Mildred Pierce (2011)
Screened in April 2011
Director: Todd Haynes. Cast: Kate Winslet, Morgan Turner, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce, Brían F. O'Byrne, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, James Le Gros, Marin Ireland, Quinn McColgan, Murphy Guyer, Diane Kagan, Hope Davis, Halley Feiffer, Miriam Shor, Margaret Hall, Ronald Guttman, Mark Margolis, Peter McRobbie, Victor Slezak, Margaret Reed, Lena Dunham. Screenplay: Jonathan Raymond and Todd Haynes (based on the novel by James M. Cain).
Twitter Capsules: Hour 1: Muted opening paves way for 30 oddly stifled minutes. Etherized panic of first waitressing day hits closer to home.
Twitter Capsules: Hour 2: Closes on calculated one-two punch of boon and tragedy, but key characterizations and relations are all deepening.
Twitter Capsules: Hour 3: Restaurant, as set and as lifeworld, entrances. So does Mildred/Bert duet. Not sure I'm fully sold on overall tone.
Twitter Capsules: Hour 4: In which Veda molts from child to asp. Standoffs almost spark. Mildred's gathering loneliness makes bigger impact.
Twitter Capsules: Hour 5: A resolution worth waiting for. Financial epiphany hits home at least as hard as enseamed bed. Lurid, sad, layered.

Photo © 2011 HBO Pictures
Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

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Emmy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
Best Director (Movie/Miniseries): Todd Haynes
Best Actress (Movie/Miniseries): Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actress (Movie/Miniseries): Melissa Leo
Best Supporting Actress (Movie/Miniseries): Mare Winningham
Best Supporting Actress (Movie/Miniseries): Evan Rachel Wood
Best Supporting Actor (Movie/Miniseries): Brían F. O'Byrne
Best Supporting Actor (Movie/Miniseries): Guy Pearce
Best Casting (Movie/Miniseries): Laura Rosenthal
Best Screenplay (Movie/Miniseries): Jonathan Raymond & Todd Haynes
Best Cinematography (Movie/Miniseries): Ed Lachman
Best Art Direction (Movie/Miniseries): Mark Friedberg, Peter Rogness, and Ellen Christiansen
Best Costume Design (Movie/Miniseries): Ann Roth & Michelle Matland
Best Film Editing (Movie/Miniseries): Camilla Toniolo
Best Original Score (Movie/Miniseries/Special): Carter Burwell
Best Main Title Music: Carter Burwell
Best Sound Mixing (Movie/Miniseries): Leslie Shatz, Drew Kunin, Bobby Johanson, and A. Josh Reinhardt
Best Sound Editing (Movie/Miniseries): Thomas O'Neil Younkman, et al.
Best Visual Effects (Movie/Miniseries): Nathan Meier, et al.
Best Makeup, Non-Prosthetic (Movie/Miniseries): Patricia Regan & Linda Melazzo
Best Hairstyling (Movie/Miniseries): Jerry DeCarlo & Jerry Popolis

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best TV Movie/Miniseries
Best Actress (TV Movie/Miniseries): Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actress (TV Series/Movie/Miniseries): Evan Rachel Wood
Best Supporting Actor (TV Series/Movie/Miniseries): Guy Pearce

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