August 20, 2010
I am an Oscars fanatic. Each year I love seeing as many nominated flicks as possible, then prognosticating on who’s going to win (and who shouldn’t). And I love the Oscar pool at work. Not to be boastful, but I often win.
My excitement for the Oscars does not really extend to the Grammys or the Emmys, but admittedly, I do pay some attention and (as usual) have my opinions on those award ceremonies, as well. This year is no different. Here are a few thoughts on the upcoming ceremony (scheduled for this Sunday):
True Blood, Mad Men and Lost are all nominated, and all are fantastic. Watch them, rent them, do anything you can to see every last episode. On the other hand, I couldn’t care less about Dexter or The Good Wife, and Breaking Bad stirs only a little interest. What’s missing? That’s easy: Friday Night Lights is consistently one of the best shows on TV and being snubbed again this year is simply a travesty.
Is this category really necessary any more? Are there any good comedies left on TV? 30 Rock is fine. The Office is staid. Modern Family is on my to-watch list when it hits Netflix, but so far I have no opinion. For me, the only comedy worth watching in the last several years – and many will disagree with me – was (WAS!) The New Adventures of Old Christine. People – it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfuss! Why weren’t you watching her? It was the greatest screwball comedy since – I don’t know. I Love Lucy, maybe? Well, now the show is cancelled, leaving me sad. Again, rent it. You’ll thank me.
Actors & Actresses
My problem with the Emmys is that there is only so much material and there are only so many objects available to earn the affection of voters each year. It gets boring. I love Alec Baldwin, but does he need another Emmy? In the past I’ve pulled my hair out over year-after-year-after-year wins for John Lithgow (3rd Rock) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), especially because I hated both of them with a white-hot heat. And while those jokers keep getting the hardware, these people, shamefully, are not:
Instead of nominating Mariska Hargitay and Kyra Sedgwick for the thousandth time, how about Anna Paquin (True Blood), Evangeline Lilly (Lost) or Yoon-jin Kim (Lost)? Thank you for finally giving Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) an overdue nod.
Enough with Hugh Laurie (House). How about somebody new and talented like Zach Gilford or Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights)?
And maybe the biggest miss of the last year was in the supporting actress/drama category. If you watched 24, Annie Wersching, who played Renee, was easily the best thing to happen to the series in its final two seasons.
Nominations as they are, I’d really love to see a few things on awards night:
I could go on. Seriously, I could. Weigh in – I’d love to see your comments.