Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2016

Yay, awards time! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun.

The Television Episode that Kicked the Ass of Anything in Movies Award:

The Battle of the Bastards, Game of Thrones

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Alan Rickman’s Absurd Lack of Oscar Nominations

This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon, hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen. Click HERE for a list of the other posts for Week 2: The Oscar Snubs.

I’m just going to throw this out there because I want to shut down, once and for all, the notion that Academy Award nominations have much to do with “merit”:

Sylvester Stallone has TWO Oscar nominations (in acting categories).

Alan Rickman died with ZERO Oscar nominations.

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Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2015

I’m a little late with my pop culture awards—computer problems over Christmas. But at last, at last, (I know you’ve all been anxiously waiting!) here they are!

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31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: Child Actor Nominees/Winners

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This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon, hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen. Click HERE to see more posts from Week 1: THE ACTORS.

I remember so clearly when Tatum O’Neal won Best Supporting Actress at the tender age of 10. I was around 12 years old at the time, had seen the film, LOVED it, loved her in it. (It remains one of my favorite movies and performances to this day.) My parents were very strict about sticking to my designated bed time when I was a kid, but for some reason were always lenient on Oscar night. I think they knew they were raising a budding cineaste.

I recall watching the ceremony on a little 9 inch black and white TV in my bedroom and jumping up and down on my twin bed when her name was announced.

She was a kid–like me! AND SHE WON A BIG AWARD! THE BIGGEST AWARD IN THE UNIVERSE! (I was probably not aware of the Nobel Prize at the time–or, at least, not cognizant of its importance relative to the Oscar.)

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What The 2014 Emmy Nominations Got Wrong–and Right

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The Emmy nominations were announced this week. Some of my favorite shows got a boatload of nominations (Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, American Horror Story: Coven, to name a few.) So how come my main reaction was something like this:

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As I mentioned in my Pop Culture Awards post from last year, it must be rough to be an Emmy nomination judge, especially in the drama categories. There are so many quality dramas now, with so many quality actors giving amazing performances, it’s not at all odd that a lot of people get left out.

There were also surprises, many of them fabulous, but some of the snubs were mind-boggling.

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

versatileFellow blogger Rachel Lynn Brody has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Here are the rules for winning the award:

Thank the person who gave you this award. THANK YOU RACHEL!

Include a link to their blog: I Wrote This

Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site.

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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Go Home Oscar Nominations, You’re Drunk

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Before I go off on a rant about this year’s Oscar nominations, let me say this:

2013 was a pretty good movie year. I went to the movies more often than in the previous few years, and left the theater smiling way more than scowling.

Good stuff from both mainstream Hollywood and independents. Some great performances that will probably stand the test of time. It was also an amazing year for movies with female leads, with movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Heat, Gravity and Frozen showing that stories focusing on female characters can really rake in the bucks. In fact, Catching Fire currently tops 2013 in domestic box office.

So an array of great movies and performances means that OF COURSE there were going to be some big Oscar snubs. But, boy, a few of them really got my goat.

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Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2013, Part Two

Time for Part Two of this year’s pop culture awards! Last week I concentrated exclusively on television. This week, I deal with movies, books, music and other entertainment topics. 1. The Complete Failure To Get The Point Award: The anonymous clowns who have approached Lionsgate Films about building a theme park based on The Hunger Games—and Lionsgate, for seriously considering the offers. No, they’re not kidding. Sure, there are people defending the idea. I even get where they’re coming from. It’s what I call the Cinematic Conundrum. When you’re safe in your theater seat (or at your video console or … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2013, Part Two

Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2013, Part One

It’s awards season! Time for my second annual pop culture awards! Same as last year, these are limited to my own personal preferences (as I’m not a professional critic) are just for fun and a place for me to laud what I loved and rant about what made me mad over the past year. As I was composing this post, I noticed it was becoming very long, and also that it was being dominated by television categories, so I decided to split it into two posts. This week I’m concentrating on television only. Next week will be Part Two of … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2013, Part One

Pop Culture Roundup September 2013

1. New hits are already emerging from the Fall TV season. Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Blacklist and The Crazy Ones were the first of the new series to break from the pack. Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for a second season and The Blacklist has a full season order. And several shows haven’t even premiered yet! 2. Harry Potter is back! Without Harry Potter! It was announced that JK Rowling is writing a series of screenplay adaptations of her Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It will return to the Harry Potter universe, … Continue reading Pop Culture Roundup September 2013

The Best Shows Left Off The WGA 101 Best-Written TV Series List

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has revealed their list of the 101 best-written television series. First, let me say that in general, I’m not fond of lists. Rankings and what gets included can seem very arbitrary, and certain things like “recency-bias” (bias in favor of recently-made shows) and personal preference can skew the results. That said: it’s a pretty good list. Here it is: 1. “The Sopranos” 2. “Seinfeld” 3. “The Twilight Zone” (1959) 4. “All in the Family” 5. “M*A*S*H” 6. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” 7. “Mad Men” 8. “Cheers” 9. “The Wire” 10. “The West Wing” … Continue reading The Best Shows Left Off The WGA 101 Best-Written TV Series List

Oscars, I Can’t Quit You

Another year, another Oscars show. (Did you notice we’re not calling it “The Academy Awards” anymore?  I think probably because some focus group told them it made the show sound like it’s for old people.) Yay for Argo—I watched the movie for the first time just before the Oscars aired and LOVED it. Of course, this made me even madder that Ben Affleck was snubbed in the directing category. I was also thrilled to see Jennifer Lawrence win, even though I am no fan of The Silver Linings Playbook. But, boy, did we all have to slog through a lot … Continue reading Oscars, I Can’t Quit You

The Oscar Nominations – Snubs & Flubs

Sometimes, the Oscar nominations depress me. Well, it’s not just Oscar nominations, but the state of the movie industry in general, which I addressed in a recent post. And what better reflection of this state than the Oscars nominations, which were announced this morning? Don’t get me wrong–a lot of fine films, filmmakers, actors and technicians were nominated. But certain things made me want to scream. (Which I almost did in my cubicle at work as I watched the nominations streaming on my phone.) First, the snubs: Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck: The way the nominations are set up now, snubs … Continue reading The Oscar Nominations – Snubs & Flubs

Debbie’s Totally Random And Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2012

It’s that time of year, folks–AWARDS! BEST LISTS! WORST LISTS! Everybody’s doing it. I thought I would get in on the act, too. Here’s the thing, though: I haven’t seen every movie, TV show, read every book, listened to every album, or even followed the gossip about every celebrity. I’m also not fond of “best” and “worst” lists on principle, because very few critics, professional or amateur, seem to use objective criteria when assembling their lists. So I’m making up my own categories, to recognize what enthralled me and what repelled me in pop culture this past year: 1. The … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random And Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2012

The Liebster Blog Award Has Found Me At Last

Imagine my surprise when I received a message today telling me fellow blogger Strannyi has nominated me for a Liebster Award. I vaguely remembered hearing of the award before, but had to do a quick Google search to refresh my memory. Basically, it’s a pay-it-forward thing for bloggers. The rules are to nominate some bloggers who have fewer than somewhere between 200 and 3,000 followers (I don’t get that criteria, either) and leave a message on each blog that they’ve been nominated. Then answer 11 questions the nominator asks and create 11 questions for the new nominees to answer. So … Continue reading The Liebster Blog Award Has Found Me At Last