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2018 Emmy Nomination Wish List

11 Jul

Emmy nominations are just a day away! But before the cheers and jeers after the names have been read, here is a rundown of who I would love to see among the nominees tomorrow. Some are definite locks, some are long shots; all turned in amazing performances. I have tried to keep it to one pick per show — with some obvious exemptions — and separated them into drama, comedy and mini-series.

Obviously this is my list and so some of your faves might not feature. There is just too much TV. And I’ve probably also forgotten a performance I love. But these are the ones that have stuck with me.

Drama Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys – The Americans

No shocker here. They have been first on the list on my Emmy nomination wish list since I started this annual tradition, there was no way they weren’t going to be first for this one last time. The final season delivered in every single way, right down to the devastating finale.

Both Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys gave a weekly master class in how to say so much, often without barely saying a word. The things these actors do with the silence. Or a gasp. For that moment alone, Keri Russell should be taking home the very pointy trophy. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Again, I can’t just choose one. There is something so magnetic about Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, both when they are facing off against each other and as part of the cat-and-mouse game. Killing Eve is one of the best new shows of the year; Oh and Comer are integral to keeping the narrative grounded when the action gets a bit more outlandish.Thandie Newton – Westworld

Maeve’s hunt for her daughter gave Thandie Newton the chance to show both vulnerability and fierceness in equal measure. Westworld is a show that I admire more than I love, but anytime Newton is on screen I feel less like the show is holding me at arm’s length. Maeve makes me care about the fate of these beings, more than simply intrigued about the puzzle element of Westworld.  Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale 

There are many standout moments from Yvonne Strahovski on season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale; the one I can’t stop thinking about isn’t from the roster devastating scenes where her face crumples or she actively partakes in this oppressive system. Instead it is the moment in “Smart Power” as they drive through the streets of Canada; this is the world how it was. A flicker of sadness at how her life used to be. Serena Joy attempts to act defiant while in Canada, to show she is unashamed and yet embarrassment is hard to hide when these reminders lurk at every elevator.

Serena Joy is complicit, but Yvonne Strahovski’s performance makes it hard not to feel some level of empathy. As with Serena Joy in that car, it is hard to look away.  Vanessa Kirby – The Crown 

Withering looks, the perfect put down; I need Vanessa Kirby to show me how to get this level of sardonic perfection. But there is the other side to Margaret, the cracks in the facade. The loneliness and bitter feelings, the desperate desire to be loved. I am going to miss Kirby as the Queen’s little sister (even if I cannot wait to see what HBC brings to the table). No one smokes cigarettes quite as sulkily as Kirby.Sarah Steele – The Good Fight

From the first time I saw Sarah Steele in Please Give it was love. And I am so happy that she made the move from The Good Wife to The Good Fight. The second season perfectly captured the mood of this turbulent political time; Marissa managed to be the voice of reason, humor and major scene-stealer who kept her head when shots were fired.

 

Comedy

Bill Hader – Barry

For the Macbeth moment alone, which I realize should be filed under “quietly devastating” rather than hilarious. But I can’t stop thinking about it. Never has this play made me feel quite like I have been punched in the stomach.

There are many other very funny moments though, in which Bill Hader’s comic timing is pretty much perfection. As he tries to spill his innermost demons and everyone seems to think he is referring to acting. Also the whole wearing an outfit that Barry saw on a J. Crew mannequin is one of the best costume moments of the year.  Zazie Beetz – Atlanta 

Season 2 of Atlanta is a gift. I could pick the entire regular cast, but I am going to single out Zazie Beetz for her work in “Helen.” As with a lot of “Robbin’ Season” there is something disorientating about the episode. They are in an entirely different location, pretty much everyone is in traditional German dress. There are actual demons. But ultimately it is about this central paring; Earn can’t give Van what she desires. He is getting in his own way. To see this relationship disintegrate over the space of half an hour highlights just how good Atlanta is as well as giving Beetz the chance to shine in Van’s disappointment.Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie – GLOW

Emmy voters will be looking at season 1 of GLOW, but it probably doesn’t harm the show’s chances that season 2 has just landed. Both Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie give standout performances as they grapple with their friendship fallout, the betrayal and having to work together. When Ruth asks Debbie if she wants to get a drink after the bitterness has cooled, the response that they might never be back at this place is a gut punch. And one that makes so much sense. It isn’t that easy to fix this.

Also the physicality of their work on GLOW is incredible.Yael Grobglas – Jane the Virgin 

Mid-way through writing these comedy dream Emmy noms and I realize every single one has made me cry. But those are my fave kinds of comedies; the ones that make you feel all the feelings. Petra has been on a journey; on this season of Jane the Virgin she has softened, let herself be vulnerable and found love with JR (Rosario Dawson). This is one of several very good bisexuality storylines on TV this year and this essay by Caroline Framke on how bisexuality is no longer a TV punchline is very good.Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Again, I love a comedy performance that also makes me weep. I recently rewatched the finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and these were tears of joy. Rachel Brosnahan talks at one hundred miles per hour, but every word is worth paying attention to. And she is damn hilarious. Oh, and I would very much like all of her coats. Please and thank youThe Alvarez Family – One Day at a Time

Don’t make me pick one member of the Alvarez family, instead Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz are all here. Again, this show makes me cry a lot. And laugh. It is the perfect show for these times; it gets to the heart of working class issues as well as immigration, depression and sexuality. It is also hilarious.

 

Mini-SeriesCody Fern – American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

There are a number of standouts in the second American Crime Story; Darren Criss dazzled, Queen Judith Light broke me in two as she took her makeup off, but it is relative newcomer Cody Fern that I want to single out. Over just a few episodes Fern crafted a performance that gave so much life to David Madson before his tragic death. Often in true crime it is the killer that gets the spotlight, the victims are just a footnote (see People v. OJ) and while this is clearly Andrew’s story, the time spent with Andrew coupled with Fern’s nuanced turn means David is more than just a name on a list.

A lot of it is conjecture as we’ll never know what happened in those days, but thankfully the show reinforces Madson’s innocence after the initial police investigation did the opposite. Sarah Gadon – Alias Grace 

Sarah Gadon gives a captivating and magnetic turn as Grace Marks. Nothing is quite as it seems and I am in awe of everything Gadon does in this mini-series that wasn’t talked about as much as it should have been. Instead it is another Margaret Atwood adaptation that gets all the plaudits. There is enough awards love to share between the two. Taylor Kitsch – Waco 

So it turns out I have been getting Waco and Jonestown mixed up, so while this wasn’t about drinking the Kool-Aid (or its cheaper alternative) there is something about Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh that has me buying into the whole thing. Was Waco too sympathetic toward the cult leader? Perhaps. But Kitsch delivered on the magnetic charm of things and the show made sure that neither side was painted as the innocent party. He also somehow makes serial killer specs and that mullet work.Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks: The Return

This time last year was spent obsessing over Twin Peaks. Part of that was trying to figure out when the real Agent Dale Cooper would show up. Kyle MacLachlan had several different characters to play throughout the return of Twin Peaks; all completely different from the other. Give this guy the Emmy he deserves.

 

Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow by Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold at 11.30 am EST. The Emmy Awards will be hosted Monday, September 17.

 

 

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

9 Mar

Award season is over, but there is still the post-party looks to celebrate here at TV Ate My Wardrobe. It has been a good week for fashion; kicking off with the Film Independent Spirit Awards, followed by the big one. The Oscars delivered on the dress drama even if there were no big surprises in the winners department.

Now for the after-parties with Vanity Fair’s annual shindig being the big draw. Plenty of incredible looks featuring new spins on recent trends. Plus a dash of Paris Fashion Week. March is starting just as busy as the previous two months.Now I thought Janelle Monáe’s hot pink suit from the Wrinkle in Time premiere was the one, but this custom Christian Siriano fire engine red ladysuit/train combo is THE ONE.

“I suggest they put a flag on a whole notha planet…”

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Monáe also posted this fabulous group shot from the Vanity Fair party. So many amazing people in one photo.Lena Waithe has a strong jacket game, as witnessed at the Emmys last year. This double-breasted Ralph Lauren Purple Label check and white bow tie combo is just as fabulous.

Squad.

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And another amazing group shot. The official Vanity Fair photos from this party are always drool worthy, these ones by Mark Seliger continue this tradition.Queen Judith Light adds some ruffles to the proceedings; she could hold court in pre-revolution France or a 2018 Osacr party.

@vanityfair thanks for having us… capture by @markseliger So grateful for your eye ❤️

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What a beautiful shot of Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor. All the couple goals.Sequins are not just for Christmas as this award season has proved. There are also many ways to wear sequins including combining them with my favorite kind of ensemble; the ladysuit! Angela Bassett has gone from one kind of sequin pants to another. This Teresa Helbig number is a mosaic dream.Rainbow sequins conjure up all those ’70s inspiration feelings. Constance Wu in Markarian is making me want to grab a pair of stacked shoes and dance the night away. Of course I would take those shoes off first before the dancing. I don’t want to break my ankle. I know they are trolling us. I still ship it. And Mindy Kaling is crushing it in Atelier Prabal Gurung.One day I want to be able to call Patricia Clarkson, Patty. For now all I can do is marvel at Clarkson in another incredible Christian Siriano gown from the night.Zoe Lister Jones has gone the Constance Wu dress length route in magenta Sally LaPointe, which gives a slightly cooler vibe. They also don’t have to worry about anyone stepping on their train all night. An Oscar de la Renta princess style frock for Abigail Spencer, which is super pretty. Also Timeless is back this weekend and I cannot wait.
Now for something completely different with Karen Gillan in a whimsical Ronald van der Kemp frock that looks like a mural for a nursery. That doesn’t sound like a compliment, but it is.More Christian Siriano with one final glitzy frock from the night. Busy Philipps was front and center with BFF Michelle Williams last year, much to my delight. Philipps didn’t have such a dramatic night this time, but looks fabulous nonetheless. Speaking of Michelle Williams, she attended the star-studded Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week. This look is very much in her wheelhouse. Also one of the less out there/more wearable outfits worn by the celebs in attendance. Lots of leather at Louis Vuitton including this belted shirt dress as worn by Sophie Turner. A fun switch up from the Sansa Stark fur of it all. Speaking of fur (of the faux variety), Noomi Rapace looks like she is having the most fun in this ensemble. And I’ve got used to seeing Edgar Ramirez surrounded by fashion, but not with all this hair. Yesterday was the first Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 table read and the first episode will be shot in Paris. I cannot wait to see what Midge will be wearing.

At the Miu Miu show, Mrs Maisel herself, Rachel Brosnahan goes for classic polka dots with a red twist.Christie is already her surname and at Miu Miu, Gwendoline Christie is serving up some Miss Marple/Poirot cast member vibes. This houndstooth coat and Peter Pan collar need to be worn by the star of the next adaptation.

Best of the Pre-Golden Globes Parties: The BAFTA Tea Party

7 Jan

Happy Golden Globes Day! This is set to be a very different kind of awards as it is the first big film/TV awards ceremony to take place since the Harvey Weinstein allegations first came to light at the start of October. What has followed has been a reckoning in this industry, but this isn’t just a Hollywood problem.

Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, aka The Fug Girls, spoke to Constance Grady from Vox to discuss what we can expect to see tonight, why you can care about fashion and still be a feminist (I hate that we even have to justify this, but of course we do) and the movement—with #MeToo and #TimesUp—that is taking place.

I will be covering the Golden Globes red carpet tomorrow, but will be mindful of the bigger conversation that is taking place. Racked tried to get comments from any/all stylists about what they planned on doing with their clients outfits and they didn’t get a single reply. Playing it close to their chests in case anything changes late in the day.

Before tonight’s ceremony, there are the pre-parties. The BAFTA L.A. Tea Party is an annual fave and here are the best looks from this day event. There’s been a lot of bold color on the red carpet this week, I wonder if in part this is to show a big contrast to the black frock statement.

Emilia Clarke switches up the blazer I am still coveting for the perfect Michael Kors tea party floral frock.This is a lot of ruffles—which seems to be a big trend at the moment—but the color of this Rosie Assoulin dress looks great on Issa RaeMichelle Williams in a very Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton (of course) choice. You know I love it. Looking forward to Busy’s Insta Stories from tonight. More ruffles! I really wish this dress was lined, but I’m gonna give Rachel Brosnahan all the drama points in floral Christopher Kane. More ruffles and florals with Elizabeth Chambers ticking off these two trends in Giambattista Valli. Ilaria Urbinati does it again, giving Armie Hammer something fun to wear. This time more plaidEmily V. Gordon continues to deliver on the patterned frocks. This one is perfect for this setting. Kumail, you look good too.

Also, count me in with this idea.A bold suit and paisley shirt combo for Daniel Kaluuya in pattern clashing Etro.I am still mad about what happened in The X-Files premiere. I am not mad about what is going on here with Gillian Anderson wearing a geometric print Victoria Beckham.Andrea Riseborough shows the #TimesUp message is one that can be worn all weekend.Well, holy shit. This is how you do a ladysuit. Bowing down always, to Isabelle Huppert. Also Gucci continues to do the most in the suit department.

Best of the Creative Arts Emmys Red Carpet

13 Sep

The Emmys like to start early dishing out their Creative Arts awards prior to the big show next weekend. This includes costume design, guest star, production design, theme music and the red carpet delivers some fun and stunning looks. The Creative Arts Emmys will air on Saturday, September 19 on FXX and the full list of winners can be found here.

Mindy Kaling EmmysMindy Kaling has a very busy week ahead of here with season 4 of The Mindy Project and her new book Why Not Me? coming out/airing on Tuesday. Double press duty ahoy. Mindy also had double Saturday event attending with the Creative Art Emmys and The Mindy Project premiere party (more on that later) and she wore a stunning custom made Salvador Perez gown to her first soiree. Perez is the costume designer on The Mindy Project and was nominated (sadly he didn’t win), but Kaling showcases his work in stunning style. The cape is everything and gives me Lupita at the Golden Globes feels.

Mae WhitmanA really funky take from Mae Whitman wearing floral Alice + Olivia.

Rachel BrosnahanA simple, but elegant white gown from House of Card’s nominee Rachel Brosnahan. Could maybe do with a bold red lip color.

Nina DobrevSomething a little different from Nina Dobrev in Mugler, but it is her Sophia Webster ‘Poppy’ sandals which have really caught my eye.

Joanna SotomuraEmma Approved’s Joanna Sotomura wore a pleated and embellished bodice gown going full ethereal beauty. I still really need to see Emma Approved and not just because my name is in the title.

Katharine McPheeAnother beaded stunner with Katharine McPhee in Naeem Khan.

Key and PeeleEntering the pairs posing section of the red carpet and kicking off with guys in a suits; oh hey Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. That is one big bow tie.

Chelsea Peretti and Jordan PeeleMore dashing Jordan Peele and this coupling still makes me very happy as does Chelsea Peretti’s Lublu Kira Plastinina gown.

Constance Zimmer and Shiri ApplebyUnREAL is the show of the summer and this is one onscreen pairing I would like to see so much more of. Yes I have thoughts about Shiri Appleby’s super high split (which would work so much better without the gun holster looking element), but her earrings are fantastic and the thought of heels at the best of times makes my feet instantly hurt. I also love the monochrome thing they’ve got going on with each other and Constance Zimmer’s dress is simple chic.

Kathryn Hahn and Jill SolowayTransparent took home a whole bunch of awards (including the theme music which makes my heart ache and full of so much joy every time I hear it) and I am so here for Kathryn Hahn’s dress which in itself is making my heart ache as it reminds me of wallpaper in my grandpa’s old house. Gonna give Jill Soloway the polka dot points just because.

Margo MartindaleRounding things off with one of the winners and Margo Martindale patterned jacket is rather fabulous as is the fact that The Americans is now an Emmy winner. However it would be nice if they could recognize far more than just the person who was in one scene, but hey it is a start.

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