August 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm #326187
Long-held secrets threaten to be spilled
as Israeli-British CEO Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) finds her company
under investigation by MI5 after the suspicious death of a Palestinian
Series Premiere: July 31 on Sundance Channel.
Discuss.August 3, 2014 at 9:32 am #326189
Watched the first episode yesterday. I’m in! Great to see Eve Best in this, though it was just a brief appearance (so far). Really liked it, and thought Gyllenhaal was great.August 3, 2014 at 11:53 am #326190
Anyone with Optimum, what channel is Sundance?August 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm #326191
Watched the first episode yesterday. I’m in! Great to see Eve Best in this, though it was just a brief appearance (so far). Really liked it, and thought Gyllenhaal was great.
I don’t know Best, don’t watch Nurse Jackie, but I thought Gyllenhaal was very good, this looks like a lot like Homeland in some aspects, not the prisoner of war thing, but in some other ways.August 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm #326192
Episode 2: The Unfaithful Husband
As Nathaniel lies in a hospital bed the wounded abductor in the next
ward takes a phone call which results in his killing himself. Nessa is
given a new bodyguard, with whom she has sex, but she deduces that he
has been sent by Hayden-Hoyle to spy on her whilst Ephra cheats on
pregnant wife Rachel with Atika. Police commander Garrett discovers that
the kidnappers are ex-Intelligence Corps.May 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm #326193
Sundance has shipped the complete miniseries to voters.May 5, 2015 at 1:24 am #326194
I think this will be a big hit with the Academy!May 5, 2015 at 9:52 am #326195
I agree. Sundance did really well with Top of the Lake a couple of years ago and this is their big push this year and their first big push in the miniseries categories since. The Honorable Woman was also one of two television titles that was available for free screening by members on the SAG website during voting, so it has high visibility. It is the same way that Tatiana Maslany and Jennifer Aniston got their SAG nominations and Robert Duvall got his Oscar nomination, despite none of them being attached to what would have been assumed to be awards contenders. This has a strong 82 on Metacritic, a Golden Globe under its belt and five BAFTA nominations against weak competition. The British factor should at least help it pick up a writing nomination.July 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm #326196
I’ve been periodicly watching episodes since it went up on Netflix back in November and LOVED it. I just finished it today and it is my personal pick for Limited Series though I know Olive will win. I do think Maggie is a threat to take Frances down. Sad to see Stephen Rae and Janet McTeer left offJuly 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm #326197
Finished this sometime ago and it’s a georgous piece of television. Impeccaably helmed by Hugo Blick. Maggie Gyllenhaal is just luminous here. Impressive accent work. Take notice Americans trying to do accents. This is how it is done! Nessa goes through the ringer and Maggie conveyed all of the relentless pathos from her plight beautifully. And on a shallow note, loved the wardrobe for her. Great pieces throughout. Glad that she won the Golden Globe for this and she would make a worthy Emmy winner. Stephen Rea is fun here, but I get why he was left off. I don’t get how Janet McTeer wasn’t nominated though. Such a comanding pressence. And Lindsay Duncan stays playing a British high society lady haha. While the acting and production were on point, I did have some issues with the writing. It works as a thriller for the most part, but as the series progress, it gets a little soapy. And most say that as a put down. I love soaps in general, but with this kind of subject matter, it does a disservice to what is trying to be highlighted. All of what happened to Nessa could’ve been done without the revenge angle. Yeah, it would’ve been a complete different story, but I think that story could’ve made this a masterpiece.July 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm #326198
The majority of acting branch probably didn’t see the miniseries and just name-checked Gyllenhaal.(Also that category was pretty weak in the terms of potential nominees, it was the easiest category to predict, we all knew that five will be nominated but no one was so sure about that last spot. And finally it went to Thompson for her… concert perfomance. That’s how weak that category was.)
They LOVE British actors and even Bafta-Winner(for this role) Stephen Rea and Jane freaking McTeer didn’t make the cut in their weak categories.
McDormand’s biggest competition will be with Latifah and Huffman. I’d personally rank Huffman higher because American Crime succeed the impossible and land a nom. for its completely no-name actor Richard Cabral over so many potential veterans in that category including Rea himself. Plus Regina King and Timothy Hutton. Voters clearly liked the show and they also like Huffman.
For the first time ever, the very same people who have determined the nominations will also determine the winners. So going by this strategy makes sense, I guess.July 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm #326199
This was second year in a row that Janet McTeer was really thought of to be nominated with The White Queen last year and now this. I feel bad for her because she was worthy for bothJuly 18, 2015 at 6:47 pm #326200
This was a brilliant show. I’ve watched all 8 episodes, and although there were some very slow moments, I really enjoyed it. The heart and soul of this is pretty much Maggie Gyllenhaal. Her powerful performance is very worthy of an Emmy win (currently ranking her second on my personal list after Felicity Huffman’s brilliantly complex performance as ‘Barb’ in “American Crime”). I’m really happy for the well-deserved Directing & Writing & Mini Series nominations as well.
About Janet McTeer. I’m sorry, but I disagree. If anyone deserved a Supporting Actress mention for this, it’s Lubina Azabal. McTeer is very good, but she can do this performance in her sleep, I’m very happy that she missed the cut – her performance is just not Emmy-worthy. Period. About Stephen Rea – yeah, he’s a big snub. Such a strong, simple performance. Definitely better than for example Richard Carbal (“American Crime”) and Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”).
Overall: A-August 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm #326201
Finally starting the binge on this and finished watching the first episode (“The Empty Chair”). I can’t take my eyes off of Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I was oddly skeptical over taking this role. This might have been the reason it’s taken me as long to see this as it has, since I could have watched this last year and didn’t. It’s slow-moving and methodical, but I usually respond very well to these kinds of BBC works (“Sherlock,” “The Fall,” “Luther,” etc.). I’m looking forward to seeing where this all goes, as well as anticipate some work from actors I haven’t seen in a long time (Stephen Rea!, Janet McTeer, Lindsay Duncan, Eve Best!, Tobias Menzies, etc.). Well, scratch off that last name lol. Back to it!
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