Amidst the recaps, predictions, and reviewing hoopla of Oscars 2010, I figured I’d continue announcing the winners from my very own little awards show, the LCT Awards. Having taken place last Thursday, I’m bringing part three of the winners to you. (Feel free to review with the TV Movie/Miniseries and Music results.) It proved a big night for two shows in particular – one coming into its own as a superb comedy and the other coming late in the game with a swan song surge. But in the end, it was the comedy, at its finest hour in the second half of season two, Parks and Recreation that bested the wonderfully addictive football drama Friday Night Lights for the top prize of Best Show.
The acting winners proved (mostly) no-brainers. In the Lead Actress category, a notoriously difficult one for me to choose annually, it came down to a showdown between last year’s winner and still comedy MVP Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), a top-10 all-time favorite actress of mine Laura Linney (The Big C), and the backbone of the team Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), with Britton taking down the competition. Lead Actor seemed all locked up for six-time nominee (and loser) John Krasinski (The Office), but the dream of a long-awaited win was dashed by Kyle Chandler’s effortless performance as Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights. The supporting categories became much more straightforward for choosing winners. Merritt Wever excelled as the impressive scene-stealer in the wonderfully written Showtime series Nurse Jackie – her biggest competition came from the comedically masterful Sofia Vergara (Modern Family). And Nick Offerman’s portrayal of gruff Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation) was too tough to pass up, though co-star Chris Pratt came awfully close.
Well it brings me no pleasure to say that this year’s Oscar telecast was sort of a bust. And I’m not talking about the ridiculously predictable winners (those should come as no surprise to any viewer who’s been around for the past few years). It’s the fact that in my 17 times watching the Oscars, this was easily the most uneven, confusing, and poorly put together telecast thus far. But, let’s start with the good moments…
I know I’m terrible for waiting this long, but it truly slipped my mind! Here are my hurried Oscar predictions for the night…
Best Picture – The King’s Speech
Best Director – Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
Best Lead Actress – Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Best Lead Actor – Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Best Supporting Actress – Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Best Original Screenplay – The King’s Speech
Best Adapted Screenplay – The Social Network
Best Foreign Film – Incendies
Best Costume Design – The King’s Speech
Best Cinematography – True Grit
Best Art Direction – The King’s Speech
Best Film Editing – The King’s Speech
Best Visual Effects – Inception
Best Makeup – The Wolfman
Best Original Score – The King’s Speech
Best Sound Mixing – Inception
Best Sound Editing – Inception
Best Original Song – “We Belong Together” (Toy Story 3)
Best Animated Feature – Toy Story 3
Best Documentary Feature – Wasteland
Best Documentary Short – Strangers No More
Best Animated Short – Madagascar, A Journey Diary
Best Live Action Short – Na Wewe
Well the polls have closed, and with the Academy Awards arriving in just a few hours, it seems only fitting we slide in with the Bloggers’ Choice Awards winners before the blessed event. After a mock-Academy ballot procedure to settle on nominees and a couple weeks of voting for winners, we have our finalized list of honorees. While Black Swan led the win count with eight trophies, The Social Network‘s second-place finish with five included the top honor…
The LCT Awards results continue with the seven music categories. Taking home the big award of the night – but missing out on any other wins (they were also nominated in Best Group) – was indie band April Smith and the Great Picture Show. Record of the Year was named the group’s peppy ditty “Colors,” beating out some stiff competition from nominees “F**k You” by Cee Lo Green, “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyonce, “When My Time Comes” by Dawes, and “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” by Alicia Keys.”
In the rest of the categories, Lady Gaga repeated her win last year with a consecutive trophy for Album of the Year for The Fame Monster, edging out Maroon 5’s Hands All Over and Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1. Best Male Artist was a landslide victory for R&B master Cee Lo Green, destroying the competition with the littlest of surges from fellow nominees Brandon Flowers and Taio Cruz. Best Female Artist was a big toughie, but Lady Gaga – and a slew of mainstream cohorts including Katy Perry and Alicia Keys – was toppled by Europop superstar Robyn, though gospel songstress Patty Griffin proved the biggest competition. And in Best Group, Album of the Year nominees The Weepies pulled off a victory over April Smith and Co., leaving indie bands Dawes and The Lower 48, as well as three-time nominee in this category Maroon 5, in the dust. Full results below (click to enlarge)…
Hello all – a reminder to all of you readers out there: if you haven’t voted in the mock Oscar ballot poll yet, you have until midnight tonight to do so! The winners will be announced tomorrow prior to the Oscar telecast. If you want your voice heard for this first-ever Bloggers’ Choice Awards, then cast away!
The countdown continues with the next men who rank amongst my favorite film actors. If you need to do some catching up, check out Nos. 100 thru 91, and come back here to analyze this newest installment.
Let the barrage of results posts begin! (Okay, so it’ll probably be kept to four total, so don’t be too worried.) The LCT Awards winners have officially been announced as of about 9:15 tonight, so it’s free to expose the truth to the rest of you out there on the world wide web. We’ll start with the group of categories that began the night, the TV Movie/Miniseries grouping. It seemed that goodwill from “prequel” to The Queen only helped The Special Relationship to topple its own HBO competitors (You Don’t Know Jack, The Pacific, Stuart a Life Backwards, Temple Grandin) in the Best TV Movie or Miniseries category. It was officially named the best of the year, in a field that was almost exclusively limited to HBO and PBS (and sometimes co-BBC) effors – why don’t the networks make telefilms anymore?
As far as the acting categories, it should come as no shock that I’m on the Claire Danes bandwagon – and it truly was head and shoulders above any potential competition in the Lead Actress category. She toppled her closest rivals, Emma‘s title star Romola Garai and the quaint Return to Cranford spinster Judi Dench. The Lead Actor category proved a more difficult choice, with Michael Sheen’s return as Tony Blair in The Special Relationship and Al Pacino’s dead-on Dr. Kevorkian in You Don’t Know Jack losing out to Tom Hardy’s troubled homeless person in Stuart, A Life Backwards. Michael Gambon had Supporting Actor all locked up, as his portrayal of Mr. Woodhouse in Emma bested the closest competition, John Goodman’s turn as friend to “Dr. Death” in You Don’t Know Jack. And it was impeccable nuance and poise (and that fantastic voice work) that won Hope Davis the Supporting Actress award for The Special Relationship, over co-star Helen McCrory and heavy competition with You Don’t Know Jack gals Susan Sarandon and Brenda Vaccaro. Full results below (click to enlarge)…
Well as this year’s LCT Awards near – the big show is taking place tomorrow night (if you’re not familiar, please refer to any of the handful of people that come on an annual basis!), and in honor of it’s presence, I thought I’d take a look at some history of the awards, which date back to 1984 (my questionable and ever-changing taste can be attributed to my aging from a young viewer to an adult one – so consequently, please be kind). So let’s see who landed in the youngest and oldest Top 20s of the LCT Award film acting nominees – and see where some of the 2010 folks landed in said lists…
|Oldest film acting nominees Tandy, Guilbert, Tandy, and Duvall|
|Youngest film acting nominees Lipnicki, Majorino, Whitman, and Breslin|
It’s been quite a while since my 10-part countdown of my all-time favorite movie actresses, so I thought it was about time that I get going on the guys. So without further adieu, here’s the first part of my humble list of my 100 favorite male movie stars.