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August 5, 2020 at 8:27 am #1203627671
Okay, so this is in reality “American Horror Story: Ratched.” Got it. I could have then calibrated my expectations accordingly. This continues a trend of using well-known IP that bears no resemblance to the original inspiration, whether it’s a prequel, sequel, reboot, whatever. “Perry Mason” was a recent culprit. With dramas like “Bates Motel” and “Hannibal,” the homages and resemblances were front and center. This doesn’t even try to mirror anything from Kasey’s novel or the film. It’s just tired Murphy camp through and through. Some will love that, and others will hate it. The cast tho! Sophie Okonedo, Finn Wittrock, Harriet Samson Harris, Judy Davis!!! (I screamed at the peach scene between her and Paulson), Cynthia Nixon, and Jon Jon Briones, who should have been Emmy-nominated for “Versace,” but voters were too lazy to get to his end episodes. I couldn’t help but think about Louise Fletcher through watching the trailer. Paulson is taking on the legacy of one of the most iconic film villains of all time! As crazy-talented as she is, there are still limits. I’m at least in for the pilot.August 5, 2020 at 7:06 am #1203627584
Aaand we have our first two finalists! Sorry to see The Young Cast go. They tried so hard and went through every hurdle that this show placed in front of them. I think large dance groups can thrill an audience in a way that no others can, so that might not have been a wise decision. Fairly underwhelmed with the Latin duo, and they received the best score of the night. Kinda glad they gracefully let Savannah go. The judges were placating her somewhat, and I don’t think that does children any good in the long run. GVRMNT was solid, but they’ve done better routines. The contemporary dancer dude was all over the place in his routine. Geometry continues to astound the judges. They really might go all the way, which is a bit surprising. A bit “too cool for school” for my tastes, but the talent is obviously there.August 5, 2020 at 6:16 am #1203627528
So what is everyone’s take on Supporting Actor? With Pelphery snubbed, I am kind of trying to figure out which way to go.
Right now, I’m going with the SAG nominee Billy Crudip, especially since Succession is definitely splitting the vote here. But I am wondering if Esposito or Wright can pull an upset here. I unfortunately don’t see a path for Whitford or Duplass here.
Also predicting Crudup at the moment. I doubt that Duplass takes that many votes away from him, if any. I think Culkin can overcome the “Succession” vote-split, especially if both seasons of work are taken into account. Whitford’s show is on a perceived decline, so even being last year’s guest actor winner might not help him much now. As I mentioned earlier, we have to take both Esposito and Wright seriously here, since history can be made with the first black winner the category has ever had. It’s horribly egregious on the television Academy’s part, which would also be a great “pat themselves on the back” sort of moment for them to say, “look how much we support BLM!” I’ve moved both men up in my predictions in light of this.August 3, 2020 at 3:07 pm #1203624967
Yay Issa Rae! I was expecting “Lowkey Movin’ On” as her submission, so this is an unexpected and pleasant surprise! It’s also the show’s best written episode of the season (penned by cast member Natasha Rothwell).August 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm #1203624855
Yeah, I don’t think there’s a path for him. He shouldn’t, however, be punished for voters not nominating the trans actresses from the show — that isn’t his fault. Sterling K. Brown, too, is very deserving, but again, no one seems to want to talk about it. We’ve dismissed Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton and Samira Wiley in the last two days, while all contenders in the lead actor race save for Brown and Porter have been repeatedly broached. I am not saying there’s a pattern, but it’s interesting.
All together now: “unconscious bias.”August 3, 2020 at 12:37 pm #1203624312
Brian Cox gave the drama acting performance of the year in “Hunting.” I’ll gladly stay in my “GD bubble” with that one.August 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm #1203624160
I listened to several podcasts this week, and there are several people who prefer Culkin. Macfadyen being the universal favorite is, again, perhaps a belief that only exists in these forums. I agree that he’s the best, but this is a typical vote-split situation IMO.
Culkin has always been my favorite from the lineup. But I’m predicting Crudup. I thought Esposito or Wright might upset and make history, but too much might be against them.August 3, 2020 at 10:03 am #1203623637
Episode Title: “Social Media Is a Great Way to Connect”
Synopsis: Arabella’s bloated social media presence finds her more glued to her phone than ever, perpetually internalizing the stress of her followers. At a Halloween “paint and wine” organized by Terry, Kwame opens up to the girls about his recent sexual experiment—and Arabella’s reaction lands her in an emergency session with Carrie.
Discuss.August 3, 2020 at 9:56 am #1203623610
It’s not about black people not wanting to vote for Linney lol! I was making a larger point that has nothing to do with one category being won or lost by Linney.
It’s about the need for more representation in these forums for both women and POC, and one black woman commenting here doesn’t mean we have the necessary representation on both those quarters. Zendaya was ruled out for a nomination by many posters including you, but here she is nominated over Elisabeth Moss. Now many folks are underestimating her potential to win because they continue to live in their bubble. I am not predicting her, but I find it incredibly plausible that she can win this category, especially since Ozark has legitimate acting snubs. We need newer, more diverse opinions and perspectives here, something we were severely lacking when predicting nominations.
Many posters including you ridiculed the notion of Killing Eve being a factor, but it got both actresses nominated over Elisabeth Moss. Fiona Shaw came back over Ann Dowd and Yvonne. Most posters just ignored Killing Eve completely. Again, there are too many (white) men commenting here which is giving them a lot of say in forming the narrative and discussions. We just need more women being a part of the discussions here, and we need more POC as well. That’s the point I was making. Not whether black women want to vote for Linney or Zendaya.
Diversity has always been a problem here, from our sea of white dude editors to a membership that is predominately white. That’s just what it is. Hopefully diversity will happen organically over time within our GD “bubble” as you call it, and not as a product of virtue-signaling. And being “diverse” doesn’t prevent groupthink from within the bubble either, BTW. As you’re a POC, you had the same blind spots that Luca had in this year’s Emmy predictions. It’s not a fail-safe! But I agree, better representation is needed on all fronts.August 3, 2020 at 5:39 am #1203623092
So Mark Ruffalo is really leading the odds on Gold Derby?
Can’t be me.
This is Mark Ruffalo’s career-best work. Come through on those GD odds with the Emmy win!
Why would you say Washington is going to take away votes from King, specifically?
Probably something super-offensive like all black women cancel themselves out, just like all white women do.August 2, 2020 at 9:51 pm #1203622866
Crazy episode. At this point, all I really want to see from the finale is Perry winning his case and redeeming himself on multiple fronts, inside and outside of the courtroom. The murder “mystery” of the season was anything but. That’s going to be a major challenge moving forward for season two, I think, mounting material that’s worthy enough and compelling enough for all involved. On paper, everything looks perfect–the cast is top-notch, the technical crew is outstanding, and there’s HBO money all over the place in every single frame. But something just isn’t there there, you know? My attention doesn’t waver whenever it’s on, but then the end credits roll, and many times, I think to myself, “Oh that’s it?” Anyways, lots of business to square away next episode, so I’m hoping for the best regardless.August 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm #1203622573
If there’s a groundswell of support over the “Better Call Saul” snubs, then that could benefit Giancarlo Esposito. I can’t bring myself to predict an acting win for “The Mandalorian,” but in supporting actor and make history in the process? It most certainly can happen if enough vote splits occur.