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Superlative Monday :: the 2017 Emmy Awards

18 Sep

Didn’t watch and therefore forgot to write until tonight. Whatever. It’s not as if I actually had stakes in this, because I’m apparently allergic to award-nominated shows.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series [Elisabeth Moss], Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series [Ann Dowd], Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series [Bruce Miller], Directing for a Drama Series [Reed Morano])
We haven’t watched this yet. We keep thinking about it, then opting for something else. This is not a reflection on it so much as occasionally it’s timeliness (we wanted to do Flash before the convention last weekend) and occasionally it’s just not wanting to watch anything serious at all. But we really do have the intention to watch this, and I couldn’t be prouder of them although I don’t have context yet. Elisabeth Moss is a wonderful actress, and you really can’t go wrong with Margaret Atwood as source material.

They did a lot of sweeping of awards. I really, honestly am at a loss for having seen things, though.

I am, however, very, very proud of Donald Glover’s win for Atlanta although I haven’t seen that, Riz Ahmed’s win for The Night Of although I haven’t seen that, Kate McKinnon’s win for Saturday Night Live although I haven’t seen most of that, Alexander Skarsgard’s win for Big Little Lies although I haven’t seen that, Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe’s win for writing on Master of None although I haven’t seen that, and Millie Bobby Brown’s nomination for Stranger Things and also her existence because she’s a cool kid and should keep on doing that.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Sunday :: my thoughts on the 2017 Tony Awards

11 Jun

Short answer: ugh.

Dear Evan Hansen and Hello Dolly! took the big prizes of the night (Musical/Actor/Featured Actress [plus Book/Score/Orchestrations] and Revival of a Musical/Actress/Featured Actor [plus Costume Design] respectively). I care negative amounts about Hello Dolly! most of the time, and Bette Midler is kind of a shoe-in for things at this point, I feel like.

And I don’t think I can accurately describe how continually unenthusiastic I am about Dear Evan Hansen. Ben Platt seems like a nice kid! He’s talented! But holy cow, you guys, this show seems like an amalgamation of everything that I hate most. The Tony Awards performance is traditionally a number or medley but the Dear Evan Hansen performance was just… Evan Hansen singing about being lonely while surrounded by images of social media (oooh deeeeeeep social media isolates us) and at the end the other people show up to echo him. Yikes.

I have no opinions about any of the plays who won things. Those two musicals won most of the awards, but The Great Comet raked in scenic design and lighting design (eh, that makes sense to me, it was hard to sit through the number but it was at least visually interesting) and Come From Away got direction. Shrug.

Next year, maybe, will be better.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Sunday :: our thoughts on the 2017 Academy Awards

26 Feb

It is very poetic that a movie made about black culture, i.e. jazz, that featured only one black person (La La Land), was upset by a story written and directed by a black man, based on a play by a queer black man, about a queer black man (Moonlight).

We did not watch the awards tonight. We stayed in and cuddled and watched Loving instead, and quietly mourned the lack of an Oscar for Ruth Negga, who is the most fabulous.

Good job, Zootopia. Good job, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali.

I’m judging the hell out of Suicide Squad winning anything, even and especially makeup and hairstyling. You won an award for writing “Damaged” in elegant cursive across Jared Leto’s 2edgy4u forehead. I am judging the hell out of it.

I’m also kind of judging Fantastic Beasts winning costumes, largely because I judge when anything that’s predominantly suits with no apparent metatextuality to them wins costumes anywhere. I’m sure they were very nice suits, but I am a snob.

Fuck off, Casey Affleck.

–your fangirl heroines.

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Superlative Sunday :: the 2017 Grammys and my thoughts on them (in haiku)

12 Feb

Contemporary
Popular music is not
My known area.

Adele, Beyonce
Okay you are talented
Nothing else matters.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Sunday :: the 2017 SAG Awards and how I feel about them

29 Jan

Hidden Figures (Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture)
Get it, girls. (I mean, there were men in this movie, but they were there either to support the girls or hinder the girls, or hinder and then support the girls, while the girls, which is to say Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae, did the lion’s share.) I am so proud of this movie. I am so glad that this movie has had the success it has had, especially now of all times, and I am so glad that this movie is in the mainstream, because it’s terribly important and also wonderfully made.

Stranger Things (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series)
Yeah, I’m okay with this! While I wouldn’t have been upset about Game of Thrones winning this year, they probably don’t need to because they’ve won before and they always seem to win when it’s at its worst because critics are dark and hate women being happy. Or something. But this makes more sense to me if just for use of the word “ensemble”: while everyone in Game of Thrones continues to give good performances as individuals, it’s still a lot of little stories with one or two people working together that sometimes intersect. Stranger Things was a few different groups of characters closely interrelated working together to achieve one goal, ergo they did more things together, as an ensemble. And that was really the beauty of it. The kids are all fun, of course, but they work wonderfully together. The adults balance each other. The teenage boys… well, they exist while Nancy is sweet and sad. It’s more of an ensemble piece.

Game of Thrones (Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series)
Sure. I still haven’t seen Daredevil season 2 (I have heard enough to be willfully procrastinating, even though I’m hungry for Elektra) but it would have kicked major ass to see Luke Cage win anything here; that said, this is fine. I’m fine with this.

And A+++ good job to Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, and Viola Davis, whose things I have not watched yet! Also good job to Sarah Paulson, whose thing I will never watch.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Monday :: the 2017 Golden Globes and how I feel about them

9 Jan

I once did this and then said I never would again. Well, my level of giving a damn has drastically been reduced since that point years ago, and Hidden Figures was more important than “here are some famous people getting their egos (and other things) stroked.”

I did not watch this. I’ve been seeing a variety of mainly disastrous outfits on the internet, but here’s my opinion of the result list.

Literally the only winning thing I saw was Zootopia.

Congratulations Moonlight, Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Donald Glover and Atlanta. Give Mahershala Ali an award. Also Loving. I have not actually seen any of these things but I hear very good things and also want to support them more than La La Land which… aggravates the musical theatre snob in me. And the snob-snob.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Superlative Sunday :: the 2016 AMAs in haiku

20 Nov

I did not watch them.
No one I care about was
Involved. Typical.

–your fangirl heroine.

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