WATCHMEN: BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES, MOST VISUALLY STRIKING TV SHOW (HBO)
Set 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
Despite 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, STAR
As “Angela Abar”
With 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 DESIGNER
Previous 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 PHOTOGRAPHY
The 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.
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