Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tim's 22nd Annual SAG Award Picks

The 22nd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards take place TONIGHT at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles!

The SAG Awards have so many incredible nominees and I can't wait to see who takes home the awards this year. I've loved watching all of these films and TV shows. It's probably my favorite part of award season. Congrats to all of the nominees this year. Hopefully, I do much better with my picks than I did with the Golden Globes. Here are my picks for the 22nd Annual SAG Awards. Enjoy! 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role


Don't count out Bryan Cranston just yet. SAG voters have loved Cranston and "Trumbo" did lead the overall nominations for the SAG Awards. DiCaprio shouldn't have any problem taking home the award, but Cranston isn't far behind. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role


I would love to see Jacob Tremblay take this award home as well. He was absolutely brilliant in "Room", and after his Critics Choice win, I could see Jacob be an upset for Christian Bale. 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role


We could see Kate Winslet pick up another win for her role in "Steve Jobs", but her Golden Globes win was a shock to most, including Winslet herself. I think we see Alicia take the SAG Award home. 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry
RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett
MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale
JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller
BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert
RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses
JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters
MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum
FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley

The only film I really see competing with "The Big Short" is "Spotlight". I think it's a really tight race between the two, but after "The Big Short" took home the Producers Guild Award, I think we will see it take home the SAG as well.  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries


Idris Elba is close on his heels, but I think this one goes to Mark Rylance. 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series


After Jon Hamm's win at the Emmy's and Golden Globes, I feel confident that he will take home the SAG as well. The only competition I really think Hamm has, despite all of the amazing nominees in this category, is Rami Malek. Gotta love Mr. Robot! 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

SOLA BAMIS / Shirley
JAY R. FERGUSON / Stan Rizzo
BRUCE GREENWOOD / Richard Burghoff
JON HAMM / Don Draper
JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis
KEVIN RAHM / Ted Chaough
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove

With this being the final SAG Awards for the cast of Mad Men, and with Jon Hamm's Emmy and Golden Globe win, I think we see them take home their final ensemble award. 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman
KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein
GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman
CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw
AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman
JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman
HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson
EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series


52nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award


Tune in TONIGHT to TNT or TBS at 8PM EST/5PM PST. Enjoy the show! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January's Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty Box Reveal

January's Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty box did not disappoint! The January theme was "The Resistance". This month's box included a limited edition exclusive "flocked" Chewbacca Pop Figure, collectors BB-8 patch & Poe Dameron pin, an exclusive Force Awakens Pop t-shirt and C3PO red handle mug. We may be giving away an upcoming box on an episode of On the Mic Podcast. You will want to listen to know how to win. Stay tuned! Check out the picture of this months box below. To subscribe for Smuggler's Bounty, click on the link below. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Academy takes historic action to increase diversity

With the continuing controversy of the 2016 Oscar nominations, The Academy has released a historic action plan to improve the diversity issues throughout The Academy, and the industry as well. Read the official press release below.

Lifetime voting rights reframed; new governor seats added and committees restructured

Goal to double number of diverse members by 2020

LOS ANGELES – In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse.  The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade.  In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award.  We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members.  In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria.  Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status.  Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting.  This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars. 

At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity. 
In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.
The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.

Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Sundance Film Festival Day One Press Conference: LIVE STREAM

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in Park City, Utah! I'm so glad to be back at the festival this year, Producing shows with former podcast guest Richie T. Steadman for X96's Radio From Hell show, as well as recording a few episodes of On the Mic.

Every year the festival kicks off with the opening press conference featuring founder Robert Redford. Stream the press conference LIVE through the video player below.

See you at the festival!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The 88th Academy Award Nominees - Complete List

The 88th Academy Award Nominations are in, with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

Here is your complete list of nominees:

Best Picture
“The Big Short” 
“Bridge of Spies” 
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant” 


Best Actor in a lead role
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Best Actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Best Actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Best Actress in a supporting role
Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara in “Carol”
Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Best Animated feature film
“Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
“Boy and the World” Alê Abreu
“Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
“When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

“Carol” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario” Roger Deakins

Costume design
“Carol” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant” Jacqueline West

Best Director
“The Big Short” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Room” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy

Best Documentary Feature
“Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
“Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
“The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
“Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

“The Big Short” Hank Corwin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best Foreign Language
“Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia
“Mustang” France
“Son of Saul” Hungary
“Theeb” Jordan
“A War” Denmark

Makeup and Hairstyling
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
“Carol” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
“Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

Original song
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Production design
“Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
“The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
“The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
“The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best Animated Short Film
“Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
“Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
“We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
“World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt

Best Live Action Short Film
“Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
“Day One” Henry Hughes
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath
“Shok” Jamie Donoughue
“Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Sound editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound mixing
“Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Visual effects
“Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted screenplay
“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
“Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay
“Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
“Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
“Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
“Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

The Academy Awards air LIVE, Sunday, February 28th on ABC at 7PM EST/4PM PST. 

Hosted by Chris Rock

88th Academy Award Nominations: LIVE STREAM

Welcome to the live stream of the 88th Academy Award Nominations LIVE from The Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. The nominations will start at 5:30AM PST, being announced by Academy President Cheryl Boome Isaacs, Guillermo Del Toro, John Krasinkski, and Ang Lee.


The Oscars will be hosted by Chris Rock, and air LIVE, Sunday February 28th on ABC at 7PM EST/4PM PST


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tim's 73rd Golden Globe Picks

Awards Season is officially here! The Golden Globes are LIVE on NBC tonight hosted once again by the hilarious Ricky Gervais! It's become a tradition at On the Mic, that we put in our picks for who we think will take home the prestigious Golden Globe Award. 

One of my favorite things about making my annual picks are the hours spent watching screeners and going to the theatre to make sure I see every film and TV show nominated for an award. 

Congratulations to all of the nominees this year. It's always hard to pick against some of my favorite actors and actresses, as well as favorite films and TV shows, but it had to be done. All of that being said, here are my picks for the 2016 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. 

Best Picture, Drama

(I was absolutely torn on this category between Spotlight and Mad Max. If Spotlight doesn't win, it will go to Mad Max)

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Big Short

Best Director
Ridley Scott, The Martian

(Another tough pick for me. This could very easily go to George Miller for Mad Max, but I really feel that this is Ridley Scott's year)

Best Actor, Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress, Drama
Brie Larson, Room

Best Actor, Comedy
Matt Damon, The Martian

(Christian Bale is excellent in The Big Short and was the one person I was slightly torn on, but this is Matt Damon's year.)

Best Actress, Comedy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

(This has been the year of Schumer! I think Amy Schumer has this one in the bag. I couldn't be happier to see Schumer getting more and more recognition for her incredible talent.)

Best Supporting Actor
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

(What for Michael Shannon as well in this category, but I think Stallone has this one in the bag)

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

(Don't count out Alicia Vikander for Ex-Machina. She's absolutely brilliant in this film as well as The Danish Girl. Alicia Vikander is going to become more and more of a household name and very easily could take home the Golden Globe tonight)

Best Screenplay
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

(Tough choice against a few of the other films, especially The Hateful Eight. The Oscars will make this category a little easier to pick when the screenplays are separated by Adapted and Original. For the Globes, this goes to The Big Short.)

Best Original Score
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song
“See You Again,” Furious 7

Best Animated Feature Film
Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul


Best TV Series, Drama
Mr. Robot

Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical

(I think Transparent will pick up another win this year, but I am really rooting for Silicon Valley to upset them all and take this one home)

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

Best Actor, Drama
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

(I wouldn't be surprised to see this go to Jon Hamm, but the Golden Globes enjoy young, new talent, and Rami Malek is everything they love.)

Best Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Best Actor, Comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress, Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Supporting Actor
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

(I could see this go to Christian Slater as well for Mr. Robot, but with all of the attention behind Bloodline, I think Ben Mendelsohn has this one)

Best Supporting Actress
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Let's see how I do this year. Of all the award shows, I always feel like the Golden Globes are the hardest to pick. Follow along on Twitter as I live-tweet the Awards @timdrake  

Enjoy the show!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Alex Kingston is coming to Salt Lake Comic Con FanX

Alex Kingston, best known for playing River Song on Doctor Who is coming to Salt Lake Comic Con FanX this March! I am so excited to have Alex coming to FanX. Make sure you get your passes so you can have your chance to see Alex Kingston as well! FanX is March 24-26, 2016. See you there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Episode 59 - The Katydids


On today's episode I take with the improv and sketch comedy group, The Katydids!

The Katydids

The Katydids have a fantastic new comedy show starting on TV Land on January 13th, called Teachers. I've had the opportunity to see the first few episodes of the show and it's absolutely hilarious. Described as a mix of Bad Teacher meets Broad City, it will keep you laughing the entire time. The show also includes Executive Producer Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), as well as show runners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, formerly from Key & Peele.

Teachers debuts on TV Land on January 13th

I talked with The Katydids about getting their start at The Second City and iO in Chicago, how they came up with the name Katydids, how all of their names are derived from the name Katherine, creating the show Teachers, and so much more.

A huge Thank You to The Katydids for taking the time to talk with me about the show Teachers, as well as the background of their careers. It was great to get to know more about them and the show, and I really can't wait to see the remaining episodes. 

You can currently watch the Pilot episode of Teachers on Hulu and iTunes. Click on the links below to watch the Pilot, and tune in January 13 to watch the show on TV.

Thank you again to The Katydids! 

Enjoy the episode!