“It’s an honor to be nominated!” - but what happens when great work by diverse artists get shut out?
In a telecast that ranked somewhere between uneventful to outright boring - the 2019 Emmy Awards provided few surprises. Some highlights were "Bandersnatch" winning for Television Movie (opening the door for awards validity for more unique streaming experiences), the few winners who chose to dedicate the limited time for their speeches to noble causes, and of course Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Billy Porter getting their much deserved rewards.
It’s also clear that there are only about 15 shows total on television right now. Oh wait just kidding we’re in the golden age of content for television and yet somehow only the same batch of shows are getting nominations. Something here is broken.
In the interest of full transparency I’ll fully admit that I’ve been very behind on my television watching this year. Therefore more often than not I’m making a best guess here informed by years of melting my brain in front of the ol’ boob tube. Also keep in mind some of these predictions are wishful thinking.
Nestled a three quarters of a mile away from the hubbub of the epicenter of SXSW in Austin is a hidden experience so exclusive, you’ll need to bleed to get in.
What did we learn from this year’s Academy Awards? Well the show actually seems to run just fine without a host. It was a great night for women of color (and particularly mothers of color who got thanked). Several categories are apparently just for sale.
Much like the chaotic mess that is this year's host-less Oscars, predicting them has been equally tumultuous. It's going to make for some great drinking games, and some not stunning upsets since there are fewer clear categories than in past years.
You may know her from FXX’s “You’re the Worst”, IFC’s “Stan Against Evil”, as the voice of Korra on Nickelodeon’s “The Legend of Korra” or perhaps even from her own podcast “The JV Club with Janet Varney” - but San Francisco knows her as one of the driving forces behind the preeminent comedy festival, SF Sketchfest.
If the 2019 Golden Globes proved anything it’s that the real awards should be going to whoever is in control of PR budgets. It’s the only viable explanation for some of the wins.
After winning the category of BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA for her role in "Killing Eve," actress Sandra Oh poses backstage in the press room with her Golden Globe Award at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
Awards season kicks off again with the Golden Golbes!
No matter how you feel about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald you have to be grateful (in this season of giving) that it grants us the opportunity to see Ezra Miller more on the red carpet.
Unless you were living under a rock this summer, you probably saw Disney Pixar's Incredibles 2. In doing so you were treated to a delightful (though surreal) short called Bao. While many were excited for the return of their favorite superhero family, I found myself more amped for those 8 magical minutes that preceded the feature, and here's why.
Here’s why Crazy Rich Asians is so important, particularly to Asian-Americans, and this Asian-American in particular.
INSENSITIVE CASTING DEJA VU: SCARLETT JOHANSSON IS RETEAMING WITH THE GHOST IN THE SHELL" DIRECTOR, THIS TIME PLAYING A TRANS MAN
Here we go again! Scarlett Johansson is making waves and headlines again by accepting a role in the upcoming Rub & Tug playing a trans man.
It sounds like Amy Pascal over at Sony is developing a film adaptation of the Marvel comic “Silk” which is about Cindy Moon who just so happens to be Korean-American!
BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH ARTICLE: WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR AND THE PLAYFULLY RAUNCHY WORK OF PRODUCING CHILDREN'S TELEVISION
I am incredibly proud of my time at Sesame Workshop, which probably wouldn't exist today without the works of Fred Rogers. goo.gl/NdSM29
BLEEDING COOL ARTICLE: RACE, COMEDY, AND REPRESENTATION WITH JESSICA GAO OF 'WHITING WONGS' AND RICK AND MORTY
I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Jessica Gao about some of my favorite subjects: race and representation. goo.gl/VykkBD
I have a lot of thoughts about the 'Akane No Mai' episode of Season 2 of Westworld. goo.gl/joqUkT
While everyone was busy watching real life Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot yesterday, Netflix blessed us with the most important Royal news…. We’re getting a sequel to last year's bizarre cult classic, A Christmas Prince!
We watched the Lifetime Original Movie, Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance the only way you can... with a big ol' bottle of wine.
BLEEDING COOL ARTICLE: RIZ AHMED WANTS TO CO-WRITE MS. MARVEL MOVIE WITH MINDY KALING, KUMAIL NANJIANI
Yes, please. Here's why we NEED this to happen: goo.gl/RvqoSG
The moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived on Vanderpump Rules. We learned the identity of Lala Kent’s mysterious man.
The secret of Lala’s beau has been a plot point for almost as long as we’ve seen her on the show. Through insinuations of prostitution to being a homewrecker, Lala held strong in keeping his information a closely guarded enigma.
After part 1 of the reunion, I’m out of sympathy or empathy or quite frankly f*cks to give for Brittany, the last remaining “relatable” cast member of Vanderpump Rules.
It’s generally agreed upon that Brittany Cartwright is the only decent human being (if we could even call the others human beings) of the SUR/Pump crew. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, she’s never cheated, lied, or stolen while she was on the show. She comes across as a generally polite and sweet person.
To quote the great bard, Marshall Mathers: “You only get one shot, one opportunity.”
When he wrote those words I don’t know if he realized they’d become (at least for me) a personal anthem that haunts me constantly. Any time I’m forced to listen to or watch or edit (which is surprisingly often in this digital age) an opportunity when I feel I could have represented myself better, those bitter lyrics float into my head.
So what happens when you layer onto that feeling a responsibility to represent an entire race or gender? And you feel you botched it up?
Today it was announced that Cathy Yan will be helming the Harley Quinn film starring Margot Robbie for Warner Brothers. This makes her the third female director, and second female director of color to be directing a mega blockbuster superhero film for DC/ Warner Brothers…. Which begs the question: What the hell is the Disney empire doing?
BIRTH MOVIES DEATH ARTICLE: CELEBRATE FLASHDANCE'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A LOOK AT ITS INFLUENCES ACROSS POP CULTURE
She's just a steel town girl on a Saturday Night: goo.gl/jBBG4n
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