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Why Are The Golden Globes So Genre Blind?

Perhaps being a Sci-fi/fantasy fan I should be used to it by now, but I still get annoyed when my favourite genre shows continuously get ignored come award season. The Golden Globes 2015 have just announced their nominations and once again a number of sci-fi Tv shows and actors are snubbed.
It’s hard to believe that none of the excellent cast of Game of Thrones have been nominated for acting gongs. It has one of the best casts on television and yet no one has been recognised for their performances. Peter Dinklage is always great as Tyrion Lannister but it’s widely acknowledged that his performance in the fifth season was particularly outstanding. He should be the front-runner of the awards not cruelly snubbed.
Then there’s The Walking Dead, a consistently great show with a brilliant cast and ratings that keep getting better each year, but again no nominations for Best Drama series or for its cast. It is a clever, dark show with complicated characters, moral dilemmas and zombie gore-what more can you want from a show!
Actress Tatiana Maslany got a well deserved nomination last year for her role(s) in Orphan Black but this year -zilch. This is despite the fact she plays even more roles than before and still has the uncanny ability to make me forget that all these characters are being played by the same person. She’s amazing. But will she ever get the awards she deserves? It seems doubtful.
It seems the mainstream industry awards still see sci-fi/fantasy as something unworthy of accolades when in fact they bring us some of the best tv shows of recent years. Maybe perceptions are slowly changing. Game of Thrones is still nominated for Best Drama series and in the mini-series category American Horror Story: Freakshow got nominated alongside acting nods for Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates.
Tell me what you think. Should sci-fi/fantasy shows get more recognition from the main award shows or is it better they stay on the outside away from the ‘serious’ dramas and comedies? Should The Walking Dead join Game of Thrones in Best Drama series? Or should there be a best sci-fi/fantasy category to go alongside the ones for Drama and Comedy? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Midnight in Paris (2011)

Paris is a wonderful, cultured city and in Woody Allen’s 2011 film it’s literally magical.

Screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) and his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) are on holiday in Paris with Inez’s family. When Gil goes for a walk around Paris at midnight he finds himself back in 1920’s Paris  meeting novelists and other creative figures from the era. Soon Gill is taking nightly walks back into the 1920’s while Inez’s family grow infuriated with Gil’s secrecy.

The film is about nostalgia and living in the past. Wilson’s Gill enjoys the 1920’s so much he might miss out on what is happening in his present, and right under his nose. Yet it’s easy to see why he’s so enamoured by the past where he’s viewing the creativity and passion of those around him. Compared to his successful but dreary life as a Hollywood screenwriter he feels inspired by their presence of such figures from the past with such creative freedom. The premise also gives plenty of opportunities for cameos for such figures as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston)  and Gertrude Sten (Kathy Bates). There’s also another great supporting turn from Michael Sheen as the condescending friend of Inez.

On the downside this film is probably best enjoyed if you know your 1920’s writers and artists. Some of the figures I recognised but some of the in-jokes flew right over my head. It may find itself alienating some viewers. Also I know Inez and Gil are meant to be a couple that are obviously unsuitable for each other but they have such different opinions on everything that it’s hard to believe they would have been a couple in the first place. Inez’s parents also come across as caricatures rather than real characters.

What holds this film together is Owen Wilson, he makes a likable lead that is perhaps a bit too obsessed with the past. He makes it easy for us to believe in the set-up and to enjoy the film in general. It’s a gentle and pleasing movie that isn’t too demanding on your time or your mind.

Rating 3/5 – Charming and easy watching but not necessarily essential viewing.

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