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TCA (Television Critics Assoc.) Nominations

6 Jun

On Friday June 4, 2010, the Television Critics Association announced their nominees for the 2010 TCA Awards.  The awards recognizes outstanding television programming in the 2009-2010 season, honoring both actors and producers in a variety of categories including news and information, youth, drama and comedy achievements.

The awards are a non-televised event and will take place in Beverly Hills, CA. on July 31, 2010.  Parenthood’s Dax Shepard will act as host for the presentation.

Individual Achievement in Drama
 Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)
 John Lithgow (“Dexter,” Showtime)
 Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS)
 Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”, AMC)
 Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy,” FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
 Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC)
 Jane Lynch (“Glee,” Fox)
 Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
 Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)
 Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family,” ABC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
 “30 for 30” (ESPN)
 “America: The Story of Us” (History Channel)
 “Life” (Discovery Channel)
 “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
 “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
 “Dinosaur Train” (PBS)
 “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
 “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Cartoon Network)
 “Word Girl” (PBS)
 “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program
 “Glee” (Fox)
 “Justified” (FX)
 “Modern Family” (ABC)
 “Parenthood” (NBC)
 “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
 “Life” (Discovery Channel)
 “Temple Grandin” (HBO)
 “The Pacific” (HBO)
 “Torchwood: Children of Earth” (BBC America)
 “You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
 “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
 “Lost” (ABC)
 “Mad Men” (AMC)
 “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
 “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
 “Glee” (Fox)
 “Modern Family” (ABC)
 “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
 “Party Down” (Starz)
 “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Career Achievement Award
 James Garner
 Bill Moyers
 Sherwood Schwartz
 William Shatner
 Dick Wolf

Heritage Award
 “Law & Order”
 “Twin Peaks”

Program of the Year
 “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
 “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
 “Glee” (Fox)
 “Lost” (ABC)
 “Modern Family” (ABC)


Oscar Presenters – Updated

6 Mar

In addition to my last post regarding Oscar presenters, here are even more people scheduled to present on Sunday evening. (Courtesy of oscars.org)

Elizabeth Banks                    Tom Ford
Kathy Bates                           Tom Hanks
Jeff Bridges                            Jake Gyllenhaal
Matt Damon                          Kate Winslet
Robert Downey, Jr.           Ryan Reynolds
Chris Pine                              Barbara Streisand
Sarah Jessica Parker       Jennifer Lopez
John Travolta                    Anna Kendrick
Demi Moore                        Carey Mulligan
Gerard Butler                     Robin Williams
Charlize Theron                Quentin Tarantino
Sam Worthington            Keanu Reeves
Queen Latifah                    Sean Penn
Tyler Perry                         Sigourney Weaver
Amanda Seyfried            Zoe Saldana
Rachel McAdams           Samuel L. Jackson
Colin Firth                         Cameron Diaz
Bradley Cooper               Sandra Bullock
Pedro Almodovar

Who Deserves To Win Best Picture?

6 Mar

While I was watching Avatar for the first time today, I was conflicted.  As I sat in theater, taking in all the magic that James Cameron created, I couldn’t help but compare the movie to another vying for an Oscar on Sunday: The Hurt Locker.

Here is where I’m torn – I loved Hurt Locker.  I thought it was brave and real and strong.  Avatar was beautiful in a visual aspect, but does making almost two billion dollars equal excellence in filmmaking?

I think Cameron should win every technological award out there for his effects and invention of “performance capture technology.”  Given that, I can’t say that his story equals the emotional hold I felt towards ‘Locker.’  This is a time when I’m glad I’m not an Academy voter.  These are two completely different types of films.

Kathryn Bigelow‘s film allowed every emotion to be felt, while making a war movie not feel like a war movie.  It was about the characters and the words they spoke.  Cameron’s film is less about story and more about special effects.  If you take away the effects, what would Avatar be?  Even an Oscar winner like Lord of the Rings had a fleshed out story to back up the effects.

I don’t know that there is a right or wrong answer here.  I just don’t know how to differentiate between the two incredible films.

What do you think??

Oscar Week Feature: Original Screenplay

1 Mar

Every day this week, leading up to Sunday’s 82nd Academy Awards, I am going to highlight a particular category and the nominees involved.  In some categories, I may not have seen all the films.  In that case, I will discuss and make my pick for winner accordingly.  Today I will focus on the Original Screenplay Nominees. 

*Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
*Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
*Allesandro Camon & Oren Moverman – The Messenger
*Joel Cohen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
*Bob Peterson, Pete Docter/
Story by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy – Up


I have seen three of the five movies listed here.  I have seen enough Coen films though, to have a fairly good idea of their writing style and abilities.  Screenplays are obviously about the creativity and movement of words.  Based on that, I’d have to eliminate Mark Boal.  I thought The Hurt Locker was fantastic, but I don’t think it’s worth of this prize.  There is no way that the team from Up have a chance at this award and I would argue against anyone who thinks otherwise.  The Coen’s are incredible writers and always brings something new and weirdly different to each film they write.  I don’t think enough people have seen this movie though.  I honestly don’t know much about the writers from The Messenger, so I can’t really comment on them. 

That brings me to the man I think deserves this award: Quentin Tarantino.  Tarantino’s movie is so well written and original that it almost doesn’t need any other words.  He is a one of a kind director and writer; only he would be able to write something so brave.  Writing can be subjective and critiques on it can be even more so.  I don’t know of anyone that can say Tarantino didn’t knock this script out of the park.

My Pick: Quentin Tarantino