Sunday, March 10, 2024

Smaller Screens, Different Stars

This evening will bring the presentation of the 96th annual Academy Awards for artistic and technical excellence in films for 2023. And while most eyes will be focused on that Hollywood spectacle, the British Web site The Killing Times is counter-programming its own prizes commending “the great and the good from the world of crime drama.”

There are four categories of honorees: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. I watched a number of the candidates in the performances that won them this latest approbation, including Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley, Emma Corrin in A Murder at the End of the World, Gary Oldman in Slow Horses, and James Norton in Happy Valley. Others, though, appeared in productions I have not yet seen, among them David Morrissey in The Long Shadow, Jasmine Jobson in Top Boy, and Évelyne Brochu from Paris Police 1905.

That means I have more fine television to take in over the coming months. Maybe starting tonight, as I’m not a big Oscars fan.

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