The Winners of the Second Annual Feelies!

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Posted by Kim and Sage

The time has come! Welcome to the prestigious (in our opinion) Feelies award ceremony, where we announce the winners of our second annual reader poll! Voting opened last Monday for several categories in TV drama and comedy. (You can check out the nominee post here.) The competition has been fierce, especially where our nominees’ official social media accounts got involved (what up, Jane the Virgin?!), and, in some cases, the leaderboards have been constantly changing. But in the end, each race could only have one winner. We’re proud to bring you those winners today.

The Feelies go to….

Best Comedy Series

The nominees were: Broad CityJane the VirginThe Mindy ProjectParks and RecreationSelfie, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

THE WINNER IS: Jane the Virgin

Kim: Much like last year’s winner (and this year’s runner-up) Parks and RecreationJane the Virgin is a comedy that is driven by its heart.  On paper, the premise is a little ridiculous (a virgin is accidentally inseminated when going in for her annual check-up) but Jane the Virgin is so much more than its telenovela roots.  At its core, Jane the Virgin is about family, both the family we are born with and the family we choose. It’s about three generations of women being there for each other no matter what. It’s about love. It’s about the eternal struggle of balancing reality and dreams (I FEEL you and your writer dreams, Jane!). It’s about the choices we make and how they define us. It’s the most delightful show I’ve watched in a long time and I am so proud that it won.

What makes Jane the Virgin so special is the way it deftly balances the comedy and the drama.  It plays with telenovela stereotypes and fully commits to every outrageous twist and turn. It gives you the giant romantic gestures we all want to see on TV (who DOESN’T swoon when Rafael and Jane finally kiss?) and then turns around and drops truth bombs everywhere (the Immigration issues with Alba).   The show is peppered with fantastical elements like posters of Rogelio coming to life and talking to you. And yet the outlandish is always grounded in the reality of Jane’s journey.  There is not a weak link among the ensemble.  The writing is the definition of sharp.  Every character is fully realized…and has been from the very first episode.  This is clearly a show whose team knows what they are doing.

It would be so easy to make fun of Jane’s choice to save herself for marriage or to make her insufferably sanctimonious about it.  The show does neither. I love how the show doesn’t judge any of its characters.  They are just who they are and no one makes apologies for it. Jane struggles with her choices on a daily basis and that’s what makes her so REAL.  That’s really the best word to describe this crazy little telenovela that should have never translated to American audiences. REAL. That’s why it’s connected with audiences.  All the female empowerment and pretty men are just a bonus.

Best Drama Series

The nominees were: Agent CarterBroadchurchDoctor WhoThe FlashMad Men, and Masters of Sex

THE WINNER IS: Agent Carter

Sage: Everybody say, “Heeeey, Miss Carter…”

The voters have spoken, and they know Agent Carter‘s value. In eight short episodes, this freshmen Marvel series courted a devoted fanbase with tight plotting, dope period costuming, elegant ass-kickings, and true emotional beats. Peggy Carter isn’t an Avenger. There isn’t a SHIELD to speak of yet. But her story is one worth telling. Why? Because she says so.

As we reported in our SDCC posts, Agent Carter was being repped all over San Diego this July. Red fedoras were the headwear of choice. Peggy fan art was selling out all over the place. And any mention of the show received more enthusiastic Ballroom 20 cheers than its panel mate, Agents of SHIELD. The love that Agent Carter has engendered is passionate. Because this is what the people want: Hayley Atwell’s holy light, sexual tension that knows no gender, and the most feminist piece of art in Marvel’s collection.

Best Actress in a Comedy

The nominees were: Karen Gillan (Selfie), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Ellie Kemper (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)

THE WINNER IS: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Kim: What a GIFT Gina Rodriguez is. She’s so refreshingly pure in her performance as Jane.  She just IS Jane.  We don’t see any seams in her performance.  It’s rare to see an actress know her character so thoroughly from the VERY START of a series and that’s what Gina Rodriguez did this season. It’s one of the most honest performances I’ve ever seen and I can’t WAIT to see what else she is capable of doing.

What’s amazing about Gina is her ability to deftly switch between the comedy and drama of Jane the Virgin without skipping a beat.  She’s not afraid to fully commit to her performance and that’s WHY everything about the show works. Because while the circumstances may seem ridiculous to US, they are not ridiculous to Gina (and therefore Jane), so we the audience is willing to go on the journey with her. Plus, girlfriend can cry on command and do it BEAUTIFULLY. Teach me your secrets, you wizard.

Like Peggy Carter, Jane Gloriana Villanueva is a character we NEED on TV right now.  She’s just so GOOD but not insufferably so.  She believes in herself and she always wants to see the good in others. She dreams of being more than she is and she struggles with her sense of responsibility.  She’s devoted to her family. She demands the best out of those around her.  She’s both sass and compassion.  She’s sunshine and rainbows.  She’s a character that you root for and a character you truly want to find happiness and success. Basically, she’s perfect.

Best Actress in a Drama

The nominees were: Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

THE WINNER IS: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Sage: Following in the footsteps of last year’s winner (and this year’s runner-up) Tatiana Maslany, Cait Balfe is another brunette force of nature. Outlander itself is technically genre, but it doesn’t really feel like it. That’s because its leading lady (and man, we’re getting there!) deliver the material that they’re given with all the ferocity and gravity that they’d offer to the most A-list, Oscar-bait costume drama. The time travel conceit is almost beside the point; there’s so much else to know about nobility, commitment, and survival.

Cait is everything that she needs to be. And that’s a lot, since Outlander is essentially her story. She meets Claire’s challenges with courage when necessary and humor when it suits her. Claire stands up for herself and for the downtrodden, but still listens and respects her place as a newcomer to this culture and this time. There are “strong women,” composed entirely of sassy comebacks and barely concealed damseling, and then there are just women, who deal as best as they can with the shit they’re given and enjoy some good 17th-century castle oral every once in a while.

So thank you, Sassenach, for being at the forefront of one of TV most pro-lady shows. While I’m sure the paychecks and those love scenes with your costar are reward enough for your efforts, now you’ve got a Feelie to go along with them.

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Vote for the Second Annual Feelies!

Posted by Kim and Sage

Welcome to The Second Annual Feelies, where we herald our favorites of the television season and seek to right the wrongs of the Emmy Nominations.  While there may have been less to quibble with in this year’s nominations (TATIANA FINALLY), the Television Academy still shows an unbearable bias against genre shows, which are showcasing some of the best work on television.  There is no such bias here.  In fact, the only thing we could be accused of is TOO much bias towards niche shows.  What matters to us is not subject material but the EXECUTION of the material and how the actors and shows make us feel.

While we may have determined the nominees, the choice is in YOUR hands.  We encourage you to vote with your heart and NOT be like the Emmys and just click on a name because you like the show or the actor. Be discerning.  Be passionate about celebrating good work. Be better than the Emmys. We WANT you to struggle choosing a winner.  We very much sat cackling wickedly as we thought about asking you to choose between Tatiana Maslany and Hayley Atwell or between John Cho and Chris Messina.  That’s the POINT.  May the best performances win.

Voting will be open through Friday, August 7th.  Vote hard, vote often, campaign for your victor.  It’s all in your hands.


**choices of header gifs in no way disclose preferences in each category**

Best Comedy Series

Broad City
Jane the Virgin
Parks and Recreation
The Mindy Project
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt  

Sage: Broad City continued its gleeful assault on comedy norms in its second season, with the girls – still the most loving, loyal friendship on TV – taking on consignment stores, dog weddings, oral surgery, and (“This is the greatest day of my LIFE.”) pegging. We bid a fond farewell to Parks and Recreation, but not before an inspired look into the future of our dear Pawnee friends. April found her calling, Ron and Leslie finally acknowledged what they mean to each other, and Jean Ralphio (poorly) faked his own death. Meanwhile, on Netflix: Ellie Kemper, whose Office character I always found a little grating, stepped into the role she was born to play on Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Kimmy had all the wacky set pieces and inexplicable running jokes as 30 Rock, plus a dark and gooey center, a new and unexpected take on the rich and bored Upper East Side trophy wife, and some Peeeenoooo Noiiiiiiiiiiirrrrr.

Kim: The concept looked ridiculous on paper but Jane the Virgin delivered in spades, giving us a hilarious and ridiculous telenovela that had a HUGE heart that grounded it in reality.  The circumstances surrounding the characters may be farfetched but the exploration of family dynamics, the bonds between mothers and daughters, and the struggle of pursuing dreams versus adhering to responsibilities made them all relatable.  Selfieas we have often said, was a show too beautiful to live on network television.  More than just a modern My Fair LadySelfie was about two lonely souls looking for connection in all the wrong places and it was a caustic takedown of our obsession with social media. It’s truly the great tragedy of the TV season. The Mindy Project defied all the critics who worried that Mindy and Danny being in a relationship would kill the show.  Its third season seamlessly moved from a yearning romantic comedy to an honest exploration of what it’s like to be in a relationship in your 30’s.  TMP didn’t shy away from showcasing Danny and Mindy’s emotional issues that were stumbling blocks towards their happiness.  It was often raw and honest and tough to watch (yet never lost its sense of humor)…and that’s what made it great.


Best Drama Series

Agent Carter

Doctor Who
The Flash
Mad Men
Masters of Sex

Kim: The arrival of Peter Capaldi completely invigorated Doctor Who.  Series 8 saw the Doctor going through an identity crisis, questioning everything about what made him a “good man”.  This crisis lent itself to Clara Oswald, free from the “Impossible Girl” device, becoming a fully realized character who brought strength to the Doctor’s weakness.  Their journey from the Doctor being unable to tell her apart from Strax to “Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?” was a thrilling one that kept us glued to our screens every week. We said goodbye to Mad Men in style as we watched Don Draper wander the country aimlessly before a moment of zen helped him realize that he’d like to buy the world a coke. The Flash built on the foundation laid down by big brother Arrow, deftly balancing bad guys of the week with its overarching mythology. While Arrow faltered in its third season, Barry Allen and company hit all the right marks in their debut season, building to a finale that left us positively breathless.

Sage: Agent Carter‘s arrival wasn’t as hyped as that other (and messier) Marvel Television production Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but damn if Tara Butters and her fellow EPs didn’t show their colleagues a little something about storytelling. Carter is equal parts fun and sorrow; Queen Hayley Atwell regularly kicks the asses of full-grown men and trades banter with the real live Jarvis, but she also spent the season putting Steve Rogers to rest in her heart. The whole cast is terrific, but Peggy Carter is a character we need on TV right now. We can’t wait to see her again. After the dismal American version finally took a step off those northern California cliffs, the original and far superior Broadchurch rose like a phoenix. A rumpled, grumpy phoenix. Alec Hardy finally solved the case that haunted him throughout the Latimer investigation, but let’s be honest: Broadchurch 2 is about Hardy and Miller, the Former Detectives Club – now partners by choice. Masters of Sex dug deeper into its fathomless characters in its second season. More impressive guest stars were pulled into the wake churned up by the partners’ research (Keke Palmer, Betsy Brandt, Christian Borle), as Bill and Virginia became more intertwined.


Best Actress in a Comedy

Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, Selfie
Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler, Broad City
Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin

Sage: Clearly, we were predisposed to like Amy Pond in anything she’d do after. But then Karen Gillan had to go and pick a nuanced romantic comedy and a stereotype-smashing reforming party girl character, both of which were doomed by their own quality. As Eliza, Gillan was funny, sexy, and vulnerable, and nailed her American accent which, frankly, Scots’ usually mangle. (Sorry, guys. We love you anyway.) It hurts not to be able to co-nominate Ilana Glazer and her co-star Abbi Jacobsen, but such are the rules of the Feelies. On Broad City, Glazer is a bundle of filthy joy, an accidental style icon, and questionable life hero. In other words: yas, kween! Mindy Kaling has always been a phenomenal writer, but her performance leveled up in this past season of The Mindy Project. Dr. L realistically struggled with a potential cross-country move, an unplanned pregnancy, and a shoplifting Staten Island Italian, and she did it all in style.

Kim: Ellie Kemper‘s inherent sunniness makes her makes her a perfect Kimmy Schmidt, a character that in lesser hands would have been a one-note punchline.  Bedecked in her signature bright colors, Kimmy is joy personified, but Ellie never lets her fall into caricature and she lets you see the steely edge beneath the innocence. You can’t help but cheer for her. Amy Poehler‘s Leslie Knope is both a feminist and television ICON and the fact that she only has one Golden Globe to show for it is one of television’s greatest injustices. Leslie doesn’t need your praise…she’s too busy running the country.  Gina Rodriguez was the revelation of the TV season and is the giant heart at the center of Jane the Virgin.  She can have you rolling on the floor with laughter one minute and then weeping the next. Her performance is achingly honest and I had her marked to WIN the Emmy this season…and then she didn’t even get nominated. Whatever.


Best Actress in a Drama

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Agent Carter
Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp, Outlander
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, Masters of Sex
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, Doctor Who
Olivia Colman as Ellie Miller, Broadchurch
Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Penny Dreadful
Tatiana Maslany as The Leda Clones, Orphan Black

Kim: As Sage pointed out, Peggy Carter IS the character we need on television right now and Hayley Atwell embodies her so fully you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. She knows her value…anyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter. Lizzy Caplan continues to do incredibly nuanced work on Masters of Sex, defying the critics who had labeled her as solely a sardonically comic actress.  Her Virginia is a woman torn between traditional duties and her dreams of changing the world with her work.  She’s truly ahead of her time. Speaking of characters ahead of their time, Caitriona Balfe imbues Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser with ferocity and gravitas that grounds the fantasy of Outlander in reality. She’s a heroine for the ages, staunchly uncompromising her beliefs to mold into the gender roles of 18th Century Scotland.  Olivia Colman‘s Ellie Miller is a wounded animal recovering from the devastation of her family.  She masks her pain behind a steely demeanor but is never afraid to let the cracks in her armor show.  Series Two is all about Ellie’s journey BACK to the person she was before and Colman brings incredible depth and vulnerability to the role.  Never count out DS Miller, people.

Sage: With the character evolution of Clara Oswald came new opportunities to appreciate what Jenna Coleman is doing with the part. She clicked immediately with Peter Capaldi, but let’s not give chemistry all the credit. Clara made some controversial choices this year and Coleman grounded those choices in palpable human emotion. Series 9 is a victory lap well-earned. Penny Dreadful might be too camp for some, but rest assured that former Bond girl Eva Green is doing work on that show. She approaches the haunted Vanessa with such intensity that you don’t know whether to be scared for her or of her. Let’s go with both, just to be safe. But maybe the hardest working woman on television is Orphan Black phenomenon (freak of nature?) Tatiana Maslany. She just keeps on slaying; we’ll never not be flabbergasted by how fully she possesses so many completely rounded characters. And season 3 brought us a new Leda (and an immediate fan favorite): the perceptive and sweet nail technician Krystal.

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The Best Performances of 2014

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We’ve named our Top 20 moments of 2014 (re-live those moments here and here) and now it’s time to turn our eyes to our favorite individual performances of the year. As usual, we make the disclaimer that we are but two modest bloggers and cannot see everything, so try not to get too worked up if your favorite isn’t here. Still, we live for nothing if not to celebrate great work when we see it. Help us do that, won’t you?

1) Julianne Nicholson – Masters of Sex

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Guys, I don’t understand why EVERYONE isn’t talking about Masters of Sex.   I’m still in the midst of watching season two (I watch it on my iPad at the gym, which must make for amazing over the shoulder watching for whoever is on the machine next to me.)  While Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan’s performances carry the bulk of the weight, Masters is incredibly rich in its supporting and recurring characters.  I love Julianne Nicholson’s Lillian DePaul because she is the anti-Virginia.  Where Virginia is warm and emotive, Lillian is awkward and tenacious and to the point.  Lillian is abrasive and seems to always be clawing her way up, believing her intelligence should stand on its own, whereas Virginia smoothly slides herself into the places she needs to be, unafraid to use her feminine wiles.  These women are two sides of the same coin, which is why they gravitate towards each other (even if Lillian does it kicking and screaming).  Obviously, the relationship between Virginia and Bill is the driving force of the show, but the unsung relationship of the show is Lillian and Virginia and what these two women learn from each other.  Virginia helps soften Lillian and teaches her that sometimes intelligence and passion isn’t enough to get you where you want to be, while Lillian, in her incredibly rigid way, teaches Virginia to expect MORE from herself and respect her own intelligence.  It’s a fascinating relationship and I love how Lillian isn’t afraid to call Virginia out for the way the affair with Bill is offensive to her.

“Don’t you understand what you’ve done makes it harder for every woman who comes after you?  Easier for every man that has designs on that same woman?”

The best friendships are the ones where one is not afraid to call the other out.  “Giants” is a spectacular episode for that very reason, as Lillian and Virginia end up screaming at each other in her office.  Neither is in the right, as Lillian disregards Virginia’s emotions, while Virginia refuses to admit that she is doing anything WRONG. (“We’re participating in the study” is the LAMEST excuse ever.)  It’s the kind of fight that would end a weaker friendship.  But when Lillian’s cancer flares up at the end of the episode and she passes out, who does she call?  Virginia. (“I am scared though, for what’s ahead, which means I can’t really afford to be upset with you now, can I?”) And Virginia comes because her friend needs her. FRIENDSHIP.

Don’t even get me started on when Virginia tucks Lillian into bed and kisses her forehead like one of her children.  The pain is too real right now.

Nicholson is so wonderful in the role because she allows you to see the woman behind Lillian’s brittle exterior.  It could have easily been a one-note character, but instead you see a woman terrified that she is losing the one thing she has always counted on and the only thing about herself she’s always prized: her mind.  Lillian has so many wonderful unexpected moments, like when she pulls a bottle of liquor out of her desk to have a post-work drink with Austin or when she slyly refuses to outright apologize to Virginia after their fight (acknowledging the non-apology IS the apology).  Given her character’s diagnosis, I always knew Julianne’s time on the show was limited…but that doesn’t mean I didn’t sob like a baby when Lillian died.  Because she did it on her own terms, blazing her path on her own, like she had always done.  HERO.

— Kim

2) John Barrowman – Arrow

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You all know that John Barrowman can do no wrong in our eyes and we love Arrow for bringing him back to our television screens on a regular basis.  There is little to nothing redeeming about Malcolm Merlyn.  He’s a ruthless business man and an even more ruthless assassin.  His only loyalty is to himself.  Just when you think there might be hope for him in the form of love for his daughter, he turns around and drugs Thea, forcing her to murder Sara (with no memory of doing so) for some reason I’m STILL not entirely sure of other than fridging one female character whilst taking away the other’s agency. (Seriously, writers.  This is supposed to one of the most pro-lady shows on TV and you are failing this gender.)  It takes an actor with an innate sense of over-the-top theatricality to make all of these dastardly deeds seem grounded and realistic.  Luckily, John Barrowman has that in spades.  What elevates Barrowman’s performance is the fact that you can SEE how much fun he is having bringing this bastard to life.  He chews all the scenery with a fervor usually reserved for meals at five-star restaurants.  It’s nothing short of delightful.

— Kim

3) Jenna Coleman – Doctor Who

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2014: The Year of Clara Oswald.

Before Series 8 premiered, I was very lukewarm on Clara as a character.  This is not a slam against Jenna Coleman at all…she’s always been wonderful on the show, she was just saddled with bad writing and being reduced to a plot device.  Clara was a cipher, a puzzle for The Doctor to figure out, which did not do much for her in terms of a personality.  She showed flashes of who she was outside of being “The Impossible Girl” in “The Day of the Doctor” but that was lost in “The Time of the Doctor”.  Then Matt Smith regenerated into Peter Capaldi and EVERYTHING changed.  In the wake of having the Doctor go through an identity crisis, Clara’s personality solidified and what emerged was WONDERFUL.  Clara became a Type-A control freak who desperately wanted to “have it all” in her life.  Gone were the days of her being a nanny (really…what was that?) and she blossomed in her position as an English Teacher.  She moved past her hero-worship of The Doctor and became unafraid to push his buttons and call him out on his shit.  She demanded more of him because she KNEW the type of man he was capable of being and she did not accept him being any less.  She fell in love but refused to compromise herself or bend to Danny Pink’s demands of the relationship.  She is passionate, she is self-assured, she is empathetic, and she is ruthless.  She is devoted to The Doctor to a fault and she’s addicted to the life that he has shown her though their travels.  She is incredibly difficult and complex.  She’s not an easy woman content with simple pleasures, and I love her all the more for it.

With better material, Jenna emerged as a brilliant actress who was capable of bringing incredible pathos to Doctor Who.  In Peter Capaldi, she got a scene partner who pushed her to bring her A-Game every episode…and she did.  Their chemistry is electric and unexpected and thoroughly watchable (and shippable WHOOPS).  If you had asked me a year ago if I was ready for Clara to move on, I would have probably said yes.  Now?  I screamed with joy and almost flailed off my bed when she was confirmed for Series 9.  Don’t ever leave me, Jenna.

— Kim

4) Jesse L. Martin – The Flash

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I’m still grappling with the notion that Jesse Martin can play a character with an adult child. For heaven’s sake, who’s holding down the anarchist movement at MIT??

Regardless. With Coach Taylor out of the game, Jesse’s Detective Joe West is the best dad on TV right now. Built on the sturdy base of Arrow, The Flash hit the ground running (hee) this year. The series boasts quality writing and very un-cheesy effects. But The Flash‘s ace in the hole? Its superhero casting. Grant Gustin is a find – heroic and unequivocally good, but without laying on the “gee, whiz” routine. I love the ingenuity of casting erstwhile nice guy Tom Cavanagh as the ambiguously unsavory Dr. Wells. And then, there’s Jesse. He’s just so WARM, you guys. I want him to bear-hug me into a coma.

I’m a sucker for a father/son relationship, especially a non-traditional one. And with Barry Allen’s biological dad (heeeeeey Mitch Leery) taking the rap for his wife’s murder, it’s Joe who’s held that position for most of Barry’s life. Like its sister show, The Flash wins at humanizing its heroes by focusing on the people who build them up and give them a reason to do what they do. In Joe, Barry has a boss, an ally, a possible future in-law, and the family he needs to keep on being that light. He’s the guy behind the guy.

When you first moved in with us, I thought it was going to be too much. I was already a single dad, finances were tough and you were a little boy who just lost his mother. But, man, I was wrong. Within two weeks you changed the whole dynamic of the house. Suddenly the house was filled with this light, this energy. I mean, you brightened up everything. You’ve seen more darkness than any man will in a lifetime and you never let it dim your soul. So there I was thinking that I’m changing your life by taking you in, but the truth is, you changed mine. So don’t lose that light, now, Bar. The world may need The Flash, but I need my Barry Allen. Let’s go home.

I think there’s something in my eye…


5) Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

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While everyone hemmed and hawed over the casting of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike situated herself comfortably in the title role of this whole nasty business. (Also, Ben Affleck is an actor. He’s going to do movies. You may as well get used to it.) And she nailed it. Amy Dunne is a Hitchcock blond on Adderall. She’s cunning, merciless, vulnerable, and utterly insane. She scared the bejesus out of me. But because she also did that to every man in America, I root for her. Just a little bit.


6) Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

The only thing I can compare Eddie Redmayne’s performance in The Theory of Everything to is Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.  Both are extraordinary PHYSICAL performances that could easily feel gimmicky or like a blatant awards grab…but they are so rooted in the humanity of the men that they are portraying that they feel nothing but completely natural.  The difference in the performances is that Christy Brown was BORN with cerebral palsy, while Stephen Hawking went through a gradual decline thanks to ALS.  This gives Redmayne the opportunity to also grapple with the incredible struggle of being a healthy and brilliant young man being crippled by a horrible disease.  It’s a daunting challenge for any actor and Eddie Redmayne immerses himself in the challenge fully. The result is extraordinary. Physically, I don’t know how Eddie managed to contort his body for hours at a time…just looking at that gif makes my neck hurt.  The best part is how, despite the deterioration of his body, Eddie always keeps Hawking’s MIND alive.  It’s an incredibly aware and alive performance.  The wheels never stop turning, his eyes never lose the sly twinkle, even after he is no longer able to use his voice.  That’s right. In the final act of the movie, Hawking loses his ability to speak, leaving Eddie Redmayne with only his FACE to convey all the things going on in Stephen’s mind.  It’s mind-boggling.

— Kim

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And The Tony Award Goes To… – A #SmashBash Gif-Cap

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“The Tonys”

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Before the curtain comes down on this well-intentioned, ill-advised series, we’ve got one more #SmashBash to go. Kim recapped the first hour of the grand, two-hour series finale. Now it’s my turn to take us out.

Spoiler alert: the entire series was not revealed to be the dream of a little future sociopath named Ellis. Unfortunately.

The entire cast meets onstage for a metaphysical singalong of your gif-capper’s favorite song, “Under Pressure.”

Happy Endings That Ish Cray

That’s quite a Freddie scream, Brooklyn Jimmy.

Anchorman I don't know what

“Tom, ready to work? Only twelve hours till the Tonys.” And the brand new number you’re writing isn’t finished yet? Who you think you is, Lin Manuel?

Ghostbusters Everything You Are Doing

“My future husband was sitting behind me.” “Your future husband isn’t even gay!” “Tell that to his upper arms.” BOOM.

Vader dance

“You see how appropriately gracious I was.” Well done on using real footage of Queen Bernadette’s Tony win for Annie Get Your Gun.

Princess Diaries People Just Fawn “Have you been stress-eating again?”  The Big Bang Theory Watching My Figure

“I told you I was bringing supplies.” “I thought you meant more booze.” Stop playing mom, Karen. The man has a plan.

Terrible Plan

“It’s disgusting.” Again, let’s just remember that Derek promised this girl a part for sleeping with him, she did, HE did, but she’s the only one we’re supposed to hate.

Doctor Who toothpick

“Where should I send your deposit?” Could Brooklyn Jimmy be leaving the mean streets of Greenpoint and setting out for Santa Fe?

Benedict Oh my god

Eileen goes to get her man.

Almost Famous It's All Happening

“They refuse to do the number.” Because professionalism is out the window at this point anyway.


“He really liked you.” “I really liked him too.” Poor Tommy.

GOB Hello Darkness

“Are you not going to be there?” Okay, enough hinting – let’s just get to the part where Brooklyn Jimmy tells Karen that he’s not going to the Tonys and she makes a blandly inspiring speech to get him there.

Charlie Day I ain't got

“Oh yeah, for sure, yeah. Spending an evening in a room of sanctimonious pricks who’ve got it in for me. Yep, I’ll be there.” <—How I feel about my high school reunion.

Bill Haverchuck laughing

“For much of our marriage, he was there.” Well, that’s not something you wanna hear.

Batman Ouch

Jimmy shows up in a tux and he’s actually looking pretty adorable. So let’s get that thing off, shall we?

John Krasinski take my clothes off

Lillias White presents the Featured Actress Tony. Leigh and Ivy both lose.

George Michael Charlie Brown walk

Daisy wins. We do hate her. We hate her a lot.

13 Going on 30 Rude Mean


Nick Jonas fork bending

Tom and Julia win! And I realize that this show has tricked me into actually caring.

Dean Awesome

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No Day But Today – A #SmashBash Gif-Cap

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“The Phenomenon”

#SmashBash 2×14

I am a RentHead through and through.  So this episode MAY have caused me to slip into a rage induced coma.  I took this shit PERSONALLY.   Let’s get right to it, shall we?

I count three bottles of beer and 2 bottles of wine between Karen and Derek. Yikes!

“Do you really want to do this?” SOMEONE JUST DO SOMETHING PLEASE.  Karen hestitates cause she’s Karen, but then appears to go for it FINALLY.

Guys…I’m seeing two Brooklyn Jimmys.  And it’s terrifying.

Brooklyn Jimmy singing to his strung out self.  In Brooklyn Jimmy’s defense, whenever I am upset about something, I imagine myself singing to me too.

I love that Brooklyn Jimmy went to Karen’s apartment and climbed up the fire escape Joey Potter style.  Seriously…just use the DOOR like a normal person.

“I was a total ass, I ruined everything.”

“If I pull this play I lose my job.” Scott is a TERRIBLE artistic director, you guys.

Imitation of Life, Harold and Maude, Roadhouse.  What ARE these Original Musicals?

So we’re in a universe with all these ridiculous original shows, yet the current revivals of Pippin and The Mystery of Edwin Drood exist.  Okay.

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Oh, Tom, I love you think you could compete with Diane Paulus’ work in Pippin.

Bright Light in a Bad Show.  Are they really playing at Ivy getting two nominations?  (Also that philosophy DOES apply.  See also Carolee Carmello getting a Best Actress nomination for Scandalous.)

“We stopped ourselves.” In other words, Karen is the world’s biggest tease.

“He’s gone” And here comes all my rage about how Smash is raping the story of Jonathan Larson…

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“Let’s Sweep the Tonys.” – #SmashBash GifCap

It’s the DAY OF THE SHOW, Y’all!

Smash 2×12

“Opening Night”

Posted by Kim

Opening night of Bombshell is upon us at LAST.  Will it get good reviews?  Will Karen seethe with jealousy?  Will Brooklyn Jimmy somehow find a way to ruin it all by being the worst? In a word, yes.

To the gifs!

Seriously, Bernadette’s Bombshell costume and look is a straight up rip-off of one of her looks in Gypsy.

Gulliver’s Travels the Musical.  Lord of the Flies the Musical. Julia is clearly perusing Leo’s school required reading lists for musical ideas.

“A musical can be built around the poetry of Ezra Pound.” WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT?
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“Julie Taymor-y with Puppets.” Oh, Smash. You and your theatre references.

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“Text him that you’re not wearing any underwear.” Oh, God.  I did NOT need that mental image.

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How did Eileen have enough tickets lying around to invite the entire cast of an off-Broadway show? Also, I feel that will DEFINITELY end well.

“The whole cast wasn’t the lead of the show.” Let’s not forget that it was a show you quit WILLINGLY, Karen.

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Adam is not just Jimmy’s dealer but his BROTHER.

Directing that show is a full-time job. Is it? IS IT REALLY?! *head desk*

Also a big YES to a revival of City of Angels PLEASE.

Step AWAY from the message boards Ivy! (At least she was on All that Chat though and not Google like Tom was a few episodes ago. She knows where to go.)

LEO.  And I love that the FIRST thing we hear him asking about is Ivy’s nude scene.

Gatsby the Musical.  I could get behind that actually.

(Side note: please, oh PLEASE let this movie be good.)

“I’m gonna talk to Karen tonight…about everything.” Yes, because a Broadway Opening is a PERFECT place to tell your girlfriend all about your sordid past Brooklyn Jimmy.

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Shaiman and Wittman cameo. It’s about time, actually.

“You have until the curtain goes up to tell me about your brother.” Again, a totally appropriate place to be having this conversation, guys!  Shouldn’t she have called Jimmy as soon as Ana told her all of this? Eh, what does it matter?

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“Kyle saved me.” On the lonely barricade…wait…

“I wasn’t a good person, but since I met you that’s all I want to be.” Oh, Brooklyn Jimmy. Blatantly stealing lines from romantic comedies.

“You fought like hell. And you got that role. You are Marilyn Monroe on Broadway.” Hell yes you are.

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I Brought You Liza! – A #SmashBash Gif-Cap

Derek has a vision for this gif-cap

Posted by Kim

“The Surprise Party”

Smash 2×10

Can we all agree upon the fact that two episodes of Smash in one week is just TOO MUCH? Smash aired on Tuesday for the last time this week and then aired another episode in its new Saturday time slot, where (surprising no one) it hit a new series low in the ratings.  I mean…who stays at home on a Saturday night to watch television?

Oh, wait.  I do.

To the gifs!!

“I haven’t gotten it right yet.”  Speaking for the viewers right off the bat, Tom.


Ivy, I know you are mad at Tom for casting  your mom, but you could at least TRY and respect your director. Oh wait. That would imply Smash thinks directors are worth respecting.  My bad.

“Your son is visiting colleges without you and having the time of his life.”  Julia, stop pretending you care about Leo.

“IT’S TECH!!” Oh, we’re back to that as an excuse for everything again, are we?

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Brooklyn Jimmy and Karen making out in a wardrobe closet DURING REHEARSAL. #professionals

“Cant wait to get out of here and get drunk.” #gpoy

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“Call Liza.” I love that Tom just randomly has her number.

(Devastated I couldn’t find a gif of this, so this will have to suffice.)

WHAT IS THIS HIT LIST SONG?  It sounds like “Call Me Maybe” meets Taylor Swift meets the crappiest Disney Channel musical ever.

I still have no idea what Hit List is about.

“How would you fix it?” I’mma gonna let Loki answer this one:

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Mama’s Lettin’ Loose – A #SmashBash Gif-Cap

Eleven I survived

Season 2, Episode 9: The Parents
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It’s double the Smash and double the #SmashBash this week, ya’ll! Derek and his minions are making the move to weekends this Saturday and Kim will have you covered with that gif-cap. Saturdays are the last stop before Cancellation Station, so let’s make these last few count. Remember: ain’t no party like a #SmashBash party, ‘cos a #SmashBash party is a piece of shit produced by Steven Spielberg!

“Maybe Anna forgot her keys.” “No, she would call first.” She would?

I do not accept this Tennant

“It’s your Dad!” “Hannah, sweetheart, just checking in on you and your OCD…wait, wrong show.”

Will Smith surprised

“Okay. Oh gosh. Shirt. Here’s your shirt.” I can see that you WANT me to find flustered!Karen sexy and endearing, but…

Cabin in the Woods I just want this moment to end

“That’s the fifth time this morning. I wonder what’s so important.” Perhaps a major plot point?

Fozzie head in hands

“I wish I was starring on Broadway, instead of in the ensemble.” YOU QUIT THE BOOK OF MORMON TOUR BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THE GUY YOU’RE SLEEPING WITH SAID AT A PARTY. This one’s on you, my friend.

Piss poor attitude

“Are you writing an email? I thought you were doing a pass on today’s scenes.” This is why neither of these shows are finished. No one actually works around here.

Mean Girls Go home

“Patti Lupone?” “Well, no. Someone a little closer to home.” Patti, I know you have better taste than this, but why haven’t you been on this show?

Patti LuPone seems an awful waste


Bernadette is Fabulous

Julia’s outfit is cute for once! A kicky side pony, patterned black and white dress, nerd glasses, and chic blazer. Well done. For once.

Hello beautiful Harry Potter

Karen is singing. And everyone is entranced. Everyone but me.

Stanley do not care

“Will I remain the same or will I change a little bit? Will I feel broken or totally complete? Will I retain my name when I’m the biggest, hugest hit?”

Big Bang stop listening

“Do we even have time to pull this off?” “Almost definitely not.” But that’s never stopped us before!

Kitchen Nightmares piss around

“I still can’t quite see why you left Bombshell for this?”

Baby Benedict this

“This is boring. I want my catfight already.” The Greek Bitch Chorus speaks for the rest of us.

Barney bored

“She tried to kidnap you when you were a small child by stuffing you into a duffel bag.” And forced me to sing backup for my sister June!

I'm a pretty girl mama

“Perhaps I can repay you for your kindness with dinner next week.” Eileen is now whoring her bangs out to get some publicity for Bombshell.

Fringe Olivia eyebrow raise

“I knew you was alive.” “It’s nowhere near what I owe you.” Brooklyn Jimmy just wants outta the game, you guys. And I’m BORED.

Lizzie Bennet twirling

“Nice jacket.” I see what you’re doing here, Smash. As usual, I’m seeing it from a mile away.

Maya finger

“I know how sad Ivy was when you left for the tour.” Can we please stop talking about this like Sam was kidnapped by Scott Rudin and forced to dance and sing in the SOLD OUT tour of the BLOCKBUSTER TONY-WINNING Book of Mormon?! Please?

Preschool toys present

“The fundraiser for the Manhattan Theater Workshop?” Nice try, writers, but your reasons for the Bombshell team being in the room for a fundraiser for another production are tissue paper thin.

Crazier than crazy PLL

“At least the best part of my career is still ahead of me.”

Chastain I regret nothing

Broadway, here I come. Broadway, here I come. BROADWAY, HERE I COME!”  Or not.

Michelle Obama eyeroll

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