It's that time of year again. Before you read the rest of this post, go here to hear Bob and Jesse announcing today's winners in a very entertaining, and unusual, way. It's a winner of a podcast!
My prediction: Kimmy Robertson in "A Penny Saved".
Winner: Kimmy Robertson in "A Penny Saved"
My Take: "If it's any indication, Kimmy Robertson beat out Audrey Wasilewski in last year's awards and she'll probably do so again for her entire body of work". This is a well deserved win for Kimmy Robertson who I think was winning for the entire season. Transitioning from a 12 episode story-arch into single-part episodes, she had the difficult task of winning fans over quickly. I think she definitely succeeded, though. Despite some earlier issues I had with her, she's settled into the show nicely. This is Kimmy Robertson's second nomination and second Avery Award.
My prediction: Whit Hertford in "Unbecoming Jay"
Winner: Whit Hertford in "Unbecoming Jay"
My Take: "My money is on Jay this time around. There's just been too much hype surrounding his character this year". "Unbecoming Jay" was not my favourite Jay Smouse performance, as I mentioned in my review. He was far more entertaining, I think, in other episodes. That said, I think he deserves this award a lot. His talent, as well as popularity, only confirms that we've got many more Jay adventures ahead of us. This is Jay Smouse's third nomination and 1st Avery Award win. Way to go!
My Prediction: David and Olivia's discussing Clanging Cymbals in "Wooton Knows Best"
Winner: Katrina's class yelling and changing seats in "How to Sink a Sub"
My Take: "Another tough moment. I think fans also enjoyed the moment between David and Olivia, but they 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". So I was wrong about this one. Still, I think this scene deserves the win and I look forward to finding out soon how close the results really were.
My Prediction: Never For Nothing
Winner: How to Sink a Sub
My Take: "...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 script entirely around the subject of music". I'm a little disappointed in myself for not voting for "How to Sink a Sub" as having the best script. I picked "The Amazing Loser" instead. At the time, I wrestled over with this decision, and as you'll see, I did eventually pick How to Sink a Sub as the my favourite episode of the season. In my review, I acknowledge, "its characters are well-utilized and fully realized, the story is well-plotted and nicely paced. This many be the show's 700th good episode, but it is invariably a good 700th episode. This also is one of my personal favourites since the hiatus and one of Kathy Buchanan's best episodes to date, too." This is a very well-deserved win for Kathy Buchanan, and this is her first Avery Award win for Best Script.
Best Sound Design.
My Prediction: The Amazing Loser
Winner: The Amazing Loser
My Take: "Looking back, the time where I actually stopped to think about the design was while listening to "The Amazing Loser". The was a lot of running around and, therefore, constant sound editing to match the change in venue." This was a bit of an obvious one. It's also nice to know that "The Amazing Loser" got recognized in some way.
My Prediction: Never for Nothing
Winner: Unbecoming Jay.
My Take: Uh, what? I actually I had to go back and listen to Bob and Jesse's announcement again to make sure I heard correctly. Not only did this episode break the trend where the winner of Best Script also won Best Episode, but I must have really missed out on the hype surround "Unbecoming Jay" this season, having given it "3 stars". I thought there were several episodes that deserved this honour more, but alas, the fans have spoken!
So there you have it. What did you think about the results? Happy? Angry? Surprised? Share your comments somewhere below.