Monday, August 27, 2007
emmy viewing - 2

The second Emmy category that I watched was:

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

And the Nominees are, in alphabetical order are....



JIM BROADBENT as Lord Longford in "LONGFORD". Jim Broadbent is a really spectacular actor....I first became fully aware of him in "Enchanted April", (a wonderful wonderful film....). He is a most versatile actor playing in comedy and drama and equally comfortable in both....Most recently he was in "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Vera Drake", "Moulin Rouge" "Topsy Turvy" and The Bridget Jones films playing Bridget's father....His performance in this HBO Film is right up there with the best of all his very wonderful creative performances. An interesting film, too...based on a true story.



ROBERT DUVALL as Prentice "Print" Ritter in "BROKEN TRAIL". Duvall is the consummate actor....beginning back with 'Boo Radley' in "To Kill A Mockingbird" through "The Godfather 1 & 2" to this performance in this very touching miniseries, Robert Duvall is superb, as always. He has never given a bad performance. His playing of the 'simple man of the west' who possesses great values and integrity, is spot on....I had not seen this mini series when it was on so this was a pleasure to watch.



Next.....



WILLIAM H. MACY as Clyde Umney & Sam Landry in 'Umney's Last Chance', part of the Nightmares & Dreamscapes from The Stories Of Stephen King.
I was completely unfamiliar with this whole series...and in fact I don't have a clue to what the other stories in this series are.....William H. Macy never gives a bad performance and this particular episode is very interesting because he plays two characters....the writer who is writing this story, and the lead character in the story itself---kind of a 'film noir' detective type, which takes place in a different time period....There is always a bit of a twinkle in his eye no matter what part he is playing....




And then.....


MATTHEW PERRY as Ron Clark in "THE RON CLARK STORY".


Another film I had not seen....a very touching and inspiring story based on a real teacher, Ron Clark, who lived these experiences. Perry was outstanding in this very good film....I think he is an extremely underrated actor. It was good to see him in this film, which allows him to display his true depth as an actor, as he also did in "Studio 60", as well. If you haven't seen this TV film, it is very much worth a look-see.



And last but not least, by any means.....



TOM SELLECK as Jesse Stone in "JESSE STONE: SEA CHANGE". Another actor that rarely gets the accolades he deserves...This is the latest film in a series of, I believe, three films based on this character Jesse Stone, none of which I had seen before. So, again, it was a pleasure to watch this movie....This is an interesting character for Selleck....He plays a small town alcoholic policeman who cannot seem to get over the end of his marriage, among other things. Selleck was excellent in this very interesting and absorbing movie.


So, of the five performances in this category, I had only seen one of them when it first appeared on television...Jim Broadbent in 'Longford'. This was a very difficult category because the performances were all of such high caliber. The voting sheet is as follows: You give each actor a number from One to Five..."one" being best, and you can only assign each number once.....a difficult task, let me tell you. But, I made my choices and have mailed in my Voting Sheet and my signed affidavit stating that I have watched each DVD completely.


So, if you had the chance to cast your vote by this rating system, assuming you have seen the performances, who would be your number one choice....? (There is only one winner in this category....)



More To Come......












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25 Comments:
had this to say:

Probably the ONE to Matthew Perry. Or Robert Duvall. Hard. Robert Duvall- could watch him in ANYTHING!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 1:19:00 PM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Oh, what a hard decision to make!!!
Good luck :D

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 1:43:00 PM PDT 

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hmm I have seen the Tom Selleck movies and he was fantastic, as always! and I adore William H Macy but did not see the movie..sigh.

ok. ok. on sex alone.. tom selleck! lol lol.. j/k hehehe.. not an easy choice, have to really see them all to vote on that one!

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 2:18:00 PM PDT 

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I think I'd vote for William H. Macey. I think he's a wonderful character actor and he's certainly played some varied parts.

I haven't actually seen any of the shows as we're always a bit behind here in the UK.

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 3:02:00 PM PDT 

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Hmmm well I would go with the sentimental vote and go with Jim, after all I HAVE to vote for the Professor from The Chronicles, heck I even went to his house and blogged it lol.
Other then that Bill Macy would get my vote :)
Today a YEAR ago Mark and I came back for our second visit up to the hills :) teasing the tour buses lol.

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 3:09:00 PM PDT 

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Tom Selleck might get extra consideration because he is so darn handsome. :-)
I love Robert Duvall in anything and everything. Lonesome Dove is one my favorites of all time. Of all the movies/series you named, Broken Trail is the only one I saw.
William H. Macy is an incredible actor!!
The British guy who was in Moulin Rouge is terrific too. He was great in Moulin Rouge. He is very versatile.
I have not seen much of Matthew Perry, so I can't say much about him.

I'm sure it was hard to decide, but maybe when you watched them, there was one performance that stood out from the rest.

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 4:25:00 PM PDT 

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For the past two years I've been acting as one of the judges in our local school literary contest. I think it's a lot easier than what you've been asked to do, but even so, it's HARD to number them and I begin to get confused.

These all look good to me, but I've not seen any! Last night we watched a video I LOVED. It's called An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lopez. It's about grief, death, family, forgiveness, wild nature, and a very tender relationship between two old (straight) coyboys. Very moving. (Oh, a grizzly also stars in it.)

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 7:46:00 PM PDT 

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Ohhhhhhh nooooooooo! Cheater, cheater!! LOL! You can't have HELP to decide this Naomi! It's way to important! However... I can honestly say having NOT seen ANY of them, that I vote for Tom Selleck! Cute has to count for something...

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 8:02:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I've not seen any of those performances, Naomi, but I'm partial to Duvall. He is a consummate actor.

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 9:06:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Maybe if I had seen all the films I would find it easier but I doubt it. I also have a strong leaning towards Robert Duvall - but they are all excellent in their different ways. I have been enjoying Matthew Perry in Studio 60. He has matured very nicely:) I did see Longford and liked the way they captured the tetchiness between husband and wife. He must have been an irritating old so and and it can't have been easy for the family to have him lampooned as he was. You must be relieved that it is over. Very well done!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 2:30:00 AM PDT 

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I haven't seen any of the movies but I for one think Jim Broadbent is a brilliant actor, along with William H Macy. What a decision you have to make Naomi! (But sounds like fun too!)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 3:57:00 AM PDT 

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OMG! How on earth do you decide between these wonderful actors? They are all so darn good! It must have been a very difficult decision indeed.

I haven't seen these particular performances but like you I really do feel that Matt Perry and Tom Selleck are seriously under-rated as actors so I would like to see their talent recognised.

The best thing about reading your Emmy posts is that I know at least one of the voters takes the process vary seriously indeed and votes on merit. It adds a very real of credibility to this for me as I know that sometimes awards can be based on political reasons or popularity contests.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 4:37:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Boy, I must be living under a rock! I haven't heard of any of these productions much less seen any of them. I must make more time in my schedule.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 10:04:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Dear Naomi,
I wish I could comment with a reasonable background. But, sorry, I’m not.
I’m old enough.
But, here in Norway post WW2, we hade a socialist regime. Backed up by the “Marshall plan” – they now claim they did it themselves. Until 1960, we had no TV. Only one Radio station – state owned.
From 1960 until a new government took place, we started with liberating and allowing “local radio stations” around 1982. The year after we could watch TV – broadcasted from abroad of course, in Norwegian.
First, allowed country covering TV competing with the state owned: 1993.

That’s why I’m not able to comment the shows you had to vote on.
We today, have a socialist regime. They proclaim the only form of justice is: We know your need better than you – and all social and medical care are to be given from the state – i.e. private hospitals are forbidden. Social care – may be, can be done by private organisations. But we will get rid of “private healthcare”.

Grrrr – forget these private frustrations. It’s local elections here – next Monday.

However, I read this post. It’s fascinating. I only wish I really could have taken part of it.

PS. Fall has come – very early – after the “Green Summer”.

hugs

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 11:57:00 AM PDT 

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I think I need to watch more movies! I have to admit to not having seen any of these Emmy offerings. I'm aware of these particular actors, but I really couldn't tell you what movies they have been in recently. Apart from Wm. H. Macy, I've seen him in quite a few.
Good thing they haven't asked ME to be on the Emmy voting committee. I'm hopeless! Naomi... it's up yo you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 3:07:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! I haven't seen or heard of any of them.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 5:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh, I love Jim Broadbent. We've loved him ever since Black Adder!
He's brilliant. And we both thought Topsy Turvy was fascinating and engrossing.

I'll have to look for this if it hits DVD.
~S

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 9:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

This is so cool Naomi altough I have not seen any of the film each of them deserve the best accolades but unforunately there is only one winner huh? Hmm...ahhh...ohh.....I'll wait for the verdict kekekek...

Have fun Naomi! :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 10:50:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I like Robert Duvall and William H. Macy since they are such good actors. Too bad we only get reruns of Emmy's here or late broadcast.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 1:59:00 AM PDT 

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The Ron Clark Story sounds good. Might have to check it out.

I see Tom Selleck is still a good looking fellow!! I always liked him.

You have a hard job doing this and I know that you are a fair judge and a good one. It's great to know that folks like you get to vote!

On a side note, I'm still in almond heaven!!! Oh my goodness! I had some that were creme brulee flavored and they went fast!! Then some that were a mint covered and they had melted together, but they are soooo yummy!! I put them in the fridge and when they got hard I broke them apart. I still have a few of these left!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 9:33:00 AM PDT 

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Hi Nay,

I would vote for Matthew - he is such a good actor and has been overlooked for so long because he was part of an ensemble cast for 10yrs.

I know Bruce Willis liked him and thought he was good.

This is a toughie, 'cos I adore William Macy and will usually watch him in anything.

But I haven't seen any of these here in the UK.

cq

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 1:42:00 AM PDT 

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I'm afraid I didn't see any of these movies! GOD, I must live in a tunnel...lol (Actually, I watch very little night-time TV)
BUT....I did see Broadbent in Vera Drake and thought that movie and him was excellent...so my vote would go to him.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 1:49:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Robert Duvall. Love that man. Really, I love him.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 8:27:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous layne
had this to say:

I have seen them all but Macy's movie.I'd have to vote for Tom Selleck.I love that character he plays.Best on TV in my opinion and he does an excellent job.My number 2 vote would be for Robert Duvall.

Monday, September 3, 2007 at 1:55:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn Masterman
had this to say:

As for Outstanding Lead Actor, in the films I have seen, I'd have a difficult time choosing one of the nominees as I am equally fond of Robert Duval and Tom Selleck's performances and could only rate them both a 5 even though that wouldn't do, but I'd absolutely give Matthew Perry a 4

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 4:04:00 PM PDT 

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