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Is “Downton Abbey” Winding Down? Say It Isn’t So!

Downtown 1Oh no! Say it isn’t so! But could “Downton Abbey” one of the most beloved television series of all time be running out of…..steam? Time is marching on, all over the Crawley family, and well, when I saw that penultimate scene of SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Carson proposing marriage to Mrs. Hughes, and her accepting! Oh no! I knew the end must be drawing nigh.

As we head into 1925, I just saw so many storylines being wrapped up by screenwriter/genius Julien Fellowes that…well, it was all just too much, and too obvious. Lord Grantham and his Lady wife, Cora, have accepted poor sorrowful Edith(whose always been crying heretofore)’s love child, Marigold, as one of their own. Tom, the Irish chaffeuur-turned-son-in-law is heading off to America with his daughter Sybbie. Rose has gotten married, to a Jew, who doesn’t look Jewish at all, and THEY are also headed off to the US.

Mrs. Patmore has bought her own Bed and Breakfast. And Lady Grantham has also accepted her new ladies’ maid, Baxter’s criminal past.

The Dowager (Dame Maggie Smith), grander and wittier than ever, spurned her Russian suitor’s request that they run away together. And Dear Cousin Isabel(Penelope Wilton) was also proposed to by Lord Merton, and she ALSO turned him down. And that as they say is that.

Beautiful executed costumed and performed by all concerned. Don’t get me wrong. And with a terrific gay story line this year for the loveless Thomas(the excellent Rob James-Collier) exposing even further the gay ills of his time, there WERE high-points and I enjoyed every gloriously gowned minute of it.

But then there was the perplexing situation that arose around last year’s rape victim, the stalwart Anna(Joanne Frogatt won a much deserved Golden Globe for it). It seems now SHE was suspected of killing her predator Green, throwing him under a bus in Piccadilly Circus. And in a mirror image of her equally stalwart husband Mr. Bates’s jail term in Season 3, the saintly Anna is now imprisoned(falsely we all know) and I just said “HOLT ON A MINUTE!”

Fellowes was needlessly re-cycling plots for his marvelous characters, and tarnishing them in the process. To have Anna dragged to jail. And then TWO marriage proposals for the two older ladies on the show, it was just too much of a red flag, saying that he’s winding everything up at Downton and/or running out of ideas.

And letting us all down lightly.

All good things must come to an end, and it is said that Fellowes has been offered a lucrative television deal here in the States for a series about the rich in ¬†America at the turn of the last century called “The Gilded Age.” And he like the characters of Tom and Rose all have their sites set on America. Say it isn’t so!

“Downton Abbey” really raised the level of Series Television to new heights of excellence in every single category, but now it, like the British way of life and class system it portrays, is beginning to fall apart. Or at least getting slightly frayed around the edges.

I hope this isn’t true, but…


Eddie Redmayne Wins Best Actor SAG!!!!!!

Theory 6WOWOWOW! Eddie Redmayne just won the Best Actor Award at SAG for “The Theory of Everything.” Playing the multi-disabled astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, Redmayne had to literally twist himself into a pretzel, literally and figuratively. Congratulations, Eddie!

This is a very important win for him. People kept saying it w as going to go to Michael Keaton for “Birdman” which just won the Producer’s Guild Award LAST night for “Best Picture” trouncing “Boyhood”, the presumed front-runner.

But this is his FELLOW actors chiming in. And the actors know, Redmayne was playing a CHARACTER, whereas Keaton was playing himself in “Birdman.” Not such a difficult feat.

“The Degree of Difficulty” the actors always go for that. This is just tremenous good news!!! I’m so happy for Eddie!

And also if we throw ourselves back a couple of years ago, this is where Jean DuJardin won for “The Artist.” And then he went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor.

The guild awards reveal A LOT. What the industry, not the critics are thinking. And now this puts Eddie in the pole position to win at the Oscars. And he’s only 33! Plus, lest we forget he just won the Golden Globe Award, too, for Best Actor Drama.


“Argo” Wins Best Picture Drama! I like this! “Les Miz” the big winner with 3 Globes!

“Argo”!Yes, it’s “Argo” and yes, it’s over! FINALLY! But it got very exciting towards the end of this INTERMINABLE awards show. Blogging makes it go slower, but it’s done. And I’m glad I was able to share it with you, dear readers, dear cineastes! Please let me know if it was good for you, too.

The Golden Globes chose “Argo” as the Best Picture Drama over “Lincoln,” the expected winner and frontrunner with 7 Golden Globe nominations and 11 Academy Award noms. I was shocked! SHOCKED! But delighted! As “Lincoln” is a big sleeping pill, IMHO.

“Argo” got two awards as far as I’m counting. But “Les Miserables” got THREE!!! The Most Golden Globes tonight!!! OMG!!!!

“Les Miserables” won Best Film Comedy or Musical, Best Actor in a Comedy-Musical Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress.

“Silver Linings Playbook” got Best Actress in a Comedy-Musical for Jennifer Lawrence.
J- Law, as she’s called on the Intenet, gave a very nice, funny speech was clearly and warmly welcomed to her first Golden Globe trip to the podium. As were Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. I think that wave of affection is going to carry all three of them through to the Oscars.

There was a distinct feeling of reserve when Daniel Day Lewis won and the fact that “Lincoln” LOST SIX Golden Globes means something, awards-wise.

And that reserve was felt, too, with Jessica Chastain who was lovely, dignified, inntelligent, and regal.And VERY serious. But a little cool…compared to J-Law.

“Django” unchained two Golden Globes, one for Best Supporting Actor, for Christophe Waltz, and one for Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino.

So “Django” got more Globes than “Lincoln”. This was a very bad night for “Lincoln,” but a very good one, an INCREDIBLE one for “Les Miserables” who came out as the big winner with THREE Golden Globes! Incroyable!

Now if something like this happens at the SAGS…I expect Hugh Jackman to win in an upset for Best Actor against Daniel Day Lewis at the SAGS and Jennifer Lawrence to win over Jessica Chastain. There. I said it.

And Anne Hathaway will repeat her win, too,in Best Supporting Actress. But who will win Best Supporting Actor is now the big question?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman won the Broadcast Film Critics Award THURSDAY. He must’ve had some tip that he wasn’t going to win tonight, because he didn’t even turn up! And Tommy Lee Jones, who I thought would win, didn’t. He looked soooo angry.

But what a WONDERFUL night for “Les Miserables”! I’ve seen it four times! I think I’ll go again! And soon!

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