Thursday, December 8, 2022

Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

I’ve been predicting the Golden Globe nominations for more than fifteen years, and even if the group doesn’t have the same industry relevance as in the past, it’s still helpful and fun to see what shows and performances get honored. Here’s my assessment of the contenders in this category.

Last year’s nominees:
Paul Bettany (WandaVision)
Oscar Isaac (Scenes from a Marriage)
Michael Keaton (Dopesick)
Ewan McGregor (Halston)
Tahar Rahim (The Serpent)

Four of the six Emmy nominees from this past year are eligible, and one of the other two, Oscar Isaac (Moon Knight), has another role that could put him in contention again. Colin Firth (The Staircase), Andrew Garfield (Under the Banner of Heaven), Sebastian Stan (Pam and Tommy), and Himesh Patel (Station Eleven) will surely face competition from more recent contenders, like Evan Peters (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Steve Carell (The Patient), Domhnall Gleeson (The Patient), Ben Whishaw (This Is Going to Hurt), Jesse Eisenberg (Fleishman is in Trouble), Michael Shannon (George and Tammy), Kumail Nanjiani (Welcome to Chippendales), Chaske Spencer (The English), and Daniel Radcliffe (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story). Other options who didn’t get Emmy nods include Jared Leto (WeCrashed), Ben Foster (The Survivor), Sean Penn (Gaslit), Miles Teller (The Offer), and Samuel L. Jackson (The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey).

Current predictions:
Steve Carell (The Patient)
Colin Firth (The Staircase)
Andrew Garfield (Under the Banner of Heaven)
Evan Peters (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story)
Sebastian Stan (Pam and Tommy)

Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical

I’ve been predicting the Golden Globe nominations for more than fifteen years, and even if the group doesn’t have the same industry relevance as in the past, it’s still helpful and fun to see what shows and performances get honored. Here’s my assessment of the contenders in this category.

Last year’s nominees:
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)
Elle Fanning (The Great)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)
Jean Smart (Hacks)

Last year’s winner and two-time Emmy champ Jean Smart (Hacks) is guaranteed to be back, and I have a feeling that Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) will be too since the show is still popular and she’s in the right category here as a co-lead. I wouldn’t count on Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) to be back for her show’s final season, while Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant), Rachel Bronsnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) were all nominated the last time they were eligible. Lily Collins (Emily in Paris), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) and Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) are past nominees, and Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) could also be recognized for the first time for their show’s final seasons. She missed out last year, but Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building) feels like a good bet to make the cut this time around, and this could also bring debut nominations for Rose McIver (Ghosts) and Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows). New contenders include Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Sarah Lancashire (Julia), Ayo Edibiri (The Bear), Vanessa Bayer (I Love That For You), Amy Schumer (Life and Beth), Ophelia Lovibond (Minx), Bridget Everett (Somebody Somewhere), and a nominee I’d love to see, Tatiana Maslany (She-Hulk: Attorney at Law).

Current predictions:
Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary)
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)
Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building)
Jenna Ortega (Wednesday)
Jean Smart (Hacks)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical

I’ve been predicting the Golden Globe nominations for more than fifteen years, and even if the group doesn’t have the same industry relevance as in the past, it’s still helpful and fun to see what shows and performances get honored. Here’s my assessment of the contenders in this category.

Last year’s nominees:
Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
Nicholas Hoult (The Great)
Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)
Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)

Only Hoult and Sudeikis aren’t eligible this time around since their shows don’t return until next year. Anthony Anderson (black-ish) feels like a sincere longshot for his show’s final season, while Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) and Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building) should easily be back. Ramy Youssef (Ramy), Bill Hader (Barry), and Donald Glover (Atlanta) were all nominated the last time their shows were eligible and will surely garner votes this time around. New contenders include Jeremy Allen White (The Bear), Mohammed Amer (Mo), Rhys Darby (Our Flag Means Death), Jake Johnson (Minx), Sam Richardson (The Afterparty), and Keegan Michael-Key (Reboot). Though they have yet to be nominated, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ghosts), Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows), Kayvan Novak (What We Do in the Shadows), Alan Tudyk (Resident Alien), and Danny McBride (The Righteous Gemstones) could also be recognized for the first time.

Current predictions:
Mohammed Amer (Mo)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)
Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)
Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)

Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama

I’ve been predicting the Golden Globe nominations for more than fifteen years, and even if the group doesn’t have the same industry relevance as in the past, it’s still helpful and fun to see what shows and performances get honored. Here’s my assessment of the contenders in this category.

Last year’s nominees:
Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
Christine Baranski (The Good Fight)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Michaela JaƩ Rodriguez (Pose)

Two of last year’s nominees - Christine Baranski (The Good Fight) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) – are eligible this time around, along with a host of past nominees: Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), and Laura Linney (Ozark). I’m expecting only the last one of that entire group to make the cut this time. Two-time Emmy winner Zendaya (Euphoria) feels like a sure thing, and it’s hard to imagine a lineup without Imelda Staunton (The Crown). Buzz should be strong for Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon) and Britt Lower (Severance), and other new options include Simone Ashley (Bridgerton), Carrie Coon (The Gilded Age), and Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters). Her show’s swan song wasn’t enough to earn Mandy Moore a second Emmy nomination, but it’s possible the onetime supporting actress nominee could net her second Globe nod for the show’s final season.

Current predictions:
Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Britt Lower (Severance)
Imelda Staunton (The Crown)
Zendaya (Euphoria)

Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama

I’ve been predicting the Golden Globe nominations for more than fifteen years, and even if the group doesn’t have the same industry relevance as in the past, it’s still helpful and fun to see what shows and performances get honored. Here’s my assessment of the contenders in this category.

Last year’s nominees:
Brian Cox (Succession)
Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Omar Sy (Lupin)
Jeremy Strong (Succession)

None of last year’s nominees will return this year. Two men were last nominated the time they were eligible and could be running for the final time this year: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and Jason Bateman (Ozark). Only two other actors are also eligible this time around, but both were only nominated once, in 2017: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) and Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor). Expect an Emmy nominee, Adam Scott (Severance), to join the lineup, along with Dominic West (The Crown) and Paddy Considine (House of the Dragon). I’m still not seeing Kevin Costner (Yellowstone) and his show surging, but everyone else seems to think they will. The same could be true for Antony Starr (The Boys) and Karl Urban (The Boys), but that show’s awards rollout has also been lackluster. There are a handful of new contenders, including Diego Luna (Andor), Jeff Bridges (The Old Man), Sylvester Stallone (Tulsa King), and Morgan Spector (The Gilded Age).

Current predictions:
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Paddy Considine (House of the Dragon)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Adam Scott (Severance)
Dominic West (The Crown)

What I’m Watching: His Dark Materials (Season Premiere)

His Dark Materials: Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2 “The Enchanted Sleeper” and “The Break” (B+)

It’s been nearly two years since the end of season two of this show, and I had largely forgotten about it during that time. But it still has a special place in my heart since it’s based on a book series I read that got made into a lackluster movie, “The Golden Compass,” that I saw in college. This two-episode premiere was certainly epic, and it’s so interesting to see just how much religion is featured. The idea both that God is just an angel and that Lyra might be Eve is so interesting, and that the might of the Authority would be used to try to kill Lyra because of the threat to their supremacy she represents is just staggering. Neither of her parents are being particularly helpful, with Lord Asriel believing his daughter isn’t of that much importance and Mrs. Coulter drugging her in an effort to keep her space. Will was smart to ally himself with Iorek Byrnison by showing him that he had the knife, and he and Lyra may be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers with the help of the allies they have, including angels. Asriel’s eagerness to torture their imprisoned angel was unsettling, but this is not a show where Lyra is going to end up part of a happy family who will look anything like normal, provided she manages to survive all of this. With two episodes dropping per week through the end of the month, this should be an engaging final ride.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

What I’m Watching: The White Lotus

The White Lotus: Season 2, Episode 6 “Abductions” (B+)

I like when characters specifically mention gaslighting rather than just fall victim to it, and, by the end of this episode, it was Ethan who was going crazy and not Harper, who had managed to alleviate her concerns about her husband’s dependability either by reassurance that he was a good guy or by getting her own revenge, as recommended by Daphne. Telling the whole truth is always the best option, and Ethan could have avoided a lot of this by just throwing his friend under the bus for not having paid Lucia and Mia. The Di Grasso expedition to find their long-lost relatives did not go particularly well, and now Albie is going to do something stupid to try to “free” Lucia from her current arrangement. Tanya had one hell of a night which ended in sex while she was very high, and apparently her being recorded. I wasn’t on board with these theories about Greg being involved in something, but that photo looked a lot like him. Jack is also becoming less and less appealing by the moment, but Portia, who pretty much knows by now that he’s not Quentin’s nephew, is not making much of an effort to do anything about it or get the hell out of there. When I had a lovely interview with Sabrina Impaccatiore last week, she did mention that this was a big episode for Valentina, and she did do fine dramatic work as she got her heart broken by a truly well-meaning and clueless Isabella and then let her guard down to enjoy a wild night with Mia.

Pilot Review: George and Tammy

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What I’m Watching: The L Word: Generation Q

The L Word: Generation Q: Season 3, Episode 3 “Quiz Show” (B+)

I’m glad to see that Gigi is okay since car crashes are very rarely a positive development for a character on any show. Her relationship with Dani, on the other hand, took a nosedive when her request for more time following her vision of Nat and the kids resulted in an immediate breakup and then an assault of oranges. It was fitting to have a callback to the Chart from the original series in an episode that combined so many past relationships in the same place in the most awkward of ways. Gigi and Nat may be getting back together, but it was their closeness that threatened Nat’s relationship with Alice, who was the focus of the show that Nat just decided to attend with her ex. And then Dani got invited by Sophie back to her place for comfort, which managed to shock the typically unflappable Finley and delighted Micah since he just wanted to join in on the feast and now felt okay doing so since it was no longer a date night. I wasn’t sure at first but soon recognized Joey Lauren Adams by her voice as Taylor the coffee lady, who is sure to become Alice’s new obsession even if she’s not into this fast-moving entertainment world. While Tess was home having an endearing, affirming moment with her unexpectedly lucid mother, Shane gave into temptation once again, and the fact that Sophie saw it happen means that it’s sure not to stay secret for that long. I was thrilled to see Carrie again and to not only see her move on romantically but also forge a friendship with a character who’s a perfect platonic match for her: Finley.

What I’m Watching: Tulsa King

Tulsa King: Season 1, Episode 4 “Visitation Place” (B+)

I’m glad to see that Dwight found a productive use for Armand rather than just killing him, and that his distaste at the idea of him having agave rather than sugar to put with his tea didn’t send him over the edge. Dwight wasn’t interested in hearing about how Tulsa isn’t New York City, but Armand has apparently proven himself by showing up and getting money for a separate act of loyalty than the new tax he owes to his boss. He also stood up for himself for the first time in a while, attacking his neighbor with that soiled shoe and telling his wife that they already have a home. It also looked like Tyson was going to inadvertently get himself into some trouble with his father intervening and judging what he was doing, but Mark showed up to join the enemy of his enemy after seeing how his son had been beaten up. They’re definitely a ragtag team, but one that’s capable of producing good results, even if some of their members don’t want to resort to violence as a matter of principle. I didn’t recognize Emmy nominee Annabella Sciorra as Joanne, giving Dwight a bit of connection to his personal life and permitting him an emotional goodbye he didn’t know was coming so soon. Removed from one bad romantic option, Stacy is playing the field but also watching herself since she knows that it’s very easy to find the wrong person who can lead to many headaches.

Monday, December 5, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 5 “Positive, Front-Facing Optics” (B)

While there’s not much that happened back at the place that’s increasingly looking less and less like utopia, this episode did see a major development in the introduction of Guerrero and the unconventional pairing of Allie with the man who was previously hunting him, Bill. I’m a big fan of Ian Hart, an actor I think I first remember from “Dirt,” and it’s fun to see him in a less intense context. I also can’t have been the only one who saw Allie being fitted for a suit and immediately thought of that mind-bending episode of “The Leftovers” in which Justin Theroux plays twin brothers. It’s just jarring anyway to see Allie in such a buttoned-up context since he’s been off the grid for so much of this show, and while he did succeed in saving the life of the innocent tech that Bill was prepared to shoot, they’re now both trapped there with someone who could easily identify them. I like the casting of Reed Diamond from “The Shield” and “Dollhouse” as the primary speaker who is surely going to want to talk to the people he suspects disrupted his big launch with their threatening video. After spending so many years hiding the truth from her children, Margot talked openly about it with Richard when he showed up and Dina managed to hear the entire thing. Expressing that she wished her mother had slit her wrists was unnecessarily cruel, but this family dynamic hardly boasts the best parenting ever seen.

Pilot Review: Three Pines

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Pilot Review: Riches

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What I’m Watching: The Capture

The Capture: Season 2, Episode 5 “Imposter Syndrome” (B+)

I like this episode’s title, which doesn’t even begin to capture the head-spinning nature of its revelations. I can appreciate that, after so much intrigue, we finally get definitive answers not just about who’s behind everything but also about why it’s happening. In an increasingly polarized world, it makes sense that the goal of any political campaign would be to present a candidate who can appeal to just about anyone. You’d think that conflicting stories about someone would mean that a voter would decide to support someone else because of that candidate’s inconsistency, but I suppose that people gravitate towards positive examples they like more than negative ones. Seeing that process work in the country of Georgia underlines its universality, and how a place like the UK is among the most influential testing grounds where Isaac could be positioned into a leadership trajectory that didn’t even need the real him’s buy-in. He’s certainly cut Rachel off as she’s starting to figure out what’s happening, and realizing the Knox connection came sadly too late. I knew she wasn’t going to be killed off but things did not look good when she was hiding in that elevator, and now she’s presumably going to meet whoever it is that’s bankrolling all of this and eager to suppress her potential to expose all of it. The concept of de-correction is also deeply problematic, as evidenced by her seeing the Russian assassin without his mask on, something she knows didn’t happen yet is being put plainly before her eyes as if it should be totally credible.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

What I’m Watching: Dead to Me

Dead to Me: Season 2, Episode 6 “We're Gonna Beat This Thing” (B+)

This episode felt like it covered a lot of time, starting with Judy preparing for her chemo and learning about the cold cap she can wear so she won’t lose her hair and seeing how difficult it was for Jen to be by her side while she kept flashing back to memories of her mother. Judy’s chemo nurse dying of a heart attack as Judy was nearing the completion of her treatment was an unfortunate morale setback, and Jen acted fairly out of character by eating a large handful of gummies in an effort to cheer Jen up. Watching them laugh about telling the secret of having killed Steve and then going on about onomatopoeia since a mom “moms” was entertaining, and then Jen freaked out in a big way when she looked at herself in the mirror. I enjoyed her telling Charlie that he was driving like an octopus and the doctor refusing to believe that Jen wasn’t on drugs, but the biggest reveal of that hospital trip was that Jen is apparently pregnant. That’s not something she was planning on and will forever link her to Steve’s murder, and it’s hard to know how she’s going to deal with that startling information. Perez is still looking out for her but Nick, who has lots of theories and loves asking his unamused colleague to guess, is getting closer to Judy and by association Jen as the culprit. Henry was kind in wishing that Judy would be okay, but her beating cancer doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll escape legal justice for what she’s done.