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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The 2018 Groovy Awards

As 2018 comes to an end, it's time once again to sit back and reflect upon the best of the year. So here are my annual awards for the grooviest television, web series, movies, music, theater, books and gorgeous guys:

Grooviest New TV Series: Pose
Runner-Up: The Kids Are Alright
Honorable Mention: Rise

Grooviest Drama Series: Pose
Runner-Up: American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Honorable Mention: The Affair

Grooviest Comedy Series: Schitt's Creek
Runner-Up: The Kids Are Alright
Honorable Mention: Will & Grace

Grooviest Daytime Soap: Days of our Lives
Runner-Up: General Hospital

Grooviest TV Special: Live from Lincoln Center: Andrew Rannells in Concert

Grooviest TV on DVD Release: Masters of Sex: The Complete Series

The Groovy TV Series Hall of Fame: The second show to be selected for this honor is The Carol Burnett Show (1967-78), which won 25 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Variety Series three times (1972, 1974, 1975).

The Groovy Web Series Hall of Fame: Where the Bears Are (which aired its seventh and final season this year)

Grooviest Movie Drama: A Star Is Born

Grooviest Movie Comedy: Game Night

Grooviest Movie Musical: Mary Poppins Returns

Grooviest LGBTQ Movie: Canary (Kanarie)

Grooviest Documentary: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Runner-Up: Studio 54

Grooviest 2017 Movie That I Saw in 2018: I, Tonya
Runner-Up: The Post
Honorable Mention: Lady Bird

Grooviest Music: Dancing Queen (Cher's 26th studio album)
Runner-Up: Jake Shears (his debut solo album)

Grooviest Theater Production: Tootsie (Broadway in Chicago, September 2018)
Runner-Up: Gypsy starring E. Faye Butler (Porchlight Music Theatre, October 2018)
Honorable Mention: Burning Bluebeard (The Ruffians, December 2018)

Grooviest Books (Fiction): The Last Hundred Years Trilogy (Some Luck, Early Warning, Golden Age) by Jane Smiley

Grooviest Book (Non-Fiction): Number 96: Australian TV's Most Notorious Address by Nigel Giles

Grooviest Used Book: Seven Glorious Days, Seven Fun-Filled Nights by Charles Sopkin (1968)
I read this book about "one man's struggle to survive a week watching commercial television" when I was a teenager - and this year I finally remembered its title and found a paperback copy online.

Grooviest Gorgeous Guy: Josh Swickard (General Hospital)
Runner-Up: Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible – Fallout)
Honorable Mention: Chris Mazdzer (Olympic medalist) and Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

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