Due to the writers' strike, which began last November, certain changes happened to entertainment. Part of the problem, I believe, comes from not understanding compromise. Writers want compensation for contributions. Fair enough. After all, actors onscreen rely on a script. Otherwise, how would they know what to say?
I can hear readers already. What about theater training? Improvisation uses games with rules. "Props", for example, has actors form teams and make as many uses out of a piece of equipment as possible. "Questions Only" is exactly what it says. The actors converse without using declarative sentences (harder than it sounds).
Television and movies are another ball game. The script is very specific, especially on those episodes where current events or themes play a role. Think about cop shows. Fiction? Of course. However, real life pokes its head in occasionally. Law and Order (Sam Waterson and company) is perhaps best known.
Production companies look out for the bottom line. Personally, I don't have a problem with actors making huge salaries. A popular character means someone watches next week.
Double the writers' paycheck? Definitely not. This would be an unreasonable request, which everyone knows. More people require payment than a handful of unhappies. So what they are asking is salaries which reflect changing technology. People purchase DVDs of favorite programs. Full episodes aired online still use a script.
Now, when award shows are canceled because writers are complaining, people pay attention. This is especially true for those first time nominees who have never given acceptance speeches.
NBC had Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell announce winners live.
Best Picture Drama went to Atonement. This was its sole award. Best Actor Drama went to Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood, followed by Julie Christie in Away From Her.
Best Picture Musical or Comedy went to Sweeney Todd. On the subject, could someone explain why Across the Universe and Charlie Wilson's War were in this category? Comedy is an odd fit.
Johnny Depp's singing and acting helped him secure a win from Sweeney Todd. A newcomer, Marian Cotillard, won Best Actress Musical or Comedy for La Vie En Rose, the story of Edith Piaf.
Those who won Supporting catagories ensured there was not any sweep. Javier Bardem won for No Country for Old Men. Cate Blanchett won by being Bob Dylan in I'm Not There.
The Best Director went to Julian Schnabel with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Ratatouille scooped up Best Animated Film.
On the television side, the awards were a bit more expected. Not all, though. Considering most are up for SAGs, I doubt the losers are too upset.
Mad Men took home Best Drama Series. Jon Hamm took home a Globe as Best Actor from the same show. Those who enjoy the work of Michael C. Hall (Dexter) or Hugh Laurie (House) were probably shocked. I thought it was nice to see, myself. Both Hall and Laurie have been previously nominated for acting accolades (2008 Golden Globe nod to Hall for time #2, Laurie has WON the Emmy). Glenn Close won Best Actress Drama for Damages.
Samantha Morton won Best Supporting Actress Drama for Longford. Jeremy Piven won Supporting Actor as Ari Gold in Entourage. No surprise, three actors from the HBO smash series were nominated.
Best Series Musical or Comedy went to Extras. Cable shows continued their run of awards with Best Actor Comedy David Duchovny winning for Californication. By the way, the clip shown of him pantless proves he needs them. I would have chosen Lee Pace Pushing Daisies, but next year… Tina Fey won Best Actress Comedy for 30 Rock.
Although the hour only allowed for a handful of winners to be announced, interested readers can go to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's website for a complete list.Powered by Sidelines