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  1. Oh, Paltrow/Shakespeare wins are another story. It wasn't a dud year, it was actually one man. I call it post Jennifer Hudson awards stress disorder. Not to mention the phoniness of her press tour. She is one of the world's most successful pop artists. Having her in a musical IS NOT THAT out of reach. Certainly not one in hundred It is not that Gaga would be such a terrible winner, it is just that Close and Colman deserve it so much that it would be terrible not to see one of them. I expect Close to win due to "time has finally come" narrative. I hope this was not directed to me. But since we have opened the can of worms... I completely understand your point but that is the narrative that has been created. And it is not just about movies about African Americans, same can be said about movies with women at the centre, or LGBTQIA+ movies etc. In 2014, Ellen DeGeneres made a joke about "12 years a slave". In her opening monologue, she said "Either 12YS wins a Best Picture, or you're all racists." Like that saying goes, it is funny cause it's true. Sadly. Due to having two years without ethnic nominees in acting categories, some believe that Hollywood is trying to compensate it. And "Black Panther" represents that. A movie you HAD TO love. Why? Because it became more than just a spring blockbuster. The press and Hollywood elevated the movie to the point where we had "Best popular movie" category created. And the revoked. So, there is a feeling that Academy is trying to redeem itself for the past sins. That said, I do believe is a nonsense. But we are in a vicious circle where Academy became a dead horse for all those who want to look like innocent parties. Luckily, there are those like Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock and Regina King who very openly spoke about the issue not being with the Academy but with the studio policies. African American actors, directors, writers are immensely talented and we deserve to see the fruits of their labor, and ultimately to see them getting awarded for the work they have done. Another huge problem is the disadvantage factor. These days everyone seems to be disadvantaged in some way. We spoke earlier about Lady Gaga who was selling "one in 100 men believed in me" story. It is like EVERYONE in Hollywood is some sort of victim. And it is not that I don't buy some of those stories, but we also have to acknowledge that some of those are well, false. Lastly, would I nominate Black Panther? Absolutely not, I can say the same for "Bohemian Rhapsody" (and if anyone calls it LGBTQI+ movie, think again) But as we said, it is a dud year and BP certainly isn't the worst movie (BY FAR) that has been nominated in this category for many years. But people see BP as a bait for audience, given its popularity plus a good thing to have associated with Oscars given their tarnished history in the past several years. So, while it is normal to have mediocre "white" movies being nominated, we really don't get many chances to see mediocre "black" films being nominated (those nominated are overwhelmingly outstanding). It's a new territory for some
  2. 1999!!! Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan and Paltrow over Blanchett. The latter one still hurts.
  3. Honestly, the entire year was such a dud, that it undoubtedly reflected on the nominations. With the entire host fiasco, one can say that no one is really looking forward that particular night. I am sorry, I am a huge Queen fan, but "Bohemian Rhapsody" is hardly worthy of being nominated for Best Picture. But, given no director, screenplay and cinematography nominations, with only editing and best actor nominations, it does speak that it is not something we can expect to win. Same with "Black Panther". We have movies that somehow are best but ultimately fail to bring more nominations among the major categories (Black Panther, interestingly, didn't get Visual Effects nom, but got Score, Song and Sound Editing, along with the Costumes.) I really hope Glenn Close can finally get that Oscar. I would really, really HATE to see Lady Gaga winning. I would expect Bradley Cooper to finally getting his Oscar. I will see SAG awards, but it seems Mahershala Ali has this in his bag. That said, to achieve second Oscar that quickly speaks a lot. Regina King also looks like a safe bet. That is even understatement... I don't know what was the last thing he did without getting a nomination for Oscars. Probably, Deathly hallows part 2 He had almost 10 nominations in 10 years. It was a fun moment seeing it on that list. I really don't know much about visual effects, but I do know that it wasn't THAT good
  4. Thanks @Corvinus... I have just entered the house and seen that they are out...
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    You (Netflix)

    Sorry, darling. Please know it is appreciated...
  6. Risto

    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    I think, if properly done, Lord John's story can be rather interesting. That said, I have no idea what Lord John series entails and what kind of story it says, so I am blind in that aspect. But, having a show about closeted homosexual in 18th century Britain/America, would undoubtedly be interesting. Speaking of that, is it just me, or has anyone else got a "Interview with a vampire" vibe from that sex scene between Lord John and Judge Alderdyce?
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    You (Netflix)

    So, Dan Humphrey finally got a show for himself I have heard great things about this and I will try to give it a chance. If time allows it, that is
  8. They are very rare these days, unless they are some honorary awards, or the awarding body is consistent of a small number of voters. I was surprised to see tie at CCA. That said, don't expect these things at Oscars, Emmys etc. For example to get a tie at Oscars, two actresses would need to have: exact same number of n.1 votes, exact same number of n.2 votes, exact same number of n.3 votes, exact same number of n.4 votes AND exact same number of n.5 votes. Given that there are 6000+ members of Academy, it is statistically improbable to happen.
  9. The fact is that in the past decade this category (Best Actress in Drama Series) has become crazy. Every year we can name at least 5 more actresses which deserved to be nominated. And while it is a phrase "it is honor to be nominated" these years, it can be rightfully said so. We had actresses who were given amazing material who elevated their respected dramas. So, in ten years we had: 1. Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife" 2. Claire Danes "Homeland" 3. Elizabeth Moss "Mad Men"/"The Handmaid's Tale" 4. Tatiana Maslany "Orphan Black" 5. Robin Wright "House of Cards" 6. Michelle Dockery "Downton Abbey" 7. Kerry Washington "Scandal" 8. Viola Davis "How to get away with a murder" 9. Claire Foy "The Crown" 10. Evan Rachel Wood "Westworld" Each and every one of these actresses has been nominated for more than one time. And you can almost, close your eyes and pick a winner in each year without making a mistake. The category has been insane and truth be told, I have enjoyed this embarrassment of riches.
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    Outlander II: Sing me a Song...

    I am sorry, but Brianna's story has Lord John in it these days so there's no discussion here I really hope this is just for the time being. I like Claire and Jaime and they have been so great this season. Especially Claire. Ms Balfe has been doing really great work. I am truly interested in seeing how the engagement between Lord John and Brianna will pan out. They seem to understand each other rather well. And her face when he explained to her that he will do his duties as a husband was priceless.
  11. CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS Best Picture “BlacKkKlansman” “Black Panther” “The Favourite” “First Man” “Green Book” “If Beale Street Could Talk” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Roma” — WINNER “A Star Is Born” “Vice” Best Actor Christian Bale – “Vice” — WINNER Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate” Ryan Gosling – “First Man” Ethan Hawke – “First Reformed” Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book” Best Actress (TIE) Yalitza Aparicio – “Roma” Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns” Glenn Close – “The Wife” — WINNER Toni Collette – “Hereditary” Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” Lady Gaga – “A Star Is Born” — WINNER Melissa McCarthy – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali – “Green Book” — WINNER Timothée Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy” Adam Driver – “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott – “A Star Is Born” Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Michael B. Jordan – “Black Panther” Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams – “Vice” Claire Foy – “First Man” Nicole Kidman – “Boy Erased” Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk” — WINNER Emma Stone – “The Favourite” Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite” Best Young Actor/Actress Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade” — WINNER Thomasin McKenzie – “Leave No Trace” Ed Oxenbould – “Wildlife” Millicent Simmonds – “A Quiet Place” Amandla Stenberg – “The Hate U Give” Sunny Suljic – “Mid90s” Best Acting Ensemble “Black Panther” “Crazy Rich Asians” “The Favourite” — WINNER “Vice” “Widows” Best Director Damien Chazelle – “First Man” Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” — WINNER Peter Farrelly – “Green Book” Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Favourite” Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman” Adam McKay – “Vice” Best Original Screenplay Bo Burnham – “Eighth Grade” Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – “The Favourite” Adam McKay – “Vice” Paul Schrader – “First Reformed” — WINNER Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – “Green Book” Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski – “A Quiet Place” Best Adapted Screenplay Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole – “Black Panther” Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk” — WINNER Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters – “A Star Is Born” Josh Singer – “First Man” Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman” Best Cinematography Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” — WINNER James Laxton – “If Beale Street Could Talk” Matthew Libatique – “A Star Is Born” Rachel Morrison – “Black Panther” Robbie Ryan – “The Favourite” Linus Sandgren – “First Man” Best Production Design Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart – “Black Panther” — WINNER Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez – “Roma” Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman – “Crazy Rich Asians” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton – “The Favourite” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas – “First Man” John Myhre, Gordon Sim – “Mary Poppins Returns” Best Editing Jay Cassidy – “A Star Is Born” Hank Corwin – “Vice” Tom Cross – “First Man” — WINNER Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough – “Roma” Yorgos Mavropsaridis – “The Favourite” Joe Walker – “Widows” Best Costume Design Alexandra Byrne – “Mary Queen of Scots” Ruth Carter – “Black Panther” — WINNER Julian Day – “Bohemian Rhapsody” Sandy Powell – “The Favourite” Sandy Powell – “Mary Poppins Returns” Best Hair and Makeup “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Mary Queen of Scots” “Suspiria “Vice” — WINNER Best Visual Effects “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” — WINNER “First Man” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” “Ready Player One” Best Animated Feature “The Grinch” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Mirai” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — WINNER Best Action Movie “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “Deadpool 2” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” — WINNER “Ready Player One” “Widows” Best Comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” — WINNER “Deadpool 2” “The Death of Stalin” “The Favourite” “Game Night” “Sorry to Bother You” Best Actor in a Comedy Christian Bale – “Vice” — WINNER Jason Bateman – “Game Night” Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book” John C. Reilly – “Stan & Ollie” Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool 2” Lakeith Stanfield – “Sorry to Bother You” Best Actress in a Comedy Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns” Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” — WINNER Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade” Rachel McAdams – “Game Night” Charlize Theron – “Tully” Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians” Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie “Annihilation” “Halloween” “Hereditary” “A Quiet Place” — WINNER “Suspiria” Best Foreign Language Film “Burning” “Capernaum” “Cold War” “Roma” — WINNER “Shoplifters” Best Song “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” “Girl in the Movies” from “Dumplin’” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” — WINNER “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns” Best Score Kris Bowers – “Green Book” Nicholas Britell – “If Beale Street Could Talk” Alexandre Desplat – “Isle of Dogs” Ludwig Göransson – “Black Panther” Justin Hurwitz – “First Man” — WINNER Marc Shaiman – “Mary Poppins Returns”
  12. CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS BEST DRAMA SERIES The Americans (FX) — WINNER Better Call Saul (AMC) The Good Fight (CBS All Access) Homecoming (Amazon) Killing Eve (BBC America) My Brilliant Friend (HBO) Pose (FX) Succession (HBO) BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor (ABC) Diego Luna, Narcos: Mexico (Netflix) Richard Madden, Bodyguard (Netflix) Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC) Billy Porter, Pose (FX) Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX) — WINNER Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (NBC) BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America) Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce (HBO) Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America) — WINNER Elizabeth Olsen, Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch) Julia Roberts, Homecoming (Amazon) Keri Russell, The Americans (FX) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Richard Cabral, Mayans M.C. (FX) Asia Kate Dillon, Billions (Showtime) Noah Emmerich, The Americans (FX) — WINNER Justin Hartley, This Is Us (NBC) Matthew Macfadyen, Succession (HBO) Richard Schiff, The Good Doctor (ABC) Shea Whigham, Homecoming (Amazon) BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Dina Shihabi, Jack Ryan (Amazon) Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix) Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO) — WINNER Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (AMC) Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) Holly Taylor, The Americans (FX) BEST COMEDY SERIES Atlanta (FX) Barry (HBO) The Good Place (NBC) The Kominsky Method (Netflix) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) — WINNER The Middle (ABC) One Day at a Time (Netflix) Schitt’s Creek (Pop) BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Hank Azaria, Brockmire (IFC) Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC) Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix) Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX) Bill Hader, Barry (HBO) — WINNER Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel(Amazon) — WINNER Allison Janney, Mom (CBS) Justina Machado, One Day at a Time (Netflix) Debra Messing, Will & Grace (NBC) Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES William Jackson Harper, The Good Place (NBC) Sean Hayes, Will & Grace (NBC) Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta (FX) Nico Santos, Superstore (NBC) Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO) — WINNER BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) — WINNER Betty Gilpin, GLOW (Netflix) Laurie Metcalf, The Conners (ABC) Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time (Netflix) Zoe Perry, Young Sheldon (CBS) Annie Potts, Young Sheldon (CBS) Miriam Shor, Younger (TV Land) BEST LIMITED SERIESA Very English Scandal (Amazon)American Vandal (Netflix)The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNEREscape at Dannemora (Showtime)Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)Sharp Objects (HBO) BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Icebox (HBO) Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC) — WINNER King Lear (Amazon) My Dinner with Hervé (HBO) Notes from the Field (HBO) The Tale (HBO) BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso (National Geographic) Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal (Amazon) John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC) BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Amy Adams, Sharp Objects (HBO) — WINNER (tie) Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) — WINNER (tie) Connie Britton, Dirty John (Bravo) Carrie Coon, The Sinner (USA Network) Laura Dern, The Tale (HBO) Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field (HBO) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC) Eric Lange, Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) Alex Rich, Genius: Picasso (National Geographic) Peter Sarsgaard, The Looming Tower (Hulu) Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal (Amazon) — WINNER BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Ellen Burstyn, The Tale (HBO) Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects (HBO) — WINNER Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) Julia Garner, Dirty John (Bravo) Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) Elizabeth Perkins, Sharp Objects (HBO) BEST ANIMATED SERIES Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) Archer (FX) Bob’s Burgers (Fox) BoJack Horseman (Netflix) — WINNER The Simpsons (Fox) South Park (Comedy Central)
  13. Risto

    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    The Americans Season 6 Daredevil Season 3 The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Sense8 Finale Killing Eve Season 1 The Expanse Season 3 The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 2 Outlander Season 4 This is Us Season 2 The Good Fight Season 2 Altered Carbon Jessica Jones Season 2 Lost in Space Season 1 The Chi Season 1 Will & Grace Season 9 Grey's Anatomy Season 14 13 Reasons Why Season 2 The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Young Sheldon Season 1 The 2018 list will continue to be updated in the next couple of months. We really need 18-month-long years to get to watch everything we want. There are at least 5,6 TV shows I would like to watch from 2018. That said, Mrs Maisel. As a huge fan of Palladino and her "Gilmore girls", I have always found Mrs Maisel intoxicating. The show is colorful in all the right ways, comical but when it's needed, it shakes you with the drama. My favorite scene this year was when... It was such a poignant moment when the harsh reality of Miriam's obligations clashed with her ambitions of becoming a comedienne. Not huge fan of Benjamin subplot, especially given the ending of the Season. It was all left unsaid. I wanted it to be concluded in much better way. As for Outlander, it had its moments of brilliance this year. The more I think about John Grey and Claire clash, the better it looks. I enjoy the "American dream" segments of the show, showing the rustic life of North Carolina. Overall, it is rather strong season and as I understand, it is a remarkable improvement of what is considered, by some, very confusing elements and subplots in the books. Balfe looks incredibly beautiful this season, yes, she is a very pretty woman, but there is something about Claire this season that I find truly lovable.
  14. This decade has been ruthless to Best Actress Drama category. So many talented women... So few awards.
  15. While I completely agree on that front, the travesty of Best Actor in Drama Series winner (nothing against Madden, only Rhys was acceptable winner for me ) really bugs me.