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Binky International Film Festival: Day Seven

Hello and welcome to Day Seven of the first ever “Binky International Film Festival“! I hope you’ve been enjoying this series so far, and if you’re not… Well, tough. It’s my blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding. I really do hope you’ve been enjoying this series and are willing to continue our journey until we finish with Day 10 on New Year’s Eve.

Today, we are going to take a look at my personal favorites of 2011, the movies that I love so much I can watch over and over again, thus making this a “Repeat Viewing” genre. I can now safely say that 2011 is quite a good year for movies. Sure, there are a lot of crap this year but then again, there are always a lot of crap movies every year. But the good ones are not that few and far between this year, definitely an improvement from 2010. And if the Mayan Apocalypse doesn’t end us all, let’s hope this time next year we have an even better list of movies to discuss. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, let’s get right down to business and begin Day Seven!

“Repeat Viewing”

Drive

Release Date: September 16, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Nicolas Winding Refn & Hossein Amini
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston
Defining Song: A Real Hero Feat. Electric Youth by College

Without a doubt, in my opinion, Best Movie of 2011. I didn’t know what to expect going in, I only knew that people were all talking about it and giving it high praise on Twitter. I came for Ryan Gosling, and I got so, so much more. It’s a little hard to talk about this movie without sounding like a crazed fangirl, so bear with me. Drive is amazeballs because 1. Ryan Gosling and his silent acting equals pure brilliance. 2. Albert Brooks in the role of a villain: mind-blowing. 3. The insane violence: puts Tarantino to shame. 4. The music: oh the music! It really sets the mood. Gosling himself described this movie as a “Pretty In Pink with a head smashing” and I don’t know how else to describe it that would do it justice. It’s definitely not to everyone’s taste but if you like indie, offbeat, strange movies (with head smashing) – you will probably LOVE this as much as I do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Friends With Kids

Release Date: September 9, 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Jennifer Westfeldt
Stars: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Ed Burns, etc

This movie was highly recommended by NY Magazine’s Vulture blog post-Toronto International Film Festival, and because it has not only half the cast of Bridesmaids but also Adam Scott and Ed Burns, I waited with bated breath until I could finally see it, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Jennifer Westfeldt (some of you may know her as Jon Hamm’s lady love) wrote and directed a charming little movie about friendship, love, parenthood and marriage in very real, non-preachy, non-judgmental way. Five minutes in, you see these characters and you will think, “Oh that reminds me of my own group of friends” (only they’re much, much better looking). The issues discussed were very much what friends in their thirties would discuss: love, marriage, kids – but it’s not desperate or stupid, which is what most romcoms tend to be. Whether you’re single, or married, or divorced, I think you’d be able to enjoy this movie very much. Trust me. I know these things. ๐Ÿ™‚ (PS: Couldn’t find the trailer for this movie on Youtube, so I tried embedding it from a different site. Hope it works. If not… well, I tried)

http://www.traileraddict.com/emd/45908

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Hanna

Release Date: April 11, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 111 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Joe Wright & Seth Lochhead, David Farr. Story by Seth Lochhead
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Okay by now I do have to admit that I have this fascination with violent movies. My favorite movie of 2011 is Drive and months before I saw Drive, I was raving about how awesome Hanna is, a movie that tells the story of a teenage girl trained by her ex-CIA father to become an effective assassin. Hanna is violent, but it’s also empowering and strangely enough, sweet. The relationship between Hanna and her father is beautiful, how the two would do anything to protect each other. And the way Hanna longs for companionship, and her loyalty to her new friends – there’s a lot of sweetness there to offset the violence. Parents may not be too crazy about the idea of a teen girl fighting for survival and killing without hesitation, but between the infectious score by The Chemical Brothers and the brilliant fight sequences, I’m totally hooked and I’m screaming for more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s Kind of A Funny Story

Release Date: October 8, 2010
Approx. Running Time: 101 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, etc
Defining Song: Blood by The Middle East

Okay I know this movie is not a 2011 release but I decided to put it in this list for the following reasons: 1. I only discovered this movie in 2011 and 2. I love it so much, I have to include it here. At first I thought it was going to be just another depressing coming-of-age movie but as it turns out it’s nothing like I expected. It’s funny. It’s eye-opening. It’s uplifting. It deals with depression in a real way but at the same time doesn’t end it on a nihilistic “there’s no point to all this let’s just wait for a planet to collide with earth and get it over and done with” note (I’m looking at you, Lars Von Trier). Is it a little too positive? Perhaps. But maybe not. Depression is real. As someone with Bipolar Disorder, I’ve experienced it many, many times. But I believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can always get help. Happiness is not deprived of you. Life is still worth living after all, and that’s what this movie is about. For that alone, it deserves to be watched over and over again, especially for those who are still battling depression and in need of some perspective.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

HappyThankYouMorePlease

Release Date: March 4, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Josh Radnor
Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan

I have to admit, out of the five main characters in How I Met Your Mother, Ted is my least favorite. He is exactly the type of guy I would avoid being friends with, so when my fantasy gay husband Neil Patrick Harris tweeted about this movie that his co-star and friend Josh Radnor wrote, directed and starred in, I was a little skeptical. But then I saw the movie and realized, Radnor is no Ted. Sure, the character he plays in this movie bears some resemblance to Ted, but only if Ted were a depressed, failed writer trying to find meaning in life by (unwisely) taking in a little boy he found abandoned in a subway. It took a while for the movie to win me over but it did. At the end, I can really relate to characters who are just trying to find themselves and each other in a chaotic world, maybe because that’s how I feel most of the time. And I like the way the movie ends in an upbeat, happier tone – what can I say, at the end of a movie I want to be able to say, “I’m happy. Thank you. More please!”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

And that concludes Day Seven of Binky International Film Festival. We still have three more days to go, so come back tomorrow for Day Eight where we’ll be taking a look at some of the year’s most entertaining comedies in the “Laugh It Up” genre, because life is hard enough without a little laugh every now and then, right? I’ll see you back here tomorow… hopefully same time, but always same place. ๐Ÿ™‚ Until then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Seventh Day

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me… well, I bet whatever it was, it wasn’t as amazing as finding George Clooney, naked, under the Christmas tree. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, today it’s time for us to objectify ten gorgeous men and fantasize. The year is almost over, and I have to admit that 2010 is not in short supply of fabulously hot and talented men. It wasn’t easy to pick just 10, but I gotta commit to the Top 10 Format. So what are you waiting for? Let’s dig in!

My Top 10 Movie Screen Scorchers of 2010

1/ George Clooney, The American.

I’ve been a Clooney fan since he was still playing Dr. Doug Ross in ER, so forgive me if I’m bias. But I can’t help it, not only is this man gorgeous and aging so fabulously with his salt-and-pepper hair, he’s also one of the smartest actors in Hollywood when it comes to choosing roles. He knows who he is and what he wants to do, so every once in a while he’d do big studio movies like the Ocean’s franchise, but most of the time he’s focusing his energy on projects that challenges him, like his turn in The American. And he nails each role he inhabits, while looking insanely hot in the process. For all of those reasons, and many more I can’t disclose without keeping this post PG13, gorgeous George is our number one man of 2010.

2/ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception.

Leonardo diCaprio was the star of Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending drama Inception, but I think I’m not the only one who thinks Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who got his taste of fame by starring in the alien sitcom Third Rock From The Sun oh so many years ago, somehow upstaged him in the movie. It’s just he was so cool as Arthur, Cobb’s serious and cautious sidekick, especially during that zero gravity fight scene. And while he charmed Ellen Page’s Ariadne in the film, he also charmed his audience into raving incessantly about him after. He may only play a supporting role in Inception, but in my fantasy, he’s definitely the leading man.

3/ Tom Hardy, Inception.

Speaking of supporting roles in Inception, I think our number three guy was also responsible from stealing the spotlight from Leo. This Brit not only got to say the best lines in the movie, he also managed to mesmerize the audience to a degree that when we discussed the whole thing in various threads afterward, we couldn’t help but discuss how much we love his character Eames. Almost overnight, Hardy, a relative unknown in the States, became a hot topic all thanks to Inception, and I highly suspect that it was caused by those dreamy eyes and very, very enticing lips. The concept of entering a person’s dream and stealing or implanting ideas may seem ludicrous before Inception, but now, I think Hardy can enter my dream any time he wants.

4/ James Franco, 127 Hours.

James Franco’s star is shining so bright in Hollywood right now, he has just been tapped to host the Oscars with Anne Hathaway at the same time when critics are predicting that he’ll be a shoe-in for the Best Actor category. James Franco is probably the only actor in Hollywood right now that has it all; talent, looks, impressive resume, and an awesome brain that allows him to get his PhD without taking time off from acting. I’m starting to suspect he’s not human, but an AI (artificial intelligence) created by big Hollywood studios so they could have the perfect actor, with both commercial and critical appeal. Whatever he is, he’s a major hottie who is pretty much perfect in every way, and we get to enjoy him at number 4.

5/ Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine.

Most alumni of Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club achieve success as adults by becoming pop stars, like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. But that wasn’t the case with this Mickey Mouse Club alumna, he opted to be an actor, and a damn good one at that. The first time I noticed him was in Murder By Numbers, in which he played a seventeen-year-old psychopath. I remember turning to my friend in the middle of the movie and telling her that “this boy is so going to be a star one day”, and a star he did become, though not in the most conventional sense. He’s the indie king, always opting for quirky, odd, difficult roles over romantic leading men in big studio movies, making the Nicholas Sparks’ tearjerker The Notebook his only big studio success. I admire his artistic integrity and his commitment to acting but sometimes I do want him to go the Jake Gyllenhaal way and just do rom-coms for once, if only so I can be swooned over and over again by those hypnotizing blue eyes…

6/ Armie Hammer, The Social Network.

In The Social Network, one of the two characters he played in the movie declared, “I’m six-foot-five, 220 pounds and there’s two of me.” and for a second there I wish there really were two of Armie Hammer, because let’s face it, we all want more than one six-foot-five, 220 pounds, handsome blond demi-god in this world. A relative unknown before the movie came out, Hammer first attracted my attention when he guest-starred in two CW series Gossip Girl and the now deceased Reaper as Gabriel, Serena’s conman boyfriend and the devil’s son, respectively. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why he attracted so much attention, does it? And what makes him such a catch is not just the fact that he’s extremely good looking and a fantastic actor to boot, he’s also, uhm, born to a gazillion dollar empire, being the grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer, whom he was named after. Sadly, he’s already married to TV personality Elizabeth Chambers, but give it time. Marriages don’t always work in Hollywood, especially when it comes to beautiful people like him. ๐Ÿ™‚

7/ Andrew Garfield, The Social Network.

Before The Social Network even opened, there was already a lot of buzz surrounding this handsome Brit due to him being named as the next Spider-Man, replacing Toby Maguire in the new movie. I was not so convinced about another Spider-Man movie at first, but now I’m willing to give it a try, especially after seeing his performance in The Social Network. Eduardo Saverin might have been screwed over, but Garfield seems to be enjoying a nice and scandal-free success so far, going from just another Brit trying his luck across the pond to a certified star. And he seems like a real sweetheart too in interviews, always generous in his praises for his co-stars. A handsome, talented and humble man? Where do I sign up?

8/ Jon Hamm, The Town.

No, he’s not in the wrong list. You’re reading it right: Jon Hamm is on the verge of not just being known as Don Draper in Mad Men, but a bona fide movie star. In Ben Affleck’s The Town he portrays FBI Agent Adam Frawley, a straight-laced guy so unlike Don Draper that he convinces us all how good of an actor he is. It won’t come as a surprise if he gets cast in a major role soon, because there are not that many tall, dark, handsome and utterly talented leading man in Hollywood who can carry a movie, save for a few of the elites. Hey, movie studios, if you’re looking for an older Superman, Jon Hamm is totally your guy.

9/ Aaron Johnson, Kick-Ass.

Yet another Brit in this list, Aaron Johnson may not seem like your typical “screen scorchers” considering that his most famous role in the US is as a typical geek-turned-superhero in Kick-Ass. Yes, he’s kinda scrawny, and yes, he’s not conventionally handsome. And yes, he sometimes sounds douche-y in interviews, I won’t deny that. But the fact is, he’s British thus his accent is just divine, he’s talented and funny, and the best part, he actually can be sexy when he wants to be. He may be compared to Jesse Eisenberg, but for me personally, Eisenberg doesn’t do it for me. Johnson is the only big screen geek worth fantasizing about.

10/ Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right.

Our last guy in the list is so hot, he can turn a gay girl straight… if only for a little while. In The Kids Are All Right, Ruffalo plays the sperm donor of a Annette Bening and Julianne Moore’s children who has an affair with the very lesbian Moore, and trust me, we immediately understand why Moore’s character would actually get into bed with someone with a penis. It’s attached to Mark Ruffalo’s sexy, rugged persona, after all. Despite portraying a homewrecker, Ruffalo still manages to charm us all in the movie, which explains why he was the rom-com king for quite some time in the early 2000s. I’m not usually one for scruffy guys, but in his case, I’m definitely making an exception. He hasn’t starred in too many hit movies lately, but I’m hoping his turn in the critically-acclaimed The Kids Are All Right will change that, because we need more of him on the big screen.

And there you have it, my top 10 movie screen scorchers of 2010. I’m sure there are other hotties that deserve to be mentioned, but unfortunately there’s only room for 10. Check back in tomorrow, I’ll be counting down the 10 Fabulous Movie Ladies of 2010. Guess which number newly preggers Natalie Portman is on. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until then,

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

 

My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Second Day

Hello everyone! Welcome to the second day of My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown. Yesterday, I gave you my list of the Top 10 TV Shows of 2010, and today it’s all about the men, those hot, gorgeous, dreamy men of TV. Because let’s face it, sometimes we watch these shows for the compelling stories and the brilliant acting, and sometimes, we watch these shows because we want something to fantasize about… and we’re just not into porn.

So let’s not waste any more time and get straight to the list, shall we?

My Top 10 TV Screen Scorchers of 2010:

1/ Jon Hamm, Mad Men.

I’m sure giving the top honors to this man is not something any woman would protest, I mean, look at him. Can you say tall, dark and handsome? His Mad Men character may not always be sympathetic and the kind of man we want to be married to but for some reason we find ourselves rooting for him nonetheless, and it’s all because Jon Hamm is impossibly good looking, charming and well, almost perfect. The thing that makes him perfect is his versatility and ability to poking fun at himself in 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live and even the Emmys. We all love a man who doesn’t take himself too seriously, don’t we? Jennifer Westfield, you are one lucky bitch.

2/ Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire.

Okay, let me just start by saying that smoking is not cool and sexy. There’s nothing sexy about emphysema, is there? But, having said that, I think Phillip Morris should consider paying Michael Pitt, along with our number one guy Jon Hamm, because they’ve successfully managed to make smoking sexy again. Pitt won me over as Jimmy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire with his brooding stare and his PTSD-tortured soul the second he entered the scene in the pilot. He makes everything sexy; smoking, drinking, blowing people’s heads off… hey, a guy who can make you forget that he’s some psycho gangster in the making with his intense stare and his cool demeanor deserves to be on this list, right?

3/ Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-O.

Speaking of brooding stare, this Australian hottie pretty much specializes in the art of brooding. Almost every scene in the Hawaii Five-O reboot has him staring intently and furrowing his brows, not that I’m complaining. Scott Caan is there for the witty banter, O’Loughlin is there to make us drool at our screen. Aside from his brooding stare, he also scorches up the screen by kicking ass and taking names. Five-O may not be a superhero show, but I think it should be because Steve McGarrett is superman. And in that case, can I be his Lois Lane?

4/ Zachary Levi, Chuck.

After three Alpha Males in a row dominating the list, you might be surprised to find this awesome supergeek/spy/Buy Morean in here. But what can I say, I love geeks. Sure they may not be too athletic or well-built but I always find their ability to hack into other people’s Facebook account sexy. And Zachary Levi kind of has the best of both worlds; he’s both a geek and a hottie. Even his character is both a geek and a super spy. Not to mention, he seems like such a sweetheart, like Chuck, in real life too. What’s not to love?

5/ Cory Monteith, Glee.

Our guy at number 5 is not really what you would call a geek, because he’s not. But he’s not technically a jock either. He’s hunky but awkward, he’s the star quarterback and the leader of the Glee club, he’s sexy but cute… and for that, he gets to be in this list. Plus, he knows how to sing his way through our hearts, and that always counts for something.

6/ Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries.

I really don’t need to explain why he’s in the list after that photo, do I? ๐Ÿ™‚ His character in The Vampire Diaries would eat Cory Monteith’s character in Glee for breakfast, but in real life he seems to be a sweet Southern gentleman, who during the gulf oil spill crisis opted to forget his celebrity status, rolled up his sleeves and helped out. A hottie who knows how to make a difference, now that’s the kind of guy we all want to fantasize about.

7/ John Francis Daley, Bones.

And yet another geek in the list. John Francis Daley, who plays FBI psychologist Lance Sweets in Bones, has played a geek his whole life. He got his start in Paul Feig’s short-lived but much-loved cult favorite Freaks and Geeks, the show that also launched the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips and its most famous alumna James Franco. In Freaks and Geeks, Daley was fifteen, small, adorable and totally awkward. In Bones, he’s in his twenties, tall, dark, handsome but still adorable and slightly awkward, which makes him all the more endearing. Booth and Brennan may not take him seriously, but I know I’m not the only one hoping for a lengthy private section with this sweet Lancelot.

8/ Joshua Jackson, Fringe.

We all first fell in love with this Canadian hottie when he won our hearts as Pacey Ritter in Dawson’s Creek, and when he made his triumphant return to television as Peter Bishop in Fringe, we’re still in love with him. He’s not only a great actor and a total babe, he also has that charm I always assume is reserved for one George Clooney. He always has a twinkle in his eye, and an easy demeanor both on and off the screen. It isn’t hard to see why Diane Kruger is madly in love with him, I mean, who wouldn’t be?

9/ Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice.

Out of all the guys in this list, Jeffrey Donovan is the man of my dreams. Like, literally, he actually guest-starred in a few of my dreams. And you know what kind I’m talking about, wink wink. I don’t know what it is about him. He was first on my radar when I saw The Changeling, where he played that corrupt police chief who practically assaulted Angelina Jolie, and I didn’t like him at all. But then I bought the first season of Burn Notice on DVD and by episode three, he’s won me over. And now, I am lusting for Michael Westen even harder than his on-screen girlfriend Fiona Glenanne is supposed to be. Chalk it up to the ass-kicking and the fact that he knows how to rock those Olivers People sunglasses like nobody’s business. Sorry James Bond, but Michael Westen is the only spy for me.

10/ John Krasinski, The Office.

As if I’m going to countdown the top 10 TV screen scorchers without including one-half of my favorite TV couple ever. Not going to happen. And he does deserve to be on this list. He’s gorgeous, tall, funny, self-deprecating and my god does he look good in a suit! Whether in The Office or on the red carpet standing next to his fabulous British wife Emily Blunt, he never fails to weaken our knees and make us catch our breath a little. Why Pam ever chose Roy over him is something I still don’t understand until now.

So there you have it, the ten TV men to fantasize, dream about and obsess over. Here’s hoping for some addition to the list in the Spring TV season. But until then, don’t forget to breathe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check back in tomorrow, it’s the TV ladies’ turn. Until then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

Golden Dreams: The Good, The Bad and The Globes

…And I’m back again!ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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, yourย  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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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, Barneyโ€™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

Emmy Red Carpet: The Good, The Bad, and The WTF?!

Yes, ladies and gents, the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards has come and gone and I shall post the winners soon, but first, let’s focus on the most important event before the ceremony: The Red Carpet Arrivals, where today’s hottest TV stars (and some obscure reality stars) braved the hot Hollywood sun and showed us what they’re made of. So how did they do? Let’s discuss!

The Good:

Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen

Sookie Stackhouse may not have the best taste in fashion (though sometimes she surprised us all, remember the cute Dorothy-esque gingham dress last season?), but Anna Paquin definitely showed she has infinitely better taste than her True Blood alter ego when she, along with new hubby Stephen Moyer, walked the carpet in this gorgeous Alexander McQueen creation. Toto, we’re definitely not in Bon Temps anymore.

Nina Dobrev in Zuhair Murad

These fangbangers totally know how to wow us on the red carpet, don’t they? Dobrev, the leading lady of CW’s Vampire Diaries, looked so beautiful in this champagne one-shoulder Zuhair Murad dress it hurt. Sure, the EOnline fashion police team wasn’t too crazy about this dress, calling it “beauty pageant-y” but I beg to differ. No beauty queen could stand a chance against Mystic Falls’ vampire magnet.

Jane Lynch in Ali Rahimi

It’s weird seeing Sue Sylvester out of her tracksuit, but Jane Lynch definitely cleaned up really well for the Emmys, and she left her pearls at home too. Instead, she looked radiant in this aubergine Ali Rahimi dress while carrying a Swarovski clutch in her hand. Her look might not be dramatic enough to make the couture lovers take notice, but she definitely deserves a mention.

Kim Kardashian in Marchesa

I’m still at a loss as to why this girl is famous, but at least she knows how to work the carpet. This beautiful Marchesa dress she was wearing gave her a Cleopatra-esque effect, if Cleopatra ever released a sex tape and starred in a reality show with her crazy family, of course.

Kelly Osbourne in Tony Ward Couture

Kelly Osbourne has come a long way since her days in The Osbournes. She has ditched her bratty teenage style and her cheating fiance and opted for a sophisticated, fabulous Tony Ward Couture gown at the Emmys. She looked fantastic, but what I’m dying to know is, how did she lose all that weight? I want the number for her trainer!

Best Dressed Of The Night:

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

When I saw this beautiful Gleek walked on the carpet, I literally gasped. She looked AH-MA-ZING! Out of all the Glee ladies, Dianna Agron seems to be the one who knows what works for her right away. She has never been photographed wearing something unfortunate like her on-screen nemesis (but real life bestie) Rachel Berry Lea Michele. Quinn Fabray may have been more famous for her bad choices, but Dianna Agron has made all the right ones so far. Keep it up, girl!

The Bad:

January Jones in Atelier Versace

Proving that one woman’s trash is another woman’s couture, January Jones stepped confidently onto the red carpet in this shiny blue peacock-ish Versace dress and my first reaction was, “Huh?” The Madonna cone-bra effect on the boobs was not flattering, the peacock train nearly swallowed Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy at one point, and her hair looked like she just woke up and ran out to the red carpet without a glance at the mirror. I’m sure she also made the best dressed list somewhere in the blogosphere, but I for one do not care for this look.

Julie Bowen in J Mendel

“J. Mendel fits me really, really well, so he’s always a front runner,” This Modern Family star explained when asked about her choice of dress. Really, Julie? Because I think that dress just looked ill-fitting on you. The ruffled boobies just looked odd, and I’m also not sure about the ruffles on the waist. It’s a little disappointing, since I think we know Claire Dunphy wouldn’t be caught dead in this outfit.

Lauren Graham in a dress so bizarre no designer has admitted it’s their creation just yet

In Gilmore Girls, the much beloved TV show, Graham played single mother Lorelai Gilmore who had mad sewing skills and was able to design beautiful dresses for her daughter/best friend/daughter’s best friend on multiple occasions. But Gilmore Girls was canceled years ago, and Lauren Graham’s sense of style seemed to have stayed in Stars Hollow. This black and white dress she was wearing would definitely make Nina Garcia of Project Runway frown and sigh. Why are you doing this to us, Lorelai?

Rutina Wesley in what InStyle calls “a white and gray strapless gown”

Oh Tara. I know you’ve been having a hard couple of weeks lately, but do you really have to show up on the red carpet looking like this? I mean, really, girl, that dress is doing not working and your red lips looked odd. Fire your stylist, pronto.

Rose Byrne in Gucci

I actually like Rose Byrne’s white Gucci gown, but for the love of all that is holy, what the hell is going on with her hair?? I’m glad she and Jane Lynch didn’t seem to cross paths on the carpet, because I have a feeling Lynch’s Glee alter-ego Sue Sylvester wouldn’t be able to resist to make fun of that hair. In fact, any of Sue’s Schuester hair jokes could work for Ms Byrne’s catastrophic hairdo. “Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep imagining racist animated Disney animals to come out and start singing songs about the bayou.” Yep, it works.

Worst Dressed of The Night:

Mindy Kaling in what looks to be her old 80s prom dress, dyed in black

I love Mindy Kaling, I really do. I follow her on Twitter, I love and have watched all The Office episodes penned by her, and I can quote all Kelly Kapoor, her Office character, lines by heart. She’s a really funny girl and a great writer so it pains me to have to do this to her but I’m sorry, Mindy, Molly Ringwald called. She wants her prom dress back. However, I am hoping that she dressed this way on purpose, so she could be in the Worst Dressed list and joked about it. Because that’s what every comedienne does, right?

The Men:

Finn Hudson may be a dumb jock, but Cory Monteith sure proves that he’s more than his Glee character when he showed up looking very leading man-worthy. He didn’t tweet who made his suit, but I don’t really care, he looked HOT. I especially loved it when he wore his wayfarer to the red carpet. No wonder Jaimie Alexander, his ex-co star back when he was still a recurring in Kyle XY, tweeted that she was only in the Emmys to support him. When you look that hot, who wouldn’t support you?

Jon Hamm in a tux complete with bow tie. As Tina Fey once said (about him): “I want to go to there”. No one does dapper quite like Don Draper, the snubbed once-again nominee looked super hot at the red carpet. And how can you not love the guy who can impersonate Springsteen? Ryan Murphy, I smell stunt-casting!

I may be a Finn-shipper, but Mark Salling looked absolutely dashing on the red carpet that I found myself looking at bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in a different light. The suit, the tie, the crooked smile and the fact that he easily joked when Ryan Seacrest asked about a certain pesky rumor about an alleged ex-girlfriend egging his nonexistent Lexus, made me rethink my whole position on the Finn vs Puck debate. I’m going to be so screwed come Sept 21st. ๐Ÿ™‚

Despite looking awesome naked on the cover of Rolling Stone, these True Blood trio/triangle looked even better clothed at the Emmys. Especially, one Alexander Skarsgard, Sweden’s hottest man alive and True Blood’s most lusted-after undead.ย  Just look at him in his tux: he towered over Stephen Moyer! His smirk is the best thing since slice bread! I want to drag him to the shower and have my way with him! Okay, I better stop before this officially crosses the line.

Ohh, Neil Patrick Harris, just when I thought I could not love you more, you showed up at the red carpet wearing this fabulous tux and instantly charmed my pants off. This is not good. I’m already telling everyone who would listen that I’m your babies mama, if that’s what it takes to get close to you. Damn you, David Burtka, damn you. You get to wake up next to that? I officially hate you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Little Girl, Don’t Grow Up Too Fast…

Guess who this little girl is! No, it’s not JonBenet Ramsey, it’s Kiernan Shipka aka Sally Draper in Mad Men, looking super cute and adorable in a pretty flowery dress and kitten heels. Betty Draper would’ve been proud to see her strutting her stuff on the red carpet, but I personally would’ve liked to see her having fun and being a kid instead of doing a perfect pose for the photographers. Sally Draper, don’t grow up so fast!

And finally, The WTF??

The Situation might have all but confirmed that he’d be doing the tango on Dancing With The Stars, but Rita Wilson sure would love to be one of the contestants this year. At least that’s the only thing I can think of when I saw her posing in this weird Prada chandelier dress with matching shoes that could only be appropriate when she’s doing a dance-off against members of the Jersey Shore. WTF Rita Wilson? And more importantly, WTF Tom Hanks? You let your wife leave the house in that? Shame on you!

And that’s the Emmy Red Carpet for you. Who’s on your Best and Worst Dressed list?

Photos courtesy of Getty Images/Just Jared/New York Magazine

xoxo

Binky Bee

Racing To The Emmys

The Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and this year, I am not utterly disappointed. Sure, there are a few snubs like the previous years, most notably Zach Gilford for Friday Night Lights, but I am already grateful that the show that pretty much everyone ignores is finally getting some much-deserved praise and nominations; most notably for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (aka The Taylors! Yeay!).

However, the fact that this year’s Emmy is not so disappointing brings about a whole other problem. Who am I going to root for? In some categories, I love almost all the nominees that I am torn. It also makes predicting the outcome super hard, which sucks since I love blogging about award shows. ๐Ÿ™‚

So this time around, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m still going to do predictions (divided into my usual ‘Who I Think Will Win’ and ‘Who I Want To Win’) but instead of predicting “the dark horse”, I’m simply going to add another category called ‘But It Could Very Well Be…’ seeing that the votes can go any which way this year. You know what this means, though, the 2009/2010 television season was pretty damn good. So hooray for that!

Okay, we have a lot to go through, so let’s get straight to it! (NOTE: Since there are so many categories, I decided only to post the ones that I can predict, or care about. To see a complete list, you can go straight to the Emmy Website)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

– Tony Shalhoub, Monk.

– Steve Carell, The Office.

– Matthew Morisson, Glee.

– Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.

– Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Carell, The Office

Why: Well, Alec Baldwin won for 30 Rock last year and the year before that if I’m not mistaken, so it’ll be so boring if he wins again. Carell has been nominated multiple times but has yet to win, again, if my memory serves me right. And this upcoming season of The Office will be his last, so the Emmy voters might want to give him an award just for that.

Who I Want To Win:

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Why: I’m still holding a grudge for the fact that he didn’t win last year’s Emmy, while that guy from Two and A Half Men got an Emmy and beat NPH in the process. Come on! Jim Parsons is responsible for making Sheldon Cooper the most beloved genius physicist in primetime. He really deserves the win, and it’s just a shame if the Emmys continue to snub him.

But It Could Very Well BeAlec Baldwin. After all, he did win the Golden Globes for the same category this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.

– Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie.

– Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, New Adventures Of Old Christine.

– Lea Michele, Glee.

– Toni Colette, United States of Tara.

– Tina Fey, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win:

Toni Colette, United States of Tara

Why: If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know why she deserves to win. Especially in the second season where two other alter emerged, and she had to act opposite herself. And like I said in my Golden Globes post, she is Australian. Faking an American accent is hard enough, having to portray 6-7 different personalities with different accents (Buck has a Southern accent, Shoshana has this thick Brooklyn accent, etc) and demeanor, is even harder. I wouldn’t be surprise if Emmy voters crown her a winner once again.

Who I Want To Win:

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Why: Sure, she’s no Toni Colette but I think Amy Poehler did such a great job portraying Leslie Knope in the second season of P-Rex. Her character has grown from this slightly delusional but ambitious small-town politician to a lovable and endearing woman who just wants to give the best for her community, even if no one appreciates it. Not to mention, NBC has just made the epic mistake of pushing Parks and Recreation back to mid-season so a win for Amy Poehler might nudge them in the right direction (bring the show back in the Fall).

But It Could Very Well BeEdie Falco. Nurse Jackie may not be 100% comedy, but Falco was exceptionally good last season.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

– Jon Hamm, Mad Men.

– Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights.

– Hugh Laurie, House.

– Michael C. Hall, Dexter.

– Brian Cranston, Breaking Bad.

– Matthew Fox, Lost.

Who I Think Will Win:

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Why: He lost to Brian Cranston last year, but the third season of Mad Men was pretty amazing and Jon Hamm really took Don Draper to another level. When I was watching it, I kept alternating between wanting to strangle him for being such a douche, and to kiss him for being, well, the dapper Don Draper. You know an actor deserves an accolade when he can make viewers torn between loving or hating his character. And besides, seeing Jon Hamm in a tux walking across that stage… well that’s just a lovely sight, and I know the Emmy voters feel the same way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Who I Want To Win:

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

Why: He should’ve been nominated two seasons ago, but since Emmy voters seem allergic to good television, he was overlooked. So in my opinion, they have to make up for ignoring this amazing show for so long by letting this beloved coach win. After all, he’s not even coaching the winning team anymore now, but he’s still as inspirational as ever. He’s so inspirational, he made an uncredited cameo in Joshua Ferris’ short story in The New Yorker. So hells yeah, give the man an Emmy! (Then maybe I’ll forgive them for snubbing Zach Gilford)

But It Could Very Well BeMichael C Hall. He won the Golden Globes this year and he managed to power through shooting Dexter while undergoing treatments for Lymphoma. He’s a trooper!

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

– January Jones, Mad Men.

– Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.

– Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

– Glenn Close, Damages.

– Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife.

– Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights.

Who I Think Will Win:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Why: Just because I gave up on the show because I couldn’t relate to her character, doesn’t mean the rest of America did. I have heard nothing but praise for the show and her character, and she did win The Globes for the same category this year. So I think there’s a really good chance she’s going to win this one as well.

Who I Want To Win:

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Why: As if I’m going to root for the coach and not do the same to his wife. Besides, Mrs Coach Connie Britton deserves it. She was always overlooked since she’s in the most underrated show ever to air on television, but that has never stopped her from always bringing her A-Game. And I think every Friday Night Lights fans out there would love to see The Taylors take home The Emmys.

But It Could Very Well BeGlenn Close. I didn’t see last season’s Damages, but I heard she was phenomenal, as always.

Outstanding Comedy Series:

– Curb Your Enthusiasm.

– Modern Family.

– The Office.

– 30 Rock.

– Nurse Jackie.

– Glee.

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

Glee

Why: Let’s see… Glee is highly successful, much beloved and has spawned legions of loyal fans (called Gleek) around the globe. There’s no show like it on TV. It has successfully wormed its way around everyone’s hearts; critics and fans alike. Sure, there are plot holes and ridiculous storylines, but this show kinda thrives on its ridiculousness. And if The Globes, SAG, and Peabody are any indication, Glee’s winning streak is definitely not over yet, even if The New Directions lost at Regionals.

But It Could Very Well BeModern Family. It’s also new, it’s also fresh, and it’s also really, really funny. Honestly, even I’m torn!

Outstanding Drama Series:

– True Blood.

– Dexter.

– Mad Men.

– The Good Wife.

– Breaking Bad.

– Lost.

Who I Think Will Win:

Mad Men

Why: Consider this, they won last year. They won this year’s Golden Globes. The third season was exceptionally strong; it was well-written, brilliantly-acted and it didn’t lose its quality, not even a little bit, something that most shows tend to do when they start feeling good about themselves. And let’s face it, the Emmy Voters, just like the rest of the world, love these guys from Sterling Cooper.

Who I Want To Win:

True Blood

Why: Because Alexander Skarsgard is the sexiest man alive? I kid, I kid. I think this show has been snubbed long enough; they lost to Mad Men at the Globes too. Perhaps because it’s a show about vampires, and thanks to the psycho fans of Twilight, critics and TV snobs are a little allergic to these bloodsucking creatures. But if only they knew that the show is so much more than just a vampire love story! Sure, last season could use some improvements; the Maenad storyline went on for a tad too long and the season finale was a bit flat – but overall, the show is really good and it’s not afraid to make fun of itself. What more can you ask for?

But It Could Very Well BeThe Good Wife. It’s a critics and ratings darling. I seem to be the only one who can’t relate to it.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Mike O’Malley, Glee.

– Fred Willard, Modern Family.

– Eli Wallach, Nurse Jackie.

– Jon Hamm, 30 Rock.

– Neil Patrick Harris, Glee.

– Will Arnett, 30 Rock.

Who I Think Will Win:

Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Why: As I’ve said before, Jon Hamm walking across the stage in his tuxedo is such a lovely sight that I’m sure Emmy Voters don’t want to miss out on. And he was also HILARIOUS as Drew, Tina Fey’s neighbor and love interest. And, okay, as if Emmy Voters don’t lick their lips and quote Fey’s most famous line from the show, “I want to go to there.” when they think of Jon Hamm.

Who I Want To Win:

Mike O’Malley, Glee

Why: Thanks to Glee, Mike O’Malley has finally redeemed himself for the embarrassment that is Yes, Dear, the sitcom that everyone uses as an example of “what not to do when you’re creating a sitcom”. As Kurt’s dad, Mike O’Malley, the guy from Yes, Dear, managed to make me bawl my eyes out a few times. He was pitch-perfect. Sweet, endearing and the kind of father every gay teenager deserves to have. And if winning an Emmy means there’ll be more of him next season, I’m all for it.

But It Could Very Well BeNeil Patrick Harris. He was awesome as Bryan Ryan in Glee too. I can’t choose. Don’t make me!

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Kristin Chenoweth, Glee.

– Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live.

– Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men.

– Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives.

– Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory.

– Betty White, Saturday Night Live.

– Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock.

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

Betty White, Saturday Night Live

Why: America is obsessed with Betty White these days, and I think it’s a good thing. She definitely deserves the love and adoration! Her new show “Hot In Cleveland” is a ratings success, despite airing in a cable network that no one watches, TV Land. Speaking of, her SNL stint gave the show its highest ratings this whole season. If she gets snubbed, I’m pretty sure there’ll be riots. We love Betty White, damn it! Just give her the damn award already!

But It Could Very Well BeChristine Baranski. She was hilarious as Leonard’s mom… but she could never beat Betty! Never!

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:

– Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family.

– Chris Colfer, Glee.

– Jon Cryer, Two and A Half Men.

– Ty Burrell, Modern Family.

– Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.

– Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother.

Who I Think Will Win:

Chris Colfer, Glee

Why: Well, Glee nabbed 19 nominations for this year’s Emmy, so one of the actors is bound to win it. And I think Chris Colfer did an amazing job portraying Kurt, especially when he’s torn between being who he is and being the son his father has always wanted. I just really don’t want Jon Cryer, that guy from Two and A Half Men, to win again. Enough already.

Who I Want To Win:

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Why: Hello, is it any surprise that I want my gay husband to win? ๐Ÿ™‚ After losing to Jon freakin’ Cryer last year, Emmy voters better show the amazing Mr. Harris some love! He was the only good thing about HIMYM last season. I’m sure people continue to tune in to watch him. And let’s face it, he steals every scene and makes the show bearable during a truly lackluster season. So yeah, give this man an Emmy!

But It Could Very Well BeAnyone from Modern Family. My money’s on Eric Stonestreet. Love Cameron/Fizbo The Clown!

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series:

– Jane Lynch, Glee.

– Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock.

– Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live.

– Sofia Vegara, Modern Family.

– Julie Bowen, Modern Family.

– Holland Taylor, Two and A Half Men.

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

Jane Lynch, Glee

Why: She was snubbed at the Globes this year, but it seems Emmy voters will not make the same mistake as the HFPA (hopefully), because after all, by now the world has seen the entire first season of Glee (twice, for some of us) and everyone knows just how amazing she was as our favorite Cheerios Coach, Sue Sylvester. Let’s face it, not everyone can say lines like, “Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep expecting racist, animated Disney characters to pop up and start singing about living on the bayou.” with a straight face and nailed the delivery every time. And if the Emmys snub her too, well then, quoting Sue Sylvester, “I realize my cultural ascendance only serves to illuminate your own banality. But, face it, I’m legend. It’s happened.” And that’s how Sue Sees It!

But It Could Very Well BeJulie Bowen. She is pitch-perfect as neurotic mom Claire in Modern Family. She’s no Sue, but she’s also great.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

– John Slattery, Mad Men.

– Martin Short, Damages.

– Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad.

– Terry O’Quinn, Lost.

– Andre Braugher, Men of A Certain Age.

– Michael Emerson, Lost.

Who I Think Will Win:

Michael Emerson, Lost

Why: I don’t watch Lost (I’m one of the only five people in the world), but I have read too many reviews and/or comments about Emerson’s performance in Lost that I know he’d be a strong contender in this category. And I think he won last year, so assuming that in the final season of Lost he still performed just as brilliantly, I think he’ll win again.

Who I Want To Win:

John Slattery, Mad Men

Why: I know Roger Sterling is a douche, but John Slattery deserves to win simply because he portrays a first-rate douche so brilliantly. And I have to admit, Roger Sterling may be an unrepentant womanizer, but at least he’s honest about it. He hasn’t gotten any love from the Emmys so far and I think that needs to change.

But It Could Very Well BeAndre Braugher. Men of A Certain Age is a surprisingly good show, and he’s kinda great in it.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

– Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.

– Rose Byrne, Damages.

– Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife.

– Sharon Gless, Burn Notice.

– Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.

– Christine Baranski, The Good Wife.

Who I Think Will Win:

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Why: She’s Joan Holloway. She’s awesome. Let’s face it, Joan is not an easy character to play, and in the hands of the wrong actress – she can come off as bitchy and pathetic. But Christina Hendricks lent such depth into the character that we love her just as much as men love her curves. And let’s face it, only Joan can make a pen necklace looks sexy as hell and for that, she deserves to flaunt those curves on stage and receive her Emmy.

Who I Want To Win:

Sharon Gless, Burn Notice

Why: It’s quite surprising that she got nominated this year considering the Emmys never really showed any love for this show, so I’m really happy. Especially since her performance at the season 3 finale was so phenomenal. It’s a shame her TV son Jeffrey Donovan was not nominated (and the Emmys also snubbed the always funny Bruce Campbell) but hey, I’ll take what I can get. She’s probably not going to win, and I really do love Christina Hendricks, but I think her winning could garner the voters interests on the show, and maybe next year Bruce Campbell or Jeffrey Donovan can join her as fellow nominees.

But It Could Very Well BeArchie Panjabi. Like I said, this show is loved by both critics and viewers. Chances are, Emmy Voters are going to love her too.

Are you going to watch The Emmys this year? Who are you rooting for?

xoxo

Binky Bee