What exactly does Tom Haverford do for the parks department in Pawnee, Indiana? According to Aziz Ansari, who plays him on the laffer "Parks and Recreation," "He is mainly just there so he has a computer he can use to work on the other stuff he is up to." As Ansari was cast by creators Michael Schur and Greg Daniels ("The Office") early in the show's development, he helped hone his character. "Some of the things we talked about early on were him being really into fashion, maybe him being into the whole nightlife scene. We thought it would be funny if there was a guy into that stuff in a town where that wasn't even possible."
Among Ansari's competition for the supporting comedy actor Emmy Awards are four of his co-stars (Nick Offerman, Jim O'Heir, Chris Pratt, and Adam Scott). Our experts and editors predict him to be one of the stronger contenders from the show, which is also in the hunt for its first series bid.
If he is nominated, Ansari will choose between two episode for his submission to the judging panel. In "Indianapolis," Tom creates a new cologne 'Tommy Fresh' which is rejected by his idol Dennis Feinstein (Jason Mantzoukas). Ansari admits, "This is what I love about the show ... the town has a local cologne magnate. It's always fun to play a range, and you see a guy crushed a little bit. "In "Soulmates," Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) signs up for an online dating service and is accidentally matched with Tom. Says Ansari, "I got to do a lot with Amy in that episode, and she's so good it makes you look good."
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.