Woody Allen is one of the most prolific filmmakers of his generation releasing a new film almost every year for the past four decades. Now he has turned to television for the first time, writing, directing and starring in the Amazon series “Crisis in Six Scenes.” In this period piece set in the 1960s, Allen plays Sid, a retired writer, working on a pitch for a TV series. After a party he and his wife (Elaine May) are awoken by Lenny, Miley Cyrus), a houseguest who is a radical protester hiding from the police. Sid and Lenny clash as she starts influencing those in his life with her politics.
Allen’s critically acclaimed performance could reap him his first Golden Globe nomination for acting in 33 years. In 1983, he was nominated as Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for “Zelig”; he lost to Michael Caine (“Educating Rita”). Six years prior, he scored both Globe and Oscar bids for his work in “Annie Hall,” losing both awards to Richard Dreyfuss for “The Goodbye Girl.”
Allen has been nominated as a film director five times: “Annie Hall” 1977 ;“Interiors” 1978,“; Hannah and Her Sisters” 1986; “Match Point” 2005; and “Midnight in Paris” 2011. He also contended for his scripts for those films, winning for “Midnight in Paris” as well as “The Purple Rose of Cairo” in 1985. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. feted Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement two years ago.
Overall, the reviews for “Crisis in Six Scenes” were middling, with many critics making mention that the six-part series felt like an overlong film. However, Allen was hailed for his work on-screen. For example, Mike Hale (New York Times) noted: “The pleasures the show offers are mostly in performance; Allen, of course, has his own rhythms down pat. He also gives himself the best lines.” And Robert Bianco (USA Today) observed: “He returns to his triple role as writer, director and star. The stammering, babbling, neuroticism, the wandering off into weird comic tangents — in short, the Woody Allen that many of us knew and loved from his peak film work in the ’70s and ’80s is on full display.”
Amazon has recently been on a roll when it comes to the Golden Globes, winning Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for the past two years running, first with Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) and then Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”). However, both of their shows also won the series award.
Even if “Crisis in Six Scenes” is snubbed for the program prize, there is precedent at the Globes for a performer winning without their show being nominated. Just last year, Rachel Bloom did so when she won Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” And in 2012, Don Cheadle claimed Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for “House of Lies.”
Add to that the fact that the Golden Globes love to reward movie talents for their television work. Allen has racked up a staggering 23 Oscar nominations over the years, winning four: Best Director and Original Screenplay for “Annie Hall” 1977; and Original Screenplay for “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1987) and “Midnight in Paris” (2012). Two years ago, Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” 1978) won the catch-all supporting actor award for his performance on “Ray Donovan,” which was not nominated for best drama series.
Finally, Golden Globe voters are well aware that they do not bestow awards for direction or writing in television — two categories in which Allen is sure to be a strong contender at the Emmys. That leaves them only his performance to honor.
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