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My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Third Day

…On the third day of Christmas Countdown, my true love gave to me: ten fabulous ladies of TV. Okay that sounds weird. 🙂 Anyway, as promised, today is all about the ladies, so let’s not delay and get right to the countdown. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Fabulous TV Ladies of 2010

1/ Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.

Forget about her divorce from SNL’s Fred Armisen, or her foray into Scientology and focus on the fact that she makes Peggy Olsen the awesome woman that she is, then you’ll see why I’ve chosen her as the number one. Peggy is probably the only character in Mad Men that continues to transform every season, and I think season 4 was truly her season. She’s no longer having weird and somewhat creep-tastic affairs with Duck Phillips, she and Pete Campbell seemed to have put the past behind them and even the news of Trudy’s pregnancy didn’t seem to shatter her, and the best part of it all is that she finally could stand up to Don, which made him respect her even more. Now that Anna Draper has passed away, Peggy is the only woman that he sees as his equal, and that’s saying something. So for portraying this fascinating character with such ease and grace, you get to be number one, Miss Moss. Take that, Fred Armisen!

2/ Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire.

As much as I love Boardwalk Empire, I was often frustrated by the writers’ inability to write for the female characters in the show. But after a while I realized that it wasn’t because the writers didn’t know how to write for the female characters, it was more because they were all focused on developing MacDonald’s character Margaret Schroeder so much so that all other female characters (in the exception of Gretchen Mol’s Gillian) seemed like an afterthought. And somehow I think it’s MacDonald’s amazing presence and ability to fully inhabit the character is the cause. I wouldn’t be surprised if she won Best Actress at The Globes and SAG (was she nominated at SAG? I can’t remember), because she really was that fantastic in the show. And that’s also why she’s the runner up in this list. Can’t give top honors to half-baked actresses, can we?

3/ Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries.

She’s never going to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe or SAG for this awesome CW vampire show since let’s face it, award voters are snobs and they look down on the CW and teen vampire shows in general (regardless of how awesome it actually is if they ever bother to watch), and I think it’s such a shame. If you’ve been watching the second season like I have, you’ll know that Nina Dobrev truly deserves an award for her performance as both Elena Gilbert and her evil vampire doppelganger Katherine. She was so convincing as both characters that sometimes I thought another actress was playing the role of Katherine. And to think that before The Vampire Diaries, she was a virtual unknown. The award snobs may overlook you, Nina, but I sure won’t. You deserve to be on this list, and let’s hope one day you’ll really get noticed by the people who matter.

4/ Anna Torv, Fringe.

Speaking of actresses who have to portray two characters in one TV show, our number four fabulous lady has been nothing short than impressive in the third season of Fringe so far. People were skeptical of Torv when Fringe was in the first season, they thought she was wooden and she tried too hard with her American accent (she’s Australian) but she really stepped it up in the second season, before impressing us all with taking on the role of both universes’ Olivia Dunham. She was both vulnerable and determined, and the best part is that she could portray Faux-livia in such a way that we could really hate her guts for ruining everything for Olivia. Just like Dobrev and The Vampire Diaries, Torv and Fringe are often passed by awards snobs, so I hope this list isn’t the only one she lands in this year.

5/ Sofia Vergara, Modern Family.

I can’t do a list of top 10 fabulous ladies of TV without including this “volumptuous” funny lady, can I? Sofia Vergara has been killing it on Modern Family lately, you can always count on her to make you laugh or at least chuckle every episode, even if it’s not a particularly funny episode. And I love her more because she truly shatters the idea that gorgeous, sexy women can’t be hilarious and smart. Actually, maybe I should hate her for that. LOL.

6/ Tina Fey, 30 Rock.

Just like Sofia Vergara, Tina Fey is awesome because she can make fun of herself on a weekly basis in her show 30 Rock. She may not have Vergara’s body or sex appeal but she’s got a butt double and Matt Damon on her arms, so really, who says being totally self-deprecating and dorky is a disadvantage? And of course Fey is in this list because 30 Rock is suddenly super awesome again in its fifth season, proving to the world that Liz Lemon is unstoppable. After all, she has DIHC! (If you’re not a 30 Rock fan, DIHC is Jack’s acronym for Determination, Intelligence, Humility and Chaos. Yes, he knows how it sounds and he doesn’t care.)

7/ Mae Whitman, Parenthood.

Lauren Graham aka The Actress Formerly Known As Lorelai Gilmore usually gets the most hype when it comes to this show, but I think her onscreen daughter is totally stealing her thunder. Unlike Alexis Bledel’s Rory in Gilmore Girls, Whitman’s Amber is the not-so-perfect daughter of Graham’s character, who in the first season rebelled by smoking, drinking and hooking up with her cousin’s boyfriend. But Amber changed her ways in season 2, opting to be a good student and focus on her SATs, and had the nerve to tell her mother how “disappointed she is in her” when she didn’t come home after hooking up with William Baldwin. And through all that, Whitman’s acting is award-worthy, and she does have the ability to cry so convincingly. So for being a different, altogether more awesome version of Rory Gilmore, welcome to this list, Mae Whitman.

8/ Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl.

Gossip Girl may be going downhill with each passing season, but one thing that remains consistent about that show is the fabulousness of one Blair Waldorf, portrayed by the one and only Leighton Meester. She may not have Blake Lively’s cleavage, but that only makes her the better actress. She is funny, snarky, bitchy and crazy in every episode of Gossip Girl, and every now and then when the writers actually give her a decent material to work with, she shows us she can be vulnerable and heartbreaking as well. Even the foreshadowing of the wince-inducing Dair (Dan and Blair) cannot stop me from inducting this girl into this list. Although, Blair might have a problem with me putting her in number eight…

9/ Naya Rivera, Glee.

Lea Michele may be the girl who gets the most attention out of all the female Gleeks, but I think this season Naya Rivera’s Santana totally steals the show. Despite only being upgraded to main cast member in the latter half of the first season, Rivera successfully makes Santana the character I most love to watch every episode. She not only has the best bitch face, she also nails the snarkiness of the character every time. And her voice is amazing! Gleeks of the world may be staging a protest over the break up of Finchel, but I for one would love to see her hook up with Finn again, if only to see more of Naya.

10/ Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck.

Do I really need to explain why this lady is fabulous? She’s a kick-ass spy who’s madly in love with the coolest geek on television. She’s the fantasy of every teenage dorks in the world, and she is both loved by male and female fans of the show, because despite of her fantastic spy alter-ego, she can show vulnerability on screen without being sappy. And hey, she totally holds her own opposite Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton. Fabulous lady indeed.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdowns so far. Tune back in tomorrow, I’ll be counting down the last of the TV section: Top 10 TV Bromance of 2010. Because there’s no romance like a bromance, right?

Till then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

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My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: First Day

Christmas is almost here, and as a result, I’m already in a holiday mood.  So, I decided to do what good ol’ St. Nick would do this time of the year: “making a list, and checking it twice” – but instead of “checking it twice”, I’m just going to make a series of countdown lists from now to… 12 days from now, a la that really annoying song, The 12 Days of Christmas. My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown will be divided into three parts: TV, Movie and Celebrities. I would do music, but since I don’t exactly have the most mainstream taste, I better not – there’s nothing more annoying that reading a list of music you’ve never heard of, right? 🙂

And now, let us begin Binky’s 12 Days of Christmas Countdown, starting with the first day:

My Top 10 Shows of 2010

Note: Before anyone protests, I am sure Parks & Recreation and Friday Night Lights deserve to be in this list, but since NBC pushed the premiere date for Parks & Rec to next year and I haven’t seen the last and final season of FNL (currently airing on DirecTV), I have no choice but to exclude them from this year’s list. But if I do another round of this next year, I’ll make sure I’ll include them. Now, on to the list:

1/ Community, NBC.

Like I have mentioned in my Golden Globes post, this genius comedy is the most underrated show on television today. But luckily, it does have a loyal fanbase who appreciates its meta humor and zany pop culture references every week. And I am one of them. The reason why I chose this show as my number one of 2010 is simple; this is the only show that can be absurd and realistic at the same time. Just look at season 2: in less than 13 episodes, the show manages to: have Betty White guest stars as a lunatic anthropology professor, cleverly avoid going down the will-they-won’t-they romantic plotlines, pay homage to Apollo 13 while simultaneously pimping KFC, do a virus/zombie Halloween episode, a “conspiracy theory” episode that makes way more sense that AMC’s convoluted (and canceled) Rubicon, and finally: do the entire Christmas episode in stop-motion. Yes, people, the Rankin/Bass kind. The Golden Globes and SAG may not pay too much attention to this show, but in this list, our merry study group from Greendale Community College nabs the top honor. Congrats, guys.

2/ Mad Men, AMC.

Regardless how you feel about the finale of Season 4, you can’t deny that this is probably the only show on TV that is always consistent about its quality. Sterling Cooper had changed to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Don Draper has divorced his insufferable wife Betty and now about to marry his secretary, and Peggy Olsen had transformed from Don’s mousy secretary to a successful copywriter that men actually take seriously – all of these had happened without sacrificing great writing and solid ideas. No wonder this show keeps winning the Emmys, it’s not so easy finding a great show that can stay great after four seasons. And that’s why Mad Men continues to be on top, whether on this list, or any other.

3/ 30 Rock, NBC.

Most shows on television tend to decline in quality in its fifth season. I mean, look at The Office, its fifth season wasn’t exactly what you would call “solid”. But in 30 Rock’s case, it’s actually quite the opposite. Instead of declining in quality, it actually improves. From the premiere episode, this show just nailed it. The jokes are fresh and relevant, the meta commentary are on point and hilarious, and the celeb cameos are even more awesome: from Matt Damon to Mad Men’s John Slattery have shown up this season, they were all hilarious and we didn’t grow tired of seeing celeb stunt-casting in this show because the writers did a great job of giving them a good reason to be there.  Plus, they actually had a live show a few months back and it was epic! It’s official, Tina Fey is the most genius woman in the world. If she runs for president, I’ll definitely vote for her. 🙂

4/ Boardwalk Empire, HBO.

From the get go, this show had all the makings of an HBO hit: period drama from one of the writers of The Soprano, Terence Winter, starring Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, corrupt politician/gangster, set in prohibition era Atlantic City. Oh and the pilot episode is directed by none other than one Martin Scorsese, who also serves as executive producer. And a hit it really did become, and for me, a much welcome change after a frustrating season of True Blood in the summer. Despite being compared heavily to Mad Men by critics, I think this show has its own appeal; from PTSD-ridden Jimmy Darmody to religious nutjob Agent Nelsan Van Alden, every character in this show is complex, fascinating and absolutely entertaining to watch. Not to mention, the mixture of real life characters with the fiction: in season one we got to meet Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Arnold Rothstein and Al Capone. But I think the best part of this show is the addition of Jack Huston towards the end as Richard Harrow, a war vet with half a face who was both cold-blooded and heartwarming at the same time. Despite a rather weak finale, I still think this show was one of the best new shows of 2010, and one that’s well-deserving to be on this list.

5/ Cougar Town, ABC.

Even though Modern Family is the one getting all the awards, I can’t help but love this quirky Courtney Cox comedy just a little more than its Wednesday night companion. First of all, the show is really funny, and sometimes even much funnier than Modern Family. Second, it has all these crazy cool games; like “Penny Can” and Movie Mash Up. Third, the Cul-de-Sac crew are basically a bunch of high-functioning alcoholics who sit around Jules’ fabulous kitchen all day drinking red wine. How can you not love that? And let’s face it, we all wish our suburban neighbors are as cool as the cul-de-sac crew. Also, we all want to have a huge wine glass that we call ‘Big Joe’. Or maybe it’s just me?

6/ The Vampire Diaries, CW.

When this show first premiered last year, I have to admit I was really skeptical and thought that it was just another Twilight knock-off. But boy was I wrong! At the hands of  Scream and Dawson’s Creek’s Kevin Williamson and his partner Julie Plec, this show becomes more than just an adaptation of a popular vampire book series – it’s a fantastic show that keeps us at the edge of our seats week after week. Now in its second season, we’re delving more into the mythology and it’s actually fun and riveting at the same time. Nina Dobrev gets to show off her acting skills by portraying both the heroine Elena and her evil vampire doppelganger Katherine, and she knocks it out of the park every time. And of course, those Salvatore boys are just so hot, it’s really hard not to love this show. I mean, really.

7/ Raising Hope, Fox.

I wasn’t much of a fan of My Name Is Earl, so I didn’t expect to love this new show from Greg Garcia when it first premiered last Fall. But unlike My Name Is Earl, this show won me over in no time. Maybe it’s Martha Plimpton’s superb acting, maybe it’s the adorable baby Hope who I suspect may be a robot since she’s just way, way too cute, maybe it’s Bijou Phillips’ cameo as Hope’s serial killer on death row mom, maybe it’s Garret Dillahunt’s refreshing turn as a (not-so) deadbeat dad,  maybe it’s Cloris Leachman’s crazy antics as Mee Maw, or maybe this show is just that good. Whatever it is, I’m a fan, and I’m glad that the network seems to love it as well because it’s the first freshman show that gets a full-season pickup. Yeay!

8/ Fringe, Fox.

There aren’t too many sci-fi shows on TV right now, especially one with consistent quality and not-too-convoluted mythology. Fringe is one of those few. Now in its third season, the show upped its ante in the first half by alternating the episodes between two universes, which gives us an idea of “how the other half lives”. All the main actors, in the exception of Joshua Jackson, have to portray both their characters and the alternate versions of their characters week after week and they all gave such amazing performances, especially in the case of Anna Torv and the always fantastic John Noble. Not to mention, the deeper we get into the mythology of the Fringe universes, the more intriguing and fascinating it becomes. Fox may have lost faith in this show by moving it to TV’s Siberia – or Friday night – come January but I for one still think this is one of the best shows on TV right now and hopefully it’s not going away any time soon.

9/ Glee, Fox.

The second season of this mega hit may not be the best, but I still think this show deserves to be on this top 10 list. Because at the heart of it all, it’s still a lot of fun to watch. Sure, there are inconsistencies, and the writers do have a tendency of creating multiple plotlines only to drop them and not revisit them again a few episodes later, but the core struggles and the reason why I fell in love with the show are still there. And this season they have tackled a few sensitive issues, like faith, homosexuality and bullying, as well as body image issues quite realistically and with a lot of heart. Plus, they still charm us with their covers of everything from Broadway to Bruno Mars, not to mention their awesome Christmas album that is now playing on repeat in my iPod. Oh, and take heart, Finchel fans, the show will survive whether they’re together or apart. 🙂

10/ Parenthood, NBC.

A few years ago, ABC’s Brothers and Sisters charmed me with their big family dynamic and drama, but I grew tired of it after a while due to its inability to steer clear of the soap opera route: they keep adding illegitimate children and implausible plotlines that have nothing to do with what made the show charming in the first place. But NBC’s Parenthood is nothing like Brothers & Sisters. The drama is real and easy to relate to, the conflicts are relatable, and the plotlines are actually plausible. Sadly, it may very well be in danger of cancellation after this season wraps, but I’m hoping it’ll live to see another season because the Bravermans is one family I’d like to see more of.

So there you have it, my list of The Top 10 Shows of 2010. This television season is not exactly the best, but it does have its moments and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have. And now that we’re done with this list, check back in tomorrow, I’ll be counting down The Top 10 TV Screen Scorchers.

Until then, feel free to comment and share your top 10 shows of 2010.

xoxo

Binky Bee

Golden Dreams: The Good, The Bad and The Globes

…And I’m back again!  I know, I took a long hiatus after Summer, but sometimes I just get too busy or too preoccupied with something to blog, I hope you’ll forgive me. But alas, I return for one reason and one reason only: Awards Season is here. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Ryan and Scar-Jo may be breaking up and Miley Cyrus may be going off the deep end, but that doesn’t stop the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from unveiling the nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards yesterday. And as always, I am here to guide you through it, as well as sharpen my Vegas odds-maker skills in trying to predict the outcome. Last year, I didn’t do too great. Let’s hope this year I do better. 🙂

Okay, let’s get straight to the nominations, shall we? Just like last year, I’m going to tell you Who I Think Will Win and Who I Want To Win. Unlike last year though, this year I’m going to also weigh in on what or who I think is the biggest upset in the category, as well as the biggest snub. This year’s list is a doozy, so I figure I should change up the format a bit to fit my mood. Anyway, without further ado, here it is, your  68th Annual Golden Globes nominees:

Best Picture, Drama:

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Who I Think Will Win:

Inception. Why? It’s not because I actually did love the movie and I was one of those people who spent weeks discussing the ending and the metaphors behind everything with my friends, it’s more because Avatar won Best Picture last year, even though we were all rooting for either The Hurt Locker or Inglourious Basterds. The HFPA love big stars and big movies, and Inception has both going for them. Not to mention, aside from the astronomical budget and Box Office Returns, it was also a critics’ darling – which makes it all the more likely for Inception to get the love it probably won’t get at the Oscars.

Who I Want To Win:

Black Swan. Why? This Darren Aronofsky thriller has managed to do the impossible: make ballet dancing and ballerinas scare the shit out of me. I’d say that deserves an award in and of itself, but to give a more justified answer: the movie was pure brilliance. As simple as that.

Biggest Upset: Oddly enough, Inception. I loved the movie, but I don’t think it should be in the Best Picture category. Special Effects, Directing, definitely. Screenplay, sure. Or maybe I’m just not down with hugely successful movies in this category. Award shows are supposed to honor the movies nobody watches, right? 🙂

Biggest Snub: Winter’s Bone. I mean, I know it’s a small indie movie that most people didn’t see, but again, isn’t that what Award Shows are all about?

UPDATE: Winner: The Social Network.

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:

Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

The Kids Are All Right. Why? Have you seen the nomination? It’s a complete doozy. I mean, come on, The Tourist? Burlesque? Red? The only one that deserves the win in this category is the charming The Kids Are All Right, a sweet, funny and poignant tale about the ups and downs of a modern, unconventional family. No matter how whacked the HFPA can be sometimes, I doubt they’ll pass this one for any of the other four. If they do, then I guess Miley isn’t the only one who likes to smoke up.

Biggest Upset: The Tourist. Sure Burlesque, Red and Alice In Wonderland don’t really deserve to be nominated either, but quality-wise, each one of those movies is actually way better than The Disappointment Formerly Known As The Tourist. The HFPA must have a huge crush on Johnny Depp or something.

Biggest Snub: Love And Other Drugs. It’s not amazing, but it’s way, waaaay better than The Tourist.

UPDATE: Winner: The Kids Are All Right.

Best Actress, Drama:

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Who I Think Will Win:

Natalie Portman, Black Swan. Why? It’s no secret that the HFPA loves this girl. A few years ago, Portman won the Golden Globes for her role in Closer, and she was not nearly as intense in that movie as she was in Black Swan.

Who I Want To Win:

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone. Why? She’s relatively unknown and still very young, but she was phenomenal in this indie drama. She may be too unknown to win this category, but I’m still rooting for her anyway.

Biggest Upset: Halle Berry. It isn’t so much as an upset as a surprise. Nobody expects Halle to be nominated, I guess. But she’s an amazing actress nonetheless.

Biggest Snub: Tilda Swinton. I still can’t believe that her performance in I Am Love (pure brilliance, as always), was overlooked. Are they getting tired of praising Tilda?

UPDATE: Winner: Natalie Portman, Black Swan.

Best Actor, Drama:

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Who I Think Will Win:

James Franco, 127 Hours. Why? Just because I didn’t have the stomach to watch the movie, doesn’t mean the HFPA did too. And according to those who have seen it, Franco truly deserves the win for his performance. After all, he was acting all by himself in most of his scenes, and people actually literally fainted while watching the self-amputation scene. Plus, he’s a big star, he’s hosting the Oscars this year, and he’s the hardest working actor in Hollywood right now. And didn’t the HFPA totally give him a nomination for Pineapple Express? Yeah, he’s so gonna win this one.

Who I Want To Win:

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine. Why? I have a soft spot for this quirky Canadian actor. He always commits to a role and gives it all he’s got. He may not have a self-amputation scene going for him, but that doesn’t make him less of an actor.

Biggest Upset: None. Everyone deserves to be there.

Biggest Snub: Leonardo diCaprio. Hey, he was pretty awesome in Inception, no?

UPDATE: Winner: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech.

Best Director:

David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Christopher Nolan, Inception. Why? Well, let’s see the HFPA picked James Cameron as Best Director last year so by that logic, Nolan has this one in the bag. And as for me, I just think he deserves some credit for directing the mind-bending sensation that prompts the Twitter world to use the phrase “mind-fuck” in a sentence.

Biggest Upset: None.

Biggest Snub: I have no idea, actually. Oh, the director for True Grit, definitely!

UPDATE: Winner: David Fincher, The Social Network.

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Who I Think Will Win:

Melissa Leo, The Fighter. Why? I haven’t seen this movie yet, but the critics are all a-buzzing about her performance as Alice Eklund. And come on, it’s Melissa Leo. She’s a powerhouse!

Who I Want To Win:

Mila Kunis, Black Swan. Why? I’ve loved her since she first started out in That 70s Show as Jackie, Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend with a shrill unforgettable voice. She was a mere 15-year-old at the time. Now she’s all grown up and have matured into a fantastic actress and a force to be reckoned with. I personally think she deserves a win, it’ll be great for her career.

Biggest Upset: Surprisingly, none. The only surprise is Kunis, but hell I think she deserves to be nominated.

Biggest Snub: Dale Dickey. If you’ve seen Winter’s Bone, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, let’s move on to the next category, it’s a little hard to explain, seeing that she’s not a big-name star and all.

UPDATE: Winner: Melissa Leo, The Fighter. (Called it!)

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Who I Think Will Win:

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech. Why? Do you even need to ask? It’s Geoffrey Rush, for god’s sake!

Who I Want To Win:

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network. Why? To be honest, even though I thought he did a great job in The Social Network, the only reason why I want him to win is so I’d get to see him up on stage in his tux and thank people with that delicious British accent of his. We won’t be hearing much of that after he puts on his spidey suit… can you blame a girl for hoping? 🙂

Biggest Upset: Michael Douglas. Sure he was the only good thing to come out of the disaster that is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but I mean, really?

Biggest Snub: Justin Timberlake. Look, even though he annoys us with those geeky glasses he’s been sporting lately, he still gave the performance of his life in The Social Network. Too bad he used to be in N’Sync, that probably what did him in.

UPDATE: Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter.

Best Actress, Comedy:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Emma Stone, Easy A
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Who I Think Will Win:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right. Honestly, it could easily be Julianne Moore, they were both amazing in this movie.

Who I Want To Win:

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right. See Above Explanation.

Biggest Upset: Angelina Jolie. She was compared to a Madame Tussaud’s wax figurine by critics, so why is she nominated?

Biggest Snub: Hmm. Weirdly enough, I can’t think of any.

UPDATE: Winner: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right. (Called it!)

Best Actor, Comedy:

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Johnny Depp, Alice In Wonderland. Why? Considering that it’s Depp vs Depp in this category, I’m thinking he’s going to at least win it for his role as Mad Hatter. HFPA loves Johnny in costume. I think they gave him the Globes for Jack Sparrow too, if I’m not mistaken. As for me, I’m just partial to Johnny Depp and I’d rather him win for Alice In Wonderland than –shudder– The Tourist.

Biggest Upset: Johnny Depp, The Tourist. I know I just said I’m partial to Johnny Depp (who isn’t?) but he shouldn’t be nominated for – according to the New York Magazine – wearing what looked like a dead beaver on his head, just no.

Biggest Snub: Oh I don’t know, John C.Reilly, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey, jr… take your pick.

UPDATE: Winner: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version.

TV Series, Drama:

Mad Men
Dexter
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Mad Men. Why? Mad Men is still a critics darling and it’s always consistent in its quality, unlike say True Blood, which isn’t even nominated this year. Boardwalk Empire could take the win, of course, it’s definitely a strong contender, but I think this is still Mad Men’s year.

Biggest Upset: The Walking Dead. I don’t know how I feel about zombies… but I guess they are the new vampires.

Biggest Snub: Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Friday Night Lights… feel free to add more.

UPDATE: Winner: Boardwalk Empire.

Best Actor, TV Drama:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire. Why? We know the HFPA loves to give awards to film actors who make the transition to television (Glenn Close comes to mind). And even though some people complained that Buscemi can’t carry a show, I thought he did a wonderful job portraying corrupt politician Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. Subtle acting is definitely one of Buscemi’s forte.

Who I Want To Win:

Jon Hamm, Mad Men. Why? If you think my reason for wanting him to win is similar to that of Andrew Garfield, you’d be right. Jon Hamm is a god, he needs to be on stage, wearing that tux, thanking people and making us fall in love over and over again with him.

Biggest Upset: Hugh Laurie. This season of House isn’t even that great to begin with. And he’s nominated like every year since the first season of House, it’s time for the HFPA to honor other leading men.

Biggest Snub: Kyle Chandler. What’s with the lack of Friday Night Lights love, HFPA? And in their last season too? Brutal.

UPDATE: Winner: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire. (Called it!)

Best Actress, TV Comedy:

Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Laura Linney, The Big C. Why? Again, the HFPA has a history of awarding film actors who made the transition to TV (I’m thinking next year Forrest Whitaker will be nominated for the Criminal Minds spin-off). However, Linney does deserve the win for her performance as cancer-stricken housewife Cathy. She was heartbreaking, funny and annoying all at the same time. I’d be genuinely surprised if she doesn’t win.

Biggest Upset: Lea Michele. The second season of Glee has its ups and downs, and even though I still love the show and Michele herself, I’m just not so sure why she’s up there instead of say, Allison Brie from Community, who has given a stellar performance this season (and the previous too).

Biggest Snub: Allison Brie, for the reason I mentioned above. Also, for Annie’s Boobs. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, WATCH COMMUNITY every Thursday night. It’s the best show on TV, according to me and New York Magazine!)

UPDATE: Winner: Laura Linney, The Big C. (Called it, but she didn’t show anyhow)

Best Actor, TV Comedy:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Carell, The Office. Why? Same reason why I thought Emmy voters would pick him last September, this is his last season of The Office, which means, the last time he’d ever get the chance of winning in this category (until he lands on another brilliant comedy, of course). Emmy voters ended up giving the award to my pick Jim Parsons in a surprising yet delightful turn, but the HFPA usually loves to defy the Emmys, so I think Carell is still a strong contender.

Who I Want To Win:

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. Why? He’s the BEST thing about the show, especially this season, when the comedy feels forced and the writers don’t seem to know where they want to take the characters. That one episode when Sheldon adopted a bunch of cats to get over losing Amy Farrah Fowler was especially hilarious, all thanks to this talented thespian. And hey, the Emmy voters loved him too!

Biggest Upset: Matthew Morrison. I promise you, I’m a true blue Gleek. This is not me hating on Glee, okay, because I LOVE the show. I laugh, I cry and I download every song from every episode, that’s how much of a Gleek I am. So don’t start a hate campaign against me just because I put both Glee stars in this category. The reason simply is that I just don’t think Morrison’s performance is strong enough this season to be nominated. Especially not when Community’s Danny Pudi and Donald Glover (as well as Joel McHale) killed it every week. And not to mention Bored To Death’s Jason Schwartzman, who left me in stitches every time.

Biggest Snub: Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Jason Schwartzman, and my gay husband Neil Patrick Harris, of course.

UPDATE: Winner: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. (Sort of called it, happy he won)

Best Actress, TV Drama:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Who I Think Will Win:

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy. Why? This is the first time Katey Sagal is nominated for Sons of Anarchy, a nomination that is well-deserved, considering her sensational performance in this critically-acclaimed show week after week. I think to make up for snubbing her these past few years, the HFPA are going to give her the win. And if they don’t, they should.

Who I Want To Win:

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men. Why? Over the last four season, Peggy is the only character in Mad Men with real growth and transformation; going from being Don’s naive but ambitious secretary in season one, to a junior copywriter in season two, to actually holding her own against the boisterous and cocky male copywriters in season three, and, in “The Suitcase” episode of season four, showing the audience and Don Draper himself that she is no longer his mousy ex-secretary, but his equal in many ways. And that transformation is played out so nicely by Elisabeth Moss, who up to now has not received love from both the HFPA and the Emmys. What can I say, I always root for the underdog.

Biggest Upset: Piper Perabo. I don’t think I need to explain this one. I mean, first of all, Covert Affairs is so bad, it’s actually insulting our intelligence. Second, her acting matches the show perfectly, in the sense that it’s just as insufferable. No one seems to understand WHY she’s nominated, not when there’s Connie Britton, January Jones, Anna Paquin, Mariska Hargitay. I blame Miley Cyrus bong again.

Biggest Snub: Connie Britton. Seriously, this is unforgivable!

UPDATE: Winner: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy. (Called it!)

Best Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network. Why? The Social Network is a favorite this awards season, and it’s mostly thanks to Sorkin’s brilliant screenplay and Fincher’s directing. The fast-paced dialogues are Sorkin’s forte, and let’s face it, we hung on to every word that was uttered in that movie. Even though we know Sorkin preferred to ignore the true events, we didn’t really care. His dramatization was probably what made the movie much more interesting than Mark Zuckerberg’s real life story.

Biggest Upset: None.

Biggest Snub: Winter’s Bone, again.

UPDATE: Winner: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network. (Called it!)

Best Supporting Actor, TV:

Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Scott Caan, Hawaii- 5-0
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Who I Think Will Win:

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family. Why? Okay, the HFPA totally snubbed Modern Family last year, and as we know, the show went on to win the highest honor, Best Comedy, at the Emmys. And now, I think they’re going to try to make up for it by giving Modern Family the win. Considering Stonestreet is always pitch-perfect every week, I don’t mind it one bit.

Who I Want To Win:

Chris Colfer, Glee. Why? Stonestreet beat Colfer at the Emmys, so as always I’m rooting for the underdog. Also, Kurt has been getting some meaty materials this season on Glee and Colfer definitely shines every week. My favorite would be when he was kissed by the jock who bullied him in “Never Been Kissed”, the way he reacted was so raw and poignant, I want to hand him an award right then and there.

Biggest Upset: Scott Caan. Hawaii Five-O is fun to watch and all, but it’s definitely not award-show worthy. And even though Caan makes the show with his witty banter, I’m not so sure why he’s in this category at all.

Biggest Snub: Ty Burrell, and all the guys in Modern Family, really. But mostly Ty Burrell. He’s so funny, it’s truly a crime that Scott Caan gets nominated and he doesn’t.

UPDATE: Winner: Chris Colfer, Glee. (Sort of called it, ecstatic he won!)

Best Supporting Actress, TV:

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Who I Think Will Win:

Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire. Why? Just like Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, only a lot faster, Kelly MacDonalds Margaret Schroeder transforms the most out of all the characters (especially the females) in Boardwalk Empire. And you can see it in every episode, she’s subtly changing and becoming less of Nucky Thompson’s mistress and more of an equal. She nails her part every time, in every scene. I won’t be surprised if she turns out to be HFPA’s favorite.

Who I Want To Win:

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family. Why? She lost to Jane Lynch at the Emmys, and even though I was happy for Lynch’s win, a part of me wanted Vergara to win as well, because she is perfect as Gloria; hilarious, fun and hysterical. I think it’s about time that she gets an accolade, don’t you?

Biggest Upset: Julia Stiles. Many critics seem to think her performance was underwhelming in Dexter. But apparently not the HFPA.

Biggest Snub: Jennifer Carpenter. Speaking of Dexter, a lot of people think Jennifer Carpenter should’ve been nominated instead of Stiles, and I happen to agree with them. But I guess this way she wouldn’t have to share a table with her soon-to-be ex-hubby. Awkward.

UPDATE: Winner: Jane Lynch, Glee.

TV Series, Comedy:

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Who I Think Will Win:

Modern Family. Why? Glee won last year, and Modern Family was snubbed. So this year, I think they’re going to turn the table and give Modern Family the win.

Who I Want To Win:

30 Rock. Why? When a show is in its fifth season, usually it starts to wear you down, like How I Met Your Mother and The Office, for example. But 30 Rock, surprisingly, did the exact opposite. It bounced back from a shaky fourth season and became funnier than ever. So for its fifth-season rejuvenation, I think 30 Rock deserves to win in this category, again.

Biggest Upset: The Big Bang Theory. I used to love this show but this season definitely hasn’t been the best. If it weren’t for Parsons’ Sheldon, I probably would’ve quit watching altogether.

Biggest Snub: Community. I get why Parks and Recreation didn’t get any love, it’s because stupid NBC has pushed its schedule to next year, thus denying them the chance to shine for the HFPA. But Community is having a stellar season, and it’s the most meta, poignant, hilarious and did I mention AWESOME?? show on television right now. The fact that it’s basically ignored at the Globes is just disappointing.

UPDATE: Winner: Glee.

So that’s it, your 68th Annual Golden Globe nominations. Who are you rooting for this time around?

xoxo

Binky Bee