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2024 Film & Television 1st Quarter Polls

Not sure what to watch on those rainy Sundays? Or those late Wednesday nights? Here are my awards for excellence in film and television for the first quarter (January-March) of 2024! Circuit Artwork If we hand out awards for sports, why not movies & television? With the first quarter of 2024 in the books, it’s time to look back at the best movies, shows & performances of the last three months! (Important to note that these are my favorites, not what I think are necessarily the best; that’s what my Oscars posts are for).  For films & tv, the number of noms in each category will be half or half rounded up if there is an odd number… So this quarter, the film categories will have 9 nominations and the tv categories will have 5.  * Disclaimer : Obviously I couldn’t watch every  movie and show, so if you don’t see your favorite from the 1st quarter here I do apologize. Here are the lists of films & shows from the 1st quarter of 2024 that I watched and therefore eligible for award consideration:  Films: 18 Shows: 9 Argylle Abbott Elementary s3 The Beekeeper Avatar: The Last Airbender s1 Bob Marley: One Love Echo s1 Drive Away Dolls Masters of the Air s1 Dune Part II Mr. & Mrs. Smith s1 Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire         Percy Jackson & the Olympians s1 Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Shogun s1 Imaginary Ted s1 Immaculate True Detective s4 The Kitchen Lisa Frankenstein Love Lies Bleeding Madame Web Mean Girls: The Musical Night Swim Ricky Stanicky Road House Spaceman Now to the awards! (Each category has nine nominees, winners in bold ) Favorite Film Argylle The Beekeeper Bob Marley: One Love Dune Part II Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Lisa Frankenstein Mean Girls the Musical Ricky Stanicky This may be the easiest decision in the history of decisions. I guess Mean Girls is the runner-up? But man, Dune Part II is a top-5 theater experience for me ever. The first one is great, but I understand the criticisms of it. This one? If you don’t like this movie I don’t know what to tell you. Had heart-pulsing action, the continuation of an epic story and some of the best sound mixing you’ve ever heard in a movie. This is like the Boston Celtics in the playoffs; essentially a bye to the Finals/2024 Yearly Awards, but they have all the stuff to take home the trophy. We shall see!  Favorite Performance By A Lead Actor in Film Sam Rockwell (Argylle) Jason Statham (The Beekeeper) Kingsley Ben-Adir (Bob Marley: One Love) Timothee Chalamet (Dune Part II) Cole Sprouse (Lisa Frankenstein) Wyatt Russell (Night Swim) Zac Efron (Ricky Stanicky) Jake Gyllenhaal (Road House) Adam Sandler (Spaceman) I liked what Kingsley Ben-Adir did with Bob Marley, and Statham kicked a loooooot of ass in Beekeeper, but Timmy leveled up on Arrakis this quarter. He went from a somewhat whiny boy thrust into power, to a full-blown man that I completely believe will burn down the galaxy. In a not-so-strong category, Chalamet gets the win.  Favorite Performance By A Lead Actress in Film Bryce Dallas Howard (Argylle) Geraldine Viswanathan (Drive Away Dolls) Margaret Qualley (Drive Away Dolls) Zendaya (Dune Part II) McKenna Grace (Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire) Rebecca Hall (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire) Kathryn Newton (Lisa Frankenstein) Kristen Stewart (Love Lies Bleeding) Angourie Rice (Mean Girls Musical) Full disclosure; I am in love with Kathryn Newton, so this may be just a hint of bias. But she takes advantage of a weird quarter for lead actresses; my favorite movies I didn’t think really had a standout performance from the leading lady, and some of the more interesting performances were in films I did not really enjoy. Newton falls into the sweet spot; a fun movie and a fun performance. Unlikely to win it all, but a fun and worthy quarter-poll victor.  Favorite Performance By A Supporting Actor in Film Bryan Cranston (Argylle) Jeremy Irons (The Beekeeper) Austin Butler (Dune Part II) Javier Bardem (Dune Part II) Finn Wolfhard (Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire) Dan Stevens (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire) Jaquel Spivey (Mean Girls Musical) John Cena (Ricky Stanicky) Conor McGregor (Road House) Finally we have an epic performance! Austin Butler is a DAWG in this film. A raging psychopath who had me holding back blinks his entire screen time so as to not miss anything of what he was doing. My only complaint is that we didn’t get more of him. And shoutout to Jaquel Spivey, who was excellent as Damian (and maybe even better than the original. You go Glen Coco!).  Favorite Performance By A Supporting Actress in Film Lashana Lynch (Bob Marley: One Love) Beanie Feldstein (Drive Away Dolls) Rebecca Ferguson (Dune Part II) Emily Alyn-Lind (Ghostbusters:Frozen Empire) Taegen Burns (Imaginary) Carla Gugino (Lisa Frnakenstein) Sydney Sweeney (Madame Web) Auli’l Cravalho (Mean Girls) Renee Rapp (Mean Girls Musical) While I believe Butler should be in Oscar’s discussions 6 months from now, I don’t feel confident the snobby “elite” movie critics will agree. But with Lynch, I think she will find herself in the conversation. She was the heart of that movie and completely stole it from Ben-Adir. Ferguson, Gugino and (gasp) Sweeney were also quite fun in their roles, but Lynch was great and deserves the win.  Favorite Cameo (1 scene, Actor & Actress Combined) Dua Lipa (Argylle) Matt Damon (Drive Away Dolls) Miley Cyrus (Drive Away Dolls) Pedro Pascal (Drive Away Dolls) Anya Taylor-Joy (Dune Part II) Patton Oswald (Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire) Ashley Park (Mean Girls the Musical) Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls: The Musical) Post Malone (Road House) I mean, could it be anyone else. I gasped in the theater when Lohan popped up! Not on my bingo card heading into the film. If we had another award for strangest cameo, I think Miley would have to take that. I mean what WAS that? But yeah, Lohan was so much fun.  Favorite Movie Scene of the 1st Quarter Harkkonen Arena (Dune Part II) Paul Atreides vs. Feyd Rautha (Dune Part II)  Riding the Sand Worm (Dune Part II) Ghost Chess in the Park (Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire) Godzilla vs. Kong (Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire) Frankenstein Plays the Piano (Lisa Frankenstein) Toxic Rewind (Madame Web) Apex Predator (Mean Girls The Musical) Revenge Party (Mean Girls the Musical) I had goosebumps, I was leaning forward in my chair, I held my breath. When Paul rides the sand worm, I am completely overcome with sensation. The score is relentless, the visuals are enticing and you can feel the gravity of what is happening in the story when he stands up and takes the reins (literally). I actually love all nine of these scenes, but this one stands above the rest.  Movie Studio of the 1st Quarter Warner Bros! Having an epic film certainly helps in this race, and then you throw on Dune Part II it really isn’t close (cue sitcom laughter). Universal had a loot of cracks at this, but given most of their films stunk ( Immaculate, Night Swim & Drive Away Dolls) , so they took themselves out of it. The first quarter is usually a crapshoot between the studios since not a ton of quality comes out these first couple months of the year, but WB put out a couple really fun films, so they get the win!  Film Scoreboard:  Dune Part II- 10 (4) Mean Girls the Musical- 9 (1) Drive Away Dolls- 6 Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire- 6 Lisa Frankenstein- 5 (1) Argylle- 5 Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire- 4 Bob Marley: One Love- 3 (1) The Beekeeper- 3 Ricky Stanicky- 3 Road House- 3 Madame Web- 2 Imaginary- 1 Love Lies Bleeding- 1 Night Swim- 1 Spaceman- 1 Favorite Show Abbott Elementary season 1 Mr. & Mrs. Smith season 1 Shogun season 1 Ted season 1 True Detective season 4 If this was a down quarter for movies, then I don’t even know what to call the quarter for television. There were some fun episodes here and there, but overall this is probably the worst quarter of television we’ve handed out awards for. But among the mediocrity emerged a foul-mouthed teddy bear that brought us back to a world that we (at least I) love. This show had me howling the entire time, while the rest of these shows were up and down at best.  Favorite Performance By A Lead Actor in Television Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary) Donald Glover (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) Walker Scobell (Percy Jackson) Cosmo Jarvis (Shogun) Seth McFarlane (Ted) God I can’t tell you how close I was to giving the win to McFarlane here. His comedic timing and voice work is undeniable. But Glover was a lot of fun in his show, and he was able to portray a different side of masculinity than we normally see depicted in media, so I appreciated that quite a bit.  Favorite Performance By A Lead Actress in Television Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary) Alaqua Cox (Echo) Maya Erskine (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) Anna Sawai (Shogun) Jodie Foster (True Detective) While season 4 was certainly no season 1, Foster drove True Detective in a way that kept me coming back week to week even though I was pretty uninspired by the story overall. Foster cannot miss, from Silence of the Lambs to, yes, Nyad, and she delivered once again this quarter.  Favorite Performance By A Supporting Actor in Television Chris Perfetti (Abbott Elementary) Vincent D’Onofrio (Echo) Paul Dano (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) Hiroyuki Sanada (Shogun) Finn Bennett (True Detective) This might be the weakest category in the history of the Circuit Awards. I’m not even sure I liked D’Onofrio in Echo! But I did think he was the best part of that show, and you know I have a soft spot for Marvel, so sure. Why not? Favorite Performance By A Supporting Actress in Television Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary) Virginia Kull (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) Alanna Ubach (Ted) Giorgia Whigham (Ted) Kali Reis (True Detective) I had never seen Giorgia Whigham in anything before Ted, but man was she great! Funny, commanding, understanding, the whole package. More than any of her co-stars, Whigham was able to go toe-to-toe with McFarlane in the show, and that deserves praise.  Favorite Guest Appearance (1 episode, Actor & Actress Combined) Bradley Cooper (Abbott Elementary) Charlie Cox (Echo) Ron Pearlman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) Sarah Paulson (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) Don Lake (Ted) It’s like Quinta Brunson called me and asked “Adam, what would be the best guest appearance you could write up?” and I would say “thanks for returning my call QB. I would say Bradley Cooper in Philadelphia doing the Rocket Raccoon voice”. Well what do you know, they did it! No other guest spot had a damn chance.  Favorite 1st Quarter Television Episode Librarian (Abbott Elementary s3 e7) Double Date (Mr. & Mrs. Smith s1 e4) Couples Therapy (Mr. & Mrs. Smith s1 e6) Subways, Bicycles & Automobiles (Ted season 1 episode 4) Night Country: Part 5 (True Detective season 4 episode 5) Couples Therapy was by far the best episode of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It did a masterful job of filling in the gaps of their relationship through some time-bending story techniques, it helped us get to know them better while they seemingly knew less about each other than ever, and it gave us an incredibly fun ending. While I had more fun with the Ted episode, I can’t deny the craft of this episode.  Streamer of the 1st Quarter Hulu! Shogun, Abbott Elementary and yes, even Echo make Hulu the streamer of the quarter. Peacock, Prime, and even Max might have won this with just one more show this quarter, but the quantity of Hulu wins out over the quality of those streamers.  Television Scoreboard:  Ted- 6 (2) Mr. & Mrs. Smith- 8 (2) Abbott Elementary- 7 (1) True Detective- 5 (1) Shogun- 4 Echo- 3 (1) Percy Jackson & the Olympians- 2 There you have it! The Film & Television Awards for the 1st Quarter of 2024! Make sure to check back in at the end of July to check out who will take home some hardware for the 2nd quarter!

2024 Film & Television 1st Quarter Polls
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