It’s Thanksgiving time here in the United States of America, which means it’s a super slow pop culture news week — but the things we need to discuss really need to be discussed, so let’s do that now.
+ Carol dominated the speciality box office this weekend (I did my part; I saw it two times) and was nominated for more Independent Spirit Awards than any other movie this year: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Female Lead (for both Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett), and Best Screenplay.
+ Tangerine was also nominated for Best Feature, which was an excellent surprise, and trans actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor were nominated for Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Female, respectively! This is the first time openly trans actresses have been nominated in both acting categories in the same year. Tangerine also snagged a Best Director nomination.
+ Cynthia Nixon got a nod for Best Supporting Female.
The Independent Spirit Award winners will be announced on February 27, the day before the Academy Awards.
+ Sarah Paulson, who also honestly deserved a Best Supporting Female nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards, chatted up The Daily Beast about Carol. The interview is FULL of spoilers, so beware if you click through. It’s a good one, though. Here’s a non-spoilery quote.
I think gay, straight, it doesn’t matter. Love is a bitch, man. Except for when it isn’t! And it’s the part when it isn’t that keeps us coming back for more.
Last night, soon-to-be Freeform aired a Pretty Little Liars special called Pretty Little Liars: 5 Years Forward that was mostly just interviews with the cast explaining what their characters have gotten up to in the time jump that will take place between seasons 6A and 6B. My feelings about this upcoming season are very, very complicated because of that finale and because of some baffling spoilers that are floating around the internet and because last night’s special spent so much time trying to make me feel sympathy for Ezra Fitz because his life was extra hard after the teenage girls he stalked and preyed upon moved away to college.
However, there was a mention of Paige McMullers. There was no actual Paige McCullers on screen, but here’s a thing that happened in one of the two never-before-seen scenes that accompanied the interviews.
Mona: Any word from Em?
Ali: Last time I talked to her, she was on her way up to Stanford to see Paige. I think they’re seeing each other.
Mona: Are they together?
Spoilers for the 6B premiere, according to 5 Years Forward: Emily’s dad died and so she dropped out of college and is really the most fucked up of all the Liars, Hanna works for whoever Miranda Priestly is in this universe, Spencer is a lobbyist in D.C., Aria publishes books after jumping from SCAD to Boston College and graduating with a degree in literature, Ali is dating Charlotte’s psychiatrist, and Charlotte is maybe going to get out of jail if the Liars come back to town and testify on her behalf.
I’ve got until January to see if we can work up to my former excitement and compassion for this show. Maybe that’s what I’ll ask Santa to bring me.
+ PLL is back on January 12. The Fosters is back on January 25.
+ Once Upon a Time‘s showrunners are still being cagey about the promised “LGBT relationship” that’s supposed to happen this season. While all signs are currently pointing toward Mulan and Ruby, Adam Horowitz still doesn’t want to talk about it. He told Entertainment Weekly:
“Our worry is the more the press asks us, the more it’s turning into the very special episode of Once, where we have a gay character, as opposed to what we wanted, which was we tell a story of love no different than Snow [Ginnifer Goodwin] and Charming [Josh Dallas] or Hook [Colin O’Donoghue] and Emma [Jennifer Morrison],wp_postsexecutive producer Edward Kitsis adds.”
+ Rosie O’Donnell, who is apparently going to get dragged into the damn GOP primary whether she likes it or not, guest stars on Empire tonight.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, y’all!