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Gold Derby nuggets: IDA nominees announced | Lesley Manville: Lead or supporting? | 'Driving Miss Daisy' debuts on Broadway

October 28, 2010 |  2:38 pm

• Nominees for the International Documentary Assn. Awards were announced Wednesday. Contending for the top prize of best feature documentary are: "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "The Oath," "Steam of Life," "Sweetgrass" and "Waste Land." In making the announcement, IDA executive director Michael Lumpkin said, "This has been another banner year for documentary films, and that is reflected in our list of nominees. Entries to the awards increased by nearly 20% this year, and the quality of the films vying for recognition is unprecedented." The awards will be handed out in a Dec. 3 ceremony at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. IDA

• And Peter Knegt wonders whether the feature documentary "Waiting for Superman" can make it into this year's best picture race. INDIE WIRE

• As S.T. Van Airsdale notes: "All is mostly calm as the second month of Movieline's Oscar Index commences; mostly, that is, unless you're at the top of three of the four acting categories and/or trying to get your embattled African-American ensemble drama through stolid barriers of critical mass. Otherwise, it's just hunches, gossip and word-of-mouth business as usual." MOVIELINE

• Following Tuesday's release of the satirical "Mr. Men" illustrated book comes news of another tome spun from the gold that is "Mad Men." As David Itzkoff reports: "The Grove Press imprint of Grove/Atlantic Inc. said it would release 'Sterling’s Gold: The Wit & Wisdom of an Ad Man,' a memoir the publisher attributes to the 'advertising pioneer and visionary Roger Sterling Jr.'" ARTSBEAT

Lesley ManvilleBrad Brevet conducts a fascinating online round-table debate about whether "Another Year" player Lesley Manville should go lead or supporting. As per Brad: "I've had her listed as a Supporting Actress contender since seeing the film back in May at Cannes only to learn today that's just not the way it is ... at least not right now. Before going any further with my predictions I felt it was finally time to get a clear answer from Sony Classics and find out exactly how they were going to promote Manville's 'Another Year' performance. For the record, I was the only one that had her listed for Best Supporting Actor among Oscar pundits and as it turns out, I was the only one that was wrong. In a phone call this morning with Sony Classics co-president Michael Barker I was told Sony Classics is currently pushing her as a lead actress. The argument is she has the largest amount of screen time in the film and Barker has said he's asked around and lead is the general consensus based on whom he's spoken with. However, it seems as if the door is far from closed." ROPE OF SILICON

Jeff Wells is "vaguely bummed out" about the news that James Cameron is to direct back-to-back sequels to 2009 best picture nominee "Avatar." As he explains" "It's a downer because it's basically a corporate cash-grab move. (Rothman and Gianopulos: 'They'll pay to see this again ... twice! Revenues! Hah-hah-hah!') Because it's a creatively lazy enterprise for Cameron as it'll be no great feat to come up with a prequel and a sequel. Because 'Avatar' was a great four-course meal, and I'm not feeling a need to go there again. Because the ending of Avatar was perfect (i.e., the opening of the transformed Jake Sully's eyes), and I'm thinking 'leave it there.' And because a guy like Cameron committing to a two-movie, four-year rehash project that is primarily about making money (i.e., certainly on 20th Century Fox's end) is a kind of capitulation to the golden-calf mentality." HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

• Nominees Marc Anthony, Aida Cuevas, Jenni Rivera, Gilberto Santa Rosa Aleks Syntek, and Johnny Ventura will perform at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards, which are to air on Univision live from Las Vegas on Nov. 11. LATIN GRAMMYS

• The first rialto production of "Driving Miss Daisy" opened this week to strong reviews for stars Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, prompting David Ng to ask, "How will Tony organizers treat 'Miss Daisy'?" As he explains: "According to recent Tony rules, a production can qualify as a 'revival' if the committee deems the work a 'classic' or part of 'the popular or historical repertoire,' which is to say that it's a subjective call." CULTURE MONSTER

• College students will get another chance to cover the Oscars as the academy and MTVU announced the return of a contest to pick three roving correspondents. Entrants have until Dec. 6 to submit an audition tape with voting on the top-10 being held online from Jan. 10 to Jan. 28. Three finalists will be flown to town to cover lead-up events, with the winner getting a spot on the red carpet. AMPAS

• The upcoming fifth season of "Big Love" will be the last, as per the announcement Thursday by paycaster HBO. The series about polygamy contended for best drama series at the 2009 Emmys and likewise at the Golden Globes for the last three years.

• To qualify in the animated feature film category for the upcoming Oscars, entry forms and supporting materials are due at the academy by 5 p.m. PDT on Nov. 1. The deadline to submit accompanying film prints is Nov. 12. AMPAS

Photo: Lesley Manville in "Another Year." Credit: Focus Features

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Mad Men' gets 'Mr. Men' treatment | Jennifer Lawrence is rising star for Palm Springs filmfest

October 26, 2010 |  4:46 pm

• Submissions for consideration by the nominating panels of the SAG Awards have to be in by 5 p.m. PDT Thursday. SAG AWARDS

Sasha Stone examines the truthfulness of certain best picture contenders, including front-running "The Social Network," and considers this in terms of the state of the race. AWARDS DAILY

John Lopez looks at the long list of lead actress contenders. LITTLE GOLD MEN

Draper-1d • Three-time Emmy champ "Mad Men" has inspired a British satirical website to create a cheeky revamp of the "Mr. Men" series of cartoon characters by the late Roger Hargreaves. Included in their tongue-in-cheek report, is this statement from spokesperson Camile Von Bach: "Pre-orders for 'Mr. Sterling Gets Angry' have exceeded all expectations, so we can’t wait to see what happens with 'Mr. Draper Loses His Trousers' or 'Little Miss Peggy Gets Another Bump In Her Tummy.'" THE POKE

• The motion picture academy has set up a Twitter feed. The first tweet — "I'm ready for my close-up" — is an abridgment of that memorable final line of dialogue from 1950 best picture nominee "Sunset Boulevard" when faded star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) descends into madness. TWITTER

Pete Hammond reports on the first of many weekends filled with screenings and parties touting various awards contenders and caps this off with a peek behind the scenes at Monday's Hollywood Film Awards. DEADLINE

Steve Pond has the scoop on the online voting for the kudos handed out by the International Documentary Assn. Among the details: "To be approved to vote using the new system, members cannot have any professional connection to a nominee, must agree to watch all five films in their entirety, and must have a high-speed Internet connection and satisfy minimum browser requirements." THE ODDS

Katie Hasty chatted with writer-director Tyler Perry and two of the women — Anika Noni Rose and Phylicia Rashad — featured in his new film "For Colored Girls." HITFIX

• The Palm Springs film festival will fete lead actress contender Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone") as a rising star at the annual gala Jan. 8. In making the announcement, fest chair Harold Matzner said, "Call it a gift for us all when a young performer comes along, demonstrating such natural theatrical instinct." Past recipients include Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick and Scarlett Johansson. PSIFF

Ryan Adams praises the relatively short running time of "127 Hours" and considers this in light of the academy's ususal preference for pictures that run longer. However, as he writes, "the brevity of 'Marty,' 'Driving Miss Daisy' and 'Annie Hall' work so well because they’re 100% free of excess padding. '127 Hours' is exactly as lean and mean as it needs to be." AWARDS DAILY

Anne Thompson thinks, "The only way for (Tilda) Swinton — who is admired by critics and art house audiences alike — to make the best actress Oscar grade this year for 'I Am Love' (which played the fest circuit before opening in June), is for critics to make a fuss over her in their year-end wraps and ten-best lists, and for critics groups and the Golden Globes to reward her with prizes and nominations and thus turn the screener into a must-see for SAG and Academy actors." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Image: Mr. Draper from "Mad Men." Credit: ThePoke.co.uk.


Gold Derby nuggets: 'The Fighter' trailer packs a punch | Mark Zuckerberg on 'The Social Network' | Sasha Stone: supporting actress race 'wide open'

October 18, 2010 |  2:44 pm

Mark Wahlberg Christian Bale The Fighter • For Kyle Buchanan, the trailer for "The Fighter," which debuted during Sunday's airing of "Mad Men," was a "wowser." He thinks this preview of the biopic starring Mark Wahlberg is expert at "reestablishing the movie as a highbrow awards pick in a two-minute spot so confident that a dessicated, transformative Christian Bale gets less screen time than Melissa Leo's amazing hair. (But what hair it is! Oscars now for that, please.)" VULTURE

Pete Hammond has all the details of the Oscar push for "Alice in Wonderland." As he reports, "this 6th biggest grosser of all time will start an unusual four-day theatrical engagement Sunday aimed squarely at attracting Academy members and Hollywood guilds. A full-page Sunday newspaper ad will launch the 3D run at the Arclight Hollywood and AMC Santa Monica from October 18th to 21st. The run will be accompanied by an exhibit of Colleen Atwood's costumes in the Arclight lobby." DEADLINE

Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) have fun sparring on their fourth Oscar podcast. OSCAR POKER

• Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine") will deliver the keynote address at the academy's 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting presentation dinner Nov. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire. The academy annually awards up to five Nicholl fellowships of $30,000 each. This year, 10 scripts have advanced to the final round. Since the program's inception in 1985, 113 fellowships have been awarded. AMPAS

• Speaking at Stanford University on Saturday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed being the subject of "The Social Network." As Rachel Sklar reveals, "Says every shirt in the movie he still owns; he's been with the same girl since before FB launched; did not do it for the girls: 'They just can't wrap their head around the idea that someone would build something because they like building things!' " MEDIAITE

• Don't look for Zuckerberg in the audience when the cast of "The Social Network" is feted with the ensemble award at the Hollywood Awards Gala on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton. HFF

• For Guy Lodge, "admittedly, 11 out of 65 is a figure that is only impressive if you're counting the listenable tracks on most latter-day hip-hop albums, but as a measure of the number of Best Foreign Language Film contenders I've seen, it's more than I've ever managed by this early point in the race. For that, I have my growing trail of film festivals to thank (even if I also have Venice schedulers to blame for ensuring that I missed Canada's hot prospect 'Incendies' in favour of, of all things, 'Miral'), and this year's London Film Festival has served me particularly well in this regard." IN CONTENTION

From the Scream Awards, Matt Donnelly filed a dispatch, which opens as follows: "Though merely misty at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on Saturday, it was raining celebs for Spike TV's Scream Awards -- an annual celebration of creepy, cringe-worthy and fanboy fare. Backed by a massive outdoor set inspired by Christopher Nolan's 'Inception,' tons of bold-face names came to present and claim trophies as well as to unveil new footage from upcoming films. In a tiny gold cocktail dress, Halle Berry opened the show by introducing Nolan, who scooped up several statuettes for his Leonardo DiCaprio-led flick." MINISTRY OF GOSSIP

Sasha Stone surveys the field of potential supporting actress contenders and finds, "This is going to be a wide open category, I suspect, but by December we should have a better idea where it's going." AWARDS DAILY

Nathaniel Rogers concurs, commenting that, "the Supporting Actress Race is, as you've presumably surmised (being the smarty that you are) unpredictable at the moment. Almost everyone who people think might be in the running is an uncertainty." THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Rihanna will be the opening act for the 38th edition of the American Music Awards, airing live on ABC on Nov. 21. That is five days after her new album "Loud" is released. Previously announced performers include Usher, Pink and Bon Jovi. RAP-UP

• Seven-time Emmy champ Ed Asner has inked a deal for a supporting role on "Working Class," the first sitcom from cablecaster CMT. As this report notes, "His return to TV follows recent successes for two fellow cast-mates from the legendary 'Mary Tyler Moore Show': Betty White on TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland' and Cloris Leachman on Fox's 'Raising Hope.'" AP

• Voting is now underway to determine the nominees for this year's People's Choice Awards. Fans can vote in 40 categories for their favorites in movies, TV and music. The top five nominees in each category will be announced on Nov. 9 and Queen Latifah will host the 37th annual kudocast on Jan. 5. PCA

Photo: Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in "The Fighter." Credit: Paramount

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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscars not moving ... in 2012 | Clint Eastwood on 'Hereafter' | Matthew Weiner teases 'Mad Men' finale

October 14, 2010 |  4:43 pm

• Looks like the Oscars won't be moving up to January after all as per the following statement: "The Academy’s Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February. A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy’s staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change."

Anne Thompson analyzes the list of the 65 films contending for the foreign language Oscar and notes, "Per usual, Sony Pictures Classics boasts four entries this year: 'Incendies,' 'Of Gods and Men,' 'In a Better World' and 'Life, Above All,' so many in fact that co-president Tom Bernard was hard-pressed to name them all. Most years, at least one SPC film winds up being nominated, so I’m putting all four on my lead contenders list." Anne rounds out her top 10 with a half-dozen others, including "Biutiful" and "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

• And Bilge Ebiri handicaps the documentary feature Oscar race with the following expected to make the top five: "Client 9," "Inside Job," "A Piece of Work," "The Tillman Story" and "Waiting for Superman." VULTURE

Clint Eastwood Cecile de France HereafterAnthony Breznican gets the taciturn Clint Eastwood to talk and finds that, "The real Eastwood is quick with a wisecrack, though strangers tend to see only the intimidating visage, not the amiable sense of humor. And he doesn't pretend to have every answer." As Anthony notes, "If anything, his best movies tend to be about irresolvable questions: 'Unforgiven' (1992), about whether violence can ever be justified, or 'Million Dollar Baby' (2004), which explored the pain of how a life should be allowed to end. 'Hereafter' is similar territory." Says Eastwood, "I'm not necessarily trying to find if there is a hereafter. I don't know. I go by proof. If somebody said, 'Do you believe in purgatory and heaven and all that kind of stuff?' I say that's to be proven. But I'm willing to be proven anything." USA TODAY

Dave Karger reports, "A week after the MPAA branded its domestic drama 'Blue Valentine' with an NC-17 rating, the Weinstein Company has decided to appeal the decision and hope for an R without any trims to the film." As Dave notes, "The NC-17 would limit the film’s audience and its Oscar chances. The question is whether the notoriously stubborn MPAA will budge." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Lou Lumenick reveals, "Two Oscar hopefuls have had their December theatrical debuts cancelled after they were tepidly received at last month's film festivals. The Weinstein Co. yanked Julian Schnabel's 'Miral' from a Dec. 3 limited opening and will dump, er, release this decades-spanning drama improbably starring India's Freida Pinto as a Palestinian in March. Meanwhile the Weinsteins' former associates at Disney have pulled the plug on plans to release John ('Shakespeare in Love') Madden's 'The Debt,'' a remake of an Israeli film with Helen Mirren as a guilt-stricken Mossad agent, on Dec. 29. NEW YORK POST

Jeff Wells pens a love letter to Rosamund Pike who has supporting roles in "Made in Dagenham" and "Barney's Version." Says Jeff, "People are going to have to sit down and see these films and realize on their own that Pike is the best thing about both, and then do and say something about that." HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

• And Peter Knegt points out 10 other performances that could get overlooked in this year's awards derby. Among them "Ghost Writer" adversaries Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor and "Another Year" best friends Jim Broadbent and Peter Wight. INDIE WIRE

• As Joel Keller admits, "I had been trying to pin down an interview with Matthew Weiner since before the fourth season of the show ('Mad Men') began, and we finally were able to sit down and discuss the season earlier this week. What follows is a long, but pretty extensive, overview of season four, and while Weiner doesn't give any details about this Sunday's season finale, he does hope that 'people will see the finale and understand the journey that they went on for the season.'" TV SQUAD

Maureen Dowd uses the upcoming release of "Fair Game" to revisit the real-life controversy seven years on. For Dowd, "The movie makes clear that Plame was not merely 'a secretary' or 'mediocre agent' at the agency, as partisan critics charged at the time, but a respected undercover spy tracking Iraqi W.M.D. efforts." NEW YORK TIMES

John Lopez kicks off the "Little Gold Men" column with an in-depth look at the state of the Oscar race to date. VANITY FAIR

Photo: Clint Eastwood on the set of "Hereafter" with Cecile de France. Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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Early forecast of SAG Awards: Best TV drama series ensemble

October 14, 2010 |  3:48 pm

Buscmei Boardwalk Empire It looks like only one new show -- "Boardwalk Empire" -- is likely to make it into the drama series ensemble race at the SAG Awards. That is the word from our TV gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven). They agree that the new HBO series will contend against "Dexter," "The Good Wife" and reigning two-time champ "Mad Men." For the fifth slot, Rob gives the edge to "The Closer" while Boomer opts for "True Blood."

Below, Boomer breaks down the race for us, according to front-runners, possible contenders and long shots. TV shows nominated last year are marked on the list below with an asterisk (*)

TV DRAMA SERIES ENSEMBLE
(Front-runners)
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"The Closer" *
"Dexter" *
"The Good Wife" *
"House"
"In Treatment"
"Lost"
"Mad Men" *
"True Blood" *

(Possible)
"Damages"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Parenthood"
"Sons of Anarchy"

(Long Shots)
"Detroit 187"
"The Event"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"Rescue Me"
"Treme"

Photo: Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO.

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Early forecast of SAG Awards: Best TV drama actor

October 11, 2010 |  2:57 pm

It doesn't matter anymore that Hugh Laurie ("House") won TV drama actor of 2006 and 2008 at the SAG Awards. He won't even be nominated at the next batch of kudos to be bestowed by the Screen Actors Guild on Jan. 30, according to our pundit Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven).

Dexter Boardwalk Empire TV news

Rob boots Laurie from his lineup of five projected nominees in favor of Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"). Rob also predicts Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"). Hall won last year.

Memo to Hugh Laurie: Don't give up all hope. Our other pundit, Chris "Boomer" Beachum, includes you in his high five along with Byrne, Cranston, Hall and Hamm.

Below, Boomer breaks down the race for us, according to front-runners, possible contenders and long shots.

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Front-runners
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist" *
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" *
Matthew Fox, "Lost"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" *
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" *
Hugh Laurie, "House" *
Terry O’Quinn, "Lost"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Possible
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
Denis Leary, "Rescue Me"
Bill Paxton, "Big Love"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24"

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Early forecast of Golden Globes: Best TV drama series

October 5, 2010 | 11:08 am

Now that the fall TV shows have begun to play out, we have a better idea of which ones may be serious contenders at the next big batch of awards: Golden Globes. I asked our gurus, Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria, (AwardsHeaven) to pipe in with their early handicapping.

Boomer responded first with his breakdown. Below is how he sizes up the contest for TV drama series. Rob offered his slight edit: "I would move 'Damages' up to front-runners, add 'No Ordinary Family' to possibles."

Surprisingly, that means "Boardwalk Empire" is the only new show they list as a front-runner to be nominated. Normally, the Globes make a special point to spotlight hot new series, but the recent batch of new shows is getting a largely cool reception.

TV shows nominated last year are marked on the list below with an asterisk (*). "Mad Men" has won this category for the past three years, just as it did at the Emmys.

Mad Men Golden Globes

BEST TV DRAMA SERIES
(Front-runners)
"Big Love" *
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"Dexter"  *
"The Good Wife"
"House" *
"In Treatment"
"Lost"
"Mad Men" *
"True Blood" *

(Possible)
"Blue Bloods"
"The Closer"
"Damages"
"Detroit 187"
"The Event"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Hawaii 5-0"
"Parenthood"
"Sons of Anarchy"
"Treme"

Photo: Charlie Hofheimer and Elisabeth Moss prove that "Mad Men" has remained hot this season. Credit: AMC

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Flashback: When 'The Defenders' swept the Emmys

September 23, 2010 |  6:25 am

TV critics give a thumbs-down verdict to "The Defenders," which debuted last night on CBS. The L.A. Times' Mary McNamara notes that it "stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as a father-and-son-like team of Vegas lawyers who, when not struggling with, respectively, an ugly divorce and a penchant for fly-by sex, take on kind of tough cases and use cheap showmanship and contrived last-minute breaks to win them. It's enough to make a grown TV critic cry. ... There's actually no reason this couldn't be a perfectly fine legal procedural, except there's no indication that anyone is attempting to make it one."

The DefendersA shame. What makes the negative reviews so tragic is that "The Defenders" could have been great -- if only it had lived up to the promise of the classic 1960s TV series on which it was based. The original version of "The Defenders" was so good that it was one of the earliest Emmy sweepers.

The first "The Defenders" starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a daredevil father-son team of defense attorneys who took on controversial, topical cases about abortion, euthanasia, immigration, censorship and civil disobedience. Even more shocking: They often lost their cases back in the days when Hollywood believed firmly in giving TV viewers happy endings.

"The Defenders" won best drama series at the Emmys for three consecutive years — 1962-64. In its first outing, it beat "Ben Casey," "Dick Powell Theatre," "Naked City," the "Alcoa Premiere" drama "People Need People" and the Hallmark Hall of Fame's production of "Victoria Regina" starring Julie Harris, which won the Emmy as best program of the year. Marshall won best drama actor over Paul Burke ("Naked City"), Jackie Cooper ("Hennesey"), Vince Edwards ("Ben Casey") and George Maharis ("Route 66"). In 1962, "The Defenders" also won best writing and directing.

Marshall repeated his victory in 1963 when the show triumphed again, but he wasn't nominated in 1964 when drama and comedy acting performances were combined into single contests for actors and actresses, then divided into categories for continuing performances and individual ones. Instead, Jack Klugman won best actor in 1964 for starring as a shunned Hollywood actor in the controversial episode of "The Defenders" titled "Blacklist," which won best writing and was nominated for program of the year (losing to "The Making of the President, 1960" based on Theodore H. White's Pulitzer Prize-winning book).

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Poll: Can 'Boardwalk Empire' beat 'Mad Men' at the Emmys?

September 20, 2010 |  5:26 pm

Reviews of "Boardwalk Empire" are so positive that it's clear that the new HBO series about the mob world of Atlantic City in the 1920s will probably be a serious Emmy rival to "Mad Men," which has won best drama series for the past three years. But how serious? Below are some views of our forum posters. See more here. Then tell us what you think in our poll.

Boardwalk empire hbo news

ATYPICAL: Marty Scorsese could and probably will win his first Emmy for it.

SEANFLYNN: Lots of posing in front of expensive sets and camera movement for little apparent purpose. Too early to say whether this will grow and then sustain itself, but this was about what I expected — watchable, occasionally involving, but not emotionally or intellectually satisfying, at least not yet. Can't imagine that if anyone other than Scorsese's name were attached people would be suggesting Emmy for this.

24EMMY: I liked this episode. It was a great start to the likely winner of best drama at next year's Emmys. I can see "Boardwalk Empire" winning best drama, directing, lead actor (Steve Buscemi), & supporting actor (Michael Pitt). Though my early predictions have "Lone Star" taking the lead (James Wolk) & supporting actor (Jon Voight) categories.

EOIN DALY: Michael Shannon's two scenes were stand-out's especially in the phone box. Will be a future nominee / possible winner if he get's the right material. Steve Buscemi was really good. Altogether great performances. Marty does blood well!

Photo: HBO

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What to think of the Emmys? (Part 2)

September 2, 2010 | 10:59 am

Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) and I continue our chat about the Emmy ceremony and award results. (See part 1 here.) Especially interesting is Chris' observation about "Mad Men." It's the 14th show to win three awards as best series (drama or comedy), but the only one in its group never to win an award for acting. Or, for that matter, directing. Huh. What's up with that, eh? Also watch our video about the future of the Emmy telecast.


'Mad Men' and Bryan Cranston three-peat at Emmys while Kyra Sedgwick finally wins

August 29, 2010 | 10:57 pm

Emmys Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad Emmy Awards While both the drama series "Mad Men" and lead actor Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") won Emmys for the third consecutive year, Kyra Sedgwick defied the odds and finally prevailed with her fifth consecutive lead actress bid for "The Closer." She was expected to lose this year to Julianna Margulies, star of the freshman hit "The Good Wife." Rather, it was Archie Panjabi who flew the flag for that show at the Emmy Awards, winning in the supporting actress category, something none of our pundits foresaw.

They didn't do much better on the supporting actor side, with only two of them predicting that win by Aaron Paul on his second bid for "Breaking Bad." The rest of us were predicting one of the previous "Lost" champs — Michael Emerson or Terry O'Quinn to win again. We had forgotten our Emmy history. Unlike the other acting races, you have to go all the way back to 1995-96 to find the most recent repeat champ in this category: Ray Walston ("Picket Fences").

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, who won the writing award on his own for the first year of the series, shared it again this year (with Erin Levy) as he had last year (with Kater Gordon). And in a nice Emmy moment, Steve Shill accepted his directing prize for the seaon finale of "Dexter" from John Lithgow, who had won an Emmy this year for guesting on that show.

Photo: Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" onstage at 62nd annual Emmy Awards. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

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Emmy prediction smackdown: Experts forecast who'll win

August 26, 2010 |  1:39 pm

Here's a roundup of Emmy Award predictions from the best pundits on the planet: Mike Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly), Kristin dos Santos (E! Online), Maggie Furlong (AOL TV Squad), Joseph Kapsch (Zap2It), Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap), Matt Roush (TV Guide) plus the Gold Derby/The Envelope team of Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria and me. Read category-per-category analysis here.

Emmy Awards predictions news

COMEDY SERIES
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Glee" — Dos Santos
"Modern Family" — Ausiello, Beachum, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"

COMEDY ACTOR
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Pond, Roush
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") — Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")

COMEDY ACTRESS
Lea Michele ("Glee") — Dos Santos
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine")
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")
Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") — Furlong

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Chris Colfer ("Glee") — Kapsch, O'Neil
Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family")
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") — Beachum, Dos Santos, Licuria, Pond
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") — Ausiello, Furlong, Roush
Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Jane Lynch ("Glee") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")
Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family")
Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live")
Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock")
Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men")

DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad" — Dos Santos
"Dexter"
"The Good Wife"
"Lost" — Furlong
"Mad Men" — Ausiello, Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
"True Blood"

DRAMA ACTOR
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") — Ausiello, Furlong
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") — Beachum, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") — Dos Santos
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Matthew Fox ("Lost")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")

DRAMA ACTRESS
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights")
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") — Ausiello, Beachum, Dos Santos, Furlong, Kapsch, Licuria, O'Neil, Pond, Roush
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
January Jones ("Mad Men")

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