Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Best party scenes in movies

So I finally got around to seeing Gatsby, which I thought was surprisingly good. Leo was really perfect in it. Unfortunately, Tobey Maguire tends to set my teeth on edge, so his being the lead worked less well for me. Also, the audio dubbing was TERRIBLE. But the party scenes were awesome. And, let's be honest, Baz Luhrmann knows how to shoot a party:

So I thought I'd come up a few other movie party scenes of note:

General - Fellowship of the Ring, Boogie Nights, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (I can't find the clip I want, but here's another party), Dirty Dancing, Empire Records, Spring Breakers (probably NSFW), Velvet Goldmine. The best go to: Almost Famous and Rocky Horror.

School Parties - Clueless (best clip I could find), Sixteen Candles, Can't Hardly Wait, 10 Things I Hate About You, Rules of Attraction, Kaboom (can't find a clip), Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion. And the winner is:

Animal House. Obviously. 

Halloween parties - Trick 'r Treat (NSFW), Legally Blonde, Scream

Dance/Bar/Club scenes - Night at the Roxbury, Black Swan, Babel, and then Queer as Folk gets an honorable mention, because goddamn. Was there a theme party too extravagant for Babylon? There was not. (I'd hope it would be self-evident but that link is probably NSFW.)
Best one:


Masquerades - Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, the Man in the Iron Mask, Casanova (no clip), The Dark Knight Rises, Snow White


Balls/aristocratic shindigs - Ah yes. The best part of any Jane Austen type period piece. Napoleon (a good chunk of the third quarter is a party), Marie Antoinette, Shakespeare in Love, A Royal Affair, Young Victoria, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Becoming Jane, really the entire Jane Austen cannon, Elizabeth, Romeo and Juliet (ignore the dubbed ballet music), Anna Karenina, The Duchess (music only), and getting back into the swing of Gatsby:

Bright Young Things

New Years - 200 Cigarettes, When Harry Met Sally, Sunset Boulevard (wait... make that worst party. Same for the Gold Rush.) An American in Paris wins (non-embeddable)

And we won't get into dinner parties, as that usually goes in a whole other direction.

What am I missing? Party Monster? 24 Hour Party People? Mean Girls? Wedding reception scenes?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Best films of the oughts on Netflix

Indiewire has a list of 57 of the best films of the 00s available on Netflix (mostly). Here's the list, bolded where it overlaps with my top 100 of the oughts.

1. In the Mood for Love (Ranked #2 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Ranked #5 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
3. Brokeback Mountain (Ranked #14 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
4. Punch-Drunk Love (Ranked #19 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) (really?)
5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Ranked #21 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
6. Grizzly Man (Ranked #25 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
7. Lost in Translation (Ranked #26 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
8. Memento (Ranked #32 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
9. Time Out (Ranked #34 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
10. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Ranked #34 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
11. The Best of Youth (Ranked #35 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
12. Morvern Callar (Ranked #36 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
13. Code Unknown (Ranked #39 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
14. United 93 (Ranked #40 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
15. Iraq in Fragments (Ranked #42 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
16. Oldboy (Ranked #43 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
17. The Piano Teacher (Ranked #43 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
18. Gosford Park (Ranked #44 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
19. Irreversible (Ranked #44 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
20. Let the Right One In (Ranked #44 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
21. Nobody Knows (Ranked #45 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
22. Happy-Go-Lucky (Ranked #48 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
23. C.R.A.Z.Y. (Ranked #49 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
24. Far From Heaven (Ranked #49 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
25. Secret Sunshine (Ranked #50 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
26. Afterschool (Ranked #50 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
27. Jellyfish (Ranked #50 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
28. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Ranked #50 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
29. Together (Ranked #50 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
30. Primer (Ranked #52 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
31. The Host (Ranked #52 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
32. The Taste of Others (Ranked #52 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
33. Bloody Sunday (Ranked #53 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
34. Sexy Beast (Ranked #53 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
35. The Pianist (Ranked #53 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
36. Bright Leaves (Ranked #54 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
37. Dahmer (Ranked #54 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
38. Paranoid Park (Ranked #54 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
39. Bamako (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
40. Che (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
41. Exiled (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
42. Man on Wire (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
43. Snow Falling on Cedars (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
44. The Hours (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
45. Traffic (Ranked #55 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
46. Everlasting Moments (Ranked #56 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
47. Liverpool (Ranked #56 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
48. Oh! Soo-jung (aka Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors) (Ranked #56 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
49. 21 Grams (Ranked #57 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
50. Bully (Ranked #57 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
51. Red Lights (Ranked #57 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
52. The Edge of Heaven (Ranked #57 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
53. Bowling for Columbine (Ranked #58 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
54. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Ranked #58 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
55. Gomorrah (Ranked #58 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
56. Keane (Ranked #58 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
57. Red Cliff (Ranked #58 on Indiewire's Decade Survey)
Ghost Dog, Dahmer, Paranoid Park, the Pianist, Sexy Beast,  Bloody Sunday, the Host, Primer, Afterschool, the Best of Youth, Oldboy, 4 months..., and In the Mood for Love have all been high on my list of "to see." Maybe this'll kick my butt in gear and I'll finally get to them. 
(21 grams? Gomorrah? Snow Falling on Cedars? I heard such mixed reviews for those. Also... surely not *that* Red Lights.... And the *other* Bully?)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Massive SFIFF round up

WOW. I COMPLETELY forgot to finish writing this. Le sigh. Things are already out!

Here are my thoughts on this year's SFIFF:

1. I need to take more days off next year. I was so exhausted at the end of this. Hence the tardiness of this post. [Ed note: that sentence was written weeks ago.]

2. There wasn't anything I saw that I really loathed. And all in all I enjoyed more of what I saw this year than last. I don't know whether or not that was due to the fact that...

3.  I saw more documentaries this year than usual and, as a group, they were really excellent. I should probably continue to see more next year.

4. I found it really interesting to see Stories We Tell and Pearblossom Hwy both. One is a documentary and one a narrative film, but they both blend reality and fiction in really interesting ways. 

So - in a general "I ADORED this" to "this was interesting in parts" way, here is what I saw at SFIFF:

The Act of Killing: Whenever people have asked me what the best film was I saw, I say this. The filmmakers met with executioners in the Indonesian genocide of the 60s, and asked them to recreate and film their crimes in whatever way they wished. It is utterly surreal and one of the most compelling and riveting films I have ever watched. I pretty much couldn't believe what I was watching for the duration of the film. I almost feel bad for recommending it, because watching it is so horrifying. But I do think it is an amazing achievement and very much should be seen. The reviews in the trailer sum it up well (although it may also be worth going in cold, so as not to spoil how bizarre it gets). (July 19 limited release)

Leviathan: I loved this so, so much. It was very much one of the more controversial films of the fest. I know a lot of people couldn't stand it, and there were several walkouts. But... it really worked for me; I even cracked up at one point. I loved this description: "a fish-eye view" of a fishing boat. It isn't beautifully shot, but it is interestingly shot, and I liked the languid pacing. It is very much an experimental Art (with a capital A) documentary. But I loved seeing the minutia of fishing and the unusual perspective. (out and gone; not yet on DVD - trailer here)

The Kings of Summer: This was so much fun. I really think this will be the best "summer" movie of the year, over any superhero epic. It's about three teens and their summer trying to be their own men, but unlike many teen-centered film, this one captures the discomfort, humor, and nuance of adolescence and rings true. It's funny and nostalgic and weird and I really liked it.
Here's the red band trailer. (Out now)

Much Ado About Nothing: This is totally delightful. Joss really nails the adaptation, and it is the best thing Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker have done (I liked her on Dollhouse; both of them on Angel - not so much.) My only quibble is that you could tell it was shot in 12 days and the lighting for the black and white cinematography sometimes seems a little off. But it is wonderful in every other way and very, very fun. [Oh. Quibble 1b, it's hard to use the text of Claudio's betrayal at the wedding in a modern setting. The gist may be that he is feeling betrayed by her ostensibly cheating, but the actual lines are all about virginity and maidenhood. It's the only bit that doesn't translate into the modern setting well.] (Out in limited release now - trailer here)

Prince Avalanche: Another really fun summer movie. It's an odd couple story of two characters painting lines on a highway in rural Texas near the site of a forest fire. I loved the cinematography and the pacing. I thought it was a great mash-up of David Gordon Green's indie and comedy tendencies and I really liked the performances of Paul Rudd (whom I sometimes like) and Emile Hirsch (whom I generally do not). As a bonus, David Gordon Green gave one of the most entertaining post-screening Q&As I've ever attended. (August 16 limited release - trailer here)

The Kill Team: A fascinating look at the US squad of soldiers that killed Afghani citizens. The access that the director got (particularly the official interrogations in Afghanistan), and the candidness of the interviews is unbelievable. It's really well structured - it centers around one particular soldier and tells the story of his time in Afghanistan, his life in the US after his arrest, and his childhood leading up to joining the army. I easily expect this to be up for best documentary this year. (no release details yet - I think they may be finalizing distribution. But it will definitely be out later in the year. Trailer here)

The Last Step: I am not going to be able to describe this well. It's an independent Iranian film, that touches on an affair, the death of the central character, making movies, and a mystery. I saw it for Leila Hatami, who was in last year's A Separation, and here plays the wife to the lead, Ali Mosaffa, who also wrote and directed the film. The narrative jumps about chronologically to construct its mystery (which, I admit, I'm a sucker for), it has some really beautiful cinematography, some really funny sequences, and very compelling lead performances. The final reveals (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)

The East: A thriller about a private security agent infiltrating an eco-anarchist collective. This isn't as good as Sound of my Voice, the previous Brit Marling/Zal Batmanglij collaboration, but it is entertaining. I really enjoyed the concept and wished that they had pushed it farther - apparently there is a darker ending coming on the DVD, which I'm interested in. My quibble with this one is that a number of the anarchists ended up being children of privilege with personal connections to their targets. I think it would have been more interesting to just see some pure idealists mixed in as well. (out in limited release now - trailer here)

Stories We Tell: Sarah Polley examines how memories are subjective and personal narratives are crafted of our own life stories. As an article on the Hairpin pointed out; "Katie Watson, a Northwestern University bioethicist quoted in Lang's story, posits that the cognitive dissonance... disappears because it is "psychologically in our interest" – we tell ourselves stories in order to live." Polley's documentary is beautifully crafted and wonderfully structured. The reveal comes not from her family secrets, but from discovering how she herself made the documentary. The only downside is that her particular family story ends up not having very many nuances or different telling's in the end, which dilutes the power of her meta-approach, which is so interesting. The central family mystery ends up as more straightforward. In the post-film Q&A she said that some of her family members told their recollections differently in the filmed interviews than in private. C'est la vie. (I think this review goes a little too far - not all the narratives line up precisely, but it gives you the gist of what I am getting at.) (out and gone already; not yet on DVD - trailer here)

The Strange Little Cat: An odd little German film about one day in an apartment as an extended family prepares for dinner. It's almost entirely contained within the apartment and chronicles mundane eccentricities. It's deadpan, minimalist, and a really interesting fly on the wall examination of 'a day in the life.' A little hard to describe, but very enjoyable. (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)

A River Changes Course: A documentary about three young rural people trying to make a living in the face of environmental challenges in Cambodia, one by following her traditional life on the land, one who is a fisherman, and one who leaves her home for the city factories. The stories are interesting, and I liked that two of the subjects are women, but there (obviously, unfortunately) isn't any resolution. I thought the structure maybe could have been a little stronger to make more of a compelling arc. However, this won best documentary at the fest, so clearly others liked it more than I. (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)

Pearblossom Hwy: So this is a follow-up to Littlerock, which I did not know and which I have not seen. However, I found this enjoyable on the whole. It follows two struggling friends in a deadbeat town in southern California and their roadtrip north. Apparently parts of this are not entirely fiction, but stylized takes on the life of one of the characters'. (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)

Dom A Russian Family (also called Home): This was a pretty straight-forward gangster flick, but it was enjoyable and pretty amusing. A Russian mobster comes home after years as a crime boss, which triggers repercussions across his extended family and neighbors. Nothing groundbreaking, but entertaining.  (don't know if this will be released in the US - it's from 2011 in Russia. Does not seem to be on DVD - trailer here, but not subtitled)

Augustine: This reminded me a lot of A Dangerous Method. It centers on the doctor-patient bond, and the lag in competent treatment for women by male physicians. This film is well acted, and based on a true story, but it started to meander after a while. The lead character is compelling, but the ending just wasn't as strong as I would have hoped. (out and gone (at least in NY - I'm not sure it played anywhere else); not yet on DVD - trailer here)

You're Next: This is mostly a very good horror film, of the home invasion genre. It's well shot,  scary, and I enjoyed the protagonist (from Home and Away!) and the plausible explanation for her survival (despite her being about 95 pounds. Shades of Colombiana. *sigh*) But it does the thing I HATE in horror films, where every jump scare has the volume ratcheted up to 11. I walked out with a headache. And it really doesn't need to use such a cheap trick to get a reaction. It's already creepy and scary enough without the bad sound direction.  (Aug 23 wide release - trailer here)

Peaches Does Herself: I... think this would make an awesome midnight show with booze. Or with a Rocky Horror style audience. Seeing it in a quiet movie theater felt very, very wrong. But it's a pretty impressive piece of choreography/direction and the guest stars are pretty crazy. It takes genderqueer to a whole other level. Plus, Peaches is awesome. The finale, where she rides a trike around Berlin singing Fuck the Pain Away makes me endlessly happy. (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)

Nights With Theodore: Two young people at a party meet, and end up running off to a famous park in Paris to spend the night. Their entire relationship becomes centered around spending nights in this park. I liked where this was going, and the leads were pretty good, but then it got all occult-y, which didn't really work for me. This was screened with a short film "night, peace" that I liked better. (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here in French)

Afternoon Delight: A wealthy, Jewish housewife is unsatisfied and ends up taking in a stripper. Kathryn Hahn gives a good performance in this, and we certainly need more films that are female centric. However, Juno Temple (as the stripper) is totally wasted here. Her character never gets much depth. And the film was unfocused - it tried to address more than it was able to. I do like that it acknowledges upfront that wealthy housewife problems are hardly grand tragedies. (don't know (if/)when it will be released; not on DVD, no trailer yet)

Tall as the Baobab: It is interesting to get a look at a faraway culture and place, and the lead is likable enough. But I don't know if it was a cultural difference (if people form Senegal are conflict-averse and humble), or whether this comes from using amateur actors, but there wasn't a lot of dramatic tension in how scenes played out. (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)

Computer Chess: I may have been particularly exhausted for this one, but I didn't get it. I know some people really loved it at Sundance, so maybe there was something I was missing. Or maybe it just didn't appeal to my sense of humor. It's about a weekend convention of computer programmers in the 80s who are trying to design the best chess-playing software. (July 17 limited release - hey it has a poster now.)

Things I wish I had seen:
Something in the Air (Went in and out of SF theaters in about a week - trailer here)
Emptying the Skies (work in progress)
Byzantium (June 28 limited release - trailer here)
The Way Way Back (July 5 limited release - trailer here)
Fill the Void (out in limited release now - trailer here)
A Hijacking (June 21 limited release - trailer here)
Inori (don't know if/when it will be released; not on DVD yet - trailer here)
The Mattei Affair (who knows? It's a restoration of an older film. Hopefully available at some point. The unrestored version seems to be available here and there.)
The Spectacular Now (Aug 2 limited release)
Twenty Feet From Stardom (June 14 limited release - trailer here)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Emmy wishes

Emmy voting ends next week, so I wanted to go ahead and put together my dream nominees.

First up, I want Hannibal to win all the production design emmys there are - best lighting, best sound design, it can tie Breaking Bad for best cinematography, best food design, best music, best nightmare fodder, best ravenstag...

Also, as Vulture pointed out, Robin Wright wins best haircut.

Best Drama
Breaking Bad
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Game of Thrones is a maybe to me. It got stronger as the season went on, but a couple of the early episodes were very much centered around moving people into position and not particularly strong on their own. I thought Homeland was weaker this season. And I'm currently watching season 2 of Boardwalk Empire, so I can't comment there. I've also heard good things about Rectify and the Americans. And Sons of Anarchy, which I'm sure I will get sucked into soon.

Best Actress - Drama
Claire Danes - Homeland
Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black (which I haven't even seen yet, but damn.)
Juliana Margulies - The Good Wife
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Emmy Rossum - Shameless (Season 3 wasn't the strongest, but she does good work.)

Vera Farmiga is one of my favorite actresses in the entire world. But her Norma Bates... just didn't do it for me. :(

Best Actor - Drama
Timothy Olyphant - Justified
Hugh Dancy - Hannibal
Michael C.  Hall - Dexter
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards

I do not like Hugh Dancy. (I don't know why. He's like Julia Roberts. He annoys me) And yet I am pretty concerned about Will Graham. I think he has done a pretty amazing job.

Best Supporting Actress - Drama
Natalie Dormer - Game of Thrones
Caroline Dhavernas - Hannibal
Jennifer Carpenter - Dexter
Kate Mara - House of Cards
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife

Sheesh. I didn't think last season was Anna Gunn's strongest work. I thought Michelle Fairley was stronger in season 1 of GoT. Morena Baccarin was better on firefly, but maybe the Homeland love will sweep her along (really, her daughter on tv got more to play then she did). Archie Panjabi didn't get as much to do this last year, although she should almost get a sympathy nod for how horrendous her storyline was. I've heard brilliant things about Monica Potter on Parenthood. If Joanne Froggatt gets nominated I will break my tv.

Best Supporting Actor - Drama
Walton Goggins - Justified
Mads Mikkelsen - Hannibal (his bit in the ambulance bay just killed me. But seriously, he is SO GOOD in this.)
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll - House of Cards
Jonathan Banks - Breaking Bad
William H. Macy - Shameless

I mentioned on another blog that I normally rage at the emmys for overlooking Walton Goggins, but that I would unleash my unused 'Hannibal gets canceled' tantrum if Mads Mikkelsen doesn't pick up a supporting nod. To which someone rightly pointed out, whom do you cheer for if the emmys get it right and nominate both?

I've heard good things about Bobby Cannavale on Boardwalk, but, again. Not there yet. And... please not Freddie Highmore. He seems like a lovely kid, but Bates Motel was wildly underwhelming. Also, sorry Christian Borle. You were the best of Smash...

Best Guest Actress - Drama

Gillian Anderson - Hannibal
Martha Plimpton - The Good Wife
Carrie Preston - The Good Wife
Stockard Channing - The Good Wife
Diana Rigg - Game of Thrones

I'd also be okay with Joan Cusack on Shameless, Marin Ireland from Homeland, or Laura Fraser from Breaking Bad. Hell, even Jennifer Hudson on Smash if they'll let her sing?

Best Guest Actor - Drama
Eddie Izzard - Hannibal
Dylan Baker - The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox - The Good Wife
Nathan Lane - The Good Wife
Rupert Friend - Homeland
Walton Goggins - Sons of Anarchy
Jim Beaver - Justified
Matthew Perry - The Good Wife

Best Direction - Drama
House of Cards - DAVID FINCHER
Justified - John Dahl?
Breaking Bad - much as I adore Rian Johnson and would like to see him up for 51, George Mastras HAS to be up for Dead Freight. Maybe Michelle MacLaren for Madrigal?
Hannibal - between David Slade and Guillermo Navarro, these episodes were some of the most beautifully shot on tv.
Game of Thrones - the season got better, and I'm assuming a couple of the final episodes were submitted. I'm guessing David Nutter for Rains of Castamere. Maybe Michelle MacLaren for the Bear and the Maiden Fair?

Best Comedy
30 Rock
New Girl
Parks and Recreaction

Best Actress - Comedy

Amy Poehler - Parks and Rec
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
Lena Dunham - Girls

I've heard great things about Enlightened? It would be nice to give Laura Dern something? Also, I haven't seen Veep yet.

Best Actor - Comedy

Jake Johnson - New Girl
Adam Scott - Parks and Rec
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes

??? Jim Parsons? Don Cheadle? I dunno. No one I really care about. 

Best Supporting Actress - Comedy

Jane Krakowski - 30 Rock
Mayim Bialik - Big Bang Theory
Anna Chlumsky - Veep

And ditto. 

Best Supporting Actor - Comedy

Max Greenfield - New Girl
Will Arnett - Arrested Development
Nick Offerman - Parks and Rec
Jason Sudekis - SNL
David Cross - Arrested Development

Best Guest Actress - Comedy
Elaine Strich - 30 Rock
Catherine O'Hara - 30 Rock
Kristin Wiig - SNL
Liza Minnelli - Arrested Development
Octavia Spencer - 30 Rock

Best Guest Actor - Comedy

Will Arnett - 30 Rock
Martin Short - SNL
Bryan Cranston - 30 Rock
Steve Buscemi - 30 Rock
Patrick Wilson - Girls

(30 Rock: The Good Wife of guest acting spots)

Best Miniseries/Movie
Top of the Lake
American Horror Story: Asylum
Parades End
The Hour
Probably Behind the Candelabra, but I haven't seen it yet

Best Actress - M/M

Jessica Lange - AHS: Asylum
Elisabeth Moss - Top of the Lake
Romola Garai - The Hour

Best Actor - M/M
I'm sure you'll get Behind the Candelabra, Al Pacino (because), probably Bandersnatch Cumberband because Sherlock isn't on this year (not mocking! I want him in!), but PLEASE people: Ben Whishaw - The Hour.

Best Supporting Actress - M/M

Holly Hunter - Top of the Lake
Sarah Paulson - AHS: Asylum
Lily Rabe - AHS: Asylum
Chloe Sevigny - AHS: Asylum
Janet McTeer - Parades End

Best Supporting Actor - M/M
Zachary Quinto - AHS: Asylum
Jeffrey Tambor - Phil Spector
Peter Mullan - Top of the Lake
Evan Peters - AHS: Asylum

And.... hmmm. James Cromwell - AHS? David Wenham/Thomas Wright - Top of the Lake. ROB LOWE - Behind the Candelabra?! (Yessss....)

Best Variety
Daily Show
Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher - I mean I'm guessing. I only ever see clips from these.