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The third season finale of The Americans, and really the whole season in general, is a test of faith. Where seasons 1 and 2 ended with car chases, bullets, and major twists, tonight’s finale was among the most, if not the most muted episodes the show has ever done. There’s no Peter Gabriel or Golden Earring on the soundtrack tonight, and Nathan Barr’s score is used almost exclusively to enhance moments of pained contemplation. About the only time your pulse is meant to accelerate during “March 8, 1983” is when Baklanov is doing some brainstorming.
I suspect some viewers will leave tonight’s finale feeling unsatisfied by the down tempo nature the season took on. For as dark and grim as many of the deaths were, they were fewer and further between than in years past. Operations became more infrequent while others stretched on over weeks, and as an action showcase, »
- Sam Woolf
The 42nd annual Annie Awards took place on Saturday night, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 bagging six honours including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The top TV honour – Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production – went to Fox’s The Simpsons, while Disney Micky Mouse picked up five awards.
Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold and red…
“Big Hero 6″ – Walt Disney Animation Studios
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ – DreamWorks Animation
“The Book of Life” – Reel FX
“The Lego Movie” – Warner Bros. Pictures
Animated special production
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” – Voyager Pictures LLC
“Dawn of the Dragon Racers” – DreamWorks Animation
- Gary Collinson
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