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Monday, March 03, 2014

A HISTORIC SELFIE, PIZZA, JENNIFER LAWRENCE FALLS AGAIN, AND MORE FROM THE OSCARS 2014

This year’s Oscars was an out and out entertainment extravaganza, but not without heartwarming speeches and moving tributes. Here’s a look at the 86th edition of the biggest night in Hollywood

To See all the results of the 86th Oscars, click here.

Photo Courtesy: AMPAS 

ELLEN DEGENERES was the best thing that happened to the Oscars this year. Her bringing the show into the crowd was a simple, yet genius idea. From outrageously hilarious moments like ordering pizza (and then collecting cash for it, in Pharrell’s hat) to sitting in Zac Efron’s seat to say that he was the next presenter, Ellen knocked it out of the park this year. There were moments when we were laughing simply at the ridiculousness of what was going on, but it was inclusive, with so many of the big names in the front few rows participating in the mirth, so it didn’t matter. Not many can work a crowd like Ellen can. 

The selfie that Ellen made Bradley Cooper take, which has gone down as the most retweeted photo ever

Her selfie moment with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Channing Tatum, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita’s brother and the photographer Bradley Cooper was priceless. History was made, as Twitter was out of service for a bit after the photo was retweeted a record number of times (the current count is over 1.1 million retweets). Even Ellen’s jibes and ribbing were tasteful and innocent, but still received roars of laughter, even from us watching at home. I especially enjoyed how she made fun of Jennifer Lawrence having a fall again this year, following her trip while climbing up the stairs last year to accept her Oscar.JLaw took it very sportingly, and then the best part: Ellen tells Jennifer that if she wins the Oscar this year, they should bring it to her and not make her climb up to the stage. Priceless!

Presenters Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron
Bringing the entertainment and humor to the crowd was not just Ellen’s doing. Even Pharrell Williams’ performance of the Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy’, early in the show, brought Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams to their feet as they danced along. And that was not all. The organizers seem to have kept in mind that the Oscars have been losing viewers, because of how the Oscar-nominated movies don’t always appeal to the moviegoers. This is probably why the tributes this year were those made to movies that the moviegoers love, including animation films, superhero movies and other blockbuster types. PRESENTERS also kept things fresh and entertaining. With moments such as Jim Carrey’s animated tribute to animation and Jamie Foxx’s background score to Jessica Biel presenting the Oscar for Best Original Score, there was hardly a boring moment during the entire show. Among other FUNNY MOMENTS not orchestrated by Ellen was Kevin Spacey briefly getting into character as Frank Underwood from HOUSE OF CARDS. There were other unintentionally funny moments also, like John Travolta’s ridiculous mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name, calling her ‘Adele Dazim’, and Charlize Theron (who was best dressed, according to me) not realizing it was her turn to speak, when presenting with Chris Hemsworth.

Pharrell Williams performing 'Happy' from Despicable Me 2




I thought that even the PERFORMANCES added value to the show, especially those by Pharrell, Pink, Idina Menzel and Bette Midler. Nothing seemed to be overdone. The 'In Memoriam' segment didn’t draw out too long and even the presentations of the Best Picture nominees were done in sets of three, avoiding nine presentations and clips.





(Left-Right) Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto

Steve McQueen making his speech while 
accepting the Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years A Slave
The AWARDS were paced out well, with a good mix of less popular categories with the big film categories throughout the show. Most of the results weren’t all that hard to predict, with Gravity winning almost in all the expected categories. So much so, most people seemed to have been expecting it to win Best Picture also, but 12 Years A Slave took away the top prize, much to the delight of Brad Pitt and his entire 12 Years… team. The film won three Oscars, as did Dallas Buyers Club, the pride of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. All the acting results—McConaughey, Leto, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)were predictable, but extremely deserving. It was good to see that The Great Gatsby won where it deserved to. Unfortunately American Hustle didn’t win anything, but the competition was pretty stiff. Frozen, Her and Blue Jasmine were the other big winners of the evening.

Jared Leto making his speech while accepting the 
Supporting Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club


Most of the ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES were quite endearing and funny. I loved Lupita Nyong’o’s, because of how she started, saying that it didn’t escape her how so much joy in her life was due to so much pain in someone else’s. Jared Leto talking about his mother, with such admiration for her story, and then dedicating his statuette to the people who lost the battle to AIDS and faced injustice for who they are and who they love, was pure gold. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s recital of their speech (on winning Best Original Song for Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’) was funny and touching, with the closing message to their daughters.

Alfonso Cuarón making his speech while accepting the Best Direction Oscar for Gravity

With moments to remember from all aspects of the show, and hardly any boring moments that I can point out, I would say that the Oscars were quite a success this year. The largely satisfactory results also made it good for me.





What are your thoughts on how things went down at the Oscars this year? Did the show live up to expectations?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

PREDICTIONS FOR THE 86th OSCARS

A quick look at the Oscar nominees this year, and what I think will happen with them Oscar night…


PICTURE & DIRECTION
Picture: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Direction: David O Russell, American Hustle; Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity; Alexander Payne, Nebraska;
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave; Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

These last few years, it seems like there’s always a movie that’s a technical marvel, among the Oscar nominated films. Last year, it was Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, the year before that, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and this year, it’s Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. However, while the latter two were acknowledged to quite a large extent for their brilliance, with Ang Lee also winning Best Direction last year, this year, I feel that Gravity is going to get much more than that. It’s safe to say that Cuarón will walk away with an Oscar for direction, but I also feel that Gravity will be named Best Picture this year. The closest frontrunner, 12 Years A Slave was a really moving film, but while it was well made and had some stellar performances, it wasn’t something we haven’t seen before. If it does win, it’ll probably be because of the Academy’s love for biopics and dramatic retellings of true stories. The other frontrunner, American Hustle has lost momentum in the race for the Oscars, since its Best Picture, Comedy at the Golden Globes in January. All said and done, this year, the frontrunners can’t compare with last year’s films, especially Argo, Lincoln and Les Misérables, so the result will not be as satisfactory in any case. I personally think that the smaller films, like Dallas Buyers Club are more deserving of the top prize, but we all know that that’s not going to happen. I think it will be Gravity this year.


ACTING
Leading Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street; Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Leading Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave; Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb, Nebraska

Last year, the race for Leading Actress was quite uncertain, with Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence vying for the prize as frontrunners. This year, it seems quite obvious that it will be Cate Blanchett. Her performance in Blue Jasmine may have been too subtle in parts, but she nailed the messed up character in a way that even in Jasmine’s seemingly normal moments, you still know the underlying insecurities and anxiety that caused her nervous breakdown.
In the race for lead actor, again, the result is quite predictable. While they’re almost all worthy performances, especially Leonardo DiCaprio’s, the one that stands out the most is Matthew McConaughey’s. He’s winning this one for sure. His costar would be another extremely deserving winner. Jared Leto nailed the part of Rayon. What initially didn’t seem like a jaw-dropping portrayal of a transvestite turned into so much more, as the character’s layers were stripped and we saw Rayon coming to life.
Supporting Actress is the only acting category that isn’t predictable this year. While the strongest contender is Lupita Nyong’o—who I think will win, even if it’s just for her blood-curdling screams in 12 Years A Slave—we could just as well see Jennifer Lawrence taking home the gold for a second consecutive year. Lawrence was excellent in American Hustle, but then so was Julia Roberts, who I personally believe should be a frontrunner. However, I really think it should and will be Nyong’o.


SCREENPLAY
Original: Before Midnight, Captain Philips, Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Adapted: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska

At least one of the writing categories often ends up being a consolation prize to a film that’s a frontrunner, but won’t quite make Best Picture. This year, if Gravity does end up winning the big prize, there will be two consolation prizes. 12 Years A Slave will win Original Screenplay. While I think Blue Jasmine deserves the second award, it’s most likely going to be Her winning Adapted Screenplay.


SOUND EDITING & MIXING
If Gravity doesn’t win Best Picture, it will at least sweep up a slew of other technical awards. Sound Editing and Mixing just being two of them.

FILM EDITING, CINEMATOGRAPHY, VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity will in Cinematography, Visual Effects, and possibly even Film Editing. However, in the latter, it could just as easily be 12 Years A Slave or even American Hustle.



PRODUCTION DESIGN, COSTUME DESIGN, MAKE-UP/HAIRSTYLING
I would give Costume Design to The Great Gatsby, but I think American Hustle will win. I believe Production Design should also go to The Great Gatsby, but Gravity will win. Dallas Buyers Club will win for Make-up and Hairstyling.








Who are your picks for this year’s Oscar winners? Do you think Gravity will in fact win Best Picture, or will it be 12 Years A Slave?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

GOLDEN GLOBES 2014 – A MIXED BAG

The 71st Golden Globe Awards offered several hilarious moments, and a few very surprising results. Let’s recall what went down…


MOTION PICTURES
Having not yet watched many of the awards hopeful films this year, I didn’t have any strong opinions on which movies should win or will win this year. Except for Leonardo DiCaprio. He was outstanding in The Wolf Of Wall Street and he absolutely deserved to win for it. I hope this means that the Academy will also go with a similar decision of their Best Actor at the Oscars. It came as no surprise that Cate Blanchett won for Blue Jasmine. What was surprising was seeing Matthew McConaughey winning an award. He’s really evolved as an actor and his win, along with Jared Leto’s, for Best Supporting Actor makes me want to watch Dallas Buyers Club even more. However, the biggest winner among motion pictures at the Golden Globes was American Hustle, winning three, including Best Picture Comedy, Actress Comedy and Supporting Actress. It’s become quite clear that American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave are the frontrunners for the Oscars later in March.

TELEVISION
The television results were an equal mix of satisfactory, surprising and unexpected. BREAKING BAD finally winning a Globe for Best Series Drama was probably the highlight of the TV results, along with Bryan Cranston finally winning for his consistent and stellar performance on the show. Robin Wright’s performance on HOUSE OF CARDS rightfully earned her the win for Best Actress Drama. In the supporting acting categories, it was unfortunate that Aaron Paul didn’t win for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman. In the comedy categories, it was quite nice to see Amy Poehler win for PARKS AND RECREATION. I don’t remember ever seeing the host at an award show actually winning an award. But the biggest shocker of the evening was BROOKLYN NINE-NINE winning not one, but two Golden Globes, including Andy Samberg taking away the prize for Best Actor Comedy, and the win for Best Series Comedy. The latter was robbed from THE BIG BANG THEORY, I feel. The show has never won and deserves to win more than any other comedy series out there, according to me. I haven’t seen all that much of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, so I might later just feel that these results were justified, but for now, I’m not all that thrilled. I was happy that Kerry Washington didn’t win for SCANDAL, or Lena Dunham for GIRLS, or that GIRLS didn’t win Best Series Comedy, an award that was wasted on that show last year.

THE SHOW
The first six minutes of the telecast were being spoken of on the red carpet before the show began, and that opening act by hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were definitely worth talking about. They did an outstanding job, a second time around. Their jokes were fresh and entertaining, while being edgy, yet not offensive to anyone. The bits about Julia Louis-Dreyfus having graduated to film from TV and having airs about it was absolutely hilarious, especially with Louis-Dreyfus’ participation, and Reese Witherspoon sitting beside her. Also, the dig at George Clooney, mentioning how he’d rather float into space and die than be around women his own age, was another really funny moment. Among their later moments on stage, Tina Fey’s introduction of presenter Leonardo DiCaprio was a hoot. “Like a supermodel’s vagina!” she said! 
     
The acceptance speeches were also rather entertaining. The most endearing was probably the very first one—Jennifer Lawrence’s—but the best, in my opinion was Matthew McConaughey’s, complete with a relevant anecdote, and a personal touch, keeping it simple and effective. Alfonso Cuaron’s mention of ‘herpes’ was quite funny. Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech was also nice, with his kind words for Martin Scorsese, and the clever guy took some more time when he came back to present the next award. One speech that dragged on was Jacqueline Bisset’s. It was probably the first time when someone completely ignored the ‘time-up’ track during an acceptance speech. While the tribute to Woody Allen was nice and Diane Keaton’s speech wasn’t boring, I thought it was all just a waste, considering that Allen didn’t even show. While I missed seeing a few awards regulars like Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet among the attendees, it was nice to see faces that we haven’t in a while, including Jim Carrey, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp, even though he seemed high on something and completely disinterested. However, the positives of the show outweighed the negatives. The Golden Globes turned out to be a good start to the Award Season 2014. Here’s looking forward to the next one—the SAG Awards on Saturday.

Click here for a complete list of winners: http://www.goldenglobes.com/golden_globe_winners

What did you think of the Globes this year? Did your favorites win? Did you like the hosts as much as I did? Do share your views below. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2014 – PREDICTIONS (TV)

It’s the weekend of the Golden Globe Awards, and here’s a look at who’s been nominated, and who’s most likely to take home the Gold!


When the nominations were announced for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, I was pleasantly surprised to see several new nominees in almost every TV category. While I thought that some were very deserving of their nominations, I was disappointed to see others on the list of nominees. My main concern is that performers like Kerry Washington (who overacts grossly on SCANDAL) are occupying positions in the list that much more deserving performers like Vera Farmiga (for BATES MOTEL) should occupy. Let’s see all the TV categories and consider the possible winners…

Best TV Series, Drama
BREAKING BAD
DOWNTON ABBEY
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MASTERS OF SEX

This is probably the most impressive list of drama series nominees in recent years. I would have a tough time deciding which one to give it to. None of the last six years’ winners in this category (HOMELAND, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and MAD MEN) are on the list this time, which means the competition is wide open. Freshman dramas HOUSE OF CARDS and MASTERS OF SEX are very strong contenders, and THE GOOD WIFE is literally the best series on network television. While DOWNTON ABBEY has such a fan following, I think this year, they’ll give this one to BREAKING BAD. It’s never won, and the show’s final eight episodes wrapped up the series so beautifully last year. It deserves to win.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies, THE GOOD WIFE
Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK
Taylor Schilling, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Kerry Washington, SCANDAL
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

I personally think that Julianna Margulies has done a tremendous job in the current season of THE GOOD WIFE so far, with all the ongoing changes in her character’s life and relationships, so I would give it to her this year. However, I think the HFPA will reward Robin Wright for her intense silences on HOUSE OF CARDS. (If they give it to Kerry Washington, it’ll reflect quite poorly on them.)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Bryan Cranston, BREAKING BAD
Liev Schreiber, RAY DONOVAN
Michael Sheen, MASTERS OF SEX
Kevin Spacey, HOUSE OF CARDS
James Spader, THE BLACKLIST

I don’t see why James Spader has made it to this list. While he does command attention with his performance on THE BLACKLIST, I still don’t think his material on the show is deserving of a nomination. As was mentioned above for their series, Kevin Spacey and Michael Sheen have delivered exceptionally good performances this last year in HOUSE OF CARDS and MASTERS OF SEX. However, Bryan Cranston’s consistently good performance on BREAKING BAD deserves a win this year, given that he’s never won, and especially because of how he did complete justice to his character’s gut-wrenching last days in the series.

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
THE BIG BANG THEORY
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
GIRLS
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION

I have a bad feeling that GIRLS will win this year again. I think MODERN FAMILY still deserves to win, because of how consistently good it’s been, till date. But unfortunately, it’s not common for a series to win a second time, if not consecutively. Therefore, I say that this year the HFPA should reward THE BIG BANG THEORY, another consistently good show that has never won.  

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, NEW GIRL
Lena Dunham, GIRLS
Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Amy Poehler, PARKS AND RECREATION

Last year, this award was stolen from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and given to Lena Dunhum. This year, I think they might repeat last year’s debacle, especially because of Dunham’s character dealing with OCD on GIRLS last year. Host Amy Poehler is a very deserving contender; However, I think it should be Julia Louis-Dreyfus.



Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Jason Bateman, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Don Cheadle, HOUSE OF LIES
Michael J. Fox, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
Jim Parsons, THE BIG BANG THEORY
Andy Samberg, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Although I would love to see Jim Parsons winning again in this category, I think the HFPA will repeat last year’s result—Don Cheadle. Although I think Michael J. Fox would really deserve a win for his performance on his show.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, DANCING ON THE EDGE
Janet McTeer, THE WHITE QUEEN
Hayden Panettiere, NASHVILLE
Monica Potter, PARENTHOOD
Sofia Vergara, MODERN FAMILY

Seeing Monica Potter and Hayden Panettiere’s names up there was really a good surprise, because despite their excellent performances in PARENTHOOD and NASHVILLE last year, it wouldn’t have been shocking if they were still ignored. It’s also good to see Sofia Vergara still contending for this award, which she’s never won. I would like it to go to any of these three women, but I think it should be Monica Potter.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Josh Charles, THE GOOD WIFE
Rob Lowe, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
Aaron Paul, BREAKING BAD
Corey Stoll, HOUSE OF CARDS
Jon Voight, RAY DONOVAN

Josh Charles and Corey Stoll have been brilliant on THE GOOD WIFE and HOUSE OF CARDS this last year, and I wouldn’t mind if either of them won this award, but Aaron Paul’s performance in BREAKING BAD’s final episodes was too amazing for the HFPA to not finally give him an award for a role he has more than done justice to over five seasons of the show. I say this one should go to Aaron Paul.

As for the mini-series TV movie categories, I’m not very familiar with those that have been nominated, except for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. However, even without knowing much about the others, I’m pretty sure that this year, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA and Michael Douglas are winning.



Who do you think will walk away with Golden Globes? Which performances have been your favorites this past year? Share your views and your excitement over the award season’s first big award show. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

‘MODERN FAMILY’ CONTINUES WINNING SPREE; ‘BREAKING BAD’ FINALLY WINS

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards: A night of shocks and surprises, with some of the most unpredictable results in recent years, but not without several repeat wins. The show itself was rather disappointing, but not only because of the presentation. Here’s why…


When the Primetime Emmys began this year, it was disappointing to see host Neil Patrick Harris just sitting and talking to a bunch of TV screens that had clips from shows over the year gone by. After his outstanding musical performance at the Tony Awards earlier this year, everyone was expecting a number. That always helps set the tone, with everyone feeling entertained and upbeat. Good humor can also get the audience hooked instantly, but unfortunately, the jokes barely made lips curve. When Emmy hosts from the recent past interrupted his opening, I thought that it would build up to something. However, beyond seeing big names like Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien up there, there was nothing that hooked me, until Kevin Spacey went all Frank Underwood (HOUSE OF CARDS) and spoke directly to the audience, with the past and present hosts fighting in the background. That was hilarious. But…such moments were rather rare over the next three hours.

Emmys hosts past and present, arguing
THE HOST
When it was announced earlier this year that Neil Patrick Harris would be returning to host the Emmys, I was excited, because I remembered what a great job he had done the last time he had hosted the show. However, his bits during the show, especially the opening, were poorly written, and even he looked a little bored with what he was doing. The decision to have a musical number midway through the show wasn’t a bad one, because by that point, we really needed some nice, peppy entertainment. However, the performance was nothing more than ordinary, and seemed pointless, because it didn’t say anything about television; instead, it went on and on about being a midway number!

The midway musical number
THE PERFORMANCES
To be fair, NPH did give us some great moves in the choreography presentation number, which did pay tribute to some of the big shows. It was entertaining, because of the sheer talent, and because of the way the dancers got into costume to represent characters from shows like BREAKING BAD, THE BIG BANG THEORY, GAME OF THRONES, etc. The producers really should have expanded this performance and scrapped the midway number. The choreography bit could have even been a good opening number, and presenting the Emmy for that category wouldn’t have been a bad way to start the show, especially given how it actually began. The performances by Sir Elton John and Carrie Underwood were nice, but didn’t quite wow the audience.

Emily & Zooey Deschanel presenting
THE PRESENTERS
After the disappointing opening (except for Kevin Spacey’s bit), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the stage to present the first award. But after seeing those two doing such an excellent job at the Golden Globes earlier this year, the material they worked with at the Emmys fell completely flat. In fact, the producers could’ve just asked anyone off the street to say their bits and it wouldn’t have made a difference. Other presentations were also disappointing, especially those by sisters Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington, Claire Danes and Bryan Cranston, to name a few. Will Ferrell’s appearance, with those kids, to present the Outstanding Series awards at the end, was probably the worst of the evening. It was not funny, he has very little to do with comedy and drama series, and the bits where he was telling the kids not to blow it because ‘it’s the Emmys’ was just trying too hard.



Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes her acceptance 

speech with Tony Hale present
THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES
Soon after the show began, we were thrown into the first shocker of the evening—Merritt Weaver’s win for supporting actress, comedy. While a lot of people think that her speech was the best, I thought that her “Oh my god! Thank you so much… Umm, I gotta go. Bye!” was just terrible, especially as the first acceptance speech of the evening. I personally think that if you’re getting a chance to say something on winning, the least you can do is give the audience something that’ll make them think, laugh, feel good about, or move them. But anyway, moving on from that, I felt that most of the other speeches too were boring and uninspired. Maybe that happened because most of the people that won were completely unprepared for their victories, since they were all so unexpected. The best acceptance speeches had to be those by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Lead Actress—Comedy, VEEP) and Michael Douglas (Lead Actor—Miniseries/TV Movie, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA). With Tony Hale standing behind Louis-Dreyfus, feeding her lines as she made her speech, thus recreating what is one of the funniest character dynamics on VEEP, was absolute genius. And Douglas telling costar Matt Damon, “This award is half yours. So what do you want? The top or the bottom?” was probably the line of the evening, and one that no one will forget about anytime soon. 

Jane Lynch paying tribute to her former GLEE costar,
the late Cory Monteith
THE PRESENTATION
I understand that it’s best if the two biggest awards—outstanding series, comedy and drama—are saved for the end. However, if that is preceded by like an hour of variety show and miniseries/TV movie award presentations, it’s bound to get rather boring, because by that point, most people are just waiting for the final two awards. Moreover, the presentation didn’t even follow a pattern wherein all the comedy categories were done first, and then the drama, and so on. So it probably would have been best to evenly pace out the main series awards with the variety show, etc awards, so as to sustain the audience’s attention. What made it especially tedious was what seemed like unending tributes to people who died over the last year. While ‘In Memoriam’ is a segment of the show that needs to be there, individualized tributes didn’t make sense, not just because of the very random selection of deceased artists, but also because (with all due respect to the dear departed) of how boring it became.

The cast of BREAKING BAD celebrates the big win
THE RESULTS
Unlike last year, when HOMELAND swept the main categories, this year’s Emmys gave us quite a mixed bag of results, a lot of which were unexpected. While MODERN FAMILY might have won its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Series, Comedy, it still didn’t make a clean sweep. None of the actors from the show won this year; instead, there were surprise wins for Tony Hale (VEEP) and Merritt Weaver (NURSE JACKIE) in the comedy acting categories. Additionally, while many saw HOMELAND’s first-time nominees Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin as frontrunners in drama, Bobby Cannavale unexpectedly took away the prize for supporting actor, drama. Even Anna Gunn’s win for BREAKING BAD was not what many saw coming, especially since the other actors from the show didn’t win. And while Jeff Daniels’ win for THE NEWSROOM took Bryan Cranston supporters by surprise, BREAKING BAD did win Outstanding Series, Drama, which most people did expect to happen. Other results that were expected were Claire Danes’ win for HOMELAND, Jim Parsons’ for THE BIG BANG THEORY and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ win for VEEP. The awards for writing and directing in comedy and drama were also evenly distributed over 30 ROCK, MODERN FAMILY, HOUSE OF CARDS and HOMELAND, further preventing a clean sweep. Here are some of the results:

Outstanding Drama
BREAKING BAD 
DOWNTON ABBEY
GAME OF THRONES
HOMELAND
HOUSE OF CARDS
MAD MEN

Outstanding Actress In A Drama
Connie Britton, NASHVILLE
Claire Danes, HOMELAND
Michelle Dockery, DOWNTON ABBEY
Vera Farmiga, BATES MOTEL
Elisabeth Moss, MAD MEN
Kerry Washington, SCANDAL
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

Outstanding Actor In A Drama
Hugh Bonneville, DOWNTON ABBEY
Bryan Cranston, BREAKING BAD
Jeff Daniels, THE NEWSROOM
Jon Hamm, MAD MEN
Damian Lewis, HOMELAND
Kevin Spacey, HOUSE OF CARDS

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama
Anna Gunn, BREAKING BAD
Maggie Smith, DOWNTON ABBEY
Emilia Clarke, GAME OF THRONES
Christine Baranski, THE GOOD WIFE
Morena Baccarin, HOMELAND
Christina Hendricks, MAD MEN

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama
Bobby Cannavale, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Jonathan Banks, BREAKING BAD
Aaron Paul, BREAKING BAD
Jim Carter, DOWNTON ABBEY
Peter Dinklage, GAME OF THRONES
Mandy Patinkin, HOMELAND

Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
DOWNTON ABBEY
HOMELAND
HOUSE OF CARDS

Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series
BREAKING BAD
DOWNTON ABBEY
GAME OF THRONES
HOMELAND

Outstanding Comedy
30 ROCK
THE BIG BANG THEORY
GIRLS
LOUIE
MODERN FAMILY
VEEP

Outstanding Actress In A Comedy
Laura Dern, ENLIGHTENED
Lena Dunham, GIRLS
Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE
Tina Fey, 30 ROCK
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VEEP
Amy Poehler, PARKS AND RECREATION

Outstanding Actor In A Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 ROCK
Jason Bateman, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Louis CK, LOUIE
Don Cheadle, HOUSE OF LIES
Matt LeBlanc, EPISODES
Jim Parsons, THE BIG BANG THEORY

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy
Mayim Bialik, THE BIG BANG THEORY
Jane Lynch, GLEE
Julie Bowen, MODERN FAMILY
Merritt Wever, NURSE JACKIE
Jane Krakowski, 30 ROCK
Sofia Vergara, MODERN FAMILY
Anna Chlumsky, VEEP

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Adam Driver, GIRLS
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, MODERN FAMILY
Ed O’Neill, MODERN FAMILY
Ty Burrell, MODERN FAMILY
Bill Hader, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Tony Hale, VEEP

Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series
30 ROCK
GIRLS
GLEE
LOUIE
MODERN FAMILY

Outstanding Writing For a Comedy Series
30 ROCK
EPISODES
LOUIE
THE OFFICE

Outstanding TV Miniseries Or Movie
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
THE BIBLE
PHIL SPECTOR
POLITICAL ANIMALS
TOP OF THE LAKE

Lead Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Jessica Lange, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
Laura Linney, THE BIG C: HEREAFTER
Helen Mirren, PHIL SPECTOR
Sigourney Weaver, POLITICAL ANIMALS
Elisabeth Moss, TOP OF THE LAKE

Lead Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Michael Douglas, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
Matt Damon, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
Toby Jones, THE GIRL
Benedict Cumberbatch, PARADE’S END
Al Pacino, PHIL SPECTOR

A lot of things didn’t quite work for the Emmys this year, from the hosting to the presenters, from the performances to the presentation, and so on. But the awards itself were rather satisfactory. I was surprised when a few of the winners’ names were announced, but I didn’t think that any of them were undeserving of the awards that they won. I look forward to next year’s Emmys, when all eyes will be on MAD MEN as it heads into its final season, while BREAKING BAD will still be eligible, even though it is ending in a week.



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