True Blood Honored With AFI Award For 2009

December 14, 2009

Bill-Sookie-HotelThe American Film Institute (AFI) selected this year’s top 10 movies and TV shows and True Blood was selected with the honor of being one of the Top TV Shows of 2009!  The AFI Awards 2009 records the year’s “most outstanding achievements in film and television,” according to the organization and honors the creative ensembles in front of and behind the cameras.

The films and TV shows were selected by a 13-person jury including scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees. Two juries — one for film and one for TV — met for two days of debate at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Among the film jurors were director Norman Jewison, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), Leonard Maltin and Claudia Puig of USA Today. On hand for the television selection were writer-producer Neal Baer, Brian Lowry of Variety, writer-producer David Milch, actress CCH Pounder and John Shaffner, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The 10th Annual AFI Awards will be held at an invitation-only luncheon gala at the Los Angeles’ Four Seasons Hotel on January 15, 2010.

Here is a breakdown of this year’s winners:

AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2009

  • “Coraline”
  • “The Hangover”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “The Messenger”
  • “Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire”
  • “A Serious Man”
  • “A Single Man”
  • “Sugar”
  • “Up”
  • “Up In The Air”

AFI’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2009

  • “The Big Bang Theory
  • “Big Love
  • “Friday Night Lights
  • “Glee
  • “Mad Men
  • “Modern Family
  • “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
  • “Nurse Jackie
  • “Party Down
  • True Blood

Once again congratulations to True Blood, Alan Ball, the creative team, and the actors and crew for bringing onto the small screen one of the best shows to come out in years!

Here is a montage of the AFI winners for this year with True Blood featured at the 2:03 mark.


(Photo credit: HBO Inc., screencaps by James)


True Blood Nominated For Producers Guild Award

December 1, 2009

True-Blood-BillOn 30th November, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the nominations for the Television Series and Non-Fiction Television categories for its 21st Annual PGA Awards.

The PGA comprises over 4,000 members and represents, protects and promotes the interest of all its members. They include television producers, film producers and New Media producers in the United States. In 2008, for example, Christian Colson, the producer for Slumdog Millionaire, won a PGA Award for Best Theatrical Picture in the Film category, while Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, producers of Milk, won the Stanley Kramer Award.

This year, the PGA has recognized HBO’s hit television series True Blood which has been nominated for the Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award. Other nominees within this category include AMC’s Breaking Bad; Showtime’s Dexter; ABC’s Lost and AMC’s Mad Men.

The other PGA Awards television categories include: Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television, Comedy; Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television, Drama; PGA Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television; and PGA Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment and Competition Television.

The nominees in the other categories include:

Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television – Comedy

NBC’s 30 Rock

Showtime’s Californication

HBO’s Entourage

NBC’s The Office

Showtime’s Weeds

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television

CBS’s 60 Minutes

Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch

A&E TV’s Intervention

Bravo TV’s Kathy Griffin: My Life on the ‘D’ List

Showtime’s This American Life

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment and Competition Television

CBS’s The Amazing Race

Fox’s American Idol

Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report

Lifetime’s Project Runway

Bravo TV’s Top Chef

Nominations for PGA Awards in the Theatrical Motion Picture and Longform Television categories will be announced on January 5, 2010 along with individual producers in all categories.

The winners in each category will be announced at the PGA Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that this is the beginning of several well-deserved awards for True Blood.

Wonderful news that True Blood has been nominated.  Click here to be taken to the discussion area on our forum to share your thoughts and feelings with other True Blood fans.

SOURCE:  Producers Guild of America

(Photo credit: HBO Inc., screencaps courtesy by James)


Nathan Barr Wins at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards

November 21, 2009

Nathan-Barr-AwardNathan Barr, the accomplished man behind the exquisite music in True Blood attended the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on Thursday, November 19, 2009 held at The Highlands in Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater Complex in Hollywood, California.  Nathan was nominated for two awards: Best Original Score – TV (True Blood) and Best Original Song – TV, “Take Me Home” (True Blood) and he won in the Best Original Score – TV category!  Congratulations Nathan for the well-deserved reward and recognition of your marvelous work!

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) is a live red-carpet style awards show that recognizes and honors the talented individuals responsible for music in visual mediums, and the music of both mainstream and independent music artists worldwide for their compositions and recordings in all forms of media. It is the first music awards event to recognize and honor excellence in music supervision as well as the only red carpet style awards show in the world that includes a comprehensive interactive industry conference (MIMI Conference) which is designed to inform, educate, present opportunities and further the careers of all conference participants. Moreover, the HMMA does not select nominees or winners based on record label affiliation, sales, radio play or popularity. It was created to equally recognize mainstream and independent music artists worldwide for their original music recordings.


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Critics as Upset over True Blood Emmy Snub as Fans

August 22, 2009

00221917dec40ad69c8a5dFor an institution that claims to award the best in television, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences sure does lose some of its credibility by notoriously overlooking anything that could be classified as a “genre” show. True Blood became another victim of this discrimination when the nominations were announced for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

Year after year, television critics compile a list of “Dream Nominations” before the official announcements are made, clinging to their hope that, finally, the most deserving will be praised for the outstanding work they do. And then, after the nominees are revealed, critics and fans alike express their outrage at the talent that was snubbed and the mediocrity that was recognized.

And it tends to be the “genre” shows — those that use the extraordinary or the supernatural as a metaphor for something in regular life — that have the most passionate fans. An article in the Edmonton Sun talks about the transcendent power of shows like this:

[They] can take you to a different place, immerse you in a different world, show you something new.

That’s definitely how True Blood makes me feel. So why can’t the Emmy voters see that, too? The show was overlooked for Best Drama Series, and what’s more infuriating, Anna Paquin was ignored in the Best Actress in a Drama category.

The article from the Edmonton Sun remarks on Anna‘s tremendous skill in bringing her character to life:

We honestly can’t think of any other actress who could conjure the perfect combination of heroism, immaturity, toughness and vulnerability required for the role of Sookie.

Instead, the category she should have occupied includes Elizabeth Moss from Mad Men (I think we ought to give them that one — Moss is brilliant in Matthew Weiner’s compelling 1960’s drama); Kyra Sedgwick from The Closer; Glenn Close from Damages; Holly Hunter from Saving Grace; Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU; and Sally Field from Brothers & Sisters.

The last five are “perennial” nominations, meaning they are going to be nominated every year, without fail, because they are so revered in the entertainment community. Even when they don’t have a great season. Even when new, worthy actresses enter the race. It just seems like utter laziness to me, as though the members of the Academy don’t take the time to watch the episodes submitted for consideration and then objectively choose nominees based on merit alone.

True Blood did receive nods in a few minor categories: Outstanding Art Direction in a Single-Camera Series; Outstanding Main Title Design; and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

Small victories are better than none at all but we won’t even get to see these awards handed out during the telecast on Sunday, Sept. 20. They have a separate ceremony for the Creative Arts Emmys, the results of which can be found online afterwards.

Even though the Emmy nominations have disappointed, the Golden Globes will follow in a few months. They showed last year that they weren’t afraid to honor the great work of Anna and everyone at True Blood!


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True Blood 2009 Emmy Awards: Submissions for Nomination

June 5, 2009

Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood is included in this year’s 2009 Emmy Awards Submission for Nomination list for several of the leading categories.  Many of the stars on True Blood have there name on the submission for nomination list:


True Blood


Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse)


Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton)


Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton)


Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynold)
Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse)
Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman)
Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte)

The nominations will be announced on July 16, 2009.



True Blood Nominated for the 2009 TCA Awards

June 4, 2009

true-blood-bill-and-sookie-season-oneTrue Blood has been nominated for the 2009 Television Critics Association (TCA) Award in the category of  “Outstanding New Program of the Year.”  It will go against “Fringe,” “The Mentalist,” “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” and “United States of Tara.”

HBO earned three of the five nominations in the Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials category for “Generation Kill,” “Grey Gardens” and “Taking Chance” and two of the five for Outstanding New Program of the Year for “True Blood” and “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

Voting for the 25th annual TCA Awards,will be conducted by the group’s over 200-plus member critics and journalists and the winners will be announced on August 1, 2009 at The Langham, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California.


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True Blood’s Nathan Barr and Jace Everett Honored at the BMI Awards

May 22, 2009


Nathan Barr


Jace Everett

Composer Nathan Barr and singer/songwriter Jace Everett were honored for their work on HBO‘s True Blood at the BMI Awards which was held at the at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on May 20, 2009.  Nathan Barr provides the original score to True Blood and Jace Everett sings the theme song, “Bad Things,” were recognized in the category of  “Award-Winning Composers of Featured Music for Hit Television and Cable Series” along with Steve Jablonsky for perennial favorite Desperate Housewives, Tony Asher, Anton Sanko, and Brian Wilson for HBO dramedy Big Love, and Rolfe Kent and Daniel Licht for the groundbreaking series Dexter. Ferdinand Jay Smith was also honored for his composition of the ubiquitous HBO Main Theme.

The Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI reported $901 million for its 2008 fiscal year in performing right collections. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

Congratulations to both Nathan Barr and Jace Everett for their well deserved win for their wonderful work and music on True Blood.


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True Blood Wins the Lord Ruthven Society Award

March 29, 2009

true-blood-newTrue Blood has won the Lord Ruthven Society Award for the category of Media/Pop Culture as announced at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Art. The Lord Ruthven Assembly is made up of  scholars and writers who have an active interest in the concept of  vampires in literature, myth, and folklore.  The Assembly’s name comes from the title character of John Polidori’s 1819 literature work entitled  “The Vampyre.”  The Lord Ruthven Assembly holds its annual meeting during the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts every year in March, and each year, the assembly presents the Lord Ruthven Award that recognizes a deserving work in vampire fiction or scholarship which this year goes to HBO‘s True Blood under Media/Pop Culture. The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) is a scholarly organization devoted to the study of the fantastic (broadly defined) as it appears in literature, film, and the other arts. The purpose of the organization is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic, mainly through the organization and management of an annual academic conference, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).


The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

The Lord Ruthven Assembly

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True Blood Garners Two Saturn Award Nominations

March 11, 2009

saturn-award3The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced their nominations for the 35th annual Saturn Awards and True Blood and Anna Paquin have both been nominated. Established in 1872 by Dr. Donald Reed to “honor and recognize genre filmmaking”, the ASFF&HF grew out of its origins within “The Count Dracula Society” which was focused on gothic literature, film and television. The first two recipients of the Saturn awards were William Marshall, Blakula, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse Five. The popularity of Star Wars brought attention to the Saturn awards taking it from being a small, intimate affair where award certificates were presented to a televised forum where a statuette is presented to the winners which continues to this day although the awards have not been broadcast past it’s initial 3-year foray into television. Today the Saturn Awards have been licensed to the publisher of Cinescape Magazine, Mania Entertainment and they hope to return the award presentations to television.

HBO’s True Blood was nominated in the category of Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series and is up against Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica, TNT’s The Closer, Showtime’s Dexter, TNT’s Leverage, and Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In addition Anna Paquin was nominated for Best Actress in Television for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood with competition from Lena Headey for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX), Jennifer Love Hewitt in The Ghost Whisperer (CBS), Evangeline Lilly for Lost (ABC), Mary Mcdonnell in Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi) and Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer (TNT)

The nominees are picked from a the eligible pool that have been submitted by their respective studios in the preceding calendar year, in this case from January 1st to December 31st, 2008. The final list of 5-6 nominees per category are selected by the Academy Committee Leaders and approved by the Board of Directors followed by a somewhat odd procedure where a committee made up of fans, academics and film professionals decide who wins in each category except for Best Film which all members get to vote on. Membership is currently open to the public for a mere $140.00 which considering you get to view all the movies being considered with a friend, is an inexpensive yearly movie pass if you live in the LA area.

Past winners include such distinguished TV shows as Star Trek: TNG, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, X-Files and Heroes. It was also the event that brought us the infamous “Rocket Man” as interpreted by William Shatner which is worth a view in and of itself:

The ASFF&HF is currently led by Robert Holguin and this years awards will be on June 25th, 2009 in a location to be announced.


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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the Vanity Fair’s 2009 Oscar Party

February 23, 2009

oscarsmap1Anne Paquin and Stephen Moyer from True Blood attended the Vanity Fair’s 2009 Oscar Party on Sunday, February 22, 2009 held at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California last night. Below are a series of pictures with Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Also as an added treat there is a video from Vanity Fair that lets you take a look inside the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar Party.







(Photo credits: AP Photo/Evan Agostini and REUTERS/Danny Moloshok, UNITED STATES)


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