On Sunday, the Screen Actors Guild announced the winners for the 19th annual SAG awards, and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston was honored with a win for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series. In addition, Cranston and the cast of Argo won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. “It is so good to be bad,” Cranston said, accepting the Male Actor award. In his speech, he thanked Vince Gilligan for writing what Cranston called the role of his career.
Cranston faced formidable competition in the Male Actor category: Also nominated were Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi, The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels, Homeland‘s Damien Lewis and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm.
This week, TV Overmind names Aaron Paul a breakout star, while Betsy Brandt is cast as Michael J. Fox’s wife in a new sitcom. Plus, The Sydney Morning Herald extols Breaking Bad as “extraordinary.” Read on for more:
• Aaron Paul is one of TV Overmind‘s breakout stars who will cross over from TV to film because “His emotional performances have been the highlight of an already phenomenal show, and the guy’s got range.”
• TVLine reports that Betsy Brandt has landed the role of Michael J. Fox’s wife on the actor’s upcoming sitcom for NBC.
• Betsy Brandt talks to the New York Daily News about her part and credits Michael J. Fox with teaching her how to be funny.
Q: After five seasons, are you an expert at playing a drug addict?
A: [Laughs] It’s challenging — that’s what I love about doing Skinny Pete. However, when I get offers from people saying, “Hey play this druggie character in a show,” I now say I want to do something new. I have a five-year-old daughter and a nine-month old son, and at some point I’d like them to be able to watch something I’m in before they’re in college!
Q: Do you ever read what people write about the show and your character?
A: I do happen to read the internet message boards for Breaking Bad. After that episode in the beginning of Season 5 people were commenting, “Wow, turns out that guy is actually an actor.” I wonder what they thought I was before! When I played that song, Solfeggietto in C minor, on the keyboard, that apparently threw a lot of people for a loop.
Q: How did one of your secret talents end up as one of your characters’ as well?
A: I had heard one of the writers in a previous season say that they kind of listen to the actors off-camera to get clues about special talents or quirks they have. When we were shooting a Narcotics Anonymous scene a while back, the location was in an old church. During our break, I decided to take a minute to sit down and jam on the piano. Some of the writers were nearby and one of them heard and came by. They spent a season-and-a-half figuring out how they were going to be able to use it. They asked me what songs I could play and I sent them a list of songs. I practiced like a madman for the rest of the month!
Q: Do you think you and Skinny Pete have any overlap in your musical tastes?
This week, Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn walk the red carpet, while Vince Gilligan talks to USA Today about writing a series finale. Plus, Looper director Rian Johnson discusses his excitement at helming one of the show’s final episodes. Read on for more:
• On the Golden Globes red carpet, Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn talk to SheKnows about the imminent end of Breaking Bad, with Cranston predicting there will be tears when filming finishes in March.
• On the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards, Giancarlo Esposito tells PopSugar he likes playing “bad” guys because “everyone loves the bad guy, and if I can do it well, you will not only love me, you will hate me as well.”
• Vince Gilligan speaks to USA Today about writing a series finale when the end date is known, observing, “you can measure how much you want to portion out with each episode.”
Last month, AMCtv.com showed you some never-seen-before pics from the set of your favorite TV series. Now you can check out an additional ten behind-the-scenes photos from the first eight episodes of Breaking Bad Season 5, including a shot of the filming of Hank’s shocking revelation in Episode 8 (above), before-and-after images of Dennis’s prison immolation and candid pics of cast members Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks.
Today the American Cinema Editors announced their nominees for the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards honoring excellence in film and television editing, and Breaking Bad editors Kelley Dixon and Skip MacDonald have both been honored with nods in the Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television category.
MacDonald and Dixon were nominated for their work on Season 5 Episode 5, “Dead Freight,” and Season 5 Episode 8, “Gliding Over All,” respectively. The nomination is the third for Dixon, the second for MacDonald, and Breaking Bad‘s sixth and seventh overall. Dixon and MacDonald will face off against the editors of ABC’s Nashville, NBC’s Smash and AMC’s own Mad Men for the award. (Click here to read more about Mad Men‘s nomination.)
The awards will be presented during a ceremony on Sat., Feb. 16 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
This week, Vince Gilligan talks ending Breaking Bad with New York, while Bryan Cranston is recognized with a nomination by the Directors Guild of America. Plus, the London Review of Books pens an essay on Breaking Bad. Read on for more:
• Read in New York about the 10 things on Vince Gilligan’s mind as he prepared to write the series finale — including why there will never be a Breaking Bad movie.
• The Los Angeles Times reports that the Directors Guild of America has nominated Bryan Cranston for his direction of an episode of ABC’s Modern Family. The DGA also gave a nod to Rian Johnson, who helmed Season 5, Episode 4, “Fifty-One.” Go to E! Online for a complete list of nominees.
Today the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for the 65th annual DGA awards, and Breaking Bad director Rian Johnson was honored with a nod in the Dramatic Series category for his work on Season 5 Episode 4, “Fifty-One.” In addition, Breaking Bad‘s Emmy-winning star Bryan Cranston received a nomination in the Comedy Series category for his direction of an episode of ABC’s Modern Family.
The Dramatic Series nomination is Breaking Bad‘s second to date, with Vince Gilligan receiving honors in 2012 for his direction of the Season 4 Finale, “Face-Off.” For this year’s award, Johnson will face the directors of Showtime’s Homeland, HBO’s The Newsroom and AMC’s own Mad Men. (Click here to learn more about Mad Men‘s nomination.)
The winners will be announced at the DGA Awards Dinner on Sat. Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.
Today the Cinema Audio Society announced their nominees for the 49th Annual CAS Awards and Breaking Bad‘s sound team — Production Mixer Darryl L. Frank, Re-recording Mixers Jeff Perkins and Eric Justen, ADR Mixer Eric Gotthelf and Foley Mixer Stacey Michaels — has been honored with a nod in the Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, Television Series – One Hour category.
The nomination, Breaking Bad‘s second, is for the team’s work on Season 5 Episode 5, “Dead Freight”. Competing with them in the Television Series category are HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland and AMC’s own Mad Men. (Click here to read more about Mad Men‘s nomination.)
The awards will be presented during a ceremony on Feb. 16 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
This week, Breaking Bad tops the Boston Globe‘s list of the year’s best TV, while the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune considers Vince Gilligan one of TV’s most intriguing people. Read on for more:
• The Boston Globe‘s puts Breaking Bad on top of its list of 2012′s best, noting, “Each of the eight episodes this year was a gem, with the hour called ‘Fifty-One’ shining particularly brightly.” The San Jose Mercury News rates Breaking Bad the year’s best TV show, calling Walt’s journey “disturbing, horrifying — and absolutely mesmerizing.” Newsday also calls Breaking Bad, “a masterpiece of direction, writing, pacing and (of course) storytelling,” at No. 1. Breaking Bad is also The Orange County Register‘s top show. (No link)
• Samuel L. Jackson tells Indiewire that he wanted to walk onto the Breaking Bad set and order some chicken from Los Pollos Hermanos when he was shooting The Avengers in Albuquerque.
• The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune calls Vince Gilligan one of TV’s most intriguing people because the transformation of his creation, Walt, is “one of the cruelest and most masterful magic tricks in TV history.” The publication also named Breaking Bad the year’s No. 1 show.