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Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies,
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

I feel like most musical theatre fans of my age really cut their teeth on Les Miserables.  While my parents had taken me to see other shows (including the other 80’s British Behemoth Phantom of the Opera), Les Mis was the first musical that I would listen to for hours on end.  Oh, how I wanted to be Eponine when I was a teenager (which is interesting, because as an adult, my tastes lean more towards Fantine)!  I would listen to the CDs in the car, often having a MAJOR solo singalong to “One Day More” in which I would do all the different voices.  So needless to say, when it was announced that the musical was FINALLY coming to the big screen, I had high expectations.  I devoured each little tidbit of news…Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean!!  Russell Crowe as Javert?  Hmmmm.  Annie Hathaway as Fantine?  Hey, she can sing.  Amanda Seyfried as Cosette?  Meh, nobody likes Cosette anyway.  HOLD THE PHONE TAYLOR SWIFT IS GOING TO BE EPONINE?!?!?!  NO.  No no no no no no.  WAIT…Eponine is NOT T-Swift but is instead West End Actress Samantha Barks, who was good enough to play the role in the 25th Anniversary concert?  WHEW.

The trailer was amazing.  All the art work was amazing.  Word that came out of advanced screenings was rapturous.  People were weeping and then giving it standing ovations.  They declared the Oscar Race for Best Supporting Actress over before it even started…everybody else go home, cause Anne Hathaway has this in the bag.

All the online chatter did not help temper my expectations.  Could Les Mis possibly live up to the hype?  I dragged my family along with me to the first screening on Christmas Morning to find out…

Obviously, there are spoilers.  But what do you care?  You know the Cast Recording inside out, don’t you?

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Joan smashes the vase on Greg's head

My sentiments EXACTLY, Joanie.

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Well.

I was expecting madness on the TV Comedy side this morning when The Golden Globe nominations were announced.  I ranted about it yesterday in my post about the SAG nominations.  So while I am not happy about the insanity that is the TV Comedy section of the Globe Nominations, as LEAST I was prepared.  I was NOT prepared for the madness of the drama nominations.  Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Best Television Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
The Newsroom

THEY SNUBBED MAD MEN.

I’ll say it again.

THEY SNUBBED MAD MEN. The show that THEY were the first real champion of.  The show that has won this award THREE TIMES.

The HFPA to Mad Men

The Hollywood Foreign Press is notorious for not only loving shiny new playthings but for constantly sucking up to super famous people.  And The Newsroom is both a shiny new plaything and it’s from a sort of well known guy called Aaron Sorkin.  So of COURSE The HFPA was going to fawn over The Newsroom.  I just never thought it would be at the expense of Mad Men.  (Also, I am saying all of this as someone who is a FAN of The Newsroom.  I really am.  But…but…MAD MEN THOUGH, YOU GUYS!!)

Also, I still don’t get the obsession with Boardwalk Empire.  It bored me to tears in the first few episodes of Season One, so I gave up on it.  I can see why it’s an awards magnet: it’s a lavishly designed period piece (see also: Downton Abbey, except Downton is freaking flawless and emotionally engaging).  I just never really connected with Boardwalk, so I gave up.  Should I try again in ALL of my free time, dear readers?  Let me know.

All of this being said, I still think this award is Homeland‘s to lose.

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Well, my friends, it is that time of year again: Awards Season is upon us.  The time of year when we celebrate the best of the best in film and television at the Golden Globes, The SAG Awards, The Critics Choice awards and the Super Bowl of Pop Culture, the Academy Awards.

It’s also the time of year when people with evolved tastes in television scream at their TVs and Computers in agony on a regular basis.

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The SAG nominations came out this morning, and the Golden Globe nods come out tomorrow.  So expect to hear a LOT of me screaming about my shows over the next few days.

It never ceases to amaze me at how while the SAG nominations tend to get the film side SO RIGHT, they get the television side (ESPECIALLY the comedies) SO WRONG.  Are the Comedy ballots at the back of their books and they are just tired of really thinking about who should be nominated so they just check off all the usual suspects because they are lazy???  Do they know what the word “ensemble” means (here’s a hint: it DOESN’T mean just a really big cast)?  More importantly, do they know what the word “COMEDY” means??  I really question whether or not they do.

I will also never cease to understand how they don’t have a category for supporting performances on the television side.  How in the HELL can you lump in a supporting player like Christina Hendricks or Neil Patrick Harris with leading performances like Juliana Marguiles and Jim Parsons?  The supporting actors, outside of the Modern Family cast or Dame Maggie Smith, don’t have a chance in HELL of being recognized.

Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?

Best Comedy Ensemble

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office

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I’m sorry…in what UNIVERSE is the really big cast…erm “ensemble” of Glee better than the ensembles of both Parks and Recreation and Community??  Are the SAG members merely sucking up to uber-producer Ryan Murphy because they all want jobs??  Glee lost its relevance and critical acclaim several seasons ago and is a SHADOW of its former self creatively.  And this is coming from someone who thought Glee was BRILLIANT in its first season and a half or so.  I don’t understand at all how it is still getting nominated for ACTING.  Are they WATCHING the show?  The acting is horrendous.  And the cast does not work together as an ensemble.  Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are barely on the show anymore.  Most of the original cast has been downgraded to recurring status.  Also tears/over emotive singing does NOT equal good acting.

Also SAG voters?  The Sopranos (one of the most overrated shows in the history of TV IMO, but that’s another post) went off the air five years ago.  Mayhaps it is time to move on from your infatuation with all things Edie Falco.  Cause that is the only reason I can think of for your constant nominating of Nurse Jackie.  I’m not even a massive fan of Girls, but even I can say that if you were going to nominate an edgy cable comedy, it should have been Girls over Nurse Jackie.  I think some people are jealous of Lena Dunham being so successful at age 26.

The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy on television, so their nomination was a given.  Modern Family, while some (me included, only cause I want other shows to get a chance) whine about it being overpraised, is the three-time Emmy champ and an excellent ensemble of comic actors.  It’s the last hurrah for perennial winner 30 Rock and past winner The Office so I wasn’t surprised by those nominations.  30 Rock is having a pretty stellar final season and while it’s not at all what it used to be, the cast of The Office has always been a true ensemble, so I am fine with their nomination.  But I can’t help but think/rage that the other two Thursday night NBC comedies, Community and Parks and Recreation are the ones who should be on the list.

ESPECIALLY Parks and Recreation.  If you look up the word “ensemble” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Leslie Knope and Company.

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