August 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm #1203644575
I really hope that the Globes embrace the show even further by recognising Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch and Alex Reid as well as Shira. They were all so natural!
Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Possessor/Luxor (Actress, Actor)
Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, I Care a Lot (Actress, Supporting Actor)
Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, The Duke (Actor, Supporting Actress)
Sophia Loren, Abril Zamora, The Life Ahead (Actress, Supporting Actress)
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (Actress)August 19, 2020 at 8:01 am #1203654550
There will be a lot of emotion and support for a show written in Yiddish.August 20, 2020 at 12:42 am #1203656202
I can see Unorthodox upsetting over Mrs America and Watchmen in several categories. I felt it was equally as good a show, without being baity.
Best Director - Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)
Lead Actor - Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)
Supporting Actor - Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)
Supporting Actress - Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)August 20, 2020 at 7:49 am #1203656529
I have a feeling Haas will win. I mean we said pre nominations “I don’t think anyone is going to overcome Blanchett” and now we’re saying the same thing but instead of Blanchett is is King. Haas reminds me of Jerome last year in the sense that it’s a performance that is so undeniable that if you watch it you vote for it (I see King being the Harris of this year, Blanchett being the Rockwell and Washington being the Ali).
I don’t think Unorthodox will be winning anything else though above the line (I am predicting it for Costumes and Title Music). Maria Schrader’s directing style was unique and original but I think if anything benefits from a Watchmen vote split it is either Little Fires Everywhere or Normal People. I mean we often compare Susanne Bier to Schrader when making predictions but it is worth mentioning that Susanne Bier was well known in the industry before The Night Manager (she’s an Oscar nominated filmmaker!) which both Lenny Abrahamson and the late Lynn Shelton are and Schrader is not.
If it wins Series whilst it would be very deserving (as would Mrs. America too) I will quit this site because nothing deserves to win over the classical masterpiece that is Watchmen.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"September 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm #1203682613
So, I have finally watched this, and I would say that, on the whole, it was very good — not amazing or excellent, but very good.
I will probably be the first one to think that this show needed ore than 4 episodes. Yes, it was tight and fast-moving, but I almost felt as though moments couldn’t properly sink in since the show would quickly jump right into the next scene. Sometimes a story just needs some room to breathe, which I felt was missing with “Unorthodox.” But that just might be a personal taste of mine. I don’t know if the writing, editing or directing (which I don’t think should win the Emmy) is to blame for that, but it bothered me. The story was thoroughly enthralling and captivating, and like Atypical, I knew nothing about the New York Jews or the culture in general.
Shira Haas carries this show on her shoulders. I will admit that it took me a while to really be blown away by her, and it wasn’t the haircut scene that did it but the bedroom scene in the third episode. My goodness. Episodes 3 and 4 are, in my opinion, easily her two best. She poured out that anger and agony so beautifully and poignantly. And, I have to admit, she did most of the heavy lifting all by herself. Like I mentioned earlier, while great, I don’t think the direction and editing necessarily enhanced her work (take the haircut scene: IMO, too short). She undoubtedly deserved this Emmy nom and she would be a deserving winner, too. I have had her in second for a while now, which is where I will keep her because I don’t have the guts to move Regina to no. 2. I would say she gave my favorite performance of the five nominees, but Merritt Wever still easily takes the gold in my own awards.
I also think Haas should be its only potential win; there are more deserving contenders in series, writing, directing and casting. Nevertheless, it was a great show that will catapult Haas into stardom, which is excellent.
Fun fact: I am fluent in both English and German, so not only did I understand all of that, but Yiddish is a High German-derived language, so I heard all the German in it. I loved that! It’s also so weird seeing Berlin, to which I have been twice.
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