Saturday was a big day for the TV world as the 2012 Creative Emmys took place. Hollywood.com was both backstage and on the carpet, bringing you the scoop direct from the source. HBO and its epic hit Game of Thrones were the night's biggest winners, with the network taking home 17 statues — six of them for GoT. CBS wasn't far behind with 13 wins, followed by PBS with 11. Frozen Planet, Great Expectations, and Saturday Night Live each took home four awards, resulting in a three-way-tie for second place after Game of Thrones. See below for the list of winners:
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series: Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Judy Henderson, Craig Fincannon, Lisa Mae Fincannon for Homeland
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: David Rubin, Richard Hicks, Pat Moran, Kathleen Chopin for Game Change
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Jennifer Euston for Girls
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kathy Bates for Two and A Half Men
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: Greg Nicotero, Jake Garber, Andy Schoneberg, Kevin Wasner, Gino Crognale, Carey Jonse, Garrett Immel for The Walking Dead
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic): Mario Michisanti, Francesca Tampieri for Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic): Paul Engelen, Melissa Lackersteen for Game of Thrones
Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Zena Shteysel, Angela Moos, Patti Ramsey Bortoli, Barbara Fonte, Sarah Woolf, Nadege Schoenfeld for Dancing With the Stars
Outstanding Costumes for a Series: Michele Clapton, Alexander Fordham, Chloe Aubry for Game of Thrones
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: Annie Symons, Yvonne Duckett for Great Expectations
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie: Monte C. Haught, Samantha Wade, Melanie Verkins, Natalie Driscoll, Michelle Ceglia for American Horror Story
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special: Bettie O. Rogers, Jodi Mancuso, Inga Thrasher, Jennifer Stauffer, Cara Hannah Sullivan, Christal Schanes for Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series: Anne "Nosh" Oldham, Christine Greenwood for Downton Abbey
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Jeremy Davies for Justified
Outstanding Choreography: Joshua Bergasse for Smash ("National Pastime", "Let's Be Bad", "Never Met A Wolf")
Outstanding Music Direction: Rob Berman, Rob Mathes for The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): John Lunn for Downton Abbey
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special (Original Dramatic Score): Javier Navarrete for Hemingway & Gellhorn
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Adam Schlesinger, David Javerbaum for the 65th Annual Tony Awards ("It's Not Just for Gays Anymore")
Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series: Glenda Rovello, Amy Feldman for 2 Broke Girls ("And The Rich People Problems", "And The Reality Check", And The Pop Up Sale")
Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming: Brian Stonestreet, Alana Billingsley, Matt Steinbrenner for The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, and Steve Bass, Seth Easter for The 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie: David Roger, Paul Ghirardani, Jo Kornstein for Great Expectations
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series: Bill Groom, Adam Scher, Carol Silverman for Boardwalk Empire, and Gemma Jackson, Frank Walsh, Tina Jones for Game of Thrones
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Jordan Goldman, David Latham for Homeland
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: Steven A. Rasch for Curb Your Enthusiasm ("Palestinian Chicken")
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: Sue Federman for How I Met Your Mother ("Trilogy Time")
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Don Cassidy for Hatfields & McCoys - Part 2
Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials: Bill DeRonde, Chris Lovett, Mark Stepp, Pi Ware, John Zimmer, Ben Folts for 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming: Andy Netley, Sharon Gillooly for Frozen Planet ("Ends of the Earth")
Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming: Josh Earl, Alex Durham for Deadliest Catch ("I Don't Wanna Die")
Outstanding Animated Program: Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle, Bret Haaland, Nick Filippi, Chris Neuhahn, Ant Ward, Andrew Heubner, David Knott, Shaun Cashman, Steve Loter, Christo Stamboliev for The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program: Brian A. Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, Curtis Lelash, Rob Sorcher, JG Quintel, Mike Roth, Janet Dimon, Matt Price, Jack Thomas, John Infantino, Robert Alvarez for Regular Show ("Eggscellent")
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Maurice LaMarche for Futurama
Syd Cassyd Founders Award: Dick Askin
Governors Award: Dan Savage, Terry Miller for "It Gets Better"
Outstanding Special Visual Effects: Rainer Gombos, Juri Stanossek, Sven Martin, Steve Kullback, Jan Fielder, Chris Stenner, Tobias Mannewitz, Thilo Ewers, Adam Chazen for Game of Thrones ("Valar Morghulis")
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role: Dave Taritero, Robert Stromberg, Richard Friedlander, Eran Dinur, David W. Reynolds, Matthew Conner, Austin Meyers, Jonathan Dorfman, Steve Kirshoff for Boardwalk Empire ("Georgia Peaches")
Outstanding Stunt Coordination: Peewee Piemonte for Southland
Outstanding Main Title Design: Nic Benns, Rodi Kaya, Tom Bromwich for Great Expectations
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Paul Englishby for Page Eight
Outstanding Commercial: "Best Job" (Procter & Gamble Corporate Brand) – Wieden + Kennedy, Ad Agency; Anonymous Content, Production Company
Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: Tom Paul for Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Matthew Waters, Onnalee Blank, Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore for Game Of Thrones ("Blackwater")
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Stanomir Dragos, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern for Hatfields & McCoys — Part 1
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation: Stephen A. Tibbo, Dean Okrand, Brian R. Harman for Modern Family ("Dude Ranch")
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special: Paul Sandweiss, Tommy Vicari, Pablo Munguia, Kristian Pedregon for 84th Annual Academy Awards
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: Douglas Murray, Peter Horner, Kim Foscato, Steve Boeddeker, Casey Langfelder, Andrea Gard, Pat Jackson, Daniel Laurie, Goro Koyama, Andy Malcolm, Joanie Diener for Hemingway & Gellhorn
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera): Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens, Paul Fisher for Frozen Planet — Ends of the Earth
Outstanding Sound Editing For a Series: Peter Brown, Kira Roessler, Tim Hands, Paul Aulicino, Stephen P. Robinson, Vanessa Lapato, Brett Voss, James Moriana, Jeffrey Wilhoit, David Klotz for Game of Thrones ("Blackwater")
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series: Steven V. Silver for Two and a Half Men ("Sips, Sonnets, and Sodomy")
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series: Jonathan Freeman for Boardwalk Empire ("21")
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie: Florian Hoffmeister for Great Expectations
Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming: The Deadliest Catch team ("I Don't Want To Die")
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming: The Frozen Planet team ("Ends of the Earth")
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series: Steven Cimino, John Pinto, Paul J. Cangialosi, Len Weschler, Barry Frischer, Eric A. Einstein, Susan Noll, Frank Grisanti for Saturday Night Live (Host Mick Jagger)
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special: Steven Cimino, Paul J. Cangialosi, John Pinto, Chuck Goslin, Barry Frischer, Jeff Latonero, Len Weschler, Susan Noll, J.M. Hurley for Memphis (Great Performances)
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series: Robert Barnhart, Matt Firestone, Pete Radice, Patrick Boozer for So You Think You Can Dance (Season Eight Finale)
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special: Robert A. Dickinson, Jon Kusner, Travis Hagenbuch, Andy O'Reilly for The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Martin Scorsese for George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: Geoffrey C. Ward for Prohibition — A Nation of Hypocrites
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking: Connie Field, Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer for Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens)
Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Margaret Bodde, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Blair Foster, Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair, Martin Scorsese for George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Alastair Fothergill, Susan Winslow, Vanessa Berlowitz for Frozen Planet
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live (Host Mick Jagger)
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Tim Carvell, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding Variety Special: George Stevens, Jr., Michael M. Stevens for The Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Special Class Programs: Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss, Neil Patrick Harris for 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Special Class: Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Keith Crofford, Nick Weidenfeld, Rich Rosenthal for Children's Hospital
Outstanding Special-Class: Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: Michael M. Stevens for DGA Moments In Time
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Enhancement to a Television Program or Series: John Wooden, Aaron Bleyaert, Conan O'Brien, Timothy Campbell for The Team Coco Sync App
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Original Interactive Television Programming: Fourth Wall Studios for Dirty Work
Outstanding Children's Program: Ben Montanio, Vince Cheung, Todd J. Greenwald, Gigi McCreery, Perry Rein, Richard Goodman, Greg A. Hampson for Wizards of Waverly Place
Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Carol-lynn Parente, Melissa Dino, Mason Rather, Kevin Clash for Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger
Outstanding Reality Program: Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Chris Carlson, Scott Cooper, Sandi Johnson, Rachelle Mendez, Lety Quintanar, Rebekah Fry for Undercover Boss
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Martha Plimpton for The Good Wife
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The DVD and Blu-ray releases of the major studios are so prevalent as to be available for sale everywhere from Best Buy to 7-11. But every so often, you need to gamble on something a little obscure.
Here to help, as always, I present to you some blind buys that won’t have you running back to the return counter of your local media vendor:
Battle Beyond the Stars
Company: Shout! Factory
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Roger Corman’s campy interstellar remake of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai is among his very best films, both in terms of entertainment value and legitimate quality. The wild characters, the fantastic set pieces, and the charmingly inhibited special effects all shine beautifully in Shout! Factory’s latest transfer. Little known fact: James Cameron’s first visual effects job was serving as art director for Battle Beyond the Stars.
Special Features Include: Commentaries with John Sayles, Roger Corman, and production designer Gale Anne Hurd, a new interview with actor Richard Thomas, trailers, radio, and TV spots.
Company: Anchor Bay
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
A group of friends go boating for the weekend when their craft is capsized while crossing a coral reef. Adrift in the middle of nowhere, they thought drowning would be their biggest concern…they were wrong.
If you are laboring under the delusion that Jaws has the market cornered on shark films, give this recent Aussie thriller a spin. Admittedly a low-budget outing, the amiability of the characters and the suspense created with minimal explicit scares is very impressive.
Special Features Include: Making of featurette “Shooting with Sharks.”
Company: Severin Films/Intervision
Format: DVD and VHS!
This particular recommendation carries the biggest caveat: only die-hard fans of utterly awful cinema need apply.
Severin Films once again demonstrates their commitment to completely forgotten films with this 1989 Canadian gorefest. If you thought it weren’t possible to make a movie for less than the cost of a six-pack of Labatt Blue…think again! What really makes the experience of Things worthwhile is the fits of laughter into which the inexplicable dialogue and nonsensical, but ultra-violent, effects will send you. Props to Severin for also releasing the film in a limited edition VHS format for hopeless nostalgics…like me.
Special Features Include: Far more TV interviews with Things star Barry Gillis than he ever deserved, original trailers, and reactions to the film from Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, and Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisner.
Company: Blue Underground
The concept behind Blue Underground’s latest horror release is fascinating. A woman who is incredibly agoraphobic moves into a house that turns out to be haunted. So while she is being tormented by malevolent spirits inside the house, she is frozen by her fear and can’t bring herself to leave the house. Though largely a b-movie, there are some genuinely creepy sequences that make The Nesting a true gem.
Special Features Include: Deleted and extended scenes, trailers, TV spots, and a poster & still gallery.
Company: Shout! Factory
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Just as well as suspected, the Cold War ended with the almost complete annihilation of the human race. A group of soldiers, who were posted in an underground installation when the nuclear doo-doo hit the fan, set out to cross the barren wasteland that was once the United States in what will go down in history as cinema’s coolest RV. Damnation Alley is a great little adventure film that, but for a few perfectly placed swears, could have easily been produced by Disney. The cast is outstanding and includes George Peppard (TV’s The A-Team), Jan-Michael Vincent (The original Mechanic), and a very young Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen). Giant scorpions, mutated rednecks, and flesh-eating cockroaches! What more do you need?
Special Features Include: Commentary with producer Paul Maslansky, three new featurettes, theatrical trailer, and TV spots.
Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Takashi Miike is a name with which you should immediately familiarize yourself. In many ways, the man is Japan’s Danny Boyle; there’s not a single genre in which he can’t operate. In his latest, and arguably best, film a group of samurai are tasked with killing an evil lord before he is made ruler of all the land. 13 Assassins is exquisitely shot, beautifully performed, and the last thirty minutes amounts to one of the greatest action scenes I have ever witnessed.
Special Features Include: Interview with Takashi Miike, deleted scenes, and theatrical trailer.
Beauty and the Beast
Not to belittle Disney’s animated version, but Jean Cocteau’s 1946 take on Beauty and the Beast is definitely my favorite. There is something so otherworldly about it and the fantasy effects achieved despite the limitations of the time are spectacular. As per usual, Criterion’s transfer is breath-taking and the film has never looked better. It has been said that this is the film that inspired many of the fantasy films of the 80s including Ridley Scott’s Legend One glance at the shot wherein Belle runs slowly down a hall with seemingly miles of lace billowing around her and you’ll understand.
Special Features Include: Commentaries by film historian Arthur Knight and writer/historian Sir Christopher Frayling, Philip Glass’ opera La Belle et la Bête as an alternative soundtrack, interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan, rare behind-the-scenes photos, original trailer narrated by director Jean Cocteau.
Hobo with a Shotgun
Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
For a while it seemed movies that harkened back to the seedy grindhouse films of yesteryear were a genre unto themselves, but Jason Eisner’s Hobo with a Shotgun is not content simply aping the conventions of b-movie past. Instead, he creates something wholly unique even while still utilizing the genre’s schlock roots. Hobo with a Shotgun is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek send-up of Troma Studios, They Live, Robocop 2, and a dozen other entities that many of us had to sneak around to watch as kids. Staring Rutger Hauer as the titular armed indigent, Hobo with a Shotgun is as arty as it is magnificently violent. For a film that began life as a fake trailer, Hobo has spawned into something remarkable. If you’re looking for both a wickedly good time as well as blood-spattered auteurship, look no further.
Special Features Include: Commentaries with Jason Eisner, Rutger Hauer, Rob Cotterill, and David Brunt, an alternate ending, nine video blogs, deleted scenes, and the original fake trailer that started it all.