winners//68th PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

AWARDS COVERAGE




Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards highlighted the year's best in television. Game of Thrones and Veep had a good night (with the former becoming the most awarded show in Primetime Emmys history), but nothing could compare to the sweep by The People v. O.J. Simpson, FX's critically-acclaimed mini-series.

Tori Kelly delivered a show-stopping rendition of "Hallelujah" during the In Memoriam segment, which showcased a surprising year of high profile losses.

Tatiana Maslany was the upset of the night, prevailing in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for Orphan Black after years of missing out on nominations. And, Rami Malek received rapturous applause when he was announced the Best Actor in a Drama Series winner for the first season of Mr. Robot.

A complete list of winners:

BEST DRAMA SERIES

GAME OF THRONES
(HBO)

BEST COMEDY SERIES

VEEP
(HBO)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
(FX)

BEST TELEVISION MOVIE

SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE (MASTERPIECE)
(PBS)

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Rami Malek
MR. ROBOT (USA)

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Tatiana Maslany
ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Ben Mendelsohn
BLOODLINE (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Maggie Smith
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Jeffrey Tambor
TRANSPARENT (Amazon)

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
VEEP (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Louie Anderson
BASKETS (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Kate McKinnon
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)

BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Courtney B. Vance
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)

BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Sarah Paulson
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Sterling K. Brown
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Regina King
AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)

BEST GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Hank Azaria
RAY DONOVAN (Showtime)

BEST GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Margo Martindale
THE AMERICANS (FX)

BEST GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Peter Scolari
GIRLS (HBO)

BEST GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Amy Poehler
Tina Fey
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)

BEST DIRECTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Miguel Sapochnik
"Battle of the Bastards"
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

BEST DIRECTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Jill Soloway
"Man on the Land"
TRANSPARENT (Amazon)

BEST DIRECTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Susanne Bier
THE NIGHT MANAGER (AMC)

BEST DIRECTOR, VARIETY SPECIAL

Thomas Kail
Alex Rudzinski
GREASE: LIVE (FOX)

BEST HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION

RuPaul Charles
RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE (Logo)

BEST REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

THE VOICE
(NBC)

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

SHARK TANK
(ABC)

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

BORN THIS WAY
(A/E)

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
(Netflix)

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SERIES

MAKING A MURDERER
(Netflix)

BEST INFORMATIONAL SERIES OR SPECIAL

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN
(CNN)

BEST WRITING, DRAMA SERIES

David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
"Battle of the Bastards"
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

BEST WRITING, COMEDY SERIES

Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang
"Parents"
MASTER OF NONE (Netflix)

BEST WRITING, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

D.V. DeVincentis
"Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)

BEST WRITING, VARIETY SPECIAL

Patton Oswalt
PATTON OSWALT: TALKING FOR CLAPPING
(Netflix)

BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM

GREASE LIVE!
(FOX)

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
(HBO)

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

KEY AND PEELE
(Comedy Central)

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL

THE LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIME TIME SPECIAL
(CBS)

review//SNOWDEN

Grade: B+

SNOWDEN
Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans

Affectionately naming itself a dramatization of actual events before the film even begins, Oliver Stone's Snowden looks to shine a creative and new light on the on-going Edward Snowden story. Beginning as an in-progress look at the days during and after Snowden released top secret information regarding the NSA, most of Snowden relies on backstory reaching as far as almost ten years prior to the last time he took steps on US soil.

One of the most captivating real-life stories in all of modern world history, Edward Snowden's reported betrayal for the sake of whistleblowing is a tough pill to swallow. On one hand, his actions shed light on unprecedented and possibly unlawful surveillance breaches by the US government on citizens around the world. On the other hand, Snowden's revelations acted as a major breach of US government security, creating a system that is both embarrassing and faulty.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who served a caricature misstep in last year's The Walk, masters the look and accent of Snowden in such a subtle, but convincing, way. The film cuts back and forth to the years Snowden went from basic training at Fort Benning to meeting the love of his life, Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley), to being hired by the CIA.

While the 2014 documentary CitizenFour gave revelers a firsthand look inside the Hong Kong hotel room where Snowden pressed the final computer key to share the information with The Guardian and the world, Stone's Snowden gives a similar glimpse, with Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, and Tom Wilkinson picking up the roles of documentarian Laura Poitras and journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAskill, respectively. There's a certain excitement in the final moments when The Guardian's editors decide to publish the first of many revealing articles. But, that part of the story isn't used as the meat of the plot here. Instead, it's more of the rise and fall of Snowden's personal morals and beliefs and views on government and human rights. Who began as a staunch, patriotic conservative, Snowden realizes his loyalty to the American government shouldn't falter, which is how he justifies his actions.

There are faults in how Snowden chooses to relay information, or withhold, depending on with whom he's in contact. His biggest struggle comes in his personal relationship with Lindsay. Her free spirit attitude often clashes with Snowden's ever-growing introverted fear of unknown surveillance and this entire world known as the internet.

Everything about Snowden looks covert and important, including the quick-cut editing style and splice of freeform video. Stone masters the soul of what a slice of life biopic should be, especially in allowing Gorden-Levitt the freedom to explore Snowden in such a quiet and meandering way. When the film transitions into a clip of the real-life Snowden at the end, it's even more mesmerizing how apt Gorden-Levitt was at creating such a culturally relevant character.

Rich in intrigue and reigniting the compelling argument of the scope of the NSA's reach, Snowden is director Stone's best work in recent years, palpably giving a mostly two-sided view of America's great hero/anti-hero of the modern era. Over two hours in length, watching this film is a hefty undertaking, but it's one of reward, as the images seen and the ideas depicted will stick with you long after the credits roll.

Rating: R
Runtime: 2h 14min

predictions//89th ACADEMY AWARDS

AWARDS COVERAGE



(UPDATED: September 18, 2016)

Labor Day has passed and we're out of the Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and the Telluride Film Festival, which means Awards Season has officially begun!

The real kickstart to the acknowledgements comes in October with the Gotham Awards, but it's never too early to start putting the festival buzz to work.

Thanks to heavy buzz, La La Land is sitting at the top of most lists with stellar reviews and remarkable performances by its stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, to boot. Loving is slowly building towards a great season. And, Natalie Portman's performance in Jackie has thrust her into the running.

The predicted winner is in bold. Check back often as the predictions are updated regularly throughout the season and sound off below on what you think will take home Best Picture in February. For a complete list of the entire Awards Season, click here!

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

Arrival
(Paramount Pictures; Dir. Denis Villeneuve)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
(Sony Pictures; Dir. Ang Lee)

Fences
(Paramount Pictures; Dir. Denzel Washington)

La La Land
(Summit Entertainment; Dir. Damien Chazelle)

Loving
(Focus Features; Dir. Jeff Nichols)

Manchester by the Sea
(Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios; Dir. Kenneth Lonergan)

Moonlight
(A24; Dir. Barry Jenkins)

Nocturnal Animals
(Focus Features; Dir. Tom Ford)

Silence
(Paramount Pictures; Dir. Martin Scorsese)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Damien Chazelle

La La Land

Ang Lee
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Jeff Nichols
Loving

Martin Scorsese
Silence

Denzel Washington
Fences

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton
Loving

Andrew Garfield
Silence

Ryan Gosling
La La Land

Denzel Washington
Fences

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Amy Adams
Arrival

Viola Davis
Fences

Ruth Negga
Loving

Natalie Portman
Jackie

Emma Stone
La La Land

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali
Moonlight

Alden Ehrenreich
Hail, Caesar!

Lucas Hedges
Manchester by the Sea

Liam Neeson
Silence

Michael Shannon
Nocturnal Animals

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Naomie Harris

Moonlight

Nicole Kidman
Lion

Kristen Stewart
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Rachel Weisz
The Light Between Oceans

Michelle Williams
Manchester by the Sea

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings
(Laika)

Moana
(Walt Disney Pictures)

The Red Turtle
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Sing
(Universal Pictures)

Zootopia
(Walt Disney Pictures)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The 13th
(Dir. Ava DuVernay)

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
(Dir. Ron Howard)

The Eagle Huntress
(Dir. Otto Bell)

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey
(Dir. Terrence Malick)

Weiner
(Dir. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Desierto
(Mexico)

Elle
(France)

The Salesman
(Iran)

Sand Storm
(Israel)

United States of Love
(Poland)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

20th Century Women
Written by Mike Mills

La La Land
Written by Damien Chazelle

The Lobster
Written by Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

Loving
Written by Jeff Nichols

Manchester by the Sea
Written by Kenneth Lonergan

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walks
Screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli

Fences
Screenplay by August Wilson

Hidden Figures
Screenplay by Allison Schroeder

Nocturnal Animals
Screenplay by Tom Ford

Silence
Screenplay by Jay Cocks

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

American Pastoral
Alexandre Desplat

Arrival
Johann Johansson

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

La La Land
Justin Hurwitz

The Light Between Oceans
Alexandre Desplat

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)"
La La Land

"City of Stars"
La La Land

"Go Now"
Sing Street

"The Great Beyond"
Sausage Party

"No Dames"
Hail, Caesar!

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival
Bradford Young

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
John Toll

La La Land
Linus Sandgren

The Light Between Oceans
Adam Arkapaw

Nocturnal Animals
Seamus McGarvey

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Mark Friedberg

Fences
David Gropman

La La Land
David Wasco

Rules Don't Apply
Jeannine Oppewall

Silence
Dante Ferretti

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING

Arrival
Joe Walker

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Tim Squyre

La La Land
Tom Cross

Loving
Julie Monroe

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jabez Olssen

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

Allied
Joanna Johnston

Fences
Sharen Davis

Florence Foster Jenkins
Consolata Boyle

Jackie
Madeline Fontaine

La La Land
Mary Zophres

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Florence Foster Jenkins

Silence

Star Trek Beyond

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

La La Land

Passengers

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Deepwater Horizon

La La Land

Passengers

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

Arrival

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

The Jungle Book

A Monster Calls

Passengers


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