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In the Golden Globe Nominations, Some TV Virgins Experience Their First Time

This is your annual reminder that unless you were eligible for a Golden Globe in television, you should not care overmuch about the Golden Globes in television. It’s a fun awards show representing the tastes of a small body of foreign journalists covering Hollywood, is unlikely to save any show from cancellation or boost its ratings–and unlike with movies and the Oscars, it bears little relation to the Emmys, except maybe to predict which new comedy might lose to Modern Family next year. (Here’s the full list of nominations, in film and TV.)

But people like to care about things, and if you’re going to anyway, one regular pleasure of the Globes is its receptiveness to new names. (In that way, it’s almost the anti-Emmys.) It may even acknowledge new shows to a fault; I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but don’t think it was the top TV comedy last fall after half a season. But that means the Globes can be a good marker of shows and stars that are building buzz.

All of which is to say: yay, Gina Rodriguez and Jane the Virgin! The season’s best new broadcast show and its most appealing new star were recognized in both the best comedy and comedy-actress categories. Yay, Jeffrey Tambor and Transparent, which also made the comedy lists! And the Globes also opened the books for Silicon Valley, which made my top 10 TV series list for 2014, so I can’t complain.

On the drama side, the Globes recognized Viola Davis in newcomer How to Get Away With Murder–though that’s less of a surprise as the Globes always enjoys a movie star. (Hence Liev Schreiber, yet again, for Ray freakin’ Donovan.) In general, there were fewer surprises and debuts on the actor and drama sides–though there was quite an impressive freshman showing for The Affair. (The foreign press, it would seem, is very fond of l’amour fou, or tomato chutney.)

If there’s one interesting overall conflict to watch out for at the Globes, it will be the head-to-head showdown between Fargo and True Detective, both of which the Globes placed in the miniseries category. (So give them points over the Emmys for consistency.) The Globes air Jan. 11 on NBC. Stock up your liquor cabinet, enjoy hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and above all, enjoy the low, low stakes.

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‘Boyhood’ and ‘Birdman’ To Vie For Golden Globe Nominations

72nd annual Golden Globe nominations will be announced Thursday morning

NEW YORK — Revelers in Hollywood’s quickening awards season will be pushed to two sides of the dance floor in Thursday’s Golden Globes nominations: drama and comedy.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s way of dividing the movie world in half should result in some extra love for funnier films often edged out by their more serious brethren. Expect the likes of Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel,” the Disney musical “Into the Woods” and Bill Murray’s “St. Vincent” to find room among this season’s favorites such as “Boyhood,” ”Birdman,” ”Selma” and “The Imitation Game.”

The drama-comedy separation isn’t always clean (the black-and-white yuckfest “Nebraska” somehow squeaked into comedy last year), but the Globes’ embrace of comedy (along with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) has often made for a livelier mix.

The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced Thursday morning the approximately 8:20 a.m. EST. The nominations will be streamed live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on GoldenGlobes.com, with top categories also carried live by NBC’s “Today.” Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Paula Patton and Peter Krause will be on hand to read the nominees.

For the third time in a row, the Globes telecast will be hosted by Fey and Poehler. The show will air live from the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Jan. 11. Last year’s awards drew 20.9 million viewers, marking it the most-watched Globes since 2004.

The Hollywood Foreign Press, a collection of about 85 largely freelance journalists, is known for their occasionally curious picks and their penchant for finding reason to honor big-name celebrities. So some curveballs will likely be tossed Thursday, though their influence on the larger Oscar race will be less certain.

Thus far, Richard Linklater’s long-in-the-making coming-of-age drama “Boyhood” has emerged as the awards season favorite, taking top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. But support is also strong for the Michael Keaton-led “Birdman” (which topped the Gotham Independent Awards), the civil rights drama “Selma,” the World War II code-breaker tale “The Imitation Game” and the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything.”

On Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild — a strong predictor of the Academy Awards since its memberships overlap a lot — nominated the ensemble casts of “Birdman,” ”Boyhood,” ”The Imitation Game,” ”The Theory of Everything” and “Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Last year, the Globes chose the eventual Academy Awards best-picture winner, “12 Years a Slave,” as its best drama. Best comedy or musical went to “American Hustle.”

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Birdman Dominates SAG Nominations

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Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from Birdman. Fox Searchlight

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday

In the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations announced Wednesday morning, Birdman led the pack with four nods. Michael Keaton snagged a nomination for best actor, Edward Norton and Emma Stone for best supporting male and female actor respectively, and the rest of the cast for best ensemble cast. Boyhood, Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything followed with three nominations each.

Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and Ralph Fiennes (Grand Budapest Hotel) were noticeably missing from the best actor category. Marion Cotillard, who just won two best actress awards from the New York Film Critics circle for The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night was snubbed. And Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. film and Oscar hopeful that opens in limited release on Christmas and wide release in January, is missing from the list because (like The Wolf of Wall Street last year) it was unable to send screeners to voters in time.

In television, Modern Family continued its reign over awards season with four nominations: ensemble in a comedy series, Julie Bowen for female actor in a comedy series and Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet for male actor in a comedy series. Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Homeland and House of Cards each earned three nominations apiece.

Ansel Elgort and Eva Longoria made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center. The SAG Awards are set to take place on Jan. 25.

Here’s the entire list:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – Foxcatcher
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – The Imitation Game
JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – Nightcrawler
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – Birdman
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – Cake
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – The Theory of Everything
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – Still Alice
ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – Gone Girl
REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – The Judge
ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – Boyhood
EDWARD NORTON / Mike – Birdman
MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – Foxcatcher
J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – Boyhood
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke – The Imitation Game
EMMA STONE / Sam – Birdman
MERYL STREEP / The Witch – Into the Woods
NAOMI WATTS / Daka – St. Vincent

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS / Jake
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan
EDWARD NORTON / Mike
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH / Laura
AMY RYAN / Sylvia
EMMA STONE / Sam
NAOMI WATTS / Lesley

Boyhood
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia
ELLAR COLTRANE / Mason
ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr.
LORELEI LINKLATER / Samantha

The Grand Budapest Hotel
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Mr. Moustafa
MATHIEU AMALRIC / Serge X.
ADRIEN BRODY / Dmitri
WILLEM DAFOE / Jopling
RALPH FIENNES / M. Gustave
JEFF GOLDBLUM / Dep. Kovacs
HARVEY KEITEL / Ludwig
JUDE LAW / Young Writer
BILL MURRAY / M. Ivan
EDWARD NORTON / Henckels
TONY REVOLORI / Zero
SAOIRSE RONAN / Agatha
JASON SCHWARTZMAN / M. Jean
LÉA SEYDOUX / Clotilde
TILDA SWINTON / Madame D
TOM WILKINSON / Author
OWEN WILSON / M. Chuck

The Imitation Game
MATTHEW BEARD / Peter Hilton
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing
CHARLES DANCE / Commander Denniston
MATTHEW GOODE / Hugh Alexander
RORY KINNEAR / Nock
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke
ALLEN LEECH / John Cairncross
MARK STRONG / Stewart Menzies

The Theory of Evyerthing
CHARLIE COX / Jonathan Hellyer Jones
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking
SIMON McBURNEY / Frank Hawking
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking
DAVID THEWLIS / Dennis Sciama
EMILY WATSON / Beryl Wilde

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ADRIEN BRODY / Harry Houdini – Houdini
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock: His Last Vow
RICHARD JENKINS / Henry Kitteridge – Olive Kitteridge
MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – The Normal Heart
BILLY BOB THORNTON / Lorne Malvo – Fargo

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ELLEN BURSTYN / Olivia Foxworth – Flowers in the Attic
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL / Nessa Stein – The Honorable Woman
FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – Olive Kitteridge
JULIA ROBERTS / Dr. Emma Brookner – The Normal Heart
CICELY TYSON / Carrie Watts – The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – Boardwalk Empire
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones
WOODY HARRELSON / Martin Hart – True Detective
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Rust Cohle – True Detective
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – Homeland
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – How to Get Away With Murder
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife
TATIANA MASLANY / Sarah/Coxima/Alison/Rachel and Various Others – Orphan Black
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Downton Abbey
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – Louie
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – Shameless
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker – Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – Orange Is the New Black
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – Modern Family
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – VEEP
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson
PAUL CALDERON / Arquimedes
NICHOLAS CALHOUN / Sean
LOUIS CANCELMI / Mike D’Angelo
JOHN ELLISON CONLEE / Commodore
MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN / Frank Wilson
STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
DOMENICK LOMBARDOZZI / Ralph Capone
NOLAN LYONS / Enoch Thompson (young)
KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Thompson
BORIS McGIVER / Sheriff Smith Johnson
VINCENT PIAZZA / Charlie “Lucky” Luciano
PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle
TRAVIS TOPE / Joe Hardy
SHEA WHIGHAM / Eli Thompson
ANATOL YUSEF / Meyer Lansky
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Benny Siegel

Downton Abbey
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
MATT MILNE / Alfred
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
ED SPELEERS / Jimmy Kent
CARA THEOBOLD / Ivy
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Game of Thrones
JOSEF ALTIN / Pyp
JACOB ANDERSON / Grey Worm
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
DOMINIC CARTER / Janos Slynt
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd
CHARLES DANCE / Tywin Lannister
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATALIE DORMER / Margaery Tyrell
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont
JULIAN GLOVER / Pycelle
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
CONLETH HILL / Varys
RORY McCANN / Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
IAN McELHINNEY / Ser Barristan Selmy
PEDRO PASCAL / Oberyn Martell
DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne
MARK STANLEY / Grenn
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark

Homeland
NUMAN ACAR / Hassan Haqqani
NAZANIN BONIADI / Fara Sherazi
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison
RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn
RAZA JAFFREY / Aasar Khan
NIMRAT KAUR / Tasneem Qureishi
TRACY LETTS / Sen. Andrew Lockhart
MARK MOSES / Dennis Boyd
MICHAEL O’KEEFE / John Redmond
MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson
LAILA ROBINS / Martha Boyd
MAURY STERLING / Max

House of Cards
MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton
JAYNE ATKINSON / Catherine Durant
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Rachel Posner
DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson
NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum
MICHEL GILL / President Walker
JOANNA GOING / Tricia Walker
SAKINA JAFFREY / Linda Vasquez
MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper
MOZHAN MARNÒ / Ayla Sayyad
GERALD McRANEY / Raymond Tusk
MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp
JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO-SWEETING / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
STEPHANIE BEATRIZ / Det. Rosa Diaz
DIRK BLOCKER / Hitchcock
ANDRE BRAUGHER / Capt. Ray Holt
TERRY CREWS / Sgt. Terry Jeffords
MELISSA FUMERO / Det. Amy Santiago
JOE LO TRUGLIO / Det. Charles Boyle
JOEL McKINNON MILLER / Scully
CHELSEA PERETTI / Gina Linetti
ANDY SAMBERG / Det. Jake Peralta

Modern Family
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

Orange Is the New Black
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
JASON BIGGS / Larry Bloom
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Flaca
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Ingalls
YVETTE FREEMAN / Irma
GERMAR TERRELL GARDNER / Charles Ford
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Ofc. Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
LAUREN LAPKUS / Susan Fischer
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
MATT McGORRY / Ofc. John Bennett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
ALYSIA REINER / Natalie “Fig” Figueroa
JUDITH ROBERTS / Taslitz
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
BARBARA ROSENBLAT / Miss Rosa
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
LORRAINE TOUSSAINT / Yvonne “Vee” Parker
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

Veep
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series (6 nominees)
24: Live Another Day
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead

Life Achievement Award

Debbie Reynolds

 

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AFI Names Best TV of 2014, From The Americans to Transparent

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in FX's The Americans. Craig Blankenhorn/FX

The TV awards, from a movie organization, show the breadth and strength of television in 2014.

Another hour, another best-TV-of-the-year honors. A while ago I posted about Fargo winning the Hitfix 2014 TV poll, in which I (and many other critics) participated. This year I also voted in another, quite different TV awards, from the American Film Institute (which apparently also honors some upstart genre known as “movies”).

Unlike the Hitfix poll, the AFI awards are decided by a jury of critics, academics and TV professionals. (Among our crew this year was Vince Gilligan, who had no dog in the fight a year in between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.) Also unlike that poll, and most others, it doesn’t rank its finalists in order (which I wouldn’t either if TIME didn’t require it). We just watch our shows, argue for our favorites, complete a ballot, and publish a civilized, alphabetical list. This year, those ten shows were:

THE AMERICANS
FARGO
GAME OF THRONES
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
JANE THE VIRGIN
THE KNICK
MAD MEN
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
SILICON VALLEY
TRANSPARENT

Exactly half of those shows were on my own top ten list, and almost all the rest came close. (Except for How to Get Away With Murder, which I don’t think is quite there but is definitely a hell of a lot of fun.) The AFI also considers only scripted TV, so one of my picks for TIME, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, was ineligible. But even if I didn’t vote for each of these shows, I like the range they represent, in genre, style and format. (Though in a sign of the times, there are only two broadcast network shows–the same amount as shows from online streaming services.)

As usual, it was a fun process that helped me sort through my own feelings about the past year in TV. As for yours, feel free to quibble or offer up your own list in the comments. Alphabetization optional.

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Johnny Depp Gives Bizarre, Censored Speech at the Hollywood Film Awards

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Johnny Depp speaks onstage during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on Nov. 14, 2014 in Hollywood. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

As Jack Sparrow might have said, "Why is the rum gone?"

A recent speech by celebrated, off-beat actor Johnny Depp at the Hollywood Film Awards Friday had many wondering if his Oscar nominated turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean may not have been pretend.

Depp stammered through what was supposed to be an introduction of talent manager Shep Gordon, the subject of Mike Myers’ new documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Gordon has worked for Blondie, Luther Vandross and Alice Cooper, among others.

The man who has played Hunter S. Thompson appears to swear good-naturedly several times. And while Mike Myers backstage called the speech “rock n’ roll,” Variety reports, Twitter users believed the actor was simply plastered.

“I mean, it’s one of those nights,” Depp says. Fair enough.

Here’s CBS video of the whole thing, curse words removed.

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Who Created ‘Bechdel Test,’ Wins MacArthur Prize

"Fun Home " demonstration at College of Charleston
Alison Bechdel at a rehearsal as cast members of the musical of her memoir, "Fun Home", prepare for a performance of selected songs to be delivered in support of protesters at the College of Charleston after proposed state budget cuts were approved in response to "Fun Home" being offerred as summer reading at the College of Charleston, at the Meminger Auditorium on April 21, 2014 in Charleston, SC. The Washington Post/Getty Images

The cartoonist and graphic memoirist who upended the way we think about women in film has just won the prestigious genius award

The MacArthur Foundation has announced the 21 recipients of this year’s fellowships, often referred to as the “genius grant,” and among the honorees is cartoonist and graphic artist Alison Bechdel, who is known for her graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?

The prestigious fellowships, which are awarded based on achievement and potential, come with a stipend of $625,000, spread over five years, which can be spent in any way the honorees see fit.

Bechdel, who is currently at an artist residency in Italy, told the Los Angeles Times that when she received the call announcing she won, “It was crazy.” She added, “It was a little garbled, then I heard the person on the other end say the words MacArthur Foundation and the world started spinning.” Bechdel is only the second graphic novelist to win the fellowship after Ben Katchor won in 2000.

Even those who aren’t familiar with her cartoons or graphic memoirs have likely heard of the 54-year-old Bechdel, whose work has inadvertently upended the way we think about movies with her now famous Bechdel Test. The test, which the cartoonist coined in 1985 in a strip called “The Rule,” asks three questions of a film as a way to demonstrate the very basic level at which gender biases operate in movies: 1) Does the movie have two female characters?; 2) Do they speak to each other?; 3) Do they speak about something other than a man? Sadly, many movies — even today, almost 20 years after the test was created — don’t pass. Yet the very fact that the Bechdel Test has become a mainstream concept, rather than a niche, radical feminist idea, proves how much influence it has had.

Out of the 21 prizes awarded, eight other women were also honored. The New York Times reports that the oldest fellow this year is 71-year-old Pamela O. Long, a historian of science and technology in Washington, and the youngest is 32-year-old Danielle S. Bassett, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania.

The other honorees this year are a mix of artists, filmmakers, social activists, poets, historians and scientists that include John Henneberger, Mary L. Bonauto, Sarah Deer, Jonathan Rapping, Jacob Lurie, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, Ai-jen Poo, Rick Lowe, Samuel D. Hunter, Steve Coleman, Terrance Hayes, Yitang Zhang, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Tami Bond, Mark Hersam, Craig Gentry, Khaled Mattawa and Tara Zahra.

When asked about the stipend, Bechdel told the LA Times, “It will give me a lot of security that I don’t have. Pay off some debts, save for retirement — really boring stuff.” But she also added that it will allow her to “take some risks, do something new — to really plunge into my work. It’s an incredible gift.”

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Chuck Berry Honored at Polar Music Prize Ceremony in Stockholm

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Chuck Berry performs at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Barry Brecheisen/FilmMagic

Think of it as the Nobel of the music world

Polar Music Prize laureate Chuck Berry has been honored at an awards ceremony in Sweden.

Poor health prevented the rock ‘n’ roll legend, now 87, from leaving his home outside of St. Louis to attend the event in Stockholm. But the ‘Johnny B. Goode’ singer had Welsh musician Dave Edmunds read his acceptance speech at the ceremony.

“My heart is in Sweden,” he said. “I understand what a great honor it is to be a recipient. I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally.”

The Polar Music Prize is the so-called “Nobel of the music world,” awarded annually to one recipient each from the fields of modern and classical music. The award was established 25 years ago by the manager of ABBA, Stig Anderson. Previous laureates include Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin.

Keith Richards paid tribute to Berry in a video that was played at the award ceremony. “Chuck Berry, he just leaped out of the radio at me. I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him,” he said. “If I listened to Chuck Berry, I was full for the day.”

In a statement made when announcing Berry’s award in May, the Polar Music Prize Foundation said: “Chuck Berry was the rock ’n’ roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music. Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry.”

Berry was recognized alongside theatre and opera director Peter Sellars, who is known for bringing controversial flair to the stage. Sellars received Tuesday’s prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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See All the Winners From the 2014 Video Music Awards

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Katy Perry accepts Best Female Video for "Dark Horse" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum on Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

Up-to-the-minute updates of all the hardware being handed out at the 2014 VMAs

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Check back throughout the evening for updates after each award is handed out.

Best Female Video: Katy Perry — “Dark Horse [ft. Juicy J]”

Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran — “Sing”

Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande — “Problem [ft. Iggy Azalea]”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake — “Hold On (We’re Going Home) [ft. Majid Jordan]”

Best Rock Video: Lorde — “Royals”

Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony — “Miss Movin’ On”

Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”

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Teen Choice Awards Bring Surfboards to Shailene Woodley

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Actress Shailene Woodley, winner of Best Actress: Action onstage during FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

The Fault in Our Stars cast members were among the night's biggest winners

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards brought fan-driven accolades to the stars teens couldn’t get enough of this year, including the cast of the hit film The Fault in Our Stars.

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort took home several surfboards at the fun-filled show Sunday, in categories like “Choice Lip-Lock” and “Choice Movie: Drama.” The two stars were also the top picks for Breakout Movie Star (Elgort) and Choice Movie Actress: Adventure (Woodley).

In Woodley’s Choice Actress acceptance speech, according to US Weekly, the actress who once told TIME she doesn’t consider herself a feminist said she felt “pretty honored to be accepting this award on behalf of women.” Adding, “the truest form of bravery and of courage is to be ourselves.”

Some 165 million votes were cast for the 16th annual awards show where teens and the stars they lust over typically take home the most awards. Another choice moment from the show: Donald Sutherland, voted Choice Villain for his role in the Hunger Games series, had a special treat for the crowd of team from the film’s dystopian nation.

“I have brought you souvenirs from Panem. They’re berries,” Sutherland said, tossing berries like the lethal one’s featured in the Hunger Games into the crowd. “I wouldn’t eat them if I were you.”

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Beyonce Leads the 2014 VMAs With Eight Nominations

"On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z" - East Rutherford
Beyonce performs during the "On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z" at MetLife Stadium on July 11 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Kevin Mazur—2014 Kevin Mazur

Eminem and Iggy Azalea each scored seven nominations for MTV's biggest award show

MTV announced its nominees for the 2014 Things They Don’t Show Anymore Video Music Awards this morning, and because the network knows their demo, they did it via Snapchat (last year they used Instagram and Vine, which apparently are totally outmoded). The awards, which are on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET, will feature performances by Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:

Video of the Year
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “3005″
Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Eminem, “Berzerk”
Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Best Female Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Lorde, “Royals”

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Video
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
Black Keys, “Fever”
Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
Lorde, “Royals”

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
5 Seconds of Summer, “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q, “Man of the Year”

Best Collaboration
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pitbull ft. Kesha, “Timber”

MTV Clubland Award
Calvin Harris, “Summer”
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix, “Animals”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Video With A Social Message
Angel Haze ft. Sia, “Battle Cry”
Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
David Guetta, “One Voice”
J. Cole, “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland, “Dirty Laundry”

Best Cinematography
30 Seconds to Mars, “City of Angels”
Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Gesaffelstein, “Hate Or Glory”
Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Fitz and the Tantrums, “The Walker”
MGMT, “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Choreography
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza, “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Usher, “Good Kisser”

Best Direction
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”
OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

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