Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Birthday Girl: Eliza Dushku


Happy Birthday to our favorite vampire slayer turn reluctant cheerleader turn corpse-saving mortician turn rogue doll turn anybody you want.

So while I certainly butchered the English language just then, just wanted to remind everyone that Eliza Dushku also played the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies. I'm still waiting for the sequel where Eliza takes over the family business. Make it happen, Hollywood!

Tennis Year-In-Review


Federer's Fantastic Year

The results speak by themselves. He reached all four Grand Slam finals (again) winning the French Open to get a career Grand Slam and winning Wimbledon to overtake Pete Sampras' slam record tally. He also regained his #1 ranking and ended the year on top for the fifth time. All of these are well and good, but his personal life was also picture perfect as as he got married to longtime girlfriend Mirka Varinec who then delivered twin baby girls in the middle of the year.

Serena Makes Herself Heard

When Dinara Safina took the top spot back in April, people kept asking "Who Was the Real #1?" especially with Serena Williams winning the first Grand Slam of the year. It reached fever pitch when Serena went on to win at Wimbledon followed by Safina's breakdown at the French Open final a couple of weeks prior. Serena, however, took over the top ranking and clinched year-end no. 1 by dominating the last tournament of the year. This was a couple weeks removed from "Serenagate" at the US Open where she threatened a line judge and ended up losing the match to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

Agassi Out in the Open

Andre Agassi released his autobiography later in the year and what followed was a maelstorm of opinions and judgment especially from those shocked that this 8-time Grand Slam champion used crystal meth back in the day and lied to ATP officials about his drug use.

King of Clay Dethroned

Rafael Nadal was poised to have a great year especially after he drove Federer to tears beating his rival at the Australian Open final. In late spring, he moved through the clay tournaments knocking off win after win like he usually did. He then went on to lose to Federer at Madrid and then to Robin Soderling in the 4th Round of the French Open where he was the 4-time defending champion. After that, Nadal's year never recovered. Citing knee tendinitis, he withdrew from Wimbledon and went title-less for the rest of the year. Barely showing up at the year-end tournament, he capped his year off by helping Spain win Davis Cup.

Breakthrough Slam Winners

Surprisingly, there were others not named Serena, Federer, or Nadal who won slams this year and none of them were really on anyone's radar to win a major this year. Svetlana Kuznetsova got her second slam title at the French Open after edging out Serena in the semis and dismantling Safina in the finals. The US Open was only Kim Clijster's third tournament after she came back from retirement. She beat five Top 18 players en route to only her second slam title. Finally, Juan Martin Del Potro shocked all by taking out four-time defending champion Federer in 5-sets to claim his maiden major title at the US Open.

Slamless Still

There were a few players who either got close or were overhyped to win a Grand Slam title. In the women's side Safina couldn't live up to her ranking and take a big title while Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva also couldn't back up their efforts to grab their maiden slam. First-time slam finalist Caroline Wozniacki reached the US Open finals losing out to Clijsters. In the men's side, Andy Murray didn't even get a whiff of a slam final this year while Soderling made his first slam final at the French Open losing out to Federer.

Other Tidbits

Andy Roddick came tantalizingly close to his second slam title losing to Federer 14-16 in the fifth set of this year's Wimbledon. Richard Gasquet beat his drug suspension as the ATP bought his "kissing" excuse. So long and farewell to Marat Safin, Amelie Mauresmo, Fabrice Santoro, Ai Sugiyama, and Thomas Johansson as they all retired this year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Box Office: Christmas For All


It was a record-breaking Christmas weekend as a slew of robust openings and a record-breaking second weekend from Avatar made it the highest-grossing weekend ever.

Avatar led the frame with an impressive $75.6 million only down less than 2% from last weekend. It was followed by Sherlock Holmes and the Chipmunk's Squeakquel who both made the top 8 in December openings.

Possible Oscar rivals this year, Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock continue to astound at the box office with Streep's It's Complicated becoming her third biggest opener and Bullock's Blind Side, already her highest grossing film ever, poised to be her first $200 million grosser.

It was a mixed bag when it came to Oscar hopefuls. Up in the Air did well in expansion, but nothing to celebrate over while Nine for the most part disappointed off-the-bat. Invictus seems to be falling off the radar quickly, but it's already amassed some money at least.

Now last month, I looked at the 25 highest grossing films of the decade to date and predicted that by the year's end either New Moon or Avatar (or both!) would join this list. From what it looks like, both seem to be well on their way. New Moon only needs less than $11 million to crack the top 25 and while it's legs have been horrendous so far, it should be able to do it. Avatar, in the meantime, will have a much easier time as $300 million by the time the New Year hits is not out of the question.

Exciting times at the box office for sure. For my part, I contributed to this record-breaking weekend by seeing It's Complicated and Sherlock Holmes. And while not part of the weekend, I also saw Avatar yesterday.

Monday, December 28, 2009

End-Of-Year: Favorite TV Shows

With my favorite actors/performances already done, it's time to get into the shows of 2009. As you can tell, I like making lists so why not have a ranked list of the TV shows I watch? You will find below 30 shows that I enjoyed this season as well as three honorable mentions which I will talk about first:

Doctor Who - If I had to rank this, it would probably fall somewhere in the mid-teens because while Tennant was consistently awesome, the specials themselves varied in quality. And since they were all shown separately and not part of an actual season, I decided not to include it in the rankings.

Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone - It's hard to rank these because they both got canceled and the network just burned off their final episodes when no one was looking. I saw both of their ends and well I suppose it was too much to ask for both of them to continue. Still, brave effort.

And now for ranked shows...

30. Robin Hood - The show's final season ended in a bit of a whimper despite the explosions and all of the deaths, but it was consistent and consistent is good nowadays.

29. Skins - Not as good as the original cast, but did anyone really expect that? Some rocky episodes and the cast is a tad unlikable at first, but what can I say, it's a guilty pleasure.

28. The Mentalist - Ranked pretty much the same as last year for me. The show is good enough. Nothing too special. Of course it's a star vehicle for Simon Baker, but at least the cast is getting some more quality air time this year.

27. Brothers & Sisters - It's still the same Walker family dealing with more problems and all of that. Not sure why this show ranked so low, but maybe because I'm a bit tired of all their drama.

26. Drop Dead Diva - A little summer show on Lifetime that was headline by newcomer Brooke Elliot. It was cute and the cast is fun.

25. So You Think You Can Dance - You'd think having two seasons in one year means double the pleasure. Actually it's been the opposite. But it's still a kick-ass show, but hoping it becomes must-see-tv again.

24. The Good Wife - I told myself I wasn't going to get into a lawyer-type show this season, but good reviews sucked me in and glad I did. Julianna Marguillies is awesome in it.

23. V - It's only four episodes, but the packed a wallop didn't they? It could still end up being very bad in the long run (see Heroes), but for now I'm itching for the next episodes.

22. American Idol - One name: Kris Allen. I sort of fell in love with him and he ended up winning and that's pretty much it. Plus with other great talents like Adam Lambert and Alison Iraheta, it was definitely my favorite season since the show's first.

21. Fringe - The standalone episodes are as gory and disgusting as ever, but the show shines when they highlight the main plot arc of parallel universes and all of that good stuff for which I'm a total sucker for.

20. 30 Rock - Hey when a comedy makes you laugh, then it's doing its job. Fey and company know how to do it with aplomb and they seem to be fearless when it comes to the types of things they do.

19. Community - The individual characters are kooky enough, but its the chemistry of this ensemble that really makes the show work. Yes, there's still some tinkering to be done, but for the most part it's really finding its legs right now.

18. Cougar Town - I'm an unabashed fan of Courtney Cox so to see her again on prime time is fantastic enough. I'm glad the show is good too! True, the show is miles away better when it focuses less on her "cougar"-ness and more on the relationship she has with her family and friends, but the good news is I think the writers are starting to realize this as well.

17. Ugly Betty - A lot of people have forgotten about this show, but I didn't. Despite some awkward storylines (Mode no money, Wilhemina's daughter, Daniel's cult), the heart of the show i.e. Betty has continued to flourish and the show is so much better for it. Yay to makeovers!

16. Chuck - It was a close call there for a second with its imminent cancellation, but thank God it's back because this "new" Chuck is going to be so fascinating to watch. Not that the "old" Chuck wasn't, because he was. And I'll shut up now.

15. Amazing Race - Another year and another two wonderful seasons that showed up dozens of exotic places I can only dream about going to someday. While both seasons sort of gave us "expected" winners, the individual legs seemed more brutal and thus refreshing to see.

14. Castle - If Joss Whedon ever were to do a procedural, he'd be hard press to improve on this one. In fact if you didn't tell me who did it, I would've guess it was Whedon with its slick humor and snappy dialogue. The cast is also fantastic.

13. Greek - It was a roller coaster year, not only for the show, but also the characters. The ever-evolving Cappie/Casey/Evan triangle is more palatable now that they're all friends and I don't see Evan as a huge douchebag anymore. Also Rebecca is nice and Dale is no longer a virgin. Both sounds so wrong, but it actually works very well for both characters.

12. 24 - There was nowhere to go but up since it's last disappointing season. And they delivered. The change in scenery (goodbye Los Angeles!) really re-energized the show as well as some new cast members. Of course, Jack is still there with Chloe! Both still kicking some ass, the way I like 'em.

11. Supernatural - This is what happens when I see all 4 (and a half) seasons. I fall in love with it. It helps that this whole angels/apocalypse stuff is really REALLY riveting. Plus Misha Collins? Too great for words.

Here are my Top Ten list...

10. Glee - Inconsistent and insanely manic would be putting it mildly and yet this show is probably the one show this year that was the breakout pop culture hit. How could it not with its solid ratings, its Twitter-ing cast members, and its hit CDs? The songs are hit and miss, but mostly hits. The cast are adorable and Jane Lynch gives an award-worthy performance. If she doesn't win an Emmy next year, it would be a humongous upset.

Standout Performance: Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Standout Episodes: Pilot, Preggers, Throwdown, Wheels, Hairography, Sectionals

9. Being Human - This little British show's concept seems cheesy, but it works! Basically it's a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost all living as roommates as they deal with their "unhumanness." If Joss were to do a British show, I'd picture him to be doing this. Hm, actually they are making an American version and are in need a a show-runner. Paging Mr. Whedon.

Standout Performance: Russell Tovey as "George"
Standout Episodes: Episode 1.1, Episode 1.4, Episode 1.5, Episode 1.6

8. Mad Men - A strong season despite not enough of the ladies. The ladies made Season 2 so absolutely awesome. Still, the show plowed through with the British takeover the main storyline amidst the rapidly degeneration of Don's spheres of lives. One more comment: the finale was perfection.

Standout Performance: Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Standout Episodes: My Old Kentucky Home, Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency, The Grown-Ups, Shut The Door. Have A Seat

7. The Big Bang Theory - Jim Parsons continues to amaze and with his ascension, the show is quickly becoming one of my favorite sitcoms. It helps that the rest of the cast is also pretty good, but damn if you just can't take your eyes off Parsons.

Standout Performance: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Standout Episodes: The Maternal Capacitance, The Cushion Saturation, The Vegas Renormalization, The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation, The Guitarist Amplification, The Adhesive Duck Deficiency, The Maternal Congruence

6. How I Met Your Mother - Still great even though they had to deal with Colbie and Alyson's pregnancies in the latter half of last season. The cast are still gellin' and the storylines are still fun fun fun!

Standout Performance: Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
Standout Episodes: Three Days of Snow, The Front Porch, Old King Clancy, Right Place Right Time, Double Date, The Sexless Innkeeper, Bagpipes, Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap

5. Battlestar Galactica - There's probably a lot of naysayers out there concerning this final season of BSG and while I was also less than enthused about, oh the last 5-10 minutes of the show, the season itself was more than fine for this die-hard fan. Going to miss that wreck of a ship and that superbly talented and beautiful cast.

Standout Performance: Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin
Standout Episodes: The Oath, Blood on the Scales, No Exit, Daybreak

4. Modern Family - The cast is just perfection. Perfection. I think there was one episode (the pilot) where I wasn't sure if I was going to love this show. Since then, they've knocked it out of the park. Every. Time. Who knew you could do a family sitcom nowadays that actually made you laugh instead of cringe?

Standout Performance: Eric Stonestreet as Cam Tucker
Standout Episodes: The Bicycle Thief, The Incident, Coal Digger, Fizbo, Undeck the Halls
WINNER: Best Comedy Show

3. Dollhouse - When I made this list earlier this month, it was ranked #10. With each and every new episode this month, it just kept going up and up. Because yes, even without those episodes I still would've ranked this show on my Top 10 because it's a Joss show and I'm nothing but a devoted fan. But this month the show became AMAZING and I'm probably underselling it a bit.

Standout Performance: Enver Gjokaj as "Victor"
Standout Episodes: Echoes, Needs, Briar Rose, Epitaph One, Belonging, The Left Hand, A Love Supreme, Stop Loss, The Attic

2. Lost - May not be #1 this year, but it's still a brilliant brilliant show. I feel sorry for those who have stopped watching the show a couple of seasons back, because this is the show that only got better with age. The new element of time traveling could've been cheesy, but it really wasn't and in this crazy ass island, it almost felt natural. Like, of course, they can time travel! Heading into it's final season, I have no doubts this show will satisfy.

Standout Performance: Michael Emerson as Ben Linus
Standout Episodes: Because You Left, Jughead LaFleur, Namaste, Dead is Dead, The Variable, The Incident

1. Torchwood - When I heard that the third season would only consist of five episodes to air in one week, I was thinking the worst. Could I have been any more wrong? The third season entitled "Children of Earth" delivered in so many levels. It was epic. It was risky. It was riveting. It was bloody amazing TV. It's so great, that I'm just a little bit reluctant for the next season since how could it possibly live up to what they've already done? They'll try and I pray they succeed.

Standout Performance: Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper
Standout Episodes: All five episodes of "Children of Earth."
WINNER: Best Drama Show


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Tally: ABC leads with 7 mentions followed shockingly by FOX with 6. CBS has 5 mentions while BBC America (not including Doctor Who) has 4 mentions.

Here are the rest of the shows that I watched, but didn't make the rankings: Gossip Girl, True Blood, Merlin, Private Practice, White Collar, Family Guy, Accidentally on Purpose, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Project Runway, Desperate Housewives, Design Star, Sanctuary, Models of the Runway

Finally, here are the unlucky few dishonorable mentions: Heroes, FlashForward, Stargate Universe, Life on Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Big Brother, Eastwick

Saturday, December 26, 2009

End-Of-Year: 2009 TV Winners

Hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas! On Monday, I posted my personal picks of the best TV performances/shows of 2009.

Today I give you the winners...

Best Actor, Drama
John Barrowman, Torchwood
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
John Noble, Fringe
Russell Tovey, Being Human
Kiefer Sutherland, 24

It's funny reading over this list and thinking how insane it would be if all of these men (as their characters) were to meet and have a conversation. Noble and Tovey would blather on and probably talk about the wonders of the latter's werewolf-ism while Sutherland and Hamm might be too busy deeply brooding mayhaps thinking about their troubled past and odd family dynamics. Barrowman? He would have sex with all of them. If I have to pick the best actor though I'd give it to Noble who plays crazy Walter just as easily as he plays evil Walter, sad Walter, and weird Walter.

Best Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Nathan Fillion, Castle
Scott Michael Foster, Greek
Zachary Levi, Chuck
Joel McHale, Community

Y'all might be thinking, Foster? Where did he come from?! But when Foster is in a scene, you almost forget that the show is about the Cartwrights because he's such a scene-stealer. He was fascinating to watch this season especially as he pretty much forced himself to grow up. As opposed to McHale and Fillion who plays two grown men who still seem like teenagers. They're both funny individually, but their great chemistry with their respective co-stars really elevate their work. Levi makes you believe that Chuck is a real person dealing with real super spies, insane friends, and impossible choices while Baldwin makes you forget about the real world, because he takes you into his own warped one. There can only be one winner though and it's goes to Fillion. Because he dressed up as Mal and it was epic.

Best Actress, Drama
Julianna Marguillies, The Good Wife
Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Eve Myles, Torchwood
Annie Wersching, 24

All of these are tough women. There's Marguillies who manages to balance the mom role with the lawyer role with ease while Wersching was so kick-ass that I began to think that if Jack Bauer ever died, it would be OKAY since she could just take over. Then there's Myles who plays Gwen Cooper with so much heart, her emotions always on her sleeve and I can't forget her heartbreaking monologue. Moss didn't really do that much this season, but the little she did still made a pretty good impact. And while all of these women are so awesome in their own way, the award goes to McDonnell in her final year as President Laura Roslin who even in the face of death remained full of grit and grace that made her character so wonderful.

Best Actress, Comedy
Courtney Cox, Cougar Town
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Stana Katic, Castle
Lea Michele, Glee

To be honest, I'm oddly less enthused about this category. I mean don't get me wrong, I love each and everyone of these actresses and the characters they play. I wouldn't have nominated them if I didn't, but I don't really feel passionate about any of them the way I do other actors I've nominated. In any case, Katic is the perfect blend of sexy and tough and she plays off her co-lead so well. Cox and Michele play manic characters that are a hoot to watch, but it's moments when they slow down, be it talking to her son or sing a heartfelt ballad, where they shine. And so we come down to Fey and Ferrera who have won awards playing the characters they currently play. Fey deals with "smarter" comedy, but Ferrera just has that something extra that tug at your heartstrings while still making you laugh, so she edges Fey a bit for me especially since I'm sorta loving the makeover she had this season.

Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Dichen Lachman, Dollhouse
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost

I don't know anyone who doesn't want more of Hendricks on Mad Men. In fact this year, she was criminally underutilized and yet she still shined with the few scenes she did have. Similarly Panjabi and Lachman are mostly unknown, but they infuse commitment and energy to both of their roles, the latter especially using her magnetic chemistry with a fellow co-star to wonderful fruition on-screen. But it was between two blonde ladies who a few might argue could be considered leads. Helfer, playing the different versions of Six, continued to astound even to the final moments of the show while Mitchell played tough and vulnerable to pitch perfection delivering a specially harrowing scene to end Lost's season. This is why Elizabeth Mitchell gets the prize.

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Alison Brie, Community
Yvette Nicole Brown, Community
Kaley Cuoco, Big Bang Theory
Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother
Jane Lynch, Glee

This was tougher than I first thought when I made this list. Seriously. Cuoco is delightfully as Penny especially when she plays the foil to Sheldon's eccentricities. Brie and Brown are hilarious individually, but they also make a potent comedic duo. And then came Hannigan and Lynch. My initial thought is that Lynch has this award sewn up, because Sue Sylvester is THE breakout TV character of the year if you ask me. But it's hard to discount Hannigan who manages to make the increasingly manic Lily character not only believable, but also lovable. Then again I can say the same thing about Jane Lynch, right? Jane Lynch it is then.

Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Misha Collins, Supernatural
Gareth David-Lloyd, Torchwood
Michael Emerson, Lost
Enver Gjokaj, Dollhouse
Fran Kranz, Dollhouse

Do not make me choose. Please do NOT make me choose. Collins plays an angel and Kranz plays a goofy super smart scientist. The writing of the show is good enough that these two characters do not utterly fail, but the actors full commitment to their roles elevate these two characters as people who are completely endearing. Then there's David-Lloyd. My poor poor dead Ianto. It was uber depressing to see him die, but he went out with a bang. And so it's between Emerson's super villainy Ben Linus or Gjokaj's multi-faceted Victor/Anthony/Topher/party girl/FBI agent. This is pretty much a coin flip, but I'm giving it to Enver Gjokaj.

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Dan Byrd, Cougar Town
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Danny Pudi, Community
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

This might actually be more difficult than its counterpart in the drama category! Byrd has great comedic timing for someone so young and really humanizes Courtney Cox's character. Pudi and Stonestreet are newcomers, but already they may me laugh countless of times even though they are part of very talented ensembles. And now with a heavy heart, I have to compare two Emmy-nominated CBS heavyweights in Parsons and Harris. It's pretty obvious that these two roles (Sheldon and Barney) played by these two comic geniuses are the breakout characters of their popular shows and are usually the character with the most interesting storylines. And while I am still very much impressed with what Harris is doing, I have to give this award this year to Parsons.

So now finally, we have the Best Show categories. I'm afraid you'll have to wait just a bit longer to find out the winner here. Not too long. I should be posting my ranked list of Top 30ish shows of 2009 in a day or two. For now, let's refresh your memories...

Best Show, Drama
Battlestar Galactica
Being Human
Dollhouse
Mad Men
Lost
Torchwood

Best Show, Comedy
Big Bang Theory
Castle
Glee
Greek
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family

Friday, December 25, 2009

True Meaning of Christmas


"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

"That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Merry Christmas! Regular posting will resume tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Federer and His Girls


Roger Federer posted this absolutely adorable picture of him with his wife Mirka, and his twin daughters Myla and Charlene on his official website. Federer posted a message to his fans as well:

Many friends and fans have asked for an updated picture of our girls so we thought we'd post this picture for the holiday season. Our entire family wishes you a safe and happy 2010!

Federer is obviously spending his holidays with his new family. He will play an exhibition match in Dubai with Rafael Nadal around New Year's and will then play in his first tournament in Doha a couple of days after that. His first major tournament will come later in January at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

End-Of-Year: 2009 TV Nominees


I actually had a very difficult time narrowing down my favorite TV shows and performances for this past year. So much so that not only did I have to split the Best Show category to Comedy and Drama, but I had to do this for every single category as well INCLUDING the supporting categories.

The nominees are...

Best Show, Drama
Battlestar Galactica
Being Human
Dollhouse
Mad Men
Lost
Torchwood

Best Show, Comedy
Big Bang Theory
Castle
Glee
Greek
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family

Best Actor, Drama
John Barrowman, Torchwood
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
John Noble, Fringe
Russell Tovey, Being Human
Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Best Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Nathan Fillion, Castle
Scott Michael Foster, Greek
Zachary Levi, Chuck
Joel McHale, Community

Best Actress, Drama
Julianna Marguillies, The Good Wife
Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Eve Myles, Torchwood
Annie Wersching, 24

Best Actress, Comedy
Courtney Cox, Cougar Town
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Stana Katic, Castle
Lea Michele, Glee

Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Misha Collins, Supernatural
Gareth David-Lloyd, Torchwood
Michael Emerson, Lost
Enver Gjokaj, Dollhouse
Fran Kranz, Dollhouse

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Dan Byrd, Cougar Town
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Danny Pudi, Community
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Dichen Lachman, Dollhouse
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Alison Brie, Community
Yvette Nicole Brown, Community
Kaley Cuoco, Big Bang Theory
Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother
Jane Lynch, Glee

Nomination Tally: 4 - Community, Dollhouse, Mad Men, Torchwood; 3 - Big Bang Theory, Battlestar Galactica, Castle, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, Lost; 2 - 24, 30 Rock, Being Human, Cougar Town, The Good Wife, Greek, Modern Family; 1 - Chuck, Fringe, Supernatural Ugly Betty.

My personal favorite categories are the supporting categories since there's even still a handful of worthy performances I didn't mention. Such an embarrassment of riches really.

I'll post the winners sometime this week, hopefully before Christmas. Then, after Christmas, I'll do my usual ranked list of my favorite 30ish shows for the past year.

Critic Groups Rundown


Since last week's tally of critic groups, there have been more to chime in with their winners. Critic groups represented below include the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and groups from Austin (AFCA), San Diego (SDFCS), Toronto (TFCA), Dallas-Forth Worth (DFWFCA), Las Vegas (LVFCS), Utah (UFCA), Detroit (DFCS), Houston (HFCS), Chicago (CFCA), Florida (FFCC), and St. Louis (SLFC).

Click here for last week's tally of critic groups.

Best Picture
The Hurt Locker (AFCA, LVFCS, HFCS, CFCA)
Up in the Air (DFWFCA, UFCA, FFCC, SLFC)
Inglourious Basterds (SDFCS, TFCA)
Hunger (TFCA)
Precious (AAFCA)
Up (DFCS)

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow (AFCA, TFCA, LVFCS, HFCS, CFCA, SLFC)
Jason Reitman (DFWFCA, UFCA, FFCC)
Quentin Tarantino (SDFCS)
Lee Daniels (AAFCA)
Pete Docter (DFCS)

Best Actor
George Clooney (DFWFCA, HFCS, FFCC, SLFC)
Colin Firth (AFCA, SDFCS, DFCS)
Jeremy Renner (LVFCS, CFCA)
Morgan Freeman (AAFCA)
Viggo Mortensen (UFCA)
Nicolas Cage (TFCA)

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan (TFCA, DFWFCA, UFCA, HFCS, CFCA, SLFC)
Gabourey Sidibe (LVFCS, DFCS, FFCC)
Melanie Laurent (AFCA)
Michelle Monaghan (SDFCS)
Nicole Beharie (AAFCA)

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (AFCA, SDFCS, TFCA, DFWFCA, LVFCS, DFCS, HFCS, CFCA, FFCC, SLFC)
Christian McKay (UFCA)
Anthony Mackie (AAFCA)

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique (AAFCA, DFWFCA, LVFCS, UFCA, DFCS, CFCA, FFCC, SLFC)
Anna Kendrick (AFCA, TFCA, HFCS)
Samantha Morton (SDFCS)

Best Screenplay
Up in the Air (AFCA, TFCA, DFWFCA, HFCS, CFCA)
Inglourious Basterds (AFCA, SDFCS, TFCA)
500 Days of Summer (LVFCS, FFCC, SLFC)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (SDFCS, UFCA)
The Hurt Locker (CFCA)
Precious (AAFCA)
Princess & The Frog (AAFCA)

Best Animated Film
Up (AFCA, DFWFCA, HFCS, CFCA, FFCC, SLFC)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (TFCA, LVFCS, UFCA)

Best Foreign Film
Sin Nombre (AFCA, DFWFCA, HFCS, FFCC)
The White Ribbon (TFCA, CFCA)
Red Ciliff (LVFCS, SLFC)
Il Divo (SDFCS)
Thirst (UFCA)

Best Documentary
The Cove (SDFCS, TFCA, DFWFCA, UFCA, HFCS, FFCC)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (AFCA, LVFCS, CFCA)
Capitalism: A Love Story (SLFC)

So in addition to the results from last week, what do these results mean?

The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air are still very much neck and neck. Kathryn Bigelow, Christoph Waltz, and Mo'Nique are the overwhelming critical favorites with Anna Kendrick being the only one putting up a fight against the Mo'Nique express. Carey Mullligans pulls away from Meryl Streep with Gabourey Sidibe making a splash. George Clooney pads his lead, but Colin Firth and Jeremy Renner are looking to challenge. Finally, Fantastic Mr. Fox is more than holding its own against Pixar's Up.

A couple more critic groups are set to chime in before the end of the year. Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Doctor Who Holiday Specials


After waiting for more than a month, patient Americans (as opposed to some of us who were a bit more impatient, ahem) will finally get to see the second Doctor Who special to air this year when BBC America airs The Waters of Mars tonight at 9PM EST.

After that, the final two specials will come hard and fast. The End of Time, the two-part episode serving as David Tennant's final episodes as The Doctor, will air in England on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Patient and impatient Americans alike will, however, be watching it together on BBC America which will air both episodes only a day after its British premiere. Brilliant!

So just a quick summary for BBC America viewers:

Saturday, December 19th
8PM - Doctor Who: Inside the TARDIS
9PM - The Waters of Mars

Saturday, December 26th
9PM - The End of Time, Part One

Saturday, January 2nd
8PM - Doctor Who: The David Tennant Special
8:30PM - The End of Time, Part Two

Woods NOT Athlete of the Decade


I wasn't going to comment on it since it was such a boneheaded decision, but since it is the off-season (no matter how short) and it feels as if I haven't been talking about tennis in awhile, I want to quickly address the Associated Press naming Tiger Woods as "Athlete of the Decade."

Basically, ARE THEY FUCKING NUTS?!

Even though I'm an unabashed fan of and therefore insanely biased for Roger Federer, how could they not give it to him or at least have results that were a bit more competitive? Woods ended up with 56 of the 142 votes cast. Lance Armstrong was second with 33 and Federer was only third with with 25. The funny/sad thing is if Federer was American, they would most likely have coronated him "Athlete of the Century" without hesitation. They'd probably throw him a frickin' parade.

The egregiousness of the whole thing is highlighted even more by looking at what they wrote in their article:

For 10 incomparable years, no one ruled a sport like Woods. He won 64 tournaments, including 12 major championships.

That's nice. Federer pretty much ruled tennis this decade, winning 61 tournaments, 15 of which were major championships, a record in his sport. Woods still needs a few to beat the comparable record in golf.

And I haven't even asked the question everyone is afraid to ask which would be is it really appropriate to pick a *golfer* as the *athlete* of the decade? I mean no knock on the entire sport of golf which takes great skill and definitely no disrespect for Woods who is amazingly fit, but tennis is just in a whole other level. It's just so physically grueling and uses so many facets of being a perfect athlete: speed, agility, strength, coordination, endurance, grace, and fortitude.

In summary, they made the wrong choice.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SYTYCD: The Finale

This year instead of doing a Final Four for the finale, the show decided to switch it up by giving us six dancers to vote for in the end. If you ask me it's yet another change the show has made this season that's unwarranted.


I mean was the show broken before? I didn't think so. Like for example, the bigger stage is nice and shiny, but there was something nice about the old stage especially when dancers used the second level that the new stage just doesn't have. And while I understand that this show is all about the dancers, I also enjoyed it because of the choreographers and yet this season the choreographers were sort of relegated to the background. The show oddly got rid of rehearsal footage and getting rid of the rotating third judge limited our exposure to the choreographers even more. And of course the show's most dynamic and popular judge/choreographer was missing. Yes, Mia Michaels. God, I miss her.

But enough about that. I'm sure they'll iron out the kinks for next season especially since they had to cobble this fall season rather quickly. All credit to the dancers though. Despite all the behind-the-scenes stuff out of their control, they all still delivered.

The Final Six ended up being the dynamic Russell Ferguson, the superbly talented Jakob Karr, the quirky Ellenore Scott, the passionate Kathryn McCormick, and the hot married pair Ryan and Ashleigh Di Llelo which meant that Legacy and Mollee went home last week. I did NOT expect both of those two to go home. I thought Legacy was too popular and Mollee seemed to blossom. My guess? Sympathy votes for Ryan and Ashleigh due to her injury last week.

In any case, the Final Six performed with one another and unlike other seasons, we didn't have same-sex performances. None of the performances really stood out as spectacular, but they all did a great job except for probably Ellenore/Ryan's abstract routine. The judges lavished each dancer with heaps of praise so you couldn't really say they were favoring one dancer over others. For my part I was rooting for Russell, Jakob, or Ellenore to win and was predicting the boys to be in the final two.

The finale was star-studded with performances from Leona Lewis, Adam Lambert, Mary J. Blige, and Jennifer Lopez. Of course, it was also chock full of dance, but at least some of it was of the recorded variety because Russell injured himself halfway through the show. Ryan and Ashleigh were eliminated first followed by the remaining girls leaving Russell and Jakob. In the end, Russell Ferguson was victorious becoming the first krumper to win. Congratulations!

SAG Awards Nominations

They say if you're nominated for a SAG Award, you can almost always pencil in an Oscar nomination next. Of course this isn't 100% certain, but with actors being the biggest branch at the Academy, it makes sense. Add that to the fact that the nominations below were more or less suspected and you have yourself a fairly stable lineup heading into the Oscars.

The film nominees are...

Best Ensemble
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Nine
  • Precious
The only shock here would be the absence of Up in the Air despite getting three of its actors nominations. The "odd" film out here would be An Education which only managed to garner a nomination for its leading lady, but it's pretty awesome that it did. I love all the actors involved.

Best Actress
  • Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Helen Mirren, The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan, An Education
  • Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
  • Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Other than Helen Mirren, the other actresses are pretty much locked for an Oscar nomination. Mirren can still very much make it in, but the other four have pretty much dominated the precursors. And when that happens, the biggest obstacle between Meryl and her third Oscar is not Carey Mulligan as every thought earlier this season, but Sandra Bullock.

Best Actor
  • Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney, Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman, Invictus
  • Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
It is very difficult to see any other actor break up this group of five men for the Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis would be number six I suppose, but it all depends what the Academy thinks of Nine.

Best Supporting Actor
  • Matt Damon, Invictus
  • Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
  • Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
  • Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
  • Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Similar to the leading actor category, it's difficult to see how these five won't make it in. Plummer might be vulnerable as is Tucci. It all depends how both of their films are regarded by the Academy. The "spoiler" would be Christian McKay, but his film will probably be viewed by less members.

Best Supporting Actress
  • Penelope Cruz, Nine
  • Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
  • Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
  • Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds
  • Mo’Nique, Precious
Diane Kruger was the shock nominee and she will probably be replaced by Julianne Moore or Samantha Morton at the Oscars. The other four seems set unless Penelope Cruz is replace by another Nine actress.

Two days ago, I lamented how boring/safe the Golden Globe nominees were for TV. So of course the SAG Awards had to go and give us a more boring and much lamer list of nominees. I'm not really singling out actors or shows, because most of them truly deserve it, but dangnabit why does it have to be the same people over and over again?

The TV nominees are...

Best Ensemble, Drama
  • The Closer
  • Dexter
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men
  • True Blood
This actually isn't such a terrible list. I'm just confused as to why Lost is being snubbed left and right. Simply unbelievable.

Best Actor, Drama
  • Simon Baker, The Mentalist
  • Brian Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • John Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House
Same as the Emmys with the exception of Brian Cranston replacing Bill Paxton. Like the Globes, as much as I like Hamm, I'm rooting for Hall.

Best Actress, Drama
  • Patricia Arquette, Medium
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
  • Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Even with a tie, they couldn't fit in January Jones or Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men. Congrats to Julianna Margulies though, but the others are same old, same old.

Best Ensemble, Comedy
  • 30 Rock
  • Curb
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
Same as the Golden Globe nominations except Curb for Entourage. No How I Met Your Mother or Big Bang Theory. Glee and Modern Family are rocking it this awards season though. So happy for them.

Best Actress, Comedy
  • Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
  • Toni Collette, United States of Tara
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis Dreyfuss, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Again, same as the Globes except they took out the two most exciting Globe nominees (Courtney Cox and Lea Michele) and replaced them with safe/meh choices in Applegate and Dreyfuss.

Best Actor, Comedy
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Tony Shaloub, Monk
  • Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
As much as I was nonplussed about the Globe nominations at least they didn't nominate Charlie freakin' Sheen. Gawd.

Best Actor, Miniseries
  • Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., Gifted Hands
  • Jeremy Irons, Georgia O’Keefe
  • Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Tom Wilkinson, A Number
Best Actress, Miniseries
  • Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keefe
  • Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
  • Ruby Dee, America
  • Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
  • Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking Forward To...

...Christmas. Aren't you?

Though I'm less excited about the actual day and more about taking some much needed time off from work to catch up on shows and movies. And of course to watch some of my favorite holiday favorites, like this:


I mean how amazingly re-watchable is this film? It warms the cockles of my heart just *thinking* about it. Plus the talent on-screen is just so severely stacked. God, I don't even know if I can hold out one more week to watch it again.

Are there any films you usually watch this time of year? Doesn't necessarily have to be holiday-related, of course.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golden Globes: Film Nominations


There were a couple of double acting nominees and one or two left-field choices, but most of the favorites and front-runners so far this awards season were represented with Up in the Air leading with 6 nominations followed by Nine with 5, and Avatar and Inglourious Basterds with 4.

And the nominees are...

Best Director
  • Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • James Cameron, Avatar
  • Clint Eastwood, Invictus
  • Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
  • Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
I'm thinking this might be how the Oscar lineup will look like except Tarantino will be swapped out with Lee Daniels (Precious). The front-runner right now is Bigelow who will be going up against her ex-husband of Avatar fame.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious
  • Up in the Air
If I made my own predictions, this is what it probably would've looked liked with the exception of Inglourious Basterds which I still need to see. Up in the Air seems to have this all locked up especially since they lead all films with six nominations. But The Hurt Locker seems to be shaping up as the critical favorite while Avatar could very well just be a "game-changer" yet.

Best Actress, Drama
  • Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
  • Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Helen Mirren, The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan, An Education
  • Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
The Emily Blunt nomination is a bit of a surprise especially since I didn't really think she did anything special with the role. Having said that, Sandra Bullock? She's getting SO MUCH BUZZ lately. I have nothing against her, but seriously? Can anyone who has seen the movie enlighten me please?

Best Actor, Drama
  • Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney, Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman, Invictus
  • Tobey Maguire, Brothers
I think everyone was a bit shocked to see Tobey Maguire appear on the list, but good for him. And while I'm almost confident HE won't win, it still seems like it's a dogfight amongst the others with Clooney and Bridges are the current front-runners.

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • The Hangover
  • It's Complicated
  • Julie & Julia
  • Nine
No big shocks here. Again if I had predictions, I probably would've made the same choices except probably swapping The Hangover with A Serious Man. SO so so happy for the nomination of (500) Days of Summer! Yay!

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
  • Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
  • Marion Cotillard, Nine
  • Julia Roberts, Duplicity
  • Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
  • Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep is already the most nominated actor in Golden Globes history. Well she now has two more and is probably the front-runner here even with the possibility of splitting votes. Pretty stoked to see Cotillard and Roberts. Bullock again though. Seriously? The mind boggles.

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical
  • Matt Damon, The Informant
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
  • Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
Oh Robert Downey Jr. Always getting in for the most random things. Remember last year, he was nominated for Tropic Thunder. I'm DELIRIOUSLY happy to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt nominated for the first time. HELL YEAH. No idea who'll win this one. Probably Day-Lewis or Damon, but I'm hoping for Gordon-Levitt to pull off a surprise win.

Best Supporting Actress
  • Penelope Cruz, Nine
  • Vera Farmigia, Up in the Air
  • Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
  • Mo'Nique, Precious
  • Julianne Moore, A Single Man
A pretty impressive lineup of ladies here. The only performance I haven't seen is Penelope Cruz's. Mo'Nique will most likely win as she's the overwhelming frontrunner right now. Hoping Moore or one of the Air ladies get some traction this season, though Kendrick did win at the National Board Reviews.

Best Supporting Actor
  • Matt Damon, Invictus
  • Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
  • Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
  • Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
  • Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
I haven't seen any of these performances though I plan on seeing the latter three very soon. I'm especially happy to see Tucci since he's just fabulous and even though the movie is getting meh reviews, I'm glad he's still being recognized. Damon follows Bullock and Streep being double-nominated. Waltz is the overwhelming favorite.

Best Animated Film
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Up
This is most likely your Oscar lineup. And while Up is pretty damn wonderful, this is the year where Pixar is not a 100% surebet for the win. Look out for Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Best Foreign Language Film
  • Baaria (Italy)
  • Broken Embraces (Spain)
  • The Maid (Chile)
  • A Prophet (France)
  • The White Ribbon (Germany)
I haven't seen any of these films. But it will most likely be between fellow Cannes rivals A Prophet (winner of the Grand Jury Prize) and The White Ribbon (winner of the Golden Palm).

Best Screenplay
  • District 9
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • It's Complicated
  • Up in the Air
Oh sure Golden Globes, split everything up for Comedy and Drama, but don't separate this category for Adapted and Original screenplay? In any case, I'm so happy to see District 9 nominated (it's one and only nom... boo!)! Up in the Air may be a slight front-runner, but really it's anyone's game.

Best Score
  • Avatar
  • A Single Man
  • The Informant
  • Up
  • Where the Wild Things Are
Probably be Avatar, Up, or Wild Things. How awesome is it though that those three are not the type of films awards are usually bestowed upon: sci-fi, animated, and children's.

Best Song
  • "Cinema Italiano," Nine
  • "I Want to Come Home," Everybody's Fine
  • "I See You," Avatar
  • "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart
  • "Winter," Brothers
Odd to see Princess and the Frog shut out, but hey we got Leona Lewis, U2, Paul McCartney. And no Miley Cyrus! Awesome.

Click here for my thoughts on the TV nominations.

Golden Globes: TV Nominations


This year the Golden Globes took one step forward (Glee leads with 4 nominations!) and two steps back (only ONE nomination each for HIMYM, Modern Family, and Lost and generally boring/safe nominees). Though I've never really been happy/excited with their TV nominations from previous years, so it's more of the same really.

On to the nominees...

Best Television Series, Drama
  • Big Love
  • Dexter
  • House
  • Mad Men
  • True Blood
I knew not to expect a near-miraculous nomination for the final season of Battlestar Galactica, but what's their problem with Lost? They also didn't nominate it last year. If they don't nominate it next year for its last season, things will burn. Oh and do any of the other show really have a chance against Mad Men. Come on? The finale alone was damn good.

Best Actress, Drama
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • January Jones, Mad Men
  • Julianna Marguilies, The Good Wife
  • Anna Paquin, True Blood
  • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Not as boring as last year, especially with the inclusion of Julianna Marguilies this year, but nothing to get excited about. Seems like a safe bet for Glenn Close.

Best Actor, Drama
  • Simon Baker, The Mentalist
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Bill Paxton, Big Love
Like the actress nominees, this list is pretty standard and therefore extremely boring. As much as I really like Jon Hamm, it'd be nice to see someone like Michael C. Hall win. I really should catch up on that show. I'm so severely behind.

Best Television Series, Comedy
  • 30 Rock
  • Entourage
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
A good solid list now that I had time to think about it. Initially I was pissed that How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory weren't nominated, but I didn't REALLY expect them to be. Plus I'm thrilled for both Modern Family and Glee. Absolutely thrilled. 30 Rock finally has some worthy competition and its win is far from a sure bet this year.

Best Actress, Comedy
  • Toni Collette, United States of Tara
  • Courtney Cox, Cougar Town
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Lea Michele, Glee
Good selection. I'm quite happy for all of them, but especially for Courtney Cox and Lea Michele. The win will probably be between Collette and Falco though.

Best Actor, Comedy
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carrell, The Office
  • David Duchovny, Californication
  • Thomas Jane, Hung
  • Matthew Morrison, Glee
Nothing against Matthew Morrison and I'm HAPPY he's nominated, but really?! Sure, why not. Kinda odd not to see Tony Shalhoub in the mix what with him being nominated last year and his show ending. It's also pretty shocking not to see the amazing Jim Parsons. A shame.

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie
  • Joan Allen, Georgia O'Keefe
  • Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
  • Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
  • Anna Paquin, Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
  • Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby
Hollywood babes. I'm rooting for Sigourney Weaver, especially since it's the only performance I've seen, but really could you go wrong with any of these ladies?

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie
  • Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
  • Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Endgame
  • Brenda Gleeson, Into the Storm
  • Jeremy Irons, Georgia O'Keefe
Didn't see any of these performances. But I'll randomly root for Chiwetel Ejiofor because of his kick-ass name and his work on Serenity.

Best Supporting Actress
  • Jane Adams, Hung
  • Rose Bryne, Damages
  • Jane Lynch, Glee
  • Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
  • Chroe Sevigny, Big Love
I fear for the actress to receive this if their name is not Jane Lynch. Sue Sylvester will kick their ass. In a related note, WHEE JANE LYNCH!!!!!!

Best Supporting Actor
  • Michael Emerson, Lost
  • Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
  • William Hurt, Damages
  • John Lithgow, Dexter
  • Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Finally the lone nominations for Lost and How I Met Your Mother! It's sickening those two shows didn't get more love, but if they had to be nominated then I'm glad it's for Emerson and NPH's brilliant (and very different) work.

Click here for my thoughts on the Film nominations.

Golden Globes: Very Brief Thoughts

Real life is getting in the way of me actually poring over every nook and cranny of the Golden Globe nominations until later today.

No huge surprises in the movie column since most favorites have been nominated (with Bullock and Streep nominated twice no less and ooh 500 Days!) and apart from all the Glee love, the TV section seems a bit of a mess. But then again this is just my initial reaction. Maybe I'll think differently later today. But seriously, did they NOT watch the most recent season of Lost? Just the one (well-deserved) nomination for Michael Emerson? Ridiculous.

See the full list here at the Hollywood Foreign Press' official Golden Globes website.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Critics Groups Rundown


The two main critic groups from Los Angeles (LAFCA) and New York (NYFCC) have recently announced their 2009 winners. I will let other, and better, websites (here, here, and here) give you the full rundown of winners from individual critic groups, but with the results so far from LAFCA and NYFCC as well as the National Board of Review (NBR), Washington D.C. Film Area Critics (WAFCA), Boston Film Society (BSFC), Alliance of Women Journalist (AWJ), the New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), the Southeastern Film Critics (SEFCA), the Indiana Film Journalists (IFJA), and the San Francisco Film Critics (SFFC), I'd like to highlight the major categories...

Here are the latest results/winners:

Best Picture
The Hurt Locker (NYFCC, LAFCA, BSFC, AWJ, SEFCA, SFFC)
Up in the Air (NBR, WAFCA, IFJA)
Avatar (NYFCO)

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow (NYFCC, LAFCA, NYFCO, WAFCA, BSFC, AWJ, SEFCA, SFFC)
Clint Eastwood (NBR)
Spike Jonze (IFJA)

Best Actor
George Clooney (NBR, NYFCC, WAFCA, SEFCA, IFJA)
Jeff Bridges (LAFCA, NYFCO, AWJ)
Jeremy Renner (BSFC)
Morgan Freeman (NBR)
Colin Firth (SFFC)

Best Actress
Meryl Streep (NYFCC, NYFCO, BSFC, SEFCA, SFFC)
Carey Mulligan (NBR, WAFCA, AWJ, IFJA)
Yolane Moreau (LAFCA)

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (NYFCC, LAFCA, NYFCO, WAFCA, BSFC, AWJ, SEFCA, IFJA)
Woody Harrelson (NBR)
Christian McKay (SFFC)

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique (NYFCC, LAFCA, NYFCO, WAFCA, BSFC, AWJ, SEFCA, IFJA, SFFC)
Anna Kendrick (NBR)

Best Screenplay
Up in the Air (NBR, LAFCA, DC, AWJ, SEFCA, IFJA)
Inglourious Basterds (NYFCO, WAFCA, SFFC)
A Serious Man (NBR, BSFC)
500 Days of Summer (AWJ, SEFCA)
In the Loop (NYFCC)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (SFFC)

Best Animated Film
Up (NBR, NYFCO, BSFC, WAFCA, AWJ, SEFCA, IFJA)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (NYFCC, LAFCA)
Coraline (SFFC)

Best Foreign Film
Summer Hours (NYFCC, LAFCA, BSFC, AWJ, SEFCA)
Sin Nombre (WAFCA, IFJA)
Of Time and the City (NYFCC)
The White Ribbon (NYFCO)
A Prophet (NBR)
You, The Living (SFFC)

Best Documentary
The Cove (NBR, LAFCA, NYFCO, IFJA)
Food, Inc (WAFCA, SEFCA)
The Beaches of Agnes (LAFCA)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (SFFC)

So what does this tell us in that grand scheme of the Academy Awards?

It probably tells us that The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air are locks to be nominated for Best Picture. Kathryn Bigelow will be nominated for Best Director and has a more than good shot to be the first female to win that category. Best Actor and Actress are close with Meryl especially threatening Carey Mulligan. Give the Oscars to Waltz and Mo'Nique, already. And a Pixar victory at the Oscars is suddenly not 100%. How shocking is that last part?

But things can change in a heartbeat and more importantly critic awards don't necessarily mean Oscar victories. And with a dozen or more critic groups still to weigh in as well as the announcement of Golden Globes nominees tomorrow and of course the all-important guilds much later on, it's still up in the air. Pun intended.