The nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced earlier this morning, sending all of us into Oscars overdrive. I mean, this is a BIG deal for our Hollywood stars. The Academy Awards is the entertainment industry's equivalent to the Super Bowl - if you make it there, then you know you've hit the big time and can now be deemed a "serious" actor. As a way to keep the Oscar ball rolling, let's see how all our favorite celebs are reacting to the rather exciting news. Now that the movie gods have spoken, it's time to hear Hollywood's thoughts on the matter. We mere mortals want to know! See for yourself how celebs are taking the news:
Jonah Hill (nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Moneyball): "Wow. Pretty incredible day so far." - Twitter
Jason Segel: "Holy Moly! Man or Muppet was nominated for a best song Oscar! Congrats to Bret McKenzie and the whole Muppet team!!! So happy for everyone!" - Twitter
Albert Brooks (who many say was snubbed for his role in Drive): "And to the Academy: 'You don't like me. You really don't like me.'" - Twitter
Joel McHale: "Congrats! @RashisTVUgly(Jim Rash aka #Community's Dean Pelton) received an Oscar nom for Writing Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants!" - Twitter
Octavia Spencer (nominee Best Supporting Actress, The Help): "I am so overwhelmed right now. I can't even tell you. I can't believe we just watched this." - ABC
Meryl Streep (nominee Best Actress, The Iron Lady): “I am honored to be in company with such beautiful artists, and touched deeply by my fellow actors for their generosity in giving me this acknowledgment.” - Reuters
Michael Hanazavicius (nominee Best Director,The Artist): "We made this film by passion and with our hearts and we never thought it was possible to go so high with an Oscar nomination and it's really unexpected." - Today
Melissa McCarthy (nominee Best Supporting Actress, Bridesmaids): "When they said my name I was like, ‘What show is this? This must be some other show.' I kept saying that, but when my picture came up I just kind of crumpled and my husband said, ‘You just got nominated for an Academy Award.'" - E!
Tom Hiddleston (of Best Picture nominees War Horse, Midnight in Paris): "Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer. HOW DO YOU PICK. #Oscars" - Twitter
Seth Meyers: "Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo get Oscar nom for Bridesmaids screenplay." - Twitter
Brooklyn Decker: "Melissa McCarthy nominated for an OSCAR for Bridesmaids! And it was nominated for best original screenplay. I can now die a happy lady." - Twitter
Elizabeth Banks: "@JonahHill HOLY MOTHER - CONGRATS, Academy-award nominee!" - Twitter
Congratulations to all the nominees! Be sure to tune into the Oscars on Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and find out who will take home the golden statues.
We're starting a new feature to help you figure out that age-old question: What's on TV tonight? We've got a few suggestions and a little context so all you have to do when you get home is kick back and enjoy the show.
Thursday, Nov. 10
Parks and Recreation
8:30 p.m. on NBC
The tension continues this week on Parks as Leslie is forced to work in close proximity to Ben when they build a Model U.N. We also find Chris making Jerry even more uncomfortable than we thought possible after that Halloween party display and Tom helps Ron find his replacement. This is going to be good.
9:00 p.m. on ABC
"Dark is The Night"
The stakes are getting higher on everyone's favorite doctor show. Meredith and Derek receive some news about the baby they're trying to adopt just before she and Alex are called on to treat an infant at a neighboring hospital and end up in a life-threating situation of their own. The promos show Cristina in tears, which doesn't bode well since Meredith is her "person." It should be a dramatic, juicy episode.
10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on FX
The little show that could comes on after the madcap FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and this week, it gets a little boost from Ray Liotta and an extra helping in the form of a second brand new episode. We'll see Jenny ruin Ruxin's relationship with his boss, Mr. Hudabega (Liotta), Taco will finally try to do something with his jingle-writing ability and we'll learn about a concept known as "breast favoritism." This double dose of the fantasty football sitcom should be well worth the attention.
8:00 p.m. on NBC
"Studies in Modern Movement"
Annie moves in with Troy and Abed and Jeff has to go to the mall with Dean Pelton.
The X Factor Eliminations
8:00 p.m. on Fox
One of the 11 finalists goes home; Jessie J performs.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
10:00 p.m. on FX
"The Gang Gets Trapped"
Our gang breaks into someone's house only to find that the victims are home. They're trapped in the house, Charlie and Mac are in the surveillance van, giggles ensue.
It almost makes you wanna trip over an ottoman, just for the hell of it.
Today marks fifty years since the premiere of The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the most iconic and influential sitcoms in television history. The Dick Van Dyke Show, starred (you probably don’t need us to tell you) Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, a family man and comedy writer for a New York City-based variety TV show. TDVDS seems to have all the facets of your standard workplace comedy—tyrannical boss, wisecracking coworkers, put-upon errand boy -- but there’s something that differentiates this series from others of its type: it was the first of its kind.
In fact, TDVDS was a pioneer not just as a workplace comedy (seriously—name one that came before it), but also in its portrayal of woman and minorities. One of the main characters, Sally Rogers, was a brash, single woman and professional comedy writer. TDVDS was nearly unprecedented in its portrayal of a black family as economic and societal equals to the Petries. And finally, it was one of the first shows to include a number of Jewish characters.
But in addition to these important sociopolitical steps, it was also the foundation for several types of comedic characters that have stood the test of time. We may not realize this, but characters from our favorite sitcoms today—workplace, family, all genres—draw inspiration from the cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey on 30 Rock)
Liz Lemon is the hapless head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan, a sketch comedy show on NBC. Since the series' start, Liz is illustrated as a career woman who has let her work addiction, and (often ironically counterproductive) measures to advance the depiction of women on television, stand in the way of her personal life. However, Liz's mission is to "have it all." She wants to meet a good man and start a family, but is in no way willing to give up her demanding job. Additionally, the scattered attempts Liz does make at finding love are always ill-fated, either by her own abrasive personality or by her attraction to terrible men.
Each and every one of these characteristics can be traced back to Rose Marie's character, Sally Rogers, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Sally's lack of apparent femininity led her to often be jokingly referred to as "one of the guys" by coworkers Rob and Buddy. She was a markedly successful professional writer, but she often lamented her inability to find a husband. The few men that Sally was seen with over the course of the series never offered much promise: her on-off love interest Herman Glimscher was immature (much like Liz's recurring boyfriend, and the best character in the history of television, Dennis Duffy). Furthermore, Sally often drove men away due to her unbridled personality and sense of humor.
Tom Haverford (
Aziz Ansari on Parks and Recreation)
While he was employed at the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana, Tom Haverford was rarely seen contributing to anything but the office vibe. Tom is an incurable wiseass. At every waking opportunity, he goofs off and makes fun of his coworkers (specifically Jerry...and Leslie...and Ben...and Jerry). There have been many quick-witted slackers over the years, but Tom is one we are pleased to have with us today. And, of course, we might not have Tom if we never had Morey Amsterdam's character, Buddy Sorrell, on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Although Buddy's work ethic was slightly more impressive than Tom's (after all, he was a comedy writer, so technically, making fun of the producer was part of the job...right?), he was not exactly a model employee. Buddy never let an opportunity to snark at producer Mel Cooley slip by, usually vying for the obvious target of his baldness. Like Tom, Buddy was shown to be a decent guy underneath his attitude -- still a jackass, but a decent jackass.
Dean Craig Pelton (Jim Rash on Community)
Every fan of Community (that I know) cheers whenever Greendale Community College's Dean Craig Pelton struts into the library to deliver what will inevitably be unappreciated, irrelevant, and annoying news to the study group. The dean is the biggest victim of the eightsome's constant barrage of mockery due to his overzealous embrace of everything that he has to say. Somehow, despite his laughable appearance and incredibly peculiar personality, Dean Pelton takes himself incredibly seriously, and takes great offense to anyone who insults him or his job.
In this case, there are as many physical similarities between Pelton and Richard Deacon's Dick Van Dyke character Mel Cooley as there are personal. The bald, bespectacled Mel cherished his position of authoirty over the fun-loving gang of writers. However, his authority was strictly in title; he rarely commanded any respect from the trio, especially Buddy. Mel was the victim of endless abuse from the wisecracking comedians. Still, he carried out his position with great pride, much like Dean Pelton does his. Of course, Mel was never shown to be a pansexual deviant...maybe Community got that from Leave it to Beaver.
Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak on The Office)
Ah, the horrible boss. Beyond every other staple in workplace comedy has this one pervaded. Now, one might find it curious that, in use of The Office, we wouldn't highlight the iconic Michael Scott as the 'bad boss.' The thing is, Michael, while bumbling, insecure, immature, and ill-equipped for his position, was actually a pretty decent guy...underneath it all, anyway. Ryan Howard, however, during his reign as Michael's superior at Dunder Mifflin Corporate, was very much the opposite. He embodied perfectly the 'evil boss.' He was seflish, egotistical, insensitive, and obsessed with own success over others' and the company's. He was not above belittling, berating or manipulating his employees if it meant getting what he wanted.
Over the years, there have been many, many terrible bosses. But they all date back to creator Carl Reiner's character Alan Brady, star of the in-universe Alan Brady Show for which Rob, Sally and Buddy were writers. Alan originated as a faceless character, much like the George Steinbrenner character we saw in Seinfeld. Once the show made a transition into depicting Brady as a full-fledged character, he got meaner, ruder, more narcissitic and less compassionate -- especially to his own brother-in-law, Mel.
Phil and Claire Dunphy (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen on Modern Family)
Phil and Claire are a classic formula. Goofy husband, high-strung wife. Both good-hearted and devoted to one another. Unlike some other series of recent past, it is easy to see why Phil and Claire love each other. Their differences are not played to extremes in the interests of laughable chaos. We actually see plenty of their similarities, as well. While Phil's bumbling nature often causes Claire grief, and Claire's flusterability (just go with it) might upset Phil, we never doubt that they're right for each other.
And this is something we definitely find in Rob and Laura Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke himself and the great Mary Tyler Moore. They started it all: the great married couple. Not perfect to the point of inhuman like the Cleavers. Not flawed to the point of "Well, why are they even married?" like the Barrones. Totally real. Totally lovable. Totally memorable. Like the show itself, a true legacy.
Hey, did you know Community creator Dan Harmon wrote Monster House? How about J.J. Abrams writing Gone Fishing? One more? Fine. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) from Community wrote the script for George Clooney’s latest The Descendants. Boom. Mind blown because sometimes people you wouldn't expect write some odd movies.
Which brings me to Win Win writer/director Tom McCarthy. He just signed a deal to write the family comedy Home Movies for DreamWorks. It follows a man who discovers he can rewrite his life when he revisits and is transported back into old home movies. Something tells me a sex tape won’t be involved, but wouldn’t that be awesome? Why do they not think of the kids?
Source: Hollywood Reporter