Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Aussie Award for Heath Ledger…

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Australia rewards Ledger’s Joker performance



Family accepts posthumous best actor prize from film institute

The Associated Press
Mon., Dec. 8, 2008

MELBOURNE, AustraliaHeath Ledger’s family paid a teary tribute to the late actor as they accepted a top Australian film industry award on his behalf.


Ledger was posthumously given the Australian Film Institute’s international award for best actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.


His father, Kim; mother, Sally; and sister Kate accepted the award.


“It’s been without a doubt the most difficult year, losing such a loved family member,” said Kate Ledger, fighting back tears.


“We are so proud of him and humbly accept this award on behalf of his beautiful daughter, who we will cherish forever,” she said, referring to Matilda, his 3-year-old daughter with actress Michelle Williams.


Ledger’s performance in the Batman blockbuster is regarded as having a solid chance for a posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor.


“It was this swaggering, psychopathic clown that turned his career into a legacy and the name Heath Ledger into an ongoing inspiration to actors everywhere,” the Australia Film Institute said at the awards ceremony Saturday night in Melbourne.


Sally Ledger thanked the film institute for the tribute to her son, who died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in New York in January. He was 28.


“We are immensely proud of him, not only for his professional achievements, but in the way he truly cherished his family, friends and his precious Matilda,” she said.


“Heath was never one to accept mediocrity, he put his heart and soul into achieving what he believed was required and followed his passions with great enthusiasm and an insatiable curiosity,” she added.



The Emmy Awards…

Monday, September 22nd, 2008


These Emmy Awards are not a popularity contest




2008 Emmy scorecard

Click above for a complete list of this year’s honorees from the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards


By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 22, 2008


When the 1960s period piece “Mad Men” won the Emmy for outstanding drama series at Sunday’s 60th annual Emmy Awards, it made history in at least two ways. It became the first basic-cable program to take top series honors. But it also added a more dubious mark: Compared with previous Emmy series winners, “Mad Men” is by far the least-watched, with an average of fewer than 1 million viewers tuning in during its first season last year. That’s a fraction of the audience of even NBC’s ever-ratings-challenged “30 Rock,” which again took the comedy prize this year.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



The Emmy Race…

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Emmys race comes down to old or new




It’s youth versus maturity. Change versus experience. A lot like our presidential race. The results could tell us plenty about what we value.


By Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
September 21, 2008


IT’S A race to decide what we value most: the vibrant and new or that which is mellow with experience. Shall we surrender to the seductive nature of callow youth or the guaranteed satisfaction that only maturity can provide?


Astonishingly enough, it would seem that the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC tonight have managed to become part of the larger cultural conversation.


“Change” howled the Obama campaign from its infancy. “Experience” the Clinton supporters bellowed right back. And we know how that one turned out. Now we are in the midst of a campaign that redefines May-December relationships on both tickets while everyone grows hoarse debating the merits of record versus vision.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Win Oscar Bleacher Seats…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Fans can win bleacher seats for 2009 Oscars




The Academy will put 300 seats up for grabs in an online lottery

The Associated Press
Tues., Sept. 16, 2008

Stargazers seeking an up-close glimpse of Hollywood’s royalty can win seats on Oscar night along the red carpet.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that 300 bleacher seats will be up for grabs in an online lottery.


Beginning at 9 a.m. PDT Monday, movie buffs can enter for a chance to win a seat in front of the Kodak Theater for the Oscars scheduled for Feb. 22. The lottery runs through 9 p.m. Sept. 28.


Applicants can register for up to four seats at


In previous years, as many as 20,000 fans have applied online for the bleacher seats.



Kathy Griffin wins “Schmemmy”

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Kathy Griffin wins another Schmemmy and ‘F—ing Matt Damon’ is still all the rage



Sep 14, 2008
by Mandi Bierly
Entertainment Weekly



Winning a second Emmy would normally be enough to get you off of the D-list, but taking home the trophy for best reality show will always be D-list. Right?


The Creative Arts Primetime Emmys were held Saturday night in Los Angeles, and Kathy Griffin, who’s dubbed them the “Schmemmys” because they’re given out before the actual Emmy broadcast (Sept. 21 this year), once again accepted the award for her Bravo series My Life on the D-List. According to Gold Derby by Tom O’Neil, she started her speech with “Well, well, well! Here we go again, f—ers. Here we go again!” (I still don’t get why she got in so much trouble last year.) Apparently, she and Cesar Millan weren’t the biggest stars in attendance for once. She continued: “Hanks, Gandolfini — what the f—! I’m not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could.”


Speaking of making love, Sarah Silverman also accepted an award Saturday night for “I’m F—ing Matt Damon,” which earned an Emmy for its original music and lyrics. According to People, she acknowledged her ex gracefully: “Thanks to the person for whom this whole video was made: Jimmy Kimmel, who broke my heart — ohh, who’ll always have a place in my heart.”



Emmy Nominations…

Thursday, July 17th, 2008


Emmy Nominations




‘Lost,’ ‘Boston Legal’ take top Emmy noms

“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Wire” are among the snubs.


By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2008

FX’s “Damages” and AMC’s “Mad Men” made history this morning when they became the first basic-cable series to earn Emmy nominations for best drama, edging out such favorites as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Wire.”


“Mad Men,” a stylish period drama set on Madison Avenue in the early advertising world of the 1960s, earned 16 nominations for the 60th annual Emmy Awards, including one for breakout star Jon Hamm for lead actor. The thrilling legal drama “Damages” garnered seven, including a best actress nod for star Glenn Close.


Joining them in the dramatic series category are “Boston Legal,” “Dexter” and “House.” “Lost” also earned a nod in this category, a comeback of sorts for the ABC show that many said had lost its way. In the comedy category, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Two and a Half Men” earned nominations.


HBO continued its domination in the nominations, earning 85, with 23 of those going to its lavish miniseries about the second U.S. president, “John Adams.” That production earned nods for best miniseries, lead actor for Paul Giamatti and lead actress for Laura Linney.


HBO also managed to dominate the category of lead actor in a miniseries or movie: All five of the nominees are from the pay-cable channel’s projects. In addition to Giamatti, the nominees are Ralph Fiennes for “Bernard and Doris,” Ricky Gervais for “Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale” and Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson for “Recount.” (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more…)


2008 Tony Awards…

Sunday, June 15th, 2008
June 15, 2008

2008 Tony Award Winners



(Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)



A complete list of winners of 2008 Tony Awards (denoted with a *), with links to the original New York Times reviews.