If I Had My Way… (Nikki’s Pick For The EMMYs)

Another year has passed, another season of television gone by and another round of Emmys to watch, criticize, celebrate and get indignant over.  That’s right!  The Emmys are on tomorrow night and yes, of course, Annie and I will liveblog during the show.  As before, we’ll begin about a half-hour before it does and refresh every time we have something to say (which is typically quite often), with the latest at the top.  Please stop by, leave a comment, offer your opinion and otherwise enjoy our ranting.

I’m getting ahead of myself.  We’re still a good 30 hours away and to whet your awards show appetite, I thought I’d give you a little preview by listing the nominees and my own personal preferences for winners.  As always, there will be disappointments, maybe even some massive let-downs, and hopefully a few surprises.  But, if I could have my way, this is what it’d look like:

Best Drama
”Boardwalk Empire”
”Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
”Mad Men”
”Game of Thrones”

My pick: “Homeland”

Best Actor — Drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Damien Lewis, “Homeland”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

My pick: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (I’d also be totally happy with Damien Lewis of “Homeland” or Michael C. Hall of “Dexter”)

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Jared Harris, “Mad Men”
Brendan Coye, “Downton Abbey”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

My pick: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (The fuck?!  Walton Goggins of “Justified” deserves not only a nomination but the goddamn win!!)

Best Supporting Actress — Drama

Archie Punjabi, “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggat, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendrix, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “Good Wife”

My pick: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Best Actress — Drama

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abby”

My pick: Claire Danes, “Homeland” (By far. Danes not winning would be the greatest injustice since O.J.’s acquittal.)

Best Comedy

“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

My pick: “Girls” (The show has balls, what can I say.)

Best Actress — Comedy
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

My pick: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (Poehler not getting this award would be a GREATER injustice than O.J.’s acquittal.  Seriously.)

Best Actor — Comedy

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “Big Bang Theory”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

My pick: Louis C.K., “Louie”

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy

Miayim Balik, “Big Bang Theory”
Meritt Weaver, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

My pick: Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live” (Because “Modern Family” is tired and those bitches were never the funny ones.)

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Bill Hader, “Saturday NIght Live”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

My pick: Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live” (Fuck you, “Modern Family.”)

Best Television Movie or Miniseries

”Heminway and Gelhorn”
“American Horror Story”
”Hatfields & McCoys”
”Game Change”

My pick: “Sherlock” (“Sherlock!”  “Sherlock!”  “Sherlock!”)

Lead Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries

Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gelhorn”
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

My pick: Don’t care.  Of these, I only watched AHS and I thought Britton sucked.  So, anyone but Connie Britton, I guess.

Lead Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries

Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gelhorn”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

My pick: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock” (I love you, Idris Elba in a completely non-platonic way, but Cumberbatch deserves this.)

Supporting Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Francis Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”

My pick: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”

Supporting Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Dennis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”
David Straitharn, “Hemingway and Gelhorn”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”

My pick: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock” (Freeman not winning in this category will make O.J.’s acquittal look as undeserving as a pet adoption.)

Variety Show

“The Daily Show”
“The Colbert Report”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
”Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

My pick: “Real Time with Bill Maher”

Reality Competition
”So You Think You Can Dance”
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Top Chef”
“Project Runway”
“The Voice”

My pick: The only competition worth watching is “The Sing-Off” and it’s not even nominated.   So, yeah, I could give a shit.

Reality Competition — Host

Cat Deely, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Berengon, “Dancing with the Stars”


Best Animated Series

”The Simpsons”
“American Dad”
”Bob’s Burgers”
“The Penguins of Madagascar”

My pick: Don’t care.

See you tomorrow at 7:30pm!


And The Award Goes To…

We’ve had the recent good fortune of being nominated (and, therefore, given) another award!!  Thanks to foodstories for nominating us for the Illuminating Blogger Award!  Oh that’s right, because we provide illuminating information to all you readers. 😉

As a token of our appreciation, we’ll share with you this random tidbit about ravingmadscientists:

  • We don’t know when or how, but both Annie and I vow to spend a significant chunk of our lives living in England.  We are anglophiles, as you well know, and feel life would not be complete without the experience of living among the Brits for at least a year or two.

And, of course, we have to share the wealth by nominating a few other bloggers who illuminate the blogosphere:

  • The wuc – even though posting has been scarce this year, this Aussie chick couldn’t be wittier, or more clever, or more entertaining, and her genius plays on words and sharp pop culture references make us green with envy for not having thought of them first!  (While we’re laughing our buns off, that is.)
  • And our fave girl SJ over at booksnobbery whose blog is not only funny and smart but also provides the vital function of reviewing books so that we don’t have to read them all!  Being the devout book lovers that we are here at rms, we admire her devotion to sharing her reading experiences with the masses.
  • And, though we don’t post often enough about food, we do love to eat and talk about the food we love to eat, so we’re nominating the best amateur ranting chef this side of the Mississippi for his devotion to food and cooking.  And keeping us continuously hungry!
  • And, finally, we also nominate onegirlgeek for giving all of us geeks a place to learn and gush about our nerdly obsessions!

And thanks to all of you, dear readers, for reading our rantings and ravings.  We do try to provide useful information or, if nothing else, at least to entertain. 🙂

~Nikki & Annie

2012 Academy Awards LIVEBLOG

This is some seriously delicious berry sangria I am drinking

My house is packed, the spread is INTENSE (I wish you all were here, god knows I’ve got enough food for an army), and we’re ready to rant/gush!  Our latest thoughts are at the top of the page.  Hit refresh to keep up with the gab!!

  • 11:46pm That’s it for this year!  Thanks everyone for stopping by!!  Hope you had fun!
  • 11:40m Best speech of the night, hands down, Meryl Streep.  We hail you!!
  • 11:37pm I guess I’d better see The Artist!
  • 11:32pm Meryl Streep: the embodiment of elegance and grace.
  • 11:29pm FINALLY!!!!!!!  Yay!!!!  Meryl Streep!!!!!
  • 11:20pm I think we’ve seen the sternum of every chick in the Kodak tonight.  Well…except Melissa McCarthy.  Thank you, MM, for being a normal woman.
  • 11:18pm What’d I tell ya?  The Artist takes the house.
  • 11:15pm Man, there is some major ass-kissing this year.  Are they still not over getting their feelings hurt at last year’s Golden Globes?  It’s no wonder they have egos the size of small continents.
  • 11:12pm Hosting the Oscars should be Billy Crystal’s job, permanently.
  • 11:10pm No Little Sebastian???  Leslie will not stand for this!
  • 11:07pm R.I.P. Whitney and Colombo
  • 10:58pm I had no idea the Academy fetishized Oprah.  That woman should be elevated to god status already.
  • 10:55pm Aww, Meryl Streep.  Not loving the dress, but she is the epitome of class.
  • 10:53pm Well, that all but seals it, The Artist is gonna take it.
  • 10:44pm Were those coffee beans, or vaginas?
  • 10:42: Well, we’ve got a new drinking game. Why weren’t we doing this all night?!?!
  • 10:39pm OHHHHHHH WIN BRIDESMAIDS! Kristen Wiig looks gorgeous. You know what? They all do.
  • 10:31pm Oh Edward Norton. And Borat, you got blacklisted but you’re still in a montage. I HATE THIS MUSIC.
  • 10:26pm I can see so many of Angelina Jolie’s veins, I want to draw blood from them. And then wear it in a vial around my neck.
  • 10:25pm Angelina Jolie looks like. SHIT. Her elbow will CUT YOU.
  • 10:17pm Zach G is channelling Ron Swanson tonight.
  • 10:11pm Billy Crystal is really doing a bang-up job. Seriously.
  • 10:10pm SNOOZEFEST.
  • 10:08pm Angelina Jolie is HORRIFYING. HORRIFYING.
  • 10:03pm My Oscar party could ONLY be better if Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren were ACTUALLY HERE in this room.
  • 10:01pm YAY! WHAT a fucking class act!!!! Oh Captain VonTrapp, you are the smoothest operator around.
  • 10:00pm Can’t wait for Christopher Plummer’s unbelievably classy ass speech 🙂
  • 9:59pm Melissa Leo’s dress is mother of the bride circa 1982.
  • 9:58pm Hopefully Melissa Leo is anti-crazy this year.
  • 9:54pm Is Emma Stone drunk? She’s cute as shit though.
  • 9:43pm I think Madonna and Gwenyth Paltrow are in a competition to see which could make themselves look the most like Gollum.
  • 9:42pm Is RDJ channeling Joaquin Pheonix??  I would totally watch “The Presenter.”
  • 9:39pm Cirque De Soliel, bitches.
  • 9:35pm I Love the Muppets!!!  I became a scientist because of Beeker for god’s sake.
  • 9:29pm  Drinking delicious berry sangria. Mmmm.
  • 9:22pm Bradley Cooper + Tina Fey is wrong.
  • 9:22pm That  focus group bit was great. GREAT.
  • 9:20pm It’s the Christopher Guest gang!
  • 9:15pm What is with the PORN MUSIC.
  • 9:10pm I wish Melissa McCarthy would win but it’ll be Octavia Spencer
  • 9:01pm Well, that “first picture I saw” montage was weird but kinda cute. I have no idea what the first movie I saw was.
  • 8:59pm I despise Meryl Streep’s dress. Despise. I’m sorry. Melanie Griffiths is trying to be Joan Rivers, apparently.
  • 8:58pm are you guys SERIOUSLY COMPARING ASSES. Iron Lady, homies I’m 3 for 3 I think…
  • 8:53pm this montage is SO. CHEESY. But I love it. I’ll have what she’s having.
  • 8:44pm Damn they’re just firing these off, aren’t they, and why is Tom Hanks BROWN.
  • 8:44pm Cinematography, first? Changin’ things up dawg
  • 8:43pm It’s hard to fill Jennifer Lopez’s seat. OUCH.
  • 8:42pm Billy Crystal has still got it.
  • 8:39pm Chapter 11 theater.  Even the Kodak theater isn’t immune to this goddamn recession.  Ugh.  Maybe all those 1%ers in the audience could do something about that.  Just sayin’.
  • 8:37pm Did you see John Goodman?  Have I ever mentioned I love him?  No, never?  Well, I love him.  Like, LOVE him.
  • 8:35pm I can’t stand watching Billy Crystal eat shit.  I just can’t.
  • 8:33pm Is this the villa???  I love Billy Crystal!!!
  • 8:22pm I love Jess Cagle. Also, I have subscribed to EW for like, 10 years. So, yeah.
  • 8:15pm We’re having sexy times, apparently. I hate Bullock’s dress.
  • 8:12pm Brad Pitt looks like Legends of the Fall
  • 8:11pm I really, REALLY, REALLLLLLLLLLLLLY don’t get Clooney and Kiebler.
  • 8:03pm Is Bradley Cooper gonna be in Miami Vice?? The fuck?
  • 8:01pm Another war: Nikki claims Cameron Diaz is a butterface, some of us say no. Thoughts?
  • 7:54pm Zach Galifinakis looks so damn cute with his beard. Why does everybody get to lose weight but me? Oh, cause I’m eating cheese curds.
  • 7:53pm NICK NOLTE. WHAT.
  • 7:44pm I’m over Manny. Sorry. Although no one else here is. There is much hate for Annie right now from the Manny lovers.
  • 7:42pm Oh god, just came. Thanks Colin!
  • 7:41pm We are having a battle over Tina Fey’s hair and dress. Some love, some hate. Thoughts?
  • 7:39pm Did Annie Mumolo lose like, a lot of weight? She looks KILLER FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! Woah. As I eat my cheese curds 😦
  • 7:37pm A guest of mine just made FRIED CHEESE CURDS AND THEY’RE BLOWING MY MIND!!!
  • 7:36pm Melissa McCarthy fills me with happiness and joy
  • 7:34 What is this mom segment?!! PRECIOUS!!
  • 7:30pm Random tidbit: Ewan McGregor shows his junk constantly in films because he claims that since women are always nakey, he’s trying to make up for it. 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • 7:26pm Viola Davis’s hubby looks like an older Wayne Brady! Her dress: Love the color, not the bust. Even though her tits are rockin’.
  • 7:24pm Ohhhh Octavia Spencer looks gorgeous, as does Jessica Chastain…
  • 7:22pm HI!!!!!

~Annie & Nikki

2012 Oscar Predictions

Voting for the Oscar party tonight, and yep, those are swag bags in the background



I know you are all waiting, with bated breath, to see what my picks are for this year’s Academy Awards.  I do a ballot pool at my annual party, where you fill out your ballot IN ITS ENTIRETY and toss $5 into a pot.  Whoever gets the most categories right wins the cash.  You should know, I’ve never won (although I usually do OK), but I feel good about my picks this year.  Feel free to use these for your own Oscar pool 🙂

I don’t have the energy to list every single nominee, so I’m just going to note what’s getting my vote – precisely, what I THINK will win, not what I WANT to win.  There’s a difference. 🙂










  • Costume Design: The Artist
  • Directing: Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Documentary Feature: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Documentary Short: Incident in New Baghdad
  • Film Editing: The Artist
  • Foreign Language Film: In Darkness
  • Makeup: The Iron Lady
  • Original Score: The Artist
  • Original Song: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets
  • Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • Live Action Short Film: The Shore
  • Sound Editing: Hugo
  • Sound Mixing: Hugo
  • Visual Effects: Hugo
  • Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
  • Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
  • Cinematography: Hugo
  • Art Direction: Hugo
  • Animated Feature: Chico & Rita
  • Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer in The Help
  • Leading Actress: Viola Davis in The Help
  • Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer in Beginners
  • Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin in The Artist
  • Best Picture: The Artist..

…which I STILL HAVEN’T SEEN! *facepalm, general frustration with life, because the theater nearest me got rid of this movie 2 weeks ago*


PS: Check out our liveblog TONIGHT!!  7:30ISH EST!  You know you wish you got invited to a cool Oscar party, but it’s a Sunday night and you don’t want to leave your couch… so don’t…. and come to ours!!