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Binky International Film Festival: Day One

Hello and welcome to the first ever (and maybe even the first and the last, we’ll see about that next year) Binky International Film Festival! As I have explained in my previous post, this year I’m doing something different to end 2011 with, instead of just making a list, I’m actually going to revisit all the movies I’ve seen in this past year (well, not all, just the ones released in 2011, though there are one or two that were released in 2010 but I never got around to watching them until 2011) and share my thoughts about them with all of you fabulous people of the blogosphere. Why? Why not, it’s the holidays, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

Today, our genre is “Big Budget Awesomeness” (note: “special effects-heavy” falls into the category even if the budget isn’t astronomical) and there are quite a few to get through so let’s not delay this any longer! Binky International Film Festival officially opens!

“Big Budget Awesomeness”

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2

Opening Weekend: November 19, 2010(part 1), July 15, 2011 (part 2)
Approx. Running Time: 146 min (part 1), 130 min (part 2)
Director & Screenwriter(s): David Yates & Steve Kloves (parts 1 & 2)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, etc.
Budget: Β£150,000,000 (part 1), $125,000,000 (part 2)

Okay, first I would like to formally apologize to all you Harry Potter fans out there for not actually liking the movie franchise that much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the book series. But I was so disappointed by the first two movies and Daniel Radcliffe that I just couldn’t get into it. But two years ago I got bored and had nothing to watch during the holidays so I decided to catch up on the movies. And as it turns out, even though I’ll never like them as much as the book, they were alright. And Radcliffe’s acting improved greatly as he and the rest of the cast grew up right before our eyes. But still, I wasn’t crazy about the movie franchise, so when Part 1 and 2 of the final Potter installment came out I didn’t rush to the cinema to see them, instead I waited for the DVDs. But even so, I actually quite like both movies.

First of all, this time around everyone can act. The actors all brought their A-game and the three stars; Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all have become seasoned actors. Second, the adaptation stayed pretty close to the book, so no complaints there. Third, the special effects got even more amazing, obviously. And finally, I never expected that I would get choked up watching the very last movie, but I did. I guess these crazy wizards have become more than just characters from my favorite book series but have felt like my best friends and family. I will miss this franchise, and sorry Twilight fans, but there is NO greater series than Harry Potter. Even Stephen King thought so too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

X-Men: First Class

Opening Weekend: June 3, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 132 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Matthew Vaughn & Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn. Story by Sheldon Turner & Bryan Singer
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, etc
Budget: $160,000,000

This was one of the most anticipated blockbuster release of 2011 and I’m happy to announce it did not disappoint. At all. Not even the slightest. In fact, X-Men: First Class was so good it made me forget about the disappointment that is X-Men 3 or X-3 or whatever it was called. A lot of what made this prequel awesome came courtesy of one Michael Fassbender, who was beyond amazing as young Magneto. But James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence were pretty great too, not to mention Nicholas Hoult, who you probably know as little chubby Marcus in About A Boy who grew up to be the sexy, diabolical Tony in UK’s hit teen series Skins. This installment of X-Men opted for great writing and acting instead of relying on special effects – and it made the movie more than just a comic book adaptation that only fanboys can appreciate. If you’re not big on comic books and superheroes, I still recommend you check out this movie, because it is more than just a superhero movie. It’s about the choices we all make as humans (and mutants) that in the end will determine where we end up in life.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Sucker Punch

Opening Weekend: March 25, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 110 min (127 min extended cut)
Director & Screenwriter(s): Zack Snyder, screenplay by Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya, story by Zack Snyder
Stars: Emily Browning, Abby Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone
Budget: $82,000,000

The public’s reaction to this movie’s a bit polarizing and most critics hate it but I happen to enjoy this movie very much. After Inception, I am game for any movie that deals with the subconscious mind, and Sucker Punch is really about that – but without the clever high concept of Inception, instead it chooses simpler route to explain the fantastical elements of the mind: mental illness. And sure, I too have a problem with all the girls dressing like warrior strippers half the time. I mean, If the imagination sequences come from the mind of a resilient girl being subjected to some horrendous electroshock therapy, why do the girls look like they are created in some geeky guy’s wet dreams? Nonetheless, the core message of the movie stuck with me and despite it all, it does have good self-empowering message. Zack Snyder did a great job creating the dark, sinister but ultimately hopeful world of the subconscious and if you get past the whole fanboy objectification of the female characters, it’s actually a pretty decent, if a bit sad and dark, movie to watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Super 8

Opening Weekend: June 10, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 112 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): JJ Abrams
Stars: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning
Budget: $50,000,000

Super 8 was also among the most highly anticipated blockbuster of 2011 and I waited with bated breath for this movie to be released, only to be sorely disappointed by it, about Cloverfield-size of disappointment to be exact. JJ Abrams, I think you’re kind of a genius, but you can’t keep pulling this kind of shit on us impressionable movie junkies, you know! The next time your movie is shrouded in mystery and is overly hyped up, I’m going to assume it’s a hybrid of Cloverfield and Super 8 disaster. You should be ashamed of yourself, Abrams! Seriously though, I think the hype was what made the movie a disappointment, mostly because it was nothing more than Transformers but with pre-teen kids in the Shia LaBeouf/Megan Fox roles. I feel bad for Kyle Chandler, he can do no wrong in my eyes after Friday Night Lights, but this was a serious mistake. He should’ve waited for Star Trek. Shame on you, JJ Abrams!

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

I Am Number Four

Opening Weekend: February 18, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 109 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): DJ Caruso & Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon
Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant
Budget: $60,000,000

Let’s put it this way, 2011 is not a good year for aliens, well, except for the Transformers kind. But when you’re wedged in between a beloved boy wizard and sparkling vampires, do you even have a chance? In the case of the aliens in I Am Number Four, also adapted from a popular young adult book series, the answer is not a chance in hell. And neither Harry Potter nor Twilight is to blame this time. Who is to blame? Everyone but Timothy Olyphant, who is sublime, as he usually is in everything he’s in (I may be bias). Alex Pettyfer may know how to woo his co-stars, but he’s not a good actor. Period. And I don’t really see the appeal, frankly. Dianna Agron plays Dianna Agron in this movie, which is not necessarily bad, but we need more from a leading lady. Halfway through the movie, she doesn’t seem like she cares that much anymore, and neither do I. Or anyone, for that matter.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Cowboys and Aliens

Release Date: July 29, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 118 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Jon Favreau & Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof,Β  Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby. Story by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby & Steve Oedekerk.
Stars: Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde
Budget: $163,000,000

Talk about a major blockbuster bummer, we can’t escape this highly overrated sci-fi adventure movie from Jon Favreau, Cowboys and Aliens. It’s almost as bad as Super 8, but not quite. It’s not that bad but it’s definitely not good either. It’s just pretty damn mediocre, despite boasting the acting greats of both Indiana Jones and James Bond. Jon Favreau clearly isn’t a Firefly/Serenity geek because if he were, he would’ve known how to make this space western genre a lot more interesting. As it were, Cowboys and Aliens is nothing more than a 2 hour yawn-fest. The only thing I’m grateful of is not actually seeing this in the cinema and pay good money for it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Immortals

Release Date: November 11, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 110 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Tarsem Singh & Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Stars: Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, etc.
Budget: $75,000,000

If X-Men: First Class is my favorite blockbuster of 2011, then Tarsem Singh’s Immortals is a close second, and I’m not just bias because I’m a huge fan of his first incredible movie The Fall. Immortals is amazing for so many reasons, not only the brilliant, artistic, fantastic, dream-like special effects, but also for Henry Cavill’s beautiful… body. And acting. But mostly his body. Mickey Rourke plays the villain beautifully here, and once again, just like The Fall, Tarsem takes us to a fantasy world that is like nothing you’ve seen before. And the best part of the movie: Stephen Dorff is cool again. Immortals has resurrected Dorff’s image and career and that is all right by me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

And that concludes Day One of Binky International Film Festival. Check back in for Day Two tomorrow, where we will be watching a few “Sundance darlings” of 2011.

See you then!

Binky Bee

SAG Awards Nominations: The Actors Have Spoken

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were just announced on Wednesday morning and I feel like it’s my duty as a pop culture junkie to weigh in on the list, because it’s almost the holidays and I’m getting bored. So humor me, will ya? πŸ™‚ This is also the first year that I’ve actually weighed in on the Screen Actors Guild nominations, so instead of my usual award nominations blog template of “Who I Think Will Win” and “Who I Want To Win”, I’m not going to attempt to predict the winners this time around and just pick my favorites out of the lot. Who knows? Maybe this time I’ll get lucky.

Alright, without any delay, let’s get straight to the nominations!

MOTION PICTURE

Best ensemble cast

The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris

My Favorite: Kind of a toss-up between Bridesmaids and Midnight In Paris, simply because both have such amazing ensemble cast. But ultimately I pick Midnight In Paris because duh, Hemingway and Dali. However, please note I haven’t seen The Descendants yet and might change my mind after I finally see it.

Biggest Snub: Drive. Sure, some people think it’s overrated. Some even try to sue the producers. But let’s face it, it’s the movie that got everyone talking and it deserves some love.

Best actor

DemiΓ‘n Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

My Favorite: George Clooney, even though I haven’t seen The Descendants yet. He’s Clooney! Of course I’m gonna pick him. And if the SAG voters think the way I do, he’ll probably actually win this.

Biggest Snub: Ryan Gosling. As most women on this planet, I am madly in love with him. It’s bad enough Bradley Cooper beat him as Sexiest Man Alive! Also, Michael Fassbender. I haven’t seen Shame, but critics were blown away by his raw, intense performance and I tend to believe them.

Best actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

My Favorite: This is also a toss-up between Viola Davis and Tilda Swinton. Seriously, I can’t choose! Okay since Swinton has won an Oscar before and everything, I think I’ll go with Davis.

Biggest Snub: I thought Ellen Barkin was all kinds of fantastic in Another Happy Day, and everyone raved about Carey Mulligan’s performance in Shame (which I haven’t seen). Would have liked to see either of these amazing ladies nominated. Also, I have just seen Martha Marcy May Marlene and Elizabeth Olsen definitely deserves a nomination too. Finally, an Olsen sister who can act!

Best supporting actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

My Favorite: Nick Nolte was surprisingly amazing on Warrior, probably the most underrated movie of 2011. But then again Armie Hammer is… Armie Hammer. No. Must stay strong. Nick Nolte it is!

Biggest Snub: Hmm. Would have liked to see Ezra Miller up there for his chilling performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, but I suppose he just didn’t get enough screen time in that movie. But, I think the true crime is passing on Seth Rogen who was all shades of amazeballs on 50/50. Sure he still plays a version of himself, but this is the best version of him I’ve seen in years!

Best supporting actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

My Favorite: Even though both Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer gave amazing performances in The Help, I gotta give this one to Melissa McCarthy, simply because she made me laugh so hard I nearly peed a few times during Bridesmaids. True story.

Biggest Snub: Bryce Dallas Howard. Her portrayal of Hilly Holbrook in The Help was just so dead on. I read the book before I watched the movie, and she was just pitch perfect. I wanted to set her on fire, she was such a nightmare in that movie! Considering that she seems to be a lovely person in real life, that is some great acting right there!

TELEVISION

Best ensemble cast in a comedy

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office

My Favorite: Okay, let’s talk about how BORING this list is. Like NY Mag’s Vulture noted in their SAG Nominations post, it looks like a list from two years ago. The Office hasn’t had a particularly strong season post-Carell and I’m not even sure what The Big Bang Theory is doing there. I would’ve loved to see some of the newer, better comedies get the nod; like the very excellent Happy Endings, or, if it’s just a tad too kooky, how ’bout the always heartwarming Parks and Recreation? And Glee doesn’t even deserve to be nominated. I’m sorry. This year that show has been on a fast decline, culminating in last Tuesday’s insufferable Christmas episode. I’d be happier if it were New Girl that got the nod. So my favorite? Uhm… I guess that just leaves Modern Family?

Biggest Snub: Parks and Recreation, without question. Season 3 was perfection and 4 has been amazing so far, and they chose Glee? Seriously??

Best ensemble cast in a drama

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

My Favorite: Breaking Bad, without question. I don’t watch The Good Wife and Game of Thrones. Boardwalk Empire’s second season isn’t half as good as anyone thinks it is (think about it!) and Dexter is a goner.

Biggest Snub: Homeland. I mean, hands down, best new drama. It’s so good that even President Obama is a fan. Is it because it only just premiered last October? I don’t get it. Also, Sons of Anarchy has had a hell of a season, who does Kurt Sutter have to blow to get a nomination around here, like seriously?

Best actress in a comedy

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

My Favorite: Sofia Vergara, still. But if the Emmys were any indication, Julie Bowen would end up the big winner.

Biggest Snub: Where is Amy Poehler? Martha Plimpton? I mean, come on now!

Best actor in a comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

My Favorite: Ty Burrell, but wouldn’t it be cool if Steve Carell wins it for The Office? Maybe he’ll decide to return and we can get rid of awful Robert California forever!

Biggest Snub: I was surprised that Jim Parsons wasn’t nominated, especially after winning back-to-back Emmys.

Best actress in a drama

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

My Favorite: Jessica Lange, obviously. Crazy Constance is the best thing about American Horror Story, I think.

Biggest Snub: Claire Danes. I mean, after last Sunday’s episode she should’ve had this in the bag. I really don’t get the Homeland snub, I thought actors love this show! Oh and Connie Britton. If you nominate her TV husband (sorry, Dylan McDermott, but she’ll always be Mrs Coach to me), you better nominate her too!

Best actor in a drama

Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

My Favorite: First, I just wanna talk about how cool it is that Patrick J. Adams got nominated for Suits. I mean, USA Network shows are usually ignored come awards season, no matter how good the acting or the material can be. It’s almost like the CW in a way. Sure there are exceptions. Sharon Gless got an Emmy nomination for Burn Notice once, and Piper Perabo last year got a nomination for Covert Affairs at the Golden Globes (though the latter felt so random and weird because she wasn’t even that impressive!), but both actresses are pretty established, Gless was in Cagney & Lacey and Perabo was in Coyote Ugly. Adams on the other hand, despite having an extensive resume, hasn’t quite hit the big time yet. He mostly starred in little-seen indie flicks and Suits was his first successful TV show. So for the SAG voters to take notice of this relative unknown who starred in a USA Network show and gave him a nomination is a big deal. Especially since he gets to see his name alongside giants like Brian Cranston, Steve Buscemi and Michael C. Hall. I’ve liked this guy since I saw him in the sweet indie Weather Girl, so I’m really happy for his nomination. My favorite to win remains Kyle Chandler, because it’d just be bittersweet now that Friday Night Lights has ended, the show FINALLY gets the recognition and love it deserves, but a part of me wants Patrick J. Adams to win, not only because it’s a long shot, but because he truly is talented and needs more exposure.

Biggest Snub: Would have loved to see Damian Lewis in the list, his performance in Homeland is just sublime. Seriously, why is this show snubbed? I mean, it premiered earlier than American Horror Story and Jessica Lange got nominated!

And there you go. My take on the Screen Actors Guild nominations. Who do you think will be the big winner? Who are your favorites to win? I guess we’ll see come January whether the SAG voters agree with us. Until then, stay tuned – my Golden Globes Nominations post will be ready soon (tomorrow)!

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚ 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