And the Emmy goes to…

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Television’s biggest night has finally come…and on a Monday! It’s been a while since the celebration has taken place on this night, but host Seth Meyers, the new Late Night frontman, has most everyone excited. Well. Let’s go right into who will and should win, shall we?

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Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective
Will and Should Win: Hands down Breaking Bad. This is a show that will hands down become one of the greatest television series in history and it helps that with all of the influxes of poorly done finales, “Felina” was anything but. And did I mention “Ozymandias”. Yeah. Enough said. The reigning champ may have won last year when the actual final episodes were airing, but I think Season 5b will still take it over it’s main competitor this year: True Detective, a show that has earned equal praise.

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Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep
Should Win: A lot of strong comedies came to play this year. The biggest surprise nomination, and definietly one that made me ecstatic: Silicon Valley. That show had me laughing more than I would have ever thought. As did Veep. But although it’s dark humor makes you a bit more depressed over a laugh at times, in terms of what’s in the category, Louie had it’s best season to date. With the “Elevator” and “Pamela” arcs, and of course the much talked about opener “So Did the Fat Lady,” Louie deserves this.
Will win: With four wins under it’s belt, saying Modern Family should be the thing to do. But Veep but fan favorite Orange has a lot going for it. I’d like to go out on a limb though and give this to Veep, a show that started small and grew to a fan favorite with the presidential campaign driven season. But OITNB has the momentum and will probably make history for Netflix.

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen
Will and Should Win: Let’s all save out breath. Fargo.

Outstanding TV Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful
Will and Should Win: In a relatively weak category, Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, and it’s line of great performances, will take the prize.

Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Should Win: This is a tight race, especially when Jeff Daniels somehow walked away with the statue last year. So who really knows, but the talk is all over a Cranston-McConaughey brawl. Going with the “Ozymandias” submission, Cranston’s portrayal of Walt stands to win.
Will Win: Considering McConaughey has the momentum of his Oscar win earlier this year, it’s really hard to say. For a show that was loved, it would be odd to see it walk away empty handed in any major category. Even as I am write this literally write now, my mind was about to say McConaughey, but my gut is still telling me Cranston. Breaking Bad has become a cultural phenomenon. I really can’t say anything else.

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Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Should Win: In a category that always seems to small to fit the whole deserving lot (TATIANA MASLANY THIS IS YOURS), this is what we were dealt. Caplan finally found the role she was born to play. Wright had that abortion interview. But I’ve got to give this to Julianna Margulies. The Good Wife has been in my top five favorite shows of all time since I started watching once the first season ended, even with it’s under-appreciated fourth season that some criticize. But Season 5. The season that had everyone talking. We got to see an empowered Alicia in the beginning and a mourning Alicia in it’s finality. Margulies does so much with so little and deserves this award every year. Especially to make up from last year’s snub.
Will Win: Claire Danes took it from Kerry Washington last year who had everything going for her. Washington good win but I think she spent to much time acting behind a lamp to win this. Wright just won the Golden Globe (for the first season may I add though), but I don’t know if I’m thinking too much with my heart, but I’ll give it to Margulies again. The Good Wife somehow got snubbed in the Drama Series category and with Baranski going to lose out to Gunn, Margulies could be the saving grace.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Should Win: Billy Bob Thorton’s hilarious, satirical role in Fargo was great, but I honestly think Martin Freeman played the balance timidity and wickedness perfectly and should go home with the award.
Will Win: Mark Ruffalo could take it, but Thorton has too much word of mouth to not win.

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
Will and Should Win: This year I think it’s down between the two Coven leading ladies (although Tyson could take it). FINALLY we get to see Sarah Paulson in on a nomination for this show, especially after her breakthrough in Asylum. Lange is fantastic as always, but Paulson went through so much (snake sex scenes and ripping her eyes out to name a few) to truly deserve this Emmy. And as voters had the sense to get around to giving her the nom, I think they’ll have enough sense to give her the win.

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Lead Actor in a Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Should Win: I just recently watched both seasons of Derek and was so surprised by it. I was laughing. I even cried (yes I am admitting that…but the dog!). Ricky Gervais gave us more heart than snark. A month ago I would have said C.K., but I have to give this to Gervais.
Will Win: Gervais honestly could win this (remember Extras?), and Macy finally got recognition for a beloved role. Voters may also recognize C.K. too. But I think they’ll play it safe here and go with the usual Parsons. Sadly.

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Will and Should Win: A category that I can again save your efforts of reading: Julia. Louis. Dreyfus. (But we love you Leslie Knope!).

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Will and Should Win: Charles had a great run with his obvious role in “Hitting the Fan” and his final moments. Dinklage had the trial. But Paul, in a slightly “smaller” role in the final arc, still went through so much pain in the end. Yet he got his happy ending. And Paul should too.

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Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Will and Should Win: Anna Gunn not only gave the best performance for her “Ozymandias” submission in this category. She gave the best performance of any actor in this year’s entire lineup. And of all in television. And of all in cinema. That is all.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep
Should Win: The underloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine found one of two nominations here (it won for its Stunt nomination). Braugher’s deadpan role always had the last laugh and for that should take the win.
Will Win: Braugher really could win this, but I’ll go with last year’s deserving winner, Hale.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Should and Will Win: Mulgrew turned a character you could have hated into someone you loved. Allison Janney is, well, Allison Janney, and a show that could have been campy turned out to have a lot of heart. Did I mention that Janney was beyond hilarious? I say Chlumsky though who had so many great moments, we all want to go to a dinner party with her.

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Will and Should Win: Bomer is the favorite and will take it home.

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Will and Should Win: The Coven ladies are all great. But all eyes are on newcomer Allison Tolman who was the emotional core to Fargo and was the one that gave you reason to root against the anti-heroes. She has the rare acting ability to show so much with just her eyes and that sincerity gives her all the more reason for her first Emmy.

In many of the technical, writing and directing categories, expect a lot of Breaking Bad wins (again, Moira Walley-Beckett. Ozymandias.) like Vince Vince Giliigan for directing (we love you Rian Johnson!). Jodie Foster may even be a winner (directing nod for Orange). Fargo should sweep a lot of its categories. All in all, expect the headlines for tomorrow to read Breaking Bad leads wins in last night’s Emmys.

So. That’s it. Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Heck. Is there anybody you WISH was on these lists (cause I sure do still have quite a few bones to pick with this Academy!). Write off in the comments!

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And the Academy Award Goes To…

The time has come ladies and gentlemen: The 86th Annual Academy Awards! Which means it’s time to fill in all of your last minute Oscar polls in what has turned out to be one of the tightest, most interesting Oscar seasons in quite a long time. So many different races  could be a toss-up and hands down the most interesting and hardest to pick is the most sought out: Best Picture. Who will win? Who should win? Check out my own poll below, with some in depth analysis of some of the biggest categories!

Best Picture

Who will win12 Years A Slave. Once again, this is hands down the hardest one to pick of the 2014 season, making it the an exciting year. With Gravity being 12 Years‘ biggest competition,  American Hustle being the next in line, the two tour de forces’ that have dominated every major awards show to date will face off once again. In a first ever Producers Guild Award tie, it’s no doubt the top prize will go to one of the two. What makes it most interesting is: Gravity will most likely take away every award it’s nominated for, including Best Editing (which usually coincides with Best Picture). That both works for and against 12 Years, a film to be considered one of the most important films to ever be created. It’s hard for a Best Picture to only walk away with so few and win the top prize, but at the same time, that also makes it most likely to win because how could such a film not win at least one of the two most prestigious awards. It’s a tough call, but I think 12 Years will still edge out. Just don’t bite my head off if that doesn’t happen. Image

Who Should Win: Another tough call. Gravity is not only one of the most visually stunning and breathtaking films I have ever seen in 2013, but also of all time. The ways in which it was able to make you put yourself in the character study of Dr. Ryan Stone’s shoes is not an easy feat to pull off. However, 12 Years was a film that was able to tell the fantastic story of Solomon Northup through a visual outlet with all around spectacular acting performances and creativity. But with a year with such great films like American Hustle, whose phenomenal pacing and acting made a great flick, and also Nebraska, with it’s wit and dark humor, make it a tough year. I’d still probably give it to the breakthrough 12 Years A Slave.

Best Actor

Who Will Win: All right, all right, all right. I think at this point, we all know that the predisposed frontrunner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, has been uppercut by the heartfelt and physical transformation by Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey. The Academy loves it when an actor transforms themselves for a role. He’s swept thus far and should continue come tonight. Image

Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey did give a great showing, especially in a 2013 lineup year that included Mud and The Wolf Of Wall Street, among Dallas Buyers Club. He proved that he’s not just a rom-com actor once again and made us believe not just the physical, but emotional transformation of homophobic turned AIDS victim, Ron Woodroof.

Best Actress

Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett has been the early frontrunner for her narcissistic, paranoid turn as Jasmine in the Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. As one of the greatest, most classy actresses working today (who can turn out an effortlessly funny speech), Blanchett will hands down add a second Oscar to her shelf before she knows it. Image

Who Should Win: We finally got to see Amy Adams in a sexy, naughty role that blew all of her innocent roles out of the water. Blanchett was so believable as Jasmine, and the honor is deserving, but Adams captivated by the many different accents and roles within the one that, after four Supporting Actress noms, deserves to win for her first Leading nomination. 

Best Director

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón is the clear winner for the all around roles he played in GravityImage

Who Should Win: Not only does he deserve a redemption song for his snubs back for 2006’s Children of Men, thank God Alfonso Cuarón managed to pull out Gravity for his equally deserving first win in this category.

Best Supporting Actor

Who Will Win: Jared Leto has been another clear favorite for his AIDS ridden Rayon. Losing another drop of weight (and hair for that matter) for a role, Leto’s return to acting was worth the wait (no pun intended). Staying in character throughout the shooting process, there’s nothing that can stop him once again for The Academy’s love for actors that have been outspoken of their commitment to their roles. Image

Who Should Win: He may not have won a Grammy yet, but Leto deserves the one fourth part of the EGOT status for his heartbreaking turn in Dallas Buyers.

Best Supporting Actress

Who Will Win: In someone who has become the biggest style icon of the 2013-2014 red carpet season, Lupita Nyongo’s film debut as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave, one of the widely abused victims in 12 Years A Slave, created the most tear-inducing scene of the entire film. She was believable, breathtaking, and saddening all at once, and the Academy should love her for that. Granted, it’s so hard to even write those words knowing that Jennifer Lawrence’s equally deserving take on a boozy wife Hustle will not give her the first back to back Oscar win since Tom Hanks. Image

Who Should Win: Let me do something that’s basically cheating. A cop out I guess. I think there should be a tie! Both Lupita and Jennifer had roles on each side of the spectrum: taking a role into slavery and another into comedy (which isn’t an Oscars’ favorite kind of genre to reward). They each in their own right delivered an Oscars worthy reward, so it’d be nice to pull a Katherine-Barbara moment and have them both win.

Best Original Screenplay

Who Will Win: It could go to Spike Jonze’s Her, for it’s fresh take on the near future. But for American Hustle to go away empty handed doesn’t seem right, so I’d give it to David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Who Will Win: This should be the category that gives 12 Years it’s leg up for Best Picture, so it should take it, unless The Academy decides to award it to the final film of the Before trilogy.

Best Editing

Who Will WinGravity and it’s effortlessness, even if just for it’s opening 17 minute shot.

Best Cinematography

Who Will WinGravity.

Best Production Design

Who Will WinThe Great Gatsby should take it with it’s beautiful flashback.

Best Costume Design

Who Will Win: Unless the late 70s take it for Hustle, I’d guess another win for The Great Gatsby.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Who Will Win: As it would be a travesty to see The Lone Ranger or Bad Grandpa walk away with the golden statue, Dallas Buyers Club thankfully should take it.

Best Visual Effects

Who Will Win: The is no competition for the visually stunning Gravity

Best Sound Editing

Who Will WinGravity.

Best Sound Mixing

Who Will WinGravity once again.

Best Original Score

Who Will WinGravity and its haunting score, especially for its final conclusion scene.

Best Original Song

Who Will Win: The fan favorite and instant hit, “Let It Go” from Frozen, which would make one of the two writers, Robert Lopez (Kristin Anderson-Lopez being the other), not only the 12th, but also the youngest to EGOT.

Best Foreign Language Film

Who Will Win: Italy’s The Great Beauty.

Best Animated Feature

Who Will Win: The hands down favorite to win and instant Disney classic, Frozen.

Best Animated Short

Who Will Win: Mickey flashback, Get A Horse!.

Best Documentary Feature

Who Will Win: The heavily publicized 20 Feet From Stardom, could ride that rhythm and take the prize.

Best Documentary Short

Who Will WinThe Lady In Number 6.

Best Live Action Short

Who Will WinHelium.

There you have it! Watch tonight on ABC to see who wins and follow me on Twitter, @PogiFilipino, to see all my reactions! Good Luck! 

The Charlie Brown You’ve Probably Never Heard

It would be impossible to escape that good man named Charlie Crown during the joyous Christmas season. A Charlie Brown Christmas has become not only a staple for Christmas songs such as the piano driven rendition of “O Tannenbaum” and the ice-skating favorite, “Christmas Time is Here,” but also for the iconic Christmas episode revolving around the sad, depressing twig for a Christmas tree that the gang chorusses around in happiness towards the end.

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Growing up in my own home, one of my most favorite Christmas shorts was not this special. It was It’s Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown, the original’s slightly younger brother. I can still picture seeing this dancing Snoopy twirling around the bulky, green VHS cover like it was yesterday.

As a child, I always felt like nobody except my own family had even heard of that particular story that included many little stories into one short episode. Maybe I’m wrong now since the DVD version comes with both Christmas specials, but I can only hope people have seen the hilarious tale of the Peanuts gang.

From Linus and Sally sledding in a box, to Peppermint Patty’s troubles as a sheep in the Christmas play, to to my most favorite of them all, Sally’s one liner in the same Christmas play where she may or may not have flubbed her simple “Hark,” I can’t help but smile at the thought of the ruckus I would make when watching it (which you can see one below).

So, throughout all of the hustle and bustle that Christmas brings, I can’t help but suggest taking a little out of your busy times and catch this hilarious parade of goofs and laughs.

Merry Christmas to all!