Yesterday we brought you the Critics’ Choice Award nominees. Tonight belongs to the Television Critics Association. Homeland tops the list with 4 nominations. While it got the extra boost over established veterans in the Outstanding New Program category, the taut thriller earned its spots in Best Drama and Program of the Year as well as the nod to Claire Danes for her stellar performance. The critics understandably still love Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston, Mad Men and Jon Hamm, Louie and Louis C.K., Game of Thrones and Peter Dinklage, Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler. Creator/star Lena Dunham is the freshest face in the bunch, representing in both Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program with Girls. But as always, there are a few head-scratchers. Jessica Lange for American Horror Story is a legacy vote, and while her scenery-chewing was very entertaining—for Individual Achievement in Drama? No. And Smash somehow sneaked into Outstanding New Program rather than, say, Veep or Awake.
Still, the TCA always gets more right than they do wrong, especially with their neat Heritage Award. (This year’s eclectic contenders are Cheers, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek, and Twin Peaks.) Read the full list after the jump.
In the indie crime drama Thin Ice, actress Lea Thompson plays Jo Ann Prohaska, a woman who has been often wronged by her insurance agent husband, Mickey (Greg Kinnear). A self-proclaimed master of spin, Mickey believes that if he can make his business a success, he’ll be able to reunite with his estranged wife and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather, but instead gets mixed up in a spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing that will push him to the breaking point.
At the film’s press day, Lea Thompson talked about how this role came about for her thanks to her cat Stinky Pete, what she enjoys about directing, that she’d like to direct an episode of her hit ABC Family series Switched at Birth, her shock that she hasn’t done more big studio films in the last 20 years, that she would love to play a really evil character someday, what she thinks of a possible Back to the Future musical on Broadway, her reaction to the remake of Red Dawn (which she originally did in 1984), the professional advice she’s given her actor daughters, and how being told by Mikhail Baryshnikov that she didn’t have a dancer’s body ultimately led her to having a successful, longtime career as an actress. Check out what she had to say after the jump: