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Awards Season

Awards season is upon us.

The Golden Globe nominations have just been announced. And once again GAME OF THRONES is a finalist in Best Television Series - Drama. Congrats to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, HBO, and our amazing cast and crew. This year we are up against OUTLANDER, MR. ROBOT, NARCOS, and EMPIRE.

Will we win? Maybe. We've been nominated before, but never won -- but that was true of the Emmy Awards as well, until this year, so maybe this time will prove to be the charm in the Globes as well. Actually, none of the nominees in this category have ever won, so someone is going to be taking home a Globe for the first time. I'm glad to see OUTLANDER getting some recognition, after being snubbed by the Emmys; it's a superb show. Never watched the other three, so it's hard to say how they stack up.

Sad to say, none of our actors were nominated. Boo, hiss. Lena Headey deserved a nod for sure, and some of our other regulars as well.

For a full list of those who were, go to:


OUTLANDER did very well with noms for Tobias Menzies in Supporting Actor and Catrionia Balfe in Lead Actress, both well deserved... but the Hollywood Foreign Press should really have made it three by nominating Sam Heughan too. He was amazing as Jamie Frazier.

The film nominations were a mixed bag, in my opinion. Very pleased to see MAD MAX:FURY ROAD up for Best Drama, and Bryan Cranston nominated for his performance as Dalton Trumbo in TRUMBO... a superb film that deserves a lot more attention than it's getting.

Also pleased to see the nominations for THE MARTIAN... but wait... THE MARTIAN is up for Best Comedy or Musical?????? Was that for Mark Watney's toe-tapping rendition of "Get Me Home Before I Starve To Death?" Or maybe that ever popular musical number, "Growing Potatoes in Poop, Heigh Ho?" I mean, c'mon guys, a nomination is a nomination, but...

Meanwhile, on other fronts, the Writers Guild of America also announced their screenwriting nominations. GAME OF THRONES is up twice. David Benioff and Dan Weiss and Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill are up collectively as a writing staff, up against the writing staffs of MR. ROBOT, MAD MEN, BETTER CALL SAUL, and THE AMERICANS.

David and Dan are also nominated for best single episode for "Mother's Mercy," competing with episodes of NARCOS, THE LEFTOVERS, THE GOOD WIFE, MAD MEN, and BETTER CALL SAUL. For a complete list of finalists, go to:


Finally, we also have acting nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, which can be found here:


SAG gave GOT three nods: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama, Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble... and Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama.

My congratulations to everyone who was nominated. You deserved it! And my condolences to all those who were not. You were robbed!


Dec. 12th, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
The lack of nominations for Sam Heughan and Tatiana Maslany is just disgraceful. No other way to put it! The former did an absolutely incredible job in "Outlander" (especially at the end of the season) and deserves recognition for that amazing performance. As the for the latter, well, it's Tatiana Freakin' Maslany. That's pretty much all that needs to be said at this stage! "Orphan Black" itself should be nominated at least once too.

It's really great to see Gina Rodriguez nominated again. Her work on "Jane the Virgin" is definitely praise worthy. Not a show I ever thought I'd like let alone love. But the cast is outstanding and the writing is surprisingly sharp and funny. The show knows exactly what it is (a telenovela that's a spoof of telenovelas without ever being disrespectful) and is fully committed to being one of the most convoluted, amusing stories on TV. As much as I love dark stories, sometimes it can be a bit much. This one is mostly lightweight and positive. Balances out the many dark shows that I'm watching!

I'm a bit surprised that "Master of None" didn't get nominated. At least Aziz Ansari was, though. The show caught me a bit off guard. I was just expecting a comedy with the usual morally bankrupt characters that are popular these days and instead it delivered a show that's part comedy, part drama, and part essay with a main character that's ultimately a good person.

Edited at 2015-12-12 05:41 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
Maslany is an incredible actress (maybe one of the best I've ever seen) and Orphan Black was great but I think it jumped the shark a while back. Her playing a male clone was too much to ask for; she couldn't pull it off. It just came off as ridiculous.


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