Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hot Diggity! More Awards!

As previously blogged, we at John and Dave's Pop Culture America LOVE awards. Cannot get enough.

Two more lists of nominees came out this week: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) named it's acting nominees for movies and TV and The American Film Institute (AFI) selected its list of Movies and TV Shows of the Year. Let's look at the AFI lists first.

--- AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR--OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ---
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
INTO THE WILD
JUNO
KNOCKED UP
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
RATATOUILLE
THE SAVAGES
THERE WILL BE BLOOD


--- AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR--OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ---
"DEXTER"

"EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS"
"FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
"LONGFORD"
"MAD MEN"
"PUSHING DAISIES"
"THE SOPRANOS"
"TELL ME YOU LOVE ME"
"30 ROCK"
"UGLY BETTY"

I like the variety in the list of ten movies; you've got big deal heavy dramas with loopy comedies, kids' movies with films no kid should see, a foreign film, indies, and big budget studio efforts. I'm also very glad that a film I thought the New York and Los Angeles critics grossly neglected is represented: Sean Penn's Into the Wild featuring my candidate for the best performance of the year, Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless.

On the TV side, I have a few issues. I continue to be baffled by the ongoing critical genuflecting directed at "The Sopranos." It is, without doubt, the single most overrated show in the history of TV. I also really detested another HBO show, "Tell Me You Love Me." It's a crashing bore that makes sex look like the world's most unpleasant chore. On the positive side -- and I'm all about the positivity -- Hooray! for "30 Rock," "Mad Men," and, of course, "Pushing Daisies."

We'll take a look at the SAG nominees tomorrow. Will there be more love for Emile Hirsch? Will there be blood? Check back tomorrow to find out!

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