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  • Ahsan Haseeb 1:05 pm on February 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    67th Annual Directors Guild Awards 

    The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced the 67th annual awards on February 7th with giving away the top prize to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman. Now, this comes off as a total surprise and the greatest news of the day as Birdman has now become the front-runner for both Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Sorry, Boyhood. I’m not saying you weren’t good. It’s just, Birdman was way better.

    Here’s the complete list of winners:

    FEATURE FILM

    ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
    First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
    Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
    Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
    Location Manager: Joaquin Prange

    This is Mr. Iñárritu’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.

    DRAMATIC SERIES

    LESLI LINKA GLATTER
    Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again”
    (Showtime)

    Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
    • Unit Production Managers: Angela Phillips, Michael Klick
    • First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall Smith
    • Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

    This is Ms. Glatter’s fifth DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category in 2009 for Mad Men, “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.” She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for Homeland episodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for Twin Peaks, “Episode 32006.”

    COMEDY SERIES

    JILL SOLOWAY
    Transparent, “Best New Girl”
    (Amazon Prime)

    Ms. Soloway’s Directorial Team:
    • Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
    • First Assistant Director: Bill Purple
    • Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes

    This is Ms. Soloway’s first DGA Award nomination.

    MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI SERIES

    LISA CHOLODENKO
    Olive Kitteridge
    (HBO)

    Ms. Cholodenko’s Directorial Team:
    • Unit Production Manager: David Coatsworth
    • First Assistant Director: Jesse Nye
    • Second Assistant Director: Mark Constance
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Elizabeth MacSwan

    This is Ms. Cholodenko’s first DGA Award nomination.

    DOCUMENTARY

    LAURA POITRAS
    Citizenfour
    RADiUS
    Praxis Films
    Participant Media
    HBO Documentary Films
    Bertha Foundation | BRITDOC Circle | Channel 4
    Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR
    Bayerischer Rundfunk BR
    Deutscher Filmförderfonds

    This is Ms. Poitras’s first DGA Award nomination.

    VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

    GLENN WEISS
    The 68th Annual Tony Awards
    (CBS)

    Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:
    • Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
    • Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Seth Mellman, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

    This is Mr. Weiss’s twelfth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, together with Rob Ashford, for Peter Pan Live! He previously won the DGA Award in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the 61st, 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He was also nominated in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

    VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

    DAVE DIOMEDI
    The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #1″
    (NBC)

    Mr. Diomedi’s Directorial Team:
    • Associate Director: Maureen Smith
    • Stage Managers: Nicka Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny

    This is Mr. Diomedi’s second DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category last year for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, “#799.”

    REALITY PROGRAMS

    ANTHONY B. SACCO
    The Chair, “The Test”
    (Starz)

    This is Mr. Sacco’s third DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2006 for Treasure Hunters, “Episode #101” and was nominated in 2007 for Project Runway, “Fashion Giant #403.”

    CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

    JONATHAN JUDGE
    100 Things To Do Before High School, “Pilot”
    (Nickelodeon)

    Mr. Judge’s Directorial Team:
    • Unit Production Manager: Debra Spidell
    • First Assistant Director: Julian Petrillo
    • Second Assistant Director: Katey Wheelhouse
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Ceci Mak

    This is Mr. Judge’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2013 for Swindle and in 2012 for Camp Fred.

    COMMERCIALS

    NICOLAI FUGLSIG
    (MJZ)

    Sapeurs, Guinness AMV BBDO
    • First Assistant Director: Bob Wilkins

    Waiting, FEMA Deutsch NY
    • First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
    • Second Assistant Director: Rafa Sanz

    This is Mr. Fuglsig’s second DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2007 for Tipping Point (Guinness), It’s Magic (JC Penney), and TJourney (Motorola)

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  • Ahsan Haseeb 2:49 pm on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: awards season, , big hero 6, , , , fargo, , , , , , , golden globes 2015, gone girl, , into the woods, jane the virgin, , , pride, , silicon valley, st vincent, the affair, , , , , the missing, the theory of everything, transparent, true detective   

    72nd Golden Globe Awards 

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association® (HFPA) announced the winners of their 72nd annual Golden Globe awards on January 11, 2014 with such generic winners and some mild surprises. It was an okay year of filmmaking as compared to previous years but there were some absolutely amazing performances from the likes of Michael Keaton, Jake Gyllenhaal, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore.

    Here are the surprises and shocks, followed by nomination snubs because it is important to include them.

    SURPRISE WINS

    1. Eddie Redmayne. That guy winning the Best Actor. My guess was either Steve Carell or Benedict Cumberbatch. Still rooting for them until the Oscars air.
    2. The Affair and Fargo winning the top honors in their respective categories. I wanted True Detective to win but I’m okay with Fargo as well. BUT BEST ACTOR SHOULD HAVE GONE TO MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.
    3. Transparent winning the Best Comedy and Jeffrey Tambor winning the Best Actor. That’s amazing. People will finally check out that show now.

    That’s it. Those were the surprises. Like I said, HFPA announces generic winners every year. Nothing special.

    NOMINATION SNUBS

    1. Angelina Jolie’s UNBROKEN gets completely shut out. This is the biggest shock of all. Not even a single nomination, even the most anticipated one, i.e. Best Director. Poor Angie.
    2. INTERSTELLAR. Screw you, HFPA.
    3. AMERICAN SNIPER. No nominations for Clint Eastwood or Bradley Cooper. Thought so.
    4. MODERN FAMILY, THE BIG BANG THEORY, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, HOMELAND [glad it didn’t get nominated], BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE WALKING DEAD [this series is dead to HFPA, I’m sure of it now].
    5. HANNIBAL. Screw you again, HFPA.
    6. MR. TURNER? Timothy Spall? Nothing for him? Goddamit.
    7. MAD MEN. SONS OF ANARCHY. ????
    8. Not recognizing the underrated things like Ben Affleck in GONE GIRL; Bill Hader in THE SKELETON TWINS; Channing Tatum in FOXCATCHER; the musical film BEGIN AGAIN. Alrighty then.
    In short, HFPA is on drugs this year as well.
    9. Marion Cotillard for her role in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. She’s a favorite this year.
    10. Benedict Cumberbatch for SHERLOCK. He won an Emmy this year for his role. In your face, HFPA.
    11. WHERE IS INHERENT VICE’S BEST PICTURE NOMINATION??? PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON’S BEST DIRECTOR NOMINATION???

    NOMINATION SURPRISES and SHOCKS

    1. The biggest surprise is probably Wes Anderson’s Best Director nomination. I wasn’t expecting to see his name as the movie came out so many months ago but it’s nice to see critics haven’t forgotten THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
    2. TRANSPARENT. Hands down, the biggest surprise in TV category.
    3. PRIDE and ST. VINCENT in Best Motion Picture nomination. Another big surprise. INHERENT VICE deserved to be here though.
    4. Jennifer Aniston in Best Actress in a Motion Picture nomination. She’s back in the game. I want either Julianne or Rosamund to win the awards though. Both of them were so good.
    5. Quvenzhane Wallis. WHAT THE HELL?
    6. Ava Duvernay. First black female director to ever get a Golden Globe nomination. Major success.
    7. THE AFFAIR. Securing 3 big nominations with its first season.
    8. JANE THE VIRGIN? Really???
    9. THE MISSING and GAME OF THRONES securing their nominations. Great.

    Here is the complete list of winners along with nominations:

    FILM

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
    WINNER: “Boyhood”
    “Foxcatcher”
    “The Imitation Game”
    “Selma”
    “The Theory of Everything”

    BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
    Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
    Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
    Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
    David Oyelowo, “Selma”
    WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA:
    Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
    Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
    WINNER: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
    Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
    Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

    BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    “Birdman”
    WINNER: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    “Into the Woods”
    “Pride”
    “St. Vincent”

    BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    WINNER: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
    Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
    Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
    Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    WINNER: Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
    Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
    Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
    Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
    Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:
    Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
    Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
    Edward Norton, “Birdman”
    Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
    WINNER: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
    WINNER: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
    Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
    Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
    Emma Stone, “Birdman”
    Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

    BEST DIRECTOR:
    Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    Ava Duvernay, “Selma”
    David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
    WINNER: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

    BEST SCREENPLAY:
    WINNER: “Birdman”
    “Boyhood”
    “Gone Girl”
    “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
    “The Imitation Game”

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
    “Big Hero 6”
    “The Book of Life”
    “The Boxtrolls”
    WINNER: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
    “The Lego Movie”

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
    “Birdman”
    “Gone Girl”
    “The Imitation Game”
    “Interstellar”
    WINNER: “The Theory of Everything”

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
    “Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes” (Lana Del Ray)
    WINNER: “Glory” from “Selma” (John Legend, COmmon)
    “Mercy Is” from “Noah” (Patty Smith, Lenny kaye)
    “Opportunity” from “Annie”
    “Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1” (Lorde)

    TELEVISION

    BEST SERIES, DRAMA:
    WINNER: “The Affair”
    “Downton Abbey”
    “Game of Thrones”
    “The Good Wife”
    “House of Cards”

    BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA:
    Clive Owen, “The Knick”
    Liev Schrieber, “Ray Donovan”
    WINNER: Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
    James Spader, “The Blacklist”
    Dominic West, “The Affair”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA:
    Claire Danes, “Homeland”
    Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
    Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
    WINNER: Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
    Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

    BEST SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    “Girls”
    “Jane the Virgin”
    “Orange is the New Black”
    “Silicon Valley”
    WINNER: “Transparent”

    BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    Louis C.K., “Louie”
    Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
    Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
    William H. Macy, “Shameless”
    WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL:
    Lena Dunham, “Girls”
    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
    WINNER: Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
    Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

    BEST MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    WINNER: “Fargo”
    “The Missing”
    “The Normal Heart”
    “Olive Kitteridge”
    “True Detective”

    BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
    Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
    Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
    Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
    WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    WINNER: Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”
    Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
    Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
    Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
    Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    WINNER: Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
    Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
    Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
    Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
    Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM:
    Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
    Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
    WINNER: Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
    Allison Janney, “Mom”
    Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

     
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