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It is that time of the year again! Awards season is upon us. Today, the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were revealed. Tomorrow we’ll find out the Golden Globe nominees. Lets take a look at the movies and television shows that SAG is honoring:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Homeland
  • Mad Men

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • 30 Rock
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • Nurse Jackie
  • The Office

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Bradley Cooper (Pat), Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), Lincoln
  • John Hawkes (Mark), The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Les Misérables
  • Denzel Washington (Whip), Flight

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Jessica Chastain (Maya), Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard (Stephanie), Rust and Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Tiffany), Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Mirren (Alma Reville), Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts (Maria), The Impossible

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Alan Arkin (Lester Siegel), Argo
  • Javier Bardem (Silva), Skyfall
  • Robert De Niro (Pat Sr), Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (Lancaster Dodd), The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens), Lincoln

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt (Cheryl), The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman (Charlotte), The Paperboy
  • Maggie Smith (Muriel Donnelly), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Steve Buscemi (Nucky), Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston (Walter White), Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels (Will McAvoy), The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis (Brody), Homeland

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison), Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Downton Abbey
  • Jessica Lange (Sister Jude), American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick), The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith (Violet), Downton Abbey

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy), 30 Rock
  • Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. (Louie), Louie
  • Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), The Big Bang Theory
  • Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Modern Family

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Edie Falco (Jackie Peyton), Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey (Liz Lemon), 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope), Parks and Recreation
  • Sofia Vergara (Gloria), Modern Family
  • Betty White (Elka), Hot in Cleveland

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES

  • Kevin Costner (Devil Anse Hatfield), Hatfields & McCoys
  • Woody Harrelson (Steve Schmidt), Game Change
  • Ed Harris (John McCain), Game Change
  • Clive Owen (Ernest Hemingway), Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy), Hatfields & McCoys

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES

  • Nicole Kidman (Martha Gellhorn), Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Julianne Moore (Sarah Palin), Game Change
  • Charlotte Rampling (Eva Delectorskaya), Restless
  • Sigourney Weaver (Elaine Barrish Hammond), Political Animals
  • Alfre Woodard (Ouiser), Steel Magnolias

OUTSTANDING STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall

OUTSTANDING STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A TELEVISION SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • The Walking Dead

Leave a comment with your predictions! Tomorrow the Golden Globe nominations will be posted and we’ll have them up in the afternoon. Stay tuned!

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It is that time of the year again, this Sunday, September 23rd, on ABC is the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Best Drama category is damn impressive and for the first time in a long time I think that ll of the shows are very deserving, and while only one can get the award, I don’t think anyone could have hard feelings for which show is ultimately chosen. Lets take a look at the nominees.

Game of Thrones – Not Going to Win.
I can not tell you how excited I am that Game of Thornes got the honor of a nomination and the second season of supernatural medieval drama would be well deserving of a win… but sadly there isn’t a chance of it happening. The series has already taken home six Creative Arts Emmys; Outstanding (non-prosthetic) Make Up, Costumes, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. The show also has the real possibility of  Peter Dinklage taking home his second Best Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, afterall this past season rested firmly on his shoulders and he knocked it out of the part.

Broadwalk Empire – Not Going to Win.
The second HBO series to get the Best Drama nomination and the show did already take home the Creative Arts Emmys for behind the scenes work, but like Thrones is not going to win. The second season of the period gangster drama was well received by fans and critics and ended with a (literal) bang, but it just didn’t have the raw power to overcome the beyond strong seasons delivered by Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and newcomer Homeland.

Downton AbbeyThe Wild Card.
I have to admit here, I have not seen the wildly popular PBS series. It has a very strong cast and an even stronger following and could actually surprise people like me with a win here. In its third season the show is a drama, but does it have the intensity to win? Does every episode leave the viewer wanting and needing to know what happens next?

Mad Men – A Strong Possibility.
Normally this would be a sure bet. Mad Men returned with a top notch season; featuring great writing, acting, direction, etc. But in a sense it was just more of the same. It gave us exactly what we wanted, but was it surprising or shocking? Sure, Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris took an unexpected turn well as the fate of Jared Harris’ Lane Pryce, but they were two turns I would have preferred not to see.

Homeland50/50.
I avoided watching the first season of Homeland for as long as possible, but I could only last so long with everyone telling me that I needed to give it a shot. And I am very happy I did. The storytelling was tight and suspenseful. They kept me on the edge of my seat like only Breaking Bad and Dexter usually can. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin all had award caliber performances.  My only gripe was the disappointing and drawn out season final. It was a half an hour too long. Had it been as tight and well paced as the other episodes than Homeland might have a sharper edge for the win.

Breaking Bad50/50.
What can I say about a show that gets better and better with every episode? It has drama, action, thrills, and laughs, along with one of the best casts of television. Between Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris, and Betsy Brandt there is not a weak link in the bunch. The story always feels like it is moving forward going into surprising and entertaining directions. The rise of Walter White, in the nominated season in particular, to the dark side puts Darth Vader to shame. And that is saying something.

Who do you think will take home the Outstanding Drama Emmy?

The summer is quickly coming to a close and you know what that means… TV IS ALMOST BACK! It is time to dust off the remote control and set the DVR to record all of your favorites. As we get closer and closer to the fall season, info is starting to spill out. Lets tale a look at some of the recent news.

Tina Majorino is jumping from her most recent gig on True Blood to another bloody show with a high body count, Grey’s Anatomy. You might remember Majorino from Napoleon Dynamite, Veronica Mars, and Big Love. She joins already announced guest stars including Friday Night Lights‘ “Smash” Gaius Charles and Californication‘s Camilla Luddington (who was also on True Blood). The show has a little more room to play around with new characters after cast regulars Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy) left at the end of last season and Eric Dane has announced that he will be leaving after a few episodes into the new season. Last season was the best since the second season. The show really found a good stride and worked hard to make characters likeable again, and it showed and worked. I was genuinely surprised by the season finale and Lexie’s fate. I hope that the show can continue to surprise me next season.

Mad Man‘s awesome “partner” John Slattery will be guest starring on Netflix’s Arrested Development revival. This keeps with the tradition of Arrested Development having the best casting department in the business.  Slattery is a joy to watch and I hope that he is in as many episodes of the 10 episode season as possible. With the forth season of the cult comedy beginning production, expect a lot more news in coming weeks.

Keeping up with this week’s theme of casting news, Martin Sheen joined his son Charlie “#Winning” Sheen’s FX series Anger Management as… you guessed it, his father. The character first appeared yesterday and is described as “hyper-critical and a bully”. The series is still working off its initial order and is waiting for FX to decide to put in a massive 90 episode back order. If they go through with it, Martin Sheen will be staying along for the ride. What can we do to get Emilio on the show also? Throw in another 90 episodes? The elder Sheen was last seen in The Amazing Spider-Man as the ill-fated Uncle Ben.

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Early this morning, the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. The full list follows, but there were not a lot of surprises. The show will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Best Drama Series

  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Breaking Bad”
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Homeland”
  • “Mad Men”

Best Comedy Series

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • “Girls”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “30 Rock”
  • “Veep”

Best Actress (Comedy)

  • Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor (Comedy)

  • Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
  • Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
  • Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
  • Glenn Close, “Damages”
  • Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
  • Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
  • Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
  • Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)

  • Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”
  • Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
  • Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
  • Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)

  • Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
  • Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  • Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
  • Max Greenfield, “The New Girl”
  • Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Supporting Actress (Drama)

  • Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
  • Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
  • Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
  • Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
  • Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Best Supporting Actor (Drama)

  • Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
  • Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
  • Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
  • Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
  • Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
  • Jared Harris, “Mad Men”

Best Miniseries or Movie

  • “American Horror Story”
  • “Game Change”
  • “Hattefield and McCoy”
  • “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
  • “Luther”
  • “Sherlock”

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

  • Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
  • Ashey Judd, “Missing”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
  • Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
  • Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Kevin Costner, “Hattefield and McCoy”
  • Beneditch Cumberbach, “Sherlock”
  • Idris Elba, “Luther”
  • Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
  • Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
  • Bill Paxton, “Hattefields and McCoys”

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program

  • Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
  • Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
  • Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
  • Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
  • Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Best Reality-Competition Program

  • “The Amazing Race”‘
  • “Dancing swith the Stars”
  • “Project Runway”
  • “So You Think You Can Dance”
  • “Top Chef”
  • “The Voice”

Best Variety Series

  • “The Colbert Report”
  • “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live! “
  • “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
  • “Real Time WIth Bill Maher”
  • “Saturday Night Live”

Best Animated Series

  • “American Dad”
  • “Bob’s Burgers”
  • “Futurama”
  • “The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole”
  • “The Simpsons”

Best Non-Competition Reality Series

  • “Antiques Roadshow”
  • “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”
  • “MythBusters”
  • “Shark Tank”
  • “Undercover Boss”
  • “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Best Guest Actress (Comedy)

  • Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
  • Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock”
  • Margaret Cho, “30 Rock”
  • Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men”

Best Guest Actor (Comedy)

  • Michael J. Fox, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Greg Kinnear, “Modern Family”
  • Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Will Arnett, “30 Rock”
  • Jon Hamm, “30 Rock”

Best Guest Actress (Drama)

  • Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife”
  • Loretta Devine, “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • Jean Smart, “Harry’s Law”
  • Julia Ormond, “Mad Men”
  • Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
  • Uma Thurman, “Smash”

Best Guest Actor (Drama)

  • Mark Margolis, “Breaking Bad”
  • Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
  • Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
  • Dickie Bennett, “Justified”
  • Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”
  • Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”

Best Writing (Comedy)

  • Chris McKenna, “Community”
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”
  • Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Writing (Drama)

  • Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey”
  • Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, “Homeland”
  • Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
  • Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men”
  • Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”

Did your favorite shows get nominations? Disappointed about any of the actors or shows that were left out? Sound off in the comments!

The Mid-Week Pit, Wolverine, Star Wars, Lost, Harry Potter, Action Movies

Welcome to another (mid-week) Pit! After this post, the site will be going on a semi-hiatus for two weeks. During that time, you’ll still be getting your weekly wrestling recap, and maybe a review or two, but general news and opinions will be on hold. As usual, thanks for visiting and making the site a success!

  • Green Lantern‘s Kilowog has been revealed and sadly (like everything else about the film) it looks really bad. I’ve waited so long for a GL film, and I hate what it looks like so far. I hope they surprise me. Right now, I’m worried about DC Comics film adaptations in general.
  • The X-Men vs the Hellfire Club in First Class? Recent rumors point to Kevin Bacon playing Sebastian Shaw, and now even more rumors have been going around that Sarah Harding could be portraying either Selene. This fits in with the fact that Emma Frost, aka the White Queen, has a key role in the film.  Sadly, without Hugh Jackman in the film, we will not be able to have the iconic image of Wolverine in the sewer ready to save the team.
  • We talked about the Scott Pilgrim avatar creator the other day, but there is also a revamed Mad Men avatar creator (which is the bomb!). Check it out here.
  • Interested in making it big in Hollywood? What about a virtual Hollywood? Hollywood the Game is an awesome Hollywood Simulation where you write, cast, advertise, and making movies (and TV!). Check it out.
  • There is a new trailer for this weekend’s epic action film release, The Expendables. I want to see this movie right now, no, make that two days ago!

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The 2009 Emmy nominees for Best Drama are: Big Love, Damages, Dexter, House, Lost, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men.

I have to start by asking why we have 7 nominated shows? They really couldn’t trim the list to the 5 best of the best dramas?  Having 7 nominated shows for best drama looks like they are trying to get as many famous people to come to the awards show as possible. It waters down the category and makes a nomination seem a lot less important. Anyhow, onto the list…

Big Love
I’m sorry, but this show never sucked me in and held onto me. I tried it out for a few episodes and I thought it was okay at best.  HBO gets a lot of love at the Emmys, but I think this was the wrong HBO show to get love this year. True Blood (from Six Feet Under‘s Alan Ball) was a series that got better with every episode. It had defined characters and a very interesting world. Everyone knows that the Emmys have a thing against vampires (Buffy never got any love), but they really have to get over their shit. Sorry Big Love fans, but I don’t agree with this nomination.

Damages
I really love this show. For me it is impossible to watch weekly, due to the slow roll out of events and the flashbacks/flashforwards that work towards each other to make each season a complete story.  Three episodes in I stopped watching it weekly and TIVOed the rest of the season. Right when it was finished, I watched the episodes back to back in one weekend. It is that good. Once you start watching it, you keep going.  Storywise, the show delievers a layered mystery with enough twists and turns (that all stem directly from the story) to keep you guessing. Rose Byrne and Glen Close bring their a-games to every episode.

Dexter
This is another show with such great characters.  Michael C. Hall’s Dexter is one of the most intriguing characters on television. We should hate him, but it is impossible. The show walks a very fine line, but walks it well. A very deserved nomination, but I don’t think it will win.

House
This is another well deserved nomination. It is one of only two broadcast shows to make the cut for Best Drama (the other being Lost). The cast is top notch and the stories are engaging and satisfying. It isn’t going to take home the award, but Hugh Laurie is very deserving of a Best Actor statue.

Breaking Bad & Mad Men
I have to be honest here, I have never seen an episode of either of these shows. Breaking Bad doesn’t interest me in the least, and while everything I have heard about Mad Men makes me want to see it, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Either way, no matter how good either of these shows last seasons were, it would not chnge my opinion…

My Pick for Best Drama: Lost
If you read the site regulary, you know about my love for Lost. This past season was easily one of the best seasons of television for any show ever. The focus and narrative flow of the season was perfect, with a completely engaging storyline that never missed a beat. Unlike Damages which is good but hard to watch weekly, with Lost I had to see every episode right when I could. Sadly, I don’t think it will win.  While it has taken home Best Drama in the past, the show just aired its second to last season, if anything I think next year’s finale season will have a better shot at taking home the Best Drama award.

What show do you think will take home the Best Drama award? You can click here for a detailed list of Drama and Comedy Series nominations. More opinions and reactions will be posted daily about the 2009 Emmy Awards nominations.

Posted on July 17th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards were annouced this morning. How on the ball are they? Check out these lists and decide for yourself. I’ll be posting my personal thoughts over the next few weeks. Stay tuned…

BEST DRAMA SERIES

  • Big Love
  • Breaking Bad
  • Damages
  • Dexter
  • House
  • Lost
  • Mad Men

BEST COMEDY SERIES

  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Weeds

Continue reading for the list of drama and comedy series nominations…

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