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TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS—CAMPIEST TV SHOW (NETFLIX)
Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than this documentary series’ focus Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN:
REBECCA CHAIKLIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-DIRECTOR
Before helping put the spotlight on the ridiculously eccentric—and not all-there—Joe Exotic, Chaiklin wrote and/or directed meaningful documentaries such as Lockdown, USA (in which Andrew Cuomo, Sean Combs, Ruby Dee and others discuss the movement to end the government’s poorly-executed war on drugs), Another World (about the Occupy Wall Street protests), and the peace-minded Beyond Right ad Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Chaiklin is also coproducer of Peter Marino: Beauty and Power, focusing on the revered architect and “best friend” of Andy Warhol and featuring comments from New York fancies like Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Jeff Koons.
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WATCHMEN: BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES, MOST VISUALLY STRIKING TV SHOW (HBO)THE SHOW@watchmenSet in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.Regina King leads the cast as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons as the Lord of a Country Estate; Don Johnson as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.DAMON LINDELOF, SHOW CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER@damonlindelofDespite being advised that his brain would rot, Damon Lindelof spent the majority of his childhood watching television. After a brief flirtation with movies by way of a film degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Damon hopped in his car and traveled west.Treating Los Angeles as a de facto Grad School, Damon worked for a literary agency, Paramount Studios, and finally as a creative executive for producer Alan Ladd Jr. before reminding himself that his true passion was TV. Shedding his suit and tie for a T-Shirt and Birkenstocks, Damon took a job as a writer’s assistant on Kevin Williamson’s ABC Drama Wasteland.Shortly thereafter, fortune smiled upon him and he was made a staff writer.Damon went on to write for CBS staple Nash Bridges and NBC’s drama Crossing Jordan, where he wrote and produced for three seasons. Then Damon got Lost. Within twelve weeks of complete insanity, he and co-creator J.J. Abrams managed to make a completely weird, ridiculously untenable and vastly expensive pilot for ABC that centered on the survivors of a plane crash in the South Pacific. Despite this, Lost won a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series” and “Best Drama” in its freshmen season.After the conclusion of Lost, Damon transitioned to film where we co-wrote and produced two Star Trek movies, and co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the comic series Cowboys & Aliens. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.In 2013, he co-created the television series The Leftovers, and served as showrunner and executive producer throughout the show’s three seasons. In addition to overseeing Watchmen, he recently wrote and produced the satirical big-screen thriller The Hunt, starring Betty Gilpin, Hillary Swank and Emma Roberts.REGINA KING, STARAs “Angela Abar”Twitter: @reginakingInstagram: @iamreginakingWith her down-to-earth beauty and winning personality, Regina King—a Dorian nominee for best TV actress for Watchmen and a Dorian film best-actress winner for If Beale Street Could Talk—could have made a career out of playing wives of leading men Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Cuba Gooding, Jr., as she did in films like Daddy Day Care, Enemy of the State and Jerry Maguire. But her talents and outsize personality were destined to break out sooner or later. And sure enough, King stole the show with memorable supporting roles in Legally Blond 2 and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous.It was her turn as R&B legend Ray Charles’ backup singer and lover, Margie Hendricks, in the acclaimed Ray that earned the actress considerable praise and recognition, leading to higher profile work and a regular role on the sixth season of 24. From there, King worked regularly both in features and on television, earning acclaim for her performances in the quirky indie comedy Year of the Dog and the Lifetime movie Living Proof, while voicing multiple characters on the animated series The Boondocks. Building on her exposure from 24, King was cast in a leading role for the gritty cop drama, Southland, which earned the actress further critical praise while cementing her status as a talented and versatile performer.King garnered further praise and recognition for her acting in American Crime, a critically claimed anthology series on ABC. King earned two Emmy Awards for her performance in the show. The Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds also drew more critical praise for King’s acting and earned her another Emmy.She starred in If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to the globally acclaimed Moonlight. Her portrayal of Sharon Rivers in the romantic drama earned King her first Academy Award® win.King is the recipient of various other accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Time magazine named King one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.KRISTIAN MILSTED, PRODUCTION DESIGNERTwitter: @MilstedKristianInstagram: @babazinziProfessional websitePrevious to helping bring Watchmen’s stunning and fantastical look to life, the London-based Milsted previously worked as a production designer for such television series as Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the Dorian-winning Killing Eve. His jobs have taken him from Barbados to Spain to Jordan. His most recent movie credit: The Duke, a stylish crime tale with Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Jim Broadbent about the theft of Goya masterpiece from a London museum in 1961.GREGORY MIDDLETON, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHYTwitter@middlecamInstagram: @middlecamProfessional websiteThe Canadian Middleton is an ace at helping put moods, tones and gorgeous images to film. Before working with Milsted, special effects experts and other cinematographers on Watchmen (whom he notes in his Dorian Award acceptance video), Middleton photographed TV hits like Psych and Kyle XY as well as episodes of such popular and vivid series as Smallville, Fringe, The Killing, Wayward Pines and Game of Thrones. His next big-screen credit as cinematographer comes next month via A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, a family horror-comedy featuring Pose breakout Indya Moore.Sources: HBO; ©2020 AAE Speakers Bureau. All rights reserved; GALECA.org.Post Views: 22
Hugh Jackman: Best TV Performance—ActorFor the HBO TV movie Bad Education, in which he played Frank Tassone, a true-life school superintendent who wound up imprisoned for embezzling millions of dollars from his district in 2004.
Jackman is an Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actor. From his turn on Broadway as the 1970’s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the X-MEN franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time. In addition to his acting work, Hugh serves as an ambassador for World Vision Australia.
In 2009, he traveled to Ethiopia to visit a community development project and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee in 2011 to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to consumers in the U.S. As part of his ongoing commitment, Hugh contributes 100% of his profits to the Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world
Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.
Jackman garnered his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name (essaying Jean Valjean in the musical drama also landed him a Dorian nomination in 2010). Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination.
Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Sales for the soundtrack to the film have broken records the world over and reached multi-platinum status in many countries including the UK and America.
Other eye-filling movie credits: Director Baz Lurhmann’s rip-roaring WWII-era adventure Australia with Nicole Kidman and 2017’s award-winning period blockbuster The Greatest Showman (in which he sold it as P.T. Barnum).A former high school rugby and swim team star, Jackman today lets off his steam playing the piano and practicing yoga and Transcendental Mediation. He’s also an advisor to the Global Poverty Project, a huge supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and helps the environment with proceeds from his Laughing Man coffee brand.Next up: A Broadway revival of The Music Man (if all goes as planned) and the futuristic sci-fi tale Reminiscence with Thandie Newton and rising star Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train).Twitter: @RealHughJackmanInstagram: @thehughjackmanSources: AEG publicity, Laughing Man coffee publicity, GALECA.org.