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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Primetime Emmy Awards - Complete Winners List

by Leroy Douresseaux

AMC's much-loved crime drama, “Breaking Bad” (which ended last year) won five awards at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, including for best drama series and lead actor.  “Modern Family” won its fifth consecutive award for best comedy series, one of three awards its won.  Other multiple winners included “Fargo,” Sherlock: His Last Vow, and “American Horror Story: Coven.”

To me, the entire ceremony seemed stuck in a loop that began three or four years ago.  Television is supposed to be in a new golden age.  However, all the buzzed-about shows like Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black lose to the same shows and performers who have been winning again and again for what seems like ages.  And “The Walking Dead” doesn't even get nominations in the major categories.  Oh, well...

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards took place on Monday, August 25, 2014.  The ceremony aired on NBC and was hosted by Seth Meyers.

For a complete list of winners and nominees, go here:

2014 / 66th Primetime Emmy Awards winners:

Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Lead Actress in a Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race

Variety Series
The Colbert Report


Television Movie
The Normal Heart

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Writing for a Drama
Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad

Directing for a Drama
Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Allison Janney, Mom

Writing for a Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie

Directing for a Comedy
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Colin Bucksey, Fargo

Writing for a Variety Special
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Directing for a Variety Special
Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards


Friday, June 13, 2014

New Broadcast Networks, "Escape" and "Grit," Sign Deal with Warner Bros.

Escape & Grit Announce First Programming Agreement, Acquire Rights To 135 Motion Pictures From Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

ATLANTA, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  The country's first-ever female-centric and male-centric over-the-air broadcast television networks -- Escape (For Women) and Grit (For Men) -- have acquired the television rights to 135 demo-targeted motion pictures in a multi-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD), it was announced today.

Katz Broadcasting, a new company established by Bounce TV founder/COO and former Turner Broadcasting executive Jonathan Katz, will own and operate the ESCAPE and GRIT broadcast television networks launching this summer. Katz will serve as President and CEO while continuing as COO of Bounce TV.

Escape will target women 25-54 with a brand of programming anchored in stories of crime and mystery. Warner Bros. drama and thriller titles earmarked for Escape include: The contemporary classic Body Heat starring Kathleen Turner; Demi Moore in Disclosure; the Nicole Kidman thrillers Dead Calm and Malice; Kathy Bates creating Misery for James Caan, based on the Stephen King story; Bates in another King tale, Dolores Claiborne with Jennifer Jason Leigh; Copycat starring Sigourney Weaver; Blink with Madeline Stowe and Cate Blanchett as Charlotte Gray; John Grisham's Presumed Innocent; Michelle Pfeiffer in Tequila Sunrise; Star 80 and more.

Action-oriented Grit will reach men 25-54 and be built around the classic male hero archetype with a focus on western, war and action theatrical motion pictures. Among the stars and titles headed to Grit in the WBDTD agreement: Clint Eastwood - As Dirty Harry in Sudden Impact, leading the charge in Kelly's Heroes and also Bronco Billy; Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser; Sylvester Stallone in Cobra, Demolition Man and Victory; Jackie Chan starring in Rumble in the Bronx and Jackie Chan's First Strike; Steven Seagal (Hard to Kill, Fire Down Below, On Deadly Ground and Out of Reach); Denzel Washington (Fallen) and more.

Grit also lands such westerns as the John Wayne classics Cahill, U.S. Marshall, Chisum and The Cowboys; Young Guns and Young Guns 2; The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt and such war and military movies as Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, Memphis Belle and Purple Hearts.

Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates television stations in major U.S. markets, will carry both Escape and Grit on stations representing more than 35% of U.S. television households, including in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Miami. More distribution will be announced shortly.

The two new networks are part of Katz Broadcasting, a new company established by former Turner Broadcasting executive Jonathan Katz.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners List

The Creative Arts Emmys are the Emmy Awards presented in recognition of technical and similar achievements in American television programming. These Emmys are commonly awarded to behind-the-scenes personnel such as art directors, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and sound editors. The Creative Arts category also includes awards for outstanding animated programs and guest acting in comedy and drama television series.

2012 Creative Arts Emmy Winners:

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper (Two And A Half Men)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett (Justified)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Jimmy Fallon, Host (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Reality Program
Undercover Boss (CBS)

Outstanding Children’s Program
Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (PBS)

Outstanding Animated Program
The Penguins Of Madagascar: “The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Short-form Animated Program
Regular Show - “Eggscellent” (Cartoon Network)

(Juried Awards) Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation
1. Phineas and Ferb, “Doof Dynasty”, Jill Daniels, Background Paint (Disney Channel)

2. Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, Bill Schwab, Character Design, (ABC)

3. Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, “Nighmare Sauce,” Chris Tsirgiotis, Background Design (Cartoon Network)

4. Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, “Nighmare Sauce,” Robertryan Cory, Character Design (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
Frozen Planet (Discovery Channel)

Outstanding Nonfiction Special
George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Outstanding Special Class Program
65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs
Childrens Hospital (Cartoon Network)

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens) (PBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) – Tim Carvell, Head Writer; Rory Albanese, Writer; Kevin Bleyer, Writer; Rich Blomquist, Writer; Steve Bodow, Writer; Wyatt Cenac, Writer; Hallie Haglund, Writer; JR Havlan, Writer; Elliott Kalan, Writer; Dan McCoy, Writer; Jo Miller, Writer; John Oliver, Writer; Zhubin Parang, Writer; Daniel Radosh, Writer; Jason Ross, Writer; Jon Stewart, Writer

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Prohibition – A Nation Of Hypocrites (PBS) – Geoffrey C. Ward

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Saturday Night Live - “Host: Mick Jagger” (NBC) – Don Roy King, Director

Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO) – Martin Scorsese, Director

Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
Boardwalk Empire - “21″ (HBO) – Jonathan Freeman, Director of Photography

Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
Two And A Half Men - “Sips, Sonnets, And Sodomy” (CBS) – Steven V. Silver, ASC, Director of Photography

Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie
Great Expectations (Masterpiece) – Part 2 (PBS) – Florian Hoffmeister, Director of Photography

Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming
Deadliest Catch - “I Don’t Wanna Die” (Discovery Channel) – Cinematography Team

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
Frozen Planet - “Ends Of The Earth” (Discovery Channel) – Cinematography Team

Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Game Of Thrones - “Valar Morghulis” (HBO) - Rainer Gombos, Lead Visual Effects Supervisor; Juri Stanossek, Visual Effects Supervisor; Sven Martin, Animation Lead; Steve Kullback, Lead Visual Effects Producer; Jan Fiedler, Visual Effects Producer; Chris Stenner, Lead Animator; Tobias Mannewitz, Visual Effects Concept Artist; Thilo Ewers, Environment Lead; Adam Chazen, Visual Effects Coordinator

Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
Boardwalk Empire - “Georgia Peaches” (HBO) – Dave Taritero, VFX Supervisor; Robert Stromberg, VFX Designer; Richard Friedlander, VFX Producer; Eran Dinur, VFX Supervisor; David W. Reynolds, Compositing Supervisor; Matthew Conner, Digital Matte Painter; Austin Meyers, Digital Compositor; Jonathan Dorfman, 3D Artist; Steve Kirshoff, Special Effects Supervisor

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
How I Met Your Mother - “Trilogy Time” (CBS) – Sue Federman

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
Homeland – “Pilot” (Showtime) – Jordan Goldman and David Latham

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm - “Palestinian Chicken” (HBO) – Steven A. Rasch, A.C.E., Editor

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie
Hatfields & McCoys- “Part 2″ (HISTORY) – Don Cassidy, Editor

Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming
Deadliest Catch - “I Don’t Wanna Die” (Discovery Channel) – Josh Earl, A.C.E., Supervising Editor; Alex Durham, Editor

Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials
2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO) – Bill DeRonde, Editor; Chris Lovett, Editor; Mark Stepp, Editor; Pi Ware, Editor; John Zimmer, Editor; Ben Folts, Editor

Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
Frozen Planet - “Ends Of The Earth” (Discovery Channel) -Andy Netley, Editor; Sharon Gillooly, Editor

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
Game Of Thrones - “Blackwater” (HBO) – Peter Brown, Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Design; Kira Roessler, Dialogue/ADR Supervising Sound Editor; Tim Hands, ADR Editor/Co-Supervisor of ADR; Paul Aulicino, M.P.S.E., Foley Editor/Supervising Foley Editor; Stephen P. Robinson, Sound Effects Editor; Vanessa Lapato, Dialogue Editor; Brett Voss, Foley Editor; James Moriana, Foley Artist; Jeffrey Wilhoit, Foley Artist; David Klotz, Music Editor

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO) – Douglas Murray, Supervising Sound Editor; Peter Horner, Sound Designer; Kim Foscato, Dialogue Editor; Steve Boeddeker, FX Sound Editor; Casey Langfelder, FX Sound Editor; Andrea Gard, FX Sound Editor; Pat Jackson, FX Sound Editor; Daniel Laurie, ADR Editor; Goro Koyama, Foley Artist; Andy Malcolm, Foley Artist; Joanie Diener, Music Editor

Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
Frozen Planet - “Ends Of The Earth” (Discovery Channel) – Kate Hopkins, Dubbing Editor; Tim Owens, Sound Editor; Paul Fisher, Sound Editor

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
Game Of Thrones - “Blackwater” (HBO) – Matthew Waters, Re-Recording Mixer; Onnalee Blank, CAS, Re-Recording Mixer; Ronan Hill, CAS, Production Mixer; Mervyn Moore, Production Mixer

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or a Drama Series (Half Hour) and Animation
Modern Family - “Dude Ranch” (ABC) – Stephen A. Tibbo, Production Sound Mixer; Dean Okrand, Re-Recording Mixer; Brian R. Harman, Re-Recording Mixer

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie
Hatfields & McCoys - Part 1 (HISTORY) – Stanomir Dragos, Production Mixer; Christian Cooke, Re-Recording Mixer; Brad Zoern, Re-Recording Mixer

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
84th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) – Paul Sandweiss, Audio Director; Tommy Vicari, Orchestra Mixer; Pablo Munguia, Protools; Kristian Pedregon, Show Post Audio

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies (A&E) – Tom Paul, Sound Mixer

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
Saturday Night Live – Host: Mick Jagger (NBC) – Steven Cimino, Technical Director; John Pinto, Camera; Paul J. Cangialosi, Camera; Len Wechsler, Camera; Barry Frischer, Camera; Eric A. Eisenstein, Camera; Susan Noll, Video Control; Frank Grisanti, Video Control

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special
Memphis (Great Performances) (PBS ) – Steven Cimino, Technical Director; Paul J. Cangialosi, Camera; John Pinto, Camera; Chuck Goslin, Camera; Barry Frischer, Camera; Jeff Latonero, Camera; Len Wechsler, Camera; Susan Noll, Video Control; J.M. Hurley, Video Control

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
So You Think You Can Dance - “Season 8 Finale” (FOX) – Robert Barnhart, Lighting Designer; Matt Firestone, Lighting Director; Pete Radice, Lighting Director; Patrick Boozer, Lighting Director

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) – Robert A. Dickinson, Lighting Designer; Jon Kusner, Lighting Director; Travis Hagenbuch, Lighting Director; Andy O’Reilly, Lighting Director

Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
TIE: Boardwalk Empire – “Peg Of Old,” “Battle Of The Century,” “To The Lost” (HBO) – Bill Groom, Production Designer; Adam Scher, Art Director; Carol Silverman, Set Decorator

TIE: Game Of Thrones – “Garden Of Bones,” “The Ghost Of Harrenhal,” “A Man Without Honor” (HBO) – Gemma Jackson, Production Designer; Frank Walsh, Art Director; Tina Jones, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series
2 Broke Girls - “And The Rich People Problems ,” “And The Reality Check,” “And The Pop Up Sale” (CBS) – Glenda Rovello, Production Designer; Amy Feldman, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction for Miniseries or Movie
Great Expectations (Masterpiece) (PBS) – David Roger, Production Designer; Paul Ghirardani, Art Director; Jo Kornstein, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming
TIE: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) – Brian Stonestreet, Production Designer; Alana Billingsley, Art Director; Matt Steinbrenner, Art Director

TIE: 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) - Steve Bass, Production Designer; Seth Easter, Art Director

Outstanding Costumes For A Series
Game Of Thrones - “The Prince Of Winterfell” (HBO) – Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Chloe Aubry, Assistant Costume Designer

Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or Special
Great Expectations (Masterpiece) – “Part 2″ (PBS) – Annie Symons, Costume Designer; Yvonne Duckett, Costume Supervisor

Juried Award Winners – Costumes for a Variety Program or Special
1. Opening Ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 (ESPN) – Maria Rosario Mendoza, Supervising Costume Designer

2. The X-Factor, “Pepsi Challenge Top 9 Elimination” (Fox) – Marina Toybina, Costume Designer, Grainne O’Sullivan, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
Homeland (Showtime) – Junie Lowry Johnson, CSA, Casting By; Libby Goldstein, CSA Casting By; Judy Henderson, CSA, Casting By; Craig Fincannon, CSA, Casting By; Lisa Mae Fincannon, CSA, Casting By

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
Girls (HBO) – Jennifer Euston, CSA, Casting By

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Game Change (HBO) – David Rubin, CSA, Casting By; Richard Hicks, CSA, Casting By; Pat Moran, CSA, Casting By; Kathleen Chopin, CSA, Casting By

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
The Walking Dead - “What Lies Ahead” (AMC) – Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head; Jake Garber, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Andy Schoneberg, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Gino Crognale, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Carey Jonse, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Garrett Immel, Prosthetic Designer

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Game Of Thrones - “The Old Gods And The New” (HBO) – Paul Engelen, Department Head Makeup Artist; Melissa Lackersteen, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Dancing With The Stars - “Episode 1307″ (ABC) - Zena Shteysel, Department Head Makeup Artist; Angela Moos, Key Makeup Artist; Patti Ramsey Bortoli, Makeup Artist; Barbara Fonte, Makeup Artist; Sarah Woolf, Makeup Artist; Nadege Schoenfeld, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
Hatfields & McCoys (HISTORY) – Mario Michisanti, Department Head Makeup Artist; Francesca Tampieri, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Hairstyling for a single-camera series
Downton Abbey - “Episode 1″ (PBS) – Anne “Nosh” Oldham, Department Head Hairstylist; Christine Greenwood, Key Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling for a movie or miniseries
American Horror Story (FX Networks) – Monte C. Haught, Department Head Hairstylist; Samantha Wade, Key Hairstylist; Melanie Verkins, Hairstylist; Natalie Driscoll, Hairstylist; Michelle Ceglia, Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling for a multi-camera series or special
Saturday Night Live – Host: Zooey Deschanel (NBC) – Bettie O. Rogers, Department Head Hairstylist; Jodi Mancuso, Key Hairstylist; Inga Thrasher, Hairstylist; Jennifer Stauffer, Hairstylist; Cara Hannah Sullivan, Hairstylist; Christal Schanes, Hairstylist

Outstanding Stunt Coordination
Southland – Wednesday (TNT) – Peewee Piemonte, Stunt Coordinator

Outstanding Music Direction
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) – Rob Berman, Music Director; Rob Mathes, Music Director

Outstanding Music Composition for a series (original dramatic score)
Downton Abbey - “Episode 6″ (PBS) – John Lunn

Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, movie or special
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO) – Javier Navarrete, Composer

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
65th Annual Tony Awards (Song Title: “It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore”) (CBS) - Adam Schlesinger, Music; David Javerbaum, Lyrics

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
Page Eight (Masterpiece) (PBS) - Paul Englishby

Outstanding Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, Choreographer – Smash (NBC) – Routines: “National Pastime” / “Let’s Be Bad” / Never Met A Wolf

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Maurice LaMarche as Clamps, Donbot, Hyperchicken, Calculon, Hedonismbot, Morbo (Futurama -”The Silence Of The Clamps”)

Outstanding Main Title Design
Great Expectations (Masterpiece) (PBS) - Nic Benns, Title Designer; Rodi Kaya, 3D Atrist; Tom Bromwich, Titles Producer

Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Original Interactive Television Programming
Dirty Work (

Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Enhancement to a Television Program or Series
The Team Coco Sync App (TBS) – John Wooden, Producer; Aaron Bleyaert, Producer; Conan O’Brien, Producer; Timothy Campbell, Producer

Outstanding Special Class: Short-Format Nonfiction Programs
DGA Moments In Time ( – Michael M. Stevens, Produced By

Outstanding Commercial
“Best Job” (Procter & Gamble Corporate Brand) – Wieden + Kennedy, Ad Agency; Anonymous Content, Production Company

Television Academy Chairman Dick Askin was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Syd Cassyd Founders Award for “positive impact” on the Academy through longtime involvement.

The Academy’s prestigious Governor’s Award is given to the “It Gets Better” Project, an organization that supports LGBT youth. Organization reps Dan Savage and Terry Miller accepted the award.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Women Film Critics Favor "The Help" and "The Iron Lady"

The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of women film critics, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. Founded in 2004, this group is the first women critics’ organization in the United States.

2011 Women Film Critics Circle Awards:

WINNERS: (tie) The Iron Lady and We Need To Talk About Kevin
The Whistleblower

WINNER: The Help
Albert Nobbs
Rid Of Me

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER - Screenwriting Award
WINNER: The Iron Lady [Abi Morgan]
In The Land Of Blood And Honey [Angelina Jolie]
Pariah [Dee Reese]
We Need To Talk About Kevin [Lynne Ramsay]

WINNER: Viola Davis: The Help
Jessica Chastain: The Debt/The Help
Meryl Streep: The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton: We Need To Talk About Kevin

WINNER: George Clooney: The Descendants
Jean Dujardin: The Artist
Tom Hardy: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy/Warrior
Ryan Gosling: Drive, The Ides Of March

WINNER: Melissa McCarthy: Bridesmaids
Katie O’Grady: Rid Of Me
Sarah Jessica Parker: I Don’t Know How She Does It
Kristen Wiig: Bridesmaids

WINNER: Shailene Woodley: The Descendants
Jordana Beatty: Judy Moody
Liana Liberato: Trust
Amara Miller: The Descendants

WINNER: The Hedgehog
A Separation
In The Land Of Blood And Honey
When We Leave

WINNER: The Whistleblower
Albert Nobbs
The Iron Lady
Soul Surfer

WINNER (?): Melancholia
Jack And Jill
My Week With Marilyn
Young Adult

WINNER: The Descendants
Meet Monica Velour
Of Gods And Men

WINNER (?): The Hangover 2
No Strings Attached
The Skin I Live In
Straw Dogs

WINNER: Always Faithful
The Price Of Sex
The Woman With The Five Elephants
Women Art Revolution

Judy Moody
The Muppets
The Adventures of Tintin

WINNER: Puss N Boots 3D
Arthur Christmas
Gnomeo And Juliet
Kung Fu Panda 2

WINNER: The Debt
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Iron Lady
Midnight In Paris

COURAGE IN ACTING - Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen
WINNER: Glenn Close: Albert Nobbs
Josiane Balasko: The Hedgehog
Mimi Chakarova: The Price Of Sex
Tilda Swinton: We Need To Talk About Kevin

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD - Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored
WINNER (tie): Miral: Hiram Abbass and Meeks Cutoff: Michelle Williams
Danai Gurira: 3 Backyards
Red Shirley

WINNER: The Help
Albert Nobbs
The Whistleblower

WINNER: The Artist: Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin
Gnomeo And Juliet
The Iron Lady
Like Crazy

WINNERS: (tie) Kathy Bates and Cicely Tyson
Hiam Abbass
Michelle Yeoh

WINNER: Elizabeth Taylor
Mia Farrow
Daryl Hannah
Alfre Woodard

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD - For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
WINNER: The Whistleblower
In A Better World
In The Land Of Blood And Honey
Life, Above All

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD - For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
WINNER: The Help
3 Backyards

KAREN MORLEY AWARD - For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
WINNER: Albert Nobbs
The Conspirator
Meek’s Cutoff
Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

Judi Dench: J. Edgar

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Review: Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" is Magical and One of the Year's Best Films

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 106 (of 2011) by Leroy Douresseaux

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Running time: 94 minutes (1 hour, 34 minutes)
MPAA – R for some sexual references and smoking
PRODUCERS: Letty Aronson, Jaume Roures, and Stephen Tenenbaum
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Darius Khondji with Johanne Debas
EDITOR: Alisa Lepselter


Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Carla Bruni, Corey Stoll, Alison Pill, Tom Hiddleston, Yves Heck, Kathy Bates, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Adrien Brody, Sonia Rolland, Adrien de Van, and Léa Seydoux

Midnight in Paris is a 2011 romantic comedy/drama and fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film focuses on a struggling novelist who has magical experiences in Paris which begin each night at midnight. Midnight in Paris is the first high-quality Woody Allen film since Match Point (2005), and it is his best film since the early to mid 1990s, certainly the best since Bullets Over Broadway (2004).

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, but he hates the kind of movies with which he is usually involved. He travels to Paris with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her wealthy, conservative parents, John (Kurt Fuller) and Helen (Mimi Kennedy), for a vacation. Gil is struggling to finish his first novel, and he believes a permanent move to Paris would be a good thing. Inez, who wants to live in Malibu, sees this desire as a foolish romantic notion, and this disagreement is but one of many of the couple’s divergent goals.

One night, a drunken Gil wanders the streets of Paris. At the stroke of midnight, an antique car pulls up and the passengers, who are dressed in 1920s clothing, beckon Gil to join them. Gil soon finds himself in a bar enjoying a performance by Josephine Baker (Sonia Rolland), watching Cole Porter (Yves Heck) sing and play the piano, having a meeting of the minds with Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), and chatting up Zelda (Allison Pill) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston). Gil realizes that he has been transported back to Paris of the 1920s, an era he idolizes. He visits the home of Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), where he meets Pablo Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) and Picasso’s mistress, a young woman named Adriana (Marion Cotillard). Gil and Adriana are quickly attracted to each other, but their strange romance also reveals their unhappiness with their current personal situations.

In a broad sense, Midnight in Paris specifically deals with nostalgia as a theme, especially people’s nostalgia for a time that existed before they were born – a golden age. For instance, Gil yearns for the 1920s, which occurred decades before he was born. Allen’s script allows Gil to revel in his ability to go back into the past, which is perhaps the only way for Gil to come to grips both with reality and with his idealization of a time in which he didn’t live. Allen resolves this in a way both sensible and satisfying.

On a personal and character drama level, Midnight in Paris plays with themes of denial and cognitive dissonance. The characters have desires and find ways to sabotage or sully their desires when they find them difficult to obtain or perhaps too costly. Both in his script writing and directing, Allen subtly tells us that only those who are honest with themselves about what they want can be happy.

Beyond that, I have to say that Midnight in Paris is just an utterly magical film. There are fantasy films that only feel like Hollywood action movie product and lack a sense of enchantment. Then, there are others that, when you watch them, you can feel the magic emanating and oozing from the screen. That’s how Midnight in Paris is, and Darius Khondji’s shimmering, golden-hued, ember-infused cinematography is a big reason why Midnight in Paris looks like one big enchanted holiday. This movie moves, sounds, looks, and feels like a romantic film.

I am a big fan of Woody Allen and have been for nearly 30 years. I love his films that take place in the past, like Radio Days (1987), which is set in a period when my parents would have been small children or toddlers. I also like his films that are infused with magic, like Alice (1990). For me, Midnight in Paris is the best of both those worlds. A lot of people may dismiss Allen, but they would have to be honest after seeing this film. Few feel-good movies feel better than Midnight in Paris.

9 of 10

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review: "Failure to Launch" Flies Alright

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 175 (of 2006) by Leroy Douresseaux

Failure to Launch (2006)
Running time: 97 minutes (1 hour, 37 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, and language
WRITERS: Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember
PRODUCERS: Scott Rudin and Scott Aversano
EDITOR: Steven Rosenblum


Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, and Terry Bradshaw, Tyrell Jackson Williams, Rob Corddry, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kate McGregor-Stewart, and Adam Alexi-Malle

Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) still lives with his parents, Sue and Al (Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw), and they’re desperate to push him out of the nest. They hire Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), a relationship consultant. She’s a kind of professional interventionist who uses her tried-and-proved tactics to pretend to fall in love with a guy. Paula wants to make a client feel good about himself and improve his self-esteem to the point where he’s ready to live on his own. Paula, however, finds herself falling for Tripp, but what will she do if he finds out that his parents paid her to date him?

The concept behind Failure to Launch is dumb. It’s just a desperate film concoction with the specific purpose of creating one of those mismatched pair/star-crossed lovers scenarios – the kind of tale of unlikely love that audiences just love. What makes it work so well? It’s probably the cast, which itself seems mismatched, but somehow works together (and the chance to see former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw in his birthday suit). Somehow through all the stupid things the characters did, through all the treacherous acts that people commit against the ones they love (the road to Hell…), and through the holes in both the concept and the plot, Failure to Launch left me humming with feel good satisfaction. It even made my cynicism smile.

6 of 10

Friday, August 11, 2006


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Review: Sandra Bullock Shines in Winning "The Blind Side"

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 27 (of 2010) by Leroy Douresseaux

The Blind Side (2009)
Running time: 129 minutes (2 hours, 9 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references
DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
WRITER: John Lee Hancock (based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis)
PRODUCERS: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, and Gil Netter
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alar Kivilo (director of photography)
EDITOR: Mark Livolsi
COMPOSER: Carter Burwell
Academy Award winner


Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, and Kathy Bates

Michael Oher is a professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL), and he was also a college All-American at Ole Miss. Oher spent much of his youth living in foster homes or being homeless. During his high school years, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, a couple with a daughter and a son at Oher’s school, took Oher into their home and eventually adopted him. Oher’s story became a book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which was adapted into the 2009 Best Picture nominee, The Blind Side. This film will likely be remembered as the movie for which Sandra Bullock won her “Best Actress” Oscar.

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a homeless African-American youngster who has lived with different foster families. The father of one of his friends gets Oher enrolled in an exclusive Christian school. There, Michael, called “Big Mike,” befriends a younger boy named Sean Tuohy, Jr. or SJ (Jae Head). SJ’s mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), a fiery interior designer, takes notice of Michael with her son. After a pre-holiday Thanksgiving school event, Leigh Anne sees Michael walking in the rain and offers to let him spend the night at her home. That leads to Michael spending Thanksgiving with Leigh Anne, her husband, Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw), her daughter, Collins (Lily Collins), and SJ.

Michael begins to thrive in his new environment with the Tuohys, and his presence leads the Tuohys to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. However, this new life offers a new set of challenges for Michael. Leigh Anne also decides to make her and Sean Michael’s legal guardians, but that means delving into Michael’s troubled past. Suddenly Leigh Anne, her family, and their latest addition, Michael, find road blocks on the way to their happy ending.

I imagine that most viewers will feel very good after watching The Blind Side. This movie is the real deal because it is more than just another heartwarming story about Black people and White people coming together. Writer/director John Lee Hancock makes The Blind Side different from most inspirational sports drama by actually not contriving phony explanations for why the characters make the peculiar and surprising choices they do in relating to other people. He simply dazzles us with the Tuohys’ stunning generosity and the spirit of Christianity displayed by many of the characters. We don’t have to ask why they do it, but accept on faith that they are doing it for the right reasons.

As the spitfire Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sandra Bullock is certainly deserving of her Academy Award. Bullock not only embodies the fierce stubbornness of a modern Southern woman; she also personifies the inscrutable nature of humans. Sandra allows us to see Leigh Anne’s care and concern for Michael’s well-being and future, as well as her don’t-stand-in-my-way attitude, but shuts us out of what really goes on in Leigh Anne’s head. In reality, neither Bullock nor the audience knows why the real or fictional Leigh Anne does what she does, but in this movie that is not important. We’re supposed to be blind sided by people’s actions, especially Leigh Anne’s, because we don’t see them coming, as Leigh Anne is blind sided by her own feelings for Michael.

While much is made of Bullock’s performance (and rightfully so), Quinton Aaron gives a calm, but powerful performance as Michael Oher. In his quiet way, Aaron actually makes “Big Mike” that much more interesting, attracting the viewer to the character. Every time Aaron is on screen, he has the viewer trying to dig into Oher. As SJ, young Jae Head is a lovable scene-stealer, and the young actor makes SJ solidly the third most interesting character after Leigh Anne and Michael Oher. Consider him the adorable extra in The Blind Side, one of the great sports movies and fine family drama.

8 of 10

2010 Academy Awards: 1 win: “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” (Sandra Bullock); 1 nomination: “Best Motion Picture of the Year” (Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove, and Broderick Johnson)

2010 Golden Globe: 1 win for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama” (Sandra Bullock)

2010 Black Reel Awards: 4 nominations: “Black Reel Best Actor” (Quinton Aaron), “Best Breakthrough Performance” (Quinton Aaron), “Best Film,” and “Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted” (John Lee Hancock)


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: Oscar-Nominated "About Schmidt" a Dry Affair

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 37 (of 2006) by Leroy Douresseaux

About Schmidt (2002)
Running time: 125 minutes (2 hours, 5 minutes)
MPAA – R for some language and brief nudity
DIRECTOR: Alexander Payne
WRITERS: Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne (from the novel by Louis Begley)
PRODUCERS: Michael Besman and Harry Gittes
EDITOR: Kevin Tent
Academy Award nominee

DRAMA with elements of comedy

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, June Squibb, and Howard Hesseman

Before they won an Oscar for the meandering road film/midlife crisis tale, Sideways, the team of director/co-writer Alexander Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor fashioned the meandering road movie/geriatric life crisis, About Schmidt.

In the film, Warren R. Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has just retired from his job as an insurance actuary. He is dealing with the fact that he thinks that his life has been a waste. Warren is also preoccupied by the things about his wife, Helen (June Squibb), that have always bothered him; in retirement, those things are really starting to work on his nerves. After Helen dies suddenly, Warren heads to Denver where his daughter, Jeannie (Hope Davis), is nearing her wedding to a waterbed salesman, Randall Hertzel (Dermot Mulroney), whom Warren doesn’t like. Warren hopes to dissuade Jeannie from marrying Randall, but Warren also has to deal with Randall’s eccentric family, including his mother, the lusty Roberta (Kathy Bates). But will this trip give meaning to Warren’s life?

In spite of its Oscar-nominated pedigree, About Schmidt is mostly an average film. Jack Nicholson gives a fine performance as Warren Schmidt, but you feel sorry for the character more than you root for him. That’s not necessarily bad, but considering that this film’s tone is more pathetic than poignant, it’s difficult to not find this entire scenario and the characters a little annoying. Kathy Bates gives a nice performance, trying to make her Roberta Hertzel more than just a one-note oddity. James Glennon’s photography certainly captures the essence of a soul adrift that is the core of the lead character.

However, no Payne/Taylor film is without its moments that help an average film be a little more interesting. The better elements in Sideways made it a good film, overcoming stretches of dryness; About Schmidt gets a bump, but not as much as Sideways. The film’s opening scene, in which Warren watches the clock tick away the last minutes of his career, is art itself, and the closing of the film brings some heart and heat to this cold and dry affair.

5 of 10

2003 Academy Awards: 2 nominations: “Best Actor in a Leading Role” (Jack Nicholson) and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” (Kathy Bates)

2003 BAFTA Awards: 1 nomination: best actor (Nicholson)

2003 Golden Globes: 2 wins: best motion picture actor-drama (Nicholson) and best screenplay-motion picture; 3 nominations: best picture-drama, best director-motion picture, and best supporting actress-motion picture (Bates)

Sunday, February 19, 2006