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Now that the “Main” categories are out of the way (read Part 1 here), it’s on to some specialty awards.
Best development of a character: Dr. Schetany (Ben Shankman), Royal Pains
Character development can go one of two ways: either it feels natural and highlights a character’s flaws, fears, hopes and dreams, or it feels forced and goes completely against the character’s past and what he stands for. In Royal Pains, Ben Shankman has created a very uptight, neurotic character in Dr. Schetany, but as he continues to attempt to become a better person, he has had to step way out of his comfort zone to mature into a much more well-rounded person. Beginning with the kindness of taking Dyvia and her baby into his very clean home, Dr. Schetany learns how to break from his routine, which leads to helping a girl he has feelings for, all of which led to him falling in love and find heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness. The scene where he sits at a new place and tries to banter with the waitress the same way he did with the girl he liked, and realizing, “It’s just not the same,” was heartbreaking and gives Dr. Schetany a depth that not a lot of characters embody. See More Awards
Well, the 2015 Emmy Awards have come and gone, and as per usual, most of the winners (in fact, this year, I believe ALL of the winners) were shows I could care less about. I know a lot of people watch the shows that did win, including Game of Thrones and Veep, but because I don’t subscribe to HBO, or because I just simply don’t care much for the actors involved, I was none to pleased with the outcomes this year. So, once again, I’ve compiled my own list of awards given to both outstanding and poorly executed shows — moments and episodes that deserve a little recognition over the *yawn* inducing categories and nominees that show up every year on the Emmy voter’s radars. (Click here for a look at my 2014 awards). Please Note: these are for shows and episodes of television shows I watch that aired between May 2014 and May 2015. Find Out the Winners (and Losers)
Congratulations to Tatiana Maslany, who received her very first (and long overdue) Emmy nomination today for her killer portrayal of not one, not two, but nine separate clones (so far) in BBC Ameirca’s Orphan Black. Each character Maslany plays is incredibly crafted so as to keep them all very distinctive, whether it’s with the voice, the hair, her cadence or all of the above — to the point that when you’re watching her play multiple characters in the same scene, you usually forget it’s the same actress in each role. Not only that, but Maslany has been able to craft incredibly diverse personalities that keep you engaged no matter who she’s playing, turning in a variety of nuanced performances that allow each one to be someone’s favorite. (For the record, my favorite is Alison!) Read More
This past weekend, I attended the Temecula Independent Film Festival in the Temecula Valley wine country, and I am honored to have received the Best Grape Dance Feature award for my feature film, Secrets of the Desert Nymph. The grape dance award was given to the best films from filmmakers who live in the Inland Empire (which includes Temecula, Murrita and Riverside areas). Read full Post
After all of the shilling, campaigning and hobnobbing throughout award season, it all comes down to this — the show so big, it needs two names. That’s right, it’s Oscar weekend — let the predictions begin. Last year, I predicted 6 out of the top 7 categories correctly, so I have a lot to live up to with this year’s crop, which aren’t quite as easy to predict as they were last year, seeing as how there have been a variety of winners across the various award shows, and this just may be the year that some of the dark horses decide to find their stride at the end of the race. Whatever the outcome, these are my thoughts on the top categories (including links to both full reviews and mini-reviews for the majority of films that I’ve seen) as well a few of my own special awards that don’t belong anywhere near the Academy. Read on for my predictions
Revitalization Award: Once Upon A Time
A lot of shows go through what is known as the sophomore slump — their first season was so good, that it is almost impossible for the second season to live up to the expectations, and on occasion, can never recapture that original inspiration (Heroes, I’m looking at you). This was certainly the case for Once Upon A Time, a stunning mix of surprise, heart and comic Gold that faltered when the creators decided to give the residents of Storybrooke their magic mojo back (and their memories to boot). Suddenly, the spark that made the show so good was diminished, and its future didn’t look bright at all. Then came Neverland (along with a conniving Peter Pan (Robbie Kay)) and voila — the magic was back. When they introduced the plot line for Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) kidnapping at the end of season 2, the whole thing just felt off somehow; as if the producers were grasping at straws. But setting that storyline up gave way to a marvelous arc over the course of the first half of the third season. Robbie Kay gave just the right amount of bite to Pan’s menacing persona and all of the story beats (introducing Tinkerbell (Rose McIver) and her connection to the fairies and Regina (Lana Parrilla), discovering that Pan is Rumpelstiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) father, David’s (Josh Dallas) sacrifice, and the reason for kidnapping Henry) were all perfectly paced and developed. Though the second half of the season lost a step with its wicked storyline, overall, this season reminded us all why Once Upon A Time was appointment television. Let’s hope they can continue this energy into next season’s Frozen arc. See more Awards
Series that should have been better: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the show I was most excited about this past season. Because of how well-made the films all are (and how well-crafted all of DC’s television programs have been), I thought the producers (including The Avengers‘ director Joss Whedon) would do a terrific job continuing those big screen adventures into a weekly series. Somehow, even with the return of Coulson (Clark Gregg), the show lost its way early on, most likely because of the lack of intriguing characters and plots, and only started to find the right path halfway through the series. What rejuvenated the show was the injection of Coulson’s drive to learn everything he could about why he’s not dead, as well as letting Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s plot line alter their main story threads. These aspects allowed the cast to finally find the chemistry that was lacking in the first half of the season, giving it a much needed boost of adrenaline and fun. Adding Bill Paxton was also a winning move, and turned the show into what I hoped it would be from the very beginning. They were lucky to get a second season — but is it still too little too late? See more Awards
The Emmy’s are just a few minutes away, which means it’s time for Chaos breeds Chaos to give out its annual awards for the best and worst of the 2013-2014 televisions season. But, instead of focusing on the tired categories of best actress in a comedy series and best TV miniseries or movie, this year, I’ve decided to create my own categories, some of which will appear every year going forward, and some that will vary based on the quality (or lack thereof) of shows during the current season. So, take a spin through what I consider the best and worst new shows and characters (parts two and three will be posted over the next two days), and when you’re done, if I somehow forgot to mention anything, or you completely disagree (or agree) with my choices, make your thoughts known in the comments section below. Check out the Awards
The Academy Awards air this Sunday, which means it’s time for me to play prognosticator and attempt to predict who will be floating on top of the world with excitement and who will fake their way through a bevy of congratulations. Now I will say that in years past, I have a horrible record in predicting the Oscar winners, so please, take these choices as what they are — complete and utter guesses. Yes, I’ve read some materials and articles on other Oscar predictions, and I try to take into account how and with what criteria the Hollywood elite (aka, the voters) will decide, but for me at least, there’s no hard rules to what will actually happen come the live telecast. I have my biases just as everyone who votes will, and that will certainly influence my decisions. It’s all in good fun, though, and we’ll see come Monday morning if I was right or if I should just stop pretending I know anything about what Hollywood is really thinking.
Here are my predictions for the 2014 Academy Awards (as well as who I think should win, which may include actors and films that weren’t even nominated). Read on for my predictions
On the eve of the 65th Emmy Awards, Chaos breeds Chaos is presenting it’s own awards, the Chaos Television Awards, for the best of the best of TV in 2012-2013. These awards follow the same timeline guidelines as the regular Emmy awards (so The Bridge will not be included as it began after May 31, which is the cutoff for the Emmys), and include a majority of the same categories, such as Best Actress in a Drama, Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Reality Competition. However, here at Chaos breeds Chaos, I believe everyone should get their due, thus I have given Science Fiction/Fantasy their own separate categories and added a few just for the heck of it, simply because I was otherwise impressed (or confused) by a performance, show or visual. Oh, and to be completely transparent, these awards are based only on shows that I have personally watched, so if you don’t see your favorite here, I must not like the show. Sorry, but those are the breaks. So, without further ado, The Chaos Television Awards! Check Out the Awards