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In July, a panel of SoS TV editors and critics picked the best episodes of 2014 so far. Here are their picks for the best episodes of the second half of what has been another fantastic year for television.
The Honourable Woman, “The Empty Chair”
Written by Hugo Blick
Directed by Hugo Blick
Aired July 3, 2014
For anyone burnt out on Homeland‘s increasingly 24-esque take on international intrigue and perilous spycraft, Hugo Blick’s BBC/SundanceTV miniseries The Honourable Woman offers a respite, leaning harder on psychological and sociopolitical realism than overwrought action beats while tackling unrest in the Middle East and the repercussions of violence. Its first installment, “The Empty Chair,” is a case study in how to introduce both a complex story and complex characters without feeling like it’s needlessly dwarfing viewers in subplots just for the sake of it. Moreover, it works both as a sterling showcase »
GeekRex on great sounding movies of 2014. So glad they included Wild but I don't understand the defense of Interstellar's sound mix given how difficult it sometimes was to hear the dialogue
Gurus of Gold I believe there's an update today but look at where things stand now in the big Oscar categories
In Contention Antonio Sanchez is not happy about his disqualification from Best Original Score for Birdman and why shouldn't he be. Their rules are so arbitratily enforced. Remember when Gustavo Santaolla won his second consecutive Oscar for a film Filled with pre-existing music (Babel) and his score only being a small percentage of it.
- NATHANIEL R
With uncanny prescience, The Honourable Woman scrutinised the biggest issues through the most intimate human experiences. Who could ask for more from television?
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The most compelling televised drama of the summer took place not in the sports stadia of Brazil or Glasgow, nor in the Technicolor darkness of Dennis Kelly’s imagination in Utopia. It happened in Gaza, courtesy of writer-director-producer Hugo Blick’s mesmerising eight-part thriller for BBC2, The Honourable Woman. And then the powder keg exploded for real on the news, as Israel launched air strikes on Palestine following Hamas rocket attacks and the question of Palestine’s statehood grew ever more urgent. With uncanny prescience, The Honourable Woman scrutinised the biggest issues through the most intimate human experiences. Who could ask for more from a primetime television drama?
To list the individual themes and storylines of this rich and rewarding series »
- Gabriel Tate
In The Honorable Woman — available on Netflix starting today — Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein, a billionaire telecommunications scion who's trying to foster peace in the Middle East and ward off a nervous breakdown at the same time. Two nights before her Golden Globe nomination, we caught up with Gyllenhaal by phone as she made her way to the Roundabout Theater, where she's playing Annie in The Real Thing.What was the last show you binge-watched?I loved Enlightened. I loved that you truly never knew if you were supposed to be rooting for Laura Dern or judging her. It’s like with a real person. And, of course, you’re intrigued by her because Laura Dern is playing her. It was uncomfortable to watch — you thought, “Oh, I trusted this person and look how she's behaving.” And then you think, “Oh, I’ve totally written her off. Look at this »
- Ruthie Baron
This weekend, Bilbo and company fight Smaug and an array of combatants to save Middle-Earth in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the political BBC mini-series "The Honorable Woman" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal comes to Netflix, and the annual special "A Home for the Holidays" airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS with performances from Earth Wind & Fire, Train, Jennifer Hudson, and more.
Also in theaters this weekend: The musical "Annie" gets a modern-day twist with Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Foxx as the business tycoon, and Cameron Diaz as foster mother, Hannigan. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale round out the All-Star cast. In "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," favorite and new characters are united as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe to save the magic before it is gone forever. Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, the late Robin Williams, and many more star in supporting roles. »
- Jonny Black
2014 has been yet another fantastic year for television, one that continued the nichification of the medium, with highly specific and underrepresented voices breaking through in every genre. There was a comedy explosion, particularly on cable, with dozens of new series presenting confident first seasons and several returning shows reaching new heights. The dramas didn’t disappoint either, with visionary creators bringing new life to familiar settings and taking greater risks with their returning series, deepening their worlds. Throughout the year, directors and cinematographers brought lush visuals, composers pushed the auditory envelope, and an astonishing number of actors gave fantastic, memorable performances. More than a few shows delivered spectacle on a weekly basis, while others went small, deriving incredible power out of stillness and self-reflection. Some series swept the audience up, week in and week out, and others built subtly, only showing their hand in their season’s final episodes. There »
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominees in both film and television for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Check out the full list of nominees below. In the film categories, "Birdman" has seven nominations, followed by "Boyhood" and "The Imitation Game" with five each. In the TV categories, HBO received a total of 15 nominations. The Golden Globe Awards will be televised live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11th, 2015. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the show. Best Motion Picture, Drama: * Boyhood * Foxcatcher * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: * Julianne Moore (Still Alice) * Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) * Reese Witherspoon (Wild) * Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) * Jennifer Aniston (Cake) Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: * Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) * Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) * Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game »
We’re happy to share the news that the wonderful Mr Stephen Fry has been confirmed to return and host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 8th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, it’ll be the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony and we think he’s a perfect choice, the great man had this to say:
“Hosting the Film Awards has always been a highlight of my year. The opportunity to help the Academy promote filmmaking and encourage cinema-going means a lot to me. I’ve met many heroes and had the honour of introducing many young talents that are now busy forging remarkable careers for themselves. Seeing the photos from each year back I can chart my bewildering changes in weight too…”
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be providing all the coverage we can direct from the event, »
- Dan Bullock
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has today announced the nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, with Birdman leading the movie field with seven nods, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy / Musical, where it will contest the award against The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Pride and St. Vincent.
Nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama are Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything, while Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ava DuVernay (Selma), David fincher (Gone Girl), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood) are up for Best Director.
On the TV front, there was no love for popular shows like The Walking Dead, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, but newcomers Jane the Virgin, Transparent and The Affair all managed to secure nods.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Comedy »
- Gary Collinson
The nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards are in and once again HBO shows swept the TV categories (Girls, True Detective, Veep), but there were also some surprises (Jane the Virgin, Annie's Quvenzhane Wallis) as well as Jennifer Aniston's first Golden Globe nod since 2003.
Our presenters have arrived! @jeremypiven, @PaulaPattonXO, #KateBeckinsale, #PeterKrause #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/n4D8z5OCZ7
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 11, 2014
Check out the Full list, below:
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The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, continuing this week's exciting slew of award nods after Wednesday's SAG Award nominees. There are way more movie nominations to go around this time, what with both the drama and musical/comedy categories, so even tohough there are a lot of the same names seen at the SAGs, there are still some new entrants to award season, like Selma and Big Eyes (though still no American Sniper or Unbroken). There are some surprises in the TV categories, however; while there are lots of repeat names from years past (and this year's Emmys), it's exciting to see Jane the Virgin (and its star, Gina Rodriguez) and Transparent up for Globes! The Globes air Jan. 11, so see everyone who's nominated here. Movies Best Motion Picture, Drama Foxcatcher Boyhood The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy Birdman The Grand »
The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards earlier this morning. The awards honor the work that has been done in film and television, and the winners will be announced January 11th, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
One of my favorite films of the year, Birdman, leads the pack with seven nominations in the film categories. Then one of my favorite series, Fargo, leads the TV nominations with five. There were a ton of great films and TV shows this last year, and it's good to see many of my favorites being honored for their greatness.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Director, Motion Picture
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, »
- Joey Paur
Birdman soars over the competition at 2015 Golden Globe nominations
What the Golden Globes 2015 nominations say about TV right nowThe full list of nominationsGolden Globes 2015: a lively list to kick off the awards season
Right. We’ll wrap things up there. Things to take away from today’s nominations:
Peter Bradshaw has file his thoughts on the Globes. Here’s a snippet:
It’s the Globes! Hardly any institution has benefitted more from the rise of the awards-season and the predominance of celebrity culture. Once mocked for being the rackety and faintly preposterous creation of Hollywood’s grandly-titled Foreign Press Association, the Globes is now not just a curtain-raiser for the Oscars, but an event which visibly luxuriates in being »
- Lanre Bakare and Alex Needham
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards today. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the awards ceremony, which will be held on January 11 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Leading the way in the movie category is Birdman, which earned seven nominations including Best Picture - Comedy, with Fargo earning the most TV nominations with five. Take a look at the full list of Golden Globes nominations for both movie and TV categories below.
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Boyhood - IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC FilmsFoxcatcher - Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures ClassicThe Imitation Game - Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein CompanySelma - Paramount Pictures and Pathé Paramount PicturesThe Theory of Everything - Working Title Films; Focus Features
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama
Jennifer Aniston - CakeFelicity Jones - The Theory of »
Nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Kate Beckinsale, two-time Golden Globe Award-nominee Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Golden Globe-winner and five-time nominee Jeremy Piven joined Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Theo Kingma for the announcement. Nominations were announced in 25 categories.
Four out of the five movies to earn Golden Globe best picture nominations this year are based on true stories— Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Selma. Richard Linklater’s story of a boy growing up, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years.
The movies’ four actors, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Eddie Redmayne will vie for the best dramatic actor Golden Globe, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, who was nominated for Nightcrawler.
- Michelle McCue
Birdman soared to the top of the Golden Globe nominees, picking up seven nods, including Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game and Big Eyes followed with five each. In the television categories, Fargo led the pack with five, while True Detective and House of Cards followed with four each.
Boyhood will compete in the Best Motion Picture — Drama category, against Selma, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything. Meanwhile, Birdman will go toe-to-toe in the Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical category with The Grand Budapest Hotel, »
The Golden Globes! Everyone’s favorite Almost-the-Oscars ceremony. The 72nd Annual nominations were unveiled Thursday morning by presenters Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Paula Patton, Peter Krause and Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma.
The HFPA went in big on Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything, placing Birdman into the Comedy/Musical category where it is likely to clean up. Missing from the bunch are heavy hitters like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and only a single nomination for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
On the TV front, it was a big morning for Transparent, Orange is the New Black, The Affair, and House of Cards, while snubbing Emmy favorites Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, as well as hits like The Walking Dead, The Americans, Mad Men or the final season of Boardwalk Empire.
The 72nd Annual Golden Globes will air January 11 at 8 Pm on NBC, »
- Brian Welk
Showtime's "The Affair" and Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" were among several TV shows receiving three nods as nominations for the 2015 Golden Globes were announced on Thursday (December 11) morning. Also receiving three nominations on the series side were CBS' "The Good Wife" and Netflix's "House of Cards," though all of the shows competing for series crowns are behind FX's "Fargo" and HBO's "True Detective," which earned five and four nominations respectively and are heading for an epic showdown in the Movie/Miniseries field. On the Best Television Series - Drama side, "The Affair" will be going up against "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife" and "House of Cards," with "Game of Thrones" the only one from this group not to earn a single individual nomination. "The Affair" star Dominic West is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama against fellow Showtimer Liev Schreiber of "Ray Donovan, »
- Daniel Fienberg
This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Again we have Birdman at the head of the pack, earning seven nominations (all categories it was eligible for), including Best Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Director, Best Actor – Comedy/Musical, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Boyhood and The Imitation Game followed behind with five nods apiece, which included Best Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.
There weren’t any particularly surprising inclusions in this morning’s nominations, as nearly everything we expected to be here made it in. What’s perhaps most surprising of all is that Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken, a film that was expected to fetch at least a little recognition, was completely shut out. Nor did we see the music drama Whiplash take more than its most expected nod for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Jeff Beck
Birdman is fast emerging as Fox Searchlight’s poster child of the season as the New Regency production emerged top of the pile on December 11 with seven 72nd Golden Globe nominations.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film earned kudos for best film in a comedy or musical, best actor in the same category for Michael Keaton, supporting acting nods for Edward Norton and Emma Stone, director, screenplay and score.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave five nominations to IFC Films’ Boyhood, as well as to TWC’s The Imitation Game, while Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma and The Theory Of Everything earned four apiece.
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