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5:50 Going for a quick cigarette outside before awards begin.

6:00 Opening spiel, then NPH singing in a white dinner jacket. Yummy.

6:04 ” I grew up on television.”

6:05 Shaiman and Whitman wrote the song. Knew it.

6:07 Tour of the Emmy set.

6:09 Funny Emmy clip reel.

6:11 Jon Hamm ( sigh) and Tina Fey ( sigh). Supporting Actress in a comedy.

6:12 WTF Chenoweth?

6:13 The winner is… Kristin Chenoweth (stunner shocker but happiness!) She sobs her way funnily through her speech. I wanna hug her.

6:08 Comedy categories first. I’m suddenly very nervous for hubby Jim Parsons.

6:21 Some Neil and Hodgman funnies, then a convenient plug for HIMYM.

6:22 So surprised 30 Rock won a writing award. (Sarcasm)

6:27 Jon Cryer wins. Why?

6:28 One very pissed off NPH/30 Rock fan right here. ARGH!

6:33 I’m very worried about the rest of my picks. I’m 1 for three. The one- writing.

6:35 Justin Timberlake presenting Actress in a Comedy series. And he’s funny and charming.

6:36 Toni Colette wins. I’m way off tonight. I’m trying to figure out what tonight is gonna be. Watch Charlie Sheen win in a couple of minutes.  This is turning into a nightmare show for me 9 although I like Toni and Kristin, I like their shows, but I honestly thought they wouldn’t win).

6:39 NPH asks Cryer to show the envelope. It really does say ” Jon Cryer”.

6:41 The GG girls turn it over to Tina and JT, who thank Lorne Michaels for their Guest Actor wins. Then the GG girls present  Best Comedy direction to The Office’s Jeff Blitz.

6:48 Rob Lowe presenting Actor in a comedy. He mocks himself.

6:52 I’m gonna drink an entire bottle of wine right now and drown ,y tears because Jim Parsons did not win.

7:29 I have spent the last forty minutes trying to fix a computer crash. Rundown- Reality shows no surprise, mini/TV movies are pretty ho hum. Dr. Horrible- hilarious! Love the buffering jokes. And Captain Hammer to boot. Jessica Lange beats out Drew Barrymore.

7:59 Apparently Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco were on stage with Jim Parsons when he presented. I didn’t notice as I laid at the foot of my TV stand staring worshipfully at a comedy God who was robbed of his Emmy. Really, I need a life.

8:01 I do not have a problem. All of you shut up.

8:02 Jimmy Fallon won as a member of the SNL writing team, right?

8:03 Jimmy is making me laugh. He hasn’t done this since he was on SNL.

8:05 It has to be “Motherlover”. Seriously.

8:05 It’s the Oscars team. Are you kidding me?

8:06 Ricky Gervais. Worshiping at the feet of the king.

8:07 ” Me, again.” HA!

8:08 Gervais present best comedy variety show to The Daily Show. Never disappointed when TDS gang wins. As I am also much in ,love with Jon Stewart. Have been since his MTV talk show in the mid 90s.

8:16 Prezzie time. But no Prezzie speech. Thank God.

8:17 Drama time. Great. Night should be ending soon. Crushing disappointments tonight. Cryer/Baldwin just took me out.

8:19 LL and Chris O’Donnell not funny at all. Supporting Actor goes to… Michael Emerson. My best friend Rosie probably just screamed with joy. I still couldn’t tell you what role he played.

8:21 Chris and LL also doing Supporting Actress. And that award goes to Cherry Jones.  Who is a theater goddess, so we are delighted.

8:23 In Memorium.

8:33 Hot vampires!

8:35 Ellen Burstyn and Michael J. Fox present directing for drama.

8:36 The award goes to the E.R. dude.

8:37 Now they present drama writing. I’m guessing… Mad Men.

8:38 Yeah, shocker again (Sarcasm).

8:39 Yeah, I’m one of those guys at Starbucks with a computer or notebook, writing away.

8:40 Simon ” Hot accent” Baker is presenting the actress drama award to Glenn Close. I am WAY OFF  with these damn acting awards this year. WTF?

8:44 Right now I’m kinda hoping Hugh Laurie wins and makes me 0-for-eight for acting awards.

8: 48 Dana Delaney presents Actor in a drama.  Bryan Cranston wins. This is the one I get right. And he rightfully deserves it. His performance is searing.

8:52 Bob Newhart presents Best Comedy. And drones on a bit.  But has some good lines.

8:54 30 Rock. Which is about as surprising as me eating peanut M&Ms.

8:56 I have never been so unhappy to see Cat Deeley in my life. I want my final award.

9:00 Emmys are going over.

9:00 I’m actually looking forward to Criminal Minds.

9:01 Sigourney Weaver presents best drama to Mad Men. No effing surprise.

That is it for the night and the year. Early surprises in acting awards turn into a night where many repeat winners come along.  Still crushed about Jim Parsons losing. May never be okay again…

Can’t wait until The Big Bang Theory premieres tomorrow night.

Till the next one ( Golden Globes in January, everyone!)

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On Emmy night ( September 20, 2009), I will be doing my Emmy commentary live through out the night. You’re all invited. Seriously.

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Best Drama

Big Love

Breaking Bad

Damages

Dexter

House

Lost

Mad Men

I know Mad Men  is the mega buzz show right now, I know Lost fans think that it is THE GREATEST SHOW EVER ( they’re wrong). House  and Dexter both buckled under their previous genius this past season, Big Love is pretty bland for something that’s supposed to be so controversial ( it’s just another family drama). Damages  has bright spots, almost all involving Glenn Close, but is wildly inconsistent. My pick is the searing, surprising Breaking Bad, which is quickly surpassing even Mad Men as my new favorite cable drama.

Best Comedy

Entourage

Family Guy

Flight of the Conchords

How I Met Your Mother

The Office

30 Rock

Weeds

I’m picking 30 Rock because the only sitcom better than it isn’t even nominated. ( All Big Bang Theory fans unite in your grief!) It’s not that 30 Rock is undeserving, it’s just that TBBT is much more consistent.

Best Television Movie

Coco Chanel

Grey Gardens

Into The Storm

Prayers for Bobby

Taking Chance

It was just sheer brilliance.

Best Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race

American Idol

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

This is obviously a case between what I want and what I know. Project Runway  is one of my favorite shows in history, but it can’t compete with the exotic locales and sheer scope of CBS multiple award winning reality show.  The fact is, The Amazing Race is amazing.

Best Reality Series

Antiques Roadshow

Dirty Jobs

Dog Whisperer

Intervention

Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D List

Mythbusters

Kathy Griffin FTW.

 

Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Late Show with David Letterman

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

I’m sorry. I love Jon and Stephen to death, you know it, I know it. But Bill Maher has been a favorite of mine for years. I still disagree with ABC’s decision to scrap him, I admire HBO for not letting him go away into that good night, and Religulous was a thought provoking scream. Give him a goddamn Emmy.

Best Actor Drama

Simon Baker The Mentalist

Gabriel Byrne In Treatment

Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall Dexter

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Hugh Laurie House

While I’m still smarting about Hugh Laurie being Emmyless, Bryan Cranston is giving the best performance on television right now. I’m thinking Laurie’s time may have passed and James Spader has his Emmy.

Best Actor Comedy

Alec Baldwin 30 Rock

Steve Carrell The Office

Jermaine Clement Flight of the Conchords

Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory

Tony Shaloub Monk

Charlie Sheen Two And A Half Men

Without question, Parsons is putting together a comedic performance that will go down in history. There is a very thin line he dances on between eccentric genius and hateful ass, but he plays it beautifully. For a character with little insight into the human condition, Parson’s Sheldon comes off as the most human of all. A lot of that credit must go to Parsons, who has an innate goodness and loads of charm. The two headed monster that is Alec Baldwin and Steve Carrell still have an excellent chance of winning, and one must never count Tony Shaloub out ( the Emmys love the guy). But my heart and soul believes that Parsons actually DESERVES it.

Best Actor Mini Series or Movie

Kevin Bacon Taking Chance

Kenneth Branagh Wallander: One Step Behind

Kevin Kline Cyrano de Bergerac: Great Performances

Brendan Gleeson Into The Storm

Sir Ian McKellan King Lear: Great Performances

Keifer Sutherland 24: Redemption

I never thought I would get a chance to see McKellen do Lear. I’m glad I got that chance, albeit on PBS. The highlight of my TV viewing life.

Best Actress Drama

Glenn Close Damages

Sally Field Brothers and Sisters

Mariska Hargitay Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Holly Hunter Saving Grace

Elisabeth Moss Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick The Closer

Elisabeth Moss is so freakin’ good as Peggy Olson she has to win or there is no justice in this universe.

Best Actress Comedy

Christina Applegate Samantha Who?

Toni Colette United States of Tara

Julia Louis- Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine

Tina Fey 30 Rock

Mary Louise Parker Weeds

Sarah Silverman The Sarah Silverman Program

Long time readers know I want to be Tina Fey when I grow up.

Best Actress Mini Series or Movie

Drew Barrymore Grey Gardens

Jessica Lange Grey Gardens

Shirley MacLaine Coco Chanel

Sigourney Weaver Prayers For Bobby

Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship

It will be either Drew or Jessica, and I’m going with the former, because we forget what a good actor she is amongst the crazy that is her life.

Best Reality Host

Tom Bergeron Dancing With the Stars

Phil Keoghan The Amazing Race

Heidi Klum Project Runway

Padma Lakshimi and Tom Colicchio Top Chef

Jeff Probst Survivor

Ryan Seacrest American Idol

I have a bizarre crush on Tom Bergeron. And Cat Deely isn’t nominated.

Best Supporting Actor Drama

Christian Clemenson Boston Legal

Michael Emerson Lost

William Hurt Damages

Aaron Paul Breaking Bad

William Shatner Boston Legal

John Slattery Mad Men

Best supporting categories are the most prime for surprises, though if you have seen Breaking Bad, you know this is no surprise. Paul gives as good as he gets.

Best Supporting Actor Comedy

Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men

Kevin Dillon Entourage

Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother

Jack McBrayer 30 Rock

Tracy Morgan 30 Rock

Rainn Wilson The Office

Because I will not rest until Barney Stinson is awarded an Emmy.

Best Supporting Actress Drama

Rose Byrne Damages

Hope Davis In Treatment

Cherry Jones 24

Sandra Oh Grey’s Anatomy

Dianne Weist In Treatment

Chandra Wilson Grey’s Anatomy

Chandra Wilson is truly the heart and soul of Grey’s.

Best Supporting Actress Comedy

Kristen Chenoweth Pushing Daisies

Jane Krakowski 30 Rock

Elizabeth Perkins Weeds

Amy Poehler Saturday Night Live

Kristin Wiig Saturday Night Live

Vanessa L. Williams Ugly Betty

Jane Krakowski is one of my favorite actresses of all time.

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Today’s poll is about Best actor in a comedy. Who is your choice of the six Emmy nominees to win?

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Emmy Nominees Announced!

Below are the nominees for the major categories of the Emmys nominations released earlier today. I will post my thoughts and picks in the near future, but needless to say, the Emmy voters got more right than usual, but why do people who hate television so much get to select what is the best of television?

 

Best Drama

Big Love

Breaking Bad

Damages

Dexter

House

Lost

Mad Men

Best Comedy

Entourage

Family Guy

Flight of the Conchords

How I Met Your Mother

The Office

30 Rock

Weeds

Best Television Mini Series

Generation Kill

Little Dorrit

Best Television Movie

Coco Chanel

Grey Gardens

Into The Storm

Prayers for Bobby

Taking Chance

Best Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race

American Idol

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

Best Reality Series

Antiques Roadshow

Dirty Jobs

Dog Whisperer

Intervention

Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D List

Mythbusters

Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Special

Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush

Ricky Gervais: Out Of England

Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut A Bitch

The Kennedy Center Honors

Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger

Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Late Show with David Letterman

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Best Actor Drama

Simon Baker The Mentalist

Gabriel Byrne In Treatment

Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall Dexter

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Hugh Laurie House

Best Actor Comedy

Alec Baldwin 30 Rock

Steve Carrell The Office

Jermaine Clement Flight of the Conchords

Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory

Tony Shaloub Monk

Charlie Sheen Two And A Half Men

Best Actor Mini Series or Movie

Kevin Bacon Taking Chance

Kenneth Branagh Wallander: One Step Behind

Kevin Kline Cyrano de Bergerac: Great Performances

Brendan Gleeson Into The Storm

Sir Ian McKellan King Lear: Great Performances

Keifer Sutherland 24: Redemption

Best Actress Drama

Glenn Close Damages

Sally Field Brothers and Sisters

Mariska Hargitay Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Holly Hunter Saving Grace

Elisabeth Moss Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick The Closer

Best Actress Comedy

Christina Applegate Samantha Who?

Toni Colette United States of Tara

Julia Louis- Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine

Tina Fey 30 Rock

Mary Louise Parker Weeds

Sarah Silverman The Sarah Silverman Program

Best Actress Mini Series or Movie

Drew Barrymore Grey Gardens

Jessica Lange Grey Gardens

Shirley MacLaine Coco Chanel

Sigourney Weaver Prayers For Bobby

Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship

Best Reality Host

Tom Bergeron Dancing With the Stars

Phil Keoghan The Amazing Race

Heidi Klum Project Runway

Padma Lakshimi and Tom Colicchio Top Chef

Jeff Probst Survivor

Ryan Seacrest American Idol

Best Supporting Actor Drama

Christian Clemenson Boston Legal

Michael Emerson Lost

William Hurt Damages

Aaron Paul Breaking Bad

William Shatner Boston Legal

John Slattery Mad Men

Best Supporting Actor Comedy

Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men

Kevin Dillon Entourage

Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother

Jack McBrayer 30 Rock

Tracy Morgan 30 Rock

Rainn Wilson The Office

Best Supporting Actor Mini Series or Movie

Len Cariou Into The Storm

Tom Courteney Little Dorrit

Ken Howard Grey Gardens

Bob Newhart The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

Andy Serkis Little Dorrit

Best Supporting Actress Drama

Rose Byrne Damages

Hope Davis In Treatment

Cherry Jones 24

Sandra Oh Grey’s Anatomy

Dianne Weist In Treatment

Chandra Wilson Grey’s Anatomy

Best Supporting Actress Comedy

Kristen Chenoweth Pushing Daisies

Jane Krakowski 30 Rock

Elizabeth Perkins Weeds

Amy Poehler Saturday Night Live

Kristin Wiig Saturday Night Live

Vanessa L. Williams Ugly Betty

Best Supporting Actress Mini Series or Movie

Shohreh Aghdashloo House of Saddam

Marcia Gay Harden The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Janet McTeer Into The Storm

Jeanne Triplehorn Grey Gardens

Cicely Tyson Relative Stranger

Best Actor in a Guest Role Drama

Ed Asner ER

Ted Danson Damages

Ernest Borgnine ER

Michael J. Fox Rescue Me

Jimmy Smits Dexter

Best Actor in a Guest Role Comedy

Alan Alda 30 Rock

Beau Bridges Desperate Housewives

Jon Hamm 30 Rock

Steve Martin 30 Rock

Justin Timberlake Saturday Night Live

Best Actress in a Guest Role Drama

Brenda Blethyn Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Carol Burnett  Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Ellen Burstyn  Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Sharon Lawrence Grey’s Anatomy

CCH Pounder No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Best Actress in a Guest Role Comedy

Jennifer Aniston 30 Rock

Christine Baranski The Big Bang Theory

Tina Fey Saturday Night Live

Gena Rowlands Monk

Elaine Stritch 30 Rock

Betty White My Name Is Earl

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It’s that time of year, folks! This Thursday, the Emmy nominees will be read out by former nominee Chandra Wilson and sure to a first time nominee Jim Parsons. It’ll make my five am wake up call somewhat bearable to have this on the TV.

Below is the list of nominees I suspect will happen and frankly, pretty much as it should be.

Best Supporting Actor- Drama

Jeremy Davies (Lost)

Walton Goggins ( The Shield)

Robert Sean Leonard ( House)

John Noble ( Fringe)

Aaron Paul ( Breaking Bad)

William Shatner ( Boston Legal)

I’m not a watcher of Lost, but everyone I know has been raving about Davies’ performance this season. I’m troubled more by the fact Goggins has NEVER BEEN NOMINATED. Tragic. Also quite tragic is Leonard, who also has NEVER BEEN NOMINATED. What the hell, Emmys? Goggins and Leonard both have been the heart of their respective shows, and Goggins’ character went down swinging in The Shields final season. Leonard still doesn’t have a lot to do on House, but there were moments toward the end of the season where you see how important he really is to the show’s mythology. Noble’s delightfully off kilter performance on Fringehas been the most consistent thing about the show. Aaron Paul goes toe to toe with the incomparable Bryan Cranston every week and survives. And lastly, William Shatner is William fucking Shatner. He’s James T. Kirk and you’re not. Suck it.

Dark horse pick- Zachary Quinto (Heroes)

The best thing about this show for the past two seasons is Quinto’s steady, ferocious turn as the psychopathic Sylar. Bad writing doesn’t detract from this singular performance.

Best Supporting Actress- Drama

Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)

Rose Byrne (Damages)

Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy)

Christina Hendricks ( Mad Men)

Alison Pill ( In Treatment)

CCH Pounder (The Shield)

Again, Britton is on a show I don’t watch, but everyone keeps raving about her in particular. Byrne is on a show with a strong female lead and she holds her own beautifully. Heigl may be a brat, but she brought some soul back to GA after the ghost sex ( again, bad writing should not detract from a good performance). Hendricks is so stunning that it’s easy to forget her subtle work in Mad Men. Pill has been the only patient in the second season of In Treatmentthat I felt was compelling enough for me to turn into watch every week. And Pounder’s beleaguered Claudette remains one of the great female characters in the cannon of cop dramas.

Dark horse pick- Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy)

The true heart and soul of GA, she deserves it more than Heigl, but lacks the star power of the movie star, or the shock and awe storyline. But when I do sit and watch this show, she’s the real reason why.

Best Supporting Actor-Comedy

Adam Baldwin (Chuck)

Neil Patrick Harris ( How I Met Your Mother)

Simon Helberg ( The Big Bang Theory)

Tracy Morgan ( 30 Rock)

Jeremy Piven ( Entourage)

Jason Segel ( How I Met Your Mother)

I honestly think Baldwin’s Col. John Casey is Chuck‘s best acting shot- because even though he’s a closed off grunting hard ass, Baldwin never let’s us forget his humanity or his humor. The fact Harris has not won an Emmy is one of the great crimes. Helberg’s horny nerd from hell is surprisingly well drawn for a character that was originally an after thought. Piven still rocks the world on Entourage.Morgan’s dim witted comedian is now my favorite character on a show full of brilliant writing and acting. Segel has been so good for so long on HIMYM.He may get outshone by Harris’ flashier role, but it’s time to give Segel some lovin’,  too.

dark horse pick: Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)

Oh. My. God. Naivete has never been so funny.

Best Supporting Actress- Comedy

Portia de Rossi ( Better Off Ted)

Jenna Fisher ( The Office)

Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)

Jean Smart (Samantha Who?)

Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother)

Vanessa L. Williams (Ugly Betty)

de Rossi has a habit of appearing on quirky comedies ( see: Ally McBeal, Arrested Development), but her ice queen boss takes the cake. Fisher still makes me care about the Jim-Pam story by being true to the moment. Krakowski’s over the top deluded diva had some brilliant moments this season ( in blackface, no less.) Smart won last year, and she still shines as Samantha’s over bearing mom. Smulders went from being the weak link on HIMYM to being it’s hidden gem, and I love the Canadianisms she clearly contributes to the writers for those awesome scripts. Betty  may be fading fast, but Williams’ Wilhemina is still the grandest grande dame of them all.

Dark horse pick- Alyson Hannigan ( How I Met Your Mother)

It’s tough to leave Hannigan out, since she had a truly great season despite being pregnant for most of it ( and absent for four weeks). Her Lily, the beer guzzling, potty mouthed kindergarten teacher, is a bright light in my dreary life.

Best Actor-Drama

Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)

Michael Chiklis (The Shield)

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Hugh Laurie (House)

Denis Leary ( Rescue Me)

Byrne’s detailed performance as a shrink in need of help of his own is one of the finest wrought of the year. Chiklis (  former winner for this role) went down and was brilliant in the way he portrayed his character’s twisted logic and decaying worldview. Cranston is nearly unstoppable as the teacher with nothing to lose. Hamm’s suave, subdued performance seems to be almost forgotten with the bright lights of the women this season, but he was darkly brilliant.  Laurie is a perennial nominee and will be till his show ends or he wins one of these goddamnedthings. He’s so singularly brilliant he deserves every accolade.  And even though Rescue Me had an off season, Leary just keeps getting better. 

dark horse pick- Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)

Because it’s a tough category, I don’t know if he’ll squeeze in.  But from what I have heard, Chandler’s performance is one of the best on TV.

Best Actress-Drama

Glenn Close ( Damages)

Mariska Hargitay ( Law and Order: Special Victims Unit)

January Jones ( Mad Men)

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Anna Paquin ( True Blood)

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Close won last year. Her ferocious turn this year is even better. Hargitay is another perennial nominee who delivers solid performances year in, year out. Jones and Moss both shined on a show that saw their character grow from meek women used by the men in their lives to fiercely independent minded pre feminist heroines. Paquin’s accent may be distracting, but her slightly slatterly, tempermental Sookie is a gem. And Sedgwickis just so good I had to include her. 

dark horse pick- Mary McDonnell ( Battlestar Galactica)

Another show I never quite got around to watching, another performance I have heard nothing but praise for, another show leaving the air, last shot for the gold.

Best Actor-Comedy

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week)

Steve Carrell ( The Office)

Lee Pace ( Pushing Daisies)

Jim Parsons ( The Big Bang Theory)

Charlie Sheen ( Two And A Half Men)

We have a couple of clueless bosses ( Baldwin’s Machiavellian Jack Donaghy, Carrell’s hapless Michael Scott). We have a smooth talking womanizer on a show i personally hate but kind of like him on it despite myself ( Sheen’s jingle writer Charlie Harper). We have a newcomer on a show that was cancelled just as it began to find it’s footing ( Bornheimer), playing a spazz to end all spazzes. We have a charming pie maker who can raise the dead on a single touch, making it really hard to make out with his girlfriend ( Pace’s melancholic Ned). And then we have a genius comic creation, a genius who is both OCD and clueless ( Parson’s hilarious Sheldon Cooper).

dark horse pick- Zachary Levi (Chuck)

My favorite performance by any comedic actor this year was in Chuck season two finale, at turns sad, charming, and thrilling. The show would not work without him. I hope Emmy voters notice.

Best Actress- Comedy

Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)

Toni Colette ( The United States of Tara)

America Ferrera ( Ugly Betty)

Tina Fey (30 Rock)

Julia Louis Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)

Mary Louise Parker (Weeds)

Applegate is well liked in the industry and I liked her on her show. Colette has a really tough road to hold and does it admirably well. Ferrera still sparkles through the dreariness that is Ugly Betty. Fey is my hero and I want to be like her when I grow up. Louis Dreyfus is on a much improved show that she was always good on ( now, she’s pretty fantabulous). Parker handles the more dramatic moments of her drug dramedy as effectively as the high comedy moments.

dark horse pick- Kaley Cuoco ( The Big Bang Theory)

It’s easy to dismiss her as another blonde starlet on a TV show, but she is so much more than that. She grounds the four male leads in a snese of reality, she’s the every(wo)man we need to handle the world of these four geniuses. Her role is harder than it looks and she does it better than I ever thought she would. Her growth as an actor this past season is welcomed.

Best Drama

Breaking Bad

House

In Treatment

Lost

Mad Men

The Shield

It honestly will come down to the two AMC dramas, but as much as I love Mad Men, I think Breaking Bad is even more ground breaking, earth shattering, and ultimately, a better show.

Dark horse pick- Friday Night Lights

Critics love this show to the point of  column over saturation. Give it an Emmy nod.

Best Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

How I Met Your Mother

The Office

Two And A Half Men

The United States Of Tara

If anything beats 30 Rock, I’ll be surprised.

Dark Horse pick- Better Off Ted

It’s original! It’s fresh! It’s new! It actually is really good. And it was a mid season replacement. I would not be adverse with Emmy handing some love over to this show.

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First, the good news.

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Years of Devotion to How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs has been painful at times, as both of these hilarious but criminally under watched shows suffered from time slot shifts and near cancellation more than once. But HIMYM‘s fifth season was all but assured this year as it experienced a small uptick thanks to it’s new lead in. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s superior Friends meets Seinfeld meets SciFi convention multicam sitcom has quickly become the most reliable funny show on the boob tube.

Best Comedic Performance- Male

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

The lanky actor with a slight lisp and a gift for comedic OCD reactions has been the breakout  star on a solid ensemble cast. A virtual unknown before the show, he has quickly become the front man for the cast, doing more press than all the others four combined. And if anyone has seen his spots on Craig Ferguson, he is charming, funny, and Un-Sheldonlike. But nothing tops TBBT Christmas episode, in which Sheldon hugs Penny ( Kaley Cuoco)- that is physical comedy at it’s best.

Best Comedic Performance- Female

Jane Krakowski as Jenna on 30 Rock

She has always been funny ( look at her character on Ally McBeal), but this year, Jenna has been inspired, even profane ( black face? Seriously?). Jane and Tracy Morgan are making a brilliantly idiotic comic team. Jenna’s vacuous presence makes up for a more uneven season.

Best Drama Series

Chuck (NBC)

Okay, it’s one of the funniest shows on TV. But this spy dramedy mashup is also one of the most affecting shows I have ever had the privilege to watch. The Josh Schwartz /Chris Fedak run show has vastly improved in it’s second season ( and it’s first, strike shortened season wasn’t bad to begin with). Wildly inventive while being almost religiously devoted to geek world references ( plus a deep love of the 80s- the show adores Spies Like Us to the point of ridiculousness, but you love every minute of it). Bonus- an awesome soundtrack. Well, it is a Josh Schwartz show.

Best Dramatic Performance- Male

Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Chuck

We in the know and who loved Less than Perfect  remember Levi as being comically gifted ( and a great singer- ” Luck be A Lady” was a series highlight for me). But his portrayal of the Nerd Herder with a government computer in his brain is a gentle mix of comedy and pathos. He breaks my heart as often as he makes me laugh. And now that he knows kung fu, I’m all agog. Brilliant.

Best Dramatic Performance- Female

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen, Mad Men

As the girl who walks into the mean manly man world of advertising, she delivers a subtle, heart breaking performance. She has suffered tremendously for her ambition on both a personal and a professional level, but do not mistake her for a pushover. Moss, so winning on The West Wing as Zoey Bartlett, has really grown into a spectacularly nuanced actress.

Best Series Finale- Till it wasn’t

Scrubs (ABC)

In perfect cohesion with the rest of the series. Everyone was there. Hooch really is crazy. Beardface, Snoop Dogg Intern/Resident, Gloria, even those who have passed. A sweet sentimental moment where J.D. ( Zach Braff- still so good here) sees his future. Small cameo by Bill Lawrence himself. Then ABC ruins my deep affection for this perfect episode of a much beloved network cannon fodder show by bringing it back for a ninth season. It still is a moving show, but I can’t imagine Scrubs without J.D.

Best Series Finale That Is Actually A Finale

ER (NBC)

The Thursday night lead out for fifteen seasons, ER  stopped being the big focus of NBC somewhere around the time George Clooney left. Lord knows I barely watched it in the last decade. But I tuned in all the same. And it, too, was a perfect finale. In fact, it really wasn’t a finale at all. Yes, old timer cast members came back for a visit, but it felt organic, not forced. The episode mirrored the pilot in many ways, yes, but it felt like it was true to the show as a whole. It was special because it wasn’t special.

And now the bad:

Worst “Comedy”

Kath and Kim ( NBC)

Just not funny. Too bad. I love Molly Shannon.

Worst ” Drama”

Knight Rider ( NBC)

This show wasn’t that good in the 80s when Hasselhoff was the MAN. Did Silverman and co. really think it would work now?

Moments from the season that should be remembered:

  • Adam Lambert’s gorgeous version of ” Mad World”, Kris Allen’s stunning rendition of ” Falling Slowly”, Allison Iraheta ‘s exquisite ” Someone To Watch Over Me”, and whatever that note was that Danny Gokey let loose at the end of ” Dream On” which wasn’t even human. ( American Idol)
  • An injury plagued season of Dancing With The Stars that was more entertaining than it had any right to be.
  • Barney Stinson is in love with Robin Sherbatsky!
  • While we’re on the topic of HIMYM, damn, they did the lamest/coolest job of hiding Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders pregnancies.
  • I cannot reiterate how hilarious the hug Sheldon gave Penny in the Christmas episode of The Big Bang Theory is. Just genius.
  • Chuck Bass says ” I love you”. Twice.
  • The entire second season of Chuck. This show is so much better than Heroes.
  • House losing his mind. Kutner’s suicide. Amber. Huddy sex that wasn’t real.  ( House).
  • The performance of Harvey Keitel in the short but glorious run of ABC’s Life On Mars. yes, I was the person watching.
  • Barack Obama elected to the office of President of the United States of America. ( every network imaginable).
  • The Daily Show
  • The White Stripes showing up to sing ” We Are Going To be friends” on Conan O’Brien’s last Late Night
  • Jimmy Fallon not totally sucking as he took over Conan’s slot.
  • Jimmy is still no match for Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show.
  • The Colbert Report
  • Hugh Jackman hosting the Oscars. The Theater geek in me died a glorious,rapturous death. I loved most of it.
  • Gray Gardens
  • Almost everything on the Food Network’s prime time sked.

So this lead me to the question of the day. What was your highlight of the 2008-2009 TV season?

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After all, with B.C.’s status for weed capital on North America, it led to way too easy jokes by our host, funniest man alive Russell Peters.

Of course, Nickelback opening the show with a song about strippers having things in their mouths was also a silly plan, as ” Be Somebody” is a far superior song. This opinion from someone who dislikes the band a great deal.

Peters took advantage of the increased interest in Bollywood by having dancers with him at the beginning, but let’s face facts, Peters is not a Bollywood dude, he’s a hip hop head, and he brought that to the floor. He was hilarious tonight.  Be proud, he’s Brampton’s favorite son.

Winners of the evening:

Songwriter- Dallas Green ( City and Colour)

Group- Nickelback

Rap Album- Kardinal Officiall

New Artist- Lights

Canadian Music Hall Of Fame-  Loverboy

Fan Choice- Nickelback

Artist- Sam Roberts

Album- Dark Horse ( Nickelback)

As for the performances-

Sam Robert’s ” Them Kids” was awesome.

But the two best performances of the night were City and Colour featuring Gord Downie, doing an amazing version of C&C’s  ” Sleeping Sickness”, and Great Big Sea featuring Hawksley Workman doing an awesome cover of Zeppelin’s ” Gallows Pole”.

Considering the weakness of the past year in Canadian music, it was a pleasant evening.

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Eddie Murphy presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award to Jerry Lewis, who gives a short, humble speech. The orchestra then launches into a medley of Oscar nominated scores, and Slumdog’s A.R. Rahman wins that category. We then get a medley of Oscar nominated songs, in which John Legend aquits himself nicely doing Peter Gabriel, and we learn Jai Ho and We’re Going Down mix beautifully together ( Peter Gabriel- there’s your next record!). A.R. Rahman wins that one as well, for Jai Ho.

We finally get a WTF? winner- Freida Pinto and Liam neeson announce the only real surprise of the evening as Japan’s Departures beats out the better known Baader Meinhoff Complex, The Class, and preshow fave Waltz With Bashir ( the one that won almost every pre Oscar award it could). There has to be a surprise every Oscar,a nd this appears to be this years. So far.

Queen Latifah does the In Memorium section of our show. She sings ” I’ll Be Seeing You” beautifully as Paul Newman and Sydney Pollack win the applause-o-meter. So sad to see the faces of Stan winston, Michael Crichton, Bernie Mac, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Harold Pinter, James Whitmore, Charlton Heston, Cyd Charrise, Newman, and Van Johnson pass by and remembering what they contributed to cinema.

Danny Boyle accepts his best director Oscar ” in the spirit of Tigger”, and gives a warm sppech in which he pays tribute to the city of Mumbai. He’s a delightful man. The award is well deserved ( Shallow Grave was one of my favorite films of the 1990s).

As the show now runs 20 plus minutes over schedule, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Shirley MacLaine, and Marion Cotillard present Kate Winslet with her long overdue Oscar. Kate was warm, witty, and charming in her speech, almost tripping over her words as she honored Pollack and Mingehella for their role in The Reader. Sean Penn eked out a win over Mickey Rourke, and was funny and shit stirring in his speech, as he was the only one who acknowledged the protesters on the way in. Then Steven Spielberg presents the best picture award to Slumdog Millionaire.

Overall, I think that the show was one of the best in years. Hugh Jackman was a delightful host, and the show, while it did run long, felt a lot shorter than usual.  I thouroughly enjoyed myself despite the telegraphed winners.

And I’ll be back in 2010.

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Another video clip, this time directed by Judd Apatow, starring the Pineapple Express boys Seth Rogan and James Franco, with a cameo by two time Academy award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. Among one of the funniest things I  have ever seen at the Oscars.  The trio present the live action short award to a German short I cannot spell the mane of ( German not being a language i’m familiar with).

Hugh comes out in tails, and launches into a good Oscar musical number ( those are rarer than… well, I can’t recall the last one.) A tribute to Fred Astaire, a gorgeous reveal of Beyonce, add in Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens ( High School Musical), and Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried ( Mamma Mia!), and we get a show stopper. Thanks, Baz Luhrman.

Best Supporting Actor- a foregone conclusion, but I still sobbed as Heath’s family payed tribute to the missing talent from the show.

Bill Maher presented the Doc categories, and Man On Wire wins best feature, and Smile Pinki wins short.

Will Smith shows up to present the post production awards after another thrilling video piece, and the go as follows:

Visual Effects Editing- Ben Button

Sound editing- The Dark Knight

Sound Mixing- Slumdog Millionaire

Editing- Slumdog Millionaire

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OSCARS! Live Blog Part 2

Well, Ben Button will not be going home empty handed ( fears were it would be the most nominated loser in Oscar history). It takes the Art Direction award ( deservedly- it’s gorgeous to look at). Costume design goes to The Duchess, another deserved award ( those costumes are astonishing).

Daniel Craig makes a funny! The award goes to Ben Button ( the only award it’s up for that it had no real competition for, unless the Academy went overboard on honoring the Dark Knight due to it’s oversight at Best Picture).

The show seems to be moving at a fast clip this year. I’m not bored at all.

Robert Pattinson ( sqealing commences- NOW!) Amanda Seyfreid looks gorgeous.  Another montage sequence- I like them better this year. They’re on point, have great music, and are edited superby.

Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller are funny as Ben channels Joaquin Phoenix ( Natalie gets off the best line -” You look like you work in a Hasidic meth lab.”) Slumdog wins again for cinematography.

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First off, Hugh Jackman was hilarious right off the bat, and that medley made my girls and I laugh for serious long stetch. ( Personal fave- having to mention Brad and Angie a minimum of five times). He’s also incredibly hot.

I’m also liking this new system of honoring the performers and performances. You pull out Anjelica Huston, Eva Marie Saint, Goldie Hawn, and Whoopi Goldberg, you get genuine emotion ( and with Whoopi, a few laughs). No surpsise that Penelope Cruz wins, and she’s emotional and warm and charming, finishing up in Spanish to quick for me to translate.

So far, I’m liking some of the changes the new producers put in the show. And Hugh Jackman is Wolverine.

The intro with Tina Fey and Steve Martin was another hilarious moment ( it’s safe to say that so far, this is the funniest Oscars in the last decade).  Dustin Lance Black wins origianl screenplay for Milk, and his speech almost made me cry. No surprise that Simon Beaufot wins best adapted for S;umdog Millionaire. Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black present Animated feature, and Wall-E wins, another no shocker. Animated short goes to La maison la petite cubes ( or, as Gwen pointed out immediately, The House of Small Squares- those provincially mandated french classes are paying off).

Note: Aniston presents with Black, who costarred in Kung Fu Panda with Angelina Jolie, who is with Brad Pitt,  who used to be married to Aniston. Notice, though, Angie was laughing during their bit.

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This is the place to discuss fashion, your picks, and how RyRy Seacrest still annoys the crap out of you.Just look in the comments for my blinding wit…

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Same as the Grammys, but with preshow goodness as well, which means two hours more than Seacrest than one should really have in a week, but whatever, because there are clothes and Manolos and Fred Leighton…

Sorry, the realy girly girl part of me came out. i usually supress my fashionista side as I can afford nothing not available at Zellers and Superstore.

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First the good. The winners list from the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature
The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin

Best Director

Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

Best First Feature

Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman

Best First Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Supporting Female

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Male

James Franco, Milk

Best Female Lead

Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Male Lead

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Cinematography

Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Best Foreign Film

The Class, Laurent Cantet

Best Documentary

Man on Wire, James Marsh

And now the heinous. The “winners” list from the RazzieHIS.addEntry({ title: “Razzies 2009”, url: “http://www.altfg.com/bs (* for the ” winner):

Worst Picture
Disaster Movie
The Happening
The Hottie and the Nottie
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
* The Love Guru
Meet the Spartans

Worst Actor
Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
* Mike Myers, The Love Guru
Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg, The Happening and Max Payne

Worst Actress
Jessica Alba, The Eye and The Love Guru
The cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan)
Cameron Diaz, What Happens in Vegas
* Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie
Kate Hudson, Fool’s Gold and My Best Friend’s Girl

Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll, Uwe Boll’s Postal
* Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds, Deal and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Verne Troyer, The Love Guru and Uwe Boll’s Postal

Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
* Paris Hilton, Repo: The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian, Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll and Any Actor, Camera or Screenplay
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
* Paris Hilton and either Christin Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
“The Day the Earth Blowed Up Real Good” (The Day the Earth Stood Still)
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
* Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Speed Racer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Worst Director
* Uwe Boll, 1968: Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Uwe Boll’s Postal
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam, The Hottie and the Nottie
Marco Schnabel, The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening

Worst Screenplay
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
The Happening
The Hottie and the Nottie
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
* The Love Guru

Worst Career Achievement Razzie
Uwe Boll

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Best British male
Paul Weller

Best British female
Duffy

Best British group
Elbow

Best British live act
Iron Maiden

Best British single
Girls Aloud – The Promise

Best British Album
Duffy – Rockferry

Best British breakthrough act
Duffy

Best international album
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night

Best international male
Kanye West

Best international female
Katy Perry

Best international group
Kings of Leon

Critics’ Choice
Florence and the Machine

Outstanding Contribution To Music
Pet Shop Boys

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Genie Award Nominees

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE
PATRICE BENGLE – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the
Hairdresser’s
CAROL SPIER, JANICE BLACKIE-GOODINE – Passchendaele
MATTHEW DAVIES, ERICA MILO – Fugitive Pieces
ROB GRAY – The Stone Angel
DANIELLE LABRIE – Le piège américain / The American Trap
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
MEILLEURES IMAGES
NICOLAS BOLDUC – Le Banquet
BOBBY BUKOWSKI – The Stone Angel
PIERRE GILL – Le piège américain / The American Trap
GREGORY MIDDLETON CSC – Fugitive Pieces
SARA MISHARA – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine

MEILLEURS COSTUMES
FRANCESCA CHAMBERLAND – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
MARIE-GENEVIEVE CYR – Who is KK Downey?
MICHÈLE HAMEL – Le piège américain / The American Trap
MICHÈLE HAMEL – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
WENDY PARTRIDGE – Passchendaele
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
MEILLEURE RÉALISATION
RICHIE MEHTA – Amal
LYNE CHARLEBOIS – Borderline
BENOIT PILON – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
CARL BESSAI – Normal
YVES-CHRISTIAN FOURNIER – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
MEILLEUR MONTAGE
DOMINIQUE FORTIN, CARINA BACCANALE – Le Banquet
FRÉDÉRIQUE BROOS – C’est pas moi, je le jure! / It’s Not Me, I Swear!
RICHARD COMEAU – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
DOMINIQUE FORTIN – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
YVANN THIBAUDEAU – Borderline
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE
MEILLEURE MUSIQUE ORIGINALE
NORMAND CORBEIL – Emotional Arithmetic
LAURENT EYQUEM – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
NIKOS KYPOURGOS – Fugitive Pieces
ROBERT M. LEPAGE – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
JOHN MCCARTHY – The Stone Angel
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG
MEILLEURE CHANSON ORIGINALE
BATLAM, BIZ, CHAFFIK – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine – M’Accrocher?
DR. SHIVA – Amal – Rahi Nagufta
BRY WEBB – This Beautiful City – Big Smoke
ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND
MEILLEUR SON D’ENSEMBLE
MARIO AUCLAIR, LUC BOUDRIAS, FRANÇOIS SENNEVILLE – Le Banquet
CLAUDE LA HAYE, DANIEL BISSON, LUC BOUDRIAS, PATRICK LALONDE – Le piège américain /
The American Trap
SANJAY MEHTA, STEPHAN CARRIER, KIRK LYNDS – Amal
LOU SOLAKOFSKI, GARRELL CLARK, STEVE FOSTER – Passchendaele
DAVID OTTIER, DANIEL PRADO VILLAR – This Beautiful City
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
MEILLEUR MONTAGE SONORE
JANE TATTERSALL, KEVIN BANKS, BARRY GILMORE, ANDY MALCOLM, DAVE ROSE – Passchendaele
CLAUDE BEAUGRAND, JÉROME DÉCARIE, NATALIE FLEURANT, JEAN-FRANÇOIS SAUVÉ – Le piège
américain / The American Trap
NELSON FERREIRA – This Beautiful City
ROBERT LABROSSE, LUCIE FORTIER, GUY FRANCOEUR, FRANCE LÉVESQUE, LORI PAQUET – La Ligne
brisée / The Broken Line
FRANÇOIS SENNEVILLE, ANTOINE MORIN – Le Banquet

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
MEILLEURE ADAPTATION
RICHIE MEHTA, SHAUN MEHTA – Amal

MARIE-SISSI LABRÈCHE, LYNE CHARLEBOIS – Borderline

JEREMY PODESWA – Fugitive Pieces
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE DRAMATIQUE
THE ANSWER KEY – Samir Rehem, Robin Crumley
LA BATTUE – Guy Édoin, Pascal Bascaron, Sylvain Corbeil
CAN YOU WAVE BYE-BYE? – Sarah Galea-Davis, Paul Barbeau
MON NOM EST VICTOR GAZON – Patrick Gazé, Antonello Cozzolino, Marie-Josée Laroque,
Annie Normandin
NEXT FLOOR – Denis Villeneuve, Phoebe Greenberg
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE D’ANIMATION
DRUX FLUX – Theodore Ushev, Marc Bertrand
THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW – Rodrigo Gudiño, Vincent Marcone, Marco Pecota
SLEEPING BETTY – Claude Cloutier, Marcel Jean
BEST DOCUMENTARY
MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE
INFINIMENT QUÉBEC – Jean-Claude Labrecque, Yves Fortin, Christian Medawar
MY WINNIPEG – Guy Maddin, Phyllis Laing, Jody Shapiro
UP THE YANGTZE – Yung Chang, Mila Aung-Thwin, John Christou, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong
BEST MOTION PICTURE
MEILLEUR FILM
AMAL – David Miller, Steven Bray
CE QU’IL FAUT POUR VIVRE / THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE – Bernadette Payeur, René Chénier
NORMAL – Andrew Boutilier, Carl Bessai
PASSCHENDAELE – Niv Fichman, Francis Damberger, Paul Gross, Frank Siracusa
TOUT EST PARFAIT / EVERYTHING IS FINE – Nicole Robert
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
MEILLEUR SCÉNARIO
BERNARD ÉMOND – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
DEEPA MEHTA – Heaven on Earth
TRAVIS MCDONALD – Normal
RANDALL COLE – Real Time
GUILLAUME VIGNEAULT – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE
PAUL GROSS – Passchendaele
RUPINDER NAGRA – Amal
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Emotional Arithmetic
AARON POOLE – This Beautiful City
NATAR UNGALAAQ – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN
NORMAND D’AMOUR – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
BENOIT MCGINNIS – Le Banquet
CALLUM KEITH RENNIE – Normal
RADE SHERBEDGIA – Fugitive Pieces
MAX VON SYDOW – Emotional Arithmetic
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE
ISABELLE BLAIS – Borderline
ELLEN BURSTYN – The Stone Angel
MARIANNE FORTIER – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
SUSAN SARANDON – Emotional Arithmetic
PREITY ZINTA – Heaven on Earth
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN
CÉLINE BONNIER – Maman est chez le coiffeur / Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s
KRISTIN BOOTH – Young People Fucking
EVELINE GÉLINAS – Ce qu’il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life
ANIE PASCALE – Tout est Parfait / Everything is Fine
ROSAMUND PIKE – Fugitive Pieces

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Complete Grammys Winners List

Record of the Year

  • “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
    • Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers
  • Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
    • Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
  • “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
    • Ryan Tedder & Jesse McCartney, producer; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers
  • Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
    • Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
  • “Please Read the Letter” – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
    • T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer

Album of the Year

  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay
    • Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O’Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
    • Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; The Alchemist, Bangladesh, David Banner, Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews “Drew” Correa, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
  • Year of the Gentleman – Ne-Yo
    • Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow da Don, Stargate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari “Sho” Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin “KD” Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers Jr., mastering engineer
  • Raising Sand – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    • T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
  • In Rainbows – Radiohead
    • Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Song of the Year

  • “American Boy” – Estelle featuring Kanye West
    • Estelle, Keith Harris, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, Kweli Washington, Kanye West & will.i.am, songwriters
  • “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
    • Adele & Eg White, songwriters
  • “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
    • Jason Mraz, songwriter
  • “Love Song” – Sara Bareilles
    • Sara Bareilles, songwriter
  • Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
    • Coldplay, songwriters

Best New Artist

  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

  • “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
  • “Love Song” – Sara Bareilles
  • “Mercy” – Duffy
  • “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
  • “I Kissed a Girl” – Katy Perry
  • So What” – P!nk

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

  • “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
  • Say” – John Mayer
  • That Was Me” – Paul McCartney
  • “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  • “Closer” – Ne-Yo
  • “Wichita Lineman” – James Taylor

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
  • Waiting in the Weeds” – Eagles
  • “Going On” – Gnarls Barkley
  • “Won’t Go Home Without You” – Maroon 5
  • “Apologize” – OneRepublic

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

  • Lesson Learned” – Alicia Keys featuring John Mayer
  • “4 Minutes” – Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
  • Rich Woman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • “If I Never See Your Face Again” – Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna
  • “No Air” – Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown

Winner

  • Rich Woman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

  • Love Appetite” – Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere
  • I Dreamed There Was No War” – Eagles
  • Fortune Teller” – Fourplay
  • Steppin’ Out” – Stanley Jordan
  • “Blast!” – Marcus Miller

Winner

  • I Dreamed There Was No War” – Eagles

Best Pop Instrumental Album

  • Sax for Stax – Gerald Albright
  • Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One – Larry Carlton
  • Jingle All the WayBéla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • The Spice of Life – Earl Klugh
  • A Night Before Christmas – Spyro Gyra

Winner

  • Jingle All the WayBéla Fleck & The Flecktones

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Detours – Sheryl Crow
  • Rockferry – Duffy
  • Long Road Out of Eden – Eagles
  • Spirit – Leona Lewis
  • Covers – James Taylor

Winner

  • Rockferry – Duffy

Best Dance Recording

  • “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk
    • Daft Punk, producers/mixers
  • “Ready for the Floor” – Hot Chip
    • Hot Chip, producers; Dan Carey, mixer
  • “Just Dance” – Lady GaGa featuring Colby O’Donis
    • RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, mixer
  • “Give It 2 Me” – Madonna
    • Madonna & The Neptunes, producers; Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent, mixers
  • “Disturbia” – Rihanna
    • Brian Kennedy, producer; Phil Tan, mixer
  • “Black and Gold” – Sam Sparro
    • Jesse Rogg & Sam Sparro, producers; Jeremy Wheatley, mixer

Winner

  • “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk

Best Electronic/Dance Album

  • New York City – Brazilian Girls
  • Alive 2007 – Daft Punk
  • Bring Ya to the Brink – Cyndi Lauper
  • X – Kylie Minogue
  • Last Night – Moby
  • Robyn – Robyn

Winner

  • Alive 2007 – Daft Punk

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
  • The Sinatra Project – Michael Feinstein
  • Noël – Josh Groban
  • In the Swing of Christmas – Barry Manilow
  • Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall – Rufus Wainwright

Winner

  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole

Rock field

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

  • “Gravity” – John Mayer
  • “I Saw Her Standing There” – Paul McCartney
  • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
  • “Rise” – Eddie Vedder
  • “No Hidden Path” – Neil Young

Winner

  • “Gravity” – John Mayer

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • Rock N Roll Train” – AC/DC
  • “Violet Hill” – Coldplay
  • Long Road Out of Eden” – Eagles
  • “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
  • “House of Cards” – Radiohead

Best Hard Rock Performance

  • “Inside the Fire” – Disturbed
  • Visions” – Judas Priest
  • “Wax Simulacra” – The Mars Volta
  • “Saints of Los Angeles” – Mötley Crüe
  • Lords of Salem” – Rob Zombie

Winner

  • “Wax Simulacra” – The Mars Volta

Best Metal Performance

  • “Heroes of Our Time” – DragonForce
  • Nostradamus” – Judas Priest
  • “My Apocalypse” – Metallica
  • “Under My Thumb” – Ministry
  • “Psychosocial” – Slipknot

Winner

  • “My Apocalypse” – Metallica

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

  • “Castellorizon” – David Gilmour
  • Suicide & Redemption” – Metallica
  • “34 Ghosts IV”[2] – Nine Inch Nails
  • “Hope” – Rush
  • Peaches En Regalia” – Zappa Plays Zappa

Best Rock Song

  • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
    • Bruce Springsteen, songwriter
  • “House of Cards” – Radiohead
    • Radiohead, songwriters
  • “I Will Possess Your Heart” – Death Cab for Cutie
    • Death Cab for Cutie, songwriters
  • “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
    • Kings of Leon, songwriters
  • “Violet Hill” – Coldplay
    • Coldplay, songwriters

Winner

  • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Album

  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay
  • Rock N Roll Jesus – Kid Rock
  • Only by the Night – Kings of Leon
  • Death Magnetic – Metallica
  • Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs

Winner

  • “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” – Coldplay

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Modern Guilt – Beck
  • Narrow Stairs – Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Odd Couple – Gnarls Barkley
  • Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket
  • In Rainbows – Radiohead

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

  • “Me, Myself and I” – Beyoncé Knowles
  • “Heaven Sent” – Keyshia Cole
  • “Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
  • “Superwoman” – Alicia Keys
  • “Need U Bad” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

  • You’re the Only One” – Eric Benét
  • “Take You Down” – Chris Brown
  • “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
  • Can’t Help But Wait” – Trey Songz
  • “Here I Stand” – Usher

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “Ribbon in the Sky” – Boyz II Men
  • “Words” – Anthony David featuring India.Arie
  • “Stay with Me (By the Sea)” – Al Green featuring John Legend
  • “I’m His Only Woman” – Jennifer Hudson featuring Fantasia
  • “Never Give You Up” – Raphael Saadiq featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

  • “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Wayne Brady
  • You’ve Got the Love I Need” – Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton
  • Baby I Know” – (Linda Jones) with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
  • “Love That Girl” – Raphael Saadiq
  • In Love with Another Man” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

  • “Say Goodbye to Love” – Kenna
  • Wanna Be” – Maiysha
  • “Be OK” – Chrisette Michele featuring will.i.am
  • “Many Moons” – Janelle Monáe
  • Lovin You (Music)” – Wayna featuring Kokayi

Best R&B Song

  • “Bust Your Windows” – Jazmine Sullivan
    • Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter)
  • “Customer” – Raheem DeVaughn
    • Carvin & Ivan, Raheem DeVaughn, K. Oliver & J. Smith, songwriters
  • “Heaven Sent” – Keyshia Cole
    • Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters
  • “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
    • Ne-Yo & StarGate, songwriters
  • “Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
    • Ne-Yo & StarGate, songwriters

Best R&B Album

  • Love & Life – Eric Benét
  • Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA – Boyz II Men
  • Lay It Down – Al Green
  • Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson
  • The Way I See It – Raphael Saadiq

Best Contemporary R&B Album

  • Growing Pains – Mary J. Blige
  • Back of My Lac’ – J. Holiday
  • First Love – Karina
  • Year of the Gentleman – Ne-Yo
  • Fearless – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Solo Performance

  • “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…” – Jay-Z
  • “A Milli” – Lil Wayne
  • “Paris, Tokyo” – Lupe Fiasco
  • “N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave and the Master)” – Nas
  • “Sexual Eruption” – Snoop Dogg

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

  • “Royal Flush” – Big Boi featuring André 3000 & Raekwon
  • “Swagga Like Us” – Jay-Z & T.I. featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
  • “Mr. Carter” – Lil Wayne featuring Jay-Z
  • “Wish You Would” – Ludacris featuring T.I.
  • “Put On” – Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • “American Boy” – Estelle featuring Kanye West
  • “Low” – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
  • “Green Light” – John Legend featuring Andre 3000
  • “Got Money” – Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain
  • “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos

Best Rap Song

  • Lollipop” – Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
    • D. Harrison, Lil Wayne, J. Scheffer, Static Major & R. Zamor, songwriters
  • “Low” – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
    • Flo Rida, M. Humphrey & T-Pain, songwriters
  • “Sexual Eruption” – Snoop Dogg
    • S. Lovejoy, Snoop Dogg & Shawty Redd, songwriters
  • “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos
    • Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriters
  • “Swagga Like Us” – T.I. & Jay-Z featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
    • T.I., Lil Wayne, Jay-Z & Kanye West, songwriters (Diplo, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, M.I.A., Paul Simonon & Joe Strummer, songwriters)

Best Rap Album

  • American Gangster – Jay-Z
  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
  • Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool – Lupe Fiasco
  • Untitled album – Nas
  • Paper Trail – T.I.

Winner

  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

  • For These Times” – Martina McBride
  • What I Cannot Change” – LeAnn Rimes
  • “Last Name” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Last Call” – Lee Ann Womack
  • “This Is Me You’re Talking To” – Trisha Yearwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins
  • “In Color” – Jamey Johnson
  • “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” – James Otto
  • “Letter to Me” – Brad Paisley
  • “Troubadour” – George Strait

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “God Must Be Busy” – Brooks & Dunn
  • “Love Don’t Live Here” – Lady Antebellum
  • “Every Day” – Rascal Flatts
  • Blue Side of the Mountain” – The SteelDrivers

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

  • “Shiftwork” – Kenny Chesney & George Strait
  • “Killing the Blues” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • House of Cash” – George Strait & Patty Loveless
  • “Life in a Northern Town” – Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
  • Let the Wind Chase You” – Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Best Country Instrumental Performance

  • Sumatra” – Cherryholmes
  • Two Small Cars in Rome” – Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
  • “Sleigh Ride” – Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • Is This America? (Katrina 2005)” – Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
  • Cluster Pluck” – Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Best Country Song

  • Dig Two Graves” – Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
  • “I Saw God Today” – Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
  • “In Color” – Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
  • “Stay” – Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)

Best Country Album

  • That Lonesome Song – Jamey Johnson
  • Sleepless Nights – Patty Loveless
  • Troubadour – George Strait
  • Around the Bend – Randy Travis
  • Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love – Trisha Yearwood

Best Bluegrass Album

  • Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe – Cherryholmes
  • Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Del McCoury Band
  • The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman – Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends
  • Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • Wheels – Dan Tyminski

Best New Age Album

  • Meditations – William Ackerman
  • Pathfinder – Will Clipman
  • Peace Time – Jack DeJohnette
  • Ambrosia – Peter Kater
  • The Scent of Light – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

  • Randy in Brazil – Randy Brecker
  • Floating Point – John McLaughlin
  • Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley – Various Artists
  • Miles From India – Various Artists
  • Lifecycle – Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • Imagina: Songs Of Brasil – Karrin Allyson
  • Breakfast On The Morning Tram – Stacey Kent
  • If Less Is More…Nothing Is EverythingKate McGarry
  • Loverly – Cassandra Wilson
  • Distances – Norma Winstone

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

  • Be-Bop – Terence Blanchard (Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
  • Seven Steps To Heaven – Till Brönner (Track from: The Standard (Take 6))
  • Waltz For Debby – Gary Burton & Chick Corea (Track from: The New Crystal Silence)
  • Son of Thirteen – Pat Metheny (Track from: Day Trip)
  • Be-Bop – James Moody (Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of Instrumental tracks.)

  • The New Crystal Silence – Chick Corea & Gary Burton
  • History, Mystery – Bill Frisell
  • Brad Mehldau Trio: Live – Brad Mehldau Trio
  • Day Trip – Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez
  • Standards – Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Appearing NightlyCarla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band
  • Act Your Age – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
  • Symphonica – Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
  • Blauklang – Vince Mendoza
  • Monday Night Live at the Village VanguardThe Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Afro Bop Alliance – Caribbean Jazz Project
  • The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter – Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band
  • Song For Chico – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Nouveau Latino – Nestor Torres
  • Marooned/AisladoPapo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates

Best Gospel Performance

  • “I Understand” – Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, BeBe Winans, Mariah Carey & Hezekiah Walker’s Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir
  • “East to West” – Casting Crowns
  • “Get Up” – Mary Mary
  • “Shall We Gather at the River” – Take 6
  • “Waging War” – CeCe Winans

Best Gospel Song

  • “Cover Me” – 21:03 with Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful & J. Moss
    • James L. Moss, songwriter
  • “Get Up” – Mary Mary
    • Warryn Campbell, Eric Dawkins & Mary Mary, songwriters
  • “Give Me Your Eyes” – Brandon Heath
    • Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters
  • “Help Me Believe” – Kirk Franklin
    • Kirk Franklin, songwriter
  • “You Reign” – MercyMe
    • Steven Curtis Chapman & MercyMe, songwriters

Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album

  • Hello – After Edmund
  • Our World Redeemed – Flame
  • We Need Each Other – Sanctus Real
  • Rock What You Got – Superchick
  • Alive and Transported – TobyMac

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

  • This Moment – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • What If We – Brandon Heath
  • Opposite Way – Leeland
  • Hello Love – Chris Tomlin
  • Thy Kingdom Come – CeCe Winans

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album

  • Room for More – Booth Brothers
  • Lovin’ Life – Gaither Vocal Band
  • Steps to Heaven – Charlie Louvin
  • Hymned Again – Bart Millard
  • Ephesians One – Karen Peck & New River

Best Traditional Gospel Album

  • Down in New Orleans – The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • I’ll Say YesThe Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • Take It Back – Dorinda Clark Cole
  • Deitrick Haddon Presents . . . Together In Worship – Voices Of Unity
  • Bishop Charles E. Blake Presents… No Limit – The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

  • ReflectionsJason Champion
  • The Fight of My Life – Kirk Franklin
  • The Sound – Mary Mary
  • Donald Lawrence Introduces: Family PrayerThe Murrills
  • Stand OutTye Tribbett & G.A.

Best Latin Pop Album

  • Cara B – Jorge Drexler
  • Palabras del Silencio – Luis Fonsi
  • La Vida… Es un Ratico – Juanes
  • Cómplices – Luis Miguel
  • Tarde O Temprano – Tommy Torres

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

  • Sonidos GoldGrupo Fantasma
  • 45 – Jaguares
  • La Verdad – Locos por Juana
  • Tijuana Sound Machine – Nortec Collective
  • Mediocre – Ximena Sariñana

Best Latin Urban Album

  • La Novela – Akwid
  • La Sinfonia – La Sinfonía
  • The Royalty/La RealezaR.K.M. & Ken-Y
  • En lo Claro – Voltio
  • Los ExtraterrestresWisin y Yandel

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Cuba: Un Viaje Musical — A Musical JourneyAlbita, Rey Ruiz & Donato Poveda
  • Renacer – DLG
  • Señor Bachata – José Feliciano
  • Frutero Moderno – Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
  • Back On The Streets… Taste Of Spanish Harlem Vol. 2 – New Swing Sextet

Best Regional Mexican Album

  • Amor, Dolor y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera – Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
  • Desde México: “Cumbia Cusinela” – Huichol Musical
  • Vámonos Pa’l Río – Los Pikadientes de Caborca
  • Canciones de Amor – Mariachi Divas
  • A Puro Dolor – Nadia

Best Tejano Album

  • Music Lessons – Chente Barrera y Taconazo
  • Friends & Legends – Joe Posada
  • Viva La Revolucion – Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
  • All That Jazz… – Tortilla Factory
  • Heir To The Throne – Albert Zamora

Best Norteño Album

  • Me Enamore de Un Angel – Los Palominos
  • Raíces – Los Tigres del Norte
  • Corridos: Defendiendo El Honor – Pesado
  • Six Pack – Siggno
  • CuidadoSolido

Best Banda Album

  • Tu Inspiracion – Alacranes Musical
  • Que Bonito… ¡Es Lo Bonito! – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • Vive Y Dejame VivirCuisillos
  • Tiro de Gracia – Lupillo Rivera
  • No Es De Madera – Joan Sebastian

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • The Blues Rolls On – Elvin Bishop
  • Skin Deep – Buddy Guy
  • All Odds Against MeJohn Lee Hooker Jr.
  • One Kind FavorB.B. King
  • Pinetop Perkins & FriendsPinetop Perkins & Friends

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • Peace, Love & BBQ – Marcia Ball
  • A Fire – Solomon Burke
  • City That Care Forgot – Dr. John And The Lower 911
  • Maestro – Taj Mahal
  • Simply Grand – Irma Thomas

Best Traditional Folk Album

  • Coal – Kathy Mattea
  • Comedians & Angels – Tom Paxton
  • Bring Me Home – Peggy Seeger
  • At 89 – Pete Seeger
  • Strangers in Another Country – Rosalie Sorrels

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

  • Day After Tomorrow – Joan Baez
  • I, Flathead – Ry Cooder
  • Sex & Gasoline – Rodney Crowell
  • All I Intended to Be – Emmylou Harris
  • Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Native American Music Album

  • Songs from the Black Hills – Bryan Akipa
  • Spo’Mo’Kin’Nan – Black Lodge
  • Red RockNorthern Cree
  • Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs – Various Artists (Tom Wasinger, producer)
  • FaithKevin Yazzie

Best Hawaiian Music Album

  • Ikena – Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
  • AumakuaAmy Hanaiali’i
  • Force of NatureLed Kaapana & Mike Kaawa
  • Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series Vol. II – Various Artists (Chris Lau & Milton Lau, producers)
  • The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Various Artists (Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers)

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

  • Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet
  • From Now On – Michael Doucet
  • Homage Au Passé – Pine Leaf Boys
  • Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
  • Cedric WatsonCedric Watson

Best Reggae Album

  • Jah Is Real – Burning Spear
  • Let’s Get PhysicalElephant Man
  • Vibes – Heavy D
  • Repentance – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Intoxication – Shaggy
  • AmazingSly & Robbie

Best Traditional World Music Album

  • Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey – Debashish Bhattacharya
  • The Mandé Variations – Toumani Diabaté
  • Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Dancing in the Light – Lakshmi Shankar

Best Contemporary World Music Album

  • Shake Away – Lila Downs
  • Banda Larga Cordel – Gilberto Gil
  • Global Drum Project – Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) – Youssou N’Dour
  • Live at the Nelson Mandela Theater – Soweto Gospel Choir

Best Polka Album

  • El Maestro del Acordeón y Sus Polkas – Paulino Bernal
  • SpeechlessLynnMarie & Charlie Kelley As The Boxhounds
  • Back to Back Hall of Fame PolkasWalter Ostanek & His Band, Jerry Darlak & The Touch And Bob Kravos & His Band
  • Hungry for MorePolka Family Band
  • Let the Whole World SingJimmy Sturr and His Orchestra

Best Musical Album For Children

  • Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies – Beethoven’s Wig
  • Big Round World – Trout Fishing in America
  • Here Come the 123s – They Might Be Giants
  • Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That CouldBrady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
  • The Shoe Bird – Gerard Schwarz Conducting the Seattle Symphony

Best Spoken Word Album for Children

  • Around the CampfireBuck Howdy With BB
  • The Big One-Oh – Dean Pitchford
  • Brown Bear and Friends – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • The Cricket in Times Square – Tony Shalhoub
  • Yes To Running! Bill Harley Live – Bill Harley

Best Spoken Word Album

  • An Inconvenient Truth – Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon & Blair Underwood
  • Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
  • I Am America (And So Can You!) – Stephen Colbert (& Various Artists)
  • Life Beyond Measure – Sidney Poitier
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris

Best Comedy Album

  • Anticipation – Lewis Black
  • Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
  • For Your Consideration – Kathy Griffin
  • It’s Bad for Ya – George Carlin
  • Songs of the Bushmen – Harry Shearer

Best Musical Show Album

  • Gypsy – 2008 Broadway Cast with Patti LuPone & Others
    • Robert Sher, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist)
  • In the Heights – Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Others
    • Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist
  • The Little Mermaid – Original Broadway Cast with Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess & Others
    • Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers; Alan Menken, composer; Glenn Slater, lyricist (Howard Ashman, lyricist)
  • South Pacific – New Broadway Cast with Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot & Others
    • David Caddick, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist)
  • Young Frankenstein – Original Broadway Cast with Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster & Others
    • Doug Besterman, producer; Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • American Gangster
  • August Rush
  • Juno
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • The Dark Knight
    • James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    • John Williams, composer
  • Iron Man
    • Ramin Djawadi, composer
  • There Will Be Blood
    • Jonny Greenwood, composer
  • WALL-E
    • Thomas Newman, composer

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • Down to Earth (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel
    • Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters
  • Ever Ever After (from Enchanted) – Carrie Underwood
    • Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters
  • Say (from The Bucket List) – John Mayer
    • John Mayer, songwriter
  • That’s How You Know (from Enchanted) – Amy Adams
    • Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters
  • Walk Hard (from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) – John C. Reilly
    • Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters

Best Instrumental Composition

  • “The Adventures of Mutt” (From Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) – John Williams
    • John Williams, composer
  • “Alegria” – Chick Corea & Gary Burton
    • Chick Corea, composer
  • “Claire’s Closet” – Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern
    • Russell Ferrante, composer
  • “Danzón De Etiqueta” – Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin
    • Dave Grusin, composer
  • “Hit The Ground Running” – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
    • Gordon Goodwin, composer

Best Instrumental Arrangement

  • “Define Dancing” (From WALL-E) – Thomas Newman
    • Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers
  • “Down in the Valley” – Frank Macchia featuring The Prague Orchestra
    • Frank Macchia, arranger
  • “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” – Joe Lovano with WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
    • Michael Abene, arranger
  • “St. Louis Blues” – The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
    • Bob Brookmeyer, arranger
  • “Yesterdays” – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band featuring Art Tatum
    • Gordon Goodwin, arranger

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

  • “Alfie” – Traincha & The Metropole Orchestra
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger
  • “Grace” – Take 6
    • Cedric Dent, arranger
  • “Here’s That Rainy Day” – Natalie Cole
    • Nan Schwartz, arranger
  • “Johnny One Note” – John Pizzarelli
    • Don Sebesky, arranger
  • “Lazy Afternoon” – Danilo Perez
    • Claus Ogerman, arranger

Best Recording Package

  • Death Magnetic – Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffatt & David Turner, art directors (Metallica)
  • Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend! – Don Clark, art director (Hawk Nelson)
  • Nouns – No Age & Brian Roettinger, art directors (No Age)
  • Radio Retaliation – Neal Ashby, Matthew Curry & Patrick Donohue, art directors (Thievery Corporation)
  • Summer Rains – Amanda Barrett, Abby DeWald, Renee Jablow & Rick Whitmore, art directors (The Ditty Bops)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • Ghosts I–IV – Jeff Anderson, Trent Reznor & Rob Sheridan, art directors (Nine Inch Nails)
  • In Rainbows – Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors (Radiohead)
  • Poems & Songs – Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (Wu Sheng)
  • Pretty. Odd. – Alex Kirzhner & Panic At The Disco, art directors (Panic At The Disco)
  • @#%&*! Smilers – Aimee Mann & Gail Marowitz, art directors (Aimee Mann)

Best Album Notes

  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum; Art Rosenbaum, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Debate ’08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph – Patrick Feaster & David Giovannoni, album notes writers (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
  • Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition – Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)
  • Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul – David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers (Aretha Franklin)
  • The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934 – Henry “Hank” Sapoznik, album notes writer (Ernest V. Stoneman)

Best Historical Album

  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum; Steven Lance Ledbetter & Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Classic Columbia, OKeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940) – Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Andreas Meyer & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Lester Young With Count Basie)
  • Debate ’08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph – David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
  • Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette – Ken Flaherty, Jr., compilation producer; Marcos Sueiro Bal, Ken Flaherty, Jr., Kurt Nauck & Glenn Sage, mastering engineers (Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette)
  • To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story – Richard Seidel, compilation producer; Mark G. Wilder, mastering engineer (Nina Simone)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs
    • Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell & Jack White III, engineers
  • Just A Little Lovin’ – Shelby Lynne
    • Al Schmitt, engineer
  • Lay It Down – Al Green
    • Jimmy Douglass, Russell “The Dragon” Elevado & John Smeltz, engineers
  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
    • Steve Genewick, Al Schmitt & Bill Schnee, engineers
  • We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. – Jason Mraz
    • Dyre Gormsen & Tony Maserati, engineers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Danger Mouse
    • Attack & Release (The Black Keys)
    • Modern Guilt (Beck)
    • The Odd Couple (Gnarls Barkley)
  • Nigel Godrich
    • In Rainbows (Radiohead)
  • Johnny K
    • Big Bad World (Plain White T’s)
    • The Illusion of Progress (Staind)
    • Light from Above (Black Tide)
    • 3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down)
  • Rick Rubin
    • Death Magnetic (Metallica)
    • Home Before Dark (Neil Diamond)
    • Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy) (Ours)
    • Seeing Things (Jakob Dylan)
    • Weezer (Red Album) (Weezer)
  • will.i.am
    • “American Boy” (Estelle featuring Kanye West)
    • Encanto (Sergio Mendes)
    • Funky Bahia” (Sergio Mendes featuring will.i.am & Siedah Garrett)
    • “In the Ayer” (Flo Rida featuring will.i.am)
    • “Pick It Up” (Fergie)
    • “Picture Perfect” (Chris Brown featuring will.i.am)
    • “What’s Your Name” (Usher featuring will.i.am)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

  • “Closer” (StoneBridge Radio Edit)
    • StoneBridge, remixer (Ne-Yo)
  • “Electric Feel” (Justice Remix)
    • Justice, remixers (MGMT)
  • “4 Minutes” (Junkie XL Remix)
    • Junkie XL, remixer (Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
  • “Just Fine” (Moto Blanco Remix)
    • Moto Blanco, remixers (Mary J. Blige)
  • The Longest Road” (Deadmau5 Remix)
    • Deadmau5, remixer (Morgan Page featuring Lissie)

Best Short Form Music Video

  • “Honey” – Erykah Badu
    • Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors; Megan Gutman, video producer
  • “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” – Gnarls Barkley
    • Chris Milk, video director; Anne Johnson, video producer
  • “Another Way to Die” – Alicia Keys & Jack White
    • PR Brown & MK12, video directors; Mick Ebeling, Sheira Rees-Davies & Jane Tredget, video producers
  • “House of Cards” – Radiohead
    • James Frost, video director; Dawn Fanning, video producer
  • “Pork and Beans” – Weezer
    • Mathew Cullen, video director; Bernard Rahill, video producer

[edit] Best Long Form Music Video

  • “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” – John Mayer
    • Danny Clinch, video director; Lindha Narvaez, video producer
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    • Peter Bogdanovich, video director; Skot Bright, video producer
  • “Good Girl Gone Bad Live” – Rihanna
    • Paul Caslin, video director; John Paveley, Ruth Paveley & Rupert Style, video producers
  • Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story” – Various Artists
    • Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Mark Crosby, Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
  • “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who” – The Who
    • Paul Crowder & Murray Lerner, video directors; Murray Lerner, Robert Rosenberg & Nigel Sinclair, video producers

H/T- Wikipedia. Thanks dudes.

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BAFTA Winners

BEST FILM
“Slumdog Millionaire”

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
“Man On Wire” – Simon Chinn / James Marsh

LEADING ACTOR
Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”

LEADING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet – “The Reader”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penélope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

DIRECTOR
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“In Bruges” – Martin Mcdonagh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“I’ve Loved You So Long” – Yves Marmion / Philippe Claudel

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A BRITISH DIRECTOR, WRITER OR PRODUCER FOR THEIR FIRST FEATURE FILM
Steve Mcqueen, director/writer – “Hunger”

ANIMATED FILM
“Wall-E” – Andrew Stanton

MUSIC
“Slumdog Millionaire” – A. R. Rahman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Anthony Dod Mantle

EDITING
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Chris Dickens

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Donald Graham Burt / Victor J. Zolfo

COSTUME DESIGN
“The Duchess” – Michael O’connor

MAKE UP & HAIR
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan

SOUND
“Slumdog Millionaire” – Glenn Freemantle / Resul Pookutty / Richard Pryke / Tom Sayers / Ian Tapp

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Eric Barba / Craig Barron / Nathan Mcguinness / Edson Williams

SHORT ANIMATION
“Wallace And Gromit: A Matter of Loaf And Death” – Steve Pegram / Nick Park / Bob Baker

SHORT FILM
“September” – Stewart Le Maréchal / Esther May Campbell

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
Terry Gilliam

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Pinewood Studios / Shepperton Studios

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Grammy Live Blog Part Eleven

Apparently awards mean little anymore. They’ve given out like five in the past three hours.

Four Tops tie with the Swagga dudes for fourth, but Adele keeps that bronze spot.

Seriously, if your gonna promote the hell out of your shows, CBS, gimme Sheldon/Jim Parsons.

Yes, Neil Diamond, whom I don’t despise as long as he sings songs he wrote before 1972. And ” Sweet Caroline” is one of those songs. Everyone, sing along- ” Sweet Caroliiiiine- BAH BAH BAH- good times never seemed so good!” The Grammy audience dutifully sing along ( who could resist, honestly). Does he deserve entrance in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame? I wouldn’t argue if he was. After all, Madonna got in. And he’s equally amazing on stage, an expert showman.

Encore: the annual death meter. Who wins the applause race? It appears close between Levi Stubbs and the man Bo Diddley. We then segue to Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Keith Urban doing the song ” Bo Diddley” itself. That is cooler than cool ( John Mayer, like you better as the blue eyed blues man, just so you know, you got the chops).

Gary Sinise now ( CBS promo heavy or what?), who talks about New Orleans and pays tribute to it with Allen Toussaint, Robin Thicke, and LIL WAYNE. Weezy, youze iz awzome. There has been a lot of hip hop on tonight’s show, more than I can recall in the past. Am I alone in that? Toussaint still amazes as a pianist, and he never gets mentioned with tthe greats. Why is that? Oooh, Terence Blanchard, and some hip hop girls. Love this performance as well.  Are the performances this year all around stronger, too?

T-Pain has a Grammy? Okay…

will.i.am. and T-Pain congratualte the new President, then present Rap Album to Lil Wayne, who deserves it and gives the best speech ever as it took six seconds.

Zooey Deschanel ( soon to be Mrs. Ben Gibbard) comes out to give us Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.  They knock the bluegrass blues out of the park, finishing it up with some ” Gone Gone Gone”, the Everly Brothers cover that garnered their album so much attention in the first place.  T-Bone Bunrett even popped in to play some guitar.  Loved every second and sorry, Adele, you are now third.

New Green Day soon- Rick Rubin was producer of the year ( that is more than deserved), and Green Day present Album of the Year to – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Okay, I can’t fault the Grammys this year, as it is an amazing album, but I have to say, it does say something about the MOR status of the Grammys when ground breaking work by Radiohead and Lil Wayne or even popular work like Coldplay ( Ne-Yo never had a shot).

Play them off, lets end this show.

Stevie Wonder plays us out of a pretty good show musically.

So, Al Green’s ” Let’s Stay Together” wins the night in my opinion, followed by Jennifer Hudson’s gut wrenching number, then Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ exquisite medley.

Complete winners list shall be posted when I finish compiling it.

See you all on February 22 for the Oscars.

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