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2016 Sundance Film Festival: Another Magical Adventure

Hello, world! I started writing this post one week ago, as I sat in the Salt Lake City airport waiting for a flight to bring me home. This week has been the perfect time for reflecting on the magic of the 8 days that I spent in Utah. What a journey it was!

Between January 19 and January 27, I saw 10 feature films, 8 short films, watched a season of television, attended 4 panels, and basked in the presence of more than 70 celebrities.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is life at the Sundance Film Festival.

Now that I’ve returned home, where I’m in the thick of my final semester of grad school and my first semester as a course instructor, I’m excited to share with you a bit of insight into the joys of returning to Sundance.

So, without further ado, here are the highlights of my second Sundance adventure.

We flew out on Tuesday, January 19 and arrived to Park City amid a snow storm (thanks to our MVP Le Bus driver, Larry, for delivering us safely) that evening. The real adventuring didn’t begin until the following morning, when we ventured to Main Street in Park City, the unofficial hub of Sundance. We also made this journey in more serious snow, but it at least made for some lovely photos of the Egyptian theatre.

IMG_1880.JPGFor the rest of Wednesday, we made our way back down the mountain to Salt Lake City, where we had the freedom to roam and enjoy a movie and meal on WKU’s dime (which is now officially my favorite activity). We spent time in a great, cheap little theater run by the Salt Lake Film Society where I was able to see both Spotlight and Room over the course of the day. I also wandered past the monstrous Mormon temple and through a bit more of downtown Salt Lake before we went back up to Park City. I was so happy for the chance to squeeze in another couple of the Oscar-nominated films, and it felt like the perfect way to pre-game for the festival.

Thursday, January 21

Thursday the 21st was the first official day of the festival. I began the day with an early trip to the box office, where I had the bad fortune of being the first person in line not to get tickets to the festival’s opening night film, so that was a big bummer. That’s one I’ll have to catch later, and based on others’ recommendations, it’s well worth it (the movie is Other People, for reference).

However, Thursday wasn’t a total bust. After attending the festival in 2014, I felt a little disappointed at never having seen Robert Redford, who founded the festival 32 years ago. Luckily, a few of us caught sight of him leaving the festival’s opening day press conference and were able to say a quick hello before he left (my mom’s comment on this occurrence: “you got to see him smile?” because we all know what a gift that is).

That evening, after being unable to purchase tickets earlier, I attempted the e-waitlists for both of the opening night films: the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You and the feature film Other People (no luck in either case, sadly). However, for the second film, I happened to arrive at the theater just as its cast did, so I was able to begin my favorite hobby of stargazing. At the allowance of a very kind festival volunteer, I was able to sneak into a very close spot, but I’m going to blame my crappy and/or nonexistent photos on my excitement at the revelry.

My favorite moment of the night, though, was witnessing a lovely little Friday Night Lights reunion between Jesse Plemons and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. There was lots of excited yelling and hugging and discussion of upcoming jobs. And no one but me (and those involved) seemed to appreciate it! What a nice moment.

Celebrity sightings: Robert Redford, Adam Scott, Jesse Plemons, Judd Apatow, Maude Apatow, Molly Shannon, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Friday, January 22

Since I was unlucky in screenings on Thursday, Friday was my real start to the festival, and I began my time attending the Shorts Package 1 screening at the Egyptian in the morning. During my previous experience, I neither attended a shorts package nor any screening at the Egyptian, so this was a great way to build my Sundance experiences, and the shorts themselves were quite enjoyable overall. My favorites were Killer, a story about a boy who masturbates for the first time with some unexpected and serious repercussions, Maman(s), a beautiful Senegalese film about a young girl facing the reality that her parents are imperfect, and The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere, a joyful (and weirdly weepy) documentary about a winless Japanese racehorse.

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Norman Lear and Lena Dunham during the first Cinema Cafe panel

A big part of my reasoning for attending this screening specifically was my desire to be close to Main Street to get a good spot in line for the first of the Cinema Café panels: a conversation between Norman Lear and Lena Dunham. Thankfully, my plan was successful, and I got to spend a delightful hour in the company of two of TV’s most influential figures.

Later on Friday, I happened to run across the cast of Other People again, and got to have a lovely little chat with Jesse Plemons, who, after I told him how much I loved his season of Fargo, stopped and walked over to me to talk about it. We agreed that Kirsten Dunst was wonderful and discussed his reunion with Jurnee from the previous night. And as he started to walk away, he turned back and asked my name, shook my hand, and said how nice it had been to meet me. So, we’re friends now. Definitely.

I also spent a weird minute or two following Nick Jonas up Main Street, because, as a long-time Jonas Brothers fanatic, there’s really no other appropriate response to finding one of them. I was also lucky enough, that night, to get into the world premiere of Goat, the movie Nick was there to promote. Goat is both a physically and psychologically brutal portrayal of fraternity hazing that speaks to larger issues of masculinity and male identity. Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer both gave stand-out performances as the film’s lead actors. After seeing this film, I think it’s safe to say Nick will continue to surprise the entertainment world with his talents. Also, in a weird turn of events, I ended up exiting the screening of Goat with Lena Dunham and the Apatows (because somehow we were always in the same places), so I told Lena quickly about my thesis project. She vocalized her support and gave me a friendly arm rub, so I think I’m on the path to success.

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Director Andrew Neel, stars Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer, and the ensemble from Goat

Though Friday was an all-around great day, the undisputed highlight goes to… My third encounter with Daniel Radcliffe. I don’t know what I’ve done in life to be so utterly lucky, but, after failing to secure a spot in the premiere screening of the controversial Swiss Army Man, I hung out at the back of the Eccles theater, the biggest of Sundance’s venues, to see the cast depart. We first watched U.S. Dramatic Competition jury members Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham leave the screening and act like the weirdos they are, which was particularly entertaining. And then Daniel came out, started taking pictures, and after we got a photo, I was able to thank him for being so kind each time we’ve met. He was (of course) gracious, asking where we’d met before, and told me he’s likely returning to Broadway soon (which I think is very important information), and shook my hand and said he was happy to have met me again.

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As evidenced by this photo, sometimes lightning strikes thrice.

There’s a specific joy in meeting such a person as him, who’s been such an important part of my life, and I can’t believe I was fortunate enough to do it a third time.

Celebrity sightings: Abigail Spencer, Norman Lear, Lena Dunham, Adam Scott, Judd Apatow, Maude Apatow, Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Julianne Nicholson

Saturday, January 23

Saturday was both a great day and a bummer. I only saw one film Saturday, and it was my least favorite of the festival: Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, an unfunny and bizarre story of the lives through which one dachshund weaves. The film is told in vignettes of sorts, but the only one really worth watching is the third in the film, which stars Danny DeVito. Tracy Letts and Julie Delpy give awful performances in the opening scenes, Greta Gerwig is an unbelievable nerdy vet tech with a long-lasting crush on Kieran Culkin, and Zosia Mamet gives a sweet performance as Ellen Burstyn’s burn-out granddaughter. For anyone considering this movie, let me just warn you: despite how the film is advertised, it’s not meant for animal lovers. Even if you enjoy it (like many of my fellow audiences members seemed to), the ending shots undo any joy you might experience. This is a film with unnecessarily gratuitous and vulgar shots that make me more disgusted and annoyed the more I think about it.

Okay, rant over.

So, the good part of Saturday was that it’s the best day during the festival for celebrity following, so I was in my glory. After attending the morning’s lackluster screening, I traveled to Main Street to practice my favorite hobby, and ended up being quite successful.

Though it’s always fun to see a celebrity walk by, I had a couple favorite experiences of the day. First, seeing Kyle Chandler up close and personal was, you know, okay. Even better than seeing Kyle Chandler alone, though, was seeing another Friday Night Lights reunion with Jesse Plemons. Upon their exit from the studio, things got weird. First, Kyle Chandler came out and immediately started discussing The Simpsons with someone. Then, when I asked Jesse for a photo since I’d missed that opportunity the day before, he agreed, but as he leaned in for the photo, Casey Affleck came around the corner, saying, “yeah, take a picture with Jesse,” and proceeded to grab my wrist and wave my hand around.

Because I don’t know the proper etiquette when a famous person touches you and acts like a (well-intentioned) weirdo, I’m pretty sure the only thing I said in response was “thank you, Casey Affleck.” Not my smoothest moment.

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My friendship with Jesse Plemons is very real.

Later than afternoon, I was able to connect with another person of interest for my thesis project: Zoe Kazan, who also wished me luck and thanked me for using her as a source.

Other fun highlights from the day: pushing a timid fan to meet Viggo Mortensen and seeing her cry happy tears when he hugged her; arguing with a dumb guy who was convinced Abigail Spencer was actually Evangeline Lilly; watching Kate Beckinsale float around like the beautiful angel she is; standing next to a confused Jared Harris for a few minutes while he checked his phone

Celebrity sightings: Bradley Whitford, Nick Jonas, Rebecca Hall, Tracy Letts, Michael C. Hall, Judd Apatow, Maude Apatow, Timothy Simons, Chelsea Handler, J. Smith-Cameron, Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, John Legend, Gilbert Gottfried, Charlie Day, John Krasinski, Josh Groban, Don Cheadle, David Giuntoli, Jesse Plemons, George Mackay, Margo Martindale, Chloë Sevingy, Kate Beckinsale, Rose Macgowan, Abigail Spencer, Viggo Mortensen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Abby Elliott, Chris Elliott, Greta Gerwig, Jena Malone, Adrian Grenier, Paul Dano, Jared Harris, Zoe Kazan

Sunday, January 24

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The cast and crew of Manchester by the Sea

Thankfully, Sunday morning’s screening was my favorite of the festival and very much made up for my Wiener-Dog annoyance. I attended Manchester by the Sea, a film that’s been the clear festival favorite (it wasn’t in competition, so it wasn’t eligible for the Grand Jury or Audience awards) and one that will almost certainly be on the awards circuit next year.

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Being friends with Kyle Chandler

The film tells the story of Lee Chandler (played wonderfully by Casey Affleck), an isolated man who becomes guardian of his teenage nephew after his brother’s death (Kyle Chandler plays the brother in flashbacks). This is the kind of movie that emotionally wrecks you, but it’s totally worth the temporary turmoil.

After the screening, I managed to nab a quick (and not so great, sadly) photo with Kyle Chandler, and we bonded over how great the movie was.

After the screening, I went back to Main Street to pass some time before hopefully attending an afternoon panel. In the meantime, I saw several people come and go, including Anderson Cooper and the cast of Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers (more on that film in a minute). Also, while walking to go get a bagel, I passed Chrissy Teigen on the street, and the beautiful bombshell you’ve all been imagining.

I was happy to attend a panel on the controversial film Swiss Army Man Sunday afternoon, but sad that the panel didn’t even last 30 minutes. Though the film had a significant number of walk-outs during its premiere on Friday, hearing the cast and crew talk about it–and the motivation behind the “farting corpse” everyone’s been talking about–made it seem a bit more understandable.

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Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano during the Swiss Army Man panel

After returning to my hotel for a late evening nap (only at Sundance do you take a nap from 8-10 PM), I made my way to the Library theater for the premiere screening of Kevin Smith’s latest film, Yoga Hosers. The film itself is bizarre and mediocre, but being part of the premiere screening and sitting directly in front of the film’s cast made it a great experience. Yoga Hosers stars Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose, as self-obsessed teenage store clerks forced to take on an unexpected enemy. Smith himself described the movie as “a superhero movie without the superheroes.” It certainly isn’t great, but it’s fun and silly and entertaining if you’re in the right mood. After a long and emotional introductory speech and Q&A by Kevin Smith and the cast, I arrived back to my hotel room around 2:45 AM, ready to crash.

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The cast of Yoga Hosers during the film’s post-screening Q&A

Other fun highlights of the day: making Justin Long laugh when I told him he’s a good Hollywood Game Night player, physically bonding with Sam Neill as we stood back-to-back while he was hounded for autographs, eavesdropping on Lily-Rose Depp while she talked about her dad

Celebrity sightings: Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, Lena Dunham, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Allison Brie, Nick Kroll, Anderson Cooper, Justin Long, Tyler Posey, Austin Butler, Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Depp, Sam Neill, Timothy Simons, Tracy Letts, Jason Mewes, Chrissy Teigen, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Matthew Gray Gubler, Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Sasheer Zamata

Monday, January 25

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The cast and crew of Lovesong

After a very late night, I let myself sleep in and attended a 12:15 screening of the premiere of Lovesong, a lovely little movie starring Jena Malone and Riley Keough (though the daughters of the film director who have small roles totally steal the show). One of the film’s nicest surprises was a time and location jump that shifted to Nashville. It’s always nice to see an unexpected and familiar landscape.

Following the screening, a friend and I made our way to the theater’s back entrance and took photos with Jena Malone, who was sweet and cute and very pregnant. Since we have the same birthday, I assume we’re soul sisters or something.

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Another new friendship!

We also hung around a bit as the cast and crew of Nate Parker’s Grand Jury and Audience Award-winning The Birth of a Nation arrived, but it was apparently very difficult to get into the screening. While we walked back to the bus stop, this picture happened (please excuse my mitten fuzz as I was staring into the sun and couldn’t see what I was doing while I took this).

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Park City is pretty.

After relaxing a bit in my hotel, I ventured out again with a good waitlist number for the premiere of Complete Unknown, which left me less than impressed. I was very excited by the cast–the festival guide listed Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover as leads–but the film itself annoyed me for many reasons, and the more I’ve thought about it since, the more I find to be annoyed about (Have you ever known someone to apply to an elite jewelry school? Yeah, me neither). As it turns out, this was one of the most Manic Pixie Dream Girl movies of the festival, which I certainly didn’t expect. While it seemed like plenty of people enjoyed the film, this one wasn’t for me.

Celebrity sightings: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Nate Parker, Michael Shannon

Tuesday, January 26

On our last day at the festival, I tried to make the most of my time. The morning began with an early screening of First Girl I Loved, which turned out to be another of my very favorites. This is a very real story of Anne, a high school student who’s realizing she has a crush on a girl for the first time. Dylan Gelula and Brianna Hildebrand both give great performances as the film’s leads.

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The cast and crew of First Girl I Loved

Perhaps the most emotional moment of the screening was during the Q&A when a teary audience member said she wished a film like this had existed for her while in high school and asked about getting queer representation in screen. Needless to say, the whole room was in tears after that.

After eating a free brunch (thanks, Chase Sapphire on Main!), I attended two panels on Main Street. The first featured the creative teams behind the films Morris from America and White Girl, neither of which I saw at the festival, but I hope to see them in the coming months.

After seeing another batch of celebrities leaving the Variety studio (hey again, Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey!), I attended my final panel of the festival: a discussion of the film Mr. Pig, featuring director Diego Luna and actors Maya Rudolph and Danny Glover. The film hadn’t yet premiered, but it definitely sound like one worth seeing. Who doesn’t want to watch those two costar with a giant pig?

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Panel on Mr. Pig

My final screening of the festival was thankfully another great one: Yorgos Lanthmos’s bizarre The Lobster. This film premiered at Cannes in 2015 and was just as joyfully strange as I’d hoped. A chubby Colin Farrell stars as David, a recently single man who must check into a singles hotel where he has 45 days to find a mate or be turned into the animal of his choice and released into the wild. The film is darkly comic and strange, but one I totally enjoyed (though I imagine it’s not for everyone).

Then, after a class dinner, I returned to my hotel for a quiet night before getting up early for our flight home (weird airport moment: seeing Moises Arias from Hannah Montana who looks like he may or may not be a murderer).

Celebrity sightings: Dylan Gelula, Lewis Black, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Melanie Lynskey, Clea Duvall, Diego Luna, Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph, Keith Stanfield, Samm Levine, Mateo Arias, Moises Arias

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Needless to say, Sundance 2016 was another magical whirlwind, an another joyous experience I’ll treasure forever. Thank you SO much to the wonderful people at WKU for allowing me to return to Park City. Though I’ve always followed Sundance coverage, I never imagined I’d be able to attend the festival twice before turning 25. Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible.

Until next time, Sundance.

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2015 Golden Globe Predictions — TV

I always feel a bit better making predictions about TV than film just because I tend to be a bit more informed. I think the Golden Globes might be the start of an interesting TV awards season since it seems like many past big winners (“Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Modern Family”) have either ended or aren’t nominated.

Best Drama Series

  • The Affair
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • House of Cards

So this feels like an odd category this year. As much as I love and enjoy “Downton Abbey,” it isn’t heavy enough as a drama to win here, and I think voters would consider “Game of Thrones” to flashy and fantastical to award it (though this is unfair). My instinct says “The Good Wife” will win. I know many people were upset that it wasn’t nominated for an Emmy, so maybe this will be time to fix that problem. Also, when did people start caring about “The Affair”? I watched the first episode when it happened, but now I’m thinking it’s time to pick back up.

Best Comedy Series

  • Girls
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent

Another odd mix of shows in comparison with times past. I watch three of the five shows here, so I’m not sure who to pick. I imagine “Orange is the New Black” will come away victorious, but I could also see “Transparent,” a show with lots of similarities to “OITNB,” stealing the win.

Best Miniseries or TV Movie

  • Fargo
  • The Missing
  • The Normal Heart
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • True Detective

I’m going to come right out with my bias now: I DO NOT WANT “TRUE DETECTIVE” TO WIN AWARDS. I enjoyed the first season on a lukewarm level; I thought it was over-praised and kind of pseudo-intellectual. Despite this, though, the real reason I don’t want it to win is because it’s flip-flopped so often between Drama Series and Miniseries that I get pissed off. Okay, rant over.

The good news is that there are several worthy options in this category aside from “True Detective.” “Fargo” was wonderful, “The Normal Heart” was very moving, and “Olive Kitteridge” (which I just finished last night) is also great. Right now, my vote goes to “Fargo,” but really, I’ll just be happy if “True Detective” doesn’t win here.

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
  • Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

In my mind, this category is really between two actresses: Viola Davis and Julianna Margulies. If I were voting, my vote would go to Claire Danes who never ceases to be fantastic on “Homeland,” but I think her time has passed. Though I’ve only seen one episode of “The Affair,” I’ve been watching “Luther” lately, and Ruth Wilson’s great performance on it makes me sure she’s very worthy of her nomination, but I doubt she’ll win. Since so many people love “The Good Wife,” I think Margulies has a real shot, but I think Viola Davis will ultimately win. People love her and she’s great, even if Shonda Rimes creates ridiculous and campy shows (that I totally watch and enjoy).

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Clive Owen, “The Knick”
  • Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
  • James Spader, “The Blacklist”
  • Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
  • Dominic West, “The Affair”

I kind of feel like there’s a big question mark floating over my head about this category. I don’t watch any of these shows and none of these people are past winners, so it’s hard to say who will win. Right now, my guess is that James Spader will take home a victory, if for no other reason than to show some appreciation for network TV.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
  • Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

It’s a crime that Amy Poehler didn’t get nominated after winning this category last year, but I’m very happy to see Gina Rodriguez take her place. My general assumption is always that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will win the things she’s nominated for (because she’s amazingly talented), I’ve seen a few predictions that Gina Rodriguez will win. Since the Golden Globes have a history of awarding first-time nominees, I think this seems quite possible, and I’d be happy for her if it happens.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
  • William H. Macy, “Shameless”
  • Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

I’ve only seen one of these performances, but luckily, I think it’s the one that will likely win. Jeffrey Tambor is wonderful on “Transparent,” even though the show is quite heavy for a comedy. He should (and hopefully will) win.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
  • Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
  • Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
  • Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
  • Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Another category where I have a hard time picking between people I really like. Allison Tolman was great in her breakout performance on “Fargo,” and Jessica Lange is always perfect on “American Horror Story” (especially in this particularly emotional season). However, I think it seems most likely that Frances McDormand will win for her brilliant, hilarious, heartbreaking performance in “Olive Kitteridge.”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

  • Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
  • Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
  • Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
  • Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

I don’t think it’s necessary for my “True Detective” rant again, so I won’t go there (though to be fair, I really like these two actors, I just don’t want them to win). I’m hoping Mark Ruffalo wins for his moving performance in “The Normal Heart,” though I’d definitely be happy with more “Fargo” victories.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
  • Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
  • Allison Janney, “Mom”
  • Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

Now come the two weirdest categories at the Golden Globes, in which they shove together supporting performances from dramas, comedies, TV movies, and miniseries for no particular reason. Season four of “Downton Abbey” was certainly most challenging for Joanne Froggatt, whose character was raped early in the season. Though she played in beautifully, I doubt she’ll win. I’m sure this race is between Uzo Aduba and Kathy Bates, both of whom won at the Emmys for the first seasons of their shows. Since Bates’s role on “Freak Show” has been smaller, I think Uzo Aduba seems more likely to win, but we’ll see how things turn out.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
  • Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
  • Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
  • Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
  • Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Mostly, I don’t want Jon Voight to win. I don’t really have a reason except I don’t watch “Ray Donovan” and Jon Voight always wears that dumb white scarf to awards shows and I don’t think he should be awarded for that. Anyway. Bill Murray was hilarious and sad in “Olive Kitteridge,” but I imagine his part was too small in comparison to his fellow nominees to get much notice. I imagine this will come down to a choice between Matt Bomer and Colin Hanks, both of whom are deserving. My gut tells me that Matt Bomer will win.

2015 Golden Globe Predictions — Film

Awards season is really one of the best times of the year. I try to stay as up-to-date with seeing buzzworthy films as possible, but it’s been a bit more difficult this year. Anyway, I’m going to give a quick rundown of how I imagine (or hope) things will turn out this Sunday night.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything

I’m assuming that this category will undoubtedly go to Boyhood, for good reason. I’ve only seen two films on this list (Boyhood and Foxcatcher), but Boyhood has been one of the most talked-about films since premiering almost a year ago at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into The Woods
  • Pride
  • St. Vincent

This isn’t even really a question: Birdman will and should win. Into The Woods was plenty of fun, as was The Grand Budapest Hotel (though I can’t speak to the others), I don’t think there’s much of a contest in this category, even if Birdman isn’t entirely a comedy.

Best Director

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

I’m sure this is a competition between Linklater and Iñárritu, but I’m not sure who is most likely to win. I’d have to say I’d give the edge to Richard Linklater here because of the breadth of Boyhood that is rather astounding.

Best Actress – Drama

  • Jennifer Aniston, Cake
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Personally, I see this as one of the more interesting categories this year. Since “Friends” is my favorite TV show of all time, I’d love to see Jennifer Aniston win. Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon both gave great performances, but between them, I’d prefer to see Pike win in this role that is undoubtedly going to change her career. Despite all that, I assume Julianne Moore will win, and though I’ve not seen the movie, I don’t doubt that she’s deserving. Moore has been around and nominated a million times, but rarely wins, so I’d be happy for her.

Best Actor – Drama

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Another difficult category. Since the only movie I’ve seen from this list is Foxcatcher, I’m rather ill-informed. While I think Carell was a frontrunner in the past, I’m sad that that fact doesn’t seem as true anymore. Eddie Redmayne has had tons of praise for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, and Selma has certainly risen in the ranks, so right now, I think either Eddie Redmayne or David Oyelowo is mostly likely to win.

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
  • Emily Blunt, Into The Woods
  • Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
  • Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie

Again, I’ve only seen one performance from this category, but I really hope it’s the winning one. Since Big Eyes was a bit of a flop, I think Emily Blunt is probably the (deserved) frontrunner here. She’s great in Into The Woods and I’d love to see her win. (Side note: the fact that Quvenzhane Wallis is even nominated is a joke. Could they seriously not think of a fifth person?)

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy

  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Bill Murray, St. Vincent
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  • Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

I think of all the film categories at the Golden Globes, the predicted winner here is most obvious. Though Birdman isn’t a conventional comedy (though I don’t think it’s really alone in that sense), Michael Keaton gives a fantastic performance that deserves to be rewarded.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

I really like the people in this category! I’ve seen three of these performances, but I’m still really unsure of who will win. I know Jessica Chastain has received lots of buzz for this performance, but it’s also the only thing I’ve heard about this movie, so I don’t know that she’ll win. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke gave the best acting performances in Boyhood, so her nomination is deserved. Keira Knightley is lovely, and though I’ve not seen The Imitation Game, I’m sure she’s wonderful. Emma Stone is great in Birdman, though her role isn’t giant. and Meryl Streep can do anything, so of course she’s nominated. Right now, my hunch is that either Patricia Arquette or Emma Stone will win, but I could be totally wrong. We’ll see.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

Finally, a category about which I feel informed! The only performance I haven’t seen from this category is Robert Duvall’s, but there’s no way he’ll win, so I feel fine about that. Mark Ruffalo is great in Foxcatcher (because he’s great in everything), but the bulk of the movie relies on Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, so I don’t think he’s likely to win. Ethan Hawke was my favorite part of Boyhood and a viable candidate. Edward Norton is fantastically obnoxious in Birdman, but my heart and soul pines for J.K. Simmons to win. I saw Whiplash almost a year ago and have been hoping for the movie to win awards since then, and I think he’s the most likely candidate to win.

Best Screenplay

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Birdman
  • Gone Girl
  • Boyhood
  • The Imitation Game

Since the Golden Globes don’t separate adapted and original screenplays, this category seems a bit odd. As far as I’m concerned, Gone Girl and Birdman will take those respective categories at the Oscars, but when in competition with each other, I’d give Birdman the edge here.

 

Emmy Hopes and Predictions: Comedy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange in the New Black

Amy Poehler Julia Louis-Dreyfus

This category is a perpetually difficult one for me to predict. If I had the opportunity to vote, I would vote for Amy Poehler, no questions asked. “Parks and Recreation” has been criminally underrated, and Poehler’s ever-perfect performance is the heart and soul of the show. I really, really hope she wins it this year, but it’s hard to really say. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is my second pick. She’s won the past two years in this category for very good reason; she is always spot on. In my mind, this race is really between these two great actresses, so I hope one of them takes home the gold.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ricky Gervais, Derek
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • William H. Macy, Shameless

Matt LeBlanc

Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a very strong opinion about this category because it tends to be a weird mix of a lot of shows I don’t watch. Because I’m a “Friends” fan, I would love to see Matt LeBlanc win, but I really don’t have an educated opinion because I don’t watch a single show on this list. I imagine Louis C.K. is the front runner here, but I thought that last year and was wrong. I just really hope Jim Parsons doesn’t win for the fourth time. I don’t have anything against him, but I don’t find “The Big Bang Theory” funny, and I don’t think Parsons deserves to be the first person to win four times since Kelsey Grammer did it on “Frasier.”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Kate McKinnon

Though I do really like Anna Chlumsky on “Veep,” my favorite in this category is Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live.” She’s a great performer and comedian, and I would love to see someone win an acting award for “SNL” (though that’s probably never going to happen). I imagine McKinnon is an underdog here, but I’m not sure how this category will pan out. Just as long as Julie Bowen doesn’t win and talk about Sofia Vergara’s or her own boobs/nipples in her acceptance speech, I’ll be happy.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Adam Driver, Girls
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Fred Armisen, Portlandia
  • Tony Hale, Veep

Adam Driver tonyhalepic

The fact that Tony Hale of “Veep” won this award last year gives me lots of hope for the Emmys in 2014. Hale is completely deserving of another win this year, and I’d be more than happy to see him pull it off. I also really love Adam Driver on “Girls,” but he tends to be a bit under-appreciated by critics. If Hale doesn’t win, I think Andre Braugher might have the next-best shot. He’s great on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and even though the show was shut out of other categories, I think Braugher might win it.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
  • Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
  • Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
  • Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
  • Joan Cusack, Shameless

Melissa McCarthy Uzo Aduba

This one’s a bit tough for me; though I watched all of the first season of “Orange is the New Black,” I’m not really a fan of the show, and so it’s hard for me to choose among these nominees. If one of the “OITNB” actresses does win it, though, I think Uzo Aduba is the most deserving; she’s sweet, compelling and sincere in her role. I don’t think Tina Fey or Melissa McCarthy are nominated for their best “SNL” hosting gigs, but they’re both great, though I think McCarthy was better. And I like Joan Cusack, even though I have no idea what her role on “Shameless” was.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Nathan Lane, Modern Family
  • Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
  • Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
  • Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
  • Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
  • Gary Cole, Veep

Gary Cole Jimmy Fallon

I was very happy to see Gary Cole’s name among the nominees here, so I’m mostly putting my support behind him (though I did find his romantic storyline with Sue very strange). Jimmy Fallon was obviously wonderful on “SNL,” but it seems a little like Justin Timberlake was robbed of a co-nomination since they essentially split the hosting duties. These two are my picks, but I have no idea how things will actually pan out.

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Modern Family, ABC
  • Louie, FX
  • Orange is the New Black, Netflix
  • Veep, HBO
  • Silicon Valley, HBO
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Veep

Remember when I said “Parks and Recreation” was under-appreciated? Yeah, me too. With “Parks” out of the running, though, I have no problem throwing my full support behind “Veep” as the best comedy of the year. I feel like most people I know have given up on “Modern Family,” so I’d be surprised to see it win a fifth time. Though I don’t support it, I have a strong feeling “Orange is the New Black” will be the big winner. However, after three seasons, “Veep” has proved its comedic excellence, and I hope voters recognize that.

Since I’ve already covered the drama and miniseries/movie categories, this is my last pre-Emmys post. Here’s hoping all my wishes come true on August 25!

July 2014: What I’m Watching and Reading This Month

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update, so it seemed time for another. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately in my entertainment ventures.

TV — Since the Emmy nominees were announced, I’ve been doing lots of thinking about the past TV season and trying to catch up on some of the nominees that I missed out on in the past year. Part of that process was completing season one of Masters of Sex,” watching the miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon,” and watching the HBO movie The Normal Heart. Now that I’ve done all that, I’m as prepared as I intend to be for the Emmy awards, which are of course over a month away. I’m a big fan of being prepared.As far as my reactions go for these, I think “Masters of Sex” is great and I’m excited to see how season two progresses, “The Spoils of Babylon” is ridiculous fun that isn’t for everyone, but I’m glad Kristen Wiig got another nomination out of it, and I thought The Normal Heart was good, but by no means great. It doesn’t live up to the quality of two of HBO’s recent movies, Game Change or Behind the Candelabra.

In my other TV news: I finished Seinfeld”! Since I started it last fall with my roommate, this was a very big accomplishment in my book. Now I’m working on “Cheers, and I’ve already completed one season and started another. Just two full seasons and another partial one to go before I finish it. Considering “Cheers” is 271 episodes, I think finishing it will also be a momentous occasion.

Since I’m trying to stay focused on one project at a time with TV right now, I’m not sure what my next project will be once “Cheers” is complete. I plan to rewatch Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23″ with my roommate when he’s moving in, but I’m not sure what my solo project will be. Suggestions? Stay tuned to see what I choose.

Movies — It’s been nearly a month since I saw a movie in theaters, but I’ve been trying to do my own catching up through Netflix, On Demand, and Amazon Prime. I’ve now watched 78 new movies this year, so I’m making progress toward my goal of 125. My favorite that I’ve watched recently was Short Term 12, which I’ve watched twice in the past week. It’s a great emotional story and well-worth watching. 

I’m also trying to work on my goal of watching 10 movies from the AFI Top 100 list. I’ve only watched two so far this year, but I hope I can work on a few more in the coming days and weeks. We have an old movie theater in town that screens “classic” movies, and so I’m seeing American Graffiti later this week, and since The Godfather trilogy in On Demand right now, I’m going to try to take full advantage of those films. 

Books — I finally finished Jane Austen’s Emma earlier this week, so that was another big thing to cross off my list. I’m now back to working on The Death Cure, the final book in The Maze Runner trilogy. I’ve only got 5 books left on my “set” reading list for the year, but since I’m starting an English graduate program this fall, I think it’ll be important to try to get ahead on my reading. Once I finish The Death Cure, I think I’ll read The Silkworm, J.K. Rowling’s sequel to last year’s The Cuckoo’s Calling before starting Moby-Dick, one of the many reading projects for my classes this fall.

I must say, it’s pretty fantastic to have the whole summer free for fulfilling all my entertainment wishes.

Emmy Hopes and Predictions: Miniseries and TV Movie

As far as these categories are concerned, I think I’m a little out of my league because I’m not as well-versed in the nominees as I am for comedies and dramas. However, it seems inevitable that usually one or two of the miniseries or movies nominated tends to dominate, and I imagine that will again be true this year. So, to the best of my abilities, here are my predictions and general feelings about the Emmy nominees for the miniseries and movie categories.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
  • Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
  • Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
  • Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Kristen Wiig Sarah Paulson

I imagine the award in this category will be a real fight between the two ladies of AHS: Coven, but after watching the ridiculous and entertaining The Spoils of Babylon a few nights ago, I’d love to see Kristen Wiig win. That will probably never happen, though. My money’s on Sarah Paulson.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
  • Martin Freeman, Fargo
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Billy Bob Thornton Benedict Cumberbatch

I think this category could be a bit of a toss up. As far as awards go, I think Sherlock is wildly underappreciated, and I would absolutely love to see Benedict Cumberbatch win here. He’s brilliant in his performance, and there’s nothing more to say on that subject. I think, though, that the two Fargo men are going to be the bigger competitors here, but I’d give the edge to Billy Bob Thornton for his showier performance. Mark Ruffalo was also very good in The Normal Heart, but I don’t think his performance or the movie in general were as good as some of the others in this category.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
  • Allison Tolman, Fargo
  • Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Allison Tolman Kathy Bates

I could see this award going a few different ways. Since half the nominees come from AHS: Coven, I could see these women splitting the vote, but it’s also very possible for one of them to take home the prize. Of these three, I’d say Kathy Bates is most likely to win, and she’d certainly deserve it. I’m also hoping that Allison Tolman has a real shot, because she’s not only adorable, she was also great as Molly Solverson. Also, Ellen Burstyn won this award last year for a really terrible show, so she better not have a repeat.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Colin Hanks, Fargo
  • Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
  • Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
  • Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
  • Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart

Colin Hanks Martin Freeman

I’ve seen all six of the performances in this category, and I’m fairly torn. Like my comments on the Lead Actor category, I think I’d be pretty happy to see most of these men win, but I’m partial to Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman. Sherlock just doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and Martin Freeman is the perfect complement to Benedict Cumberbatch. I can’t imagine a better pair as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Colin Hanks also gave a great breakout performance on Fargo, and he’s just so likeable (like father, like son, I guess), that you have to root for him. I have a feeling the four nominees from The Normal Heart will split votes, but I think Matt Bomer and Joe Mantello have the strongest chances at winning. Personally, though, I hope it goes to one of the two non-Normal Heart actors.

Outstanding Miniseries

  • American Horror Story: Coven, FX
  • Bonnie and Clyde, Lifetime
  • Fargo, FX
  • Luther, BBC America
  • Treme, HBO
  • The White Queen, Starz

Fargo

American Horror Story has dominated the miniseries categories in recent years, but I think it’s likely that Fargo will upset their record. It seems to me that these two shows are the only two in the running here, and I think Fargo is strong enough to overcome the previous winner.

Outstanding Television Movie

  • Killing Kennedy, National Geographic
  • The Normal Heart, HBO
  • Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, HBO
  • Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS
  • The Trip to Bountiful, Lifetime

Sherlock

I’m a bit of a broken record on this subject, but I just really think it would be wonderful if Sherlock won a few things on awards night. Though the show only submitted a single episode as a TV movie (because they all run an hour-and-a-half), it’s a bit difficult to judge it against more conventional movies. I know the only other real contender here is The Normal Heart, which I expect will win. After watching it a few nights ago, I really don’t think the HBO production lived up to the high standards of Sherlock, in terms of writing, performances, or production value. However, I think Sherlock is the underdog here, so I’ll probably be a bit disappointed in the end. Sigh.

And to conclude, let’s all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Martin Freeman’s face is all over the miniseries/TV movie categories. It makes me very happy.

Stay tuned for my input about the comedy categories!

Emmy Hopes and Predictions: Drama

After lots of internal dilemmas, I’ve come up with my predictions for the Emmy nominees for this year’s drama categories. I think I’d just be happier if the Academy would give out like 3 awards for some categories, because sometimes choosing one person is just too tough. Look out for upcoming posts about my feelings on the comedy and miniseries/movie categories.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards
  • Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Kerry Washington

As I mentioned in my introduction, picking one person is hard, especially because I’m a fan of four of these actresses. Since I didn’t enjoy House of Cards when I tried watching it and I’ve never seen The Good Wife, I’ve knocked Robin Wright and Julianna Margulies out of my running, but that of course doesn’t mean they’re unlikely to win. Claire Danes is always great, but I don’t think she’s as likely to win this year. My gut says Kerry Washington is going to be victorious, unless it goes to Margulies after what many have said was the show’s best season. And for the record, Michelle and Lizzy are both winners in my heart. (I’m also still mourning the fact that Vera Farmiga wasn’t nominated this year, so there’s that).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Woody Harrelson, True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Bryan Cranston

Let’s just get this out in the open right now: I will not be pleased if True Detective sweeps the drama categories. I thought the show was good, but not nearly as great as everyone else made it out to be. Needless to say, I do not want Harrelson or McConaghey to win, though they both gave great performances. Bryan Cranston undoubtedly deserves a prize for the final season of Breaking Bad, and I really hope he gets it. If anyone else wins, I’m expecting it to be one of the True Detective men, and my guess is that McConaughey has the stronger chance of the two.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Lena Headey

Another tough category, because I watched five of these performances (sorry, Christine Baranski), and they’re all award-worthy. Since Anna Gunn won last year, I’m not sure she’ll do it again, especially since her role was smaller in the final episodes of Breaking Bad. I don’t really think Maggie Smith would win again, though to be clear, she’s only won in this category once, in 2012. She also won in 2011 when Downton Abbey was still considered a miniseries. As much as I like Christina Hendricks, I don’t think she had the screen time or narrative relevance to win. And though I love Joanne Froggatt and she gave a great performance this season, I don’t think it’s very likely she’ll win. So I guess that leaves me with Lena Headey! I think she’s got a good shot, especially for her first nomination, and I’d be happy to see her win. But really, any of these ladies could win and I’d be supportive. Whatever.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Aaron Paul Mandy Patinkin

My emotions are confused yet again. Though I’ve not seen Jon Voight’s or Josh Charles’s performances, I think Charles has a good shot at an award from what I’ve heard of this season of The Good Wife. But when I look at the shows I do watch, I’m again perplexed. Even though Aaron Paul has won several times before, I think he again has a great shot for the final episodes of Breaking Bad. I adore Jim Carter, but there’s no way he’ll win. Peter Dinklage definitely has a solid chance, especially considering his great performance in what was a very difficult season for Tyrion. Personally, though, I think I’d vote for Mandy Patinkin, mostly because I love him and I don’t know if he’ll ever win for Homeland. Emotions aside, I think the two strongest contenders are Aaron Paul and Josh Charles.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
  • Kate Mara, House of Cards
  • Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
  • Kate Burton, Scandal
  • Margo Martindale, The Americans
  • Jane Fonda, The Newsroom

Allison Janney

I really hope Allison Janney has this one in the bag, but I can’t be sure. She’s absolutely who I’d vote for; she’s amazing as the sweet, charming, and pitiful Margaret Scully, and totally deserves an award for her performance. I don’t even want to talk about the other nominees, so I won’t.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
  • Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
  • Robert Morse, Mad Men
  • Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
  • Joe Morton, Scandal
  • Dylan Baker, The Good Wife

Joe Morton

I’ve seen four of these performances and think this category is pretty wide open. My personal vote would be for Joe Morton because he’s so deliciously evil as Olivia Pope’s dad. His character is the definition of “love to hate him.” However, this is the last chance for Robert Morse to win (even though it’s weird that he’s always been considered a guest and not a supporting actor), and Beau Bridges is great on Masters of Sex. Paul Giamatti was perfectly sleazy on Downton Abbey, but again, I don’t think he’s got a real shot. This category could be a bit of a surprise.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Breaking Bad, AMC
  • Mad Men, AMC
  • House of Cards, Netflix
  • Downton Abbey, PBS
  • Game of Thrones, HBO
  • True Detective, HBO

Breaking Bad

I really, really hope that Breaking Bad repeats its win from last year. The win would be completely and absolutely deserved, but I’m afraid that True Detective will sneak up and take the cake. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no question about which show deserves to win, and I hope voters feel the same as I do.