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#GoldenGlobe Nominations: My Thoughts

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It continues to be my favorite time of year: Awards Season!  The Golden Globe nominations came out today; and as per usual, I was thrilled with some nominations and insanely pissed when performances got snubbed.  Below are the nominations and my thoughts on them:

Best Television Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
The Newsroom

I understand these nominations, I do.  But for the umpteenth time, Sons of Anarchy has been overlooked.  I’m also surprised not to see Man Men or The Game of Thrones on here.  But LOVE the love that Downton Abbey gets – it’s a deliciously good show.

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Episodes

Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Out of these 5 series, I only watch Smash … and I’m shocked to see it on here.  Season 1 was entertaining, but it was a hell of a mess.  And considering that they’ve switched showrunners and cut half of their original cast, I really don’t think this nomination is justified.  I think New Girl deserved their slot (or HAPPY ENDINGS!  But that’s just a pipe dream).

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

The glaring omission of Charlie Hunnam for Sons of Anarchy truly hurts my soul.  This entire season read like his Emmy reel (so maybe I’ll hope for the Emmys).  I truly love SOA and while I might seem biased, Charlie’s performance this season was truly incredible – read the reviews, the recaps, your twitter feed; you’ll find I’m not alone in these thoughts.  I know Damian Lewis has this award on lock (and it’s deserved) but I was truly hoping to see Charlie get some recognition.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Claire Danes has this one in the bag, but I’m really happy to see Connie Britton on here, especially after she was snubbed so many years for Friday Night Lights.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

I didn’t see any of these – I have no feelings.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

While Jessica Lange is an incredible actress, even she can’t save this overwrought AHS: Asylum season (for which her performance can’t even begin to compare to the one from the first season).  I think Julianne Moore is the clear winner, but I’m happy to see Sigourney Weaver nominated (Political Animals is definitely a miniseries you should check out.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

I would LOVE to see Max Greenfield take this.  I can’t imagine New Girl without him – there has never been an episode where his presence hasn’t made the show infinitely better.  Also thrilled for Mandy Patinkin’s nomination.  His character Saul isn’t a flashy role, but it’s the grounding force of the show.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Maggie Smith.  The end.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

As long as Lena Dunham doesn’t win, I’m happy.  I cannot stand her.  I just don’t find her funny or overly original.  I can feel the backlash brewing already …

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Pretty much what I expected.  I hope to see Nat Faxon from Ben&Kate on here next year.

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Depending on which way the voters go, I could see a win for either Game Change or Hatfields & McCoys.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

I’m really behind on my movies (mostly because I watch too much TV).  I actually don’t know which way the voters will go.  Lincoln is all about DD-L’s exceptional performance but I didn’t think the movie itself was the best I’ve ever seen.  I really need to see Argo – I read the script a few years back and loved it; a very smart screenplay.  I was hoping that Beasts of the Southern Wild would get nominated because Quvenzhane Wallis is amazing, and because my cousin that I’ve never met directed it!  Pretty cool, right?  I have a HUGE extended family and just learned I was related to Benh Zeitlin last year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Daniel Day-Lewis IS Abraham Lincoln.  I have never been more mesmerized by an actor’s performance.  No one can argue that he doesn’t deserve it.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

I have not seen any of these movies, but I have a huge grudge against Jessica Chastain.  She knows what she did.  But she’ll probably win.  Woof.

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

I think Les Mis has this one, but Silver Linings Playbook is amazing and I’m sure it will be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most versatile young actresses around.  Her performance in Silver Linings Playbook was raw, funny and, in my opinion, the performance to beat.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Even though I think Hugh Jackman will take this, I would love to see Bradley Cooper win.  In Silver Linings, he was almost unrecognizable in his turn as a bipolar man trying to turn his life around.  I saw Bradley Cooper start to become a true leading man when I saw last year’s Limitless (which I loved and hope more people watch it), and I think he will continue to take projects that will make him a serious contender for all future award seasons (with the occasional Hangover sequel I’m sure).

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

I always have a hard time trying to figure out who will win in supporting categories.  I think it will be between Anne Hathaway and Sally Field.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

I love seeing Leo getting nominated because I honestly don’t understand how that man doesn’t have Oscar yet (or how we haven’t met and fallen in love…) However, I am extremely disappointed that Robert De Niro didn’t get a nomination for Silver Linings Playbook.  It was honestly one of the best performances I’ve seen from him in a long time.  But I have faith that he’ll be nominated for an Oscar.

Best Director — Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

I would love to see Ben Affleck take this.  I love the movies he’s directed and I thought The Town deserved more awards praise than it got.  But this is a group of heavy hitters so expect surprises.

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TV Romance: ‘Shipper Life

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TV Romance … I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show without it (even shows devoted to crime scene investigations throw their characters a romantic prospect every once in a while).  In fact, I get so wrapped up in my characters’ romANTICS that I can go through the entire spectrum of emotions during one episode of my favorite CW show (I watch a TV show like others watch sporting events:  I cheer, I yell, I cry, I throw things).  In fact, a old term just came back into the TV lovers’ vernacular: Relationshipping, or known more commonly as ‘Shipping (a ‘shipper is one who ‘ships).  Wikipedia defines ‘shipping as “a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction.”  I am a HUGE ‘shipper –  every show I watch, I have at least one couple I’m ‘shipping over.  So below are some of my favorite romantic moments from the couples I’ve ‘shipped the most.

Ok listen, Summer, it’s not like, like now that me and Anna broke up, I’m now choosing you, ok? Cause the whole reason that we broke up is cause for me, it’s always been you, Summer … it’s always been you.  And I’ve tried to fight it and I’ve tried to deny it, and I can’t … I can’t do it.  You’re undeniable.
– Seth Cohen to Summer Roberts, The OC Season 1 (current status: a flash forward in the series finale saw these two lovebirds getting married.  And I KNOW they’re still together)

You wanna know how many women I’ve slept with over the last 10 years?  Hundreds!  Maybe more, I don’t know.  I barely see their faces.  I married Wendy because I was lonely, because I got tired of the endless disconnect.  It was just a sad time-out.  Because when I’m inside someone, there’s only one face I see. When you came home, it was like some kind of sign to me.  Like my past coming around to give me another shot to do this different, better.  And now that chance is running back to Chicago.
– Jax Teller to Tara Knowles, Sons of Anarchy Season 1 (current status: married with two kids as of Season 5)

Jo, you can’t say something like that to me and expect me not to kiss you. So that’s exactly what I want to do.  I’m gonna kiss you in about 10 seconds.  And if you don’t want me to kiss you … well, if you don’t want me to, I guess then you’re just gonna have to stop me.
– Pacey Whitter to Joey Potter, Dawson’s Creek Season 3 (current status: ended up together in the series finale, will be together forever, end of story)

Okay, here it is: your choice.  It’s simple … her or me.  And I’m sure she is really great.  But Derek, I love you, in a really, really big pretend-to-like-your-taste-in-music, let-you-eat-the-last-piece-of-cheesecake, hold-a-radio-over-my-head-outside-your-window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you, love you.  So pick me, choose me, love me.
– Meredith Grey to Derek Sheperd, Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 (current status: happily married with one child as of Season 9)

…What I’m about to say is probably the most selfish thing that I’ve ever said in my life.  I just have to say it once.  You just need to hear it.  I love you, Elena.  And it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you, why you can’t know this.  I don’t deserve you, but my brother does.  God, I wish that you didn’t have to forget this, but you do. [compels Elena to forget the conversation. When she lifts from her fog, he is gone]
– Damon Salvatore to Elena Gilbert, The Vampire Diaries Season 2 (current status: Elena just broke up with Damon’s brother, Stefan, in the latest Season 4 episode.  A new episode airs tomorrow and it might be the start of “Delena!”)

Look, I don’t talk a lot about stuff and I really don’t trust people. But I trust you … and I wanna make it, this, work.  No matter what.  And if we ever get down from here, maybe we can talk about it.
– Ryan Atwood to Marissa Cooper, The OC Season 1 (current status: the writers killed off Marissa in the Season 3 finale.  I’m still not over it)

Logan: I thought our story was epic, you know, you and me.
Veronica: Epic how?
Logan: Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed … epic.  But summer’s almost here and we won’t see each other at all. And then you leave town… and then it’s over.
Veronica: Logan…
Logan: I’m sorry about last summer. You know, if I could do it over…
Veronica: Come on. Ruined lives? Bloodshed? You really think a relationship should be that hard?
Logan:  No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.
– Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls, Veronica Mars Season 2 (current status: the untimely, unfounded and unjust cancellation of the show in Season 3 left viewers with a romantic cliffhanger.  But I imagine Logan and Veronica are together, because that’s how it should be).

TV Thoughts on 11/27/12

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It’s Tuesday!  Meaning it’s my favorite night of television.  In fact, I like so many shows on Tuesday that I can’t even DVR them all.  And not even all of my shows were on tonight!

On a given Tuesday, here is the breakdown of what I watch: The Voice Results Show, Ben and Kate, Emily Owens MD, Happy Endings, Sons of Anarchy.  I now watch The New Normal and New Girl on Hulu – I can wait a day for those two (and New Girl has been noticeably inconsistent this season, I’m a bit ashamed).

And now, show by show, I will collect my TV thoughts:

The Voice Results:  I am going to be SO angry when Cassadee Pope makes it into the top 4.  But I will get over it as long as Nicholas Davis, Amanda Brown and Trevin Hunte are in there with her.  The results show is insanely boring and I fast forward everything except the actual results.

Ben and Kate: This show is so adorable – it’s sweet and simple and doesn’t try too hard.  I do wish they’d utilize Maggie Elizabeth Jones (the precocious 6-year-old) a bit more because she’s awesome. And can I please vote Leslie Grossman in as a series regular?  I think her character could be perfect for Ben … just a thought, Mary Cherry FOREVER!

Emily Owens, MD: I am completely enamored with Mamie Gummer.  It may not be the greatest show writing-wise (no quick wit like in Vampire Diaries or in the ghost of Gossip Girls past), but Emily Owens is a character the majority of us can relate to.  In fact, to me she is Lizzie McGuire all grown up – but instead of having an animated inner-self, she has an inner monologue voiceover.  And I KNOW the people related to Lizzie McGuire (when Lizzie got a bra, I got a bra.  It was a deep connection that has never been broken).

No Happy Endings tonight, but it is without a doubt my favorite comedy on television.  And the show deserves MAJOR credit for bringing itself out of obscurity and becoming a recognizable force of comedy.  Also the banter between Damon Wayans Jr and Eliza Coup alone is enough reason to watch/adore this show.

Sons of Anarchy: Wow. Just … wow.  Every damn week it’s wow.  I started watching this show from the beginning a few months before season 4 aired.  I had heard about it but wasn’t sure if I would like it … oh how wrong I was.  Kurt Sutter has created one of the most dynamic serialized shows I have ever seen.  A Hamlet-esque story set in the world of a motorcycle club called Sons of Anarchy or SAMCRO, the show doesn’t shy away from taking a conventional storyline and blowing it up with more twists and turns than even an episode of Grey’s Anatomy season 2 could muster.  This week was the penultimate episode of Season 5 and one test after another was thrown at our hero, Jax, now president of the club since he pushed out Clay, the man who killed his father and married his mother (like I said, Hamlet).  We see Jax, a man who headed up the presidency with promises of bringing SAMCRO back to its glory days before Clay, slowly turning into the former president he despises.  It will all come to a head next week in the season finale, and I for one cannot WAIT.  If you’re reading this and have never seen the show, check it out on Netflix.  One of the best TV decisions I’ve ever made.