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Hey, ‘Tiger’—You’re Our Campy Show Winner!

TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS—CAMPIEST TV SHOW (NETFLIX)

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#TigerKing

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

@rebeccachaiklin

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.

Sources: Netflix; IMDB; GALECA.org.

Best Unsung TV Show: Fangs In for ‘Shadows’ (and Star Harvey Guillén!)

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: BEST UNSUNG TV SHOW (FX)
 
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@theshadowsfx
What We Do in the Shadows, based on the feature film by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, documents the nightly exploits of vampire roommates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) as they navigate the modern world of Staten Island with the help of their human familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén). 
 
Over the course of season two, the vampires try to find their way in a world of human Super Bowl parties, internet trolls, an energy vampire who gets a promotion and becomes drunk on power and of course, all the ghosts, witches, necromancers, zombies and shadowy cloaked assassins who roam freely in the Tri-State area. Is Guillermo destined to be a vampire or a vampire hunter? Or maybe just a familiar for the rest of his life?
 
Clement created the series. Clement, Waititi and Paul Simms are Executive Producers with Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush and Stefani Robinson. What We Do in the Shadows is produced by FX Productions.
 
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN: 
 
HARVEY GUILLÉN, COSTAR
As “Guillermo De La Cruz” 
 
Twitter: @harveyguillen
Instagram: @harveyguillen
 
Harvey Guillén’s acting journey began as a six-year-old watching Annie on TV. He ran over to his mother and said, “I want to be that! I want to be an orphan!” Confused, his mother then explained that those kids were just actors. Guillén’s mother told him in order to be an actor, it would take a lot of money for training—money the financially struggling family did not have. Soon after, Guillén became inspired by a man collecting recyclables out of trash cans to sell to the local recycling center and would go on to do the exact same in order to save for his first acting classes.

Guillén has been a series regular on MTV’s Eye Candy and ABC Family’s Huge. He guest starred in the Apple series Little America, HBO’s Room 104 and Don’t Look Too Deep directed by Catherine Hardwick. He also served as a recurring guest star on season three of NBC’s The Good Place and Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. As for his film credits, he is best known for his supporting role alongside Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne and Owen Wilson in The Internship in addition to Netflix’s horror film Truth or Dare. Guillén is the recipient of a GLAAD Award for his work on Raising Hope and produced the award- winning LGBTQ+ web series The Filth

Source: FX

Look Who’s Slaying! ‘Killing Eve’ for Best TV Drama

KILLING EVE: BEST TV DRAMA (AMC / BBC America)
 
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@killingeve
 
The third season of the award-winning drama continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls.

Stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney and Owen McDonnell return with new cast additions: Dame Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day).

Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) serves as lead writer and executive producer for season three, continuing the tradition of passing the baton to a new female writing voice. Executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote and Sandra Oh. Nige Watson also serves as producer on the series. Killing Eve is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC America and is distributed by Endeavor Content. The series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.

ACCEPTING THE DORIAN: 

SALLY WOODWARD GENTLE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Twitter: @sidgentlefilms
Instagram: @sidgentle

Gentle is the BAFTA award-winning executive producer of British television dramas such as Any Human Heart, Enid and Whitechapel. She formed Sid Gentle Films Ltd in September 2013 to produce original and innovative television drama and feature films. 

Prior to Sid, Gentle was Creative Director of Carnival Films. In 2010, she appeared in Broadcast’s Power List for women in film and television. With Sally at its creative helm, Carnival won Indie of the Year at the 2011 Televisual Bulldog Awards and Best Indie at the 2012 Broadcast Awards. 

Before joining Carnival, she was the Creative Director for BBC Drama Production following a year as Acting Head of In-House Drama. Prior to that, she was Head of Development for all BBC drama. While at the BBC she worked across a range of high profile output including Tipping the Velvet, Cambridge Spies, Waking the Dead, the first series of the new Dr Who, Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mysteries, and the HBO co-production, The House of Saddam. She was also at the center of a remarkable run of new dramas on BBC Four including the BAFTA nominated film Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! 

Gentle was formerly Managing Director of Kudos where she helped originate and executive produce BAFTA-nominated drama series Psychos created by David Wolstencroft for Channel 4. She continued 16 the relationship with David Wolstencroft and oversaw the development of Spooks before leaving for the BBC. 

Since establishing Sid, Gentle has executive produced two seasons of the BAFTA-nominated and ITV ratings hit The Durrells in Corfu with a third in production, as well as Sky Arts equally highly-acclaimed series, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories. Sally also executive produced SS-GB, the Purvis and Wade (Bond screenplay writers) adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic thriller that aired on BBC one in February 2017. 

SUZANNE HEATHCOTE, WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

#SuzanneHeathcote

Heathcote is a British writer and actor based in the United States. Her writing career began at the Royal Court Theatre, where she attended the Young Writers Program and Advanced Writers Group. Her first play Concrete Fairgrounds, was selected as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival and The New Year New Futures Festival at the Traverse Theatre. 

 
Her plays have been developed internationally by Nabokov Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Interplay Australia. She has been a recipient of the New York Stage and Film Founders Award, the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award, a resident playwright for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group. 
 
In television, Heathcote has been a writer/producer for several dramas in development at HBO, was an Executive Story Editor for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, was a writer/producer for Steven Knight’s Apple+ adventure See starring Jason Mamoa, and an upcoming project with singer Sara Bareilles, also for Apple+.
 
FIONA SHAW, COSTAR
As “Carolyn Martens”
Twitter: @thefionashaw
Instagram: @#fionashaw
 
Ireland-born Fiona Shaw stars in Killing Eve as Carolyn Martens, a lead MI6 agent who recruits Eve (Sandra Oh) to track down a psychopathic female assassin. 
 
Shaw, currently on screen alongside TK in the lesbian romance Ammonite, was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for her contribution to film and drama. Also known for her turn as TK in the Harry Potter movies, she costars with Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill in the imminent steampunk adventure Enola Holmes and headlines November’s horror-mystery Kindred with rising star Jack Lowden (of the 2016 miniseries version of War & Peace).
 
In film, she has worked with a number of international directors, including Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot), Bob Raffelson (Mountains of the Moon), Brian DePalma (The Black Dahlia), Franco Zeffirelli (Jane Eyre), Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy), Terrence Malick (The Tree off Life), and Craig Macneill, the young director of Lizzie. She was also seen alongside Kate Beckinsale in Colette.
 
She is also known for her comedy performances in Three Men and a Little Lady, Super Mario Bros., and Undercover Blues. 
 
In TV, she is known in the for her television performance as the villainess witch Marnie Stonebrook on HBO’s True Blood. 
 
One of the foremost artists of the London stage, Shaw has led a number of major productions in London and New York, including Medea (London and Broadway, Tony® Nomination), Happy Days (BAM), The Ancient Mariner (BAM), and The Testament of Mary (Broadway). She was awarded a Drama Desk Award for The Waste Land, performed in a disused theater on 42nd Street. 
 
In London, she has played in many iconic productions, such as As You Like it (Olivier Award winner), Hedda Gabler (London Critics Award winner), The Taming of the Shrew, Machinal (for which she won the Olivier for Best Actress and Evening Standard Award), and Electra (Olivier Award winner). With the National Theatre in London, she performed the controversial Richard II, The Good Person of Setzwan (Olivier Award), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Way of the World, Mother Courage, London Assurance and Scenes from an Execution. 
 
Shaw lives in London and New York. 
 
Sources: AMC Networks; Sid Gentle; IMDB (Carol Ziegler for Suzanne Heathcote); GALECA.org

‘Watchmen’: Damon Lindelof, Regina King & More Celebrate Their Double-Winner

Accepting the Dorian for Best TV Movie/Limited Series & Most Visually Striking TV Show Were . . .

WATCHMEN: BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES, MOST VISUALLY STRIKING TV SHOW (HBO)
 
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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
 
@damonlindelof
 
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” 
 
Twitter: @reginaking
Instagram: @iamreginaking
 
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 CareEnemy 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

Twitter: @MilstedKristian
Instagram: @babazinzi
Professional website 

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

Twitter@middlecam
Instagram: @middlecam
Professional website

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. 

Sources: HBO; ©2020 AAE Speakers Bureau. All rights reserved; GALECA.org.


This Just In: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ Triumphs

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER: Best Current Affairs Show (HBO)
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Instagram: @#johnoliverlastweektonight

With so much crazy news flying at us, it’s great to know that HBO recently renewed our Dorian winner for Best  Current Affairs Show for three more seasons—through 2023.

“For the past seven years, John and his incredibly talented team have taken on topics that are both in the public mind and off the beaten path, always managing to shed new light on these subjects with intelligence and searing humor,” said HBO honcho Casey Bloys in a statement. “We are beyond thrilled to continue this relationship for three more years.”

“We’re all extremely happy to be able to continue to do our show on HBO for another three years, or until the end of the world, whichever comes first,” stated Oliver himself.

Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as shining a light on issues big and small as the U.S. heads toward a pivotal 2020 Presidential Election, the Emmy®-winning show airs Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The series, which is currently on hiatus until September 27, is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

The program is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York, the show features Oliver’s topical commentary. The series has received a staggering 16 Emmys® since its premiere in 2014.

JOHN OLIVER
Twitter: @iamjohnoliver

Popular Comedian and Celebrity Speaker John Oliver is an English political satirist who hosts his own television show, writes his own comedy as a stand up comedian and co-hosts and writes podcasts. He is currently the host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which airs weekly on HBO.

Celebrity Speaker John Oliver worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beginning in 2006 as its Senior British Correspondent and continued his work until 2013. He was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, Jon Stewart was out for eight weeks while directing a movie. Because of this, John Oliver guest-hosted The Daily Show during that time. He was so successful as a guest-host that HBO gave him his own television show just three months later.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a satirical late night talk show that covers politics and current events. Before creating his show, John was working on a weekly satirical comedy podcast called The Bulge with Andy Zaltzman, which has about 500,000 downloads per week. John’s other radio work with Zaltzman includes the podcasts Political Animal and The Department.

When he isn’t hosting his late night television show or creating podcasts, John’s thrives in stand-up comedy. He hosted John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, which last four seasons and ran from 2010-2013. It appears on Comedy Central and includes other stand-up comedians as well as himself. Recently John has tried his hand at acting, guest starring in roles such as Dr. Ian Duncan in Community, Felix Pardiggle in Bleak House, and as Booth-Wilkes John in The Simpsons. As far as the big screen goes, John appeared in The Love Guru and voiced a character in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 films.

Sources: HBO, Celebrity Speakers Bureau.

Rising Comedian Annie Murphy, Supporting TV Actress Champ

ANNIE MURPHY: Best Supporting TV Performance—Actress
“Alexis Rose” on Schitt’s Creek
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Previous to slaying it as vapid but caring 20something Alexis Rose on Creek (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Annie/Alexis sing her signature pop would-be hit “A Little Bit Alexis”), Annie Murphy notched roles in hit Canadian series like Rookie Blue and Flashpoint. She also has appeared on the stage in Montreal and Toronto. 

The Ottowa-born Murphy, who was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work on the show, wrote, produced and acted in The Plateaus, a CBC web series that featured Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Sam Roberts and Kevin MacDonald. She is a graduate of both the Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory and the Theatre Performance Program at Concordia University.

Sources: Schitt’s Creek PR, GALECA.org

 

Dan Levy & ‘Schitt’s Creek’—Our Big Winners!

‘Schitt’s Creek’: Best TV Comedy, Best LGBTQ TV Show (Pop)
Levy: Best Supporting TV Performance—Actor, Special ‘Wilde Wit’ Accolade
See also: 
Catherine O’Hara: Best TV Performance—Actress
Annie Murphy: Best Supporting TV Performance—Actress

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Premise: Money was never a problem for filthy rich video store magnate, Johnny Rose, his soap star wife Moira, über-hipster (gay) son David and socialite daughter Alexis. That is, until the government came looking for years of unpaid taxes thanks to Johnny’s Madoff-like business manager. Left with almost nothing, the Roses are forced to move to a property even the government refused to repossess – Johnny’s last remaining asset, Schitt’s Creek, a small town he once bought as a joke. Now stuck in a rundown motel, the family must come to terms with their newly found poverty (and each other). Note: David grows up and finds love in the final season. 
 
DAN LEVY & SCHITT’S CREEK
 
Dan Levy—actor, writer, actor, director, and producer—co-created Schitt’s Creek with his famed father, actor-comedian Eugene Levy. Before its big Dorian Awards haul this year for its sixth and final season, the series scored Best TV Comedy and Best LGBTQ TV Show from GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics for its 2019 season.
 
Schitt’s Creek has garnered nearly three dozen awards and more than 100 nominations, including many Emmy nominations, the 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy, a 2019 TCA Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, a 2020 Costume Design Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Television, a 2020 SAG Award Nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a 2020 Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. In 2019, Levy won Best Comedic Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for his role on the show, and was honored by GLAAD with the 2019 Davidson/Valentini Award.
 
In 2013, the younger Levy formed Not A Real Company Productions with his father and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy to create Schitt’s Creek, a half-hour single camera comedy for CBC/ITV/Pop. In addition to being the co-creator, showrunner, executive producer, and writer of Schitt’s Creek, Levy also starred alongside his dad, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, and Chris Elliott. 
 
Levy began his television career co-hosting MTV Canada’s flagship show MTV Live and later co-wrote, co-hosted, and co-produced the critically-acclaimed ratings hit The After Show and its various incarnations, including The HillsThe After Show and The City: Live After Show. Levy also wrote, produced, and starred in his own Christmas special for MTV, Daniel Levy’s Holi-Do’s & Don’ts and co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet, the X-Factor pre-show, and national coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games for CTV. 
 
Levy also co-hosted The Great Canadian Baking Show, and has also made a guest appearance on Modern Family. He made his film debut opposite Tina Fey in Admission and more recently costarred with Bette Midler and Issa Rae in the HBO TV movie Coastal Elites (a comedy written by Paul Rudnick and filmed during the pandemic). Coming soon: The romantic comedy Happiest Season with Kristen Stewart and Aubrey Plaza.
 
Twitter: @danjlevy
Instagram: @instadajlevy
 
Sources: The CW press site; Gabrielle Free for Schitt’s Creek; GALECA.org

Hugh Jackman—’Bad’ Star, Winning Actor

Hugh Jackman: Best TV Performance—Actor
For 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: @RealHughJackman
Instagram: @thehughjackman
 
Sources: AEG publicity, Laughing Man coffee publicity, GALECA.org. 

Funnyface Catherine O’Hara—Our Best TV Actress Pick

CATHERINE O’HARA: Best TV Performance—Actress 
“Moira Rose” on Schitt’s Creek
Canadian acting legend O’Hara, also a recipient of GALECA’s Timeless Star career-achievement honor, started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of the famed comedy troupe The Second City in her native Toronto. She was an understudy for Gilda Radner until Radner left for Saturday Night Live. Two years later, the Second City group created the sketch comedy show SCTV, for which O’Hara—along with her future Creek onscreen husband, Eugene Levy—became a regular performer. Her memorable characterizations on the show included Las Vegas scorcher Lola Heatherton, buzzer-happy game show contestant Margaret Meehan, raunchy nightclub comedian Dusty Towne, soap opera seductress Sue Ellen and stage actress Sue Bopper Simpson.

In the late 1970s, she provided voice-overs for a number of cartoons, work which would continue throughout her career. During a short time in the early 1980s when SCTV was in between network deals, she was hired to replace Ann Risley when Saturday Night Live was being retooled in 1981. However, she quit the show without ever appearing on air, choosing to go back to SCTV when the show signed on with NBC. Her SNL position was then given to fellow Canadian Robin Duke, who had also replaced O’Hara for a season on SCTV.

O’Hara began her career on television, apart from SCTV, in the mid-1970s. She appeared in the 1976 television film The Rimshots, the children’s television series Coming Up Rosie for a year, and television specials, such as Witch’s Night Out and Intergalactic Thanksgiving. But it was her performances on SCTV that earned her fame in Canada, which is why she returned to the show, not only as an actress but as a writer for both SCTVand SCTV Network 90, which earned her an Emmy Award for outstanding writing and two Emmy Award nominations. She also has written for SCTV Channel.

O’Hara has appeared in a number of television series and television films and continues to work in television. During the ’90s, she made guest appearances on Tales from the CryptOh BabyMorton & Hayes and The Larry Sanders Show. She served as actress and director on Dream On and The Outer Limits, the revival of the ’60s series of the same name. In the past decade, O’Hara has guest-starred on top-rated television series including Six Feet Under and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In May 2008, it was announced that she had signed on to star in the upcoming ABC dramedy Good Behavior. Her role in the 2010 television film Temple Grandin earned her three award nominations: a Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

O’Hara has also had a successful career in film. She made her feature debut in the 1980 film Double Negative, which also starred her SCTV co-stars John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Joe Flaherty. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, O’Hara appeared in many supporting roles, including Martin Scorsese’s After Hours and Heartburn, with Meryl Streep. She had more notable roles in Beetlejuice, the blockbuster hit Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In 1992, O’Hara worked alongside Jeff Daniels in the comedy There Goes the Neighborhood. O’Hara continued to appear in many films during the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century. She received roles in four of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, three of which earned her awards and nominations: Waiting for GuffmanBest in ShowA Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. Her role in 1999’s The Life Before This won her a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. She also appeared in episodes 6, 10 and 11 on the tenth and final series of the UK Whose Line Is It Anyway? In 2006, she starred with Christina Ricci in the fantasy feature Penelope. O’Hara has served as a voice artist in a number of animated movies, including The Nightmare Before ChristmasChicken LittleOver the HedgeMonster HouseBrother Bear 2 and Frankenweenie.

On June 9, 2007, O’Hara was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. On February 28, 2010, she spoke at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2015 Canada Post placed her image on a postage stamp.

For her funny-faced and funny-voiced turn on Schitt’s Creek—as former soap opera actress Moira Rose  Her role has earned her two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016 and the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.

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Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter—Winning Duo!

Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter: Dual Winners, Best TV Musical Performance
For the Opening Number, 92nd Academy Awards ®

JANELLE MONÁE
@janellemonae

A singer, songwriter, producer, and performer from Kansas City, Kansas, Monáe’s innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n’ roll. Her debut album The ArchAndroid was released to widespread acclaim, earning her multiple Grammy nominations, and was deemed the top album of 2010 by The Associated Press, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. Monáe was also a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award, and was included in the first-ever “Women Who Rock” exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier that year. 

A dynamic performer and artistic entrepreneur, Monáe her own record label, The Wondaland Arts Society, and has performed worldwide with artistic legends such as Stevie Wonder and Prince. In 2013, she launched her second studio album, The Electric Lady. The first official single off the album, Q.U.E.E.N., quickly racked-up 10,000,000 views on YouTube. “Yoga,” the second single from Monae’s Wondaland Records collective EP, The Eephus, accumulated nearly 5,000,000 views on YouTube in its first month. Her third solo album, Dirty Computer, received a 2019 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. 

As an actress, she has costarred in the Oscar ©-winning drama Moonlight, the also-acclaimed period drama Hidden Figures and the second season of the Amazon thriller Homecoming. She can currently be seen on the screen in the horror film Antebellum 

Visit her fan page here.

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BILLY PORTER
@thebillyporter

Before landing his Dorian Award-winning role on the multi-Dorian Award-winning FX drama Pose, Billy Porter was best known for starring as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony® Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Other Broadway acting credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Shuffle Along, directed by George C. Wolfe, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease (all original cast), Smokey Joe’s Café and Dreamgirls (20th anniversary revival). His one-man show, Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, was nominated for a 2005 GLAAD Media Award.

Porter’s original song “Time” has been featured twice on the television dancing contest So You Think You Can Dance. His concert credits include performing as the opening act for Rosie O’Donnell and Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, singing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Philly Pops, and as soloist for a political fundraiser for President Bill Clinton.

As a director, Porter has helmed revivals of George C. Wolfe’s plays The Colored Museum and Top Dog/Underdog, as well as a critically acclaimed recreation of The Wiz. He also conceived the musical revue Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie Wonder, which starred Chaka Khan in the spring of 2002. In addition, Porter conceived and directed Being Alive, a musical celebration that aligns the cannons of Stephen Sondheim and William Shakespeare and combines them with the soulful musical styles of the African-American experience. He is also an NAACP Theatre Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Once On This Island at Reprise Theatre Company.

And as a recording artist, Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records and his sophomore album, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE. Another album, Billy’s Back on Broadway, was released in 2014. Porter’s most recent album, The Soul of Richard Rodgers, was released on Sony Masterworks. Porter’s voice can also be heard on the albums A Very Rosie ChristmasJim
Brickman’s Destiny (a top ten AC hit), Grease (revival cast album) and more.

Porter is a graduate of The Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama, where he has directed productions of Company and Letters From ‘Nam. He carries an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College.

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