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They’re Here~ My Big Bold 2013 Emmy Nomination Predictions!

July 17, 2013

hoc-ph-22120r-babd299b44de4b096fc2d563c31bb2398737e5d5-s6-c30Just a week after I apologized for my lack of posts, I am keeping my promise to give you my take on the upcoming Emmy nominations. And here they are. While I may have less time to devote to my blog, I’m still obsessed with awards shows and this year’s Emmy race is a really exciting one. We could see a ton of new blood from shows like House of Cards, Scandal and The Newsroom while we also could witness a decline in nods for previous faves like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire plus the return of Arrested Development will be a factor. So, just who do I think will make the final cut when the nods are announced on Thursday morning? Check out my big bold Emmy nominations predictions below!

My Big Bold 2013 Emmy Nomination Predictions~

Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men
~ spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Scandal

Lead Actor Drama:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Kevin
Spacey (House of Cards)
~ spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Lead Actress Drama:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards)
~ spoilers: Keri Russell (The Americans), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Glenn Close (Damages)Kerry-Washington-of-Scandal_event_main

Supporting Actor Drama:
Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
~ spoilers: Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Jeff Perry (Scandal), Nikolas Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Noah Emmerich (The Americans)

Supporting Actress Drama:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
~ spoilers: Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Morena Bacarrin (Homeland), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife)

Guest Actor Drama:
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Nathan Lane (The Good Wife), Matthew Perry (The Good Wife), Ray Romano (Parenthood), Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy)
~ spoilers: Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Mike O’Malley (Justified), William Daniels (Grey’s Anatomy), Jason Ritter (Parenthood)

Guest Actress Drama:
Stockard Channing (The Good Wife), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Shirley MacLaine (Downton Abbey), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)
~ spoilers: Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), Joan Cusack (Shameless), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy)

30 Rock, Arrested Development, The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Veep
~ spoilers: Girls, Parks & Recreation, New Girlveeeep

Lead Actor Comedy:
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Louie C.K. (Louie), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~ spoilers: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation)

Lead Actress Comedy:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~ spoilers: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Mindy Kailing (The Mindy Project), Laura Dern (Enlightened)

Supporting Actor Comedy:
Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
~ spoilers: Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Tony Hale (Veep), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)

Supporting Actress Comedy:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)
~ spoilers: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Guest Actor Comedy:
Will Arnett (30 Rock), Matthew Broderick (Modern Family), Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Patton Oswalt (Parks & Recreation), Martin Short (Saturday Night Live), Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
~ Spoilers: Louis C.K. (Saturday Night Live), Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Patrick Wilson (Girls)

Guest Actress Comedy:
Elizabeth Banks (Modern Family), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live), Liza Minnelli (Arrested Development), Parker Posey (Louie), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
~ spoilers: Megan Mullaly (Parks & Recreation), Molly Shannon (Enlightened), Kate Hudson (Glee), Dot Marie Jones (Glee)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum, Behind the Candelabra, Parade’s End, Phil Spector, Political Animals, Top of the Lake
~ spoilers: The Big C: Hereafter, Wallander200px-PoliticalAnimalsPoster

Lead Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), Benedict Cumberpatch (Parade’s End), Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
~ spoilers: Toby Jones (The Girl), Dominic West (the Hour)

Lead Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter), Helen Mirren (Phil Spector), Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
~ spoilers: Angela Bassett (Betty & Corretta), Brenda Blethyn (Mary and Martha), Melissa Leo (Call Me Crazy)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
James Cromwell (American Horror Story),Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), Oliver Platt (The Big C: Hereafter), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story)
~ spoilers: Jeffrey Tambor (Phil Spector), Sebastian Stan (Political Animals), John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)
~ spoilers: Imelda Staunton (The Girl), Michelle Dockrey (Restless)

Reality Competition Show:
The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice
~ spoilers: American Idol, RuPaul’s Drag Race1373139231_RuPaul

Reality Competition Host:
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
~ spoilers: Jeff Probst (Survivor), Padma Laksmi (Top Chef), Heidi Klum (Project Runway)

Some people I would LOVE to see get nominated that aren’t listed above: Bellamy Young (Scandal), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Hugh Dancy (Hannibal), Mads Mikkelson (Hannibal), Megan Hilty (Smash), Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory), Michael Cudlitz (Southland), Regina King (Southland), Hayden Pannitierre (Nashville), Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation), Garrett Dillahaunt (Raising Hope), John Noble (Fringe), Kevin Bacon (The Following), James Purefoy (The Following)


“Argo” Surprises at the SAG Awards

January 28, 2013

Argo-ledeThere were actually a few surprises at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards and the biggest one was in the top category of Best Film Ensemble where Argo upset the supposed front-runners Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. With this win, Argo continues to dominate the awards circuit and I’m declaring it unstoppable to win Best Picture at the Oscars next month… The other surprises came with Downton Abbey’s win in the Drama Ensemble category over Homeland, Bryan Cranston defeating Homeland‘s Damian Lewis, and a shocker win for Tina Fey…. Going back to the film categories Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway continued their reign while Jennifer Lawrence beat out her chief rival Jessica Chastain in what continues to be a very tight Best Actress race. The Supporting Actor race also remains very exciting as Tommy Lee Jones won his first big award of the season giving us 3 different winners in this category this season following Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Critics Choice Awards and Christoph Waltz at the Golden Globes. Does this mean we’ll have another new winner at the Oscars? Stay tuned… in the meantime, take a look at all the SAG Award Winners below.

2013 SAG Award Winners

Ensemble: Argo
Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Stunt Ensemble: Skyfall

Drama Ensemble: Downton Abbey
Drama Actor: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (his first win)
Drama Actress: Clare Danes, Homeland
Comedy Ensemble: Modern Family (3 wins in 3 years!)
Comedy Actor: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (he has now won this award 7 years in a row~ every year of the show’s run)
Comedy Actress: Tina Fey, 30 Rock (her 4th win in this category)
TV Movie/Miniseries Actor: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
TV Movie/Miniseries Actress: Julianne Moore, Game Change (this was her first win after 10 nominations!)
TV Stunt Ensemble: Game of Thrones

My Take on the Best TV of 2012

December 14, 2012

The year is coming to an end fast and that means it’s time for “Best of” lists! I love them and admit it, a lot of you do too… So, in the next Happy_Endings_Season_3_Posterfew weeks, I will be posting about my favorite music, movies, performances and tv shows from the past year. Now, remember these are just my favorites and I do think most of them are darn great shows. So, with that said, today I start off with my “BEST of TV for 2012”. Enjoy!

MY BEST OF TV for 2012

Top Comedies:
1. Happy Endings
2. Modern Family
3. Parks and Recreation
4. Hot in Cleveland
5. Episodes
6. New Girl
7. Raising Hope
8. TIE: The New Normal  & Suburgatory
9. Veep
10. Nurse Jackie
~Honorable Mention:  30 Rock, Web Therapy

Two Favorite Shows that Really Are in a Class By Themselves~ Yes, I love me a Musical Dramedy:

Top Dramas:
1. Homeland
2. Breaking Bad
3. The Good Wifebreaking_bad_season_4_alt_by_truetier-d3o0z5e
4. Game of Thrones
5. Downton Abbey
6. Dexter
7. Scandal
8. Greys Anatomy
9. Fringe
10. Revenge
~ Honorable Mention: True Blood, Damages, Major Crimes

Best Miniseries: Political Animals (It so should’ve been renewed and become a series! Great work from Greg Berlanti, Sigourney Weaver and co.)

Best TV Movie: Game Change

Top 8 Reality Competition Shows:
1. So You Think You Can Dance
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race
3. The Glee Project
4. American Idol
5. Project Runway
6. The Amazing Race
7. Top Chef
8. The Voice (the fall season til Amanda Brown got the boot)

Most fun show you should be watching: Arrow

Comedy You Should Give Another Shot: Guys with Kids
(Seriously, the show gets funnier each week with a great ensemble and hello, I’m doing a guest spot on it in January!!!)

Most infuriating show I couldn’t stop watching: The Newsroom

Show that was Gone Far Too Soon: Partners

Dream Team to Host a Talk Show: Cat Deeley and RuPaul

Hottest Male Actor: Matt Bomer (White Collar)bomer-white-collar
Runner Up: Stephen Amell (Arrow)

Hottest Female Actress: Yvonne Strahovksi (Dexter)
Runner Up: Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Best Guest Stars: The Good Wife
Best Twists: Scandal
Best Creative Rebound: Dexter

Biggest Tearjerker: Greys Anatomy
Runner Up: Glee

Funniest Female: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings)
Funniest Male: Max Greenfield (New Girl)

Best Daytime Drama: Days of Our Lives
* and watch for me on the show in a small part in February!

2013 Show I’m Most Looking Forward To: The Following

“Lincoln” Leads the Golden Globe Nominees

December 13, 2012

lincolnThe Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken and they love them some Lincoln. Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama outpaced the competition this morning pulling in a field best 7 Golden Globe nominations including Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Score and Screenplay. Coming in a surprisingly strong second was Django Unchained with 5 nods including two in Supporting Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz) that really shakes up that race. Also grabbing 5 nods was Argo while Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook all pulled down 4 nominations. The biggest surprise in the acting categories was the inclusion of Nicole Kidman in the Supporting race for the hot mess of a movie The Paperboy. After getting a nom from SAG yesterday, could Kidman be a true Oscar nominee spoiler over snubbed ladies like Samantha Barks, Maggie Smith, Ann Dowd, and Kelly Reilly? We’ll see… Also of note, the small February comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen shocked with 3 bids in the Musical/Comedy Category…. Big snubs included Keira Knightley (I think her Oscar hopes are done now), Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ted, Barbra Streisand, Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Redmayne, Robert DeNiro, and Emmanuelle Riva. So, who did make it? Take a look at the movie nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for Film~

“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”


“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”


Ben Affleck
Kathryn Bigelow
Ang Li
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino


Daniel Day-Lewis
Richard Gere
John Hawkes
Joaquin Phoenix
Denzel Washington


Jessica Chastain
Marion Cotillard
Helen Mirren
Naomi Watts
Richard Weisz


Emily Blunt
Judi Dench
Jennifer Lawrence
Maggie Smith
Meryl Streep


Jack Black
Bradley Cooper
Hugh Jackman
Ewan McGregor
Bill Murray


Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Helen Hunt
Nicole Kidman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTORDjango-Unchained-wallpapers-1920x1200-4

Alan Arkin
Leonardo DiCaprio
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Christoph Waltz


“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Rust and Bone”


“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Django Unchained”
“Silver Linings Playbook”


Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi


“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”


“For You”- Keith Urban (Act of Valor)
“Not Running Anymore”- Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys)
“Safe and Sound” (The Hunger Games)~ yes, Taylor Swift is now a Golden Globe nominee, Blargh!
“Skyfall”- Adele (Skyfall)
“Suddenly” (Les Miserables)

On the TV side, Game Change dominated with 5 nominations while Homeland picked up 4 despite a snub for Morena Baccarin. Modern Family and Downton Abbey each picked up 3 nods. Surprises included nominations for Smash, Hayden Panitierre (Nashville), Danny Huston (Magic City~ what is that again?) and snubs for The New Normal, Mad Men in the Drama Series category, Parks & Recreation and Happy Endings in the Comedy category…. One fun category will be Lead Actress Comedy/Musical where Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will go head to head. For more on the Globes airing in January on NBC, head here and check out the TV nominees below.

2012 Golden Globe Nominations for TV~

Best Television Series Drama

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey: Season 2
The Newsroom

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey: Season 2 -julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

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

Best Television Series Comedy Or Musical

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series Comedy Or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis C.k., Louie
Matt Leblanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & Mccoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game ChangeGame-Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & Mccoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

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: Season 2
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

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

And here are some interesting notes~ Maggie Smith and Nicole Kidman are both up for 2 awards and Meryl Streep picks up her 17th nomination for Hope Springs far extending her lead for the most nominations by an actor in Globes history.

It’s My Big Bold Golden Globe Nomination Predictions 2012!

December 12, 2012

samantha-barks-les-misThe past week or so has been a whirlwind of activity in this year’s awards derby and tomorrow will continue that momentum with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees… Expect to see a lot of the names you’ve heard so far this season like Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Argo. However, you may see some big stars in the race as the Globes love them a star… Does that mean something as crazy as Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) and Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror) getting nominated for Lead Acting honors in the Musical or Comedy category? It might. I think more discerning minds will prevail, but we will see…. So, just who do I think will hear their name tomorrow morning? Check out my predictions in all the major categories (Film and Television) below and check back here tomorrow for the actual nominees!

My Big Bold 2012 Golden Globe Nomination Predictions~


Best Picture Drama:
Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty
~ spoilers: The Impossible, Skyfall, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Picture Musical/Comedy:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Quartet, Silver Linings Playbook
~Ted, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Best Actor Drama:
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
~spoilers: Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

Best Actress Drama:
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
~spoilers: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quevanzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Actor Musical/Comedy:
Jack Black (Bernie), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)
~spoilers: Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Paul Rudd (This is 40), Mark Wahlberg (Ted)

Best Actress Musical/Comedy:
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Meryl Streep (Hope Springs), Barbra Meryl-Streep-and-Tommy-Lee-Jones-in-Hope-SpringsStreisand (The Guilt Trip), Maggie Smith (Quartet)
~ spoilers: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed), Leslie Mann (This is 40)

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)
~ spoilers: Alan Arkin (Argo), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Ewan MacGregor (The Impossible)

Best Supporting Actress:
Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
~spoilers: Amy Adams (The Master), Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

Best Director:
Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Steven Speilberg (Lincoln)
~Spoilers: Juan Antoino Bayona (The Impossible), David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Screenplay:
Argo, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook
~spoilers: Zero Dark Thirty, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flight


Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men, The Newsroom
~spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Scandal

Comedy Series:
Episodes, Girls, New Girl, Modern Family, The New Normal, Veep
~spoilers: Parks & Recreation, The Big Bang Theory

Actor Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
~spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Johnny Lee Miller (Elementary)

Actress Drama Series:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Kerry Washington (Scandal)
~spoilers: Glenn Close (Damages), Connie Britton(Nashville)KERRY WASHINGTON

Actor Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Louie C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Matthew Perry (Go On), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~spoilers: David Duchovny (Californication), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)

Actress Comedy Series:
Tina Fey (30 Rock), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep), Mindy Kailing (The Mindy Project), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Laura Linney (The Big C)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum, Game Change, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Political Animals, Sherlock
~spoilers: That Girl, Hatfields & McCoys

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kenneth Branaugh (Wallander), Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock), Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
~spoilers: Toby Jones (That Girl), Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys)

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Sienna Miller (That Girl), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
~spoilers: Queen Latifah (Steel Magnolias)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries/Drama or Comedy Series:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed Harris (Game Change), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family),
~ spoilers: Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries/Drama or Comedy Series:
Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Ellen Barkin (The New Normal), Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
~spoilers: Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Debra Messing (Smash)

The SAG Award Noms Highlight “Les Miserables”, “Lincoln” and Maggie Smith!

December 12, 2012

anne hThe Oscar front-runners heard their names a lot at this morning’s SAG Award Nominations with Lincoln, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook all nabbing four nominations, but one actor grabbed four nominations as well. That actor is Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe winner and acting icon Maggie Smith who is in the running in 4 races: Actress Drama Series (Downton Abbey), Drama Series Ensemble (Downton Abbey), Supporting Actress Film (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Film Ensemble (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The next most nominated actor was Emmy winner Bryan Cranston who is up for 3 awards: Actor Drama Series (Breaking Bad), Drama Series Ensemble (Breaking Bad), and Film Ensemble (Argo)… There was only one real big surprise in the film race as Nicole Kidman broke through in the Supporting Actress category for the polarizing film The Paperboy. She’s also nominated for Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries for Hemingway & Gelhorn…. Due to such a crowded year, there were some big omissions including Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams (The Master~ hello, I tell ya they are in trouble come Oscar time, especially Joaquin), Ewan MacGregor (The Impossible), Richard Gere (Arbitrage), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), Eddie Redmayne & Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina). Also absent was the entire cast of Django Unchained, but that’s what you get for not sending voters screeners and having your screening like the day before ballots were due and many of them not even being let into the screening in favor of execs and reporters. Bad move Weinstein… And an FYI~ the great little star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quevanzhane Wallis was ineligible because that film was a non-union (i.e.: non-SAG) production.
On the TV side, Homeland, Downton Abbey grabbed 3 nominations apiece while Modern Family led the race with 4 nominations. Interestingly, the only actor nominated on the Drama side from a network series is Juliana Marguiles from The Good Wife. Uh oh, the networks better work a littler harder on their development side before the drama category completely goes to cable… At least they still did well on the Comedy side…. For more on all the nominations and the ceremony which airs on TBS/TNT in January, head to the SAG website here and check out all the nominations below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (“Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson”) – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)Episode 105
Bryan Cranston (“Walter White”) – Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jeff Daniels (“Will McAvoy”) – The Newsroom (HBO)
Jon Hamm (“Don Draper”) – Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis (“Nicholas Brody”) – Homeland (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (“Carrie Mathison”) – Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery (“Lady Mary Crawley”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jessica Lange (“Sister Jude”) – American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Julianna Margulies (“Alicia Florrick”) – The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith (“Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Jack Donaghy”) – 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell (“Phil Dunphy”) – Modern Family (ABC)
Louis C.K. (“Louie”) – Louie (FX)
Jim Parsons (“Sheldon Cooper”) – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet (“Cameron Tucker”) – Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco (“Jackie Peyton”) – Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey (“Liz Lemon”) – 30 Rock (NBC)
Amy Poehler (“Leslie Knope”) – Parks and Recreations (NBC)
Sofia Vergara (“Gloria Delgado-Pritchett”) – Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White (“Elka Ostrovsky”) – Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downtown Abbey (PBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner (“‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Woody Harrelson (“Steve Schmidt”) – Game Change (HBO)
Ed Harris (“John McCain”) – Game Change (HBO)
Clive Owen (“Ernest Hemingway”) – Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Bill Paxton (“Randall McCoy”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman “Martha Gellhorn”) – Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Julianne Moore (“Sarah Palin”) – Game Change (HBO)
Charlotte Rampling (“Eva Delectorskaya”) – Restless (Sundance Channel)
Sigourney Weaver (“Elaine Barrish Hammond”) – Political Animals(USA)
Alfre Woodward (“Ouiser”) – Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Sons of Anarchy (FX)
The Walking Dead AMC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper (“Pat”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Daniel Day-Lewis (“Abraham Lincoln”) – Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
John Hawkes (“Mark”) – The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)
Hugh Jackman (“Jean Valjean”) – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington (“Whip Whitaker”) – Flight (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain (“Maya”) – Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures)
Marion Cotillard (“Stephanie”) – Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Tiffany”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Helen Mirren (“Alma Reville”) – Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight)
Naomi Watts (“Maria”) – The Impossible (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin (“Lester Siegel”) – Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Javier Bardem (“Silva”) – “SKYFALL” (Columbia Pictures)
Robert De Niro (“Pat, Sr.”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Lancaster Dodd”) – The Master (The Weinstein Company)
Tommy Lee Jones (“Thaddeus Stevens”) – Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

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Sally Field (“Mary Todd Lincoln”) – Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
Anne Hathaway (“Fantine”) – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Helen Hunt (“Cheryl”) – The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)
Nicole Kidman (“Charlotte Bless”) – The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment)
Maggie Smith (“Muriel Donnelly”) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Misérables

They’re Here… My Big Bold 2012 Emmy WINNER Predictions…

September 18, 2012

Sunday night is TV’s biggest night as the Emmy Awards are announced on ABC in a ceremony hosted by a nominee himself, the hilarious Jimmy Kimmel… If history is any indication, Mad Men and Modern Family will repeat as the Drama and Comedy winners. However, I have a feeling we are in for a shakeup this year, especially on the Drama side. It’s the most competitive year in ages with four drama series all boasting a strong shot to win while we should see some new comedy acting winners as well… With that said, take a look at my big bold Emmy winner predictions below and watch the big show Sunday night!


My Big Bold 2012 Emmy Award Winner Predictions~

Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men
Will win: Downton Abbey
Should win: Breaking Bad
~ spoiler: Homeland
* this category is fierce. I feel like Mad Men will finally lose the crown, but I won’t be surprised if it grabs one more victory. However, Abbey appeals to all demos of the voting group and should prevail over the classic but violent and dark Bad. If those three all split the vote, the very deserving Homeland or the big winner from the Creative Arts ceremony, Game of Thrones, could pull an upset.

Comedy Series:
30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Girls Louie, Modern Family, Veep
Will & Should win: Modern Family
~ spoiler: The Big Bang Theory
* where on Earth is Parks and Recreation in this lineup??!!

Lead Actor Drama:
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Steven Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Will & Should win: Bryan Cranston (you just can’t deny him)
~spoiler: Damian Lewis

Lead Actress Drama:
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Glenn Close (Damages), Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Will & Should win: Clare Danes (this is the night’s most obvious winner. She has it by a mile)
~ spoiler: if I have to pick one… Juliana Marguiles

Lead Actor Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Louie C.K. (Louie), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Will win: Jim Parsons
Should win: Garrett Dillahaunt (Raising Hope) or Adam Scott (Parks and Rec), but they weren’t nominated, blergh!
~spoiler: Jon Cryer (don’t underestimate this guy and he has a funny tape)

Lead Actress Comedy:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Will win: Julia Louis Dreyfuss (and a very deserving winner at that)
Should win: Amy Poehler (it was her best season yet. She was hilarious and heartwarming but Dreyfuss may just slide by her in the tightest race of the night)
~spoiler: Zooey Deschanel

Supporting Actor Drama Series:
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Will & Should win: Giancarlo Esposito
~spoiler: Peter Dinklage

Supporting Actress Drama:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Will win: Maggie Smith
Should win: Anna Gunn
~ spoiler: Christina Hendricks

Supporting Actor Comedy:
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Will & Should win: Max Greenfield (and he will likely split the Modern Family vote)
~spoiler: Ed O’Neil (he seems like the Modern Family choice this year even though Jesse Tyler Ferguson had the strongest season)

Supporting Actress Comedy:
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Will win: Sofia Vergara
Should win: Kristen Wiig
~spoiler: Kristen Wiig or Julie Bowen
* this one should be close with any of them having a shot at the win except for the delightful Weaver or the dearly departed Joosten whose nomination is the prize.

Reality Competition Series:
The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice
Will win: The Amazing Race
Should win: So You Think You Can Dance
~spoiler: Top Chef

Reality Competition Host:
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), Betty White (Off Your Rockers)
Will & Should win: Cat Deeley
~spoiler: Ryan Seacreset

Made for TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story, Game Change, The Hatfields & the McCoys, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Luther, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Will & Should win: Game Change
~ spoiler: American Horror Story

Lead Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys), Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock), Idris Elba (Luther), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys)
Will & Should win: Woody Harrelson
~ spoiler: Bill Paxton

Lead Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Ashley Judd (Missing), Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Emma Thompson (The Song of Lunch)
Will & Should win: Julianne Moore
~ spoiler: Nicole Kidman

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Tom Berenger (Hatfields & McCoys), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Ed Harris (Game Change), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), David Strathairn (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
Will win: Ed Harris
Should win: Denis O’Hare
~spoiler: Tom Berenger

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Judy Davis (Page Eight), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Sarah Paulson (Game Change), Mare Winningham (Hatfields & McCoys)
Will win: Jessica Lange (she pretty much has it in the bag)
Should win: Sarah Paulson

And there you have it… my big bold Emmy winner predictions… Do you agree? Am I crazy? Let me know and watch the big show on Sunday night.

A Sneak Peak at Season 3 of “Downton Abbey”

September 6, 2012

The new season of six-time Emmy winning drama Downton Abbey is nearly upon us. This amazing show which won all those awards in the miniseries category last year contends for 16 more Emmys this year in the drama series category and I think it could be the show to finally upset Mad Men for the crown. (If not, Downton, it better be the masterpiece that is Breaking Bad.) We’ll see how many trophies it brings home at the Emmy ceremony on Sept. 23rd, but in the meantime, a couple of new trailers for next season have hit the web. Check them out below. They look pretty amazing and they bring us our first glimpses of Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine who joins the cast as Cora’s mother from New York. Get ready for some the ultimate diva smack down between the brilliant Emmy and Oscar winner Maggie Smith and MacLaine as well when the show returns to PBS on January 6th, 2013.

Downton Abbey Sneak Peak 1

Downton Abbey sneak peak 2

“Game of Thrones” and “Homeland” are the Best of the TCA Awards

July 29, 2012

For the past week, the networks have been dishing out scoop about their new shows, stars and biggest programming moves at the Television Critics Association convention. Tonight the week came to an end with the announcement of the winners of the 2012 TCA Awards. Grabbing Program of the Year was Game of Thrones which won New Program last year… This year, that honor went to Homeland while its star Clare Danes took the Drama Acting honor. On the comedy front Louie won for Comedy Series while its star Louis C.K. was also singled out. Take a look at all the winners below including two of my favorite programs So You Think You Can Dance and Downton Abbey and for more on the TCA, head here.


2012 Television  Critics Association Award Winners~

* Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes (Homeland)
* Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (Louie)
* Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: 60 Minutes
* Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: So You Think You Can Dance
* Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: Switched at Birth
* Outstanding New Program: Homeland
* Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Downton Abbey
* Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Breaking Bad
* Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Louie
* Career Achievement Award: David Letterman
* Heritage Award: Cheers
* Program of the Year: Game of Thrones

Some Thoughts on Today’s Emmy Nominations…

July 20, 2012

So, today we saw several of the usual and deserving suspects grab multiple Emmy nominations like Modern Family, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. However, there were some big surprises and some upsetting snubs… Let’s take a look at some of those.

Good Surprises:

~ The Acting Love for Downton Abbey with Michelle Dockery (Mary), Hugh Bonneville (Lord Granville), Joanne Froggat (Anna), Brendan Coyle (Mr. Carson), and Jim Carter (Mr. Bates) all grabbing nods alongside last year’s winner Maggie Smith.
~ Anna Gunn finally grabbing a nod for Breaking Bad
~ Martha Plimpton getting a nod for The Good Wife despite being snubbed for Raising Hope
~ Veep getting nominated for Comedy Series. I thought only Julia Louis Dreyfuss would be recognized, so I’m thrilled
~ Max Greenfield, the standout performer on New Girl, joined his show’s star Zooey Deschanel with a nomination
~ Merrit Weaver finally getting a nomination for her hysterical work on Nurse Jackie … and yay for Edie Falco still getting recognized for her wonderful work too in one of the show’s best seasons.
~ Margaret Cho getting a nod for her side-splittingly hilarious work on 30 Rock
~ the continued love for Cat Deeley and So You Think You Can Dance
~ Jean Smart grabbing a nod for her brilliant turn on the cancelled Harry’s Law (joining the show’s star Kathy Bates who also grabbed a nod for her guest turn on Two and A Half Men)

I’m also very pleased in general with the nominations for Homeland, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Game Change, Dot Marie Jones, Game of Thrones and all the actors from The Good Wife.

Now the bad…

~ Girls getting nods for series and star Lena Dunham. While I appreciate that Dunham is not your usual tv star, I despise this self-satisfied horribly unfunny show and its unlikable characters
~ The Voice got a nod over American Idol? That’s a tragedy!
~ Jon Cryer, Don Cheadle and Larry David all got nods over Parks & Recreation’s fantastic Adam Scott? That’s not right!
~ Boardwalk Empire‘s nods, ugh… They should rename it BOREDwalk Empire

And now the shocking snubs….

~ Where the hell is Parks and Recreation in Comedy Series and double, where the hell is Nick Offerman in Supporting Actor Comedy
~ So many Glee snubs, but the biggest were for Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and guest star Matt Bomer... I guess the industry is no longer singing their tune…
~ Where in the world is The Good Wife for Drama Series?!!!
~ Former nominees left out in the cold: John Slattery (Mad Men), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Laura Linney (The Big C), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Michelle Forbes (The Killing) and Hugh Laurie (House) who will sadly never have won for his iconic character.

There are tons more omissions that are upsetting like Lena Heady (Game of Thrones), John Noble and Anna Torv (Fringe), the rest of the cast of The Killing and the show for that matter, Happy Endings and its stars Casey Wilson and Damon Wayans Jr, everyone on GCB, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Matthew Perry and Carrie Preston‘s guest work on The Good Wife, Megan Hilty (Smash), Jeff Perry and Kerry Washinton (Scandal), RuPaul and RuPaul’s Drag Race and on and on…. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch, but my head is spinning as it is… For more on Emmy’s snubs, multiple nominees (Poehler, Dunham, Bates, Michael J. Fox and more), statistics and interesting facts, head to Deadline Hollywood here and let me know who your thoughts on the nominations below.