Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oscars Nominations Prove the Academy is Out of Touch with Race and Gender

Well that happened! To say that this year’s Oscar nominees are a disappointment is a bit of an understatement.

Let’s start with the first announcement, which was done by J.J. Abrams and Alfonse Cuaron.  Two of the biggest locks for nominations were shut out, The Lego Movie in Best Animated Feature, and Life Itself in Best Documentary Feature.  To say that these snubs are appalling is an understatement.  Lego was easily one of the best animated films of the year, and Life Itself was one of the best documentaries.  Explaining their non-presence will never be possible.

I also knew American Sniper was going to show up big namely because it got nominations in Editing, and showed up with the Sound nominations.

The only silver lining in the first round of these nominations was the numerous times Abrams and Cuaron said The Grand Budapest Hotel, which ended up tied with Birdman for the most nominations, they each had 9.

The second half of the presentation should have been subtitled “From Out of Nowhere.”  The first of its kind was Laura Dern in Wild, happy for her, but she did not snag a single precursor nomination.  I knew that fifth spot was shaky, Dern was a pleasant surprise.  I just wish it had gone to Rene Russo.  Speaking of Nightcrawler, the Guilds love did not match here; it only received one nomination in Original Screenplay, another out nowhere thing for a film that seemed to have so much more support.

I know I should have thought Bradley Cooper was bigger threat, hell I was event tweeting about him last night, but it still came from out of nowhere.  Cooper is the first Lead Actor nominee to get into this race without a single major precursor Best Actor nomination since Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for In the Valley of Elah (2007).  What does Jake Gyllenhaal have to do to get an Oscar nomination?

The next “from out of nowhere” goes to Marion Cotillard; she was nominated at the Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards, but nowhere else.  Cotillard was also a big winner at the Critics’ Awards, and her presence makes more sense over Anniston, there is a prestige to her name as a past winner.  I guess I just thought if anyone was bumping Anniston it was Amy Adams, but Harvey did distribute both Two Days One Night and Big Eyes (the latter completely snubbed).

In a way Bennett Miller was “from out of nowhere” too; he was not nominated for a major award in the Director race for Foxcatcher, which scored 5 nominations including Actor (Steve Carell), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Original Screenplay, but was snubbed in 8 films Best Picture race?  Miller is the first Director in about 8 years to get nominated in this category without a corresponding Best Picture nomination.  This is also the first year since the amendment to rule about the number of nominees that their have been less than nine, wonder if this trend will continue?

Let’s move on to Best Picture, where the Academy nominated Selma, which is great, but it only got one other nomination in Best Original Song, which is a travesty.  Someone tweeted online “This is the equivalent of The Academy saying they have a black friend” and I agree.  This film deserved so much more, namely because it was an excellent film.  I blame news outlets, especially NBC News  for stirring up controversy about the way LBJ was represented.  LBJ was represented as a complex man, like most politicians, move on!  The film’s Director Ava DuVernay would have also been the first Black female nominated for Best Director, but her snub is a sting, and proof that this majority male, majority white organization failed to show honor a diverse number of people, and this includes not only people of color, but women as well.

DuVernay is the most obvious snub; she was a director candidate who had a strong presence talking about her film.  I think the other big loss this morning was the snub of Gone Girl’s screenwriter Gillian Flynn, whose screenplay was a front runner for a long time.  Flynn adapted her novel into the film and crafted one of the most perfect films this year with Director David Fincher.  The two will be crafting a television series together, that will probably get tons of attention and awards, because women are more respected in television, but I digress.  Flynn was the only serious female screen writing contender, and the majority white male Academy snubbed her.  The film also received only one nomination, thank God Rosamund Pike was nominated for this performance.


Today’s nominations showed me that the Oscar voters are beyond out of touch, and I should stop getting excited for this day.  There was an episode of the television series How I Met Your Mother about realizations, and glass shattering in your head, the glass shattering symbolizes an ultimate realization that you can no move forward from.  Today was that moment with the Academy for me.  I have felt their disjointedness before, but today sealed the deal.  I will watch the Oscars because Boyhood will win, and it will be a good thing that they will accomplish, but the nominees prove there is a long way to go, and this Academy has to look inward at ways to fix these problems.  Also Cheryl Boone Isaacs said “Dick Poop.”  Figured I would end on a little levity. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Oscar Predictions (Last Ones for 2014 Nominees)

Best Picture
1- Boyhood
2-The Imitation Game
3- Birdman
4-The Grand Budapest Hotel
5- The Theory of Everything
6-Whiplash
7-Selma
8-Gone Girl
9-Nightcrawler
If 10...
10-American Sniper

Based on Guilds, and BAFTA these seem to be the nine that have the most support, in this order in my opinion.  In fact if there were only five nominees, I am certain my top five would be the Best Picture nominees, aren't you glad there is a chance for 10?

American Sniper has been creeping around this race, but is missing support significant from SAG, and BAFTA.  You could say the same for Selma, which is why I have it lower on my list, but I do not think the Academy will ignore this film.

I am going with my gut on these, and I think these top nine will be the nominees.

Best Director
1-Richard Linklater-Boyhood
2-Alejandro González Iñárritu-Birdman
3-Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
4-Damien Chazelle-Whiplash
5-Ava DuVerney-Selma
6th Morten Tyldum-The Imitation Game 

Today's DGA nominees were lackluster, to stay the least.  The inclusion of Clint Eastwood and Morten Tyldum, who have not received a single major nomination is a joke.  I will say that it seems these two films peaked around DGA voting, so it is not surprising that they were included.

There are only three nominees that have been nominated across the board, they are Linklater, Inarritu, and Anderson.  Their films have tremendous support as well, they are in.

The Globes had Ava DuVernay for Selma and David Fincher for Gone Girl, BAFTA have James Marsh for The Theory of Everything, and Damien Chazelle for Whiplash.  The DGA as stated above had Eastwood, no not for Jersey Boys, but American Sniper, and Tyldum for The Imitation Game.

To say that these last two spots is going to be a crap shoot, is an under statement, there has been no consensus, but my gut says Chazelle, and DuVernay with Tyldum as a spoiler.

Best Actor
1-Michael Keaton-Birdman
2-Eddie Redmayne-The Theory of Everything
3-Benedict Cumberatch-The Imitation Game
4-Jake Gyllenhaal-Nightcrawler
5-David Oyelowo-Selma
6th Place-Ralph Fiennes-The Grand Budapest Hotel

Once again, I think my top three are near locks.  I think Keaton is the front runner, while Redmayne is a very close second.  I think youth will be his downfall.  Cumberbatch is riding the The Imitation Game wave.  I think Gyllenhaal is safe bet, he has nominations at the Globes, BAFTA, and SAG, but so did Hanks, so nothing is for sure.

I think the last two men fighting out for that fifth spot are Oyelowo for Selma, and Fienes for Grand Budapest. Neither are up at SAG, Carell is the fifth spot there, but I think he will be bumped supporting.  Fiennes made it in at BAFTA, which can be a great predictor, but he is also a BRIT, and there is bias there.  I have gone back and forth on this one, but I think its Oyelowo. 

Best Actress
1-Julianne Moore-Still Alice
2-Reese Witherspoon-Wild
3-Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl
4-Felicity Jones-They Theory of Everything
5-Jennifer Anniston-Cake
6th Place-Amy Adams-Big Eyes 

I am still not sold on Anniston, and I think with Weinstein behind Big Eyes Amy Adams will land the fifth spot.  I am jumping out on a lot of ledges for these last spot acting nominees, I hope they pay off!  Adams scored a BAFTA nod too, not sure Anniston was eligible, but  I think people take her seriously.

Best Supporting Actor
1- J.K. Simmons-Whiplash
2-Edward Norton-Birdman
3-Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher
4-Ethan Hawke-Boyhood
5-Steve Carell-Foxcatcher 
6th Place-Robert DuVall-The Judge

DuVall has been the fifth place, place holder for the Globes and SAG; he is a big name well respected person.  Carell showing up in supporting at BAFTA is a tell tale sign in my opinion, and I think the Academy will want to reward his performance with a nomination.

Best Supporting Actress
1-Patricia Arquette-Boyhood
2- Meryl Streep-Into the Woods
3-Keira Knightly-The Imitation Game
4-Emma Stone-Birdman
5-Renee Russo-Nightcrawler 
6th Place-Jessica Chastain-A Most Violent Year

Hollywood has Chastain fever, but it would be the sole nomination for A Most Violent Year, and while that can happen, I am more hesitant day by day.  I think Russo showing up at BAFTA is also a nod to how much people like Nightcrawler.  I am using a lot of BAFTA to predict my nominations, which could be a a very good thing or very bad.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1-The Theory of Everything
2-Gone Girl
3-The Imitation Game
4-Whiplash
5-American Sniper

Best Original Screenplay
1-Boyhood
2-Birdman
3-The Grand Budapest Hotel
4-Nightcrawler

5-Mr. Turner 

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6 
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Tale of Princess Kaguya 

Best Documentary Feature
The Case Against 8 
Citizenfour
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself 
The Overnighters 

Best Foreign Language Film 
Force Majeur (Sweden) 
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Cinematography
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida 
Mr. Turner 
Unbroken

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Maleficent 
Mr. Turner 

Best Editing 
Boyhood
Birdman
Gone Girl/The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Nightcrawler 
Whiplash

Best Make-Up/Hair Styling
Guardians of the Galaxy
Maleficent
The Theory of Everything 

Best Original Score 
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game 
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything 

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game 
Into the Woods 
Mr. Turner 

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper 
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper  
Interstellar
Into the Woods 
Unbroken 
Whiplash

Best Visual Effects 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Godzilla 
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies 
Interstellar

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Oscar Predictions (December 2014)


Updated 2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture
Now that most of the critics groups have had their say, through awards and top ten lists, and the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), and Golden Globe Nominations have been announced, its time to get in some updated Oscar predictions before the end of the year.

This is a moderately outdated list, because the last time I gathered my thoughts or predictions in blog form was back on September 19.  Ironically I think I was pretty astute, and there are only a few changes I am going to make, but here it goes!

Best Picture

1- Boyhood

2- Selma
3-The Theory of Everything

4- Birdman

5- The Imitation Game

6-Gone Girl

7-The Grand Budapest Hotel
8-Whiplash
9-Unbroken

For some reason I had Foxcatcher in the number one spot, that seemed like a strong bet at the time, and even with three Golden Globe nominations, I think this is a film that will get snubbed by the Academy, I dropped it out of my top nine.  I also dropped, Wild and Interstellar out of my top nine, the rest stay.

Two films entering my predictions are Selma, and Whiplash.  I think these are two films that will be well received, and they have tremendous impact.

The big problem is the ninth slot. the gutsy person inside of me wants to predict Nightcrawler, while the practical person in me wants to predict Unbroken.  I am going practical for now, but I think Nightcrawler is a spoiler.

Best Director

1-Richard Linklater-Boyhood

2-Alejandro González Iñárritu-Birdman

3-Ava DuVerney-Selma
4- Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
5-David Fincher-Gone Girl


I would love to see Bennett Miller recognized for Foxcatcher his direction is visionary, but he and James Marsh were bumped from my top five.

Wes Anderson may finally get some recognition from this group, many people are not predicting him, but I think based on the likeability of this film within SAG, and at the Globes he is in!  Ava DuVerney for Selma will also make the cut.

I kept Fincher in my top five, but he may be vulnerable to the Weinstein Co.’s push for Imitation Game director Morton Tyldum.

Best Actor

1-Michael Keaton-Birdman

2-Eddie Redmayne-The Theory of Everything

3-David Oyelowo-Selma
4-Jake Gyllenhaal-Nightcrawler
5-Benedict Cumberatch-The Imitation Game


Foxcatcher is bumped again! Jake Gyllenhaal is the new man on the list, and with nominations at SAG and the GG he looks unstoppable.  I know Carell has this too, but he was snubbed by the Broadcast Film Critics, which are good predictors of the acting races.

Best Actress

1-Julianne Moore-Still Alice

2-Reese Witherspoon-Wild

3-Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl

4-Felicity Jones-They Theory of Everything
5-Marion Cotillard-Two Days, One Night

I know betting against Anniston may not be a smart move here, but I think Harvey will back a play for Cotillard to get a nomination here.  I will re-visit this.

Best Supporting Actor

1- J.K. Simmons-Whiplash

2-Edward Norton-Birdman

3-Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher

4-Ethan Hawke-Boyhood

5-Tom Wilkinson-Selma

Keeping this list the same, for the moment, may switch Wilkinson with DuVall for The Judge, the Academy loves crap like that.

Best Supporting Actress

1-Patricia Arquette-Boyhood

2-Jessica Chastain-A Most Violent Year
3-Emma Stone-Birdman

4-Keira Knightly-The Imitation Game

5-Meryl Streep-Into the Woods

Sorry folks, Dern is out, I also must have been obsessed with Foxcatcher because I had Redgrave in the fifth spot.

There is Jessica Chastain fever; she will be an Oscar nominee for A Most Violent Year.  Streep will also be nominated for Into the Woods, musicals tend to get a token Supporting Actress nomination, even when the Academy is not gaga for the film.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1-The Theory of Everything
2-Gone Girl 
3-The Imitation Game 
4-Inherent Vice 
5-Unbroken

If Unbroken gets a Best Picture nomination it will land here, it also has Joel and Ethan Coens' names attached.  The spoiler is Wild, which could replace Unbroken or Inherent Vice.

Best Original Screenplay 
1-Boyhood
2-Birdman
3-The Grand Budapest Hotel 
4-Selma 
5-Whiplash

One of the strongest categories at this year's ceremony, Selma and Whiplash could replaced, if they are not nominated prior to the Best Picture category, watch out for Whiplash to be potentially snubbed, and Selma to be a non contender.  Next in line is Nightcrawler followed by Foxcatcher.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Ten TV Shows of 2014


1-Fargo (F/X) 

Photo: Matthias Clamer/FX
I was hesitant to start this show, and after the first episode was a mirror image of the events from the film, I stopped watching.  After hearing some buzz to the contrary, I pushed forward as the show had come to an end, and boy was I glad.  Fargo was a fantastic twist on the film, it explored new depths, new characters, and allowed you to enter a complex world that could never be forgotten.    Noah Hawley was the genius behind this adaptation; he wrote every single episode, an incredible accomplishment.  With strong performances from a great ensemble including Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tollman, Collin Hanks, and many more this show built up to an incredible conclusion.  Hawley’s mind worked in great precision, and this tense, often funny show just snuck past The Good Wife to be the best show of 2014. 

2-The Good Wife (CBS)

Very few shows make a top ten list past their first couple of seasons, and if they do they typically are not in the top five of any list.  The Good Wife breaks the mold, and creators Michelle and Robert King provided some of the best television in 2014.  In 2013 the show set off a chain reaction where Cary and Alicia split from their law firm, this set the show on a different path, and almost seemed like a rebirth.  Yet rebirths are for show’s that lose their mojo and this show only did that briefly at the beginning of season 4.  Whether it was Florrick/Agos taking on LG, the death of Will, Alicia running for States Attorney, the best guest stars in television perfectly woven into each episode or any of the other flawless qualities, this show fires on all cylinders.   It’s not just the best network show but also the best continuing show on television.

3-Veep (HBO)

Some shows lose steam as the as they get older, but Veep only gets funnier.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus is perfection, and this season was even more of a triumph because it was fun to watch the good ole Veep try to ascend to the Presidency.  While Louis-Dreyfus is great in her role as VP Selena Meyer, she is also surrounded by one of the strongest comedic ensembles on television: Tony Hale, Anna Chulmsky, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, (three more people).  Watching Selena try and take a position on abortion, plan a “candid” photo, and take part in a Presidential debate were only some of the highlights of this season.  Veep is one HBO’s best comedic television series of all time.  Armando Ianucci, and co. are genius at mocking the American political system.  This is the highest ranked comedy series of the year, and if you have missed it, catch up!

4-True Detective (HBO)

Its sad that the last episode of this mini-series prevented this show from cracking my top three, but it did.  With that said Detective was a smart potboiler that left following the lives of two broken men on the hunt for a killer.    This show was about four men, Nic Pizzolatto, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Matthew McConaughey, and Woody Harrelson.  Pizzolatto was the brainchild behind this show’s greatness; he was the creator and wrote every single episode like Noah Hawly (Fargo).  Pizzolatto gave the show the perfect tone, and the juice to be one of the most talked about shows of 2014. Fukunaga gave every word life; he directed every single episode of this mini-series.  McConaughey and Harrelson’s performances were studies in great acting, each brought the show to new levels you could never imagine.

5-Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

In season two this show still captivated, made you cringe at the prison system, made you cry, and of course provided some laughs.  Jenji Kohan who created the show is an expert at blending the dramatic and comedic aspects of life, namely because many of those moments are so fluid.  Kohan did this with her other show Weeds.  In the second season Piper got even more depth, and we were able to see Red fall from grace, while exploring other new women in each episode.  This show continues to push boundaries, and focuses on the complex lives of women, who happen to be convicts.

6-Hannibal (NBC)

Bryan Fuller creates some of the most visually sumptuous television.  In this case its more on the disturbing level, Hannibal is probably the best thriller out there, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Will Graham and Hannibal Lector take the “cat and mouse game” to a whole new level; there is a psychology that exists, an admiration (a sick one of course), maybe even love.  Watching the season spiral from Will being suspected of being a killer, to people finally seeing the darker sides of Dr. Lector in the bloodiest season finale I have ever seen.  This show is what NBC meant years ago when they said “must-see TV.”

7- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine harkens back to the classic cop comedy Barney Miller, but blends the quirk of Schur and Goor’s Parks and Recreation.  Nine-Nine has a perfect ensemble, even if you aren’t an Andy Samberg fan you have to root for Jake Peralta, although that’s namely because of the way interacts with Andre Braugher’s brilliant portrayal of Captain Holt. Throw in the vastly underrated Joe LoTruglio and Terry Crews, the of the charts crazy hilarity of Chelsea Perretti, and the deadpan humor of Stephanie Beatriz, and it makes this show even better.  Every week I laugh harder and harder.

8-Louie (F/X)

Somewhere along the way Louie merged into an unnamed genre of television.  Standup comedian Louis C.K. has created a television show that defies the norm, and if anyone can pull that off it’s him.  This season found Louie punching a model in the face, in bed and finding love with a woman who didn’t speak English.  There is something about this show, and the way it evolves with every season that makes this, just, special.

9-The Normal Heart (HBO)

Ryan Murphy’s best work to date.  I love the man because he puts out some off the wall stuff, which sometimes gets too unfocused, but this breaks the mold.  The Normal Heart which was written for the stage in 1985 by Larry Kramer, and then adapted for television by him this past year is one of the most heartbreaking tales about the HIV/AIDs epidemic, fighting for survival, and advocacy around a cure.  Mark Ruffalo was brilliant; Matt Bomer heartbreaking, Julia Roberts stronger than she has been in years, and Joe Mantello was poignant.  This ensemble mixed with strong direction from Murphy, and a brilliant script from Kramer provided non-stop tears.

10-Enlisted (FOX)

I am still not over this show’s cancellation.  Networks just are not interested in supporting as many well-written comedy shows these days. Chuck Lorre’s comedy take over is sad.   Enlisted was just clever, and there was so much heart.  You had goofy Randy who was played by the often shirtless, gorgeous, and talented Parker Young.  The show also tackled PTSD with Pete (Geoff Stults), and the reality of life after being in a combat zone.  Fantastic ensemble, this show will be missed.

Just Missed the list (in order): Jane the Virgin, Game of Thrones, The Affair, The Comeback

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fargo and True Detective lead Golden Globe Television Nominations

People who do not watch a lot of television may be scratching their head at today’s Golden Globe Television nominations.  Asking, where are Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory?  Or what are The Affair, Transparent, and The Knick?  All good questions, and they can be answered with a simple, the Golden Globes love new shows.  On to the most nominated series/films.

Fargo led the nominations today with five nominees including Outstanding Miniseries/Movie, and four acting nominations for Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tollman, and Collin Hanks.  True Detective, which the Globes properly put in the Miniseries/Movie category, had the second most nominations with four.  Rounding out the category The Normal Heart received three nominations, including Miniseries/Movie, Mark Ruffalo in Lead Actor, and Matt Bomer in Supporting Actor.  Julia Roberts was surprisingly snubbed in Supporting Actress.  Rounding out the Miniseries/Movie category is Olive Kitteridge (3 nominations), and always bet on a Starz nomination here now, The Missing (2 nominations).

Let’s move on to some of those new shows I talked about earlier on the Drama side, like The Affair, which is in a three-way tie for the most nominations in the Drama category with The Good Wife, and House of Cards.  Each has 3 nominations.  The Affair is a fantastic new drama on Showtime, and it has the chops to be a winner in one of its three categories.  Old favorites Dowton Abbey (2 nominations), and Game of Thrones (1 nomination) round out the Best Drama nominations.

Here’s a joke to start out the Best Comedy categories, none of the winners from last year are nominated this year. Oh wait, that’s not funny.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Andy Samburg, and host Amy Poehler were all snubbed in their perspective categories, which is why I love and question the Globes television nominations.

One of the best things about this year’s Globes Comedy/Musical nominees is that four out of the five nominees are created by women, which is a fantastic feat.  Three of the show’s star feature a woman as a central character, and the fourth features a transgender woman.  Pretty impressive!  This would never happen at the Emmy Awards.

Orange is the New Black has the most Comedy/Musical nominations with 3, including nominations for Taylor Schilling, and Uzo Aduba.  The rest of the shows in this category are Girls (2 nominations), Transparent (2 nominations), Jane the Virgin (2 nominations), and Silicon Valley (1 nomination).

While you may find these nominations a bit quirky, I always find their television nominations the most refreshing.  So add a new show to your list, and my advice is either The Affair or Jane the Virgin.  In fact you should do both, but start with The Affair, then follow it with Jane; she will brighten your day.

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Affair,” Showtime
“Downton Abbey,” PBS
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“The Good Wife,” CBS
“House of Cards,” Netflix

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Dominic West, “The Affair”

Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical
“Girls,” HBO
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Orange is the New Black,” Netflix
“Silicon Valley,” HBO
“Transparent,” Amazon Instant Video

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Fargo,” FX
“The Missing,” Starz
“The Normal Heart,” HBO
“Olive Kitteridge,” HBO
“True Detective,” HBO

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”