Friday, July 15, 2005

Lackawanna Is In


From the opening scene until the credits rolled, somehow I knew that Ruben Santiago-Hudson's poignant autobiographical movie, Lackawanna Blues, an adaptation of his one-man stage play of the same name, would win the Emmy nominations it did as of yesterday's announcement. So huge congrats to the entire cast of this fantastic movie that I'm so glad HBO had the good foresight to feature. And of course, even huger congrats go out to Ms. S. Epatha-Merkerson, who also won a nomination yesterday as best actress in a feature film. Clearly, and far differently from the role she plays as Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC's Law And Order, Merkerson plays the role of Santiago-Hudson's foster mother, Nanny, with a conviction that reminded so many people (including myself) of all the strong neighborhood women of long ago, who fed and looked out for all the neighborhood children and some adults -- whether biologically connected to them or not. The tiny town of Lackawanna, New York in the late 1950s comes fully alive in this wonderful film, and needless to say, I'm more than happy to see it get the recognition from the Emmys that it truly deserves.

And of course, I'd certainly be remiss if I didn't mention another known favorite of mine, Mr. Ian McShane, who was also nominated yesterday for his *outstanding* role as Al Swearengen on the HBO series, Deadwood. So with that, there's really nothing much left to say, except: Good luck to all of you on September 18th when those elusive gold Emmy babies are finally handed out.

On the home front, it'll no doubt be another weekend of butt-to-the-chair determination to finish up several writing-related projects that need the actual doing more than talking about them, so I'll just leave it at that. Hope your weekend is a productive one as well, while remembering as always -- to make it a good one. Have a great Friday, all. Peace.

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