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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 24)

1980: Miles's condition worsened on The Edge of Night.

1986: Drake Hogestyn debuted as John Black on Days of our Lives.

2000: Passions' Timmy called Dr. Bombay.

2005: As the World Turns' Lucy left town."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) became upset after reading the story of Kathy Roberts
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Major Crimes: Mary McDonnell Reflects on the Final Season of the TNT Series

Major Crimes just wrapped its sixth and final season a few days ago. Recently, star Mary McDonnell wrote a Variety column about the end of the TNT TV show.McDonnell plays Commander Sharon Raydor on the cop drama, which follows the further investigations of the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes division. The cast also includes Tony Denison, Gw Bailey, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, and Jonathan Del Arco.Read More…
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Mary McDonnell on ‘Major Crimes’ Finale: ‘I’ve Never Experienced Anything Quite Like This’

Mary McDonnell on ‘Major Crimes’ Finale: ‘I’ve Never Experienced Anything Quite Like This’
“Major Crimes” star Mary McDonnell shares with Variety her thoughts on the show’s final season, which saw her character, Sharon Raydor, killed off.

I have been watching, reading and listening to the fans’ reactions to Sharon’s death, and it’s taken me a while to find the essence of my experience. I have been approached by several journalists, but in truth, I was not ready to speak until now.

The fan reaction to the death of Sharon Raydor has been sharply illuminating, deeply, deeply humbling, and a true confirmation of what Commander Raydor stood for. When all of this was in the planning stages, I was hoping we would be able to both announce the end of the series and give a gentle warning as to the death that was coming. My original understanding was that the arc was created as part of an impulse and strategy that revolved around staying in control of the
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‘Major Crimes’: Why Was the Star Killed Off a Hit Show? (Column)

‘Major Crimes’: Why Was the Star Killed Off a Hit Show? (Column)
The saga of the final season of “Major Crimes” has had more twists than many a crime procedural — but the most perplexing ones didn’t necessarily occur onscreen.

Mary McDonnell’s character, Sharon Raydor, died on the show — several episodes before the series finale, which aired on Jan. 9. Even more unsettling was the fact that, in the final three episodes, the actress’ name was removed from the credits of the show she’d been the star of for six seasons.

Yes, actor’s names often do get taken out of a show’s opening credits when that character has been killed off (or when producers want the audience to think that the character’s dead). But it’s rare for that to happen to the undisputed lead of a show — and certainly as the show is reaching its conclusion.

The move drew outrage on social media from the show’s fans, who noticed
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Major Crimes

Network: TNTEpisodes: 105 (hour)Seasons: SixTV show dates: August 13, 2012 -- January 16, 2018Series status: EndedPerformers include: Mary McDonnell, G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Robert Gossett, Jonathan del Arco, Kearran Giovanni, Jon Tenney, and Graham Patrick Martin.TV show description:      This TV series is a continuation of The Closer, following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).The detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division are still reeling from Brenda's leaving and this creates a tough transition for the newly appointed head of the division, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell). Unlike their previous chief, Raydor is determined to lead the department with a rule-based, more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people with
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Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 13 Review: By Any Means: Part 4

I've hated the fact that Major Crimes is ending since the news was announced before the final season began.

When Sharon Raydor died, I was so afraid the series was going to wrap up in some crazy way that I was going to be unhappy with that I doubly dreaded the series ending.

But Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 13 exceeded my expectations.

The final scene left me in tears and reminded me of why I have loved this series since the first time I watched it.

Other than Sharon dying, I was surprised and pleased by where everyone ended up.

We’ve been tested recently in ways great and small. But we’re working through our grief by putting the people who depend on us first. No matter what happens, Major Crimes will not quit until we find the bad guys. This team...we are part of the greatest police department
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Major Crimes: Season Six Ratings

In its move toward an "edgier" brand, last year, TNT ended its most watched drama, Rizzoli & Isles. Prior to the Major Crimes TV show's sixth season premiere, the cable network followed its own lead and announced it would be the final season for this now most-watch show. Since we don't have to wonder if it is cancelled or renewed, why track the ratings during Major Crimes' sixth and final season on TNT? Well, it keeps us out of trouble, but also, the ratings provide a benchmark against which we can assess other TV shows, so stay tuned. A TNT crime drama and spinoff of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Major Crimes stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Leonard Roberts, Jessica Meraz and Daniel di Tomasso. Jon
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Major Crimes: Has the TNT TV Show Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season Seven?

Vulture Watch Is it the end of the line for Commander Sharon Raydor and the detectives in the Lapd's Major Crimes Division? Has the Major Crimes TV show been cancelled or renewed for a seventh season on TNT? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Major Crimes, season seven. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? Airing on the TNT cable channel, Major Crimes stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Leonard Roberts, Jessica Meraz, and Daniel di Tomasso. Jon Tenney, Ransford Doherty, Kathe Mazur, Rene Rosado, Dawnn Lewis, and Bill Brochtrup recur.
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Major Crimes' Major Exposition Dump: I Have Stroh Many Questions

To conclude its sixth and final season, TNT’s Major Crimes on Tuesday night brought back Phillip Stroh in full force, forcing the freshly and dearly departed Commander Raydor’s team into a battle of wits, all while emotionally taxed.

RELATEDMajor Crimes Boss: ‘Unexpected’ Twist Was Metaphor for ‘Death of the Show’ — Cancelled Series Won’t Be Rescued

I am not here to deliver a play-by-play of this week’s tense, exhausting doubleheader — very simply said, Stroh (played by Billy Burke) has recruited/coerced the similarly sketchy Dylan, a computer whiz, to eavesdrop on the Major Crimes squad as they
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Major Crimes Review: Cursing the Darkness

I wasn't sure how Major Crimes was going to go on after Sharon Raydor's death.

I was both dreading and anticipating Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 10, which gave her a beautiful send-off before getting down to the business of hunting Philip Stroh.

By Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 11, the dust had settled just a tiny bit, but her absence was definitely felt.

All in all, these two hours were both a tribute to Sharon and an illustration of how much the Major Crimes Unit lost with her death.

I loved the video clips Sharon left behind. I thought that interjecting them into the hours after her funeral was a powerful way to tie the story together.

My beautiful family. Let me first say how much I loved you and how much I felt in return.

Sharon Permalink: My beautiful family. Let me first say how much I loved you and how much I felt in return.
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Major Crimes Aftermath: Who Feels Most Guilty? And Was Stroh Involved?

It’s all over but the crying, as they say.

TNT’s Major Crimes, with another doubleheader starting tonight at 9/8c, explores the aftermath of last week’s sudden death before revisiting a familiar threat and then, in time for the series finale, doling out some happy endings.

RELATEDPerformer of the Week: Major Crimes‘ Mary McDonnell

In the wake of Raydor’s tragic death, series creator James Duff tells TVLine that he and star Mary McDonnell “both thought that there will be a lot of grief in this moment, and that will help people grieve the end of the show.
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Performer of the Week: Mary McDonnell

Performer of the Week: Mary McDonnell
The Performer | Mary McDonnell

The Show | Major Crimes

The Episode | “Conspiracy Theory: Part 4” (Dec. 19, 2017)

The Performance | What was most affecting about Mary McDonnell’s Major Crimes swan song (or, technically, penultimate episode) was the nature of the scene that came midway through the hour.

Because yes, earlier in the episode we got an emotional exchange between Sharon and Andy, where she broke down after apologizing “for putting you through all this.” Andy (played warmly by Tony Denison) dismissed the burden she felt, but Sharon nonetheless regretted the “constant anxiety” she had instilled in loved ones with her heart scare. “Sometimes I think…
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Major Crimes: TNT Series Creator Links the Big Death and TV Show Cancellation

Is there still a possible future fo Major Crimes. Recently, creator James Duff spoke with TVLine about the cancellation of the TNT TV show.As reported earlier, season six will be the last for the crime drama, which stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Leonard Roberts, Jessica Meraz and Daniel di Tomasso.Read More…
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Mary McDonnell Breaks Silence on Major Crimes Departure

There are still four episodes of Major Crimes left before the hit TNT drama series comes to an end.

But, in one of the most stunning revelations in recent memory, Sharon Raydor was killed off during what was supposed to be her last day on the job.

If you watch Major Crimes online, you will know that Sharon was unwell and was struggling to keep her health in check for much of Major Crimes Season 6.

The big death was met with a mixed response from fans who took issue with the show offing its lead with a handful of episodes left to air.

And the series star, Mary McDonnell has taken notice of the response and took to social media with a lengthy statement thanking the fans for reaching out to her.

Said McDonnell via Facebook:

One day after. Firstly I am stunned by the level of your feelings
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Major Crimes Boss: 'Unexpected' Twist Was Metaphor for 'Death of the Show' — Cancelled Series Won't Be Rescued

The following contains major spoilers from Tuesday night’s episodes of TNT’s Major Crimes.

TNT’s Major Crimes hit the century mark on Tuesday night, but it was actually the cancelled crime drama’s 101st episode that viewers will remember most. Because as the hour drew to a close, Commander Sharon Raydor (played by Mary McDonnell) suffered what would prove to be a fatal heart attack.

RELATEDMajor Crimes Recap: Mary McDonnell’s ‘Extraordinary’ Arc Reaches Its End

“It was unexpected, which is my job,” Major Crimes and The Closer creator James Duff tells TVLine of the tragic twist, which
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Major Crimes Recap: Mary McDonnell's 'Extraordinary' Arc Reaches Its End

Leading into Major Crimes‘ sixth and final season, series creator James Duff told TVLine, “I gave Mary [McDonnell] something extraordinary to play, because she wanted to do something special. She has been one of my partners throughout this process, so we decided on something interesting and different for her to play.”

RELATEDMajor Crimes Boss: ‘Unexpected’ Twist Was Metaphor for ‘Death of the Show’ — Cancelled Series Won’t Be Rescued

Well, it doesn’t get much more “different” than the antepenultimate scene of the Dec. 19 episode, in which Commander Sharon Raydor — at the tail end of what was to be her final
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Major Crimes Exclusive: Will Sharon Step Down Because of Her Health?

While Sharon (Mary McDonnell) deals with solving the Tackles case, she has an even bigger battle going on with herself.

Major Crimes will air its powerful 100th episode this Tuesday, and it's going to be a big one for Sharon and for McDonnell. Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy -- a disease that affects

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Major Crimes: Get a First Look at the 'Shandy' Wedding's Very Special Guest

Major Crimes: Get a First Look at the 'Shandy' Wedding's Very Special Guest
TNT’s Major Crimes is keeping it in the family as Sharon and Andy’s big day unfolds, as seen in the exclusive photo below from this week’s wedding episode.

RelatedMajor Crimes Boss: Final Season Features ‘Extraordinary’ Swan Song for Mary McDonnell and a ‘Defiant’ Closer

In the farewell season’s “Sanctuary City: Part 5” (airing Tuesday at 9/8c), Commander Sharon Raydor (played by Mary McDonnell) juggles the unexpected conclusion to the case of the St. Joseph’s Three with the arrival of her family for her fast-approaching wedding to Lt. Andy Flynn (Tony Denison).

RelatedMajor Crimes:
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