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  • Kevin Jacobsen
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    This week I released my nominiations for the 3rd Annual TeleFilmiest Awards – a.k.a. my own personal TV awards for the 2014-15 TV season.

    A few eligibility notes to get out of the way that differ from the Emmys:
    -Orange Is the New Black for comedy categories instead of drama
    -Transparent for drama categories instead of comedy
    -All variety performers who lead their own show are in Lead
    -Some acting contenders are placed differently depending on how I viewed them over the course of the season
    -Every category has five nominees, other than Miniseries/Movie Writing and Miniseries/Movie Directing, which have three.
    -I combine Lead and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries/Movie and Lead and Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/Movie into Actor and Actress in a Miniseries/Movie, respectively.

    So with that, I will present to you the 3rd Annual TeleFilmiest Award nominations. 

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I’ll start with all the Miniseries/Movie categories plus Variety Series.

    MINISERIES/MOVIE DIRECTING:

    Elliott Lester for Nightingale

    Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge

    Peter Kosminsky for Wolf Hall



    MINISERIES/MOVIE WRITING:

    Frederick Mensch for Nightingale

    Jane Anderson for Olive Kitteridge

    Peter Straughan for Wolf Hall



    MINISERIES/MOVIE ACTOR:


    Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge

    Damian Lewis as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall
    David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden in Nightingale
    Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall
    Cory Michael Smith as Kevin Coulson in Olive Kitteridge



    MINISERIES/MOVIE ACTRESS:

    Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall

    Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Bessie

    Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge

    Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey in Bessie

    Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler in American Horror Story: Freak Show

    MINISERIES/MOVIE:

    24: Live Another Day

    Bessie

    Nightingale

    Olive Kitteridge

    Wolf Hall



    VARIETY SERIES:

    Comedy Bang! Bang!

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    Inside Amy Schumer

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    Portlandia

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Now let’s move on to the Comedy categories:

    COMEDY ENSEMBLE:

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    Stephanie Beatriz, Dirk Blocker, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joel McKinnon Miller, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti and Andy Samberg
     

    Orange is the New Black:
    Uzo Aduba, Jason Biggs, Danielle Brooks, Michael J. Harney, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Kate Mulgrew and Taylor Schilling

    Parks and Recreation:

    Aziz Ansari, Billy Eichner, Jim O’Heir, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Retta and Adam Scott

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:

    Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski

    Veep:
    Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh 


    COMEDY GUEST ACTOR:

    Laurence Fishburne as Pops in black-ish

    Jon Hamm as Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Zachary Quinto as Ace in Girls

    Kevin Pollak as Alvin in Mom

    Martin Short as Dr. Franff in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt



    COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS:

    Pamela Adlon as Pamela in Louie

    Tina Fey as Marcia Clark in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Jenifer Lewis as Ruby in black-ish

    Yael Stone as Lorna Morello in Orange Is the New Black

    Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne ‘Vee’ Parker’ in Orange Is the New Black 


    COMEDY DIRECTING:

    Michael Patrick King for The Comeback (“Valerie Gets What She Really Wants”)

    Phil Lord & Christopher Miller for The Last Man on Earth (“Alive in Tucson”)

    Jodie Foster for Orange Is the New Black (“Thirsty Bird”)

    Beth McCarthy-Miller for Parks and Recreation (“Leslie & Ron”)

    Tristram Shapeero for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Goes Outside!”)



    COMEDY WRITING:

    Michael Patrick King & Lisa Kudrow for The Comeback (“Valerie Gets What She Really Wants”)

    Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky & Nick Bakary for Mom (“Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”)

    Jenji Kohan for Orange Is the New Black (“We Have Manners. We’re Polite”)

    Michael Schur for Parks and Recreation (“Leslie & Ron”)

    Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche for Veep (“Election Night”)
     

    COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR:

    Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Tony Hale as Gary Walsh in Veep

    Taran Killiam as various characters in Saturday Night Live

    Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation



    COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

    Uzo Aduba as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren in Orange Is the New Black

    Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer in Veep

    Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett in Mom

    Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Chelsea Peretti as Gina Lenetti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine


    COMEDY LEAD ACTOR:

    Anthony Anderson as Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson in black-ish

    Fred Armisen as various characters in Portlandia

    Louis C.K. as Louie in Louie

    Will Forte as Phil Miller in The Last Man on Earth

    Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta in Brooklyn Nine-Nine



    COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS:

    Anna Faris as Christy Plunkett in Mom

    Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback

    Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation

    Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in black-ish 


    COMEDY SERIES:

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Mom

    Orange Is the New Black

    Parks and Recreation

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    And now finally we have the Drama categories.

    DRAMA ENSEMBLE:

    The Americans:

    Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Matthew Rhys, Costa Ronin, Keri Russell, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas and Alison Wright
     


    Bloodline:

    Jacinda Barrett, Norbert Leo Butz, Linda Cardellini, Kyle Chandler, Jamie McShane, Ben Mendelsohn, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek
     


    Game of Thrones:

    Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Dean Charles-Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Conleth Hill, Kristofer Hivju, Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houton, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams and Tom Wlaschiha
     


    Mad Men:


    Jay R. Ferguson, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare, Kevin Rahm, Kiernan Shipka, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Christopher Stanley and Aaron Staton  

    Transparent:

    Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor


    DRAMA GUEST ACTOR:

    Christian Camargo as Michael Corrigan in House of Cards

    Frank Langella as Gabriel in The Americans

    Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow in Game of Thrones

    Sam Shepard as Robert Rayburn in Bloodline

    Bradley Whitford as Mark/Marcy in Transparent



    DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS:

    Betsy Brandt as Barbara Sanderson in Masters of Sex

    Kathryn Hahn as Raquel Fein in Transparent

    Julianne Nicholson as Dr. Lillian DePaul in Masters of Sex

    Lois Smith as Betty Turner in The Americans

    Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Hartness in How to Get Away with Murder

    DRAMA DIRECTING: 
    Thomas Schlamme for The Americans (“Open House”)


    Miguel Sapochnik for Game of Thrones (“Hardhome”)

    David Nutter for Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy”)

    Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (“Person to Person”)

    Jill Soloway for Transparent (“Best New Girl”)



    DRAMA WRITING:

    Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg for The Americans (“Stingers”)

    David Benioff & D.B. Weiss for Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy”)

    Damon Lindelof & Jacqueline Hoyt for The Leftovers (“Two Boats and a Helicopter”)

    Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (“Person to Person”)

    Jill Soloway for Transparent (“Pilot”)
     

    DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR:

    Christopher Eccleston as Matt Jamison in The Leftovers

    Noah Emmerich as Stan Beeman in The Americans

    Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart in The Affair

    John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men

    Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon in Empire



    DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

    Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in The Leftovers

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

    January Jones as Betty Francis in Mad Men

    Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper in Mad Men

    Holly Taylor as Paige Jennings in The Americans
     

    DRAMA LEAD ACTOR:

    Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

    Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in Bates Motel

    Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn in Bloodline

    Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in The Americans

    Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent



    DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS:

    Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex

    Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder

    Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in Bates Motel

    Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in Empire

    Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in House of Cards 


    DRAMA SERIES:

    The Americans

    Empire

    Game of Thrones

    Mad Men
    Transparent

    And there you have it! Stay tuned for the winner announcement on Wednesday, July 8! 

    Please feel free to express your reactions however positive or negative they may be! 

    See the full list here.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Excellent choices!

    If you want, be sure to look out for my awards I posted. 

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Time for the first half of my winners announcement!

    3rd ANNUAL TELEFILMIEST AWARDS – WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

     

    Welcome to the official winners announcement for the 3rd Annual TeleFilmiest Awards. It’s been another amazing year of television, and the medium has never been better. From groundbreaking new series like Amazon’s Transparent to old favorites like AMC’s Mad Men leaving on a high note, television is the place to be. I will now present to you half of my winners, with the other half coming tomorrow.

     

    Let’s get things started with Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Laurence Fishburne as Pops in black-ish

    Jon Hamm as Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Zachary Quinto as Ace in Girls

    Kevin Pollak as Alvin in Mom

    Martin Short as Dr. Franff in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Jon Hamm as Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

     

    Jon Hamm’s performance in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was completely unreported before his first episode at the end of the season, and that just makes his unexpected turn even better. Playing a religious cult leader to complete insanity yet oddly compelling charisma, Hamm was perfectly cast. This performance truly shows that Hamm is a gifted comedic actor, which is a wonderful discovery after his many years on Mad Men.

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    The next category is Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Pamela Adlon as Pamela in Louie

    Tina Fey as Marcia Clark in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Jenifer Lewis as Ruby in black-ish

    Yael Stone as Lorna Morello in Orange Is the New Black

    Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne ‘Vee’ Parker in Orange Is the New Black

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Yael Stone as Lorna Morello in Orange Is the New Black

     

    Yael Stone’s Morello has always been an odd duck since the beginning of the series but we didn’t learn her backstory until season 2. Morello’s constant talk of Christopher had been used as comedic relief for several episodes, but the fourth episode of the season, “A Whole Other Hole” showcases the character’s tragic delusions about the man she loves. Stone’s heartbreaking performance, which is also tinged with comedy, is ultimately what makes OITNB so brilliant.

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    Next up we have the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Michael Patrick King & Lisa Kudrow for The Comeback (“Valerie Gets What She Really Wants”)

    Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky & Nick Bakay for Mom (“Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”)

    Jenji Kohan for Orange Is the New Black (“We Have Manners. We’re Polite”)

    Michael Schur for Parks and Recreation (“Leslie & Ron”)

    Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche for Veep (“Election Night”)

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky & Nick Bakay for Mom (“Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”)

     

    The most daring comedy episode of the TV season, “Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling” is able to find broad comedy in tragedy. The episode features the sudden death of Christy’s (Anna Faris) father Alvin (Kevin Pollak), just as her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) is falling in love with him again. The mix of sincerity, darkness, slapstick humor and edginess in this episode is proof that the multicamera format is not dead.

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    Next we have the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Michael Patrick King for The Comeback (“Valerie Gets What She Really Wants”)

    Phil Lord & Christopher Miller for The Last Man on Earth (“Alive in Tucson”)

    Jodie Foster for Orange Is the New Black (“Thirsty Bird”)

    Beth McCarthy-Miller for Parks and Recreation (“Leslie & Ron”)

    Tristram Shapeero for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (“Kimmy Goes Outside!”)

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Michael Patrick King for The Comeback (“Valerie Gets What She Really Wants”)

     

    The final episode of the season (series?), “Valerie Gets What She Really Wants” is a perfect encapsulation of the ridiculous, flawed, beautiful character of Valerie Cherish. Centered around the Emmy Awards, at which Valerie is nominated, she comes to a decision between the glory of fame and the love of family and friends. The episode’s sudden switch from documentary style to film style is a brilliant move that shows Valerie for who she really was, not the persona she put on for cameras.

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    The next category is Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Frederick Mensch for Nightingale

    Jane Anderson for Olive Kitteridge

    Peter Straughan for Wolf Hall

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Jane Anderson for Olive Kitteridge

     

    Adapting Elizabeth Stout’s novel of the same name, Jane Anderson’s four-part script is essentially a complete reworking. The novel features stories from various perspectives, while the miniseries is told entirely from Olive’s, providing an examination of a woman equal parts hard-edged, vulnerable, sardonic and ultimately caring. While each part of the miniseries is told within a different time period, they all come together as the quilt of a woman’s life in unique ways.

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    Next up we have the category Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or Movie.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Elliott Lester for Nightingale

    Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge

    Peter Kosminsky for Wolf Hall

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge

     

    A project as tricky as Olive Kitteridge, which could’ve easily translated to Lifetime-style melodrama in lesser hands, is made into a work of art through the work of Lisa Cholodenko. Her specific brand of steely femininity lends a strong conviction to the miniseries. Cholodenko is unafraid to cast Olive in an unflattering light while highlighting what makes her such a compelling presence in the first place. 

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    Now we have the award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge

    Damian Lewis as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall

    David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden in Nightingale

    Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

    Cory Michael Smith as Kevin Coulson in Olive Kitteridge

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

     

    David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden in Nightingale

     

    Coming off the heels of his powerful performance in Selma, Oyelowo proved that he was one of the world’s finest actors with Nightingale. The film is literally a one-man show with Oyelowo commanding the entire movie. Playing a war veteran coming unhinged in his mother’s home, Oyelowo’s performance is one that very few actors could pull off while maintaining a level of likable vulnerability and desperation.

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    Next up is the award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall

    Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Bessie

    Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge

    Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey in Bessie

    Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler in American Horror Story: Freak Show

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge

     

    Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge is the best performance of her already amazing career, and it’s one of the best acting performances I’ve seen in a long time. Olive’s hardened resolve, her work ethic background, her amused sensibility and her well hidden vulnerability is all present in her face and the way she carried herself. It would be easy to just make Olive an unlikable monster, but McDormand’s aloof persona gives her an incredible presence.

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    And now we come to the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    24: Live Another Day

    Bessie

    Nightingale

    Olive Kitteridge

    Wolf Hall

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Olive Kitteridge

     

    What else but Olive Kitteridge. As mentioned previously, the directing, writing and acting in this miniseries are all astounding and they come together to create something wholly original, something I didn’t know I wanted. Taken over the course of 25 years, Olive Kitteridge is a complex portrait of a woman and her family and how attitudes, behavior, parenting styles and more change over the course of a generation, while one woman is perfectly okay with things as they are. It is a quiet epic about an ordinary woman, and that is what makes it extraordinary.

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    Now we move on to some drama categories. First is the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Christian Camargo as Michael Corrigan in House of Cards

    Frank Langella as Gabriel in The Americans

    Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow in Game of Thrones

    Sam Shepard as Robert Rayburn in Bloodline

    Bradley Whitford as Mark/Marcy in Transparent

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Bradley Whitford as Mark/Marcy in Transparent

     

    Bradley Whitford’s performance in Transparent is definitely a transformative experience for those who have followed his career. Whitford plays a friend of Mort/Maura who has hidden prejudices while also secretly leading a life as a crossdresser. The cognitive dissonance Mark creates for himself about the choices he makes are very subtle in Whitford’s performance, but he handles it with sensitivity despite his character’s more unlikable qualities.

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    Next up is the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Betsy Brandt as Barbara Sanderson in Masters of Sex

    Kathryn Hahn as Raquel Fein in Transparent

    Julianne Nicholson as Dr. Lillian DePaul in Masters of Sex

    Lois Smith as Betty Turner in The Americans

    Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Hartness in How to Get Away with Murder

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Lois Smith as Betty Turner in The Americans

     

    Now this one came out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks. Veteran actress Lois Smith plays office worker Betty, a woman who sadly happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) is essentially forced to kill this woman for being in said wrong place at said wrong time, but Betty’s extending monologue recounting the life she’s lived is so inherently tragic that it is Elizabeth’s most difficult situation yet. Betty’s final words of judgment towards Elizabeth are chilling, and Smith’s performance is beyond compare.

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    Next we have the category of Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Thomas Schlamme for The Americans (“Open House”)

    Miguel Sapochnik for Game of Thrones (“Hardhome”)

    David Nutter for Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy”)

    Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (“Person to Person”)

    Jill Soloway for Transparent (“Best New Girl”)

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (“Person to Person”)

     

    Speculation about how Mad Men would ultimately end has been rampant since the very first season. But Matthew Weiner’s surprisingly hopeful take in the series finale surprised me (in a good way) for such a cynical show. Don’s (Jon Hamm) atonement for his sins are well-played while everyone else gets very apt send-offs. And the final scene, where it is intimated that Don came up with the famous Coke ad that would take the world by storm, is a very fun coda to the series.

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    The final award for today is for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg for The Americans (“Stingers”)

    David Benioff & D.B. Weiss for Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy”)

    Damon Lindelof & Jacqueline Hoyt for The Leftovers (“Two Boats and a Helicopter”)

    Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (“Person to Person”)

    Jill Soloway for Transparent (“Pilot”)

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

    Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg for The Americans (“Stingers”)

     

    We all knew this episode was coming — where Elizabeth and Philip (Matthew Rhys) would finally tell their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) the truth about their KGB identities. While Elizabeth and Philip do this largely out of necessity, the compassion they show towards her outweighs their allegiance to their country, a theme present throughout the episode. That conflict is at the center of The Americans, and Paige’s revelation is truly a landmark moment for the subtly brilliant series.

     

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    That’s all for now, folks. Tune in next time to see the winners of the final 13 categories, including Comedy Series and Drama Series. Thanks for reading! 

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    Welcome back to the 3rd Annual TeleFilmiest Awards. I will now present the winners for the final 13 categories:

     

    Our first category tonight is Outstanding Comedy Ensemble.

    And the nominees are:

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine:

    Stephanie Beatriz, Dirk Blocker, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joel McKinnon Miller, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti and Andy Samberg

     

    Orange is the New Black:

    Uzo Aduba, Jason Biggs, Danielle Brooks, Michael J. Harney, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Kate Mulgrew and Taylor Schilling

     

    Parks and Recreation:

    Aziz Ansari, Billy Eichner, Jim O’Heir, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Retta and Adam Scott

     

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:

    Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski

     

    Veep:

    Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    The cast of Parks and Recreation

     

    Through the final season of Parks and Recreation, the show’s amazing cast showed why so many of them have gone on to have great careers. From Chris Pratt to Aubrey Plaza to Retta to Amy Poehler, each cast member received their own perfect send-off in the final season. It is so rare to have a sitcom where all of the characters truly love each other, and that warmth was electric through every episode.

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    Next up is the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

    And the nominees are:

     

    Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Tony Hale as Gary Walsh in Veep

    Taran Killiam as various characters in Saturday Night Live

    Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

     

    When Brooklyn Nine-Nine began I was never the biggest fan of Andre Braugher’s presence. While he was mostly a straight-man playing against a bunch of goofballs in season 1, season 2 sees Braugher’s Ray Holt have his own original type of goofiness that made me laugh every episode. Highlights include his rivalry with Munch (Kyra Sedgwick) and his awkward presence at the beach house. Who knew a man of Braugher’s gravitas had such winning comedic timing within him?

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    Now to the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

    And the nominees are:

     

    Uzo Aduba as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren in Orange Is the New Black

    Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer in Veep

    Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett in Mom

    Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett in Mom

     

    In season 2 of Mom, Allison Janney’s Bonnie transforms from the classic crazy sitcom mom to a woman with deep and empathetic flaws. She loses her lover Alvin (Kevin Pollak), she relapses, she loses friends and family and so much more. But Janney’s complex performance is rare for a multicamera show and just as you start to feel sorry for Bonnie, she reminds you that she’s still the same monster as ever — but always in the best way.

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    Next up we have the category of Outstanding Variety Series.

    And the nominees are:

     

    Comedy Bang! Bang!

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    Inside Amy Schumer

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    Portlandia

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Inside Amy Schumer

     

    Amy Schumer broke out in a major way this year. Her show’s mix of pop culture parodies, satire on the role of women in society and just poking fun at herself made Inside Amy Schumer one of the funniest shows on television this year. Some of the best sketches include the 12 Angry Men parody, the “Last Fuckable Day” skit, the celebrity talk show guest parody and many more. She is truly one of America’s funniest, sharpest actresses.

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    Next up we have the award for Outstanding Drama Ensemble.

    And the nominees are:

     

    The Americans:

    Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Matthew Rhys, Costa Ronin, Keri Russell, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Richard Thomas and Alison Wright

     

    Bloodline:

    Jacinda Barrett, Norbert Leo Butz, Linda Cardellini, Kyle Chandler, Jamie McShane, Ben Mendelsohn, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek

     

    Game of Thrones:

    Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Dean Charles-Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Conleth Hill, Kristofer Hivju, Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houton, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams and Tom Wlaschiha

     

    Mad Men:

    Jay R. Ferguson, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare, Kevin Rahm, Kiernan Shipka, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Christopher Stanley and Aaron Staton

     

    Transparent:

    Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    The cast of Mad Men

     

    No Mad Men actor has ever won an Emmy for their work on the show. And that is a crime. The final episodes of Mad Men, like Parks and Recreation, served as a showcase for the period drama’s deep ensemble. Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss continued to lead the show with confidence while Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, January Jones, Kiernan Shipka and more got to have their moments in the sun as well. Luckily, the offers will continue to pour in for all of them now that the series is over.

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    The next category is Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Christopher Eccleston as Matt Jamison in The Leftovers

    Noah Emmerich as Stan Beeman in The Americans

    Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart in The Affair

    John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men

    Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon in Empire

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Christopher Eccleston as Matt Jamison in The Leftovers

     

    Religious leaders are often depicted as fanatical and ridiculous in TV and film, but Christopher Eccleston’s take on Matt Jamison is the exception. Matt is not immune from fanaticism, but Eccleston finds a sweet spot of innocent vulnerability in everything as he grapples with the fact that he was not taken away in the Sudden Departure.

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    Next up is the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in The Leftovers

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

    January Jones as Betty Francis in Mad Men

    Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper in Mad Men

    Holly Taylor as Paige Jennings in The Americans

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

     

    After three consecutive nominations in this category, Lena Headey’s complicated performance finally takes the cake. Season 5 is easily Cersei’s biggest season ever as she has conflict with her son’s new wife and orchestrates  monstrous laws in King’s Landing. When this backfires and she is sent to prison, Headey displays emotions we haven’t seen thus far in the series and in her finale walk of shame, she becomes surprisingly sympathetic.

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    Now let’s move on to the lead acting categories. First up is Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Anthony Anderson as Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson in black-ish

    Fred Armisen as various characters in Portlandia

    Louis C.K. as Louie in Louie

    Will Forte as Phil Miller in The Last Man on Earth

    Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Louis C.K. as Louie in Louie

     

    Like Headey, the third time is the charm for Louis C.K. in this category. C.K.’s acting is usually less talked about than his directing or writing, but I found the arc of his character and his performance quite brilliant in season 5. Fighting claims that he was becoming too dramatic/self-indulgent, Louie grapples with the concept and art of comedy throughout the season and his vulnerabilities shine through, allowing some genuine honesty like he hasn’t shown before.

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    Next is the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

     

    And the nominees are:

     

    Anna Faris as Christy Plunkett in Mom

    Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback

    Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation

    Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in black-ish

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback

     

    Lisa Kudrow’s performance was legendary during The Comeback’s first season in 2005 and it reached new heights when the show returned in 2014. Now starring in an HBO show, Valerie Cherish is just as selfish and fragile as ever but when her career starts to push everyone she loves away, she is forced to deal with reality. Kudrow perfectly captures Valerie’s cringe-worthy behavior and her performance in the finale is the stuff of legends.

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    Now to the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

    And the nominees are:

     

    Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

    Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in Bates Motel

    Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn in Bloodline

    Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in The Americans

    Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent 

    To my knowledge, no performance this year was more affecting than Jeffrey Tambor’s in Transparent. Playing a 70-year-old man who finally comes out as transgender to his adult kids, Tambor’s performance is filled with grace, tenderness, and an honest understanding of a hidden yet beautiful community. Tambor never plays Maura for laughs, allowing her inner beauty to shine through as she deals with her dysfunctional kids and goes on her personal journey.

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    And now for the final acting award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

    And the nominees are:

    Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex

    Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder

    Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in Bates Motel

    Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in Empire

    Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in House of Cards

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

    Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in Bates Motel

     

    Farmiga is quietly giving one of the best performances on television on a show that isn’t as good as her. As the damaged mother of a “psycho,” Norma Bates is a huge character that Farmiga embodies with excellence. Season 3 features Norma coming to grips with the realization that her son is mentally ill while also working through her own dark past. Norma is often self-centered, pushy and downright unlikable, but Farmiga makes you feel hope that she will one day be happy, even if you know she won’t.

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    Now we come to the two biggest awards of the night. First, we’ll start with Outstanding Comedy Series.

     And the nominees are:

     

     

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

     

     

    Mom

     

     

    Orange Is the New Black

     

     

    Parks and Recreation

     

     

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

     

     

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mom

     

    TV shows (and particularly sitcoms) are often criticized for being too formulaic in nature. A family has huge conflict for a half hour, then everything is fine in the end and they all forget about things the next episode. But Mom is different. In Mom, the characters make life choices and things don’t automatically work out in the end. In fact, they often make things worse. In season 2 of Mom, Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie are kicked out of their house and are forced to hop from location to location. Alvin comes back into the picture and Christy and Bonnie get used to having him around. But out of nowhere, he has a heart attack and dies, leaving the family in shambles. This is the level of trust Mom has with its audience, to know that viewers will stick with it through the hard times because of its dark sense of humor and for the emotional attachment to the characters. While other shows like ABC’s Modern Family are touted as “a reflection of the times,” Mom is the show that actually reflects the realities of the working/lower class, which makes up a majority of the country. And it is Mom that proves that the multicamera format is alive and well.

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    And finally, we have arrived at the last award. The award for Outstanding Drama Series.

     And the nominees are:

     

    The Americans

     

     

    Empire

     

     

    Game of Thrones

     

     

    Mad Men

     

     

    Transparent

     

     

     

    And the TeleFilmiest Award goes to…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Americans

     

    A rare example of a show continuing to improve in quality with each season, The Americans kicked things into high gear with an amazing third season. Expertly plotted with devastating character moments, the third season is a shining example of what television drama can be without succumbing to cheap “OMG” tweet-able moments. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) are forced to confront their own identities as KGB spies as they both begin to question whether all the blood shed, the families torn apart, and the sacrifices are worth it. Every character in The Americans is putting on a mask in some way, particularly in season 3, and the struggle to keep up a false identity while knowing the truth deep down is part of the show’s quiet tragedy. The third season features less action than the previous two, but the psychological drama within the Jennings family is more than enough of a driving force. It is the most underrated show on television and it is the best drama of the past TV season.

     

    And with that, the third TeleFilmiest Awards ceremony is complete. It was another great year for television and I have hope that things will continue to get better as we live through the Golden Age of TV. Thanks for reading. I would encourage you to check out any of the shows nominated and awarded this season. Until next time…

     

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