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[Oscars 2013] – Predicting The Nominations

9 Jan

An actual Oscar statuette to be presented during the 79th Annual Academy Awards sits in a display case in Hollywood

I still have a few 2013 releases to catch up with, and I though I wanted to make my Oscar nominations predictions post having seen all of them, the nods are due early tomorrow morning so I’ll have to post them now.

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[Trailer] – Quartet

2 Jul

Watch the trailer for Quartet, Dustin Hoffman‘s directorial debut, after the cut.

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[Review] – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

16 May

Title: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Year: 2012
Director: John Madden
Writer: Ol Parker, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach
Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel
MPAA Rating: PG-13, sexual content and language
Runtime: 124 min
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Metacritic: 62

The Best Exotic Marigold has been doing some really solid business lately, already having made quite a bit of bank abroad where it was released first, and getting into the Top 10 in the US this weekend even though it’s only playing on limited release, earning a really nice per-screen average and becoming a solid counter-programming for mostly older people who aren’t giving into the hype of The Avengers. And even though it’s not great filmmaking by any means, I definitely get the appeal of this film, it’s a nice enough, though predictable, story and then it all gets propelled to bigger heights because of its cast. Seriously, take a second to scroll up and read the names of the people who star in this one, some of the very best and most experienced actors are popping up here having fun with their roles.

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Emmy Results

20 Sep

The Emmy Awards took place last night, and while there were some highs (the Lead Actress in a Comedy pageant, Ty Burrell’s speech, the The Office spoof) and some lows (the opening musical number, those Emmy-Tones, the New Jersey spoof) that we can argue about how actually good or bad they were, the results are definite and can’t be argued about. As per usual, there were a few surprises (both good and bad), so I’ll round up the winners of the categories which I predicted and then see how I did with those predictions.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Mad Men

I got this one right, as the masterful AMC series got its fourth win in a row in this category, tying a legendary streak imposed only by The West Wing, L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues for consecutive wins in the category.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Modern Family

Will this become the Comedy equivalent of Mad Men? It sure seems to be looking that way, as Modern Family really dominated last night’s award telecast, and easily got its second straight Emmy in this category.

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Winner: Downton Abbey

Look, I haven’t seen Downton Abbey, but I guess now I really should. Got it wrong considering I was really sure Mildred Pierce would get this one.

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

Winner: The Amazing Race

I wanted Idol to win because it was this year or never for them, but you really can’t stop the ambitious around-the-world competition.

OUTSTANDING REALITY SERIES

Winner: Deadliest Catch

I predicted this one right even though I don’t actually watch the show, not really much else to say here.

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES

Winner: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

How can you bet against Stewart here? As long as he’s in business this award will have his named engraved on it.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)

Yes!!! Never in my life I think have I been so glad to miss a prediction. Yes, this was arguably Jon Hamm’s year considering Bryan Cranston wasn’t here to beat him, but for FNL and Chandler to get love for the final season of my favorite show of all-time was the best thing that happened Sunday night.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Look, I love Jim Parsons as much as the next guy, but I think even he would be quick to agree that this just didn’t make sense. Who did Steve Carell piss off in the Academy? This should have been his for his stellar final season as Michael Scott.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Winner: Barry Pepper (The Kennedys)

What.the.frak? Literally any of the other five nominees would have been a much more deserving winner. Seriously didn’t get this win.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

The FNL love didn’t extend to Mrs. Coach, though. As Julianna Margulies got her second Emmy for The Good Wife‘s second season (her first was in 1995 for her work on ER). And it really was much deserved.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

The way all of the nominees in this category got up on stage as their names were called out and formed a kind of parade was my favorite bit of the telecast. However, the award itself shouldn’t have gone to the least deserving of the nominees. It felt like they were giving McCarthy kudos for Gilmore Girls or Bridesmaids, because there’s no way you can argue her work on Mike & Molly being superior than that of any of her co-nominees.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Winner: Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)

This one was always hers. Now she has the EGO in her EGOT. Can’t wait to see what she does to get that T.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

I didn’t get this one right, as I didn’t see Game of Thrones getting this much love from the Academy. Kind of sad because that meant Slattery wouldn’t go on to win and the Mad Men acting Emmy drought would continue.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Last year Stonestreet, now the extremely deserving Burrell. My guess is that O’Neill will be the winner in 2012 and Ferguson in 2013. This award is Modern Family‘s for as long as it stays on the air with this level of excellence.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Winner: Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)

Good win here, even though I hated his speech about having sex with Kate Winslet, that bit was a bit weird.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Margo Martindale (Justified)

Possibly my second favorite win of the whole night after Chandler’s. Martindale has been one of the best actresses in television for years now, and she finally gets her due. How she got up after stumbling on the steps and then gave that great speech was just the icing on the cake.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Another sensationally satisfying win for me. In my predictions I had her to win, but I noted that I was just going on gut feeling but thought that Jane Lynch would get it. Goes to show you that listening to one’s gut can work.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Winner: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

I may not have seen Downton Abbey, but I know better than to bet against Dame Maggie Smith. I got this prediction right.

OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST

Winner: Jeff Probst (Survivor)

Impossible for him to ever lose this one, really.

 

So those were the results of the races I tried to predict. I went 13 for 19 which I think is quite decent, we’ll see how I do next year. Until then!

Emmy Predictions: TV Movie/Miniseries

3 Sep

The 63rd Annual Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday September 18th, just a bit over two weeks from now, so I started making my formal Emmy Predictions and posting my review of each of the major races, since the last time I did so was in my EmmyWatch posts which I did to predict the nominations and as such they had a broader outlook. When predicting the nominees, I went 86 out of the 110 slots I had called, which I think is a solid number, hopefully my accuracy will only improve now that I’m predicting the actual winners. This Emmy Predictions post will take a look at the main TV Movie/Miniseries categories.

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Nominees

  • Mildred Pierce
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Kennedys
  • Cinema Verite
  • Too Big to Fail
  • The Pillars of the Earth

This really will be an all-out battle between Mildred Pierce and Downton Abbey, like it was shaping up to be from the very beginning, but I think now it’s closer than we think, but Mildred Pierce has the talent and back-up to go all the way, and I don’t think it will be stopped.

Should Win: Mildred Pierce

Will Win: Mildred Pierce

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Nominees

  • Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys)
  • Barry Pepper (The Kennedys)
  • Édgar Ramírez (Carlos)
  • William Hurt (Too Big to Fail)
  • Idris Elba (Luther)
  • Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood)

I’m actually very much on the fence about this prediction, as I can easily see Ramírez, Hurt or Elba picking up the trophy on Emmy Night, and you can make good cases for all three of them doing so. So it will depend on how the voters feel, the fact that Carlos was overlooked in the Best Mini category may mean that Ramírez won’t have the support needed to pull the win here, but he’s my favorite so I’ll predict him

Should Win: Édgar Ramírez

Will Win: Édgar Ramírez

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Nominees

  • Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
  • Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey)
  • Diane Lane (Cinema Verite)
  • Taraji P. Henson (Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story)
  • Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs)

I won’t waste your time here trying to pretend there’s more than one scenario in which this category can end up. This trophy already have Winslet’s named engraved on it, and right so, only the Tony left for her to get the EGOT.

Should Win: Kate Winslet

Will Win: Kate Winslet

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Nominees

  • Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)
  • Brian F. O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce)
  • Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys)
  • Paul Giamatti (Too Big to Fail)
  • James Woods (Too Big to Fail)

I’m not sure how this will go, it’s probably Woods versus Pearce at this point, and just for the sheer impact that Mildred Pierce will have in the telecast I’ll go ahead and predict a Guy Pearce win.

Should Win: Paul Giamatti

Will Win: Guy Pearce

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Nominees

  • Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce)
  • Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce)
  • Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce)
  • Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
  • Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs)

Here’s what I think will happen, the trio of Mildred Pierce ladies will cancel each other out by losing some votes to their very own co-stars and the beneficiary from that will be the always excellent Maggie Smith.

Should Win: Evan Rachel Wood

Will Win: Maggie Smith

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

11 Aug

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Year: 
2011
Director: 
David Yates
Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Starring: 
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Domhall Gleeson, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Kelly Macdonald, Helen McCrory, Gary Oldman, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Natalie Tena, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright
MPAA Rating: 
PG-13, some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images
Runtime: 
130 min
Major Awards: –

IMDb Rating: 
8.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 
97%

 

It’s taken me forever to do my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. And that’s not because it took me forever to watch it, because I was at the midnight screening on opening day, and I’ve watched it four extra times since, both with and without those pesky 3D glasses. But I’ve taken forever to do the review because, I just simply don’t want this to end. I’ll try to keep it professional and all, but if this feels a bit too fanboy-ish at times, bear with me, Harry Potter represents a huge chunk of my life, I have read the books multiple times each, have seen all eight films a bunch of times, and I consider Jo Rowling the be one of the greatest minds of the last century.

But what’s so awesome is that to celebrate this final chapter in the Harry Potter saga you don’t really need to be as huge a fanboy as I am, because this is after all the most profitable film franchise of all-time, and right up there as one of the best film series ever. Eight films in eleven years, over $7.5 billion dollars in cumulative worldwide box-office grosses, with this last one already having passed the $1 billion mark on itself, currently standing as the third highest-grossing worldwide film of all-time. And that’s just the commercial part of it all, the stuff that correlates with all the Harry Potter merchandise you’ve bought and seen in the past decade, with the theme park in Orlando, with just how much an influence the Harry Potter brand has had in the new millennium. But what’s truly amazing is that the films are unequivocally great, with an average 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, with this one actually scoring a series-high 97%. Those are the statistics, the numbers that reflect just how profitable, and more importantly just how great, the film series has been. What it doesn’t show is just how much it has influenced the people who really love these books and films, and who really do feel as though a part of our lives ended as those end credits started rolling.

But anyways, I guess we must talk about this final film specifically, one that I absolutely loved every single time I’ve seen it, and that probably passed the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as my favorite film in the series. I loved it because, even though there was that 3D aspect, you didn’t get the feeling as though something was there just to make a big buck, you really got the sense that they divided the spectacular final novel into two to service this unbelievable series in a way worthy of its epic scale, and this film was just tremendously well-made. And you contrast this with the previous two films in the franchise and you really get that awesome sense of closure that lacked in the prior two movies, which were just all about the set-up and not as terrific as stand-alone films, this one manages to deliver closure and is purely about the pay-off from being part of a decade-long journey, it’s all literally about the big final battle of Hogwarts, of all the good guys agains the bad guys, of Harry against Voldemort, of good against evil.

Not to mention that we got some sensational performances in the midst of all the spectacular action, as well. Our three young leads, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint all shone in the past two films, really embedding a lot of themselves into the characters, traits that maybe weren’t as obvious when we read the books, but that now we can’t imagine the characters without. And then there are the adult castmembers. The Harry Potter film series has been consistently amazing in recruiting the best of the best of British acting royalty for the supporting adult roles, from Michael Gambon to Alan Rickman to Emma Thompson to Imelda Staunton, the people involved in these films are all insanely talented, and in this film they get to really show off their props.

Mr. Rickman as Snape was specially incredible here, as it is in this film that the veil of secrecy that had shrouded his character in the previous seven films gets lifted and we get a look at this real agenda, and he does a stellar job at showing this to us, so much so that some people are already generating buzz for him for a Best Supporting Actor nomination come Oscar time, but that’s a subject I’ll tackle later on. Then there’s the unbeatable Maggie Smith, who really gets the crowds going as Professor McGonagall here and has a couple of seriously neat moments that she rocks. Michael Gambon in the King’s Cross scene I think delivered his best Dumbledore performance yet. And Ralph Fiennes took a page out of the Heath Ledger playbook and this time around made Voldemort seem like a person equal parts evil and mad, and it was his best turn as the Dark Lord yet, a hugely entertaining performance to watch and let fuel the whole movie. All of these great actors you get the sense are really just having the time of their lives as these characters.

I’ll actually end the review right now because if I go into specifics this will never end. Suffice it to say, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a truly masterful film, a movie that somehow lived up to the huge expectations of providing a tremendously satisfying finale to one of the best series of films ever. It’s just a huge bundle of thrills, acted ridiculously well by a bunch of young actors with huge futures ahead of them alongside the crème de la crème of British acting, and with its stunning visuals it really shows us, for a final time, how magical a film experience can truly be. This is what all franchises should aspire to be, the fact people keep coming to see this films speaks not only to the built-in audience, but to the fact that they never messed a film up, they’ve all be amazing, and this is what a conclusion to this should feel like.

As for the Oscar part of it all, which is talked about quite a bit these days regarding to this film, I think it’s safe to assume Warner Bros. will heavily push this one across the board, and while I think Cinematography, Special Effects, Art Direction and Score are all real shots, it’ll be interesting to see if Mr. Rickman gets that acting nod and if the film can crack the now-expanded list of Best Picture nominees. I think it should definitly get a Best Picture nomination, I won’t pretend this one has a shot at actually winning that award, but a nomination would be incredible to celebrate the decade-worth of entertainment this film has given millions across the world, and I really do hope it gets it because those tears you experienced as Harry was in the Forbidden Forest making that final walk, or as you saw the Prince’s tale finally unfold in the pensieve, show just how much an effect this franchise has had on our lives. And, corny as this may be for a final line, I will say one thing, the books and films may have now ended, but the magic truly does live on.

Grade: A+

Emmy Nominations

14 Jul

Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson announced the Emmy nominations bright and early this morning, and there were quite a few interesting nominations to say the least, as well as your usual group of horribly snubbed actors and shows, but then again it wouldn’t be the Emmy nominations if you weren’t cheering uncontrollably for someone while you were weeping over the exclusion of someone else. I did four EmmyWatch posts last month, tackling the major categories in the Drama, Comedy, TV Movie/Miniseries and Reality/Variety races, so now I’ll list the full set of nominations, and a brief reaction to it, including how I did with my predictions.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men
Reaction: I went 5-for-6 in this one, I predicted Justified over Game of Thrones. However, Game of Thrones was amongst my 6 dream nominees so I’m happy about it. Still this one is still probably a Boardwalk Empire vs. Mad Men race to the finish line, and I’m just happy that my beloved Friday Night Lights was finally given a shot to compete in the big race.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
  • Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
  • Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
  • Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
  • Hugh Laurie (House)
  • Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
Reaction: Also went 5-for-6 in this category, predicting a William H. Macy nod over that of Timothy Olyphant. That said, Olyphant was actually my #3 dream nominee, and hearing his name called out was one of the happiest moments of the nominations for me, so I’m seriously glad he’s in there. Much like in the Outstanding Drama category, though, this is a Boardwalk Empire vs. Mad Men battle.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)
  • Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
  • Mireille Enos (The Killing)
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
  • Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Reaction: I went 4-for-6 here. I predicted Katey Sagal and Kyra Sedgwick instead of Bates and Hargitay. And those misses are weird to me for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Sagal won the Globe and I can’t believe she got snubbed again by the Emmy’s. Sedgwick actually won this last year and her total omission from this year’s race was bizarre. And Kathy Bates may be great, but Harry’s Law really isn’t, this just goes to prove how Emmy voters sometimes just vote for the name.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
  • Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
  • Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
  • Walton Goggins (Justified)
  • John Slattery (Mad Men)
  • Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
Reaction: A strong 5-for-6 showing again in this category. And, again, the one prediction I missed was one I was still incredibly happy to hear. I had Michael Pitt of Boardwalk Empire getting a nod because I reckoned the voters wanted to go deep for their love of the HBO crime saga, but Goggins got in there, and he was actually my #2 dream nominee, so I was damn happy about his inclusion. Still pissed about the lack of John Noble, though.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
  • Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire)
  • Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
  • Christine Baranksi (The Good Wife)
  • Margo Martindale (Justified)
  • Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
  • Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Reaction: Another 5-for-6 here. Missed Forbes’ nomination in favor of Sharon Gless. However, Forbes was #4 dream nominee and I don’t even watch Burn Notice so I was seriously glad to miss out on a perfect prediction score here.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock
Reaction: 5-for-6 again here, but I was SO happy about that, because that miss of mine in this category meant that Parks and Rec, my #2 dream nominee, got in instead of Nurse Jackie which I had predicted to get a nod. The Big Bang Theory also finally broke through to the big race. Still, the thing that pissed me off the most about today’s nominations was the overall lack of love for Community.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
  • Louis C.K. (Louie)
  • Steve Carell (The Office)
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Reaction: 4-for-6 in this one. I had Joel McHale and Matthew Morrison instead of Louis and Galecki. And while I was ecstatic to hear Louis C.K. named this morning (he was #5 in my dream ballot), and I loved that he got in instead of Morrison, I don’t really care much for Galecki and the fact that he probably meant McHale wasn’t nominated ticks me off.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock)
  • Laura Linney (The Big C)
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
  • Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Reaction: 5-for-6 again, I had Toni Collette instead of McCarthy in this one. Still, it was awesome to see Poehler and Plimpton get in, and I actually quite liked the fact that they realized this was a comedy category and Lea Michele got snubbed.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
  • Chris Colfer (Glee)
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
  • Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Reaction: 4-for-6 here, I predicted Nick Offerman (who was my #1 dream nominee) and Neil Patrick Harris over Cryer and Ferguson. But I guess the Modern Family party prevailed (and I’m actually very happy about that) and the voters wanted to give Cryer the nod for having to put up with Sheen’s antics, which is good too, I guess. I just wanted to see Ron Swanson in there.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
  • Jane Lynch (Glee)
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
  • Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
  • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Reaction: Finally, my first 6-for-6! Though I was still holding out for a surprise Alison Brie or Aubrey Plaza nod.
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
  • The Amazing Race
  • American Idol
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef
Reaction: 5-for-6. I was hoping The Voice would get in there instead of So You Think You Can Dance, but here’s hoping it’ll make the shortlist next season!
OUTSTANDING REALITY SERIES
  • Hoarders
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Deadliest Catch
  • MythBusters
  • Undercover  Boss
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Reaction: 4-for-6, not bad considering this was the category I randomly guessed because I only watch Mythbusters out of the contenders.
OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST
  • Jeff Probst (Survivor)
  • Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
  • Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race)
  • Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
  • Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Reaction: 4-for-5. I was thinking Padma Lakshmi over Deeley here.
OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES
  • The Colbert Report
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Conan
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Reaction: 5-for-6 here, I went with Letterman over Fallon in my predictions, but I’m damn glad Fallon got in, he keeps getting better and better.
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Kennedys
  • Cinema Verite
  • Too Big to Fail
  • The Pillars of the Earth
Reaction: 4-for-6 here, and I’m really pissed that Carlos (my far-and-out #1 dream nominee) wasn’t nominated. I also predicted Luther would get in but it didn’t.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
  • Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys)
  • Barry Pepper (The Kennedys)
  • Édgar Ramírez (Carlos)
  • William Hurt (Too Big to Fail)
  • Idris Elba (Luther)
  • Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood)
Reaction: 4-for-6 again in this one, I had Hugh Bonneville and Samuel L. Jackson over Kinnear and Pepper, because I really didn’t think The Kennedys was going to get this ridiculous amount of love. Still, Ramírez and Elba got in here, and that’s really all I cared about.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
  • Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
  • Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey)
  • Diane Lane (Cinema Verite)
  • Taraji P. Henson (Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story)
  • Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs)
Reaction: 4-for-5 here, even though I did 6 predictions and Henson was in there but at #6 so I’m not going to count her. I had Haley Atwell over her. Still, this Emmy probably already has Winslet’s name engraved on it.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
  • Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)
  • Brian F. O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce)
  • Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys)
  • Paul Giamatti (Too Big to Fail)
  • James Woods (Too Big to Fail)
Reaction: 4-for-5, I had Tim Robbins over Wilkinson, even though Wilkinson was my #6 in the predictions. I just didn’t anticipate The Kennedys getting this much love.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
  • Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce)
  • Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce)
  • Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce)
  • Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
  • Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs)
Reaction: 4-for-5 again here, I had Cynthia Nixon over Winningham, but apparently Mildred Pierce just dominated the category.
So there they are, the Emmy nominations for the categories I had predicted and commented on in my EmmyWatch posts. As the ceremony grows nearer I’ll make similar posts detailing the state of the race and my final prediction for who will actually win it, but for now let’s just let these nods simmer. There were plenty to be happy about (The Justified love, the Friday Night Lights love, Ed O’Neill finally getting in) but there were also a fair share of misses (like the shut-outs for Community and Fringe), but all for all it was a solid pack of nominees. As for my predictions, I went an overall 86-for-110, which I think is pretty damn solid, and hopefully my accuracy won’t fall when predicting the actual winners!