They Nominate Almost Everyone on West Wing, But Nobody on CSI — Come On!

It's so unlike me to toot my own horn. (Yeah … and Liza and David have a healthy sex life!) I have to say, though, in my recent analysis of the Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton marriage, I was right on the money.

Only three short weeks ago I came to you with (and I'm paraphrasing myself), "I don't give it long. They've gone in different directions regarding their lifestyles. She's a mom and he's a skirt-chasing party animal."

That's just what Angelina said (paraphrasing again) in the recent issue of Us Weekly. OK, so it's not rocket science, but I didn't see it written anywhere else.

Not convinced I'm a media guru with my finger on the very pulse of all that's impure and unholy in entertainment? How about my assessments of Julia Roberts and her rancid behavior in the romance department? I heard from oodles of you — yes, more than three makes an "oodle" — and clearly many folks were thinking the same thing.

Thanks, And I Don’t Look Like Angela Lansbury

I received hundreds of "You hit the nail right on the head" e-mails. Others: "I thought I was the only one who didn't like her." Some were awfully nasty, saying I was wrong about two things: Julia being a great actress and being beautiful. Some said she's neither.

There was a small margin of you who called me names and told me to mind my own beeswax. I was expecting that, so I don't take issue. Still, the guy who said my picture looked like Angela Lansbury was hitting below the belt.

But hey, I swallow hard, wipe the tears away and move on.

So now I ask you in all my finite wisdom to observe as I dissect and predict the outcome of this year's 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Where's the Cast of CSI?

To start with, I've got to go right for the jugular of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and squeeze tightly. For the life of me, I can't understand how they do their voting.

Based on the scattered nominations announced last week, I think there are two possible scenarios. One, the academy voters all went to a party and ate a crazy batch of hash brownies. Or two, the ballots were multiple choice and everyone colored them so they made a nifty pattern on the nomination sheets. What I'm trying to stress here is that the nominations don't make sense.

Walk with me …

Last year, Allison Janney of The West Wing won best supporting actress in a drama. This year she's nominated in the best actress category. She did have more scenes this past season, but it'd be very peculiar for her to win again for the same role, but in a different category. Of course, it'd be one of those "history-making" things. (Like Michael Jackson winning a best pop male Grammy one year and a best pop female the next. Relax. It's just an analogy.)

Rob Lowe, also from Wing, was nominated last year in the best actor category alongside the winner, Martin Sheen. This year, Lowe isn't nominated at all. As a matter of fact, he's the ONLY regular West Wing cast member who isn't nominated. I mean the only one.

Dule Hill, Richard Schiff, John Spencer and Bradley Whitford are all nominated in the supporting category. Sheen has another best actor nomination. All the women — including Janel Moloney, Stockard Channing and Mary-Louise Parker — are nominated for their supporting roles, and Janney has the best actress nomination, as I mentioned.

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