Rest in Peace Milos Forman

Milos Forman passed away today at age 86.

His most prominently regarded film is objectionally “One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a film that moved me in so many ways.

CNN’s Nicole Chavez and Carma Hassan posted a solid write-up of the filmmakers biography. Born in Czechoslovakia to parents who would parish in concentration camps during World War II, he was fascinated by theater and immigrated to the United States in 1968.

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Spielberg’s laughably misguided views on award disposition

The great Steven Spielberg is terribly, terribly wrong and misguided here.

I’m a huge fan of Spielberg, but the statement he made to ITV News has to be one of the most elitist ones I’ve heard from a successful filmmaker:

“Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically,” he continued. “And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie.”

The Academy seems to be struggling with a mundane conflict here. Let me break it down for them:

A movie – 1 to 4 hours to flesh out plot and characters sequentially and seamlessly.

A show – 4+ hours serialized episodically where plot and characters grow and change incrementally per episode.

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Emmys: My picks for the 2017 awards

Emmys: My picks for the 2017 awards

Thought this would be fun to do. I never really pick myself because I don’t feel like I watched enough. However, a lot of the Emmy voters likely watch as much as I do, if not less.

So here are my picks!


Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Alt: The Crown

Stranger Things wasn’t strong enough for me which lead me to these two and Westworld. With Westworld I think the best has yet to come. I also, in contrast, believe these 2 shows (Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown) – we’ve already seen their best.

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Emmys: Final Predictions – 2017

Emmys

Final predictions are ranked from most likely to win to least likely.

Last Update: 09/16/17

This is a tough year. The Handmaid’s Tale vs. This is Us vs. Westworld vs. The Crown vs. Stranger Things has to be one of the closest 4-way races the Drama Series category has seen in years. Any of them could win.

I based a lot of these picks on who won the early Emmys. So, in the end, I favored Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, and This is Us in most categories.


Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is Us
Westworld
The Crown
Stranger Things
Better Call Saul
House of Cards

Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep
Atlanta
Black-ish
Modern Family
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Emmys: Updated Predictions – July

Emmys: Updated Predictions – July

No real surprises this year in nominations. It’ll be tough contest in drama with “Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Crown” going at it. “Atlanta” is all but locked for Comedy. “Feud” will probably sweep a lot of the Limited Series categories as well. Go to this page to get the most updated predictions.

Here are the predictions:

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Crown
This is Us
Westworld
Stranger Things
Better Call Saul
House of Cards
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Globes: Updated Predictions – June 2017

Globes: Updated Predictions -June 2017

Television categories have yet to be completed. Still waiting on some more Fall series’ to be announced.

Nothing too unique here with the exception of some very thin comedy categories, especially in lead actress. I would almost call Stone and McDormand a lock at this point.

Most updated Globes predictions can be found here.

Last Updated: 06/24/17

Motion Picture – Drama
Detroit
Call Me by Your Name
The Florida Project
Darkest Hour
The Papers

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