"
Rami Malek "Mr. Robot"
Ian McShane "American Gods"
Bob Odenkirk "Better Call Saul"
Matthew Rhys "The Americans"
Kevin Spacey "House of Cards"
Dan Stevens "Legion"
Justin Theroux "The Leftovers"
Milo Ventimiglia "This is Us"

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski "The Good Fight"
Carrie Coon "The Leftovers"
Viola Davis "How to Get Away With Murder"
Claire Foy "The Crown"
Taraji P. Henson "Empire"
Mandy Moore "This is Us"
Elisabeth Moss "The Handmaid's Tale"
Ellen Pompeo "Grey's Anatomy"
Keri Russell "The Americans"
Evan Rachel Wood "Westworld"
Robin Wright "House of Cards"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson "black-ish"
Aziz Ansari "Master of None"
Tommy Dewey "Casual"
Chris Geere "You're the Worst"
Donald Glover "Atlanta"
Thomas Middleditch "Silicon Valley"
Andy Samberg "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Jeffrey Tambor "Transparent"
Josh Thomas "Please Like Me"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon "Better Things"
Aya Cash "You're the Worst"
Lena Dunham "Girls"
Jane Fonda "Grace and Frankie"
Sutton Foster "Younger"
Allison Janney "Mom"
Ellie Kemper "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep"
Justina Machado "One Day At a Time"
Kaitlin Olson "The Mick"
Issa Rae "Insecure"
Tracee Ellis Ross "black-ish"
Lily Tomlin "Grace and Frankie"

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks "Better Call Saul"
Christopher Eccleston "The Leftovers"
David Harbour "Stranger Things"
Ed Harris "Westworld"
Jared Harris "The Crown"
Ron Cephas Jones "This is Us"
Michael Kelly "House of Cards"
Justin Hartley "This is Us"
John Lithgow "The Crown"
Michael McKean "Better Call Saul"
Mandy Patinkin "Homeland"
Jeffrey Wright "Westworld"

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Annaleigh Ashford "Masters of Sex"
Millie Bobby Brown "Stranger Things"
Caitlin FitzGerald "Masters of Sex"
Cush Jumbo "The Good Fight"
Rose Leslie "The Good Fight"
Chrissy Metz "This is Us"
Mandy Moore "This is Us"
Thandie Newton "Westworld"
Winona Ryder "Stranger Things"
Holly Taylor "The Americans"
Maura Tierney "The Affair"
Constance Zimmer "UnReal"
Samira Wiley "The Handmaid's Tale"

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin "Saturday Night Live"
Desmin Borges "You're the Worst"
Andre Braugher "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Tituss Burgess "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Terry Crews "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Adam Driver "Girls"
Laurence Fishburne "black-ish"
Tony Hale "Veep"
Brian Tyree Henry "Atlanta"
Joe Lo Truglio "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Andrew Rannells "Girls"
Martin Sheen "Grace and Frankie"
Timothy Simons "Veep"
Matt Walsh "Veep"

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Chlumsky "Veep"
Kether Donohue "You're the Worst"
Fortune Feimster "The Mindy Project"
Carla Jimenez "The Mick"
Leslie Jones "Saturday Night Live"
Carol Kane "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Jane Krakowski "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Jenifer Lewis "black-ish"
Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"
Rita Moreno "One Day at a Time"
Yvonne Orji "Insecure"
Chelsea Peretti "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
June Diane Raphael "Grace and Frankie"

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dylan Baker "The Good Fight"
Reed Birney "House of Cards"
Beau Bridges "Masters of Sex"
Hal Holbrook "Grey's Anatomy"
Orlando Jones "American Gods"
Mark Margolis "Better Call Saul"
Gerald McRaney "This is Us"
John Cameron Mitchell "The Good Fight"
Denis O'Hare "This is Us"
Matthew Perry "The Good Fight"
B.D. Wong "Mr. Robot"

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson "American Gods"
Alexis Bledel "The Handmaid's Tale"
Kristin Chenoweth "American Gods"
Ann Dowd "The Leftovers"
LaTanya Richardson Jackson "Grey's Anatomy"
Cloris Leachman "American Gods"
Jane Lynch "The Good Fight"
Niecy Nash "Masters of Sex"
Carrie Preston "The Good Fight"
Shannon Purser "Stranger Things"
Sarah Silverman "Masters of Sex"
Alison Wright "The Americans"

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Riz Ahmed "Girls"
Aziz Ansari "Saturday Night Live"
Dave Chappelle "Saturday Night Live"
Jimmy Fallon "Saturday Night Live"
Tom Hanks "Saturday Night Live"
Hugh Laurie "Veep"
Peter MacNicol "Veep"
Lin-Manuel Miranda "Saturday Night Live"
Chris Pine "Saturday Night Live"
Matthew Rhys "Girls"
Peter Scolari "Girls"
Bradley Whitford "Mom"

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Becky Ann Baker "Girls"
Sarah Baker "Better Things"
Laura Dern "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Rachel Dratch "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Carrie Fisher "Catastrophe"
Rashida Jones "black-ish"
Millicent Martin "Grace and Frankie"
Melissa McCarthy "Saturday Night Live"
Maya Rudolph "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Nicole Sullivan "Mom"
Lorraine Toussaint "black-ish"
Kristen Wiig "Saturday Night Live"

Best Limited Series
American Crime
American Horror Story: Roanoke
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
The Night Of

Best Made for Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
Churchill's Secret
Dark Angel
Hairspray Live!
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Looking: The Movie
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Riz Ahmed "The Night Of"
Benedict Cumberbatch "Sherlock"
Robert DeNiro "The Wizard of Lies"
Harvey Fierstein "Hairspray Live!"
Laurence Fishburne "Madiba"
Michael Gambon "Churchill's Secret"
Jonathan Groff "Looking: The Movie"
Timothy Hutton "American Crime"
Ewan McGregor "Fargo"
John Turutrro "The Night Of"

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Alexis Bledel "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"
Carrie Coon "Fargo"
Lauren Graham "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"
Bryce Dallas Howard "Black Mirror"
Felicity Huffman "American Crime"
Nicole Kidman "Big Little Lies"
Jessica Lange "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Susan Sarandon "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Oprah Winfrey "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Reese Witherspoon "Big Little Lies"

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Hank Azaria "The Wizard of Lies"
Richard Cabral "American Crime"
Reg E. Cathey "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Martin Freeman "Sherlock"
Connor Jessup "American Crime"
Benito Martinez "American Crime"
Alfred Molina "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Alexander Skarsgard "Big Little Lies"
Michael Sthulberg "Fargo"
David Thewlis "Fargo"
Stanley Tucci "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Michael Kenneth Williams "The Night Of"

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Angela Bassett "American Horror Story: Roanoke"
Kathy Bates "American Horror Story: Roanoke"
Kelly Bishop "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"
Kristen Chenoweth "Hairspray Live!"
Judy Davis "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Laura Dern "Big Little Lies"
Jennifer Hudson "Hairspray Live!"
Regina King "American Crime"
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Roanoke"
Michelle Pfeiffer "The Wizard of Lies"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead "Fargo"
Shailene Woodley "Big Little Lies"

Best Animated Program
Archer
Bob's Burgers
BoJack Horseman
Family Guy
Samurai Jack
South Park

Best Variety Series
Billy on the Street
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Drunk History
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The 71st Annual Tony Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Best Musical - Dear Evan Hansen
Best Play - Oslo
Best Revival of a Musical - Hello, Dolly!
Best Revival of a Play - August Wilson's Jitney
Best Actor in a Musical - Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Actress in a Musical - Bette Midler "Hello, Dolly!"
Best Actor in a Play - Kevin Kline "Present Laughter"
Best Actress in a Play - Laurie Metcalf "A Doll's House Part 2"
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gavin Creel "Hello, Dolly
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Rachel Bay Jones "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Michael Aronov "Oslo"
Best Featured Actress in a Play - Cynthia Nixon "The Little Foxes"
Best Direction of a Musical - Christopher Ashley "Come From Away"
Best Direction of a Play - Rebecca Taichman "Indecent"
Best Book of a Musical - Steven Levenson "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Choreography - Alan Blankenbuehler "Bandstand"
Best Score - Benj Pasek and Justin Paul "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Santo Loquasto "Hello, Dolly!"
Best Costume Design of a Play - Jane Greenwood "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Christopher Akerlind "Indecent"
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Bradley King "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Nigel Hook "The Play That Goes Wrong"
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Mimi Lien "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Lifetime Achievement in the Theater - James Earl Jones

Saturday, June 10, 2017

2017 Tony Predictions: Final List

Best Musical - Dear Evan Hansen
Best Play - Oslo
Best Revival of A Musical - Hello, Dolly!
Best Revival of a Play - August Wilson's Jitney
Best Actor in a Musical - Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Actress in a Musical - Bette Midler "Hello, Dolly!"
Best Actor in a Play - Kevin Kline "Present Laughter"
Best Actress in a Play - Laurie Metcalf "A Doll's House Part 2"
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gavin Creel "Hello, Dolly!"
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Rachel Bay Jones "Dear Evan Hansen"
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Danny DeVito "The Price"
Best Featured Actress in a Play - Cynthia Nixon "The Little Foxes"
Best Direction of a Musical - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Best Direction of a Play - August Wilson's Jitney
Best Book of a Musical - Dear Evan Hansen
Best Musical Score - Dear Evan Hansen
Best Orchestrations - Hello, Dolly!
Best Choreography - Bandstand
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Hello, Dolly!
Best Costume Design of a Play - The Little Foxes
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Oslo
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Best Scenic Design of a Play - The Play that Goes Wrong

Friday, June 9, 2017

2017 Tony Predictions: Musical, Play, Revivals, and Lead Acting Categories

Best Musical
Will Win - Dear Evan Hansen
Could Win - Come From Away

Best Play
Will Win - Oslo
Could Win - A Doll's House Part Two or Sweat

Best Revival of a Musical
Will Win - Hello, Dolly!
Could Win - Falsettos

Best Revival of a Play
Will Win - August Wilson's Jitney
Could Win - The Little Foxes

Best Actor in a Musical
Will Win - Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"
Could Win - Andy Karl "Groundhog Day: The Musical"

Best Actress in a Musical
Will Win - Bette Midler "Hello, Dolly!"
Could Win - Patti LuPone "War Paint" or Christine Ebersole "War Paint"

Best Actor in a Play
Will Win - Kevin Kline "Present Laughter"
Could Win - Jefferson Mays "Oslo"

Best Actress in a Play
Will Win - Laurie Metcalf  "A Doll's House Part 2"
Could Win - Laura Linney "The Little Foxes"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Tony Predictions: Directing and Featured Acting Categories

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Will Win - Gavin Creel "Hello, Dolly!"
Could Win - Really any of the other four, no clear number two.

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Will Win - Rachel Bay Jones "Dear Evan Hansen"
Could Win -  Jenn Colella "Come From Away"

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Will Win - Danny DeVito "The Price"
Could Win - Richard Thomas "The Little Foxes" or Michael Aronov "Oslo"

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Will Win - Cynthia Nixon "The Little Foxes"
Could Win - Johanna Day "Sweat"

Best Direction of a Musical
Will Win - Rachel Chavkin "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Could Win - Japhy Weideman "Dear Evan Hansen"

Best Direction of Play
Will Win - Bartlett Sher "Oslo"
Could Win - Rebecca Taichman "Indecent" or Ruben Santiago-Hudson "Jitney"

Monday, June 5, 2017

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Musical
Come From Away

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Play
Oslo

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Jitney

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Danny DeVito, The Price

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Jenn Colella, Come From Away

Outstanding Director of a Play
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney

Outstanding Director of a Musical '
(TIE) Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 AND David Cromer, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Music
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Lyrics
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away

Outstanding Orchestrations
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand

Outstanding Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Outstanding Fight Choreography
U. Jonathan Toppo, Sweat

Outstanding Solo Performance
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Unique Theatrical Experience
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Outstanding Adaptation
David Ives, The Liar

Outstanding Revue
Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Projection Design
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

Outstanding Wig and Hair
David Brian Brown, War Paint

Outstanding Puppet Design
Basil Twist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Outstanding Music in a Play
Bill Sims Jr., Jitney

Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Cannes Film Award Winners

COMPETITION

Palme d’Or
The Square

Grand Prix
 BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Director
Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”

Actor
Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”

Actress
Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”

Screenplay
(TIE) Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and Lynne Ramsay “You Were Never Really Here”

Jury Prize
Loveless

Camera d’Or
Jeune femme (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe)

Short Films Palme d’Or
Xiao Cheng Er Yue

Short Films Special Mention
Katto

Golden Eye Documentary Prize
Faces Places (Visages Villages)

Ecumenical Jury Prize
Radiance

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Award
Mohammad Rasoulof "A Man of Integrity"

Best Director
Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River”

Jury Prize
Michel Franco, “April’s Daughter”

Best Performance
Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata”

Award for Poetry of Cinema
Mathieu Amalric, “Barbara”

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

Art Cinema Award
The Rider

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize
(TIE) Lover for a Day and Let the Sunshine In

Europa Cinemas Label
A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano)

CRITICS’ WEEK

Grand Prize
Makala

Visionary Prize
Gabriel and the Mountain

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize
Ava

FIPRESCI

Competition
BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Un Certain Regard
Closeness

Directors’ Fortnight
The Nothing Factory

2017 Tony Predictions: Choreography, Book of a Musical, Orchestrations, Original Score, and Technical Awards

Best Choreography
Will Win - Bandstand
Could Win - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 or Holiday Inn

Best Book of a Musical
Will Win - Dear Evan Hansen
Could Win - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Musical Score
Will Win - Dear Evan Hansen
Could Win - Come From Away or Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Orchestrations
Will Win - Hello, Dolly!
Could Win - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 or Dear Evan Hansen

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Will Win - Hello, Dolly!
Could Win - War Paint or Anastasia

Best Costume Design of a Play
Will Win - The Little Foxes
Could Win - Present Laughter

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Will Win - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Could Win - Dear Evan Hansen or Come From Away

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Will Win - Indecent
Could Win - Oslo

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Will Win - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Could Win - Hello, Dolly!

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Will Win - The Play That Goes Wrong
Could Win - Jitney

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

Favorite New Musical
Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite New Play
The Play That Goes Wrong

Favorite Musical Revival
Falsettos

Favorite Play Revival
The Glass Menagerie

Favorite Long-Running Show
Hamilton

Favorite Tour
Wicked

Favorite Leading Actor In A Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite Leading Actress In A Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Favorite Leading Actor In A Play
Mark Ruffalo, The Price

Favorite Leading Actress In A Play
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie

Favorite Featured Actor In A Musical
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos

Favorite Featured Actress In A Musical
Laura Dreyfuss, Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite Featured Actor In A Play
Danny DeVito, The Price

Favorite Featured Actress In A Play
Lindsay Mendez, Significant Other

Favorite Funny Performance
Will Roland, Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite Diva Performance
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Favorite Onstage Pair
Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)
Laura Dreyfuss, Dear Evan Hansen

Favorite Replacement (Male)
Todrick Hall, Kinky Boots

Favorite Replacement (Female)
Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Favorite New Song
“Waving Through a Window” – Dear Evan Hansen

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Actress

First 2018 Predictions
Jessica Chastain "Molly's Game"
Isabelle Huppert "Happy End"
Jennifer Lawrence "Mother!"
Emma Stone "Battle of the Sexes"
Meryl Streep "Untitled Steven Spielberg Project"

Other Contenders - Brie Larson "The Glass Castle", Frances McDormand "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri", Carey Mulligan "Mudbound", Sally Hawkins "The Shape of Water", Sally Hawkins "Maudie", Kate Winslet "The Mountain Between Us", Michelle Pfeiffer "Where is Kyra?", Elle Fanning "Mary Shelley", Judi Dench "Victoria and Abdul", Rooney Mara "Mary Magadalene", Nicole Kidman "The Beguiled", Kirsten Dunst "Woodshock", Elle Fanning "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", Gal Gadot "Wonder Woman", Cynthia Nixon "A Quiet Passion", Marion Cotillard "Ismael's Ghost", Mackenize Davis "Tully", Natalie Portman "Annihilation", Raffey Cassidy "The Killing of a Sacred Deer", Jennifer Lawrence "Red Sparrow", Alicia Vikander "Submergence", Diane Lane "Felt", Jane Fonda "Our Souls at Night", Saoirse Ronan "Lady Bird", Debra Winger "The Lovers", Charlize Theron "Atomic Blonde", Elisabeth Moss "The Square", Emma Watson "Beauty and the Beast", Rosamund Pike "A United Kingdom", Kristen Stewart "Personal Shopper", Anne Hathaway "Colossal", Katherine Waterston "Alien: Covenant", Naomi Watts "The Book of Henry", Zoe Kazan "The Big Sick", Aubrey Plaza "Ingrid Goes West", Blake Lively "All I See Is You", Renee Zellweger "Same Kind of Different As Me", Daisy Ridley "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", Anna Kendrick "Pitch Perfect 3", Lesley Manville "Phantom Thread"

Commentary - It looks like Best Actress is going to be category for two years in a row, which is awesome because it means there are great roles for women. Emma Stone returns to the race just one year after winning for La La Land, and playing Billie Jean King is Oscar bait. Meryl Streep will star opposite Tom Hanks for the first time, and work with Steven Spielberg. This is a woman who gets nominated for Into the Woods, so a Pentagon Papers film with those two involved seems like a solid Oscar better. Jennifer Lawrence is another favorite, and Aronofsky has already won a actress this award. Jessica Chastain has been off the circuit for a while, but her pairing with Aaron Sorkin might get her back in the race. Finally, after finally cracking the Oscar race, Isabelle Huppert returns as the lead in the new Michael Haneke film. These are the top five for now, but there are plenty of options for Oscar voters, at least early on. Brie Larson could return with The Glass Castle, whose first trailer looks promising. The first trailer for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri looks like it is a real contender, and that Frances McDormand could return to this race for the first time in over a decade. Previous nominees and winners like Carey Mulligan, Sally Hawkins (in two roles), Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Debra Winger, Alicia Vikander, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Lane, Naomi Watts,  Jane Fonda, and Renee Zellweger, all have big projects that could return them to the race. There are some smaller films with big roles from Raffey Cassidy, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Elisabeth Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Kazan, and Lesley Manville, all talented actresses who have yet to crack the Oscar race yet. Finally, don't forget the genre folks like Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Daisy Ridley, Anna Kendrick, Anne Hathaway, and Katherine Waterston.

2017 Theatre World Awards

Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance
Carlo Alban "Sweat"
Christy Altomare "Anastasia"
Denee Benton "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"
Jon Jon Briones "Miss Saigon"
Barrett Doss "Groundhog Day"
Amber Gray "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"
Josh Groban "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"
Lucas Hedges "Yen"
Raymond Lee "Vietgone"
Eva Noblezada "Miss Saigon"
Jeremy Secomb "Sweeney Todd"
Cobie Smulders "Present Laughter"

Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Honoree
Katrina Lenk "Indecent" and "The Band's Visit"

John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Honoree
Glenn Close "Sunset Blvd"

Special Theatre World Honoree
Dave Malloy "Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812"

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The 83rd Annual Drama League Awards

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Dear Evan Hansen

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Jitney

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATER
Bette Midler

UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THEATER
Bill Berloni

FOUNDER'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
Michael Greif

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Battle of the Sexes Trailer

The pair behind Little Miss Sunshine return with last year's winner Emma Stone and previous nominee Steve Carell, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to tell the story of the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. This has Oscar written all over it. The first trailer looks great, and this is definitely on my must-see list this year:

Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2018 Oscars

This afternoon, the Academy announced that Jimmy Kimmel would return to host the 2018 Oscars, the first host to do back to back gigs since Billy Crystal in the late 90's. After last year's late announcement, this gives the producers and Kimmel more time for the show. I actually was a bit mixed about him, although he did a lot better than some of the other recent hosts (poor Neil Patrick Harris should stick to the Tonys). Some of his bits, like that extended tour group fell flat, but I like the way he handled the awkward ending. Either way, Oscar news is Oscar news, which always makes me happy. For the record, I will graduate in December from my Master's program, which means that for (most) of this Oscar season, I will finally be back on track. All will soon be right with the world.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Supporting Actor

First 2018 Predictions
Steve Carell "Battle of the Sexes"
Lucas Hedges "Lady Bird"
John Hurt "Darkest Hour"
Jason Mitchell "Mudbound"
Michael Shannon "The Current War"

Other Contenders - Oscar Isaac "Suburbicon", Josh Brolin "Suburbicon", Sterling K. Brown "Marshall", Ed Harris "Mother!", Zac Efron "The Greatest Showman", Idris Elba "Molly's Game", Christoph Waltz "Downsizing", Alec Baldwin "Downsizing", Neil Patrick Harris "Downsizing", Woody Harrelson "The Glass Castle", Woody Harrelson "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri", Sam Rockwell "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri", Bruce Dern "Chappaquiddick", Kenneth Branagh "Dunkirk", Tom Hardy "Dunkirk", Cillian Murphy "Dunkirk", Mark Rylance "Dunkirk", Harry Styles "Dunkirk", Will Poulter "Detroit", Jack Raynor "Detroit", Mark Hamill "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", Joaquin Phoenix "Mary Magdalene", Chiwetel Ejiofor "Mary Magdalene", Garrett Hedlund "Mudbound", Jeffrey Tambor "The Death of Stalin", Harrison Ford "Blade Runner 2049", Michael Shannon "The Shape of Water", Richard Jenkins "The Shape of Water", Patrick Stewart "Logan", Ben Foster "Hostiles", Ray Romano "The Big Sick", Michael Stuhlbarg "Call Me By Your Name", Kevin Kline "Beauty and the Beast", Josh Gad "Beauty and the Beast", Jacob Tremblay "The Book of Henry", Ben Mendohlson "Darkest Hour", Javier Bardem "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Commentary - In the Supporting Actress race, I mentioned the power of nostalgia. Like Carrie Fisher, John Hurt has been under-rewarded by major awards, and with only a measly two Oscar nominations to his name, one of his final roles, as Neville Chamberlain, may get him some posthumous recognition. Steve Carell has managed to make his way from a sitcom star to Oscar nominee, and his role opposite Emma Stone with the Little Miss Sunshine duo at the helm seems like a perfect formula for Oscar gold. Jason Mitchell broke out with his role in Straight Outta Compton, and word is, he is fantastic in Dee Ree's Sundance breakout Mudbound. Michael Shannon actually has several options this year, and his surprise nomination for Nocturnal Animals reminds us that he is a beloved among these actors. I think the historical drama The Current War is a safer bet. Finally, Lucas Hedges was a breakout star in Manchester By the Sea. This year, Greta Gerwig's second directorial effort Lady Bird, could return him to the Oscar race. Those top five have some stiff competition. Suburbicon offers two big roles from Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin, Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown has a meaty role in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Idris Elba meats Aaron Sorkin, Woody Harrelson has two great roles, and there are plenty of great contenders from the casts of Dunkirk and Downsizing, both huge Oscar potentials. Zac Efron might make the leap to Oscar contender in Greatest Showman, Mark Hammill might pull a Alec Guinness, Bruce Dern returns, and there is the pair of Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Mary Magdalene. Also be on the lookout for Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jacob Tremblay, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, and Ben Mendelsohn. Finally, don't forget the genre contenders like Harrison Ford, Patrick Stewart,  the Beauty and the Beast guys, and Javier Bardem, who might sneak in.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Outer Critics Circle

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
If I Forget

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Irene Sankoff & David Hein "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
David Yazbek "The Band’s Visit"

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Jitney

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Kevin Kline "Present Laughter"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laura Linney "The Little Foxes"

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Andy Karl "Groundhog Day"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Bette Midler "Hello, Dolly!"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Danny DeVito "The Price"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon "The Little Foxes"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel "Hello, Dolly!"

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenn Colella "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Simon McBurney "The Encounter"

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rebecca Taichman "Indecent"

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle "Hello, Dolly!"

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Mimi Lien "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Catherine Zuber "War Paint


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Bradley King "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Aaron Rhyne "Anastasia"

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Gareth Owen "Come From Away"

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Larry Hochman "Hello, Dolly!"

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
Bess Wohl "Small Mouth Sounds"

32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Award Winners

Outstanding Play
Oslo

Outstanding Musical
The Band's Visit

Outstanding Revival
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Solo Show
Notes from the Field

Outstanding Director
Bartlett Sher "Oslo"

Outstanding Choreographer
David Dorfman "Indecent"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Joe Morton "Turn Me Loose"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Jennifer Ehle "Oslo"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Katrina Lenk "The Band's Visit"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov "Oslo"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Randy Graff "The Babylon Line"

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Joel Perez "Sweet Charity"

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones "Dear Evan Hansen"

Outstanding Scene Design
Laura Jellinek "A Life"

Outstanding Costume Design
Susan Hilferty "Love, Love, Love"

Outstanding Lighting Design
Mark Barton "Signature Plays: Edward Albee's The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés' Drowning,

Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro"

Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel "A Life"

Outstanding Projection Design
Jared Mezzocchi "Vietgone"

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 MTV Movie and Television Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Movie of the Year - Beauty and the Beast
Show of the Year - Stranger Things
Best Actor in a Movie - Emma Watson "Beauty and the Beast"
Best Actor in a Show - Millie Bobbie Brown "Stranger Things"
Best American Story - black-ish
Best Comedic Performance - Lil Rey Howrey "Get Out"
Best Documentary - 13th
Best Duo - Hugh Jackman and Daphne Keen "Logan"v
Best Fight Against the System - Hidden Figures
Best Hero - Taraji P. Henson "Hidden Figures"
Best Host - Trevor Noah "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
Best Kiss - Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome "Moonlight"
Best Musical Moment - Grease Live! - You're the One That I Want
Best Reality Competition - RuPaul's Drag Race
Best Tearjerker - This is Us - Jack and Randall at Karate
Best Villain - Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Walking Dead"
MTV Next Generation Award - Daniel Kaluuya
MTV Generation Award - The Fast and the Furious

2017 MTV Movie and Television Award Predictions

Movie of the Year 
Beauty and the Beast

Show of the Year
Stranger Things

Best Actor in a Movie
Hugh Jackman "Logan"

Best Actor in a Show
Millie Bobbie Brown "Stranger Things"

Best Comedic Performance
Adam DeVine "Workaholics"

Best Hero
Millie Bobbie Brown "Stranger Things"

Best Villain
Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Walking Dead"

Best Duo
Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen "Logan"

Best Kiss
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson "Beauty and the Beast"

Best Tearjerker
Game of Thrones - Hodor's Death

Best Host
Ellen DeGeneres "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Best Reality Competition Show
The Voice

Best American Story
black-ish

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made in America

Best Fight Against the System
Get Out

Next Generation
Daniel Kaluuya

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Supporting Actress

First 2018 Predictions
Annette Bening "The Seagull"
Mary J. Blige "Mudbound"
Carrie Fisher "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
Octavia Spencer "The Shape of Water"
Michelle Williams "The Greatest Showman"

Other Contenders - Kristen Wiig "Downsizing", Julianne Moore "Wonderstruck", Julianne Moore "Suburbicon", Kristin Scott Thomas "Darkest Hour", Michelle Pfeiffer "Mother!", Nicole Kidman "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", Margot Robbie "Goodbye Christopher Robin", Julia Roberts "Wonder", Kirsten Stewart "Lizzie", Rebecca Ferguson "The Greatest Showman", Rebecca Ferguson "The Snowman", Amy Schumer "Thank You Four Your Service", Naomi Watts "The Glass Castle", Tilda Swinton "Okja", Kirsten Dunst "The Beguiled", Elle Fanning "The Beguild", Rosamund Pike "Hostiles", Juno Temple "Wonder Wheel", Rachel McAdams "Disobedience", Penelope Cruz "Murder on the Orient Express", Lily James "Darkest Hour", Laurie Metcalf "Lady Bird", Daisy Ridley "Murder on the Orient Express", Dafne Keen "Logan", Allison Williams "Get Out", Catherine Keener "Get Out", Nicole Kidman "The Killing of a Sacred Deer", Alicia Silverstone "The Killing of a Sacred Deer", Andrea Risenborough "Battle of the Sexes", Kate Mara "Chappaquiddick", Katherine Waterston "The Current War", Charlize Theron "Tully", Emma Thompson "Beauty and the Beast", Audra McDonald "Beauty and the Beast", Glenn Close "The Girl with all the Gifts", Anika Noni Rose "Everything, Everything", Holly Hunter "The Big Sick", Candice Bergen "Home Again", Kristin Chenoweth "The Star", Gina Rodriguez "The Star"

Commentary - For some reason, this feels like a category that has a lot of contenders, but will probably end up like last year's race where five emerge with little wiggle room. What I mean is that there are a lot of big names, but none of them, expect for one, really screams "Oscar". That one is, of course, Michelle Williams. She would have probably won last year, had Viola Davis not switched to Supporting Actress. She is starring in a huge Oscar vehicle opposite Hugh Jackman, and she is now in the overdue status. Beyond that though, there feels like a lot of flexibility. Annette Bening was robbed of a nod for 20th Century Women this year, and has another opportunity to earn a long overdue Oscar. If The Seagull is good, she is probably going to be Williams' main challenger. Mudbound came out of Sundance with a ton of buzz, and leading the pack was the performance of Mary J. Blige. Singers often make their way into this category (Janelle Monae was close last year), and apparently Blige steals the show. Last year, I was reminded of two things. First, Octavia Spencer is simply fabulous. Second, these voters love her. She is back this year with a big role in Guillermo Del Toro's latest. Finally, sometimes, every once in a while, nostalgia hit these voters. Carrie Fisher is said to have a pretty big role in the next Star Wars film, her last. She is a beloved icon in this industry, and I could see Oscar voters wanting to give her one final, and deserved salute. Beyond those five there are so many to consider. Kristin Wiig is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, but the latest Alexander Payne film could make her an acting nominee as well. Julianne Moore has two great roles  this year, Kristin Scott Thomas could return for her role as Clemmy Churchill, Julia Roberts could be in the mix for Wonder, Naomi Watts, Tilda Swinton, Nicole Kidman in two roles, Catherine Keener, and Charlize Theron are all in the mix, and all have history with the Oscars. Kristen Stewart has been flirting with Oscar glory with her string of awesome indie appearances, Laurie Metcalf is a legend, Katherine Waterston is a star on the rise, Kirsten Dunst is re-teaming with Sofia Coppoila, Juno Temple has a lot of potential, as do Rebecca Ferguson (in two roles), Margot Robbie, Andrea Risenborough, Kate Mara, and yes, even Amy Schumer.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Original Screenplay

First 2018 Predictions
Mark Boal "Detroit"
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor "Downsizing"
Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon "The Greatest Showman"
Michael Haneke "Happy End"
Paul Thomas Anderson "Phantom Thread"

Other Contenders - Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich "Coco", Anthony McCarten "Darkest Hour", Christopher Nolan "Dunkirk", Darren Aronofsky "Mother!", George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Joel and Ethan Coen "Suburbicon", Simon Beaufoy "Battle of the Sexes", Taylor Sheridan "Wind River", Jordan Peele "Get Out", Woody Allen "Wonder Wheel", Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon "The Big Sick", Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos "The Killing of a Sacred Deer", Martin McDonagh "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", Vanessa Taylor and Guillermo del Toro "The Shape of Water", Michael Mitnick "The Current War", Diablo Cody "Tully", Peter Landesman "Felt", Bong Joon-ho and Jon Ronson "Okja", Kate Dippold "Snatched", Greta Gerwig "Lady Bird", Scott Cooper and Donald Stewart "Hostiles", David Robert Mitchell "Under the Silver Lake", Noah Baumbach "The Meyerowitz Stories", Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch "The Florida Project", Gregg Hurwitz "The Book of Henry", Olivier Assayas "Personal Shopper", Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez, Steven Bagatourian "All Eyez on Me", Geremy Jasper "Patti Cake$", Eliza Hittman "Beach Rats", Carlos Kotkin, Simon Moore, and Tom Sheridan "The Star"

Commentary - A lot of big names are returning to this race. Mark Boal (with Kathryn Bigelow at the helm), Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Micheal Haneke, Michael Arndt, and Paul Thomas Anderson all have buzzed projects returning, and right now those five films make up my current predictions: Detroit, Downsizing, The Greatest Showman, Happy End, and Phantom Thread. But there are a lot of folks waiting to try to steal some slots. Christopher Nolan returns with his WWII epic Dunkirk, previous nominee Anthony McCarten tackled Winston Churchill, Woody Allen has yet another offering, The Coen Bros. and George Clooney are teaming up again, Oscar winner Martin McDonagh returns, and last year's nominees Taylor Sheridan, and the team of Filippou and Lanthimos hope to have back to back successes. Simon Beaufoy returns to the Oscar race with a new film from the duo behind Little Miss Sunshine, as does Guillero Del Toro and Diablo Cody. Indie favorites like Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, Scott Cooper, Bong Joon-ho, David Robert Mitchell, Olivier Assayas, and the breakout success that was Jordan Peele's Get Out hope to be one of those small films that the writing branch goes to bat for. Finally, look for some of the Sundance favorites like Patti Cake$ and Beach Rats which let the festival with a ton of buzz. It's always too early to really determine any race, but this one looks like it is going to be a fun one to watch.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Oscar Narrative: First 2018 Oscar Predictions - Best Adapted Screeplay

First 2018 Predictions
Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, and Walter Fasano "Call Me By Your Name"
Richard Linklater "Last Flag Flying"
Aaron Sorkin "Molly's Game"
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams "Mudbound"
Brian Selznick "Wonderstruck"

Other Contenders - Liz Hannah "Untitled Steven Spielberg Project", Sofia Coppola "The Beguiled", Philippa Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", Andrew Haigh "Lean on Pete", Lee Hall "Victoria and Abdul", Lynne Ramsay "You Were Never Really Here", Jason Dean Hall "Thank You For Your Service", Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham, and Marti Noxon "The Glass Castle", Hossein Amini and Matthew Michael Carnahan "The Snowman", Alex Garland "Annihilation", Hampton Fancher and Michael Green "Blade Runner 2049", Michael Green "Murder on the Orient Express", Steve Conrad "Wonder", Rian Johnson "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers "Spider-Man: Homecoming", Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos "Beauty and the Beast", Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green "Logan", John Logan, Dante Harper, Jack Paglen, and Michael Green "Alien Covenant", Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Nikolaj Arcel "The Dark Tower", Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs "Wonder Woman", Michel Hazanavicius "Redoubtable", Olivier Assayas and Roman Polanski "Based on a True Story", Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves "War for the Planet of the Apes", John Boorman, Todd Komarknicki, Farhad Safinia, "The Professor and the Madman", Kent Haruf, Scott Neustadter, and Michael H. Weber "Our Souls at Night", Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, and Peter Fellows "The Death of Stalin", Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz "American Assassin", Michael Carney, Alexander Foard, and Ron Hall "Same Kind of Different As Me", Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett "Mary Magdalene"

Commentary - It is so hard at the beginning of the season to discern the contenders, but it's also a nice exercise, because it let's you know where you are going. To start my top five, I am looking at two big contenders out of Sundance: Mudbound and Call Me By Your Name. Last year, Manchester By the Sea went all the way from Sundance to a screenplay Oscar. Both received rave reviews, both are from great novels, and both seem to have the power to stay throughout the season. Aaron Sorkin barely missed for Steve Jobs (and he was robbed), but his directorial debut Molly's Game, gives an opportunity to make an Oscar comeback. Richard Linklater's Everybody Loves Somebody!! was an awards dud, but he has made his way into the screenplay categories before, and is always a threat. Finally, with Todd Hayne's latest, Brian Selznick's script for Wonderstruck will be in the mix. Beyond those five there are plenty of baity projects including the latest films from Garth Davis, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Haigh, John Cameron Mitchell, Jason Dean Hall, Lynne Ramsay, Sofia Coppola, Michel Hazanavicius, and Stephen Frears. Then there is a huge rift, between the smaller films/Oscar bait, and the big kahunas. There are tons of blockbusters and blockbusters in the making that always seem like they can breakthrough, but often don't. That being said, these films cannot be discounted, as you never know when one is going to breakthrough. This group includes: The Snowman, Blade Runner 2049, Annihilation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder, Murder on the Orient Express, Beauty and the Beast, Alien Covenant, The Dark Tower, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Wonder Woman.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

71st Annual Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Best Play
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
Oslo
Sweat

Best Revival of a Musical
Falsettos
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon

Best Revival of a Play
August Wilson's Jitney
The Little Foxes
Present Laughter
Six Degrees of Separation

Best Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, “Falsettos”
Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day”
David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”
Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Actress in a Musical
Denée Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”
Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”

Best Actor in a Play
Denis Arndt, “Heisenberg”
Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Corey Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”
Jefferson Mays, “Oslo”

Best Actress in a Play
Cate Blanchett, “The Present”
Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”
Laura Linney, “The Little Foxes”
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!”
Mike Faist, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”
Lucas Steele, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”
Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”
Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, “Oslo”
Danny DeVito, “The Price”
Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”
Richard Thomas, “The Little Foxes”
John Douglas Thompson, “Jitney”

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Johanna Day, “Sweat”
Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes”
Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”

Best Direction of a Play
Sam Gold, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Jitney”
Bartlett Sher, “Oslo”
Daniel Sullivan, “The Little Foxes”
Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away”
Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Matthew Warchus, “Groundhog Day”
Jerry Zaks, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Book of a Musical
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, “Come From Away”
Steven Levenson, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Danny Rubin, “Groundhog Day”
Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Best Original Score
“Come From Away,” Music and Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen,” Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
“Groundhog Day,” Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin
“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” Music and Lyrics: Dave Malloy

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand”
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, “Groundhog Day”
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
Denis Jones, “Holiday Inn”
Sam Pinkleton, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Best Orchestrations
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, “Bandstand”
Larry Hochman, “Hello, Dolly!”
Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, “The Little Foxes”
Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”
Toni-Leslie James, “Jitney”
David Zinn, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, “Anastasia”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”
Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Catherine Zuber, “War Paint”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Christopher Akerlind, “Indecent”
Jane Cox, “Jitney”
Donald Holder, “Oslo”
Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, “Come From Away”
Natasha Katz, “Hello, Dolly!”
Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Japhy Weideman, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Gallo, “Jitney”
Nigel Hook, “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Douglas W. Schmidt, “The Front Page”
Michael Yeargan, “Oslo”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, “Groundhog Day”
David Korins, “War Paint”
Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

I will update the winners live!, PS, the ceremony is on Facebook Live for those interested in watching it live:

Best Drama Series - General Hospital
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Scott Clifton "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Gina Tognoni "The Young and the Restless"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Steve Burton "The Young and the Restless"
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Kate Mani "Days of Our Lives"
Best Younger Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Craig "General Hospital"
Best Younger Actress in a Drama Series - Lexi Ainsworth "General Hospital"
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series - Jim O'Heir "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Directing Team for a Drama Series - General Hospital
Best Writing Team for a Drama Series - The Young and the Restless
Best Talk Show: Entertainment - The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Best Talk Show: Informative - The Dr. Oz Show
Best Talk Show: Entertainment - Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osborne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood "The Talk"
Best Talk Show Host: Informative - Steve Harvey "Steve Harvey"
Best Culinary Program - Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
Best Entertainment News Program - Entertainment Tonight
Best Game Show - Jeopardy!
Best Game Show Host - Steve Harvey "Family Feud"
Best Morning Program - Good Morning America
Best Entertainment Program in Spanish - Destinos
Best Daytime Talent in Spanish Language Program - Gaby Natale "SuperLatina with Gaby Natale"

2017 Tony Nomination Predictions

Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. EST, Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson will announce this year's Tony nominees! Here are my predictions in some of the major categories:

Best Musical
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Play
A Doll's House Part 2
Indecent
Oslo
Sweat

Best Revival of a Musical
Falsettos
Hello, Dolly!
Sunset Boulevard

Best Revival of a Play
The Front Page
Jitney
The Little Foxes
Six Degrees of Separation

Best Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle "Falsettos"
Josh Groban "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Andy Karl "Groundhog Day"
David Hyde Pierce "Hello, Dolly!"
Ben Platt "Dear Evan Hansen"

Best Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare "Anastasia"
Denee Benton "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Christine Ebersole "War Paint"
Patti LuPone "War Paint"
Bette Midler "Hello, Dolly!"

Best Actor in a Play
Denis Arndt "Heisenberg"
Gideon Click "Significant Other"
Kevin Kline "Present Laughter"
Jefferson Mays "Oslo"
Simon McBurney "The Encounter"

Best Actress in a Play
Cate Blanchett "The Present"
Sally Field "The Glass Menagerie"
Allison Janney "Six Degrees of Separation"
Laura Linney "The Little Foxes"
Laurie Metcalf "A Doll's House Part 2"

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Nick Cordero "A Bronx Tale"
Gavin Creel "Hello, Dolly!"
Andrew Rannells "Falsettos"
Lucas Steele "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"
Brandon Uranowitz "Falsettos"

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin "Hello, Dolly!"
Stephanie J. Block "Falsettos"
Jenn Colella "Come From Away"
Rachel Bay Jones "Dear Evan Hansen"
Jennifer Laura Thompson "Dear Evan Hansen"

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov "Oslo"
Anthony Azizi "Oslo"
Danny DeVito "The Price"
Nathan Lane "The Front Page"
John Douglas Thompson "Jitney"

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Kate Burton "Present Laughter"
Johanna Day "Sweat"
Jayne Houdyshell "A Doll's House Part 2"
Cynthia Nixon "The Little Foxes"
Condola Rashad "A Doll's House Part 2"

Saturday, April 29, 2017

44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Award Winners

Cynthia Erivo is now only an Oscar for EGOT!

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series
The Bay The Series

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
Sesame Street

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series
Give

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
The Snowy Day

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Taking Flight

Outstanding Legal/ Courtroom Program
Judge Judy

Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Flea Market Flip

Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program
Wonder Women

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Mary Beth Evans, The Bay The Series

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Kristos Andrews, The Bay The Series

Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Carolyn Hennesy, The Bay The Series

Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series
Nicolas Coster,The Bay The Series

Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children's or Family Viewing Program
Isaa c Kragten, Odd Squad

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
Kelsey Grammer, Trollhunters

Outstanding Culinary Host
Ina Garten,Barefoot Contessa

Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle / Travel/ Children's or Family Viewing Program
Joseph Rosendo, Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope

Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish
Un Nuevo Dia

Outstanding Special Class Series
SuperSoul Sunday

Outstanding Special Class Special
Out of Iraq

Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program
SuperSoul Shorts - Maggie the Cow

Outstanding Interactive - Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series
Ask the StoryBots

Outstanding Interactive – Original Daytime Content
Invasion!

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Topical
Good Morning America: Mini-Michael Strahan

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Image
Black History Month: Timeless Heroes - Be Inspired

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Art Direction/ Set Decoration/ Scenic Design for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series
Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series
“When Time was on our Side”, Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series
General Hospital

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special
Trollhunters

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
Mike Chaffe, Animator – “Becoming, Part 1” Trollhunters
Kevin Dart, Art Director - “The Wrath Of Hughes” - The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show
Phil Jacobson, Storyboard Artist – “Mall Ya Later” - Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Victor Maldonado, Character Designer - “Win, Lose Or Draal” - Trollhunters
Khang Le, Art Director – “What’s The Trouble Bubble” - Little Big Awesome
Eastwood Wong, Background Painter - “Pea Dummy/ Mary Anning” - The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show

Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program
Beat Bugs

Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program
Trollhunters

Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program
Sesame Street

Outstanding Writing Special Class
Odd Squad: The Movie

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program
Trollhunters

Outstanding Directing in a Preschool Animated Program
Tumble Leaf

Outstanding Directing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children's or Family Viewing Program
Sesame Street

Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle / Culinary/ Travel Program
Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope

Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/ Entertainment News or Morning Program
Today Show

Outstanding Directing in a Game Show
The Price Is Right

Outstanding Directing Special Class
SuperSoul Shorts - Maggie the Cow

Outstanding Art Direction/ Set Decoration/ Scenic Design
Sesame Street

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design
The Mind of a Chef

Outstanding Lighting Direction
The Talk

Outstanding Technical Team
CBS Sunday Morning

Outstanding  Cinematography
SuperSoul Shorts - Maggie the Cow

Outstanding Single Camera Editing
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing
Crime Watch Daily With Chris Hansen

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action
The Mind Of A Chef

Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation
Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure

Outstanding Sound Mixing - Preschool Animated Program
Disney Sofia the First

Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action
Sesame Street

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation
Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure

Outstanding Sound Editing – Preschool Animated Program
Dinotrux

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition
The Snowy Day

Outstanding Original Song
“She's Not Very Nice” - Disney 7D

Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program
Cynthia Erivo and the Cast of The Color Purple - Today Show

Outstanding Costume Design/ Styling
Odd Squad

Outstanding Hairstyling
Odd Squad

Outstanding Makeup
Odd Squad

Outstanding Stunt Coordination
Days of Our Lives

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Daytime Emmy Predictions

So the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys are tomorrow, and the big ceremony is Sunday. Here are my predictions:

Best Drama Series - The Young and the Restless
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Bergman "The Young and the Restless"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Gina Tognoni "The Young and the Restless"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - John Aniston "Days of Our Lives"
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Kate Mansi "Days of Our Lives"
Best Younger Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Craig "General Hospital"
Best Younger Actress in a Drama Series - Reign Edwards "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series - Nichelle Nichols "The Young and the Restless"
Best Directing Team - The Bold and the Beautiful
Best Writing Team - The Young and the Restless
Best Talk Show (Entertainment) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Best Talk Show (Talk) - The Chew
Best Talk Show Host (Entertainment) - Kelly Ripa "Live with Kelly"
Best Talk Show Host (Informative) - Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon "The Chew"
Best Game Show - Celebrity Name Game
Best Game Show Host - Craig Ferguson "Celebrity Name Game"
Best Lifestyle Program - Flea Market Flip
Best Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children's or Family Viewing Program - Jenna Bush Hager "Give"
Best Culinary Program - The Mind of a Chef
Best Culinary Host - Ina Garten "Barefoot Contessa"
Best Morning Show - CBS Sunday Morning
Best Legal/Courtroom Program - Judge Judy

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Nominations

Outstanding Play
If I Forget
Indecent
A Life
Oslo
Sweat

Outstanding Musical
Anastasia
The Band's Visit
Come From Away
Hadestown
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Front Page
The Hairy Ape
Jitney
The Little Foxes
"Master Harold"... and the Boys
Picnic

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Falsettos]
Hello, Dolly!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweet Charity
Tick, Tick... BOOM!

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, The Hairy Ape
Daniel Craig, Othello
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
David Hyde Pierce, A Life
John Douglas Thompson, Jitney

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll's House, Part 2
Amy Ryan, Love, Love, Love
Harriet Walter, The Tempest

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nick Blaemire, Tick, Tick...BOOM!
Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Jeremy Secomb, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Laura Osnes, Bandstand

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Jeremy Shamos, If I Forget
Justice Smith, Yen

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll's House, Part 2
Randy Graff, The Babylon Line
Marie Mullen, The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes
Emily Skinner, Picnic
Kate Walsh, If I Forget

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Jeffry Denman, Kid Victory
George Salazar, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Nora Schell, Spamilton

Outstanding Director of a Play
Richard Jones, The Hairy Ape
Anne Kauffman, A Life
Richard Nelson, What Did You Expect?/Women of a Certain Age
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney
Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes
Daniel Sullivan, If I Forget

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Bill Buckhurst, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
David Cromer, The Band's Visit
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly!
Aletta Collins, The Hairy Ape
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, Anastasia
Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit
Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor, Bandstand.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away
Joe Tracz, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Outstanding Music
Stephen Flaherty, Anastasia
Dave Malloy, Beardo
Richard Oberacker, Bandstand
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Lyrics
Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton
GQ and JQ, Othello: The Remix
Michael Korie, War Paint
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
Bruce Coughlin, War Paint
Benjamin Cox, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
August Eriksmoen, Come From Away
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Music in a Play
Daniel Ocanto, Graham Ulicny, and Sean Smith, Alligator
Marcus Shelby, Notes From the Field,
Bill Sims Jr., Jitney

Outstanding Revue
Hello Dolly!
Life Is for Living: Conversations With Coward

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
David Gallo, Jitney,
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Laura Jellinek, A Life
Stewart Laing, The Hairy Ape
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Lez Brotherston, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Simon Kenny, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Jason Sherwood, The View Upstairs

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Murell Horton, The Liar
Toni-Leslie James, Jitney
Stewart Laing, The Hairy Ape
Ann Roth, The Front Page

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Toni-Leslie James, Come From Away
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Anita Yavich, The View UpStairs
Paloma Young, Bandstand
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
James Farncombe, The Tempest
Rick Fisher, The Judas Kiss
Mimi Jordan Sherin, The Hairy Ape
Stephen Strawbridge, "Master Harold"...and the Boys
Justin Townsend, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Jeff Croiter, Bandstand
Mark Henderson, Sunset Boulevard
Bradley King, Hadestown
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Amy Mae, Sweeney Todd: The Barber of Fleet Street
Malcolm Rippeth, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Outstanding Projection Design 
Reid Farrington, CasablancaBox
Elaine McCarthy, Notes From the Field
Jared Mezzocchi, Vietgone
John Narun, Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Mikhail Fiksel, A Life
Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter
Brian Quijada, Where Did We Sit on the Bus?
Leon Rothenberg, Notes From the Field
Jane Shaw, Men on Boats

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Simon Baker, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Peter Hylenski, Anastasia
Scott Lehrer, Hello, Dolly!
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Mick Potter, Cats
Brian Ronan, War Paint
Matt Stine, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding Wig and Hair
David BrIan Brown, War Paint
Campbell Young Associates, Hello, Dolly!
John Jared Janas, Yours Unfaithfully
Jason Hayes, The View Upstairs
Josh Marquette, Present Laughter
Tom Watson, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Solo Performance
Nancy Anderson, The Pen (Inner Voices)
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale
Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date
Brian Quijada, Where Did We Sit on the Bus?
Anna Deavere Smith, 'Notes From the Field

Unique Theatrical Experience
CasablancaBox,
The Paper Hat Game
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
The Ephemera Trilogy

Outstanding Fight Choreography 
J. David Brimmer, Yen
Donal O'Farrell, Quietly
Michael Rossmy and Rick Sordelet, Troilus and Cressida
Thomas Schall, Othello
Thomas Schall, The Hairy Ape
U. Jonathan Toppo, Sweat

Outstanding Adaptation 
David Ives, The Liar
Ellen McLaughlin, The Trojan Women

Outstanding Puppet Design
Basil Twist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Lyndie Wright, Sarah Wright, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The 83rd Annual Drama League Award Nominations

Sorry guys, in the rush to finish my semester of grad school I have neglected the blog, and apparently have missed a few things as well. Below are this year's Drama League nominations:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Caught
Everybody
If I Forget
Indecent
A Life
Oslo
The Play That Goes Wrong
Sweat
Tell Hector I Miss Him
The Wolves

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
A Doll’s House/The Father
The Beauty Queen Of Leenane
Jitney
The Little Foxes
Master Harold And The Boys
Othello
Present Laughter
The Price
Six Degrees Of Separation
Troilus And Cressida

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Amélie, A New Musical
Anastasia
Bandstand                                                                                
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day
Hadestown                                                                                
Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812
Ride The Cyclone
War Paint

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Cats
Falsettos
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Sweet Charity

NOMINEES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Reed Birney, Man From Nebraska
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Ato Blankson-Wood, The Total Bent
Christian Borle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Falsettos
Leon Addison Brown, Master Harold and the Boys
Kate Burton, Present Laughter
Daniel Craig, Othello
Johanna Day, Sweat
Marcia DeBonis, Small Mouth Sounds
Danny DeVito, The Price
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Carson Elrod, The Liar
Michael Emerson, Wakey Wakey
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Gideon Glick, Significant Other
Harriet Harris, The Roads To Home
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
John Leguizamo, Latin History for Morons
Kecia Lewis, Marie and Rosetta
Judith Light, All The Ways To Say I Love You
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Jefferson Mays, Oslo
Simon McBurney, The Encounter
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
Caroline O’Connor, Anastasia
Laura Osnes, Bandstand
Aisling O’Sullivan, The Beauty Queen of Leenane
David Hyde Pierce, A Life; Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Daniel Radcliffe, Privacy
Amy Ryan, Love, Love, Love
Nora Schell, Spamilton
Jeremy Secomb, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Anna Deveare Smith, Notes From The Field
John Douglas Thompson, Jitney; A Doll’s House/The Father
Kate Walsh, If I Forget
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season.  As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible this season.  Their exemplary work, however, is recognized and applauded.

Glenn Close, Sunset Boulevard
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Harvey Fierstein, Gently Down The Stream
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Mary-Louise Parker, Heisenberg
Liev Schreiber, Les Liaisons Dangereuses

RIP Jonathan Demme

A sad loss today for the film world, as it was announced that Jonathan Demme died today at the age of 73 from a battle with cancer. Demme was an Academy Award winning director whose work included The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Melvin and Howard, Something Wild, Beloved, Neil Young Journeys, Rachel Getting Married, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, and more recently, the Meryl Streep-starring Ricki and the Flash. He had a love of music, and he would direct nonfiction, fiction, television and everything in between. He was an idiosyncratic director whose film contributions will be remembered forever. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends this evening.