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Emmys 2020: Why Watchmen Deserves to Win in Every Nominated Category



It is safe to say that this year’s Emmy Awards will be vastly different from previous years, given that they are virtual. Still, the award show’s excitement has not dampened, especially over the shows with the most nominations.

There are plenty of good shows nominated this year — Succession, Schitt’s Creek, The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more.

While the list of nominees proves that the competition is great, one particular nominee stands out from the rest, and with good reason — HBO’s limited series Watchmen. 

Watchmen is nothing like anything we have seen on television, especially shows based on superhero comics. Each character brings something unique to the table that rounds out the show from beginning to end.

We wish Watchmen ccould an win all eleven of their nominations, but unfortunately, they have multiple nominations in some categories, rendering it impossible.

However, Watchmen can win in all their nominated categories, and they definitely should.

Watchmen deserves to win as many Emmys as possible, especially their big nominations — Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

The mini-series had us on the edge of our seats from beginning to end. Each new episode raised the stakes with a more intense cliffhanger, leading to an epic series finale. 

Walking on Water

Watchmen was a limited series like no other. They had the entire package: themes that created meaningful discussions, complex characters, a well-paced, intriguing plot, and an air of mystery that makes you come back for more each time.

While the other nominated shows for Outstanding Limited Series deserved their nominations and had similar characteristics, none were even near the same level as Watchmen.

Watchmen is not just an entertaining show — it is a powerful story that draws in all audiences, even those that do not watch fiction or superhero shows. Watchmen 

As for Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Jeremy Irons and Regina King were phenomenal. They led utterly different storylines, but as the series went on, they converged beautifully, something nobody would expect on Watchmen Season 1 Episode 1.

Angela Abar was a multi-faceted character with many layers. Regina King portrayed each peeled layer flawlessly, rounding out Angela Abar and making her wonderfully human. No matter what the show threw in Angela’s way, Regina King took it in stride, making Angela look like the world’s most natural character.

Sister Night

On a dystopian television show, it is difficult to not only create but to sustain a character’s life, especially with only nine episodes. However, that did not faze Regina, and it is evident whenever Angela is on screen.

Jeremy Irons also portrayed a challenging character, Adrian Veidt. We did not even know Adrian’s purpose for half the series, making it even more challenging to concentrate on him. However, Jeremy Irons faced this challenge head-on and delivered a performance that completely blew us away.

Even if Adrian’s presence initially felt out of place, Jeremy Irons ensured that it was not. Irons provided meaning to Adrian before we knew his real purpose. 

Besides, when all the pieces fell into place, Jeremy Irons’s portrayal of Adrian Veidt became more satisfying. It is difficult to portray a character that made no sense at first, but Jeremy Irons succeeded in every way.

Of course, the other nominees gave outstanding performances and deserved recognition too. However, Regina King and Jeremy Irons tested limits and pushed boundaries with their characters. Angela Abar and Adrian Veidt are difficult and complex roles, but it did not stop King or Irons from delivering stunning performances.

Adrian Veidt

Watchmen deserves to win in their other nominated categories as well. We wish that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, and Louis Gossett Jr. could all win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, but there can only be one winner.

Thankfully, Watchmen has a 50% chance of winning this category, and we will be thrilled if any of these three talented actors win. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Cal Abar, Regina’s husband, a grounding, calming presence on a non-stop action series.

But that does not mean Cal Abar was not a multi-dimensional character. Watchmen tested Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s limits on Watchmen Season 1 Episode 8, and he did not disappoint. Abdul-Mateen II delivered a top-quality performance, demonstrating Cal Abar’s importance and intricacy.

Jovan Adepo and Louis Gossett Jr. also did terrific jobs with portraying Young Will Reeves and Will Reeves, respectively. Watchmen Season 1 Episode 6 was arguably one of the best episodes of the series, and it would not have been possible without Adepo’s riveting performance of a Young Will Reeves.

Watchmen Season 1 Episode 9 was a smashing finale, but it would not have been complete without Louis Gossett Jr., who went above and beyond as Will Reeves. He rounded out the episode and added a nice finishing touch to his character on “See How They Fly.” The finale would not have been the same without him.

Will Reeves

Jean Smart raised the bar as Laurie Blake. Generally, limited series need strong main characters to be successful. However, Watchmen proved that their supporting characters are just as important, and the actors who portray them are just as talented.

If anyone deserves to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, it is Jean Smart. Laurie Blake was sensational whenever she appeared on screen, but Watchmen truly captured her character’s essence on Season 1 Episode 3, her first appearance.

Jean Smart portrayed Laurie Blake’s multiple layers on “She Was Killed by Space Junk.” Anyone watching the episode could see how Laurie is not a simple secondary character to play, especially with her broad range of emotions.

Nevertheless, Jean Smart nailed every scene, and we will be very disappointed if she does not win this Emmy.

Furthermore, Laurie’s character development on the series as a whole is nothing short of phenomenal. Nine episodes is not a lot of time for a secondary character to develop, but Laurie certainly did, and Jean Smart captured her development beautifully.

Agent Laurie Blake

The category for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special also has multiple Watchmen nominations, and rightfully so.

All three episodes nominated — “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice,” “Little Fear of Lightning,” and “This Extraordinary Being” — were phenomenal in every single way, especially in directing.

Watchmen Season 1 Episode 1 was a strong opener to the limited series. You can tell how great the directing was by watching all the episode elements come together beautifully.

The same thing goes for Watchmen Season 1 Episode 5 and Watchmen Season 1 Episode 6. “Little Fear of Lightning” was a pivotal, mind-blowing episode, and the director called all of the right shots. “This Extraordinary Being” portrayed an incredible backstory that will be quite impossible to defeat.

Finally, Watchmen has a nomination in Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for the episode “This Extraordinary Being.” Watchmen Season 1 Episode 6 has the most nominations of all nine episodes, which makes perfect sense.

Angela as Will

“This Extraordinary Being” created new standards for telling a character’s backstory, adding unique qualities to both the character (Will Reeves) and the character learning about his past (Angela Abar).

Watchmen Season 1 Episode 6 told a heartwrenching story about pain, love, loss, and (in)justice, all while depicting the horrifying reality of systemic racism and white supremacy.

“This Extraordinary Being” was quite literally extraordinary in every way. The episode raised the bar for character backstories, making it impossibly high. In the future, it will be incredibly difficult to find another episode focused on a character’s backstory that is as flawless as this one was.

We genuinely hope Watchmen wins the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, and that the show wins in all other nominated categories.

The limited series may only be allowed to win seven of their eleven nominations, but Watchmen deserves to win like no other nominated show.

We want to hear from you, Fanatics!

Have you seen HBO’s Watchmen? Did you enjoy it? Do you think the mini-series deserved all of their nominations?

Who do you think should win at the Emmy Awards this year? 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sarah Novack is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Borat 2’ to Release on Amazon Before Election Day




The original “Borat” grossed over $260 million worldwide and earned Cohen a Golden Globe award.

Update September 29: Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to “Borat 2,” Deadline confirms. The sequel will debut on the streaming platform in late October ahead of Election Day. The movie will launch around the world in 240 countries on Amazon Prime. The sequel is reportedly titled “Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan.” As always, Cohen risked his life to shoot the project in secret. Deadline reports the comedian had to wear a bulletproof vest on two different shooting days to stay safe in case a scenario got out of hand.

Earlier: A sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s blockbuster 2006 comedy “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” has been shot and screened “for a select few industry types,” Collider’s Jeff Sneider reports based on confirmations from multiple sources. The sources say “Borat 2” finds Cohen’s Kazakh journalist “thinking he’s a big movie star after the success of the original 2006 film made him famous, so he’s trying to hide from the public by pretending to be someone else, and starts meeting and interviewing people incognito.”

Cohen has been popping up in the news over the last several months for public pranks, leading many fans to speculate as to whether or not he was cooking up a second season of his Showtime series “Who Is America?” or a new project. At the end of June, Cohen made headlines for crashing a far-right rally in Olympia, Washington and convincing the crowd to sing a racist song with him. The event was a “March for Our Rights 3” rally organized by the Washington Three Percenters, a far-right militia group known for its gun advocacy. Cohen appeared dressed in overalls and a fake beard, and his song included lyrics about injecting kids with the “Wuhan flu.”

Another Cohen prank made its way into the news in early July when former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani revealed to The Post that Cohen ambushed a July 7 interview at the Mark Hotel in New York City. Giuliani believed he was going to be interviewed about the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, but in the middle of the conversation with a female journalist a man stormed in “wearing a crazy” outfit that included “a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top.” Giuliani called the prank “absurd.”

Near the end of August, a viral Tik Tok video of Cohen dressed in character as Borat speeding down the highway starting making the rounds on social media. The video increased buzz that Cohen would be resurrecting Borat for a sequel, but it was unclear whether or not this would be related to the earlier pranks conducted over the summer. Based on Collider’s plot synopsis for “Borat 2,” it appears Cohen was filming the sequel this whole time. A source described the project to Collider as “Cohen playing Borat playing Cohen.”

“Borat” was a box office winner in 2006, grossing over $260 million worldwide. Cohen won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, and the film went on to land an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 79th Academy Awards. IndieWire has reached out to Cohen’s representatives for further comment.

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Matt Bomer on Having to Emotionally ‘Go There’ With Jim Parsons in ‘Boys in the Band’




A top-notch cast, including Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto, anchor producer Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band. In 1968 (the year the play debuted off-Broadway), bitter, boozy Michael (Parsons) gathers a group of gay friends at his New York duplex to celebrate the birthday of their sarcastic pal Harold (Quinto).

“This apartment is their safe space to be themselves,” explains Bomer, who plays Michael’s earnest ex, Donald, and, with the rest of the cast, starred in Murphy’s 2018 Broadway production. (Joe Mantello directed both.) If the subject matter is foreign, you’ll find familiarity in the themes, like the struggle for self acceptance.

Below, Bomer elaborates.

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Watching the film, it reminded me of what was happening then and what is happening now. Was that something you and your castmates talked about?

Matt Bomer: Well, of course. This is a piece that’s about the cost of stagnation. It was such a revolutionary act from Mart Crowley to have written this piece and put it on stage. It was the first real gay play written for a mainstream audience and so it was such a radical act at the time and took so much courage on his part.

But I don’t know how anybody in that time could have gone to see the play and not realized, “Oh, we need change.” This was written just months before Stonewall so it contains a lot of that ugliness and furor that happens right before a revolution, you know, between the characters. There is something in it that still resonates with people, particularly people who weren’t familiar with the piece coming into it.

How would you describe the relationship between Michael (Parsons) and Donald? There’s a friendship there but they also seem so different.

Formerly, they were more than just friends so they had that familiarity with each other. I think there’s an openness to Michael that’s really appealing to someone like Donald, who’s more of an introvert. I think they cared deeply about each other and if Michael’s character could control his drinking, I think Donald would be open to being more than friends but he knows that may not happen anytime soon. But he loves him deeply, and I think it’s very clear from the way they behave around each other in the first few minutes of the piece. You can see how comfortable they are in front of each other.

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How was it returning to the production and getting reacquainted with Donald?

I wish every movie I did I had done a full Broadway run of it first with the same cast and the same director. There is an implicit sense of trust amongst the ensemble, especially when you’ve had to do that play together where it’s all nine of you on stage every night. There was a comfortability between us and we had a sense of how we all like to work. Because we had lived in the material so much, it was great just to get to play from take to take and see how it translated to a medium that’s inherently so much more intimate.

You and Jim have such great scenes together throughout the film. How did you approach them, especially the one big one late in the story?

With all the scenes, I don’t think any of us wanted to rely on just going into it the way we did initially. We wanted to try to use things that we knew seem to translate well, that you find over the course of a run, but [also] be very open to things. Actually, I think in that scene [near the end of the film] it was really Joe Mantello who pushed us and said, “No, you’re not getting off the hook in this scene. You have to go to Hell. You have to go to Hell in this scene.” I’ll never forget that piece of direction and just gave us this sense of, “OK, we better … It’s time to just go there.”

The Boys in the Band, Movie Premiere, Wednesday, September 30, Netflix

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Big Brother 22 All-Stars live feed spoilers: Dr. Will returns, but why?




This morning in the Big Brother 22 All-Stars house, things were for the most part quiet … at least until a surprise interruption.

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Right around noon today, the feeds went into animals — which typically when there is some sort of major event happening in the house. It was unsure for a few minutes as to what was going on when the feeds came back, but it was then revealed that Dr. Will Kirby did stop in with one of those messages like what we saw back on the eviction show this past Thursday. He didn’t seemingly say a lot that exposed what the twist is going to be, but there was a message that came up on a screen talking about the Neighbor’s House. The font that they used for it was similar to what they saw with the Safety Suite and the BB Basement earlier this season, which makes them think that this is either a new competition or some sort of extra twist that is going to happen.

What we can say is that a lot of players in the house right now seem to be acting as though they are gearing up for some sort of accelerated week, almost like what tends to happen when we get around to the final four on some seasons. What could happen is that there could be a quick eviction cycle that films tomorrow, leading then to the second part of the triple eviction live on Thursday. That makes a certain degree of sense…

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What do you want to see when it comes to the Big Brother 22 All-Stars game today?

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