Up (2009 film)
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama buddy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film centers on an elderly widower named an earnest boy named Russell. By tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to his late wife, Ellie; the film was directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Bob Peterson, who wrote the film's screenplay, as well as the story with Tom McCarthy, with music composed by Michael Giacchino. Docter began working on the story in 2004, based on fantasies of escaping from life when it becomes too irritating, he and eleven other Pixar artists spent three days in Venezuela gathering inspiration. The designs of the characters were caricatured and stylized and animators were challenged with creating realistic cloth. Up was Pixar's first film to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D, it was released on May 29, 2009, opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first animated and 3D film to do so.
The film grossed over $735 million, received universal acclaim, with critics commending the humor and heart of the film. Asner's vocal performance was praised, as was his wife Ellie aging together; the film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, making it the second animated film in history to receive such a nomination, following Beauty and the Beast. In the 1930s, shy eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen idolizes famous explorer Charles F. Muntz; when Muntz is accused of fabricating the skeleton of a giant exotic bird he says he discovered at Paradise Falls, he vows not to return until he captures one alive. One day, Carl befriends a girl named Ellie a Muntz fan, she confides to Carl her desire to move her "clubhouse"—an abandoned house in the neighborhood—to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls. Carl and Ellie marry and live in the restored house. After Ellie suffers a miscarriage and they are told they cannot have a child, the couple remembers their childhood dream of visiting Paradise Falls.
They save for the trip, but have to spend the money on more pressing needs. The now elderly Carl arranges for the trip but Ellie falls ill, is hospitalized, dies. Years in the present day, Carl still lives in the house by stubbornly holding out while the neighborhood homes are torn down and replaced by skyscrapers; when he accidentally injures a construction worker, the court deems him a public menace and orders him to move to a retirement home. However, Carl resolves to keep his promise to Ellie by turning his house into a makeshift airship using thousands of helium balloons. Russell, a young "Wilderness Explorer" who visits Carl in his effort to earn his final merit badge for assisting the elderly, becomes an accidental stowaway; the flying house ends up high above South America. The house lands on a tepui opposite Paradise Falls. Carl and Russell harness themselves to the still-buoyant house and begin to walk it across the mesa, hoping to reach the falls before the balloons deflate. Russell encounters a tall, colorful flightless bird whom he names "Kevin".
They meet a Golden Retriever named Dug, who wears a special collar that allows him to speak and who vows to take the bird to his master. The next day, they encounter a pack of aggressive dogs led by Alpha, a Doberman Pinscher, are taken to their master, who turns out to be Charles Muntz. Muntz invites Carl and Russell aboard his dirigible, where he explains to them that he is still searching for the giant bird he promised to bring back; when Russell notes the bird's similarity to Kevin, Muntz becomes hostile, believing they are attempting to capture the bird themselves. Carl flees with Kevin and Dug, but Muntz captures Kevin and starts a fire beneath Carl's house, forcing him to choose between saving it or Kevin. Carl saves the house and reaches the falls, but Russell is upset at Carl for abandoning Kevin. Carl looks through Ellie's childhood scrapbook and is surprised to find that she has filled in the blank pages with photos of their marriage, along with a note written from her hospital bed, thanking him for the "adventure" and encouraging him to have a new one.
The repentant Carl goes outside, only to see Russell sailing off with some balloons and a propulsive leaf blower to rescue Kevin. By throwing out his furniture and keepsakes, Carl lightens the house enough to follow. Russell is captured by Muntz, but Carl manages to board the dirigible, tether the house, free Russell and Kevin. Dug saddles Alpha with the cone of shame and thereby unexpectedly becomes the dogs' new leader. Muntz determinedly pursues them around the airship and manages to disable Carl's house, but snags his foot on some loose balloon lines and falls to his death; the house, having lost too many balloons to fly, descends out of sight through the clouds. Carl and Russell fly the dirigible back home. Russell receives his'Assisting the Elderly' badge, Carl presents Russell with his own badge: a grape soda cap that Ellie gave to Carl when they first met. Meanwhile, unknown to Carl, his house has landed on the cliff beside Paradise Falls, fulfilling his promise to Ellie. Ed Asner as Carl Fredricksen: Docter and Rivera noted Asner's television alter ego, Lou Grant, had been helpful in writing for Carl because it guided them in balancing likable and unlikable aspects of the curmudgeonly character.
When they met Asner and presented him with a model of his character, he joked, "I don't look anything like that." (The appearance of Carl is meant to resemble Spencer Tracy as he appeared in his final film, Guess Who's Coming
The Messenger (2009 film)
The Messenger is a 2009 war drama film starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Steve Buscemi, Jena Malone. It is the directorial debut of Oren Moverman, who wrote the screenplay with Alessandro Camon; the film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Berlinale Peace Film Award'09. The film received first prize for the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival; the film has received four Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, two Academy Award nominations. After his return from Iraq, Will Montgomery, a U. S. Army staff sergeant on leave, finds. Before he is to be discharged, he is dispatched as a casualty notification officer along with Capt. Stone as his mentor, he is told of the importance of his task by Lieutenant Col. Dorsett. Stone relays the rules of telling next of kin of a tragedy. On the job, their first report to the family prompts the mother to slap Stone, as her family weeps over the loss of her son.
Stone suspects. In a bar and Stone discuss their lives to each other. Will talks about his girlfriend rejecting him and tells Stone about his father's death due to drunk driving, along with tales of his estranged mother. Will sees Olivia with her son at a store confronting men attempting to enlist teenagers and dismisses them before offering her a ride, he becomes friends with both her and her young son Matt. After hearing Kelly's voicemail, he punches a hole through his wall in a fit of rage, he arrives at Olivia's house and has sex with her before they decide not to. When Will comforts a family in a local grocery store after telling them of their son's fate, Stone berates him for it. Will stands up to his rank by using his first name and tells him that humans deserve compassion, before walking home on his own, they make up, end up at Kelly's wedding drunk, attempting to ridicule her and Alan. They wake up in a forest after passing out, go home. Dale Martin shakes his hand. Will and Tony go to the latter's apartment.
Will tells Tony about his experience with a friend who died while battling in Iraq and how he feels his bravery is meaningless as he could not do anything for him. After Will leaves the room Tony breaks down in tears; the next day, Olivia decides to move from her house. She tells him. Ben Foster as Sgt. Will Montgomery Woody Harrelson as Capt. Tony Stone Samantha Morton as Olivia Pitterson Jena Malone as Kelly Steve Buscemi as Dale Martin Yaya DaCosta as Monica Washington Eamonn Walker as LtCol. Stuart Dorsett Peter Francis James as Dr. Grosso Merritt Wever as Lara Gaius Charles as Recruiter Brown Brendan Sexton III as Recruiter Olson Carl Anthony Payne II as Pitterson's Father Halley Feiffer as Marla Cohen Peter Friedman as Mr. Cohen Jeremy Strong as Returning Soldier Fiona Dourif as Returning Soldier's Wife Michael Chernus as Alan The Messenger marked the directorial debut of Israeli screenwriter and former journalist Oren Moverman. Though Sydney Pollack, Roger Michell, Ben Affleck were all attached to direct the movie at various times, when those talks fell through, the producers asked Moverman to helm the project.
The filmmakers worked with the United States Army and the Walter Reed Medical Center to conduct research on military life, were advised by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Sinor as a technical consultant. The Messenger premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival before receiving a limited release in North America in 4 theaters, it grossed $44,523 for an average of $11,131 per theater ranking 46th at the box office, went on to earn $1.1 million domestically and $411,601 internationally for a total of $1.5 million, against its budget of $6.5 million. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 89% based on 157 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's critical consensus states, "A dark but timely subject is handled deftly by writer/director Owen Moverman and superbly acted by Woody Harrleson and Ben Foster." On Metacritic the film has a score of 77 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Harrelson's performance was subject to considerable praise, leading to Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
The Messenger, upon receiving strong positive reviews from audiences, appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2009. 3rd: Robert Mondello, NPR 4th: Ty Burr, Boston Globe 4th: Stephen Holden, The New York Times 9th: Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter 10th: Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Top 10: David Denby, The New Yorker Official website The Messenger at AllMovie The Messenger at Box Office Mojo The Messenger on IMDb The Messenger at Metacritic The Messenger at Rotten Tomatoes
Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the cable network AMC. After seven seasons and 92 episodes, Mad Men's final episode aired on May 17, 2015. Mad Men is set in the 1960s–initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. According to the pilot episode, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, a claim that has since been disputed; the plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States in the 1960s. The series ends November 1970 with the conclusion of season seven. Don Draper is the focus in the series as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as are the people in his personal and professional lives.
Mad Men won critical acclaim for its writing, directing, visual style and historical authenticity. The show was the first basic cable series to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning in each of its first four seasons, it is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all-time. In 2000, while working as a staff writer for Becker, Matthew Weiner wrote the first draft as a spec script for the pilot of what would be called Mad Men. Television producer David Chase recruited Weiner to work as a writer on his HBO series The Sopranos after reading the pilot script in 2002. "It was lively, it had something new to say," Chase said. "Here was someone who had written a story about advertising in the 1960s, was looking at recent American history through that prism."Weiner and his representatives at Industry Entertainment and ICM tried to sell the pilot script to HBO, which expressed an interest, but insisted that David Chase be named executive producer which Chase declined, despite his enthusiasm for Weiner's writing and the pilot script.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who became a fan of the show and congratulated AMC on their success with it named passing on Mad Men as his biggest regret from his time at HBO, calling it "inexcusable" and attributing their doing so to "hubris". Weiner moved on to Showtime, which passed. Lacking a suitable network buyer, they tabled sales efforts until years when a talent manager on Weiner's team, Ira Liss, pitched the series to AMC's Vice President of Development, Christina Wayne; the Sopranos was completing its final season and the cable network happened to be getting into the market for new series programming. "The network was looking for distinction in launching its first original series," according to AMC Networks president Ed Carroll, "and we took a bet that quality would win out over formulaic mass appeal." Weiner listed Alfred Hitchcock as a major influence on the visual style of the series the film North by Northwest. He was influenced by director Wong Kar-wai in the music, mise en scène, editorial style.
Weiner noted in an interview that M*A*S*H and Happy Days, two television shows produced in the 1970s about the 1950s, provided a "touchstone for culture" and a way to "remind people that they have a misconception about the past, any past." He said that "Mad Men would have been some sort of crisp, soapy version of The West Wing if not for The Sopranos." Peggy's "psychic scar for the entire show, after giving away that baby", Weiner said, is "the kind of thing that would have never occurred to me before I was on The Sopranos". Tim Hunter, the director of a half-dozen episodes from the show's first two seasons, called Mad Men a "very well-run show", he said: They have a lot of production meetings during pre-production. The day the script comes in we all meet for a first page turn, Matt starts telling us how he envisions it. There's a "tone" meeting a few days where Matt tells us how he envisions it, and there's a final full crew production meeting where Matt again tells us how he envisions it...
The pilot episode was shot at Silvercup Studios in New York City and various locations around the city. It is available in high definition for showing on AMC HD and on video-on-demand services available from various cable affiliates; the writers, including Weiner, amassed volumes of research on the period in which Mad Men takes place so as to make most aspects of the series—including detailed set design, costume design, props—historically accurate, producing an authentic visual style that garnered critical praise. On the scenes featuring smoking, Weiner stated: "Doing this show without smoking would've been a joke, it would've been sanitary and it would've been phony." Each episode had a budget between US$2–2.5 million. Robert Morse was cast in the role of senior partner Bertram Cooper. Weiner collaborated with cinematographer Phil Abraham and production designers Robert Shaw and Dan Bis
Friday Night Lights (TV series)
Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg and executive produced by Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Sarah Aubrey and Jason Katims, based on the 1990 nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger, adapted as the 2004 film of the same name; the series' primary setting, Dillon, is a close-knit community in rural Texas. Team coach Eric Taylor and his family, Tami and Grace, are featured; the show uses this small-town backdrop to address many issues facing contemporary American culture, including family values, school funding, drugs and lack of economic opportunities. Produced by NBCUniversal, Friday Night Lights premiered on October 3, 2006, aired for two seasons on NBC. Although the show had garnered critical acclaim and passionate fans, the series suffered low ratings and was in danger of cancellation after the second season. To save the series, NBC struck a deal with DirecTV to co-produce three more seasons.
The series ended its run on The 101 Network on February 2011, after five seasons. Though Friday Night Lights never garnered a sizable audience, it was a critical success, lauded for its realistic portrayal of Middle America and deep exploration of its central characters; the show appeared on a number of best lists and was awarded a Peabody Award, a Humanitas Prize, a Television Critics Association Award and several technical Primetime Emmy Awards. At the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, the show was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton scored multiple nominations for the Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress awards for a drama series. Executive producer Jason Katims was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Chandler and Katims each won the Emmy in 2011. Friday Night Lights was inspired by H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger's non-fiction book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, a Dream and the 2004 film based on it. The book, which explores the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, was a factual work of documentary journalism.
The people featured. The Universal Pictures film, which stars Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by Peter Berg, Bissinger's second cousin, based its characters on the residents of Odessa c. 1988. Once filming on the movie was completed, Berg began to explore adapting the story for television. Berg said he had regretted having to jettison many of the interpersonal topics from the book because of the time constraints of a feature film. Creating a TV series one based on fictional characters, allowed him to address many of those elements in-depth, he decided to set the series in a fictional town of Dillon, with some characteristics of Odessa. The football team was given the Panthers name. Berg deliberately carried elements from the film to the series for the pilot, related to the film, he cast Connie Britton as the wife of head coach Eric Taylor, Brad Leland as Buddy Garrity, a major businessman and football booster, in roles similar to those they played in the film. Filming for the show's pilot began in February 2006 in Austin, Texas.
Berg said he required filming the pilot and the show in Texas as "a deal breaker" in order to agree to participate weekly in the project. The show features homages to its Texas heritage. In the pilot, Berg featured former Texas Longhorns football coach Mack Brown as a Dillon booster and had a caller to the fictional Panther Radio compare Panthers' coach Eric Taylor to Brown; the pilot referred to much of the surrounding area in its scenes. Football scenes were filmed at the RRISD Complex; the Dillon Panther football team and coaches' uniforms were based on the uniforms of the Pflugerville Panthers. Some of the scenes were filmed at Texas School for the Deaf. Berg's observation of local high school students while preparing to film the movie inspired his development of some of the characters. For example, Jason Street, the character whose promising football career is ended by a spinal injury in the pilot, was inspired by a local event. David Edwards, a football player from San Antonio’s Madison High, was paralyzed during a November 2003 game.
Berg was at the game. Berg set up a similar incident in the pilot. While relying on a script each week, the producers decided at the outset to allow the cast leeway in what they said and did on the show, their decisions could affect the blocking of each scene. If the actors felt that something was untrue to their character or a mode of delivery didn't work, they were free to change it, provided they still hit the vital plot points; this freedom was complemented by filming without extensive blocking. Camera operators were trained to follow the actors, rather than having the actors stand in one place with cameras fixed around them; the actors knew. Executive producer Jeffrey Reiner described this method as "no rehearsal, no blocking, just three cameras and we shoot."Working in this fashion profoundly influenced everyone involved with the show. Series star Kyle Chandler said: "When I look back at my life, I'm going to say,'Wow, Peter Berg changed my life.'" Executive producer and head writer Jason Katims echoed this sentiment, saying: "When I first came on set, I thought, it’s interesting – this is what I imagined filmmaking would be, before I saw what filmmaking was."
Sugar (2008 film)
Sugar is a 2008 sports drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It follows the story of Miguel Santos known as Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro de Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States' minor league system. Miguel "Sugar" Santos spends his weekends at home, passing from the landscaped gardens and manicured fields on one side of the guarded academy gate to the underdeveloped, more chaotic world beyond. In his small village outside San Pedro de Macorís, Miguel enjoys a kind of celebrity status, his neighbors gather to welcome him back for the weekend. To his family, who lost their father years before, Miguel is shining star. With the small bonus he earned when he signed with the academy some time ago, he has started to build his family a new house—one that has a bigger kitchen for his mom and a separate room for his grandmother.
After learning a devastating knuckle curve, Sugar is invited to spring training by the fictional Kansas City Knights. He is assigned to their Single A affiliate in the Swing, he is housed by the Higgins family. Jorge, a veteran player and the only other Dominican on the team tries to help Miguel learn the ropes. However, despite the Higgins' welcoming efforts and Jorge's guidance, the challenge of Miguel's acceptance into the community is exposed in small ways every day, from his struggle to communicate in the English language to an accident of casual bigotry at a local bar. Miguel's domination on the mound masks his underlying sense of isolation, until he injures himself during a routine play at first. While Miguel is on the disabled list, his one familiar connection to home in this strange new place, is cut from the team, never regaining his ability following an off-season knee surgery; the new vulnerability of Miguel's injury, coupled with the loneliness of losing his closest friend, force Miguel to begin examining the world around him and his place within it.
Pressure mounts when Salvador, a young pitching phenomenon who used to play with Miguel, is brought up from the Dominican Republic to join the team. Miguel's play falters, the increased isolation begins to take its toll on him; as his dream begins to fall apart, Miguel decides to leave baseball to follow another kind of American Dream. His odyssey brings him to New York City, where at first he struggles to find community and make a new home for himself, like so many before him. Miguel ends up playing baseball with rejected players from the minor leagues. Algenis Perez Soto as Miguel "Sugar" Santos Rayniel Rufino as Jorge Ramirez Andre Holland as Brad Johnson Michael Gaston as Stu Sutton Jaime Tirelli as Osvaldo Ann Whitney as Helen Higgins Richard Bull as Earl Higgins Ellary Porterfield as Anne Higgins Alina Vargas as Reyna Sándor Técsy as Nikolai José Rijo as Alvarez Karolina Wydra as Raquel Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck wrote the screenplay after researching about many Dominican immigrants who arrive in America to play in minor league towns, saying: "The stories we heard were so fascinating that it became what we were writing before we'd decided it was our next project".
The film was shot on location in Davenport, Burlington, two cities in the state of Iowa, about 70 miles apart from each other. The movie poster features the Centennial Bridge; the movie itself has several shots of downtown Burlington, including the charred remains of the First Methodist Church, which had burned down due to arson months before filming began. Sugar was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and was released on April 3, 2009 in Los Angeles and New York City. Sugar received positive reviews from critics; the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 7.8/10 based on 130 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Sugar is an exceptionally-crafted film — part sports flick, part immigrant tale — with touching and poignant drama highlighted by splendid performances." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film an average score of 82 based on 26 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim."
The American Film Institute named the film among its Top 10 for 2009. It was scheduled to compete in the Dramatic Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, it was a Spotlight film in the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. Official website Sugar on IMDb Sugar at Metacritic Sugar at Rotten Tomatoes Review on Reuters
American Film Institute Awards 2001
The American Film Institute Awards 2001 honored the best in film and television of the year. The nominations were announced on December 17, 2001 and the ceremony was broadcast on January 5, 2002 on CBS, it did not do well in the ratings, so it would not be held in this format again. The AFI would go back to just listing the Top 10 Films and Top 10 Television Programs of the year, not have any technical nor acting categories; each winner is in bold with the other nominees after: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring A Beautiful Mind Black Hawk Down In the Bedroom The Man Who Wasn't There Memento Monster's Ball Moulin Rouge! Mulholland Drive Shrek Robert Altman – Gosford Park Todd Field – In the Bedroom David Lynch – Mulholland Drive Ridley Scott – Black Hawk Down Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris – Training Day Russell Crowe as John Forbes Nash Jr. – A Beautiful Mind Billy Bob Thornton as Ed Crane – The Man Who Wasn't There Tom Wilkinson as Matt Fowler – In the Bedroom Sissy Spacek as Ruth Fowler – In the Bedroom Halle Berry as Leticia Musgrove – Monster's Ball Stockard Channing as Julie Styron – The Business of Strangers Naomi Watts as Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn – Mulholland Drive Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum – The Royal Tenenbaums Steve Buscemi as Seymour – Ghost World Brian Cox as Big John Harrigan – L.
I. E. Tony Shalhoub as Freddy Riedenschneider – The Man Who Wasn't There Jennifer Connelly as Alicia Nash – A Beautiful Mind Cate Blanchett as Kate Wheeler – Bandits Cameron Diaz as Julianna "Julie" Gianni – Vanilla Sky Frances O'Connor as Monica Swinton – A. I. Artificial Intelligence Grant Major – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Stephen Altman – Gosford Park Rick Carter – A. I. Artificial Intelligence Arthur Max – Black Hawk Down Jim Rygiel – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nick Davis, Roger Guyett, Robert Legato – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Scott Farrar and Dennis Muren – A. I. Artificial Intelligence Bob Sabiston – Waking Life Roger Deakins – The Man Who Wasn't There Ericson Core – The Fast and the Furious Sławomir Idziak – Black Hawk Down Janusz Kamiński – A. I. Artificial Intelligence Christopher Nolan – Memento Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff – Ghost World Robert Festinger and Todd Field – In the Bedroom Akiva Goldsman – A Beautiful Mind Craig Armstrong – Moulin Rouge!
Angelo Badalamenti – Mulholland Drive Patrick Doyle – Gosford Park Howard Shore – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Jill Bilcock – Moulin Rouge! Dody Dorn – Memento Pietro Scalia – Black Hawk Down Tim Squyres – Gosford Park The Sopranos Buffy the Vampire Slayer Six Feet Under The West Wing Curb Your Enthusiasm Everybody Loves Raymond Malcolm in the Middle Sex and the City Band of Brothers Anne Frank: The Whole Story Boycott Conspiracy James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano – The Sopranos Michael C. Hall as David Fisher – Six Feet Under Chi McBride as Principal Steven Harper – Boston Public Ray Romano as Raymond Barone – Everybody Loves Raymond Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano – The Sopranos Allison Janney as C. J. Cregg – The West Wing Jane Kaczmarek as Lois – Malcolm in the Middle Doris Roberts as Marie Barone – Everybody Loves Raymond Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King Jr. – Boycott Kenneth Branagh as Reinhard Heydrich – Conspiracy Ben Kingsley as Otto Frank – Anne Frank: The Whole Story Giovanni Ribisi as Mikal Gilmore – Shot in the Heart Judy Davis as Judy Garland – Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Tammy Blanchard as Young Judy Garland – Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Phylicia Rashad as Elizabeth – The Old Settler Hannah Taylor-Gordon as Anne Frank – Anne Frank: The Whole Story