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2013 Golden Globe Awards Winners vs. Nominees List

 

Television

Miniseries or TV movie

WINNER: Game Change, HBO

Hatfields & McCoys, History

The Girl, HBO

The Hour, BBC America

Political Animals, USA

Drama

Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

WINNER: Homeland, Showtime

The Newsroom, HBO

Comedy or musical

The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Episodes, Showtime

WINNER: Girls, HBO

Modern Family, ABC

Smash, NBC

Actor, drama series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

WINNER: Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Actress, drama series

Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC

WINNER: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS

Glenn Close, Damages, DirecTV

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS

Actor, comedy or musical series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

WINNER: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime

Louis C.K., Louie, FX

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Actress, comedy or musical series

Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl, Fox

WINNER: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO

Tina Fey,30 Rock, NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Supporting actor, series, miniseries or movie

Max Greenfield, New Girl, Fox

WINNER: Ed Harris, Game Change, HBO

Danny Huston, Magic City, Starz

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, ABC

Supporting actress

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville, ABC

Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife, CBS

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story, FX

WINNER: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC

Actor, miniseries or TV movie

WINNER: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys, History

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock, PBS

Woody Harrelson, Game Change, HBO

Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO

Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Actress, miniseries or TV movie

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX

WINNER: Julianne Moore, Game Change, HBO

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA

Movies

Drama

WINNER: Argo

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Zero Dark Thirty

Comedy or musical

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

WINNER: Les Misérables

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Director

WINNER: Ben Affleck, Argo

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Actor, comedy or musical

Jack Black, Bernie

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

WINNER: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Ewan MacGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Actress, comedy or musical

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Maggie Smith, Quartet

Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Actor, drama

WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Richard Gere, Arbitrage

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight

Actress, drama

WINNER: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Supporting actor

WINNER: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Alan Arkin, Argo

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Supporting actress

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

WINNER: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Screenplay

Chris Terrio, Argo

WINNER: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Original score

Alexandre Desplat, Argo

Dario Marianeli, Anna Karenina

Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas

WINNER: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

John Williams, Lincoln

Best Original Song

Keith Urban, For You (Act of Valor)

Taylor Swift, Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games)

Hugh Jackman, Suddenly (Les Misérables)

WINNER: Adele, Skyfall (Skyfall)

Jon Bon Jovi, Not Running Anymore (Stand Up Guys)

Animated feature film

WINNER: Brave

Frankenweenie

Hotel Transylvania

Rise of the Guardians

Wreck-It Ralph

Foreign film

WINNER: Amour

The Intouchables

Kon-Tiki

A Royal Affair

Rust & Bone

 

 
 

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2012 Top 10 Worst Shows

Everything has an opposite.  Up has down.  Yin has Yang.  And best has worst.  I’m not going to rain on their parade too much by going into detail on each show the way I did for the best list.   But I will give some explanations at the bottom of the list.  Without further ado, here are the shows I felt were the worst in 2012, again in no particular order:

  1. Glee
  2. Work It
  3. 90210
  4. Whitney
  5. American Horror Story
  6. House of Lies
  7. Guys with Kids
  8. Two and A Half Men
  9. The Killing
  10. Rules of Engagement

Some of these shows, I can’t believe they are still on the air (Whitney, Two and A Half Men, and Rules of Engagement.)   I’m still trying to figure out how Work It even made to the air last spring…yikes!

My biggest issues were with The Killing and Glee.  The Killing started out so promisingly and then completely pulled the rug out from under us with not revealing who killed Rosie at the end of the 1st season like everyone in the world was led to believe would happen.   Then to top it off, Veena Sud, the showrunner, came out and was so thoroughly obnoxious in the media in regards to her show.  She basically said that anyone who didn’t like her show, lacked the intelligence to understand what she was trying to tell us.  Really?  How about instead of ripping your audience (who then tuned out for season 2 resulting in your show being cancelled) you reflect on how you can make what was a good product, better?  Nope.  Instead, season 2 was an even bigger mess than season 1 and eventually we learned it was the aunt that killed her by accident.  No punch was packed.  No one cared.  And no one watched.

Glee, ugh.  That show should have had the plug pulled on it two seasons ago.  What is on the air this year is completely unwatchable (like many episodes in previous seasons.)  The only part I really care about is what happens with Rachel and Kurt in NYC.  They should have just cancelled Glee and run with a spin-off featuring Rachel and Kurt in NYC.  I couldn’t care less about what is happening at McKinley.  Seriously, Santana who’s in college, is playing Rizzo in a high school production of Grease?   Is there something worse than Jumping the Shark we can use to describe Glee?  I don’t think so.   If someone can think of one, let me know.

Usually these types of lists stir up debate and I’m curious to see if you agree with any of these choices or think I’m completely off my rocker.  Just keep in mind, my list has nothing to do with ratings, critical acclaim, or anything else.  Just my own personal opinion based on episodes that aired in 2012.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Ranking/Lists, Top 10

 

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2012 Top 10 Best Shows

Best is a subjective word in this context. I define “best” as what I enjoyed the most. Not what was most popular or what had the best ratings or what was the most critically acclaimed. But what show I throughly enjoyed watching from start to finish in 2012. Here is my Top 10 Best Shows of 2012 (in no particular order):

  1. The Good Wife
    1. Year in and year out, this show is one of the best on TV. From the acting to the writing to everything in between, you can never go wrong with TGW and as long as it’s on the air, it will be on my list. Team Peter!!! You know I had to get that in.
  2. Homeland
    1. Many people questioned whether or not a show like Homeland could sustain it’s intensity and compelling story telling season after season. Maybe this was better as a Mini-Series than ongoing show. Season 2 proved that Homeland still has it and it set itself up for moving in a different direction with the core of the cast into Season 3. So many twists and turns and tying up lots of loose ends towards the end of the season made up for a relatively slow early part to the season. The only hiccup was the Dana storyline, but other than that, Homeland was outstanding and might net Claire Danes and Damien Lewis back-to-back Emmy wins.
  3. Parenthood
    1. This show never gets the love it deserves. But similar to The Good Wife, Parenthood just cranks out stellar episode after stellar episode with an amazing cast to back it up. This season really kicked up the Kleenex factor with Kristina’s cancer story line as well as with some fantastic performances from Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria, and Erika Christinsen.
  4. Suits
    1. My father told me to start watching this show last summer. And what started as a smug, campy show, has turned into a very well written, well acted show that has me deeply invested in each one of these characters. From Donna being fired to Louis and Harvey’s rivalry. From Mike losing the one person in his life who meant the world to him to Jessica doing everything she can to save her firm from Hardman, I care about each one of these characters. Suits gave us more insight as to why these characters are the way that they are while still leaving a whole bunch of mystery and intrigue. And I’m in 100% Where Harvey Spector goes, I will follow!
  5. Castle
    1. This was the year Caskett shippers. Our favorite crime solving duo was getting together and Andrew Marlowe didn’t disappoint. Not only did their pairing not spoil the show, it’s made it even stronger. Now that Beckett knows who was behind her mother’s murder, it’s just a matter of how she will handle it moving forward. Now if only they can take care of a little thorn in their side known as 3XK.
  6. Scandal
    1. Shonda Rhimes, I applaud you. I’m not your biggest fan, for reasons I won’t get into in this post because it isn’t relevant, but you have knocked this show out of the park woman! Scandal is the perfect show in many ways. It has characters you are deeply invested in and it has story lines that suck you in completely. Just when I thought Scandal couldn’t get any better, the last 3 episodes before the winter break occurred. My head couldn’t stop spinning. My jaw couldn’t stop dropping. It was one twist after another that kept me wanting more. Is it Jan 10th yet?
  7. Game of Thrones
    1. As soon as Ramin Djawadi’s Main Title kicks in, I am flushed with anticipation for what I am about to watch. Who knew George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, would bring such a riveting, heart-pounding, water cooler inducing show to HBO. I heard the buzz around this show but never in my wildest imagination thought I would fall in love as much as I have. While there is a lot to take in and this year’s season had even more thrown at us, I don’t mind rewatching episodes over and over to learn something new. People might argue it’s a sign of a show with too much going on. I say, it’s a sign of a great show. But I still miss Ned Stark!!! And if someone doesn’t kill Joffrey soon, I’m going to lose my mind!
  8. Pretty Little Liars
    1. I’m not embarrassed to say that I love a good teen drama. PLL fits the bill season after season. Well written and crafted, I love where this show takes me each week. Of course the big reveal at the end of the summer run, was that another member of the A team was none other than Spencer’s boyfriend Toby! Not as much of a shocker as it was a disappointment because of everything these girls have been through, to be betrayed by one of their own will crush them when they find out. The question is, when will they know?
  9. Person of Interest
    1. While this was a show that piled up on my DVR last year (until I was yelled at by my family at Thanksgiving to start watching), this has become must see TV for my husband and I. The thing I like best about this show in 2012, is the effortless way it has entered humor into the show. I didn’t remember the show being so funny last year but this year, it has injected humor at all the right moments. I like the fact that Carter and Fusco are working with Finch and Reese rather than in secret. It almost makes me wish this were true just so I would know Jim Caviezel always has my back, looking out for me, ready to destroy 15 men all at once!
  10. Survivor Philippines
    1. Survivor had some tough seasons the last few go arounds. But Philippines brought it back to its glory days. You had villains, you had great athletes, you had smart, strategic game play, you had hot men and women…and of course the incomparable Jeff Probst! It was the perfect season in many ways. Can Fans vs. Favorites Part Deux live up to the hype? Probst says it will. I’ll be tuning in!

Honorable Mention goes to Dexter, Veep, Rizzoli & Isles, Ben & Kate, and Arrow.

I just wanted to add how hard it was to keep Dexter off this list.  I was going to do a 10a and 10b but that’s cheating.  To make a true top 10, one show had to go.  It was a toss up between The Good Wife and Dexter because I thought TGW did have an “uh-oh, what the hell is THAT storyline” moment with Kalinda and her husband.  But even with that aside, it’s still the best written show on TV and the cast is flipping phenomenal.  Dexter had an amazing comeback season after two dreadful seasons.  It was so hard to keep it off the list.  But something had to give.  I should have made it a Top 11 but that’s so not right.

That’s my best list. What’s yours? And stay tuned…the worst list is coming up next!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Ranking/Lists, Top 10

 

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