Friday, February 20, 2015

The 2015 Kitty Awards

Where has the year gone? It seems like the Kitty Awards were only yesterday and no... even though I don't update this blog THAT much... it has been a whole year since the best awards show of the season. Well, OK, the Academy Awards is on  this weekend and they have learned their lesson as far as hosts because, yes, they have our host with the most... Neil Patrick Harris!!! Way to go, AA!
But we had him first, well, the Tonys had him first...but we had him second and plucky guy that he is, even with all the grueling AA rehearsals etc... he still found the time to join us here! We are honored by his loyalty!!  And here he is... looking as dashing and elegant as ever, Mr. NPH!
By now, you all know who has been nominated for the Academy Awards. As you know, the Kitty will go to the most deserving winners. Not the movies that cost the most, or the biggest stars. As always, we will use the Academy Award list of nominees so you can see if the judges at the Kittys agree or if they have surprising new nominations that you can get excited about! Nominees the Academy may have overlooked! Now, get ready to settle back and enjoy the show! It's time for... the 6th Annual (can you believe it???) Kitty Awards for all you viewers (well, readers) out there!
Take it away, Neil!
OK, get ready, here is the first Award:
Best Supporting Actor
 Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Of these movies, the Judges have only seen Boyhood. Given that...the winner can only be Ethan Hawke! And hey, the judges LOVE Ethan for all the Before Sunrise etc. films also by Mr. Linklater. He can do no wrong as far as the judges go. Congratulations, Ethan! The AA can only be a letdown after this amazing win!!!

 Now, on to:
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Laura Dern in Wild
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

The judges found this to be an iffy year for movies... but an incredible one for actresses on TV. They thought, hey, media is media, all things end up on TV, or cable eventually and  they want to show some love for the woman who steals every scene she's in since she came on board on the Walking Dead! Let's hear it for the Kitty's Best Supporting Actress of any media: Michonne!!! Or, as she is known in real life, Ms. Danai Gurira !
Here she is in action: (fromYoutuber AdamIsLulz )

  Congratulations, Danai!
Now for one of the big ones!

Best Actor
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Oh AA ... has anybody actually seen any of these movies? The judges hope to catch up with them on DVD or someplace. In the meantime... what actor is missing from this line-up in a movie people actually flocked to the cinema to see? No, not one of those super-hero movies. I'm talking Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow. Check out the Trailer:

The judges often have mixed feelings about Tom, but he's a winner here... and a winner of the Kitty! Hooray! This is your night, Tom!
And here is the award for:
Best Actress
 Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

But, you know, there was a great and even classy film that did not get any attention with two most fantastic leading ladies: Belle, anyone? So the Judges are nominating
Sarah Gadon and Gugu Mbatha-Raw  as the two young women raised by their uncle, a Chief Lord Justice of England in the 1770s. Take a look at this:

Great work. Don't you want to see it just from this preview? So the winners are
Sarah Gadon and Gugu Mbatha-Raw! Congratulations, ladies! Well done! 

 Now for:
Best Director
 Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Boyhood Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher Bennett Miller
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum
Based on his oeuvre (fancy film festival word!) and the Judges love for those Sunset/Midnight movies and the fact that Ellar Coltrane was so darned adorable they unanimously voted for Richard Linklater.
 See for yourself:

Congratulations Mr. Linklater. Here is the whole cast to join you in this honor!

Best Foreign Film of the Year
Ida Poland
Leviathan Russia
Tangerines Estonia
Timbuktu Mauritania
Wild Tales Argentina

The judges haven't seen ANY of these... but they have seen Blue is the Warmest Color on Netflix and we think that counts as it is an unforgettable story of two girls in love in France with wonderful performances by Léa Seydoux  and Adèle Exarchopoulos as the leads. Have a look:

Looks good, right?
And the winner of the Best Foreign Film category is, can there be any doubt? Blue is the Warmest Color! Congratulations, Léa and Adèle!

Best Original Song
Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
And what is missing from this list, the judges ask. Why the end credit theme from Edge of Tomorrow by John Newman. We don't know if it is "original" regarding this film, but we know what we like! Have a listen:

Way to go, judges!

Now, for the 3rd year in a row, a very special award!!! It's time for the Kitty Lifetime Achievement Award! The award honoring a star's fabulous accomplishments in the arts or what have you and our amazing winner is...Surprise! Neil Patrick Harris!!! Our Host with a capital H! Yes, Neil, it's you!
This year alone you co-starred in a major movie and a major TV show! Who could ever forget you as the creepy ventriloquist in American Horror Story: Freak Show?
And then you played a major role in a major movie as the kind, yet disturbed and possessive though always there for you former boyfriend of Gone Girl who meets a shocking, icky end.
And looking back at his great body, yes, you do have a great body, we've seen a lot of it this year, but we meant... of work, Neil, of work! Remember him as the singing Super Villain, Dr. Horrible? What could be cuter or more dear than this????

And this look from Youtube on your 10 Greatest Moments:

                                      Congratulations, Neil!

 And now... the BIGGEST award of the night. Get ready, here are the nominees. Which picture will get the Kitty? It's exciting, it all comes down to this.
Best Picture
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
While the judges did love the Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood... they also love a good action movie with repetitions...scenes where the lead has to relive moments of his life to get it right at some point, and this year's fantastic action movie with those kind of scenes was Edge of Tomorrow or Live, Die, Repeat as it even has two titles! Tom Cruise was already a winner as was the end title song. So, the Kitty Judges have spoken and the Best Film Award goes to Edge of Tomorrow! Here's another look at this great movie!

The excitement is coming to a close for this, the 6th Annual Kitty Awards, probably the most exciting ever! We can hardly wait for next year! If you haven't gotten to see any of the winners and nominated flicks...  you can wait for the DVDs and then check them out at your local Library for FREE!. Thanks, again, to our host, that talent of talents, Mr. Neil Patrick Harris! See you next year and good luck with those Oscars! 
* A note about the Kitty Award itself. The statue was inspired by the late and majestic  cat among cats: Big Eric. He will live on in the hearts of all the Kitty Award recipients.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Day After Valentine's Day!

For some, it's a relief, now that it's all over. All is well... until next year!
*I still haven't heard from winners C. and Scout so please contact me with your mailing addresses to receive your winning drawings. If I don't hear by next Saturday, one or two new winners will be drawn!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 14

Here it is! It's Valentine's Day! How exciting is this? We will choose the two winners of the original Valentine drawings tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST to be chosen from the followers of this blog and the Militant Recommender so you still have time to become followers and maybe YOU will be one of the winners! What better way to celebrate the day?
These are the drawings. This one featuring Ava and a kitty:
And this one, featuring a delightful Valentine kitty and flying hearts:

The drawings are pen and ink on 8 1/2 x 11 pages.

Ok, now here is the 14th LOVE cartoon to wind up this series :

And...GUESS WHAT! Here is a special Valentine's Day mini-graphic novel. Presenting: "The Wandering Heart"! Happy, Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 13

How fitting that Friday the 13th comes before Valentine's Day this year. But there is still time to go out there and make someone's day. In fact... a LOVE emporium is probably right down the street:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 12

Here it is, Day 12, of the Valentine Cartoon Countdown! This one is for those who are optimistic about still finding that special someone... even if you have to chase them down to make them yours.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 11

There are many out there who dread the coming holiday because it means having to face the world alone and un-valentined. Here is another solution:
And here is a link to one of my favorite things... the Modern Love column in the NY Times. Completely addicting! I may have posted this link before, but check it out... because it is all about love in all its shapes and forms. Daniel Jones, the editor, has done a fantastic job in keeping it fresh from week to week!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 10

We ALL know someone who gets the Valentine's Day goods delivered to their place of work because they are adored and that demonstrative expression of love in public is that much sweeter for the receiver... not so much for the rest of us!

And, in the Valentine's Day Original Sketch Give-away... just sign up to follow this especially fun and charming blog and on Saturday, February 14, John will choose a number from the followers to win this sweet Valentine drawing which you can keep or give to your special valentine. It's pen and ink and drawn on a 8 1/2 x 11 page:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 9

Here is the Valentine's Day Countdown Cartoon for Day 9, dedicated to all those under-appreciated teachers out there!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 8

It's snowing, here in NH, once again. Two more feet are predicted! Is there anything good about snow? Maybe if you are a skier, snowmobiler or still in grade school. Or... if you are young and in a new relationship, maybe anything you're experiencing together for the first time is ultra romantic:

And even though it's not Christmas, this too cute version of Winter Wonderland by Scott Weiland seemed a perfect match for this couple! Thank you Youtube!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 7

What could be more gallant than fighting to the death to win your Valentine. I really can't think of anything that says love more than that. Well, I can... but that probably wouldn't be as much fun to draw!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown: Day 6

It is no secret I am a life long Phantom Phan (first book I ever bought through the mail at age 11!) so every once in a while I sneak Erik and Christine into a cartoon. In this one he is, of course, referring to Music of the Night!
Hugh Panaro and Trista Moldovan , the team I saw when I got to see it on Broadway. From the miracle of Youtube!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 5

I love drawing Cupid as a character. This is a brand new one in which he's offering relationship advice to a loser in love at a bar:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 4

This is a cartoon for those who enjoy a good road trip and who head out in search of adventure and exotic locales and antiques and ... love! It's out there, waiting for you! You just have to warn the drivers behind you what your intentions are!) (and no, I don't like to draw cars, but every once in a while I've got an idea that requires me to!)!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 3

Here's a Valentine cartoon for the LOVE savvy. Those who know how to plan ahead and reap the rewards of being patient... or hope to get lots of presents, anyway!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown 2015: Day 2

 It's snowing out and I've got a coffee gift card just burning a whole in my purse... (thanks Marcia and Andrea!) but have to wait until a day when the roads are clear and I can actually drive there ! In the is the second LOVE cartoon in the countdown:
And a song for coffee lovers everywhere... well, coffee is mentioned! The Carly Simon

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's Day Cartoon Countdown: Day ONE

As you know from years past, I am all about the holidays and cartooning about them especially Valentine's Day! I really enjoy writing and drawing about this most special time of year that's all about the LOVE... or is it? Will you be remembered, or is it just another day to get through? Anyway, here is the first of 14 BRAND NEW LOVE cartoons! I hope you enjoy them with someone you love... or that loves you...or your cat, who may be indifferent, but sticks around because you feed him (or her) and, hey, sticking around means they love you in their own way, right?