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sweep the Awards?
During the last Avery Awards Season I covered, I called Album 52 awfully "polarizing" for having episodes like "A Thankstaking Story" and "Wooton's Broken Show" dividing listeners; you either hated them or loved them, and that made guessing the Avery Awards all the more difficult.
But I thought that season was tough! I've never quite seen an album like "Clanging Cymbals". Although it isn't nearly as polarizing, it isn't any easier to predict the winners. I'll admit, fans seem to share roughly the same opinion about each episode, but the problem is that very few stand out from the rest. That makes guessing the outcome a whole lot tougher.
So join me as I explain my reasoning for who should win the Avery Awards and who I think actually will. Although, I expect to be wrong.
1. Who is the best actress in this album?
Who Should Win: This is a toss up between Audrey Wasilewski in "How to Sink a Sub" and Cristina Pucellia in "Emily the Genius". I didn't quite think Shelby Bruce and Kimmy Robertson stood out in their respective episodes (Kimmy Robertson should have been nominated for "A Penny Earned" and "Childish things" rather than A Penny Saved). I quite liked Kelly Stables in "Wooton Knows Best"; it was her first time as Olivia Parker and fans liked her immediately; however, I'd call her performance merely likeable, rather than one that stands out for any particular reason. In the end, I think I'll settle on Audrey Wasilewski simply because I like her character the best of all.
Who will Win: Fans may decide to go with the character rather than the performance. That character will either be Penny Wise or Katrina. However, I wonder whether the fact that they forgot to attach "Katrina" next to Audrey Wasilewski will prevent the younger, less knowledgeable listeners from voting for her. If it's any indiction, Kimmy Robertson beat out Audrey Wasilewski in last year's awards, and she'll probably do so again for her entire body of work.
2. Who is the best actor in this album?
Who Should Win: I'll remove Adam Wylie and Will Ryan who are typically very good actors but didn't shine in their episodes this year. That leaves Whit Hertford, Marc Evan Jackson, and Jess Harnell. I personally thought Marc Evan Jackson stood out for the first time in "Wooton Knows Best". It was such a short and subtle performance, but I thought he played it perfectly. If I could vote twice, I'd vote for Jess Harnell in "Childish Things". In this case, Marc Evan Jackson is the underdog, so I'll go for him
Who Will Win: It'll be interesting to see who will win between Whit Hertford and Jess Harnell. Jess Harnell, who was snubbed the past two seasons finally gets to go head to head against Whit Hertford. Both are fan favourites. Will Ryan typically does very well in this category, too; however, I just don't see him being talked about much for "You're Too Kind" at all. My money is on Jay this time around. There's just been too much hype surrounding his character this year.
3. Which episode has the Best Script?
Who should win: Process of elimination. I've previously criticized the scripts of "Emily the Genius", "Never For Nothing", "Anger Mismanagement", and "Forgiving More or Less" for one reason or another...So I'll scratch those out. "You're Too Kind", "A Penny Saved", "A Penny Earned", "Unbecoming Jay", and "Never For Nothing" are good but certainly not great.
That leaves "Childish Things" for some of its humorous dialogue, "How to Sink a Sub" for its overall perfectly constructed story, and "The Amazing Loser" for the way it revolved its entire script entirely around the subject of music. I'm not sure where to put in "Wooton Knows Best". It definitely did the best job with its theme this season, but I'm too miffed about Olivia getting to meet the pop-star at the end of the episode. This is extremely tough. I'll say that "The Amazing Loser" has the best script. The fact that he had to come up with all of those music-related clues is impressive.
Who will win? Not a clue. In this case it really depends on what episode is the best episode, since the two typically coincide. The four main episodes fans seem to like are "Never For Nothing", "Wooton Knows Best", "Unbecoming Jay", and "How to Sink a Sub". The response to the Penny episodes have been lukewarm at best. However, in the end I'll expect "Never For Nothing" to win this award.
4. Which episode has the Best Sound?
Who Should Win: I'm afraid this is a category that I don't pay enough attention to. Some say that it is usually the episodes that you don't notice the sound effects that actually have the best sound effects. However, looking back, the time where I actually stopped to think about the sound design was while listening to "The Amazing Loser". There was a lot of running around and, therefore, constant sound editing to match the change in venue.
Who Will Win: I can only assume that fans with think the same. "The Amazing Loser" it is.
5. What is the Best Scene in this album?
Who Should Win: There's that wonderful scene between David and Olivia Parker. I've enjoyed a few other scenes more this season but they're not listed. Penny and Wooton's body language scene in "Childish Things" comes in a close 2nd.
Who Will Win: Another tough moment. I think fans also enjoyed the moment between David and Olivia, but they also enjoyed the scene between Katrina and the classroom and they always seem to enjoy Penny and Katrina scenes. Anything can happen here. I'm going to take a big risk and say that they too enjoyed the David and Olivia scene.
6. What is the Best Overall Episode?
Who Should Win: Although I voted for "The Amazing Loser" having the best script, I'll break form and vote for "How To Sink a Sub" as the best episode of the season. It really is a great example of how such a simple premise can't be executed well. It's a shame I can't vote for "Childish Things", since I enjoyed that one quite a bit too.
Who Will Win: As I mentioned earlier, I'm guessing that fan's most favourite episodes are "Never For Nothing", "Wooton Knows Best", "Unbecoming Jay", and "How to Sink a Sub". I've also seen some love of "The Amazing Loser". In the end, however, I just think I'm going to go with the same choice I picked for "Best Script" option and pick "Never For Nothing". Fans seemed to like that whole sentimental side of that episode.
There you have it! My choices and predictions for the 2012 Fall Avery Awards. Who do you think should win in each category? Who do you think will win? Do you think my predictions are terribly wrong? Tell me in the comments below.