The two-time Oscar champ ("Tootsie," "Blue Sky") took on her first regular TV gig with this FX show about a haunted house. The TV academy allowed it to be reclassifed as a miniseries because each season will tell a distinct story.
Mare Winningham has won this race twice before -- "Amber Waves" (1980); "George Wallace" (1998) -- and is expected to be back in contention for playing the matriarch of the McCoy clan in History's highly-rated "Hatfields and McCoys."
While the eligibility period for this year's Latin Grammy Awards having just ended, our forum posters have been busy debating the merits of various contenders for months.
OJODIAMANTE set out the pool of possibilities in the four General field races. We have already considered the contenders for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Now, we consider which fresh faces will make the cut for Best New Artist.
Join in with your opinion as to who will make the cut in this competitive category which has been expanded to 10 nominees this year.
BEST NEW ARTIST
In the HBO biopic, the four-time Oscar nominee portrayed 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
Three British actors are expected to contend in this category for appearances in PBS fare and each has support from some of our Users.
In the HBO biopic, the1988 Daytime Emmy champ (Ingenue, "As the World Turns") portrayed 2008 VP nominee Sarah Palin.
She faces her biggest challenge from Nicole Kidman -- who bested Moore for the Oscar in 2002 -- who could contend for her role as war correspondent Martha Gellhorn in the paycaster's telefilm "Hemingway and Gellhorn."
Also forecast to be in the final field of six is Connie Britton who headlined the first season of "American Horror Story." Due to the changing nature of this FX series, it was reclassified as a miniseries, shifting Britton and company into the movie/mini categories.
Adele's "21" closes in on record sales of 10 million: "Combined, '21' has sold 9.5 million copies in 15 months, putting it just 500,000 copies shy of the magical 10 million-mark. That’s unheard of in today’s music business. To put that figure in perspective, consider that the most recent album to cross the 10 million sales threshold was Usher’s 'Confession,' which only broke that barrier this year. 'Confessions' was released eight years ago, in 2004! In fact, overall album sales for the first half of 2012 were down 3.2 percent, according to Nielsen Soundscan, as fans buy fewer and fewer albums — probably in favor of streaming and other forms of entertainment away from music." REUTERS
Tony-winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz dies: "Two-time Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, who designed hundreds of costumes for stars such as Sutton Foster and Patti LuPone, has died, his agent said Monday. He was 58. Pakledinaz died Sunday at his home in New York after a long battle with cancer, according to Patrick Herold, his agent. Pakledinaz received Tonys for his designs for 'Kiss Me Kate' in 2000 — with Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell — and 'Thoroughly Modern Millie,' two years later with Foster, whom he also dressed for her Tony-winning turn in 'Anything Goes.'" WASHINGTON POST
Remembering Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine: "He was like the big, boisterous uncle at the family dinner party: a lumpen raconteur who would geyser opinions, reach down the long table for a second helping, impress the kids and annoy prim Aunt Ethel with his booming personality. Millions of these characters exist in America, but there was only one Ernest Borgnine. The actor, who earned an Oscar in 1956 as the lonely butcher in 'Marty' and starred in four seasons of the military sitcom 'McHale’s Navy,' died yesterday at 95, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, after an improbably long and robust career in movies." TIME
Harvey Weinstein compares Barack Obama to "The King's Speech": "'I'll give you an example of two movies that I distribute,' Weinstein tells [Rachel] Maddow. 'I spent the exact same amount on both movies. One movie was called "The King's Speech." It grossed $140 million, won a few Oscars including best picture, and did sensational based on its budget. The other picture was called "Our Idiot Brother,"' Weinstein continues. 'And we spent the same exact amount of money on it and it grossed $25 million. To me," Weinstein concludes, '[Mitt] Romney is "Our Idiot Brother," and Obama is "The King's Speech." You can spend all the money in the world. If you've got a bad product, it doesnt matter.'" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Jennifer Hudson hopes her "Smash" role will lead her to Broadway: "She'll appear on the second season of the television musical drama series 'Smash' in a multi-episode arc as a Broadway star named Veronica Moore. On 'Smash,' Hudson will join fellow 'American Idol' alum Katharine McPhee, who's one of the show's main characters. 'It's just the perfect opportunity,' Hudson, a fan of the NBC show, said in a recent interview. 'It's gonna be challenging, and I'm a little bit intimidated to play this big Broadway star. But it's gonna be a great experience. I can't wait to get started.' She also admitted the show may be a way for her to ease into an appearance on Broadway." ASSOCIATED PRESS
Judith Ivey added to the cast of Broadway's "The Heiress": "Tony Award winner Judith Ivey joins Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn and the leading man of 'Downton Abbey' Dan Stevens in a new production of the unforgettable drama and Tony Award winning play 'The Heiress.' Written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, 'The Heiress' will be directed by Tony Award nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman ... Preview performances begin October 7, 2012 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC). Opening night is November 1, 2012." BROADWAY WORLD
On Tuesday, Peter O'Toole announced his retirement. He never won an Oscar, despite being nominated eight times (detailed below). That feat of being repeatedly defeated earned him a place in the record book as Oscar's biggest loser.
However, O'Toole also holds the record among Best Actor contenders for longest span (44 years) between first and last nominations. And his eight bids rank him alongside Jack Nicholson and Paul Newman and just one behind Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy.
In 2003, he reluctantly accepted an honorary Academy Award from the academy only after being reminded that Newman won his only Oscar after being feted in a similar manner. While O'Toole did contend again three years later, he lost one last time.
In his statement, he eloquently detailed his decision to retire from acting:
It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back.
My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits.
However, it’s my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one’s stay.
So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.
The Brit plays quintessentially American author Ernest Hemingway who marries war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) in the HBO telefilm.
Three of our Experts expect another British actor, Idris Elba, to win this race for the second series of BBC America's "Luther," in which he plays a London police detective who solves serial killings. Elba contended for this role last year.
When the Emmy nominations are announced on July 19, there will inevitably be names missing. In anticipation of that, our forum poster Morgan Henard asks the question,"Who has suffered the biggest snub in Emmy history by not even being nominated?" As he writes:
We've seen several invited to the club as bridesmaids but never the brides: Martin Sheen ("The West Wing"), Peter Boyle ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Angela Lansbury ("Murder, She Wrote"), Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle"), John Goodman ("Roseanne"), Steve Carell (The Office). We've also seen them win for other things (i.e. Sheen, Boyle, Goodman). But when looking back on the history of a category, what snubbings dilute the category and prove that Emmy didn't always get it right?
When pondering, think of future Emmyologists discovering great work and going "Wait!! [Insert name and specific role] wasn't even nominated for an Emmy?! They should have won but they didn't even get the nomination?" Weigh in with your thoughts here.
Below, just a sampling of our posters' picks for most egregiously overlooked.
Bill Paxton, "Big Love"
Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Jason Lee, "My Name is Earl"
Courteney Cox, "Friends"
Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls"
Vicki Lawrence, "Mama's Family" (syndicated years)
Courteney Cox, "Friends"
Eva Longoria, "Desperate Housewives"
Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls"
Comedy Supporting Actress
Becki Newton, "Ugly Betty"
Melissa McCarthy, "Gilmore Girls"
Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy"
Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
Drama Supporting Actress
Yunjin Kim, "Lost"
Elizabeth Mitchell, "Lost"
Sara Ramirez, "Grey's Anatomy"
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