Hitfix goes to the Grammys: Shock and Awe
There are a few things you can always count on just as surely as winter follows fall: Paula Abdul will say something baffling on "American Idol" that defies any rational explanation, the Cubs will fall apart at some point during the season and there will be a moment during the announcement of the Grammy nominations that makes you say, "WTF?"
As we head into that most wonderful time of the year for some music watchers, Grammy season, Hitfix will bring you a complete buffet of Grammy-related stories, including my predictions in key categories, exclusive interview with some of the nominees, and several looks at the often-byzantine Grammy process as to who gets nominated, who doesn't and who ultimately gets to add a shiny gramophone statue to their awards case.
I'm starting with a look at the nominations and the surprises and snubs. There's so much to discuss! It was a particularly juicy year for parsing the nominations and ripping into the whys and wherefores. How about Leona Lewis not getting a nod for best new artist or Grammy fave Alicia Keys losing out on an album of the year nomination? Then there's the overwhelming domination of British acts in the main categories. For example, it's the first time in 15 years that three of the five album of the year nominees are British. The nominations are so anglo-centric, I feel like I should be drinking tea.
I dissected the nominations for MSN. Let the discussion begin.
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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