It’s award season: how geeky is it?
Oh, it’s going to be an interesting award season!
This week, we’ve had three major announcements. Sunday was the 22nd annual
For me, there were very few surprises there. It seems like any reader of Entertainment Weekly (and I’ve been reading it for a very long time) would be very familiar with almost all of the winners
That’s interesting, in part because I think people believe critics tend to like movies that audiences don’t (hypothetically showing their more refined sensibilities), but I wouldn’t say that’s the case this year. Making a lot of money did not rule you out for an award…and in at least a couple of awards, the winner had the highest dogro (domestic gross) as well.
It was also quite geek-friendly.
I haven’t seen La La Land yet, and I’m not sure if there is actual fantasy in it, so I won’t count that as a geek-friendly winner…yet.;)
Interesting to me here that Arrival was nominated. That seems to have a chance for some prestige Oscar noms…
Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley won.
Best Drama Series
Game of Thrones won, but Westworld and Stranger Things were also nominated, along with Mr. Robot (and Better Call Saul, The Crown, and This Is Us).
Best Actor in a Drama Series
While Bob Odenkirk won for Better Call Saul, Sam Heughan was nominated for Outlander, as was Rami Malek for Mr. Robot.
Best Structured Reality Show
Penn & Teller: Fool Us was nominated, although James Corden won.
Best Animated Series
The winner was BoJack Horseman: other nominees were Archer, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, South Park, and hybrid Son of Zorn.
Entertainer of the Year Award
Ryan Reynolds, obviously primarily for Deadpool.
Amy Adams was nominated for Arrival; Natalie Portman won for Jackie.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Evan Rachel Wood brought it home for Westworld…but Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) were both nominated.
Deadpool won…and was the highest domestic grossing of the nominees.
Denis Villeneuve got a nom for Arrival, but the win went to Damien Chazelle for La La Land (who should easily see an Oscar nom as well).
Best Supporting Actress
Fences got Viola Davis the award, and Janelle Monae was nominated for Hidden Figures.
City of Stars from La La Land was lauded, but Can’t Stop the Feeling from Trolls was nominated. Interestingly, the nominee for Moana was How Far I’ll Go, not You’re Welcome, which has had a much higher social media presence.
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Jeffrey Dean Morgan hit a home run (so to speak) for The Walking Dead.
See Her Award
This was a special award which went to Viola Davis…although I don’t think they were primarily thinking Suicide Squad.
Best Actor in a Comedy
Ryan Reynolds showed the maximum result from his maximum effort as Deadpool. The future Doc Savage, Dwayne Johnson, was one of the other nominees for Central Intelligence.
Best Actress in a Comedy
Hey, Kate McKinnon, if you are going to be beaten by somebody for your Ghostbusters performance, Meryl Streep is a good choice. 😉
Best Animated Feature
Zootopia won, and has been a great success story (although Finding Dory, also nominated, had a higher dogro). Other nominees included Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Red Turtle, and Trolls.
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali won for Moonlight. I don’t think I’ve seen Alphas or The 4400 mentioned in all the coverage he has been getting as a “rising star”.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series was won by Donald Glover for Atlanta, although Will Forte was also nominated for The Last Man on Earth.
Johan Johansson was nominated for Arrival; La La Land’s Justin Hurwitz won.
Best Visual Effects
The hybrid The Jungle Book won, with other nominees being Arrival, A Monster Calls, Doctor Strange, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Best Production Design
Winner is La La Land, but Arrival and Fantastic Beasts also got noms.
Hair and Makeup
Jackie won: Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts, and Star Trek Beyond were also nominated.
La La Land scores again, but Arrival had yet another nomination.
Fantastic Beasts was nominated; Jackie won.
Hopefully, Arrival hadn’t worn out the “I’m glad you won…you really deserve it” smile by the time they got to this category. 😉
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow took it for The Crown. Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington were nominated for Game of Thrones, along with Christian Slater for Mr. Robot.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Thandie Newton made it a double for Westworld in acting. Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey were nominated for Game of Thrones.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Here’s a win for Arrival! Hidden Figures was also nominated.
Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series
American Crime Story’s Courtney B. Vance won, with Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for The Abominable Bride.
Best Original Screenplay
Congrats to Chazelle for La La Land; Yorgos Lanthimos was also nominated for The Lobster.
Best Actress in an Action Movie
No question that all of these geeky movies were also action movies…but it’s worth noting that no non-geeky movie had a best actress nominated. Are powerful women still more acceptable in a fantasy world…just as they were in the days of the pulps? Margot Robbie won for Suicide Squad (and will again play Harley Quinn in another movie), with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, and Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange also nominated.
Best Actor in an Action Movie
Andrew Garfield wins for a non-geeky role (Hacksaw Ridge). Also nominated were Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Matt Damon for Jason Bourne, Chris Evans as Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool (meaning he could have won two Critics Choice Awards in the same year for the same role).
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
Arrival, which may be the most Oscar-nommed of this bunch, won. Other nominees were 10 Cloverfield Lane, Doctor Strange, Don’t Breathe, Star Trek Beyond, and The Witch.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson won for Baskets, and T.J. Miller was nominated for Silicon Valley.
Best Young Actor/Actress
Manchester by the Sea is picking up awards for Amazon. Lewis MacDougall got a nomination for A Monster Calls.
Best Acting Ensemble
Moonlight shines as the winner, and Hidden Figures was in the running.
Best Action Movie
Yep, the non-geeky Hacksaw Ridge wins, over Civil War, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, and Jason Bourne.
The Golden Globes nominations were announced Monday (the ceremony is January 8th). Often more geek-friendly than the Oscars, it is still seen by some as a predictor (even though the categories don’t really line up).
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Deadpool gets a nom, along with La La Land.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Amy Adams is nominated.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell was nominated for The Lobster, as was Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool and Ryan Gosling for La La Land.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone is up for La La Land.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer gets a nomination for Hidden Figures…a different way than the Critics Choice went.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle will likely get an Oscar nom, and got a Globe nom as well.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
La La Land lands another nomination.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
City of Stars from La La Land, How Far I’ll Go from Moana (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Faith from Sing (Stevie Wonder co-write with Ryan Tedder and Francis Farewell Starlite), and Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Shellback).
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Arrival, Hidden Figures, and La La Land are competing.
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, Sing, Zootopia…and in one of those left field Golden Globe noms, My Life as a Zucchini.
Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Westworld means that more than half of this category is geeky.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Rami Malek in Mr. Robot is up.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
60% geeky, with Caitriona Balfe for Outlander, Winona Ryder for Stranger Things, and Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Mr. Robot strikes again with Christian Slater.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Lena Heady in Game of Thrones versus Thandie Newton in Westworld.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be given out on January 29th, and nominations were announced Wednesday.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The NASA true story inspired Hidden Figures is on the Launchpad.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Ryan Gosling is in contention for La La Land.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Will Amy Adams, nominated here, get that rarity and be nominated for an Oscar for a geeky role? Emma Stone was also nominated for La La Land.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
SAG agrees with the Globes, nominating Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory gets a nomination here…as does the non-geeky Black-ish, which has a number of acting noms this year. Why is that worth noting? They are both from the former big three networks (as is Modern Family, one more nominated in this category).
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Westworld will battle again.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage continues to get recognition in Game of Thrones; Rami Malek is again nommed for Mr. Robot.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Nice to see Millie Bobby Brown nominated for Stranger Things, along with here co-star, Wynona Ryder. Thandie Newton is also competing, representing Westworld.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a television Movie or Miniseries
Glory is reflected on Bryce Dallas Howard through a Black Mirror.
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
All geeky, with Daredevil, Game of Thrones, Luke Cage, The Walking Dead, and Westworld.
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Film
People have been talking about this for the Oscars for years, but SAG has it. Captain America: Civil War, Jason Bourne, and Doctor Strange are up against Hacksaw Ridge and Nocturnal Animals.
SAG Life Achievement Award goes to Lily Tomlin.
Update: The National Film Registry (from The Library of Congress) inductees for this year were announced Wednesday morning. Geek-friendly titles included
- The Birds
- The Lion King
- Lost Horizon (1937)
- The Princess Bride
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Overall, this is an unusually geek-friendly awards season so far. We can thank, in part, Arrival, Hidden Figures, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Westworld.
Clearly, geek-friendly works are becoming more respectable…
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