Grammy Awards 2015: Final Winner Predictions

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Grammy Awards 2015: Final Winner Predictions

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are airing tonight on CBS and it’s going to be a pretty interesting night. Outside of Sam Smith being the assumed winner in Best New Artist, the other top 3 categories are completely wide open. There’s not a sure thing in any of those nominations. The Grammys can be predictable but unpredictable at the same time. Sometimes they go for obvious choices, other times they select winners that don’t fit any previous mold. Either way, it’s going to be fun to predict these awards.

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General Field
Record of the Year: Sia – “Chandelier”
Album of the Year: Beyonce – Beyonce
Song of the Year: “Chandlier” – Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin (Sia)
Best New Artist: Sam Smith

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Pop
Pop Vocal Album: In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Cheek to Cheek – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Pop Solo Performance: Sam Smith – “Stay with Me”
Pop Duo/Group Performance: Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

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Dance
Dance/Electronic Album: While(1<2) – Deadmau5
Dance Recording: Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

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Rock
Rock Album: Morning Phase – Beck
Alternative Music Album: Lazaretto – Jack White
Rock Song: “Fever” – Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
Rock Performance: The Black Keys – “Fever”
Metal Performance: Slipknot – “The Negative One”

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R&B
R&B Album: Black Radio 2 – Robert Glasper Experiment
Urban Contemporary Album: Beyonce – Beyonce
R&B Song: “Drunk in Love” – Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko (Beyonce featuring Jay-Z)
R&B Performance: Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”
Traditional R&B Performance: Kem – “Nobody”

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Rap
Rap Album: The Marshall Mathers LP2 – Eminem
Rap Song: “i” – Kendrick Lamar & Columbus Smith (Kendrick Lamar)
Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2″

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Country
Country Album: The Outsiders – Eric Church
Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell)
Country Solo Performance: Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Country Duo/Group Performance: Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

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Spoken Word
Spoken Word Album: Diary of a Mad Diva – Joan Rivers
Comedy Album: Mandatory Fun – Weird Al Yankovic

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Visual Media
Compilation Soundtrack: Frozen – Various Artists
Score Soundtrack: Gravity – Steven Price
Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” – Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez (Idina Menzel)
Musical Theater Album: Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Original Broadway Cast

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Music Video
Music Video: Sia – “Chandelier”
Music Film: Beyonce & Jay-Z – Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run Tour
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: John Hill

Oscar Nominations Announced Tomorrow: Final Predictions!

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Oscar Nominations Announced Tomorrow: Final Predictions!

These are my final predictions for tomorrow’s Oscar nomination announcement. There’s still a lot of possible candidates in the running for each of the major category. Nothing is set in stone. Even the 9 spots for Best Picture aren’t completely solid either. Late entries American Sniper and Selma are both causing big problems in the field of nominations. Were they too late for Oscar voters to notice or did they come out at the right time to be the last films the voters remember? We’ll see tomorrow morning.

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Best Picture:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
Emma Stone, Birdman

Best Original Screenplay:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A Most Violent Year
Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay:
American Sniper
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Best Documentary Feature:
CITIZENFOUR
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters
Virunga

Best Foreign-Language Film:
Ida
Leviathan
The Liberator
Tangerines
Wild Tales

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash

Best Cinematography:
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken

Best Original Score:
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song:
Begin Again – “Lost Stars”
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – “Yellow Flicker Beat”
A Most Violent Year – “America for Me”
Selma – “Glory”

Best Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Costume Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Whiplash

Best Sound Editing:
American Sniper
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Unbroken

Best Picture:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

Best Animated Short Subject:
The Bigger Picture
Coda
Feast
Me and My Moulton
Symphony no. 42

Best Documentary Short Subject:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
The Lion’s Mouth Opens
One Child
Our Curse

Best Live Action Short Film:
Aya
Baghdad Messi
Carry On
Parvenah
The Phone Call

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (70-61)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (70-61)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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70. Shameless – “Strangers on a Train”
Original Airdate: February 2
Written By: Etan Frankel
Directed By: Peter Segal
Best Scene: The seduction on the train

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69. The Affair – “Episode 8″
Original Airdate: December 7
Written By: Dan LeFranc & Melanie Marnich
Directed By: Ryan Fleck
Best Scene: Bruce and Noah’s conversation

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68. Nurse Jackie – “Flight”
Original Airdate: June 29
Written By: Clyde Phillips, Tom Straw & Abe Sylvia
Directed By: Jesse Peretz
Best Scene: Zoey confronts Jackie

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67. Mom – “Free Therapy and a Dead Lady’s Yard Sale”
Original Airdate: December 18
Written By: Gemma Baker, Adam Chase, Chuck Lorre, Susan McMartin & Marco Pennette
Directed By: Ted Wass
Best Scene: The therapy scene

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66. Orange Is the New Black – “Thirsty Bird”
Original Airdate: June 6
Written By: Tara Herrmann & Jenji Kohan
Directed By: Jodie Foster
Best Scene: Piper on the plane trip

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65. Modern Family – “Under Pressure”
Original Airdate: January 15
Written By: Elaine Ko
Directed By: James Bagdonas
Best Scene: The dodgeball game and the final one between Alex & Claire

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64. The Comeback – “Valerie Cooks in the Desert”
Original Airdate: December 14
Written By: Michael Patrick King & Lisa Kudrow
Directed By: Clark Mathis
Best Scene: Valerie bitches out the crew of Seeing Red

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63. Boardwalk Empire – “Eldorado”
Original Airdate: October 26
Written By: Howard Korder & Terence Winter
Directed By: Tim Van Patten
Best Scene: Nucky and Gillian at the sanitarium

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62. South Park – “Grounded Vindaloop”
Original Airdate: November 12
Written & Directed By: Trey Parker
Best Scene: The ending

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61. The Knick – “Working Late a Lot”
Original Airdate: October 3
Written By: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Best Scene: Dr. Thackery’s trip during Dr. Zinberg’s presentation

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (80-71)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (80-71)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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80. The Simpsons – “Brick Like Me”
Original Airdate: May 4
Written By: Brian Kelley
Directed By: Matthew Nastuk
Best Scene: Homer decides to return to reality

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79. Orphan Black – “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed”
Original Airdate: April 19
Written By: Graeme Manson
Directed By: John Fawcett
Best Scene: The opening sequence with Sarah on the run

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78. Bob’s Burgers – “Tina Tailor Soldier Spy”
Original Airdate: December 14
Written By: Holly Schlesinger
Directed By: Don MacKinnon
Best Scene: Tina unravels the mystery

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77. Archer – “Archer Vice: House Call”
Original Airdate: February 3
Written By: Adam Reed
Best Scene: The rotating wall

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76. Penny Dreadful – “Closer Than Sisters”
Original Airdate: June 8
Written By: John Logan
Directed By: Coky Giedroyc
Best Scene: Vanessa’s affair with Mina’s fiance

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75. Getting On – “Doctor Death”
Original Airdate: December 14
Written By: Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer
Directed By: Howard Deutch
Best Scene: What do they do with the incriminating files?

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74. Looking – “Looking for a Plus-One”
Original Airdate: March 2
Written By: John Hoffman
Directed By: Jamie Babbit
Best Scene: Patrick and his mother have a heart-to-heart

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73. Louie – “In the Woods, Parts 1 & 2″
Original Airdate: June 9
Written & Directed By: Louis C.K.
Best Scene: Louie tells Mr. Hoffman the truth

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72. Fargo – “Buridan’s Ass”
Original Airdate: May 20
Written By: Noah Hawley
Directed By: Colun Bucksey
Best Scene: The shootout during the whiteout

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71. The Honorable Woman – “The Hollow Wall”
Original Airdate: September 11
Written & Directed By: Hugo Blick
Best Scene: The bomb goes off

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (90-81)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (90-81)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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90. Transparent – “Moppa”
Original Airdate: September 26
Written By: Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster
Directed By: Nisha Ganatra
Best Scene: The Pfefferman ladies get makeovers

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89. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Charges and Specs”
Original Airdate: March 25
Written By: Gave Liedman & Gil Ozeri
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer
Best Scene: Thrift store montage

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88. Modern Family – “The Wedding, Parts 1 & 2″
Original Airdate: May 14 & May 21
Written By: Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin & Jeffrey Richman/Megan Ganz, Christopher Lloyd & Dan O’Shannon
Directed By: Steven Levitan/Alisa Statman
Best Scene: Cam & Mitch at the dry cleaners

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87. How to Get Away with Murder – “Let’s Get to Scooping”
Original Airdate: October 16
Written By: Erika Green Swafford
Directed By: Laura Innes
Best Scene: Annalise removes her makeup

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86. Orange Is the New Black – “You Also Have a Pizza”
Original Airdate: June 6
Written By: Stephen Falk
Directed By: Allison Anders
Best Scene: Poussey’s confronts her girlfriend’s father

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85. Bob’s Burgers – “Wharf House”/”Wharf House II: The Wharfening”
Original Airdate: May 11 & May 18
Written By: Nora Smith/Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux
Directed By: Brian Loschiavo/Jennifer Coyle
Best Scene: Everyone tries to save Bob & Mr. Fischoeder

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84. The Good Wife – “Dramatics, Your Honors”
Original Airdate: March 23
Written By: Michelle King & Robert King
Directed By: Brooke Kennedy
Best Scene: RIP Will Gardner

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83. Hannibal – “Tome-wan”
Original Airdate: May 16
Written By: Chris Brancato, Bryan Fuller & Scott Nimerfero
Directed By: Michael Rymer
Best Scene: Mason Verger feeds his face to the dogs

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82. Veep – “Alicia”
Original Airdate: April 20
Written By: Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci & Ian Martin
Directed By: Christopher Morris
Best Scene: Catherine wears the same outifit

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81. Silicon Valley – “Minimum Viable Product”
Original Airdate: April 6
Written By: John Altschuler, Mike Judge & Dave Krinskey
Directed By: Mike Judge
Best Scene: Richard’s panic attack

Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (100-91)

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Top 100 Episodes of 2014 (100-91)

I watch a lot of television (and keep track of them by grading each episode), so it actually isn’t that hard for me to do this list every year. There was a lot of great television this year and I was surprised by how many episodes on this list ended up being from comedies. I don’t have an infinite amount of time, so I’m just picking out my favorite scene from each episode as an example of why a particular episode made this list.

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100. Girls – “Incidentals”
Original Airdate: February 23
Written By: Lena Dunham & Sarah Heyward
Directed By: Richard Shepard
Best Scene: Hannah’s interview with Patti LuPone

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99. The Big Bang Theory – “The Proton Transmogrification”
Original Airdate: May 1
Written By: Marira Ferrari, Steve Holland, Jeremy Howe, Eric Kaplan, Steven Molaro & Jim Reynolds
Directed By: Mark Cendrowski
Best Scene: Any scene between Sheldon and Professor Proton

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98. Modern Family – “Queer Eyes, Full Heart”
Original Airdate: November 12
Written By: Stephen Lloyd
Directed By: Jason Winer
Best Scene: The tag with Haley in the car

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97. Mom – “Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage”
Original Airdate: November 20
Written By: Nick Bakay, Gemma Baker, Sheldon Bull, Chuck Lorre & Marco Pennette
Directed By: Ted Wass
Best Scene: Christy & Violet visit with the baby

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96. How I Met Your Mother – “How Your Mother Met Me”
Original Airdate: January 27
Written By: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Directed By: Pamela Fryman
Best Scene: “La Vie en Rose”

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95. House of Cards – “Chapter 26″
Original Airdate: February 14
Written By: Beau Willimon
Directed By: James Foley
Best Scene: Claire cries on the stairway and Frank breaks the fourth wall

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94. South Park – “Handicar”
Original Airdate: October 15
Written & Directed By: Trey Parker
Best Scene: Wacky Races!

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93. BoJack Horseman – “Later”
Original Airdate: August 22
Written By: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Directed By: Martin Cendreda
Best Scene: BoJack’s audition

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92. New Girl – “Mars Landing”
Original Airdate: March 25
Written By: Josh Malmuth & Nina Pedrad
Directed By: Lynn Shelton
Best Scene: The break-up

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91. True Detective – “Who Goes There”
Original Airdate: February 9
Written By: Nic Pizzolatto
Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Best Scene: The final sequence done in one-take

Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

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TOP 10 TV SHOWS OF 2014
As we are starting the new year, I still have to look back on 2014 and pick out my favorite shows of the previous year. There were more options than ever before. Not only do you have to keep up with broadcast, cable and premium cable networks: online services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are putting out incredible shows as well. I probably have a few blind spots that I should be watching (The Americans) but I’m really happy with this list. We should be grateful we are living in a time with so many outlets for writers and performers to tell their stories. photo oitnb_zps065c2001.jpg

1. Orange Is the New Black
The show got even stronger in its second season. The show got even more expansive in its own universe. More inmates to discover, new storylines to explore. It might seem overwhelming, but the show never faltered once. The characters only got more interesting and fascinating to watch. And honestly, if the Supporting Actress Comedy category at the Emmys next year is only made up of women from OITNB, it wouldn’t surprise me and it wouldn’t be undeserving. All of the women on this show are doing stellar work and creating the best show on television.

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2. Transparent
Amazon Prime is going to have one of the best shows of the year? I wouldn’t have believed it. After watching the first season of the Jill Soloway-created series, I absolutely believe it. I can’t think of a television family that has a better cast. The Pfeffermans aren’t the most likable family in television history, but the cast and writers have developed rich characters that give you insight into their mostly questionable behavior. Jeffrey Tambor, having numerous successful shows in television history, gives the performance of a lifetime as Maura. He deserves that long awaited Emmy in September.

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3. Veep
This show gets better every season. The history and relationships of the entire ensemble of characters gets deeper and richer every year, which creates a more satisfying viewing experience. The show was entertaining enough watching Selina run for president. But the big twist in the final 2 episodes of the season gave this show high stakes and a sense of urgency that any drama would kill to have. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never been better either. It might’ve been boring to see her walk away with her third consecutive Emmy. But anybody that watched the show this season can’t deny the level of work she’s doing can’t be matched.

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4. Hannibal
I thought this show was slightly overrated in its first season. But the second season completely kicked it into high gear. I was expecting the show’s arc this year to be one for its final season. Everything that the show had been guarding and keeping secret from its characters blew up. The tension between Will and Dr. Lecter built up from episode-to-episode and concluded in an incredible finale that leaves me wondering where the show goes in its third season. This show is unforgettable in a number ways: brilliant writing, amazing performances, and gruesome murder scenes that are burned into your psyche.

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5. The Affair
An affair between two married people in the Hamptons during the summer. How the hell is this show going to sustain that plot for 10 episodes? Somehow it did it perfectly and became one of the most engrossing shows of the year. Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are a huge reason why this show works so well. Their performances and chemistry with each other are absolutely electric. The writers of the show weren’t afraid to burn through plot lines either. It had the perfect touch of when to reveal certain plot details without seeming too rushed or too drawn out. I’m on the edge of my seat to see what season 2 has in store for us next season. I have complete confidence in the creative team.

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6. Bob’s Burgers
Creative. I can’t really think of a better word to describe the show. The story lines that the writers on this show come up with are unbelievable. What’s even more unbelievable is that they are executed so well, filled with jokes, and end on an uplifting note without being cheesy. I enjoy every single half-hour I spend with the Belcher family. Some episodes don’t work as well as others, but the core characters are so unique and consistent that I can sit through a misstep in a plot and just enjoy the characters interacting with each other. The show deservedly won an Emmy this year. While it would’ve been preferable if it was for the brilliance of “The Equestranauts” episode, a win is still a win.

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7. Girls
This show was back on track in its third season. The first two episodes that the show premiered with in January were two of the weakest in the shows’ history, but that was a fluke because the rest of the season was aces. “Beach House” will remain a high point in not only this show, but any episode of television this year. It was three seasons of tension that boiled over in an incredible episode of television. Lena Dunham only improves as an actress each year. Her turn in “Role-Play” could go up against any comedic performance in television in the past 20 years.

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8. The Leftovers
I read the original book by Tom Perrotta and I was curious how they were going to adapt this for the small screen. The show took some creative liberties and it paid off. The first season of the show had some weak elements, but overall it was a rewarding experience with a satisfying ending. The performances were outstanding from the entire ensemble, with Carrie Coon being the stand out. The show burned through all of the material from the Perrotta book. According to Deadline, major casting changing and possible location changes are going to occur when the filming for the second season commences. Hopefully they won’t lose what worked so well with this premiere season.

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9. Shameless
I’ve always felt this show was underrated by most people. It has always been enjoyable and entertaining, but it never really peaked creatively until this season. John Wells and Showtime decided to submit the show as a Comedy to the Emmys this year, which is weird considering it was its darkest and bleakest one yet. Fiona’s downfall was difficult to watch, but it gave Emmy Rossum some great material to work with and she turned out great performances every single episode. William H. Macy’s Frank Gallagher has usually been a weak spot in the show’s other seasons, but this year even he had great material. That scene in the finale on Lake Michigan between Frank and Carl was unforgettable.

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10. Fargo
An FX miniseries event that is going to remake the classic Coen Brothers film? That’s what I initially thought when I heard about this series. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Creator Noah Hawley took inspiration from the tone and some minor plot elements of the 1996 film, and created something entirely unique to television. The epic tale of the people involved with this incident in Bemidji couldn’t have been more entertaining. Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman are both well-respected veterans of film and television, but it was newcomer Allison Tolman that stole the show from both of them.

HONORABLE MENTION (11-20) [Unranked]
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Beyonce (Beyonce: X10, Beyonce & Jay-Z: On the Run Tour, The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards)
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Knick
Lindsay

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Louie
Modern Family
Shark Tank
Silicon Valley
Survivor

Top 100 Songs of 2014 (10-1)

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Top 100 Songs of 2014 (10-1)

It’s that time of the year again, where we all look back and reflect on the year that was. I’m going to be honest, my taste in music isn’t all that sophisticated. Anything that would fall under the category of indie rock will probably be missing from this list. But I do feel like I listened to a lot more music this year than normal. Not sure, maybe that indicative of my longer commute to work or maybe music was just better this year. Either way, I’m counting down my Top 100 Songs of 2014 and I hope you enjoy it!

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10. Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Boy toy named Troy used to live in Detroit
Big dope dealer money, he was gettin’ some coins
Was in shootouts with the law, but he live in a palace
Bought me Alexander McQueen, he was keeping me stylish

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9. Sia – “Chandelier”

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, push it down
I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

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8. Sam Smith – “I’m Not the Only One”

You’ve been so unavailable
Now sadly I know why
Your heart is unobtainable
Even though Lord knows you kept mine

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7. Nick Jonas – “Jealous”/”Jealous [Remix]” featuring Tinashe

Cause you’re too sexy, beautiful
And everybody wants a taste
That’s why (that’s why)
I still get jealous

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6. Ariana Grande featuring Zedd – “Break Free”

This is the part when I say I don’t want ya
I’m stronger than I’ve been before
This is the part when I break free
Cause I can’t resist it no more

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5. Beyonce featuring Nicki Minaj – “Flawless [Remix]”

Them bitches thirsty, I’m Hungarian
Nicki, BB, be eating, diamond fangs, barbarian, ugh

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4. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It’s a shot in the dark but I’ll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can’t shame me
When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be

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3. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – “Latch”

Now I’ve got you in my space
I won’t let go of you
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you

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2. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like “oh my God”, but I’m just gonna shake it
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over, baby, we can shake, shake, shake

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1. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”

Boy, I’m drinking, I’m singing on the mic to my boy’s toys
Then I fill the tub up halfway then ride it with my surfboard
Surfboard, surfboard
Graining on that wood, graining, graining on that wood
I’m swerving on that, swerving, swerving on that
Big body been serving all this, swerve
Surfing all in this good-good

Top 100 Songs of 2014 (20-11)

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Top 100 Songs of 2014 (20-11)

It’s that time of the year again, where we all look back and reflect on the year that was. I’m going to be honest, my taste in music isn’t all that sophisticated. Anything that would fall under the category of indie rock will probably be missing from this list. But I do feel like I listened to a lot more music this year than normal. Not sure, maybe that indicative of my longer commute to work or maybe music was just better this year. Either way, I’m counting down my Top 100 Songs of 2014 and I hope you enjoy it!

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20. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

Bang bang there goes your heart (I know you want it)
Back, back seat of my car (I’ll let you have it)
Wait a minute let me take you there (ah)
Wait a minute ’til you (ahhh, hey!)

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19. John Legend – “All of Me”

Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh

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18. Rita Ora – “I Will Never Let You Down”

There’s a million ways to go
Don’t be embarrassed if you lose control
On the rooftop, now you know
Your body’s frozen and you lost your soul

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17. Royksopp & Robyn – “Do It Again”

Don’t care what they say, it hurts so good
I don’t wanna stop, I know I should
But let’s do it again

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16. Hozier – “Take Me to Church”

If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
“We were born sick”, you heard them say it

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15. Calvin Harris featuring John Newman – “Blame”

Can’t you see it?
I was manipulated
I had to let her through the door
I had no choice in this
I was a friend she missed
She needed me to talk

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14. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”

Spend my days locked in a haze
Trying to forget you babe
I fall back down
Gotta stay high all my life
To forget I’m missing you
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

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13. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Stylin’, wilin’
Livin’ it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent
Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty

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12. Beyonce – “Partition”

Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged
Oh he so horny, yeah he want to fuck
He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse
He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown

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11. Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX – “Fancy”

Keep on turning it up
Chandelier swinging, we don’t give a fuck
Film star, yeah I’m deluxe
Classic, expensive, you don’t get to touch, ow

Top 100 Songs of 2014 (30-21)

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Top 100 Songs of 2014 (30-21)

It’s that time of the year again, where we all look back and reflect on the year that was. I’m going to be honest, my taste in music isn’t all that sophisticated. Anything that would fall under the category of indie rock will probably be missing from this list. But I do feel like I listened to a lot more music this year than normal. Not sure, maybe that indicative of my longer commute to work or maybe music was just better this year. Either way, I’m counting down my Top 100 Songs of 2014 and I hope you enjoy it!

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30. Sam Smith – “Leave Your Lover”

Set my midnight sorrow free
I will give you all of me
Just leave your lover, leave him for me
Leave your lover, leave him for me

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29. Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”

First kiss just like a drug
Under your influence
You take me over, you’re the magic in my veins
This must be love

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28. Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”

I know your motives and you know mine
The ones that love me I tend to leave behind
If you know about me and choose to stay
Then take this pleasure and take it with the pain

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27. Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Perfection is the disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Tryna fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s my soul that needs the surgery

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26. Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”

Don’t go crying to your mama
‘Cause you’re on your own in the real world

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25. Meghan Trainor – “Lips Are Movin”

Boy, look at me in my face
Tell me that you’re not just about this bass
You really think I could be replaced
Nah, I come from outer space
And I’m a classy girl, I’mma hold it up
You’re full of something but it ain’t love
And what we got, straight overdue
Go find somebody new

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24. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

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23. Kiesza – “Hideaway”

You’re just a hideaway
You’re just a feeling
You let my heart escape
Beyond the meaning

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22. Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

So honey, now, take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart, I’m thinking out loud
And maybe we found love right where we are

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21. Pitbull featuring Kesha – “Timber”

It’s going down, I’m yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let’s make a night, you won’t remember
I’ll be the one, you won’t forget

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