After a jam-packed week for awards news — SAG, the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and AFI all announced their favorites between December 9 and December 16 — there wasn’t much to talk about in the entertainment world except an under-the-radar little art-house movie called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — perhaps you’ve heard of it.
The film premiered to media and industry on December 14 and December 15 in advance of its release on December 18, and many of our forum posters have already devoured it and are discussing whether it was everything they had hoped for. For some of them, it even surpassed expectations.
But that wasn’t the only landmark event of the week. CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” aired an episode over which our posters are fawning — “The Opening Night Excitation” — in which Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) finally consummated their relationship. Fittingly, that episode also had a “Star Wars” connection: in another storyline, the rest of the gang prepared to see “The Force Awakens” as soon as it opened.
Read our posters’ comments about those topics and more below, and click on each forum topic title to jump directly into that conversation.
Hunter Logan: OH. MY. GOD. I cannot even construct a well though out review right now. But, I can say this: everything in this film worked, and if you have any doubts based on reviews or hype, stop doubting right now. [J.J. Abrams] did it. (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Thread)
WildforFilm: This film brought back ALL the “feels” of the original trilogy. The new crop of characters were lovely additions, especially Daisy Ridley. I can’t wait to see her film career SKYROCKET after this film. (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Thread)
kvothe_snow: I know George Lucas kinda did a disservice to himself when he made “Episodes I-III,” but now seeing Abrams and Disney taking over the franchise kinda feels unnatural. Feels like those “Jurassic Park”/”Jurassic World” movies Spielberg didn’t make. Now suddenly the film is being hurled towards the Oscar race. It feels like a slap to George Lucas, TBH. (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Thread)
manakamana: Yes [“Trainwreck” can get a Best Original Screenplay nomination]. There’s a wide open spot in that category after “Bridge of Spies,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Inside Out,” and “Spotlight.” But it could just as easily go to a small indie like “Love and Mercy,” “99 Homes,” or “Ex Machina,” or even to something like “Son of Saul” (although I have doubts given it’s a very sparse screenplay and a pretty simple story, albeit hauntingly allegorical). (Can Trainwreck surprise and get a best screenplay nomination?)
adamunc: Perfectly done. [“The Opening Night Excitation” is] one of the best comedy series episodes of the season so far. This was a big moment that could have flopped, but they handled it just right. Could win Emmys for both Parsons and Bialik, and possibly a second for [Bob Newhart] as a guest. Multiple guffaw-out-loud moments and scenes. Definitiely the best “BBT” of the season and one of the three or four best of the series. (Official “The Big Bang Theory” Season 9 thread)
Jaqen H’ghar: I have a lot of catching up to do. But, TV-performance-wise, I’ll always remember 2015 as the year Vera Farmiga slayed it on “Bates Motel.” She was snubbed of nominations for it at TCA, Emmys, Globes, and SAG, but at least she nabbed a CCTV nom (where she should have won over Taraji P. Henson). It was, like, career-best performances in at least five of the 10 season three episodes. (Top 10 Performances By An Actress)
ViceWicked: I hope [Rachel Bloom] wins the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice. That will help a lot in getting more viewers to watch [“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend“]. Also I really feel Bloom has a good chance this year at the Globes. I know the show wasn’t nominated in Comedy Series unlike “Jane the Virgin” last year, but they just tend to give it to new contenders. If she made it this far past the nominations, god knows anything is possible. (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Thread)
Emmy Runner: “Empire” should not be considered a surprise [on AFI’s list of the best TV shows]. They usually throw a bone to the network dramas. It was “HTGAWM” last year and “Scandal” before that. “UnReal” and “Black-ish” are the pleasant surprises here … Also, this is the third consecutive year where no miniseries/movie were awarded. Those were dominating the lists in 2000s. (2015 AFI Awards – TV)
st_jimmy: Of course [Kendrick Lamar] was disappointed about losing, but honestly I think other people were more upset than him about getting snubbed. He seems pretty level-headed, which is one reason I like him. We won’t see a childish Kanye reaction out of him. He’ll be there. He will at least give one speech on stage (I hope more). Please do not perform “Bad Blood.” (Will Kendrick Lamar attend the 2016 Grammy ceremony? Does 2014 snub still hurt?)
Back To Basics: I knew Janet Jackson wasn’t going to get inducted. It took her eight years just to get nominated. The shade is, Janet may never get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (2016: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” photo credit: Disney
“The Big Bang Theory” photo credit: CBS