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The awards season is upon us, and I have found myself inexplicably drawn to some of the televised coverage of the handing-out of various honors: The Golden Globes. The SAG Awards. The Grammys. Tonight, I might catch some of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — which, obviously, is not an awards show for humans, and, as such, is thankfully devoid of any long-winded acceptance speeches. Still, if Joan and Melissa Rivers are doing their red-carpet interviews before the doggies do their stuff, I’ll probably get sucked into that, too.

One year, I gave up awards shows for Lent. Wasn’t one of the more difficult things* I’ve denied myself, either.

I was thrilled that two of my relatively new faves, Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) and Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.) won Golden Globes. Or SAGs. Actually, I think Laurie won one of each, but I would’ve voted for Kyra for both, also … if only I had remembered to renew my membership in the Screen Actors Guild. Heh.

I used to detest Kyra Sedgwick, and I have no idea why. OK, I didn’t detest her — I try not to expend that much negative energy on anyone, for any reason — but I sure wouldn’t spend more than a minute watching her in any movie. She always struck me as a Julia Roberts wannabe, only not as pretty (hey, how shallow am I?) and not as good of an actress. And then I watched one — count ’em, one! — episode of The Closer, and I promptly renounced any previous criticisms I’d ever had for ol’ Kyra. She totally rocks!

If I were giving out TV awards, in good faith, I could present them only to actors who appear in shows I happen to watch and enjoy — because, heh, if I don’t enjoy a show, I generally don’t watch it. (Which is one reason ER, a show with which I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship over the years, is just about to be OFF’d, indefinitely.)

So, here are my picks in various hit-and-miss categories:

Best Comedy: Two-and-a-Half Men … mostly because this is the only comedy I watch on a regular basis … though I do like Elaine’s new show, sorta, and the one and only time I watched The Office, it made me laugh out loud … and I’m tempted to list Boston Legal, actually, but I’m not sure it officially qualifies as a comedy, but it certainly does crack me up, at least 10 times an episode … so, like I said: Boston Legal.

Best Drama: Criminal Minds … with kudos to House and Bones (mental note: Remember to drop Comcast if it somehow can’t manage to reach an agreement with FOX!), and also the Criminal Intent and SUV versions of Law & Orderwhen I can manage to find them not playing opposite any of the other shows I regularly watch.

Best Actor: William Shatner (Boston Legal). Hands down. Followed ever-so-closely by the guy who plays Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) on Criminal Minds. Followed by Hugh Laurie and Shatner’s co-star, James Spader, and Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).

Best Actress: Kyra Sedgwick. Easily. And I’m kinda likin’ the Arquette girl (Patricia, I think) who’s on Medium.

As for the Grammys: I missed the Police, so I wasn’t all that interested in the rest of the show. Although I must admit I am very alarmed by my growing fondness for Justin Timberlake — ever since that appearance on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago!

And speaking of SNL musical guests: I also have this undeniable attraction to Keith Urban, and I’m not quite sure if it’s simply a matter of me liking his music or the fact that I have an ever-so-slight thing for Nicole Kidman.

And, on that note: Am I the only one on the planet who noticed the extreme … irony or something over the fact that, no sooner had Urban finished his first song (“Stupid Boy” or something like that; I don’t know his music well enough to know titles) on what I assume was his first live TV performance since his recent three-month stint in rehab, when a big promo for Budweiser took viewers right to commercial?!

Timing is everything, I guess.

* — That would be the year I gave up red meat, yellow cheese and brown soda. That was a killer Lenten season … and I’m not even Catholic!

I interviewed the morning meteorologist for one of the local TV stations today, and she told me there would be snow by evening.

She was right.

Here are some pictures from my yard, mid-whiteout, along with a random snowy self-portrait.


Evergreen Drips

Snow-Covered Spiny

Snowy Self-Portrait

February 2007

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