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Breaking Down the 2013 Best Actress Race

February 9, 2013

jennifer_lawrence_silver_linings_playbook_a_lThis Oscar season has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable races in recent history. While it seems that Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway now look like sure things in their respective categories, there are a few races that remain a serious horse race. The two biggest question marks are the Best Supporting Actor race where a different contender has won in each of the precursors (Tommy Lee Jones, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Christoph Waltz) and the Best Actress Race which has been a serious catfight between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Today, I will take a look at the latter race which could end up with a truly surprising winner.
When the race began in earnest last fall, the word was that Jennifer Lawrence would win hands down for her wonderful, emotionally naked work in Silver Linings Playbook. However, that was before the very secretive Zero Dark Thirty finally began screening and Jessica Chastain’s fierce, intelligent and controlled performance wowed critics and audiences. Both women have won a number of pre-cursors that have put them squarely in a duel for the Oscar win. Among the biggest wins, Lawrence took home the Golden Globe (Musical/Comedy), Critic’s Choice (Actress in a Comedy Film) and the all-important SAG Award while Chastain grabbed a Golden Globe (Drama) and the overall Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress.
They are both up for the BAFTA Award this evening as well. I’d say Chastain has the edge there as her film received more nominations from the British Academy and they tend to honor more “important” films and performances. For example, last year Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) took home the Best Actress BAFTA over Viola Davis (The Help) after Davis had just won the SAG Award… I could see the same turnover happen here for Chastain. If that happens, then Chastain could follow Streep’s path to an Oscar victory.
Both Chastain and Lawrence have several factors working in their favor. Both women are attractive young actresses with a “babe factor”zerodarkthirty-clip-jumbo-jpg_165549 that the Academy loves, reaching a peak in their careers which has helped actresses like Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman to take home the big prize in the past. Both are also previous nominees. Chastain was nominated last year for Supporting Actress for The Help while Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress two years ago for Winter’s Bone. Plus, both have worked the awards circuit like a pro this season.
Where they differ is in their “industry status”. While Lawrence is now a bona-fide box office star with The Hunger Games franchise, Chastain is seen as the more serious actress with a bigger body of lauded work. She could’ve received Oscar noms for practically all of her seven films released in 2011 and Chastain is also building box office clout with hits ZD30, The Help and Mama. It just seems like it may be too “early” in Lawrence’s career to give her Hollywood’s highest honor while Chastain seems to have “earned” it more. So, with all of that said, I’m going out on a limb and giving the edge to Chastain for the win.
However there remains one big obstacle in their way. They both will have to fend off another critical favorite, French icon Emmanuelle amour-poster2Riva for her harrowing and physically demanding work as a woman suffering from Dementia at the end of her life in Amour. This performance could be the real key to this Oscar race. Riva could easily usurp both of them at the BAFTAs and set the stage for a crazy three-way fight on Oscar night.
As for the final two nominees, Quevanzhane Wallis should be thrilled she got a nomination in the first place for her debut performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild over more deserving heavy weights like Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone) and Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), and while she was amazing in The Impossible, and I’d love to see her win, Naomi Watts will probably be an also ran. (No worries though Naomi, you should be back in the race next year for playing Princess Diana!)
To sum up, it’s a serious race this year. Lawrence and Chastain are in the best position to win with Riva as a potential spoiler. And if there is crazy vote splitting, maybe Watts can sneak in. Yet, I’m still betting on Chastain. See if I’m right Sunday night February 24th when the Oscars air on ABC.

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Glee sings with the People’s Choice Awards

November 8, 2011

Glee is having a critically resurgent season this fall and tonight is their big “First Time” episode featuring a couple of big “firsts” in the romantic lives of their couples Kurt (Chris Colfer) & Blaine (Darren Criss) and Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Finn (Cory Monteith). So, it’s fitting that today the show has more to celebrate as it lead this morning’s People’s Choice Award nominations garnering 7 nods including Favorite Comedy and bids for stars Colfer, Monteith, Michelle, Jane Lynch and guest stars Kristin Chenowith and Gwyneth Paltrow. We’ll see how the show fares when the awards are handed out on CBS on January 11th, 2012 live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles…. Leading the music nominees were the ladies with Katy Perry, Beyonce, Adele, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga all garnering multiple nods. On the movie side, The Help, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bridesmaids and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 led the charge. One interesting note came with the four nominations for Ryan Reynolds despite all of his movies tanking this year…. To vote for your favorites, head to the People’s Choice site here and check out all the nominees below.

Favorite TV Competition Show

American Idol
America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice

Favorite Network TV Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
Glee
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family
Two and a Half Men

Favorite TV Comedy Actor

Alec Baldwin
Chris Colfer
Cory Monteith
Jim Parsons
Neil Patrick Harris

Favorite TV Comedy Actress

Courteney Cox
Jane Lynch
Kaley Cuoco
Lea Michele
Tina Fey

Favorite Song of the Year

The Edge Of Glory, by Lady Gaga
E.T, by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
Moves Like Jagger, by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and GoonRock
Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

Favorite Band

Coldplay
Foo Fighters
Linkin Park
Maroon 5
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Male Artist

Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Eminem
Enrique Iglesias
Justin Bieber

Favorite Country Artist

Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Taylor Swift

Favorite Book Adaptation

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
I Am Number Four
Soul Surfer
Water For Elephants

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Favorite Network TV Drama

The Good Wife
Grey’s Anatomy
House
Supernatural
The Vampire Diaries

Favorite TV Drama Actor

David Boreanz
Hugh Laurie
Ian Somerhalder
Nathan Fillion
Patrick Dempsey

Favorite TV Drama Actress

Blake Lively
Ellen Pompeo
Emily Deschanel
Eva Longoria
Nina Dobrev

Favorite Cable TV Drama

Dexter
Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
True Blood
White Collar

Favorite Cable TV Comedy

Hot In Cleveland
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Nurse Jackie
Royal Pains
Weeds

Favorite TV Crime Drama

Bones
Castle
Criminal Minds
CSI
NCIS

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show

Fringe
Supernatural
True Blood
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead

Favorite Daytime TV Host

Al Roker, Anne Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie (The Today Show)
Anderson Cooper (Anderson)
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin (Live with Regis & Kelly)
Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray Show)

Favorite Late Night TV Host

Conan O’Brien (Conan)
David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman)
Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Favorite TV Guest Star

Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)
Jim Carrey (The Office)
Katy Perry (How I Met Your Mother)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)

Favorite TV CelebReality Star

Gene Simmons
Giuliana Rancic
Kathy Griffin
Kim Kardashian
Tia and Tamera Mowry

Favorite New TV Drama

A Gifted Man
Grimm
Hart Of Dixie
Once Upon A Time
Pan Am
Person Of Interest
Prime Suspect
Revenge
Ringer
The Secret Circle
TerraNova
Unforgettable

Favorite New TV Comedy

2 Broke Girls
Allen Gregory
Last Man Standing
Man Up!
New Girl
Suburgatory
Up All Night
Whitney

Favorite Female Artist

Adele
Beyoncé
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favorite Album of the Year

21, by Adele
4, by Beyoncé
Born This Way, by Lady Gaga
Femme Fatale, by Britney Spears
Own The Night, by Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist

Beyoncé
Demi Lovato
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Favorite Hip Hop Artist

B.o.B
Eminem
Jay-Z
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull

Favorite R&B Artist

Beyoncé
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
Ne-Yo
Rihanna

Favorite Music Video

Judas, by Lady Gaga
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), by Katy Perry
Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO featuring Goonrock and Lauren Bennett
Rolling in the Deep, by Adele
Run The World (Girls), by Beyoncé

Favorite Tour Headliner

Bon Jovi
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
U2
Usher

Favorite Movie

Bridesmaids
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Favorite Movie Actor

Daniel Radcliffe
Hugh Jackman
Johnny Depp
Robert Pattinson
Ryan Reynolds

Favorite Movie Actress

Anne Hathaway
Emma Stone
Jennifer Aniston
Julia Roberts
Reese Witherspoon

Favorite Movie Icon

George Clooney
Harrison Ford
Morgan Freeman
Robert DeNiro
Tom Hanks

Favorite Action Movie

Fast Five
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Favorite Action Movie Star

Hugh Jackman
Ryan Reynolds
Shia LaBeouf
Taylor Lautner
Vin Diesel

Favorite Drama Movie

The Adjustment Bureau
The Help
Limitless
Moneyball
Water for Elephants

Favorite Comedy Movie

Bad Teacher
Bridesmaids
Crazy Stupid Love
Friends With Benefits
The Hangover Part II

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor

Adam Sandler
Ashton Kutcher
Bradley Cooper
Ryan Reynolds
Steve Carell

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress

Cameron Diaz
Emma Stone
Jennifer Aniston
Mila Kunis
Natalie Portman

Favorite Movie Star Under 25

Chloe Moretz
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Tom Felton

Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast

Bridesmaids
The Hangover Part II
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men: First Class

Favorite Animated Movie Voice

Anne Hathaway as Jewel (Rio)
Jack Black as Po (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Johnny Depp as Rango (Rango)
Katy Perry as Smurfette (The Smurfs)
Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen (Cars 2)

Favorite Movie Superhero

Chris Evans as Captain America
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
James McAvoy as Professor X
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

Gwyneth, JT and Boardwalk Empire win Big at the Creative Arts Emmys

September 11, 2011

I may be out-of-town in Texas, but I did remember there was one big awards show this weekend, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. This show which honors the massive amount of Emmy categories that wont be on the live telecast next week, and there were some good ones. So You Think You Can Dance tied itself in choreography (though Travis Wall was denied his first trophy unfortunately) while Deadliest Catch won for the first time. In the guest acting categories Justin Timberlake won again for SNL (and he won for music/lyrics again~ yes, he now has 4 Emmys!) while Gwyneth Paltrow took the award for Glee. On the drama side, it was two surprises as Loretta Devine nabbed her first Emmy for Greys Anatomy (and only the show’s second acting award after Katherine Heigl) and in a big upset Paul McCrane (Harry’s Law) defeated Michael J. Fox. Boardwalk Empire took home the most overall with 7 trophies… The one big bummer for me on the winners list was Jeff Probst (Survivor) winning Reality Host for the fourth year in a row. Yes, he’s very good, but let’s move on people~ Cat Deeley (SYTYCD) should’ve won… Anywho, head to www.emmys.tv for more info on the show and the winners.

And here’s the full Creative Arts Emmy Winner List:
Casting in a Drama Series – Boardwalk Empire
Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special – Mildred Pierce
Casting For A Comedy Series – Glee

Guest Actress In A Drama Series – Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Guest Actress In A Comedy Series – Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee

Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special – The Walking Dead
Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic) – The Kennedys (ReelzChannel)
Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) – Boardwalk Empire
Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic) – Saturday Night Live
Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special -Downtown Abbey (PBS)
Costumes For A Series – The Borgias
Costumes For A Variety/Music Program Or A Special – Gettysburg (History), Portlandia (IFC)
Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special – Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A Movie – The Kennedys (ReelzChannel)
Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series – Mad Men (AMC)
Guest Actress In A Comedy Series – Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series – Mad Men (AMC)
Choreography – So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Music Direction – Harry Connick Jr., In Concert On Broadway (PBS)
Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) – American Masters: John Muir In The New World (PBS)
Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score) – Mildred Pierce, Part Five (HBO)
Original Music And Lyrics – Saturday Night Live, with host Justin Timberlake

Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series – Hot In Cleveland (TV Land)
Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie – Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (Single Or Multi-Camera) – How I Met Your Mother
Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Movie – Cinema Verite (HBO)
Picture Editing For A Special (Single Or Multi-Camera) – Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour (HBO)
Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming -Freedom Riders (PBS)
Picture Editing For Reality Programming – Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Animated Program -Futurama, “The Late Philip J. Fry” (Comedy Central)
Special Visual Effects For A Series – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special – Gettysburg (History)
Stunt Coordination -TNT’s Southland (“Graduation Day”)
Original Main Title Theme Music – The Borgias (Showtime)
Main Title Design – Game Of Thrones (HBO)

Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour) – House, “Bombshells”
Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) – Family Guy, “Road To The North Pole”
Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special – American Idol, “Finale”
Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming – Deadliest Catch, “Redemption Day” (Discovery)
Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie | The Kennedys, “Lancer and Lace” (Reelz)
Sound Editing For A Series – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera) – Gettysburg (History)
Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special – The Pillars Of The Earth, “The Work Of Angels” (Starz)

Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series – Boardwalk Empire, “Home”
Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series – Two And A Half Men, “Hookers, Hookers, Hookers”
Cinematography For Reality Programming – Deadliest Catch, “Redemption Day”
Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming – Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, “Haiti”
Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie – Downton Abbey, “Part 1?

Guest Actor In A Comedy Series – Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series – American Idol, “Finale”
Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special – Don Pasquale, PBS

Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series – So You Think You Can Dance finale
Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Special – Grammy Awards (CBS)

Writing For Nonfiction Programming – Freedom Riders (PBS)
Directing For Nonfiction Programming – Gasland (HBO)
Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking – Freedom Riders (PBS)

Nonfiction Series – American Masters (PBS)
Nonfiction Special – Gettysburg (History)

Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs – The Daily Show Correspondents Explain (Comedy Central)
Special Class – Short-format Nonfiction Programs – Jay Leno’s Garage (NBC.com)
Special Class Programs – 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Oscar Digital Experience • (ABC.com)
Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special – Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (Great Performances) (PBS) – Lonny Price
Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special -64th Annual Tony Awards • CBS
Variety, Music Or Comedy Special – The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS

Children’s Program – A Child’s Garden Of Poetry ( HBO)
Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program -Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Under The Influence: Kids Of Alcoholics (Nickelodeon)

Reality Program – Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
Reality Host – Jeff Probst, Survivor

Guest Actor In A Drama Series – Paul McCrane, Harry’s Law

Individual Achievement in Animation – Community, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (Drew Hodges, character animator); Phineas and Ferb, “Wizard of Odd” (Brian Woods, background design, and Jill Daniels, background painter); Firebreather (Peter Chung, character design, and Sung Chang, character animator); Young Justice, “Independence Day” (Philip Bourassa, character design)

The Contagion is Coming…

July 15, 2011

Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone. Don’t leave your house…. Because it’s coming… No, I’m not talking about Carmageddon. I’m talking about Contagion, the new film from Oscar winner Steven Sodebergh (Traffic). Chronicling the aftermath of a deadly infectious disease, this action thriller follows the doctors contracted by the CDC to fight this horrible outbreak and features a bevy of big stars including Oscar winners Marion Cottillard (La Vie en Rose), Kate Winslet (The Reader), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) plus Oscar nominees John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It), and Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley). That’s a heck of a pedigree and judging from the first trailer, they all deliver. Check out the clip below and get ready to get infected by this potential Oscar contender Contagion when it hits theatres September 9th.

Contagion trailer

Glee 3D is coming to your town!

July 15, 2011

This morning Glee picked up 12 big Emmy nominations including Comedy Series, Supporting Actress (last year’s winner Jane Lynch), Supporting Actor (Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) and Guest Actress contenders Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly), Kristen Chenowith (April) and perhaps the nicest person in show business Dot Marie Jones who plays Coach Biest…. But award nominations are old hat for this phenom. These days the show is massive worldwide music money-making machine, and now that train is headed to your hometown… in 3D. You see, the Glee Live! concert tour that hit cities across the nation earlier this summer was filmed and is now a concert movie set to hit theatres on August 12th. Having gone to the concert in May, I can tell you it was an amazing show and featured all the student actors on the show including Darren Criss (Blaine) and the Warblers. Every number was wonderful and I’m sure it will be even more spectacular on the big screen. So, get ready to hit theatres next month with Glee and check out the first trailer for Glee 3D below.

Glee 3D

Give these People Emmy Nominations!

April 26, 2011

It’s been a little quiet on the Awards front lately for the entertainment biz, but no fret, things are about to ramp up. In June, we’ll have the Tony Awards honoring the best on Broadway and in July, this year’s Emmy nominations will come out. Of course I will give you my predictions and in a few weeks I’ll be posting a wish list of potential nominees. However, there are a few standout actors and actresses that I think deserve mention right now! So, take a look at my list of people who absolutely deserve Emmy nominations for the 2010-11 season alongside the obvious frontrunners like Jane Lynch, Juliana Marguiles, Michael C. Hall, Betty White, and Jon Hamm to name a few…

Here are some Dramatic candidates…

John Noble (Fringe): as the bumbling brilliant scientist Walter Bishop, Noble has been nothing short of spectacular for the past 3 seasons. He’s at times wounded, calculating, hilarious and heartfelt. However, this season he was even better as the show delved into an alternate universe where Noble also tackled Bishop’s doppelgänger, “Walternet”. This other role gave Noble a chance to be ruthless, brutal, and evil at the same time as his noble (pun intended) counter part on the other side. I dare say, not only does John Noble deserve a nom… he deserves a win.

Anna Torv (Fringe): ok, for the first two seasons, Torv was very adequate and then quite good as she grew in her performance as Olivia, the FBI investigator with a mysterious past on the best sci-fi show on TV, Fringe. But, this season, she simply blew it out of the park as she took on her doppelgänger in the alternate universe as well. Playing two distinct versions of herself~ one fighting for the truth and attempting to bring down her walls and open up to love while the other doing the evil bidding of “Walternet” and then subsequently realizing she’s on the wrong side, Torv has been fantastic. She’s even physically battled herself and shown tremendous growth and layers heretofore unkown. Give her, and this show for that matter, some kudos attention please!

Kadee Strickland (Private Practice): sure, she’s on a show  that’s the ignored stepchild of Greys Anatomy and rarely has it been awards worthy. However, every now and then the show nails it and with Strickland’s character Charlotte suffering a brutal rape and its consequences, the show rose above. And Strickland has been nothing short of brilliant. Her performance has been harrowing, brittle, broken and beautiful. If ever there was a time for this show to break through, it’s right here with Strickland’s exemplary work.

Sara Ramirez (Greys Anatomy): speaking of the mothership Greys, Tony Award winner Ramirez has been wonderful for years on the show, but never really got to standout. She was always eclipsed by great showboaters like Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh. But in this season’s musical episode, it was all about Ramirez’s Callie and her amazing pipes. She was simply undeniable… In fact, check out the clip below and I dare you to say she doesn’t deserve a nomination.

Grey’s Anatomy~ Sara Ramirez “The Story

Michelle Forbes & Brent Sexton (The Killing): as the grieving parents on this season’s best new drama, Forbes and Sexton have been simply amazing. Their grief at the loss of their daughter has been palpable. Forbes mother has been driven into cataclysmic despair while Sexton’s father has become a conduit of rage and revenge. The are the most powerful players on an incredibly powerful show.

Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife): sure Alan Cumming, Archie Penjabi, Christine Baranski and Juliana Marguiles will all be nominated for the even better second season of the best drama on network TV. But even better news would be a well deserved nom for the incredibly charming, smart, devious, cocky and often understated work of Czuchry as the attorney their firm let go who’s now often their primary antagonist in court. Czuchry’s acting choices are always unexpected and wonderful and he should no longer stand in the shadows on this incredible ensemble.

Emmy Rossum (Shameless): while I’m no fan of this show, I find it incredibly hard to watch, often irresponsible, uncomfortable and William H. Macy’s main character utterly disgusting and awful, Shameless does have one big asset going for it. That is the masterful and ingenious performance of Emmy Rossum as the oldest sibling struggling to keep her extended family and her drunken disaster of a father together. Who knew the little singer from Phantom of the Opera had this powerhouse performance in her?

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones): after only one scene in the premiere episode of Thrones, I said to myself “Peter Dinklage is gonna get an Emmy nomination.” He stands out among the sprawling cast on this epic show as the most interesting and unique character full of humor and debauchery that all belies great despair and anger. I can’t wait to see where they take his character and how high Dinklage’s performance can soar.

Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter): sure this show has been all about Michael C. Hall’s unquestionably astounding performance as the title serial killer (and a few of his awesome adversaries like John Lithgow and Johnny Lee Miller). But, this season Carpenter rose to the occasion with a depth we didn’t know she had. Dealing with the grief of a lost love, questioning her career, jumping into a convoluted and confusing new relationship with a coworker, and picking up the pieces of her brother’s fractured family life, Carpenter was just impeccable, ballsy, heartbreaking, funny and magnificent.

Now, before I head to some Comedy performers, here’s a quick shout out to some names, I’d love to hear on nomination day as well: Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Regina King (Southland), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Denis O’Hare (True Blood) and Michael Cudlitz (Southland).

And a few Comedy contenders…

Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland): it’s a foregone conclusion that Betty White is the front-runner to win Supporting Actress for HIC, but how’s about a nom (and win) for Malick in Lead Actress. She’s an amazing physical comedian and can spin a joke out of pretty much any word, yet still ground it in reality. And having guested on the show with her, I have to say she’s the consummate professional and a delight to work with. She’s also the most consistently funny person on the show if you ask me.

Courtney Cox (Cougar Town): How did she never get a nom for Friends? And how was she ignored last year? People get it together and nominate this brilliant and hilarious comedian on the most underrated comedy on network TV.

Busy Phillips (Cougar Town): in an ensemble full of Emmy worth performers (Christa Miller, Ian Gomez, Courtney Cox), Phillips is always a standout. She’s simply a riot and should be a front-runner for this award… if only she could get a nomination first…

Garrett Dillahunt (Raising Hope): he doesn’t stand a chance in the supporting category going up against Chris Colfer (Glee), Neil Patrick Harris (HIMYMother) and the men of Modern Family, but what a treat would it be if he got a nomination. As the biggest boob of a granddad on Raising Hope, Dillahunt never ceases to surprise with his hilarious takes and line readings. He could be a big wonderful surprise on nomination day.

And before I go, here’s some other Comedy names I hope to hear at the nominations: Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Allison Janney (the best thing about Mr. Sunshine), Vanessa Williams (the best thing about this season of Desperate Housewives), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Oliver Platt (The Big C) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)… but I know the last one will happen in the Guest Actress category at least….

Anywho, there are a few of my “For Your Consideration” actors for this year’s Emmy noms. What do you think of them? And who would you add? Let me know below and watch for more Emmy suggestions and predictions in the weeks to come.

Glee Highlights from “A Night of Neglect”

April 20, 2011

Last night on Glee marked the return of guest stars Cheyenne Jackson, Charice and the soon to be Emmy nominated Gwyneth Paltrow as the glee kids put on a fundraiser entitled “A Night of Neglect”. It afforded us two amazing performances from Paltrow’s Holly Holiday on a gorgeous cover of Adele’s “Turning Tables” and Amber Riley’s Mercedes doing a magnificent take on Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way”. We also got Charice’s mischievous Sunshine doing Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” earlier in the episode. Check out the highlights below.

Glee “Turning Tables” by Gwyneth Paltrow

Glee “All By Myself” by Charice

Glee “Ain’t No Way” by Amber Riley

Charice is back on Glee this week!

April 18, 2011

Is it me or does it seem like it’s been years since we had a new episode of Glee? … Well, it hasn’t been years but it’s been over a month since the last new Glee which had our gleeks heading to regionals singing original songs. After that episode which was arguably the best of the season, the show returns with a few special guests in tow to up the ante. Gwyneth Paltrow is back as the awesome Holly Holiday and will be ~SPOILER ALERT~  singing Adele’s “Turning Tables”. Also returning are Broadway babe Cheyenne Jackson and Charice as the New Directions big competition. Charice will even be taking on one of Celine Dion’s signature ballads and I’ve got a preview for ya. Check out Charice doing “All By Myself” below and enjoy the show tomorrow night on Fox.

Charice on Glee preview

Adele and Katy are the Ladies Livin’ at the Top

April 13, 2011

It looks like Adele and Katy Perry don’t want anyone else to get any glory on the music charts this year as both of them continue their domination of the Album and Singles charts. As Adele’s 21 returns to the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, it also passes 1 million in sales and remains the top-selling album of the year by over 300,000 copies. (Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More is in second.). Adele is also helped by her leadoff single “Rolling in the Deep” which remains in the top ten of the Hot 100 and the Top Digital Singles Sales charts… Speaking of the singles charts, Katy Perry’s fourth consecutive Hot 100 and Digital Singles Sales # 1 holds steady as “E.T.” easily wins another week on top. So far this year Katy is the top digital singles sales artist with big numbers for “E.T.”, “Firework” and “Teenage Dream”… The other news on the albums chart comes from debuts in the top ten by Hollywood Undead and Asking Alexandria who both grab their first top ten records. And Blake Shelton makes waves on the singles sales chart with his first top ten “Honey Bee” which got a big boost from his hosting gig in the ACM’s last week and his upcoming stint as a judge on NBC’s The Voice…. Take a look at the tops of both charts below.

Top Ten Albums:
1.Adele, 21 (last week~ 3)
2.Britney Spears, Femme Fatale (lw~ 1)
3.Radiohead, King of Limbs (lw~ 6)
4.Hollywood Undead, American Tragedy (debut)
5.Wiz Khalifa, Rolling Papers (lw~ 2)
6.Chris Brown, F.A.M.E. (lw~ 4)
7.Various, Songs for Japan (lw~ 5)
8.Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (lw~ 11)
9.Asking Alexandria, Reckless & Relentless (debut)
10.Kirk Franklin, Hello Fear (lw~ 9)

Top Ten Digital Sales Singles:
1. “E.T.”- Katy Perry w/Kanye West (lw~ 1)
2. “Just Can’t Get Enough”- Black Eyed Peas (lw~ 2)
3. “S & M”- Rihanna (lw~ 3)
4. “Honey Bee”- Blake Shelton (debut)
5. “Til the World Ends”- Britney Spears (lw~ 15)
6. “Look at Me Now”- Chris Brown (lw~ 5)
7. “On the Floor”- Jennifer Lopez w/Pitbull (lw~ 4)
8. “Rolling in the Deep”- Adele (lw~ 9)
9. “Give Me Everything”- Pitbull (lw~ 58)
10. “Born This Way”- Lady Gaga (lw~8)

And here’s a little Adele treat for you… Enjoy her live performance of the gorgeous song “Turning Tables” below… And watch out for Gwyneth Paltrow to sing it on Glee in the coming weeks…

Adele “Turning Tables” (live)

Gwyneth Glee Goodness

March 14, 2011

I meant to post this last week after Tuesday’s fantastic Glee episode featuring the return of likely Emmy contender Gwyneth Paltrow. My favorite song of the week was Gwyneth’s Holly doing “Landslide” with Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris). This version of the Fleetwood Mac and Dixie Chicks smash is simply beautiful and it’s the biggest seller of the week’s songs on iTunes. Check it out below and watch Glee Tuesdays on Fox.

Glee “Landslide”