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Just like every other year, a lot of awards are given out this year with some very interesting and some very expected winners. And, while the following isn’t the full list of award winners for the past year (as that would be far TOO long) these are the highlights:

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (January):

Favorite Movie: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart
Action Movie: Iron Man 2
Family Movie: Toy Story 3
Favorite TV Drama: House
TV Drama Actor: Hugh Laurie
TV Drama Actress: Lisa Edelstein
TV Comedy: Glee
TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris
TV Comedy Actress: Jane Lynch
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Fringe
New TV Drama: Hawaii 5-0
Female Artist: Katy Perry
Rock Band: Paramore
Breakout Artist: Selena Gomez & the Scene
Country Artist: Taylor Swift

CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARDS (January):

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Action Film: Inception
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Young Actor/Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Comedy: Easy A
Best Picture Made for TV: The Pacific

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (January):

Best Picture Musical or Comedy: The Kids Are All Right
Best Actor Musical or Comedy: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Best Actress Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
TV Drama: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
TV Actress Drama: Katey Sagal, Sons Of Anarchy
TV Actor Drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
TV Comedy or Musical: Glee
TV Actress Comedy or Musical: Laura Linney, The Big C
TV Actor Comedy or Musical: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
TV Actress in Mini-Series or TV Movie: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

SAG AWARDS (January):

Ensemble, TV Comedy: Modern Family
Ensemble, TV Drama: Boardwalk Empire
Male Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Female Actor, Comedy Series: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Female Actor, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Life Achievement Award: Ernest Borgnine

BAFTA AWARDS (February):

Best Film: The King’s Speech
Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Film Not in the English Language: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Rising Star Award: Tom Hardy

GRAMMY AWARDS (February):

Record of the Year: Need You Know by Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Song of the Year: Need You Know by Lady Antebellum
Best New Artist: Esperanza Spaulding (Jazz Artist)
Best Pop Performance (Duo/Group): Hey, Soul Sister by Train
Best Traditional Pop Album: Crazy Love by Michael Buble
Best Rock Performance: Tighten Up by The Black Keys
Best Rock Album: The Resistance by Muse
Best Alternative Music Album: Brothers by The Black Keys
Best Country Female: The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
Best Country Male: Til Summer Comes Around by Keith Urban
Best Rock Gospel Album: Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot

ACADEMY AWARDS (February):

Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

RAZZIE AWARDS (February):

Worst Picture – The Last Airbender
Worst Screenplay – The Last Airbender
Worst Director – M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender
Worst Supporting Actor – Jackson Rathbone
Worst Sequel – Sex and the City 2
Worst Screen Ensemble – Sex and the City 2
Worst Actress – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis
Worst Actor – Ashton Kutcher
Worst Supporting Actress – Jessica Alba

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS (Spring):

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Top Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Top Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Top Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Single of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Video of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Top New Artist: The Band Perry

YOUNG HOLLYWOOD AWARDS (May):

Film Actor of the Year: Garrett Hedlund
Film Actress of the Year: Elle Fanning
Breakthrough of the Year: Hailee Steinfeld
Star of Tomorrow, Male: Armie Hammer
Star of Tomorrow, Female: Isabel Lucas
TV Actress of the Year: Aimee Teegarden
TV Actor of the Year: Jesse Williams
Artist of the Year: Avril Lavigne
Cast to Watch: Pretty Little Liars

MTV MOVIE AWARDS (June):

Best Breakout Star – Chloe Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass
Best Comedic Performance – Emma Stone, Easy A
Best Villain – Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1

E! ONLINE TATER TOP AWARDS (July):

Best Baddie: Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Best Drama: The Vampire Diaries
Breakout Star: Naya Rivera, Glee
Drama King: Jensen Ackles, Supernatural
Drama Queen: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Favorite Funny Guy: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Funny Lady: Heather Morris, Glee

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS (August):

Program of the Year: Friday Night Lights
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: Modern Family
Outstanding New Program: Game of Thrones
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: Sherlock

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (August):

Romantic Comedy Film: Easy A
Actress, Romantic Comedy Film: Emma Stone, Easy A
Action Adventure Movie Film: Fast Five
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Actor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Taylor Lautner, Eclipse
Male Breakout Film: Alex Pettyfer, I Am Number Four/Beastly
Drama TV: Gossip Girl
Comedy TV: Glee
Action Series TV: NCIS: Los Angeles
Actor, Action TV: Shane West, Nikita
Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV: The Vampire Diaries
Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV: Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Actor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV: Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Breakout Show TV: The Vampire Diaries
Breakout Star TV: Darren Criss, Glee
Female Scene Stealer TV: Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries
Male Scene Stealer TV: Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
TV Star, Male: Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
TV Star, Female: Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Rock Group: Paramore

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Comedy Series: Modern Family
Lead Actor, Drama: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Lead Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Lead Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Lead Actress, Comedy: Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Supporting Actor, Drama: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Supporting Actress, Drama: Margo Martindale, Justified
Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (November):

Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele
Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group: Maroon 5
Pop/Rock Album: Adele, 21
Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
Alternative Rock Artist: Foo Fighters
Country Male Artist: Blake Shelton
Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Country Band, Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum

AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (December):

Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Male Artist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Female Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
Single of the Year: “Voices,” Chris Young
Single of the Year, Female Artist: “Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood
Greatest Hits Award: Alabama
Artist of the Decade: Toby Keith

Congratulations to all of these winners (and the countless others who won awards) over the course of 2011. Are any of your favorites included above? Was there an actress or entertainer who you thought should have received some type of award for their work in television, movies or music who isn’t listed above? Please share your thoughts.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

TOMORROW: Condolences

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This coming Sunday (September 18), the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on FOX; and most TV critics, entertainment writers/reporters and bloggers alike are all compiling their lists of who and should win the golden statues.

I, too, am joining the ranks of those attempting to predict what will happen on the big night; and while I am the first to admit that I don’t watch comedies, I have included those categories below simply because, this one time, it is important to honor that genre and the people who work in it. But, the one big difference is that I won’t give any kind of exposition on why I think the winners listed below should or will win. You can surmise the reasons on your own or, better yet, make your own decisions and comment away below.

And, here we go or as they say (in all their political correctness), “and the Emmy goes to”:

Modern Family

Outstanding Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Who Will Win: Modern Family
Who Should Win: The Big Bang Theory

Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Drama Series:

Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Game Of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Who Will Win: Boardwalk Empire
Who Should Win: Friday Night Lights

Alec Baldwin

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory – Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
The Big Bang Theory – Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter
Episodes – Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
Louie -Louis C.K. as Louie
The Office – Steve Carell as Michael Scott
30 Rock – Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

Who Will Win: Alec Baldwin
Who Should Win: Jim Parsons

Steve Buscemi

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series:

Boardwalk Empire – Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Dexter – Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Friday Night Lights – Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor
House – Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
Justified – Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens
Mad Men – Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Who Will Win: Steve Buscemi
Who Should Win: Kyle Chandler

Laura Linney

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

The Big C – Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison
Mike & Molly – Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
Nurse Jackie – Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks and Recreation – Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Raising Hope – Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance
30 Rock – Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

Who Will Win: Laura Linney
Who Should Win: Martha Plimpton

Julianna Margulies

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series:

Friday Night Lights – Connie Britton as Tami Taylor
The Good Wife – Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry’s Law – Kathy Bates as Harriet “Harry” Korn
The Killing – Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson
Mad Men – Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Who Will Win: Julianna Margulies
Who Should Win: Connie Britton

Chris Colfer

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:

Glee – Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel
Modern Family – Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell
Modern Family – Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family – Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
Modern Family – Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Two And A Half Men – Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Who Will Win: Chris Colfer
Who Should Win: Ed O’Neill

Peter Dinklage

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

Game Of Thrones – Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
The Good Wife – Josh Charles as Will Gardner
The Good Wife – Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
Justified – Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder
Mad Men – John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Men Of A Certain Age – Andre Braugher as Owen

Who Will Win: Peter Dinklage
Who Should Win: Peter Dinklage

Betty White

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series:

Glee – Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Hot In Cleveland – Betty White as Elka Ostrosky
Modern Family – Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family – Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Saturday Night Live – Kristen Wiig as Various Characters
30 Rock – Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney

Who Will Win: Betty White
Who Should Win: Sofia Vergara

Margo Martindale

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

Boardwalk Empire – Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder
The Good Wife – Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife – Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Justified – Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett
The Killing – Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen
Mad Men – Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Who Will Win: Margo Martindale
Who Should Win: Margo Martindale

Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

Cinema Veritae – HBO
Downton Abbey – PBS
The Kennedys – Reelz Channel
Mildred Pierce – HBO
The Pillars of the Earth – Starz
Too Big to Fail – HBO

Who Will Win: Mildred Pierce
Who Should Win: Downton Abbey

Again, what do you think? Who do you think will win in these categories? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Ksenia Solo

A quick congratulations is extended to the awesome Ksenia Solo, who plays Kenzi on the Canadian hit series Lost Girl as she won a Gemini Award (the Canadian version of an Emmy Award) last night.

So well deserved!! Congrats Ksenia!!

PS: Lost Girl is back on the Canadian channel Showcase this Sunday, September 4 at 9 PM. American audiences will get to see the show from the very start sometime in early 2012 via Syfy.

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The nominations for the 26th annual Gemini Awards (the Emmy equivalent in Canada) were announced this morning, and I wanted to take a few moments to congratulate just some of the nominees.

They appear below in no particular order:

Best Supporting Actress (Drama):
Enuka Okuma – Rookie Blue
Ksenia Solo – Lost Girl

Best Writing (Drama):
Michelle Lovretta – Lost Girl
Jana Sinyor and Aaron Martin – Being Erica
Adam Pettle and Morwyn Brebner – Rookie Blue

Best Actress (Drama):
Erin Karpluk – Being Erica

Best Supporting Actor (Drama):
John Dunsworth – Haven
Matt Gordon – Rookie Blue
Noam Jenkins – Rookie Blue

Best Actor (Drama):
Michael Riley – Being Erica
Sam Witwer – Being Human

Best Guest Actress (Drama):
Michelle Nolden – Rookie Blue
Tatiana Maslany – Being Erica

Best Achievement in Casting:
Lisa Parasyn and Jon Comerford – Lost Girl

Best Visual Effects:
Being Human
Stargate Universe
Sanctuary

Best Sound (Drama):
Being Erica

Best Picture Editing (Drama):
Being Human

Best Production Design/Art Direction (Drama):
Sanctuary

Best Photography (Drama):
David Greene – Lost Girl

Best Original Music Score:
Andrew Lockington – Sanctuary

Best Direction (Drama):
Paolo Barzman – Being Human

Best Achievement in Make-Up:
Emilie Gauthier and Erik Gosselin – Being Human
Rebecca Lee and Bill Terezakis – Stargate Universe

Best Cross-Platform Project (Fiction):
Lost Girl

Congrats and good luck to all of you!

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A hearty congratulations are extended to all the Emmy nominees of which were announced this morning.

If you wold like to see the full list of nominations, please visit here.

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The 15th Annual Webby Awards will be presented to the biggest names on the Internet in New York City on Monday, June 13 at 8:30 PM with actress Lisa Kudrow (Friends) presiding as host. And, for the first time ever in Webby Award history, the event will be live-streamed via Facebook.

Among the presenters will be actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself) who will present a Webby Award to Anna Wintour for Best Fashion Website for Vogue.com. Performers will include Norah Jones, Antoine Dodson and The Gregory Brothers. Other expected attendees include actor Adrian Grenier (Entourage), actor Isaiah Mustafa (from the Old Spice commercials and Chuck), Dennis Crowley (from foursquare) and Adam McKay and Chris Henchy (the men behind Funny or Die) [among others].

The Webby Awards is the leading international awards honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websties, interactive advertising and media, online film and video and mobile and apps. The Webby Awards was established in 1996 and is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. To learn more about The Webby Awards, please visit here.

Mark your calendars!

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Time Magazine came out with its 100 Most Influential People list this week and while the prerequisite politicians, doctors, advocates and military members were in abundance on the list, the following artists (actors, writers, filmmakers and the like) were among the 100. I felt that these folks should be spotlighted whether I completely agree with their being on the list or not because after all it’s not MY list but Time Magazines. If you wish to see the full list of 100, please visit here:

NOTE: Each spotlight was written by someone who knows the influence maker and those statements are provided verbatim along with a link to their individual spotlight page at Time Magazine:

Colin Firth
Actor
By Helen Mirren

There are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star. The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consideration. He actively pursues a deeper understanding of the world around him, and his humanitarianism gives a depth and wisdom to his performances. As Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Colin underplayed the attractiveness of that character. Here was a man locked away within himself but with great personal standards and morality. It was a performance that made women of all ages swoon. As George VI in The King’s Speech, he revealed the vulnerability and sense of inadequacy that can be found even in the high and mighty. Colin’s innate decency, self-discipline and self-deprecation make him into the archetypal Englishman. His kind, thoughtful, passionate soul makes him into Everyman.

Mirren won an Oscar for The Queen.

See Colin’s page here.

Jennifer Egan
Writer
By Curtis Sittenfeld

There is, apparently, no story that Jennifer Egan can’t tell. Her five books of fiction range from an achingly gorgeous coming-of-age novel (The Invisible Circus) to a gothic tale of betrayal (The Keep) to a multi-decade kaleidoscopic depiction of the music business (A Visit from the Goon Squad, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction). Uniting disparate settings and characters is Egan’s ferocious intelligence; she writes with the clarity and sharpness of a pane of glass. For the past 15 years, she has also brought her distinctive lucidity to journalism, writing pieces about subjects such as gay teenagers and homeless families. No matter what the topic is, I know if Egan wrote the article, I’ll want to read it. I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with Egan, 48, over the years (yes, her cheekbones really are as magnificent as they look in the picture), and once at a reading I heard her say something I’ve thought of often since: that she wouldn’t want to start writing a book she knew from the outset she was definitely capable of pulling off. Her ambition and innovation inspire me as a writer and delight me as a reader.

Sittenfeld’s most recent novel is American Wife.

See Jennifer’s page here.

Blake Lively
Actress
By Baz Luhrmann

Every now and then, an actor or actress manages to somehow channel the vitality of youth — that indefinable, natural, unprocessed glamour full of possibility and filled with anticipation for an endless future. I’ve known Blake the actress, and I’ve known Blake the person, who would surprise many with her down-to-earth coolness. She makes you feel that she, and life, (is) going to go on forever.

Luhrmann’s next project is The Great Gatsby

See Blake’s page here.

Oprah Winfrey
Television Pioneer
By Ted Turner

This September, the show that has transformed daytime TV and inspired, improved and changed the lives of people around the world will wrap its 25th and final season. I have always admired independent thinkers, those with the courage, faith and intuition to forge their own ways. In business, these pioneers take calculated risks; care less about bottom lines and more about ideas and innovation; and are intent on bettering the world along the way. Oprah, 57, defines this approach. She has not only made it to the top with the cards stacked against her, but she has also made extraordinary contributions to our global community through her philanthropic efforts. CNN revolutionized the news based on a good idea, good people and a lot of inspired guesswork. Under Oprah, the OWN channel is primed to combat the tabloid programming we’ve become accustomed to with smart, enlightened, informative content. I have often said that if women ruled the world for the next 100 years, we’d all be better off. I have a feeling that with the possibilities at Oprah’s fingertips, we may be one step closer.

Turner is a philanthropist and the founder of CNN.

See Oprah’s page here.

Mia Wasikowska
Emerging Star
By Glenn Close

I met Mia Wasikowska in Dublin this past winter when the snow fell for days and sheets of treacherous ice covered the city’s walkways. She was wearing what I soon realized was her signature outfit: a peaked knit hat with earflaps, a black cloth coat, skinny black pants and fabulous, very hip brogues. Her gaze was open and direct, although her smile was shy and sweet. I found her instantly intriguing. Mia, 21, is a sun, not a satellite. She generates her own energy. She’s seductive because she’s not compelled to reveal everything. Her shyness has made her an acute observer. At the same time, she loves a good joke, loves to laugh and can suddenly have the boisterous physicality of a teenager. Mia will be many things in life and will defy expectation because she’s brilliant and curious and not fooled by what most people define as success. I will relish her journey and only hope she will be in my life for a very long time.

Close co-stars with Wasikowska in the movie Albert Nobbs.

See Mia’s page here.

John Lasseter
Filmmaker
By John Ratzenberger

If any of us had the good fortune to choose our neighbors, we would ask for John Lasseter. He and his wife Nancy have raised a posse of boys who look you in the eye when they speak, say “please” and “thank you” and are Olympians in the sport of childhood. Not surprising when their father is the master fabricator of joy. As head of Pixar, John, 54, gathers the raw material of life, puts it in the giggle-laugh-tear-goose-bump forge and shapes it into a product that leaves an imprint on civilization equal to that of the locomotive, the compass or the brick. John’s style never reaches below the belt for the cheap laugh. He is John Lasseter because of a high standard of art, perception and fun that everyone in every language can relate to and enjoy. He surrounds himself with people who share the values and work ethic necessary to maintain that standard — now recognized worldwide as simply Pixar. Audiences expect greatness from the elves of Emeryville, and they have yet to be disappointed, as they reward each film with their laughter, tears and patronage. It’s been an honor to have been invited into John’s sandbox these past 17 years.

Ratzenberger has played a voice role in every Pixar feature.

See John’s page here.

Chris Colfer
Song-and-Dance Man
By Dianna Agron

Chris has wanted to be an actor, as he says, “since I was an embryo,” which gave him the determination to say, “Yes, I can,” despite the many who had said no. Chris, 20, lives by extreme truth, speaking out against the epidemic of bullying that he, too, faced in high school. The honesty that he infuses into his Glee character, Kurt, leaves you reeling. Our cast is blessed to hear things like “Your character has helped me through this, or helped me do that,” but none more so than Chris. To witness the power he gives to his audience firsthand? It’s wonderful.

Agron plays Quinn Fabray on Glee.

See Chris’s page here.

Bruno Mars
Artist
By B.o.B.

There are a lot of people in this world who can sing and play the piano and guitar. Hell, I sing and play the piano and guitar. But there’s something different about Bruno Mars. He has a musicality, a presence in his voice that I’ve never heard from anyone else. Bruno, 25, is part of this new wave of musicians who can do everything: sing, play, write, produce. When he performs live, nothing is prerecorded or fudged. It’s a straight-up, classic performance. That’s so rare these days. We needed only two sessions to record “Nothin’ on You.” But when we perform live is when you really see our chemistry in action. And I can’t even tell you how many times he’s made my stomach hurt from laughing so hard. Bruno is hilarious. You can see it in the hit song “F— You,” which he wrote for Cee Lo Green. That’s him; that’s his sense of humor. Bruno has so many things open to him now, so many doorways he can walk through. Even I don’t know what he’ll be up to next.

B.o.B. is a rapper, singer, musician and record producer

See Bruno’s page here.

George R.R. Martin
Storyteller
By John Hodgman

I had two missions last summer. One was to watch The Wire because I was tired of admitting I hadn’t seen it. The other was to read George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. The experiences turned out to be surprisingly similar. Both kidnapped me to intimately drawn worlds with stories of a grim conflict and characters so achingly human that you end up rooting, tragically, for both sides. And neither one has dragons in it — at least, not at first. Martin, 62, is as fine a researcher as he is a storyteller, and he packs in enough miserable fact about the meanness of medieval life that it occasionally echoes Baltimore in its harshness. With HBO’s adaptation and Martin’s long-awaited fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series about to be published, my endorsement isn’t necessary. But I’ll still feel compelled, like all those fans of The Wire, to pull you aside and tell you that Tyrion Lannister is the best character in fiction since Stringer Bell and that if you have not read these books, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Hodgman, a humorist, is the author of The Areas of My Expertise and the forthcoming That Is All.

See George’s page here.

Sting
Musician
By Esperanza Spalding

When I was 11, my older brother was really into Sting. I used to steal all of his CDs out of their cases, sneak them to my room and listen to them. I remember hearing “Seven Days” for the first time — the song is in 5/4 time — and thinking, Who is this pop star who writes in such a hip time signature? I didn’t yet know that Sting, 59, played jazz or worked with jazz greats like Kenny Kirkland. Sting’s songwriting is what I’m most inspired by when I think about my own endeavors. He’s found the perfect balance of being able to write very avant-garde songs that are accessible to people who wouldn’t otherwise consider themselves jazz fans. My music doesn’t sound like Sting’s, and it never will. But I hope to have his bravery when it comes to writing songs that mainstream audiences can access.

Spalding, a jazz bassist, won the Best New Artist award at the 2011 Grammys.

See Sting’s page here.

Mark Wahlberg
Actor, Producer
By Amy Adams

I have to admit that as I made my way to meet Mark for the first time, I didn’t really know what to expect. We were meeting for a business lunch to discuss working on a project together. As he entered, he seemed pretty much as one would assume: good-looking, a commanding presence, and a casual swagger that can only be associated with true confidence. But what began to unfold as I talked to him was a sincere conversation that brought forth his deeper character. He was insightful, instinctual and extremely funny. My favorite thing about Mark, 39, is that he is genuine. He shares his true self through his work, through his philanthropic efforts and through his commitment to all of his endeavors. Mark never shies away from the truth. I have seen firsthand the way he puts people at ease with his honesty, because people will always respond to truth. Mark is a powerhouse. He has a work ethic that is incomparable. He is where he is because of his hard work, his talent and his sheer force of will. I have no doubt that he can and will accomplish anything he sets his mind to. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Adams starred with Wahlberg in The Fighter.

See Mark’s page here.

Rebecca Eaton
TV Producer
By Gillian Anderson

I was introduced to Rebecca Eaton while doing a PBS Masterpiece event for Dickens’ Bleak House. First impression: shock of silver-white hair, brassy American gumption and a personality that enters the room before she does. You instantly know she means business, which in Rebecca’s mind is what she enjoys most in the world. Rebecca, 63, has been the executive producer of Masterpiece for 25 of its 40 years. She has a passion for great drama, for great stories, beautifully told, that showcase extraordinary actors. Under her watch, Masterpiece has brought the American public some of television’s most popular and enduring dramas, including Prime Suspect, Bleak House, Sherlock and the new Upstairs Downstairs. Things weren’t always so rosy. Masterpiece Theatre, as it used to be called, went through a very tough patch, with public funding barely able to sustain its existence. Then, in 2008, Rebecca had a vision to revitalize and increase its appeal. The show — now officially known as Masterpiece — was split into three different sections aimed at a new and younger generation. This year Downton Abbey, which launched Masterpiece’s 40th-anniversary season, was seen by about 13 million viewers over its four-week run. As Masterpiece, still on a publicly funded network, celebrates this remarkable anniversary, we Americans are fortunate to have Rebecca at the helm: someone committed to bringing great television drama to the widest possible audience, week after week.

Anderson recently appeared in Masterpiece’s Any Human Heart.

See Rebecca’s page here.

Congrats to these artists for this honor!!

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A record 39 recipients were announced for the 70th Annual Peabody Awards that recognize the best in electronic media, including the following TV shows and movies:

Justified (FX)

Great Performances: Macbeth (PBS)

The Pacific (HBO)

Sherlock: A Study in Pink (PBS)

Men of a Certain Age (TNT)

Degrassi: My Body Is a Cage (TeenNick)

Temple Grandin (HBO)

The Good Wife (CBS)

Congrats to these and all the other winners. You can read more about all the winners here.

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This May the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (otherwise known as the organization behind the Emmys) announced the TV programs that will be honored at the Fourth Annual Television Academy Honors on May 5, which will be hosted by actress Dana Delaney (China Beach, Desperate Housewives and the new ABC series Body of Proof).

According to the Academy, “the programs selected this year explore such vital issues as sexual abuse and assault, racism, mental health and trauma, teen pregnancy, autism, living with a life-threatening disease and good nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity.”

Among the honorees, who were announced yesterday, are the following:

The Big C, “Taking The Plunge” — In the season-one finale of The Big C, Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) finally informs her family of the life-threatening cancer diagnosis she had kept secret, and after wavering on treatments, opts for a risky procedure. In this compelling episode, Cathy examines the taboo nature of her own mortality while bravely transcending denial to acceptance of living with her disease. The Big C explores the critical need for all, whether facing a medical diagnosis or merely getting older, to live life every day as though one is dying the next.

Friday Night Lights, “I Can’t” — One of America’s most acclaimed family drama series tackles a difficult situation that teens and adults face every day: unwanted pregnancy. As Becky (Madison Burge) faces a heartbreaking decision and seeks support, information and advice from friends and total strangers, the episode delves into the human emotion surrounding abortion with honesty and grace, never succumbing to the politically charged emotion that usually overwhelms the dialogue around this controversial issue.

Parenthood, “Pilot” — In the series premiere of Parenthood, Kristina and Adam Braverman (Monica Potter, Peter Krause) discover their young son Max (Max Burkholder) has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. 1.5 million Americans have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but this statistic ignores the millions of parents, siblings, friends, teachers and therapists whose lives are affected by autism every day. In its pilot episode, Parenthood introduces the colorful, intergenerational Braverman family; with raw emotion it demonstrates the impact of Asperger’s on all members of Max’s family and the need for them to find the means to support each other.

Private Practice, “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?” — In this powerful episode, Private Practice masters the gut-wrenching crime of sexual assault, as well as a poignant depiction of its aftermath and the long-term mental health effects that follow. When Pete (Tim Daly) discovers Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) in the halls of the hospital bloodied and bruised, he and his fellow doctors come to her aid. However, only Addison (Kate Walsh) learns the truth from Charlotte — that she wasn’t just beaten and robbed, but was raped. This marks the second Television Academy Honors award for Private Practice. The series was also honored in 2010 for the episode “Nothing to Fear,” a thought-provoking account of physician-assisted suicide.

You can read more about the honorees here.

Check your local listings on May 5 for the televised event, which aired on the following channels last year: ABC, DirecTV, ESPN, HBO, NBC, Showtime and in syndication.

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The USA Network will honor 12 cultural influencers in the network’s first ever televised Character Approved Awards. This one-hour special airing tonight at 11 PM directly after the season finale of White Collar will feature long form vignettes on pioneers in 11 different categories.

The honorees are people who are changing the face of American culture, including the following:

ARCHITECTURE – Walter Hood:

Through his innovative work in landscape architecture, Walter Hood is redefining how we think about our surroundings. He is known for transforming neglected public spaces into places that are relevant and meaningful to their communities. His studio, Hood Design, has been engaged in architectural commissions, urban design, art installations, and research for almost twenty years.

ART – Vik Muniz:

For decades, Brooklyn-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has transcended media to question perceptions of art.  Using whimsical media such as chocolate syrup, diamonds and trash, Muniz has re-appropriated canonized works and created an unconventional aesthetic of his own. The 2011 Academy Award nominated documentary Waste Land, is based on his evocative work.

DESIGN – Emily Pilloton:

Pilloton is revolutionizing communities through design. She founded Project H, a nonprofit organization – one part design firm, one part advocacy group – that is dedicated to harnessing the power of design for social good.

FASHION – Prabal Gurung:

With his inspiring, fresh aesthetic, designer Prabal Gurung has skyrocketed to the pinnacle of the American fashion scene. Drawing inspiration from around the globe, Gurung transforms clothing into wearable art.

FILM – Davis Guggenheim:

Critics and audiences agree – Davis Guggenheim is one of the most talented and influential documentary filmmakers of our time. What he accomplished for the environment with An Inconvenient Truth, he has now done for education with “Waiting for Superman“.

FOOD – Grant Achatz:

With incredible imagination and whimsy, Achatz has re-envisioned the way we experience food. His Chicago restaurant, Alinea, has transformed food into performance art and is the definition of inspired, inventive cuisine, and is poised to do so again with the opening of Next in April.

GIVING – Blake Mycoskie:

In just four short years, Mycoskie has created one of the most innovative and socially responsible retail companies in the country, pioneering the one-for-one sell/give-away concept with TOMS Shoes. Since 2006, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world.

MUSIC – Janelle Monáe:

Singer, dancer, futuristic funktress – Monáe and her music transcend genre and definition. In 2010, Monáe released the brilliant and imaginative ArchAndroid, which garnered two Grammy nominations.

NEW MEDIA – Dennis Crowley & Naveen Selvadurai:

The founding duo behind foursquare, the locations-based social networking site, have been on a meteoric rise this year, with membership exceeding 6.5 million users. Through their creation, Crowley and Selvadurai have encouraged us to connect in new ways with the people and places that matter most.

THEATRE – Lily Rabe:

With one of the most extraordinary performances of the season, Lily Rabe has made The Merchant of Venice on Broadway shine anew. At only 28 years old, Rabe has managed a reinterpretation of Portia that has added originality and new complexity to Shakespeare’s work.

WRITING – Nicole Krauss:

Nicole Krauss has emerged as one of the most intriguing authors of the last decade. Her most recent novel, Great House, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and The New Yorker named Krauss as one of the top 20 writers under 40.

Congratulations to this deserving and diverse group of people on this honor.

For more information on the Character Approved Awards, please visit their website.

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