In the U.S., once again handed out statuettes of Emmy Awards. Best Drama Series for the third consecutive year, recognized a "Mad Men", telling about everyday life of an advertising agency in 1960 (this year the movie has gotten 17 nominations).
The best comedy series became "Modern family" that cost the leader in nominations among comic TV series - "Glee", presented in 19 categories, but lost in most of them. But for the creators of "Glee" such failure does not mean a complete fiasco. The series already has to its credit a Golden Globe for Best Series (Musical or Comedy), won both times in competition with "Modern Family".
The grand project of producer Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' "Pacific" (23 nominations), which is a continuation of the famous military-historical epic "Band of Brothers", was the best television mini-series.
Long before the ceremony the winners were known in many technical nominations, as well as the names of those actors that were invited to the best projects: among them, John Lithgow (for "Dexter"), Neil Patrick Harris ("Glee"), Ann-Margret ("Law & Order. Special Victims Unit") and "the most popular of modern Hollywood's Grandma" Betty White, received a statuette for her participation in the show "Saturday Night Live".
List of winners in major categories is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - "Mad Men"
Best Comedy Series - "Modern family"
Best mini-series- "Pacific"
Best TV Film - "Temple Grandin"
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer"
Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Edie Falco "Sister Jackie"
Best Actor in a TV movie or mini-series - Al Pacino -"You do not know Jack"
Best Actress in a TV movie or miniseries - Claire Danes -"Temple Grandin"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul - "Breaking Badâ€
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Archie Punjabi - "Good Wife"
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Eric Stounstrit - "Modern family"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Jane Lynch -"Glee"
Best Actor in a TV movie or mini-series - David Strathairn -"Temple Grandin"
Best Actress in a TV movie or mini-series - Julia Ormond "Temple Grandin"
When, in 2001 Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced "Band of Brothers", it seemed that the theme of the Second World War on the small screen is closed forever: it was almost impossible to imagine that anyone will be able to beat the miniseries as the artistic and technical terms. After nine years, Spielberg and Hanks returned to the military theme, making even bigger spectacle.
Although the authors themselves, almost in every interview claimed that the "The Pacific" and "Band of Brothers" are rather different projects, both movies can't escape from numerous comparisons.
Broadly speaking, this series is something between "Saving Private Ryan" and "Thin red line". "The Pacific" contains and anti-war motives, and perfectly set battle scenes. What episode is only the landing marines on Peliliy or subsequent battle for Iwozima (although what else could be expected from Spielberg and Hanks?). Camera work is great. The last time this level of special effects has seen in the "38th parallel". Attention to detail is also worthy of respect. And the stories of veterans and documentary video before each series - another small plus. I'm glad almost complete absence of pathos and jingoistic patriotism. There are several strong scenes where the audience involuntarily begins to empathize with the Japanese. Jarhead did not build himself as a savior of the world, not philosophize about the higher things - they go to the bathroom, cursing, joking, trying to somehow brighten the soldiers' everyday lives.
To be honest, this mini-series is impressive.
First of all its dimensions: it's clear on what spent their money Spielberg and Hanks. Scenery, visual effects, costumes, etc. - all are very realistic. About the special effects in general stands alone to say - a head taller than any other series (see immediately that each frame in at least 2 times more processed than other projects). Also camera work is more "cine" than serial one.
I like the fact that each series leaves a strange feeling after watching. It feels like you are living most of the life with the Marines, who, incidentally, were very realistic. I guess the whole secret of the fact that the script was written on war veterans' memoirs.
What about actors play, so here are no complaints. All at great too! Of course, there are a couple of pompous purely American scenes, but it does not spoil the impression from the series as a whole, but only makes the drama and tragedy to the history of the three Marines. Love and sentimentality are just as much as needed for quality military drama, in order not to slide to the level of "Pearl Harbor".
The entire series - a solid contrast: a peaceful life in the United States alternates with bloody battles in the Pacific, beautiful scenery from the deck of a ship moving at beaches littered with mutilated bodies, jazz in the restaurant replaces the roar of exploding shells. That is, in my view, should look like an epic war canvas!