the other adam scott

Amy is the best person you could possibly work off of. She’s my favorite actress. We’re good friends [in real life], and then when we have scenes together, there’s just this thing that clicks. Honestly, when I see on the call sheet that we have a scene together, I still get really excited. It’s always something different. It’s not like we revert back to some holding pattern that we have. She always totally surprises me, and I always try to surprise her — although I’m a much less agile performer than she is in a lot of ways. [Laughs] We’re just genuinely having a lot of fun when we’re doing these scenes, no matter how short or long or serious or funny.

i’m watching the allstar game and they showed adam scott and craig robinson and the announcer started talking about adam scott the golfer and the other announcer goes “no, no that’s a different adam scott.”

(wow)

“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”

I don’t often rec things, but oh my God. I only just watched the series finale of Big Little Lies, and since I haven’t seen anything about it on my dash, I thought I’d share my absolute awe with you guys - this is something you need to watch.

Unfortunately, it’s a very short series, only seven episodes long, but that’s really the only thing one can say against it. The writing is out of this world, the acting is phenomenal (it features some favourites of mine, like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård, and also old friends from other series, like Adam Scott and our very own Kathryn Newton) and the way the story meanders and unravels, leaving you on tenterhooks because Jesus, what actually happened and who the hell is dead, is absolutely extraordinary. And, yes, someone dies, but this is not a crime thing. It is, first and foremost, a curious, frank look into the lives of women, and their relationship with their kids, their husbands and each other. It is also, so be aware of this and stay safe, an exploration of the most upsetting, widespread and incomprehensible kind of violence: that of a man against the woman he claims to love. Those scenes do not dominate the overall story, and are never gratuitous, but are also explicit enough the actors involved apparently needed some quiet time alone after filming, to talk and cuddle and recover - so, again, stay safe.

(If you decide to watch it, be sure to plan it for a weekend you have no other obligations, because really - it will suck you in heart and soul. As for me, I don’t know how I missed Liane Moriarty’s book when it came out, but I’m going to buy it right now. Apparently, some details were changed for the HBO adaptation, so I can’t wait to discover that story as well.)

Some Thoughts About the Awards Issue

I mostly stayed out of the awards discussion, except posting and reblogging my disappointment about Laura Main’s being constantly overlooked for awards. Although I did find it uncomfortable that that discussion seemed to turn into “Laura (and sometimes Bryony) vs. Charlotte”, that’s never been the issue for me. For me, it’s about one incredible performer who has done consistently excellent work on the show since the beginning, and who *always* gets overlooked at awards time. The frustration isn’t even specifically about this particular award. This is just another example to add to the annoyance. To a degree, the show itself is also frequently overlooked, but when the show does get nominated for awards, it’s other people who tend to get acting nominations. This is nothing against those other nominees. I’m happy for them, and I think this show is full of amazing talent. Still, for me this is never about who gets nominated instead of Laura. This is about Laura, who I think deserves recognition but rarely gets it.

Also, I did want to say one thing about one of the comments that was singled out as “criticism” of Charlotte, because  I do not see it  as criticism at all, but as merely a fact that I see happen all the time in show business. That’s the fact that performers who are generally more well-known tend to get nominated for awards more often than those on the same show who are known primarily for that show. I’ve seen this with CtM, in that the ones who’ve been nominated for awards even before this one tend to be the ones who were already famous/well-established performers before CtM (Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Judy Parfitt, Charlotte Ritchie, Miranda Hart), or who became well-known outside of CtM while they were on the show (Helen George, who became much more talked about after being on Strictly Come Dancing).  Others, like Laura Main and Bryony Hannah, who have done other projects but are still known *primarily* for CtM, have been overlooked.  I’ve seen this on other shows as well, like Parks and Recreation, which had a wonderful cast but year after year, the only individual who got nominations was Amy Poehler, who is wonderful but *not* the only wonderful performer in that cast. I thought it was especially ridiculous that Nick Offerman never got an Emmy nomination, but Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and others were also deserving and never got nominated (and this was before Chris Pratt took off as a movie star).

I think acknowledging that performers who are better known have an advantage for awards nominations is a simple recognition of a very real trend, and not a slam or criticism of the performer who does get nominated. As I said with the Parks and Rec example—I love Amy Poehler and think she absolutely *did* deserve all those Emmy nominations she got (but sadly, never won). Still, I wish she hadn’t been the only one getting those nominations. The same goes for CtM. I’m thrilled for Linda and Charlotte. They are wonderful performers and I hope one of them wins the award. Still, there are actresses on CtM that I think have done consistently amazing work who have been constantly ignored—Laura Main being the most obvious example—and I *do* think “name recognition” is a factor there. This is actually one of the major reasons I hope Laura does get to do Strictly some day (also because she apparently really wants to, as she’s said in several interviews)—because then more people will know who she is and maybe, just maybe, that may help her finally get the award nomination for CtM that I think is long overdue.

Still, congrats to CtM, Linda Bassett, and Charlotte Ritchie for their nominations!