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Archive for January 15th, 2009

TV Guide.com is reporting that Leonard Hofstader’s mom has been cas t and will appear on episode 2-15 ( about three episodes from last Monday’s). She will be played by Emmy winner and personal fave Christine Baranski (Mamma Mia, Cybill– which explains the casting significantly*). Genius move. Reportedly, she’s very similar to Sheldon, so psych majors, get ready for some couch worthy analysis.

* Chuck Lorre was the showrunner on Cybill till he allegedly was fired after Baranski won the Emmy and someone else didn’t. Allegedly. Though he hints at it on his website. PS- I thought last weeks Vanity Card was hilarious. But I’m weird. I’m a Chuck Lorre fan.

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I know I have not posted much on the Globes Sunday ( or much at all this week), but I must post from an undisclosed location until my Internet issues are all worked out. And American Idol has started, but those posts do not start till the real competition starts after Hollywood week. Although I must say this about Idol- they’re trying to kill me with sadness this year.

But back to what I’m really here to post about, and maybe a post script or two afterwards. It’s still Award season. Oscar noms come out in a few days and you know I’ll be all over that. The race got really interesting over GG weekend as Slumdog Millionairepulled into front runner position over Benjamin Button, and Kate Winslet’s stock rose 1000% with her double win- we knew she’d score one if not two noms, but she’s now on the inside track to win one, as Anne Hathaway’s stock drops and Sally Hawkins must convince Academy voters happy is just as difficult to play as middle class ennui. Kate is one of the most deserving actresses out there, and a double shot of Oscar love next week would top her out at seven nominations by the age of 32. Even Meryl didn’t do that. I’m still not convinced Kate will win one, though, as Penelope Cruz is tough competition. But seeing that both Cruz and Hawkins are in lighter films, maybe Kate the Great will sneak in and win one. She will definitely not win both. Look for Mickey Rourke to be the front runner as well, but don’t count out Sean Penn. Heath Ledger is the closest thing to a sure bet this year. Say what you will about Oscar- every once in a while, he gets some interesting material to work with.

PS- still loving Hugh Jackman as Oscar host, but I love the guy anyway ( WOLVERINE! Sorry…). And I’m actually in favor of keeping the names of presenters secret till show time. We know some will be there ( tradition states last years acting winners present the acting awards). But the rest- well, makes me wonder.

BAFTA noms were announced today, and are as follow ( my picks for winner in bold, naturally):

BEST FILM
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood (Changeling)
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Burn After Reading— Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Changeling— J. Michael Straczynski
I’ve Loved You So Long— Philippe Claudel
In Bruges — Martin McDonagh
Milk — Dustin Lance Black

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Eric Roth
Frost/Nixon — Peter Morgan
The Reader — David Hare
Revolutionary Road— Justin Haythe
Slumdog MillionaireSimon Beaufoy

LEADING ACTOR
Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

LEADING ACTRESS
Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams (Doubt)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire)
Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading)
Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Hunger
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Man on Wire
Slumdog Millionaire

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long
Persepolis
Waltz With Bashir

ANIMATED FILM
Persepolis
Wall-E
Waltz With Bashir

Also on the horizon- the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Granted, this is not really an award show award show, but I still love it. This year, our inductees are Metallica ( well, okay, while their attitude about fan sharing pisses me off, they did define modern heavy metal, so yeah, they deserve it), RUN-DMC ( hellz yeah, they made hip hop mainstream, used rock riffs as samples, and btw, ” It’s Tricky” is on SingStar 80s, and it’s really difficult for this rock girl, who bombed), Jeff Beck ( duh! moment), Bobby Womack ( sure, why not?), and Little Anthony and the Imperials ( 50s era- nice throwback, more influential on soul than you might think). Nice list, a fair list, and people who bitch about hip hop being in the HOF need to shove it up their asses. Country and pop artists get inducted. In all honesty, while called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s always been more inclusionary and has come off as a music Hall of Fame. But no Heart and no Cheap Trick makes me cranky.

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