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Gold Derby nuggets: Pond & Hammond: Oscar race recaps | Stone: Oscars for 'Harry Potter'? | Cheers for Matt Damon on '30 Rock'

September 24, 2010 |  2:14 pm

Oscars Academy Awards Statues • Noted Oscarologist Steve Pond begins his savvy survey of the state of the race as follows: "'The King’s Speech' and 'The Social Network' proved their mettle, 'Black Swan' and '127 Hours' stirred up passions, 'The Tree of Life' is officially out of the running, and 'The Conspirator' and 'Conviction' dinted their Oscar chances. With the first round of fall showcases behind us -- Venice, Toronto and Telluride -- and the New York Film Festival set to unveil 'The Social Network' on Friday -- the Oscar picture is clearer. But there’s still room for lots of movement, for favorites to fade and dark horses to come out of nowhere." THE ODDS

Pete Hammond turns his attention to those potential Oscar contenders that weren't previewed at the film festivals. He starts his rundown with the "Wall Street" sequel opening Friday and concludes 17 films later with the remake of "True Grit" due out Christmas Day. Pete is bearish about "Money Never Sleeps," noting, "sequels rarely compete and Oliver Stone’s 1987 original received just a single nomination -- and won Best Actor for Michael Douglas. His bigger-than-life Gekko remains its best chance to jump in the race, particularly with goodwill for the actor running high due to his cancer and memories of his acclaimed work in the indie 'Solitary Man' still fresh from earlier this year." As for the Coen brothers' take on "True Grit," Pete says, "John Wayne won an Oscar. But it’s really Mattie’s tale, so look for a possible supporting actress in newcomer Hailie Steinfeld. Thankfully, the La Beouf role which Glen Campbell screwed up 40 years ago is now in Matt Damon’s hands. And reigning Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges takes on Cogburn. Never, but never, underestimate what the Coens are up to. So this could also be the rare western to make the Best Picture honor roll. No one has seen it yet, though." DEADLINE

Lane Brown kicks off his must-read weekly Oscar futures this week. Leading off his list is this assessment of key movements in the best picture race: Up -- "The King's Speech": "A great trailer and an audience award in Toronto allay fears that it might be too boring. Plenty of probable contenders are still unseen, but for right now, 'Speech' is in a two-horse race with 'Social Network.'" Down -- "Never Let Me Go": "Okay reviews and not-bad box office. Hasn't picked up much steam, though." VULTURE

Harry Potter and the Deadly HallowsSasha Stone asks, "Is it finally time for AMPAS to recognize the 'Harry Potter' series?" Her answer: "The biggest problem with the films so far is that they’re only really good if you’ve read the books. Like the 'Twilight' series, the plots to these films don’t work so well without the filled in context. Filmmakers don’t need to work as hard because they know they have a built in audience. With the 'Harry Potter' movies, it has never been a question of technical excellence -- art direction, visual effects, costumes, makeup -- always first rate. But what about the story? Can this, the second to last 'Harry Potter' film either have enough gravitas, or depth, to place it in the top ten for Best Picture? The odds are against it. It’s a sequel. It’s an effects-driven movie. None of the other 'Harry Potter' movies have been nominated before. On the other hand, if there was ever a time to honor this beloved series, it is now. After seven reliable years of box office success, why the hell not. If they can award Sandra Bullock with an Oscar for her box office achievements throughout her career (but mostly for 2009), why not the 'Harry Potter' series?" AWARDS DAILY

• The romantic comedy-drama "Love and Other Drugs" has been slotted in as the opening night film of the AFI filmfest on Nov. 4 while "Black Swan" closes out the festivities a week later. Last year, those honors went to the stop-motion  "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- which contended for best animated feature --  and "A Single Man," which landed Colin Firth his first lead actor nomination. AFI FEST

• "Modern Family" and "The Big Bang Theory" both fared well with their first episodes of the season. In its second-season opener on Wednesday, the comedy series winner "hit all-time highs in both viewers (12.7 million) and adults 18-49 (5.1 rating)" while Thursday's fourth season premiere of the showcase for lead actor champ Jim Parsons drew 14 million viewers and was up 4% among adults 18-49 from last year when it followed "Two and a Half Men" on Monday night. ZAP2IT

• Two-time Emmy winner Steve Bass has signed on as production designer for the 83rd Academy Awards. While this will be his first time working on the Oscars, he and the kudocast's director, Don Mischer, are old colleagues. They recently collaborated on the Emmy Awards telecast at which Bass contended for his work on last year's Tony Awards. While he lost that bid (his sixth), he did win for the second of his four nominations for the Grammy Awards in 2005 as well as for his work with Mischer on the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In the announcement, Mischer says Bass is "the perfect person for this year’s Oscar. He’s an innovative, creative talent who I know will do justice to the tradition and glamour of the Academy Awards." AMPAS

100924mag-30-rock-matt-damon1Bruce Fretts gives a cheer to "30 Rock" guest star Matt Damon. "In the fifth-season opener, the Oscar-nominated actor reprised his role as airline pilot Carol, Liz Lemon's high-flying love interest from last spring's finale." For Fretts, "Whether Carol was bonding with Liz over their mutual fondness for Muppets presenting awards or weeping about his desire for "grown-up love," Damon showed a refreshingly silly side in keeping with 30 Rock's anything-goes spirit. And we haven't seen the last of him, as Liz bid him a temporary farewell: 'See you Oct. 14!' That happens to be the date of 30 Rock's live episode. Sounds like perfect timing for a little more goodwill hunting." TV GUIDE

• Presenters for the 31st edition of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards Monday night in Gotham include: Lester Holt, Sheila Nevins, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Bob Simon and Paula Zahn. "PBS NewsHour" picks up the chairman award while documentarian Frederick Wiseman is feted for his lifetime achievement. Emmys will be handed out in 41 categories including breaking news, investigative reporting, outstanding interview, and best documentary. NATAS

• One nominee who won't be attending the festivities at Lincoln Center is Robert Halderman, who made news last year for his attempted extortion of David Letterman. Recently released from jail, he is in the running for a "48 Hours Mystery" report on Amanda Knox. As per his lawyer Gerald Shargel, "he's not doing any interviews and just wants to return to a quiet and productive life." THR

Photos, from top: Academy Award statues. (Credit: AMPAS); "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" promotional still. (Warner Bros.); Matt Damon on "30 Rock." (NBC)

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'Harry Potter' stars dominate BAFTA TV nominations

May 10, 2010 |  9:24 am

Bafta Statues Although Daniel Radcliffe was snubbed two years ago by the BAFTA TV Awards -- the British equivalent of the Emmy Awards -- for his performance in the telefilm "My Boy Jack," six of his older "Harry Potter" co-stars are contending in top races at this year's kudos.

Leading that list is Julie Walters, the on-screen mother of Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), who competes with herself in the best actress race. All four of the nominated performances are for real-life roles -- Walters as politico Mo Mowlam in "Mo" and assisted suicide advocate Anne Turner in "A Short Stay in Switzerland"; Helena Boham Carter -- the dastardly Bellatrix LeStrange in "Harry Potter" -- as beloved children's author Enid Blyton in "Enid"; and Sophie Okonedo as Winnie Mandela in "Mrs. Mandela." Both of Walters' works contend for best single program against "Five Minutes of Heaven" with Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and Samantha Morton's directorial debut, "The Unloved."

Three of the four nominees for best actor, also a catch-all category that includes performances in one-offs, minis and series, are "Harry Potter" stars. Kenneth Branagh -- who played vain professor Gilderoy Lockhart -- was snubbed last year for the first season of "Wallander," which earned him an Emmy nomination, but contends for the second season of the mystery series. Brendan Gleeson -- who plays Phoenix member Alastor Moody -- won an Emmy last year for his BAFTA-nominated performance as Winston Churchill in "Into the Storm." John Hurt -- who was wand merchant Mr. Ollivander -- won the BAFTA 34 years ago for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in "The Naked Civil Servant" and contends again for the sequel "An Englishman in New York." Rounding out the race is David Oyelowo for "Small Island," which vies for best serial against "Occupation," "Red Riding" and "Unforgiven."

Okonedo is also contending in the supporting actress race for the miniseries "Criminal Justice" against Rebecca Hall ("Red Riding 1974"), Lauren Socha ("The Unloved") and Imelda Staunton ("Cranford"), so memorable as Harry Potter's nemesis Dolores Umbridge. Supporting actor nominees are Benedict Cumberbatch ("Small Island"), Tom Hollander ("Gracie!"), Gary Lewis ("Mo") and Matthew Macfadyen ("Criminal Justice").

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Will Daniel Radcliffe cast a spell over Tony Awards voters?

April 16, 2010 |  6:42 pm

Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Daniel Radcliffe has found his first post-"Harry Potter" role. He is to star next year in a Broadway revival of the Tony-winning tuner "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Radcliffe will play the plum part of J. Pierpont Finch, a window cleaner who rises to the top of a huge company while, of course, wooing and winning a girl along the way.

"How to Succeed" is one of only eight tuners to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The original production won the top Tony for best musical in 1962 as well as six more, including awards for lead Robert Morse and supporting player Charles Nelson Reilly. And the 1995 rialto revival of "How to Succeed" won Matthew Broderick the lead actor Tony. Loads of talent are involved in this second revival. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Chicago") lead the producing team while Tony Award winner Rob Ashford ("Thoroughly Modern Millie") is to direct and choreograph.

Daniel Radcliffe has been worried about his career prospects once he finishes filming the final two installments of the "Harry Potter" franchise. The 20-year-old knows that many of his contemporaries will just be graduating from drama school. Last year, he explained to Esquire about his decision to take twice-weekly ballet lessons, "They’ve been learning dance or singing and all that stuff, and I’m going to need to compete with them because I won’t have 'Harry Potter' as my safety net anymore. I need to make myself as viable a choice for any part as I possibly can."

After completing the sixth film in the franchise -- "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" -- in 2007, Radcliffe made his stage debut in a revival of the 1975 Tony-winning best play "Equus." He persuaded both the tough London and Gotham theater critics he could actually act. For his efforts, Radcliffe earned a Drama Desk nod in New York and two WhatsOnStage Awards in the West End.

Radcliffe's only other major screen roles since "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" shot him to worldwide fame in 2001 were in two 2007 projects -- the telefilm "My Boy Jack," and the feature "December Boys." He received good reviews in the former as the title character  -- the son of Nobel-winning author Rudyard Kipling -- determined to fight in World War I. However, this small-screen success did not translate into any awards recognition for the young actor. Similarly, his work in "December Boys" was well-regarded but was not recognized come kudos time.

Indeed, Daniel Radcliffe has reaped surprisingly little in the way of awards hardware. He has lost five successive Saturn Award bids for best performance by a younger actor. He failed to win any of his three Broadcast Film Critics Assn. nods for best young actor for his performances in "Sorcerer's Stone," "Prisoner of Azkaban," and "Goblet of Fire." And he still doesn't have an MTV Movie Award on his mantle, despite four nominations in various categories.

Photo: Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1." Credit: Warner Bros.


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Tony Awards nominations: First, gutsy predix

April 30, 2009 |  9:02 am

Just moments after I e-mailed a dozen Broadway pundits, asking them to predict who'll be nominated for the Tony Awards on May 5, we got the detailed forecasts of David Sheward, executive editor of Back Stage. Hooray! That's the kind of bravado, guts and enthusiasm we want to see among Tony gurus!

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And David's an ace prognosticator, by the way. Last year, he achieved the second-highest score among our Tony prophets — even beating me by two points (that rascal!). See the breakdown here.

"Dividing the Estate"
"God of Carnage"
"reasons to be pretty"
"33 Variations"
"Billy Elliot"
"Next to Normal"
"9 to 5"
"Guys and Dolls"
"Pal Joey"
"West Side Story"
"Mary Stuart"
"The Norman Conquests"
"The Seagull"
"Waiting for Godot"
Bill Irwin, "Waiting for Godot"
Nathan Lane, "Waiting for Godot"
Daniel Radcliffe, "Equus"
Geoffery Rush, "Exit the King"
Thomas Sadoski, "reasons to be pretty"

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Can Daniel Radcliffe ride 'Equus' to the Tony Awards derby?

September 26, 2008 | 10:31 am

Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" fame overcame the advance publicity about his nude scene in the Broadway revival of "Equus" and convinced the tough Gotham critics he can actually act.

While they were, for the most part, less than enthused about the overall production, the theater scribes raved about Radcliffe's performance. The English actor, 19, earned similar notices last year for the London run. Then he won only two kudos from the WhatsOnStage Awards, which were sealed with a notorious gay kiss. Now Daniel Radcliffe could well be a contender next spring for the Tony Award for best actor in a play.

Back in 1975, the original mounting of "Equus" was nominated for five Tonys, winning best play for Peter Shaffer (he would win again in 1981 for "Amadeus") and the director prize for John Dexter (a winner again in 1988 for helming "M. Butterfly"). Peter Firth, who originated the role of the troubled teen who blinds six horses, lost the best actor race to a rare double nominee — John Kani and Winston Ntshona — from the twin bill "Sizwe Banzi Is Dead" and "The Island."


This time 'round, the field for best revival is crowded with upcoming productions of classics "The Seagull" and "Hedda Gabler" as well as Tony winners "All My Sons" (1947) and "A Man for All Seasons" (1962). And, as the directors' race draws from both original and revived plays, it is unlikely that Thea Sharrock will make it into the final four.

Typical of the mixed reviews was Ben Brantley of the New York Times, who said, "Daniel Radcliffe steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor’s delight — that is, a natural fit that allows room to stretch. Would that the production around him, first presented in London, showed off Mr. Shaffer’s 1973 psychodrama as flatteringly as it does its stage-virgin star."

Linda Winer of Newsday enthused, "The actor, tiny but a commanding feral presence, manages to be both extraordinarily lucid and mysterious as Alan Strang, the alienated provincial English boy who literally worships horses but blinds six of them in an explosion of psychosexual religiosity. Radcliffe, despite the visceral physicality of the role, appears supremely comfortable in his own skin — and, yes, kids, thanks to the nude scene, we get to see all of it."

Said Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News: "He's terrific and gives a passionate performance as Alan Strang, the 17-year-old stable hand who worships -- and blinds -- six horses. Yes, he's nude in a scene, but not gratuitously. And yes, he's (at least partially) in good company in the revival of Peter Shaffer's play, which intrigues but shows its age."

The USA Today review began, "The good and bad news about the new Broadway revival of 'Equus' with Daniel Radcliffe is that the actor is aging a lot more gracefully than the play. In this London-based production, which opened Thursday at the Broadhurst Theatre, the Harry Potter star puts to rest any arguments that his appeal should be limited to moony adolescents and maudlin grown-ups. If only the same could be said for Peter Shaffer's 35-year-old drama."

Clive Barnes of the New York Post found "Radcliffe, with his luminously intense eyes and fragile but wiry body, looks wonderfully right as Alan, the 17-year-old British boy besotted by everything equine. His acting, beautifully understated and withdrawn, has just the right manner for this horribly mixed-up adolescent, at the prey of a wayward religiosity and a twisted sexuality cemented together with suburban hypocrisy."

For David Rooney of Variety, "Daniel Radcliffe significantly helps overcome the fact that Peter Shaffer's 1975 Tony winner doesn't entirely hold up. The play is an astute career move for the 'Harry Potter' frontman as he confidently navigates the transition from child stardom to adult roles -- and Radcliffe's performance provides 'Equus' with a raw emotional nerve center that renders secondary any concerns about its wonky and over-explanatory psychology."

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Harry Potter and the curse of the Oscars

July 31, 2008 | 11:09 am

OK, OK, it's great to go wild about Harry again with the release of the new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," but beware, kudos nuts. Harry Potter can shake his magic wand over and over, but it fails to enchant Oscar voters.

Turns out, in fact, that Harry Potter is the new Susan Lucci of the Oscars. Since 2001, his five films have netted six nominations and no wins.


"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) weren't nominated for anything! The only Oscar bid cooked up by "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) was for art direction (it lost to "Memoirs of a Geisha"). "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) did slightly better, nabbing noms for music score and visual effects. It lost to, respectively, "Finding Neverland" and "Spider-Man 2."

It was the first wizard flick that did the best. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) reaped three nominations: art direction, costumes and music score. It lost to, respectively, "Moulin Rouge!" "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

However, Harry Potter has had the magic touch at the Grammys where two of Jim Dale's recordings won best children's spoken word album: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2000) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2007).

By the way, when you view the new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," don't be upset that it doesn't include more of your fave characters.

"It’s only a teaser, just to get people excited," Rupert Grint told MTV News.

The MTV report continues: "Ron Weasley nearly dies after he drinks Professor Slughorn’s poisoned mead, a gift the professor was meant to pass on to Dumbledore, in an assassination attempt gone horribly wrong. Ron had already been poisoned in one sense — 'He gets poisoned quite a bit in this film,' Grint laughed — because he ate Romilda Vane's chocolate cauldrons (also meant for someone else, this time Harry) which were spiked with love potion. Harry rushes his friend off to the potions professor for a quick fix, only Ron goes from a bad predicament to a lethal one in mere moments. 'That was a really fun scene,' Grint said."

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Daniel Radcliffe to keep his clothes on as a Tony Awards presenter

June 2, 2008 |  2:02 pm

The first list of bold-faced names presenting at the 62nd annual Tony Awards has been released and includes Oscar, Emmy and, yes, even Tony Award winners among them. However, the big catch for the Tonycast is Daniel Radcliffe, who took time off from "Harry Potter" moviemaking for his West End debut last year in "Equus." The young actor, who set tongues wagging, if not hanging, when he stripped off for a nude scene, is coming to America with the production in the fall.

The rundown of presenters to date is as follows:


Alec Baldwin, a 1992 lead actor in a play Tony nominee ("A Streetcar Named Desire"), picked up the first of his six Emmy Award nods for the 1995 TV version of this Tennessee Williams classic. Baldwin, who was a 2003 supporting actor Oscar nominee ("The Cooler"), has yet to win any of these key kudos. Perhaps his luck could change if he is nominated again this year for lead actor in a comedy series for "30 Rock."

Kristin Chenoweth, the 1999 Tony Award winner for featured actress in a musical ("You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"), is hoping for an Emmy nod for her supporting turn on "Pushing Daisies."

Glenn Close may be a five-time Oscar loser but she is one of only a handful of actors to win Tony Awards for performances in both plays ("The Real Thing," 1984; "Death and the Maiden," 1992) and musicals ("Sunset Boulevard," 1995). Close won her only Emmy Award (out of 10 nods) in 1995 for lead actress in a mini-series or special for "Serving in Silence." She is likely to be a lead actress in a drama series nominee this year for "Damages."

Richard Griffiths may be best known to movie audiences as Harry Potter's unctuous uncle but he is also the 2006 Tony Award winner for lead actor in a play ("The History Boys"). And he returns to the Rialto next fall, reprising his role in "Equus" alongside Daniel Radcliffe who will join him in presenting at this year's Tony Awards.

Laura Linney may have lost her third Oscar nod this year and been snubbed by the Tony Awards, after two previous nominations, for her current star turn in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" but she is a good sport. After all, she can go home and polish up her two Emmys ("Wild Iris," 2002; and "Frasier," 2004) and make room for another TV trophy should she win for "John Adams."

John Lithgow is a two-time Tony Award winner (1973 featured actor in a play for "The Changing Room" and 2002 lead actor in a musical for "Sweet Smell of Success") and he is returning to Broadway this fall in a revival of "All My Sons" with two-time Oscar winner Dianne Weist and the third Mrs. Tom Cruise, a.k.a. Katie Holmes. While Lithgow lost his two Oscar bids, he has four Emmy Awards –- three for lead actor in a comedy series for "Third Rock From the Sun" (1996, 1997, 1999) and a guest actor in a drama series win for "Amazing Stories" (1986).

Liza Minnelli is only one Grammy Award away from joining the exclusive grand-slam club of artists who have won all four major show business awards –- the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy. Tonycast host Whoopi Goldberg is just one of 10 to pull off this feat. For Minnelli, 1973 was a very good year as she won the Academy Award for best actress ("Cabaret") and an Emmy Award for her special "Liza With a Z." She also has two lead actress in a musical Tony Awards ("Flora, the Red Menace," 1965; "The Act," 1978) as well as a 1974 honorary award for stepping into "Chicago" for a limited run. And sorry folks, her 1990 Grammy Legend Award doesn’t count toward the grand slam.

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Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe will give Shia LaBeouf the big kiss-off @ MTV Movie Awards

May 31, 2008 | 10:47 am

At the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, the hottest prize — best kiss — is a contest between Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Leung ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer ("Disturbia") and Ellen Page and Michael Cera ("Juno").

Forget the other nominees. (See a full list of all MTV Movie Awards contenders, CLICK HERE.) Patrick Dempsey gives Amy Adams such a passionate peck of the classic storybook kind in "Enchanted" that he wakes a frozen princess, yes, but it's too cliche, too Disney, thus too anti-cool for the MTV crowd.

You don't have to forget about Robert Hoffman bussing Briana Evigan because we didn't know them in the first place, nor their insignificant sequel — "Step Up 2: The Streets."

I think we can probably shrug off the "Juno" smooch, too, since all the hype — which was always more about the movie than its stars — is over.

This a matchup between Daniel Radcliffe, who has cast a magic spell over movie-goers for years, and hottie-of-the-moment Shia LaBeouf. The latter doesn't have the following that the former does, and "Disturbia" isn't a movie that really matters. So this award goes to the Harry Potter lovebirds.

If Radcliffe kissed LaBeouf, they'd be a cinch to win, considering the duos who've prevailed in this category over the past two years: Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen in "Talladega Nights" and Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain."


(Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight, Disney, DreamWorks)

HBO's 'Recount' and Kevin Spacey lose Florida, but may win Emmy elections with Katherine Harris

May 26, 2008 |  8:28 am

Reax to HBO's riveting "Recount," starring Kevin Spacey, are so socko that it's obviously a front-runner to win the Emmy election for best TV movie. Close rival: HBO's "Bernard and Doris."


"Recount" also competes against "An American Crime" (Showtime), "For One More Day" (ABC), "My Boy Jack" (PBS), "Pictures of Hollis Woods" (CBS), "A Raisin in the Sun"  and "Ruffian" (both ABC). Plus other HBO rivals: "As You Like It" and "The Fever."

HBO has dominated the category for the last 15 years, winning 13 times, including the last four years in a row. The paycaster has aired 44 of the 75 movies nominated since 1993.

"Recount" will also score an acting nomination for Kevin Spacey as Al Gore advisor Ron Klain — he's a natural in the lead-actor bout that's turning into a smack-down of HBO heavyweights. Other strong contenders include Paul Giamatti ("John Adams"), Ralph Fiennes ("Bernard and Doris") and last year's surprise winner of best comedy series actor, Ricky Gervais ("Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale").

With lesser odds, but still in the ring from the same TV channel gang — David Oyelowo ("Five Days"), Paddy Considine ("PU-239") and Sam Shepard ("Ruffian").

They face off against rivals from other networks: Sean Combs ("A Raisin in the Sun"), Jeff Daniels ("Sweet Nothing in My Ear"), David Haig and Daniel Radcliffe ("My Boy Jack"), James Nesbitt ("Jekyll"), Chris O'Donnell ("The Company"), Oliver Platt and John Turturro ("The Bronx Is Burning") and Simon Woods ("Cranford").


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Can 'My Boy Jack' put Daniel Radcliffe in the Emmy race?

April 18, 2008 | 11:42 am

"My Boy Jack" "looks like it could be a big player in the made-for-TV movies at the Emmys this year!" warns our forums poster bocaboy7. "Watch it, or at least record it" this Sunday night.


It's part of PBS' new, revamped "Masterpiece Theatre," which used to sweep the Emmys. The new version is retitled "Masterpiece Classic." Last week it featured "a lovely new version of E.M. Forster's 'A Room With a View,'" which received a B+ grade from Entertainment Weekly. (For the L.A. Times' review -- CLICK HERE)

"My Boy Jack" gets an A- from EW, which calls the program "jolly good." It stars "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe as the young, eager-to-please son of British poet Rudyard Kipling, who got so swept up in the jingoist bloodlust surrounding World War I that he railroaded his son into the military.

"The lieutenant's cap [that Radcliffe] wears seems pointedly too big, so that he looks, appropriately, like a child dressed up in Daddy's clothes," observes the L.A. Times (CLICK HERE). "He seems even smaller in the trenches, all mud and rain and bad words. Radcliffe does some nice work here; he will doubtless overcome his child stardom."


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