Hollywood Films Awards 2014

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People are probably thinking The Hollywood Film Awards was on 17 years ago? Did I missed it? What happened to the Day Time Emmy awards? Was that 17 years ago too? Please don’t put awards show streaming on the internet again.  And now Dish Network is dropping channels again? Come on! I need my Big Bang. I meant Big Bang Theory. These shows are meant to be seen on TV not streaming over the internet.

The Hollywood Film Awards is the mandatory stop in winning the Oscar, and the Golden Globes too, but the Hollywood Film Awards is the achievement in filmmaking and acting performance. It started in 1997, by Carlos de Abreu and Janice Pennington. Over the years, it was covered by the entertainment media such as Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood, and other Entertainment media sites. But now, it’s on CBS.

Here are some highlights of what happened if you already missed it.

“Gone Girl” won the evening’s top prizes and Ben Afleck  was on hand to accept on behalf of the cast, director and producer. It was based on Gillian  Flynn’s bestselling novel. And she won for best  screenplay adaptation of her book.

“If you’re gonna have one chance for America to see your junk, you want it to be cold,” Affleck quipped. Junk. Cold. What?

Shailene Woodley scored breakout actress honor for “The Fault in Our Stars.” “To do this film really, truly felt like such an honor in my life,” she said.

Jennifer Lopez couldn’t read the teleprompter and a flub her lines for the introduction for the animation award. Instead of saying “How to Train Your Dragon 2” she said “How to Drain Your Dragon”, that will end up on a gag reel or the internet. She giggle when she said it.

Johnny Depp also stumbled over some words while introducing the documentary prize. To his credit, Depp admitted from the start he’s not good at these types of things. Get used to it Johnny Depp.

Kristen Stewart, who was wearing a mesh cropped top that showed off her sexy body, was completely unaware she suffered a wardrobe malfunction as she presented an award to her “Still Alice” co-star, Julianne Moore, according to US Weekly. I was looking closely. I can see through her top.

Most of the winners are contenders to win the Oscars which will be presented on ABC on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7pm,  with your host Neil Patrick Harris.

Here are the winners

Hollywood Film: “Gone Girl”

Hollywood Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Hollywood Blockbuster: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Hollywood Documentary: Mike Myers, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”

Hollywood Actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Career Achievement: Michael Keaton

Hollywood Animation: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Hollywood Comedy Film: Chris Rock, “Top Five”

New Hollywood: Jack O’Connell, “Unbroken”

Hollywood Ensemble: “Foxcatcher” cast

Hollywood Director: Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Hollywood Song: Janelle Monae, “What is Love?” from “Rio 2”

Hollywood Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”

Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Hollywood Breakthrough Director: Jean-Marc Vallee, “Wild”

Hollywood Supporting Actress: Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress: Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars”

Hollywood Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Hollywood Cinematography Award: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Hollywood International Award: Jing Tian

Hollywood Visual Effects Award: Scott Farrar, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Hollywood Film Composer Award: Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”

Hollywood Costume Design Award: Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Hollywood Editing Award: Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, “Fury”

Hollywood Production Design Award: Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, “Maleficent”

Hollywood Sound Award: Ren Klyce, “Gone Girl”

Hollywood Makeup and Hairstyling Award: David White (Special Makeup Effects) and Elizabeth Yanni-Georgiou (Hair Designer and Makeup Designer), “Guardians of the Galaxy”





The 65th Prime Time Emmy Awards

Last Sunday night was the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles

Here are some highlights.

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Will Ferrel and his sons announced the Outstanding Comedy and Drama series.  Will came out wearing just a T-shirt and short and in tow his three sons with the same attire he was wearing.  Looked like he couldn’t find a baby sitter and lost his tuxedo, but that was good. “This is the Emmys, don’t blow this for me guys,” he said.  Then one of them wanted to go the bathroom. He told him to hold it.  One was playing a game and the two of them were standing and waiting to go home or to the bathroom.

Merrit Weaver

Nurse Jackie star Merrit Wever’s won for best supporting actress in a comedy and one of the best speeches ever, there should be a category for the next Emmy Awards, one for best speeches. She said “Thank you. I gotta go.”  What she meant by this, she needed to go to the bathroom. She was surprised that she won and speechless of what to say to her fellow costars and friends.

Michael Douglas

While accepting his award for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, “Behind the Candelabra” star Michael Douglas gave a special shout out to his Liberace movie co-star, Matt Damon. “This is a two-hander, and Matt, you’re only as good as your other hand,” Douglas cheekily said, as Damon laughingly waved off the praise. “You really deserve half of this,” Douglas continued. “So, do you want the bottom, or the top?”

Since Liberace was gay and Michael Douglas, played him in the movie was teasing Matt Damon. You have to see this movie, it was incredibly well done, Behind the Candelabra it’s playing  on HBO and it’s already out on DVD since September 17, 2013.

Bob Newhart

If you haven’t seen Bob Newhart Show, it is still one of the funniest TV show and he made a guest appearance on the Big Bang Theory. Still funny has ever. He makes me laugh when he comes either on the big screen or TV screen. He’s an icon. The audience gave him a stand ovation.

“Was that a compliment, or were you just trying to rub it in?” said Newhart.

In memorial when celebrities die within the year, they should select who were memorable to us and contributed to the entertainment community and how many Emmys they had. James Gandolfini, memorialized by Edie Falco; Jonathan Winters, by Robin Williams; Jean Stapleton, by Rob Reiner; writer-producer Gary David Goldberg, by Michael J. Fox and Cory Monteith, by Jane Lynch.  As you may know Cory Monteith died with an overdose of drugs. Of course he was talented young actor, but he never received an Emmy for his work. Other actors, like Jack Klugman, Dennis Farina, Annette Funicello, Bonnie Franklin, Julie Harris and Andy Williams. received Emmys for their work.  Cory was young when he passed away. Probably they wanted to pay respect for song and dance on Glee. Plus they could have show clips of their performance for each, it only take six to ten seconds for each one.  I hope next awards like the Oscar 2014 could have done better.

Jim Parson Emmy

Jim Parsons poses backstage with award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role on  “The Big Bang Theory.” His third win.


Derrek Hough won his first award as a choreography for “Dancing with The Stars”

Here are the rest of the winners:

Drama Series: “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom (HBO)

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Comedy Series: “Modern Family” (ABC)

Lead Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Lead Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” (HBO)

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, “30 Rock” (NBC)

Miniseries or Movie: “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)

Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)

Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter” (Showtime)

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX)

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals” (USA)

Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)

Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, “The Hour” (BBC America)

Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice” (NBC)

Variety Series: “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

Writing, Variety Series: “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Choreography: Derek Hough, “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

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Daytime Emmy Awards 2013

Daytime Emmy awards was presented over the weekend  on Father’s day.  Whoever produced the show could do a little bit better. They should have kept in plain and simply way, like an ordinary award show. Look how the Oscar was presented, The Tony awards and the Primetime Emmy awards.

I hope the producers would not messed up the Primetime Emmy awards coming in the fall.

Probably it was the location, they held the Daytime Emmy awards in the Beverly Hills Hilton where numerous of actors of died there over a period of decades ago and the present.  It was the ghosts and the hauntings that haunt the place and that messed up the Daytime Emmy awards, plus the hotel has a lot of history.

The highlights of the Daytime Emmy awards:

Days of Our Lives won for Best Drama series beating out last year’s winner, ABC’s General Hospital, as well as CBS’ top-rated The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC’s One Life to Live.  Days of Our Lives won best daytime drama series in 1975.

Overall, B&B went home with the most awards, winning four, while Days, Y&R and GH tied with two apiece.

Since some of the soaps have gone to the internet how would they get nominated for Emmys?

George Lucas got his first Daytime Emmy for ‘The Clone Wars’ on the Cartoon Network, he was the executive producer of the show.  He was nominated twice for Primetime Emmys for Ewok-themed children’s series. Lucas also said it was only the second award he’s ever won, following on the heels of an NAACP Image Award for the movie Red Tails. I have seen Red Tails and it is magnificent produced.  It had the Stars Wars quality, but this movie ‘Red tails’ is good.

An embarrassing moment for The Talk cast who were about to announced the winner for best talk show/informative.  Aisha Tyler realized she had the wrong envelope, exclaiming, “Oh this is interesting, this winner is not in this category.” She noticed her show The Talk was not nominated. She was given the right envelope and Dr. Oz won for Best Informative show.  Dr. Oz is my doctor.

Another awkward award moment goes to Ricki Lake , who was named best talk show host for her show, but it was canceled, she wasn’t there to accepted.  Anderson Cooper got canceled too.  There are too many talk shows on TV who can watch all these shows, they should have their own network called “TV Talk network” (TTN).

The Ellen DeGeneres Show won its seventh Daytime Emmy for best talk show in entertainment.  I Love her show.

CBS Sunday Morning beat out NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America for best morning program honors. I used to watch this show when I was small on Sunday mornings. Best human interest stories ever. Charles Kuralt used to host the show and now it Charles Osgood. Very good show.

Julie Marie Berman, from ‘General Hospital’  was called as a winner for best supporting actress in a drama series. She played Lulu Spencer on GH until leaving the show earlier this year. Does this means she will get her job back as Lulu Spencer?   How would they write her back in the show?

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, won best younger actress in a drama series and became emotional and overwhelmed onstage in her excitement. She thanked everyone from her fellow cast members and crew to “Jeannie, my tutor who got me through high school. I don’t know how she did it.” I need to be a tutor for the stars. Call me.

Another awkward award moment was Y&R star Jess Walton and Corbin Bernsen introduced the “In Memoriam” segment with a tribute to his mom, longtime Y&R star Jeanne Cooper. Until Corbin Bernsen used the S and F word live on TV.  No one was near the censor button?

Good Morning America’s Sam Champion joined HLN’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host the annual awards show. They should have done a song and dance number.  Sam Champion was doing the weather report on the screen.  Robin Meade was good, she could have let loose. She sang beautiful.  Stick to broad cast new reporting.

And the winner is…

Outstanding Drama Series:

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Game Show:

The Price is Right

Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Outstanding Talk Show-Informative:

The Dr. Oz Show

Outstanding Morning Program:

CBS Sunday Morning

Outstanding Culinary Program:

TIE — The Best Thing I Ever Made and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

TIE — Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful and Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Julie Marie Berman, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:

Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host:

Ben Bailey, Cash Cab

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team:

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Talk Show Host:

Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show

Lifetime Achievement:

Monty Hall, Let’s Make a Deal

Outstanding Culinary Host:

Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Italy

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team:

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Lifetime Achievement:

Bob Stewart

Outstanding Original Song:

“Good Afternoon” for Good Afternoon America

Depression is there a placebo?

On Sunday, CBS’ “60 Minutes” broadcast what it called an “explosive” report on “new scientific research” that has found that antidepressants are no more effective than placebos at treating mild and moderate depression.

Explosive? Well, yes, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl reported, that the 17 million Americans with depression are spending an estimated $11.3 billion annually on drugs that research says don’t work for most of the people using them. (Antidepressants have been found to help people with severe depression.)

But new? Hardly. Studies linking the placebo effect to antidepressants have been around for more than a decade.

In fact, the main medical expert featured in the “60 Minutes” story, psychologist Irving Kirsch, who is assistant director of the Placebo Studies Program at theHarvardMedicalSchool, published his first major paper on this topic in 1998.  That one caused a medical uproar at the time, as did a second paper Kirsch co-authored in 2002. That’s the paper he talks about in the “60 Minutes” story — the one in which he looked at unpublished as well as published studies from the pharmaceutical industry. (As Kirsch points out to Stahl, drug companies frequently decline to publish their unfavorable findings. He had to request those studies from the Food and Drug Administration.)

Since then other researchers have come to similar conclusions. Indeed, many scientists researching depression have now discarded the entire rationale behind antidepressants — the theory that depression is caused by some kind of brain chemical imbalance, especially low levels of the hormone serotonin. In the “60 Minutes” broadcast, one of these researchers, psychiatrist Dr. Walter Brown ofBrownUniversity, referred to the serotonin theory as “a gross over implication.”

It’s not as though the antidepressant/placebo story hasn’t received press coverage in the past. Newsweek ran a cover story in 2010 called “The Depressing News About Antidepressants,” shortly after a major meta-analysis (a study that looks at the best evidence from many smaller studies) found that any benefit of antidepressants over placebo pills was “minimal or nonexistent.” Time magazine ran its own major piece on the topic a few months later.

And there have been many other articles in the media as well, including a thorough venting of the subject in a 2008 Men’s Health article by Minnesota-based freelance writer Paul Scott.

Then there is the widely reviewed book that Kirsch himself wrote on the topic (“The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth”) in 2010.

All this history made me wonder why Stahl seemed so astonished during her interview with Kirsch. She seemed to be unaware of the decade-long controversy surrounding antidepressants. At one point she says to Kirsch, “But people are getting better taking antidepressants. I know them. We all know them.”

“Yes,” replies Kirsch. “People get better when they take the drug. But it’s not the chemical ingredients of the drug that is making them better. It’s largely the placebo effect.”

Still, better late than never, I guess. Having the topic featured on “60 Minutes” will certainly bring it to the attention of many, many more people. The show also does a service by talking about the two treatments for mild and moderate depression that some research has shown to be effective: exercise and talk therapy.