-Look over there.
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-You don't see them. They'll see you.
Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's Shy People opened in New York and Los Angeles in December of 1987 after winning the award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and receiving a handful of rave reviews. The film was seen by few people and nominated for even fewer awards, even though its lead actors—Barbara Hershey, Jill Clayburgh, and Martha Plimpton—teetered somewhere on the mostly recognizable and well-liked edge of B- and C-list. In May of 1988, the film was given a slightly wider release, allowing it to take one final gasp of air before falling into the murky [...]
The Emmy nominations for "Best Actressing On The TV" are in this morning, and, ugh:
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards.”
We all know who's missing: Tatiana Maslany, the genius of "Orphan Black." Fortunately most "Orphan Black" enthusiasts—and Tatiana herself!—are gathered in San Diego for that nerd convention called Comic-Con. So they can march together on Los Angeles, AND REDUCE IT TO RUBBLE.
Would you like to know what was voted to be the VERY BEST AMERICAN MAGAZINE COVER of the year 2011, by the editors of magazines near you? The answer may surprise you. (Or cause any other number of negative emotions, at least in part because it's, you know, fake?)
There is a certain cognitive dissonance when it comes to awards. We know that, in all but the most obvious cases where prizes are given based on predetermined metrical standards, they are entirely subjective, often political and occasionally bestowed upon their recipients for past efforts rather than any kind of current worthiness. And yet we can't help but take sides; there is something about our brains that is hardwired to rank, to root, to want our favorite to be the winner. We even enjoy the bad calls—I know people who still bemoan the injustice of Martin Scorsese losing the Academy Award for Best Director to Kevin Costner, even though [...]
While everyone is "upset" about Christopher Nolan not being nominated for best director for Inception, there's way more fascinating news in today's Oscars nominations announcement.
The good news:
• Waiting for Superman? Straight-up SNUBBED in the best documentary race. Hooray! The propaganda vehicle for the privatization of education can now slink off to die.
• Exit Through the Gift Shop, which is in some ways at least a documentary, though who knows which ways, nominated for best documentary, which, yay.
• Jacki Weaver, who is maybe possibly the last remaining delightfully aging camp diva of our time, nominated for best supporting actress to duke it [...]
There is SOME SERIOUS OUTRAGE floating around today in the wake of The Streamys, the annual awards show for like web-based TV that happened on Sunday night. Apparently everyone was VERY CRUDE? I can't actually figure out what happened, because everyone who's talking about it is "inside" that "circle" and so doesn't feel a need to "describe" what actually happened? I do know that the bar closed 45 minutes in! The bar closed! And it was hard to get in? And someone with a blog called iJustine's Cool Blog, well, she was forced to apologize for… the fact that this all happened? ("There was so much [...]
Here is HBO's Grey Gardens director Michael Sucsy on Facebook, this morning, after the movie was nominated for an insane 17 Emmy nominations. Holy smokes, I thought it would do well, but my word! Totally robbed: for dramatic series, Battlestar Galactica (also BSG's Mary McDonnell, unbelievably) and Friday Night Lights. Totally awesome nomination: John Slattery for Mad Men. Full big-category list here.