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REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2   3 comments

It definitely is the end of an era.

So yeah, I was able to watch this just yesterday. Probably, this is the best movie to have my first IMAX experience. It was worth it. Every cent of the money I paid for is worth it. I’ll give you a warning though, I’m still suffering from Potter madness so this might be a biased review  piece of appreciation for the decade that Potter gave us.

I actually enjoyed the film. Yes, it’s not a hundred percent faithful to the book. Yes, the fight scenes were too short. Yes, it wasn’t able to include all the details despite that it’s a two-parter. And yes, that did not hinder me from liking and appreciating one of the best Potter films of the franchise.

More than anything, I felt that the overall theme of the film was to convey to us that it is, indeed, the last. There’s no more new book to look forward to, and no more movie to watch. But while it said that it will be the last, I never felt that it was the end. There’s the whole nostalgic atmosphere that you’ll feel when watching the movie. It feels as if every scene indicates that. It’s not forced, as it was genuinely felt.

Anyway, David Yates was at his best when he directed this one. It was a showstopper. All the previous films he did before this is like a preparation as compared to this one. This is his main show, and he certainly delivered. There’s nothing left to nitpick about the technical aspects of the film. There were probably some scenes that were too dark, but not on the IMAX screen. The art direction was top notch. Same goes to the cinematography, and the visual effects of the film. I also love how the original score was already memorable seconds after the movie started.

Daniel Radcliffe was the star of this show. Unlike the previous Potter movies where in he gets overshadowed, he managed to stand out in this one. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint played supporting characters this time, and does it without upstaging anyone else. Matthew Lewis was given something to do, and never overplayed his part. However, three actors really stood out for me: Alan Rickman’s Snape was one of the emotional highlights of the film. And he handled the material very well, thus everyone loved his “scene.” Ralph Fiennes, putting all the prosthetic and make up aside, was able to channel Lord Voldemort perfectly that you’ll realize how much he studied this role, and how much he was perfect in it. My personal favorite though is Dame Maggie Smith’s Professor McGonagall. There’s something about her performance that made me smile every time she appears on screen. She was funny, heartbreaking, inspirational, and effective all at the same time.

I guess whatever the movie ended up, I’d still have loved the film. After all, I’ve already invested a lot of my life with Hogwarts and Potter. But I was actually satisfied with this ending. This gave me enough closure already. 🙂

Grade: A

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 28   2 comments

DAY 28: The Most Obscure Film You’ve Ever Seen – Zyzzyx Rd (John Penney, 2006)

I know, I know. You were all thinking WTF. What the hell did I take to watch this film. Truth is, I don’t even think you know this film exists, and I can’t blame you. It stars then struggling actress Katherine Heigl, and by looking at the poster, you’ll know this ain’t good. That’s a fact though. This was cheap Z-movie (can’t even say B movie) from start to end. The reason why I “discovered” this was I was researching on the film that is the lowest box office hit of all time, and yes you’re looking at it now.

For a budget of two million, it earned 20 dollars for its whole run. Actually, it was shown for six days in a cinema somewhere in Texas, and earned 30 dollars. But one of the three people who watched it wanted a refund, so the total earnings went back to 20 bucks. However, the purpose of the film was mainly to complete a necessity requirement to eb a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

I’m not fabricating any story here. That’s as true as it gets. LOL. I was even surprised to see a torrent of this film because I didn’t even think they’ll spend more money on DVDs. Hahaha. Anyway, that’s new found information for you guys!

Posted July 18, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 27   Leave a comment

DAY 27: Your Favorite Independent Film – Once (John Carney, 2007)

This is one small movie that has one big impact. I chose this because the movie is really independent (for the love of God, it was shot using a video camera). But that didn’t hinder it from delivering what the message of the film was. It’s a film about love. But unlike any other stories about love, it was never afraid to show love that hurts. Or love that doesn’t have a happy ending. Or that love is experimental by nature. There’s this emotional aspect that the film conveys so much that it makes me fall in love with the film the more I watch it.

And oh, Falling Slowly is definitely one of the best movie soundtrack in the history of cinema. That’s how good it was. IMO, it’s even one of the best songs ever.  🙂

Posted July 17, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 26   Leave a comment

Day 26: Your Favorite Foreign Language Film – Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

I love how simple the approach with this film is, but still manages to get through you every single time. Amelie probably lives her life to the fullest and enjoys every single moment of it. Tautou sells every scene she’s in and does it with so much fun and wit that it highly affects your enjoyment of the movie. Also, how beautiful was France in the film!?!??! If you’re not a fan yet, then you’ll probably fall in love with that place.

Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s screenplay and direction treats the film as it’s one big fantasy dream sequence. Far fetched? Yes. Possible? Yes as well. How I wish I’d have to live my life like Amelie, even just in a dream. 🙂

Posted July 16, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations reactions   7 comments

Good day everyone!  It’s TGIF, indeed. 🙂 Here are some things that I’d love to share first before I do my reactions:

1. THANK YOU for spending your time reading my predictions. I just had my “busiest” blog day yesterday as it reached an all-time high number of view pages. 3/4 of those viewed the Emmy predictions I made. It makes me feel like somewhat an “Emmy expert.” Haha.

2. Boy, did I do great with my Emmy nomination predictions! I got lucky this year. Haha! I even won the mini-game over at PinoyExchange.com and though the prize is bragging rights (I actually just guessed that), I’m on a good Emmy company there. 🙂

3. Now since I did pretty well, don’t expect that the same will happen when it comes to predicting the winners. The Emmys is probably the most difficult awards show to predict. The only consistent trend that I noticed was that it’s difficult to guess the winners. Haha.

With that, here are the nominees for this year’s Emmys together with my reactions:

BEST DRAMA SERIES

“Boardwalk Empire”
“Dexter”
“Friday Night Lights”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“Mad Men”

HOW I FARED: 6/6 Yay!

Well, it would have been better if Justified replaced the weak season of Dexter. But of course with four acting nominations, I won’t push it that much. Happiest for Game of Thrones because the show made it! 🙂 And good swan song for Friday Night Lights. Expect Breaking Bad to come back next year.

BEST DRAMA ACTOR

Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”)
Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”)
Hugh Laurie (“House”)
Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)

HOW I FARED: 6/6 Another yay!

Best Actor Drama is a sold group once again. Say what you want about Hugh Laurie but I think he still rises above the quality of the show even though (the show) has already passed its prime. Welcome to the club, Timothy Olyphant! Here’s hoping Hall/Hamm/Laurie will end up as the winner this year.

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS

Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”)
Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”)
Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law”)
Mireille Enos (“The Killing”)
Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order”)
Elizabeth Moss (“Mad Men”)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed Enos for Sedgwick

It’s weird because I was talking to some friends a few days ago on how Kyra had the perfect track record with the Emmys, Globes, and SAGs then she suddenly missed the nom. It would have been alright actually. What pissed me off was Mariska Hargitay is still polluting the category for four years now, and voters still buy her acting. Poor Katey Sagal, the woman can’t catch a break.

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR

Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”)
Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”)
Walton Goggins (“Justified”)
John Slattery (“Mad Men”)
Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age”)

HOW I FARED: 4/6; missed Braugher and Goggins for Noble and Pitt

Wow they snubbed Boardwalk Empire guys in this category eh? Not even a single Michael got honored. My Peter Dinklage prediction paid off, though it has to be on the expense of another gutsy prediction: John Noble. I’m happy for Josh Charles, and Walton Goggins! Walton, this should have been your third nom already!

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS

Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”)
Margo Martindale (“Justified”)
Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”)
Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed Forbes for Gless

Aww man, I thought they’ll stick with Gless. I changed my prediction the last minute from Forbes to Gless, only to find out that I should have sticked with it. Oh well. To the person who advised Margo Martindale to submit in Supporting instead of Guest, good job! Here’s hoping Margo Martindale gets the plum.  🙂

BEST GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bruce Dern (“Big Love”)
Beau Bridges(“Brothers & Sisters”)
Michael J. Fox (“The Good Wife”)
Paul McCrane (“Harry’s Law”)
Jeremy Davies (“Justified”)
Robert Morse (“Mad Men”)

HOW I FARED: 2/6; missed Dern, Bridges, McCrane, and Davies for Irons, Newhart, Holbrook, and Weller

This is such a weird category. Most of the performances they nominated came from shows they don’t give a damn. Like what I said, it’s Michael J. Fox’s to lose though. So it’s just a matter of who’s joining him.

BEST GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mary McDonnell (“The Closer”)
Julia Stiles (“Dexter”)
Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
Randee Heller (“Mad Men”)
Cara Buono (“Mad Men”)
Joan Cusack (“Shameless”)
Alfre Woodard (“True Blood”)

HOW I FARED: 1/7; missed McDonnell, Devine, Heller, Buono, Cusack, and Woodard for Messing, Aghdashloo, Burstyn, Bergen, and Hewitt

I don’t get why the ATAS played catch up with Mary McDonnell a year after she was supposed to be nominated. Devine, is not a nice surprise as she gets to have only five minutes of screentime on her tape. Heller and Buono were carried with the Mad Men hard-on. Cusack is always one of the spoilers; and Woodard could have shit herself and she still will get a nomination for that. What bothered me was the lack of Law and Order: SVU nominations especially Debra Messing. They finally realized it’s an easy route to win an Emmy nomination, and possibly a win.

BEST COMEDY SERIES

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Glee” (FOX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“The Office” (NBC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
“30 Rock” (NBC)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed Big Bang Theory for Hot in Cleveland

Thank God no Showtime dramedies this year! I’ve always thought that fourth might be the charm for Big Bang (like How I Met Your Mother) but a Betty White name is already enough for them to check off the show. Apparently they did the right thing. I’m so overwhelmed that Parks and Recreation is the little show that could and now they really got nominated. Hope Community finally breaks through.

BEST COMEDY ACTOR

Louis C.K. (“Louie”)
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Steve Carell (“The Office”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed Galecki for Morrison

Yehey! Probably one of the few times when I thought I’m wrong is right, Morrison was snubbed this year. Oh wait, he wasn’t snubbed because he did nothing nominating-worthy. I finally thought that McHale gets in (I predicted he won’t) and sadly, I’m right. LeBlanc is the fourth Friend to get a nomination post-Friends (Kudrow, Perry, and Aniston got nommed already).

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS

Laura Linney (“The Big C”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”)
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)
Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope”)
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy, I’mma let you finish but uh… COURTENEY COX DESERVES TO BE NOMINATED OVER YOU!!! Shit this Academy, what does Courteney have to do!?!?!? I was furied though I already saw this coming. Yay for no Lea Michele though. Toni Collette was snubbed as well but at least she already has an Emmy on her mantle. Raise your hand for Martha Plimpton! She deserves it! 🙂

BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR

Chris Colfer (“Glee”)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”)
Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”)
Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Joy Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed Cryer for Harris

Hurray for 4 MF guys getting nominated! Finally, Emmy nominee Ed O’Neill! I was so shocked that Harris was snubbed when he could have had a winning tape already. And like Sedgwick, I would have been fine if it was Nick Offerman. But no, it’s JON CRYER. Jon freakin Cryer. Jon “you have NPH’s Emmy” Cryer. I’ll probably cry myself now.

BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS

Jane Lynch (“Glee”)
Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”)
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)
Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”)
Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”)

HOW I FARED: 6/6

Meh. Boring. Wendie Malick should have been nominated.

BEST GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Idris Elba (“The Big C”)
Nathan Lane (“Modern Family”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Saturday Night Live”)
Justin Timberlake (“Saturday Night Live”)
Matt Damon (“30 Rock”)
Will Arnett (“30 Rock”)

HOW I FARED: 2/6; missed Elba, Galifianakis, Damon, and Arnett for Reiner, Slattery, Lithgow, and Alda

They don’t like the old guys this year. Good set of nominees though Will Arnett is getting tiring already.

BEST GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”)
Dot-Marie Jones (“Glee”)
Gwyneth Paltrow (“Glee”)
Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”)
Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Elizabeth Banks (“30 Rock”)

HOW I FARED: 3/6; missed Chenoweth, Jones, and Banks for Stritch, Poehler, and Nixon

Damn Glee voters. If Chenoweth got nomemd then they probably didn’t watch her episode as she did nothing Emmy worthy there. Jones was okay but no winning tape so a wasted filler slot. Banks is the wrong 30 Rock girl: should have been Stritch or Sherri Shepherd.

BEST REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)

HOW I FARED: 5/6; missed So You Think You Can Dance for The Voice

Mark Burnett can’t catch a break. All these Survivor vs. the Voice talk is moot since SYTYCD got in instead. Excited for Amazing Race’s and Top Chef’s battle. Both good episodes.

BEST HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

Phil Keoghan (“The Amazing Race”)
Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”)
Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”)
Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”)
Jeff Probst (“Survivor”)

HOW I FARED: 4/5; missed Deeley for Lakshmi

I called it that Klum gets ejected this year and a female replaces her. Still wish it was Padma, but Cat Deeley deserves an overdue nom so good call, still.

BEST VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“Conan” (TBS)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

HOW I FARED: 6/6

Yay but…. BORING.

BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

“Cinema Verite” (HBO)
“Masterpiece: Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“The Kennedys” (ReelzChannel)
“Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
“The Pillars Of The Earth” (Starz)
“Too Big To Fail” (HBO)

HOW I FARED: 4/6; missed Kennedys and Pillars for Carlos and Upstairs Downstairs

I’m mad Carlos didn’t get in. And to add insult to injury, The Kennedys made it. Bleh. Hope Downton Abbey pulls off suprise over Mildred Pierce. And oh, what happened to The Sunset Limited?

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”)
Greg Kinnear (“The Kennedys”)
Barry Pepper (“The Kennedys”)
Idris Elba (“Luther”)
Laurence Fishburne (“Thurgood”)
William Hurt (“Too Big To Fail”)

HOW I FARED: 4/6; missed Kinner and Pepper for Jackson and Jones

Like what I said, what happened to The Sunset Limited? Not aware that there are six noms this year but Hurt filled my sixth spot. Yay for Idris Elba’s double nominations! But I’m on Team Edgar!

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Diane Lane (“Cinema Verite”)
Elizabeth McGovern (“Masterpiece: Downton Abbey”)
Kate Winslet (“Mildred Pierce”)
Taraji P. Henson (“Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”)
Jean Marsh (“Masterpiece: Upstairs Downstairs)

HOW I FARED: 4/5; missed Henson for Atwell

Why did I even fool myself that they’ll skip with the predictable nominee in an okay performance!?!?! *coughsTarajiHensoncoughs* Her first Oscar and Emmy noms are underwhelming because she has been snubbed before for better noms.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Tom Wilkinson (“The Kennedys”)
Guy Pearce (“Mildred Pierce”)
Brian F. O’Byrne (“Mildred Pierce”)
Paul Giamatti (“Too Big To Fail”)
James Woods (“Too Big To Fail”)

HOW I FARED: 3/5; missed O’Byrne and Giammatti for Gandolfini and Robbins

Why did they snub Cinema Verite here? Oh well had Giammatti sixth on my preds. Good call on O’Byrne as he’s one of Mildred Pierce’s assets.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Maggie Smith (“Masterpiece: Downton Abbey” )
Evan Rachel Wood (“Mildred Pierce”)
Melissa Leo (“Mildred Pierce”)
Mare Winningham (“Mildred Pierce”)
Eileen Atkins (“Upstairs Downstairs”)

HOW I FARED: 4/5; missed Winningham for Wilson

I predicted the wrong Wi to get nominated. Haha. Too much Mildred Pierce love here. Excited for the Dame Maggie to win just so I’ll see Melissa Leo’s fucked up face.

So how did you fare? And what are you excited about? Overall, I think these are good nominations. 🙂

 

Posted July 15, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 25   Leave a comment

DAY 25: Your Favorite Documentary Film – The Cove (Louie Psihoyos, 2009)

For someone who’s not gaga over watching documentaries (I have seen a lot, though), I find it pretty fascinating if there’s a docu I’ve seen that leaves impact days after I’ve seen it. That’s how I felt after watching The Cove. It was truthful, raw, and heartbreaking all a the same time. I’m no animal lover, but I don’t think that’s the point they’re establishing. It’s more on robbing the right of these poor dolphins to live, and co-exist with other species.

When I visited Hong Kong three years ago, we made it a requirement that we should visit a dolphin show. We actually did, but now that I know how fishy (pun intended) everything works backstage; the enjoyment factor is already gone. I recommend you to see it just so you can witness the cruelties that man can think of, for the purpose of money and power.

 

Posted July 15, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in 30 Day Film Challenge

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63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination Predictions (Miniseries, Reality, Variety)   2 comments

Hey everyone! It’s been a tiring day for me once again. I think I still wasn’t able to retrieve all the sleep that I needed after the continuous activities the past few days. Anyway, I just want to say a big THANK YOU first to everyone for reading my Emmy predictions in the drama (https://backtothefryingpan.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/63rd-primetime-emmy-awards-nomination-predictions-drama/) and comedy (https://backtothefryingpan.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/63rd-primetime-emmy-awards-nomination-predictions-comedy/) genres. I am seriously floored with the good numbers that I have seen in my page count the past few days so I hope you have a good time reading this little blog of mine.

Now, this is my last of the three part predictions that I did just in time for the Emmy nomination announcement later (evening here in the Philippines). Take note though that I’m not that well-informed in the following genres so I’m basing this one on buzz, Emmy history, and personal judgment as how I came up with these predictions.

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

• Carlos (Sundance Channel)
• Cinema Verite (HBO)
• Downton Abbey (PBS)
• Mildred Pierce (HBO)
• Too Big To Fail (HBO)
• Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS)

One good thing that has happened here is that they finally combined the usually crowded TV movie with the underpopulated miniseries, thus it will save 3-5 minutes of airtime at the Emmy ceremony. Haha! This year, as always, is about HBO as we see them take three of the six spots with their outputs this year such as Cinema Verita starring Diane Lane, Too Big To Fail which details the timely issues US has today, and of course the Oscar winning movie Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet on the front. The other three will include the critical hit movie that’s also Golden Globe’s winner for TV move this year, Carlos, and two PBS costume dramas that will surely make a showing in this category on Thursday: Downton Abbey  and the remake of Emmy’s once loved classic Upstairs, Downstairs.

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

• Idris Elba, “Luther”
• Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”
• Samuel Jackson, “The Sunset Limited”
• Tommy Lee Jones, “The Sunset Limited”
• Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos”

This seems to be a logical line up composed of three movie stars(Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel Jackson, Laurence Fishburne) all having outputs done by HBO. Then we have critics favorites Edgar Ramirez  who grabbed Globe and SAG nods already for playing the iconic character of Carlos the Jackal. The last spot will probably be between a respected movie star and Oscar winner vs. an established character actor. While William Hurt can easily get in the Best Actor list, I give the fifth spot to Idris Elba whose work on Luther has been the focal point of the show and of critics raves.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

• Hayley Atwell “Pillars of the Earth”
• Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”
• Jean Marsh, “Upstairs Downstairs”
• Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”
• Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”

There’s no point in discussing this one actually as this is Kate Winslet’s too lose. Diane Lane’s name power + HBO producing the film will lead her to a nomination. Three women from different period dramas will make it as Emmys surely love their period pieces. Jean Marsh and Elizabeth McGovern will hear their names being called while I expect Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell to finish the line up and as representative of the Pillars of the Earth nomination. The only spoiler I see in Taraji P. Henson in her Lifetime moment because Emmy voters will definitely nominate famous actresses even if the output is not nomination-worthy (Chandra Wilson, Mary Louise Parker).

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

• James Gandolfini, “Cinema Verite”
• Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce”
• Tim Robbins, “Cinema Verite”
• Tom Wilkinson, “The Kennedys”
• James Woods, “Too Big To Fail”

This will be a line up that is based on star power above anything else. Guy Pearce and James Woods will ride the success of their respective TV movies on a way to a nomination. Emmy winner Tom Wilkinson is too popular a name to overcome the negativity of The Kennedys as a series. Cinema Verite has Emmy favorite James Gandolfini and Tim Robbins on its side. The possible spoilers I see is Paul Giammatti for Too Big To Fail which will translate this to an all HBO line up. Any of the Brit series supporting actors can also pop up surprisingly.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

• Eileen Atkins, “Upstairs Downstairs”
• Melissa Leo, “Mildred Pierce”
• Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
• Ruth Wilson, “Luther”
• Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

It’s a 2-2-1 prediction for me in this category this year. 2 is for the number of dames we have. Dame Eileen Atkins pulled off an upset win for Cranford three years ago, and can repeat again this year with Upstairs Downstairs. The other dame is Maggie Smith who decided to enter the supporting actress category this year with her riveting performance in Downton Abbey. The other 2 is the number of Mildred Pierce ladies that will be nominated. Evan Rachel Wood is the breakout star who will finally get awards attention as the spoiled daughter in the HBO miniseries. The other one is for foul-mouthed Oscar Supporting Actress Melissa Leo,, whose nomination will be both for this and for Treme as they recognize her in general. The last spot is tricky: Betty White can easily get in due to pedigree alone, and if voters just lazily check off their ballots, then she’s in. There’s also 2 Sex and the City ladies but I’m afraid both Kim Cattrall’s and Cynthia Nixon’s performances will get lost in the shuffle. I expect the last slot to be occupied by Ruth Wilson as I think voters who’l; check off Idris Elba’s name will automatically check off hers as well.

REALITY SERIES

• Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
• Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel)
• Intervention (A&E Network)
• Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)
• Mythbusters (Discovery Channel)
• Undercover Boss (CBS)

I actually have no idea how to predict this category so I just chose past nominees and winners as my basis here. I’ll be totally happy if I get to predict at least four of the six. I predict Dog Whisperer as the alternate choice.

REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES

• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• American Idol (Fox)
• Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
• Project Runway (Lifetime)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)

Due to the consistent rubberstamping of the voters in this category, the Emmys decided to nominate six shows instead of the usual five. With that said, I still expect the same five to get repeat nominations in this category. The sixth one, though, is a battle of Mark Burnett shows. On the left side, is Survivor as it aims to be back on this category after so many years. On the right side is NBC’s The Voice which is one of the breakout shows this season. I give partial points to The Voice as I watch the show, and has gained buzz because it’s the show that revived NBC’s popularity.

REALITY/COMPETITION HOST

• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
• Phil Keoghan “The Amazing Race”
• Padma Lakshmi, “Top Chef”
• Jeff Probst, “Survivor”
• Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

This category is still a man’s world, after all. The only change I see is Padma Lakshmi replacing Heidi Klum as the only rose among the thorns. I changed her because Top Chef is the show that surprisingly stopped Amazing Race’s perfect track record, and I assume it has support within the Academy. No issue though as I believe Jeff Probst wins the fourth time. Bleh.

VARIETY SERIES

• The Colbert Report (Comedy Cebtral)
• Conan (TBS)
• The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
• Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
• Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
• Saturday Night Live (NBC)

I expect the same nominees as last year + Jimmy Fallon because he did a decent job hosting the Emmys last year that the Academy might throw him a bone.

There you go! I hope you enjoyed my three part predictions. Don’t forget to comment for your reactions, and I’ll be happy to talk with you! It sucks because I woin’t be able to watch the nomination announcement later so I’ll be looking at it past midgnight. Good luck to all of everyone’s bets! Happy Emmy nomination announcement day! 🙂

Posted July 14, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards

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