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9 Golden Globes Wishes

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The Golden Globes always win for silliest award show of the year. Not just because they have a long history of drunkenness or that their majesties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting for the second year in a row. No, the true silliness of the Golden Globes lies in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization of a few dozen international journalists who have a tendency to nominate the biggest stars they hope will show up (Angelina Jolie in The Tourist, anyone?).

But that doesn’t mean we won’t tune in and talk about who wins and who doesn’t. And it doesn’t mean this won’t affect Oscar and Emmy chances down the line. So here’s a smattering of some hopes I have for the big night, for both the film and TV side of the awards. They’re probably not the best of predictions, but it would be truly awesome if all of them came true.

1. 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture, Drama. The Oscar best picture race is largely between 12 YearsGravity and American Hustle, so it would be interesting to see who goes here. There’s absolutely no voting cross-over between this and the Oscars, but it was this category that Argo first started its roll of domination last year, mere days after Ben Affleck’s famous director snub from the Academy. There’s been some talk that the insane hype 12 Years premiered with is slowing down, so since it’s actually the best film of the year by far, here’s to hoping we still talk about it.

2. Amy Adams wins Best Actress, Comedy/Musical. Hear me out on this one. I liked Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle just as much ast the next breathing human, but she didn’t knock me over the way Adams did. To me, American Hustle would have failed without Adams, hers being the most nuanced and realistic performance. So far the best actress category has been pretty sewn up until Adams took one Miss Meryl Streep’s spot in the BAFTA nods this week. We all know that Cate Blanchett is a Daniel Day-Lewis level mortal lock for this Oscar, but Adams has a real shot here to potentially break into the nominations.

3. Michael Fassbender wins Best Supporting Actor. Have I mentioned I really liked 12 Years a Slave? Because I really, really liked 12 Years a Slave. Fassbender has only shown up in a handful of nominations so far, perhaps in part due to his early declaration that he wouldn’t do any campaigning. But who cares? Fassbender took on a role that could have easily gone cartoonish in the hands of a less competent actor, and instead created the kind of evil you could expect to see walking down the street one day. And that, like so much else in the film, is a huge achievement.

4. Sally Hawkins wins Best Supporting Actress. How great would this be? I mean, Cate Blanchett is amazing and very deserving of the Oscar she will eventually win, but performances like those aren’t complete without someone amazing to play off of. Hawkins really pulled her weight in Blue Jasmine, and made the film that much better for it.

5. Parks and Recreation wins Best TV Comedy. Besides the fact that Amy Poehler would have even more to do during the broadcast if her sitcom wins, I just think it’s about damn time someone recognized how great this show is. This fall’s sixth season may have had rocky moments (please, please no more Councilman Jamm) but the second half of season five, which aired in early 2013, was pretty outstanding. I could watch “Leslie and Ben” over and over and over again.

6. Tatiana Maslany wins Best Actress in a TV Drama. It’s insane how good Maslany is in Orphan Black. Like, crazy insane. I recently rewatched the series and I think the highest laurel I can give to her is that I constantly forget that the clones are played by the same actress. They are so different, so nuanced and just so good. Maslany is finally up for a big ticket award, and there has frankly never really been anyone more deserving.

7. Elisabeth Moss wins Best Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie. Have you seen Top of the Lake yet? No? It’s on Netflix, go watch it and tell me that Moss isn’t freaking incredible. I dare you. 

8. Monica Potter wins Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture. Despite some issues this season, Parenthood is still one of my favorite shows on television, and Potter’s work during last season’s cancer storyline was top notch. You might not have believed that this show could make you cry anymore, but it did. 

9. Somebody does something super drunk. It has been remarked upon that the Globes are kind of a schwasty award show. Remember Glenn Close last year, anyone? Besides Tina and Amy’s inevitable show of hilarious hosting, drunken flubs are likely to be the most entertaining part of the evening. It’s not like it’s the Oscars or anything, so nobody has to be too serious.

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You Should Be Watching ‘Orphan Black’

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Meet your newest binge obsession: Orphan Black. If you’ve never heard of it that’s because it’s a Canadian sci-fi show that aired on BBC America Saturdays after Doctor Who this spring with barely any advertising behind it. Now it’s become a sleeper hit and its star, Tatiana Maslany, is a darkhorse for an Emmy  nomination.

So what’s all the fuss about? Well, clones. The show’s premise begins with Maslany’s (main) character, Sarah Manning, exiting a train only to see a photocopy of herself jump in front of it. From there on Sarah has entered what the characters call “Clone Club,” trying to make sense of her dopplegangers. In season one she portrays a whopping seven different clones, each one completely unique. They have different accents, different mannerisms, different personalities and are, really, seven different people. The mystery of the whole cloning thing (and the ethics of it) are the meat of the show, but the bones are all Maslany and her incredible performances.

I’m throwing a big old recommendation behind Orphan Black, both for watching and for an Emmy for Maslany. I really think you’ll like it, especially if you like any of the following: Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Veronica Mars (ooh look see it’s not all sci fi!), and Dollhouse. Yeah it’s sci-fi, but it’s accessible and smart. Once you accept that you’re in a world where clones exist (which is the not-too-distant future and a stand-in city for Toronto), you become immersed in that world, and it’s quite a bit of fun. You’ve got a bit of action (someone’s trying to kill them!), a bit of a cop show (one of the clones is a police detective), a lot of intrigue (who cloned them? why?), and some romance. Plus a whole lot of Maslany bickering with herself (in any other context, that would be concerning).

The ten episode season is perfect for the arc of the show and for a nice weekend in. Long enough to keep you entertained but not so many episodes that you’ll need to call in sick for work come Monday. Unfortunately  you’ll have to wait till next year for season 2. In the meantime you can desperately try to contact someone with an Emmy ballot and force them to watch the show and then vote for Maslany.