Posted on September 18th, 2009 by Frederik

The Emmy Awards will be handed out this Sunday – and the press and blogosphere is in full force to predict the winners. When it comes to the Comedy Actress category, most articles see Toni as the predicted and deserving winner. After all, predicting all kind of stuff is part of hyping things – and Toni won’t become a worse actress without an Emmy – still, this would be a fantastic honor, so keep your fingers crossed for Sunday!

The Courier Mail

Leading the charge is celebrated actress Collette, who is a strong contender in the major category of best lead actress in a comedy. “I think Toni Collette is sensational in the United States of Tara,” Variety’s TV critic Brian Lowry said. Roush agreed: “I don’t think there’s been a better performance in a comedy this year.” “The role itself is so dramatic and multi-faceted, playing a person with multiple personalities, and it’s such a showcase role that if anyone in that category can be a threat to Tina Fey it’s Collette,” he said.

The Detroit News

Toni Collette, “United States of Tara” on Showtime. Collette is a powerhouse and plays at least four characters as a woman with multiple personality disorder. Nominees such as Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have won before and it would be wonderful to give someone new a try.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Should win: Toni Collette. Will win: Toni Collette. Well, now here’s an interesting situation. We are living in a world where cutting-edge 30-minute cable comedies are really dramas that periodically have humor in them. But since these actresses are in this messed-up category, you’ve got to go with Collette, whose fearless performance as a woman with “dissociative identity disorder” became a weekly tour de force. Fey is fantastic, but Collette’s acting is unmatched.

San Diego Union Tribune

I’m not convinced that Showtime’s humanely dysfunctional “United States of Tara” is a comedy any more than “Weeds” is a comedy. But Toni Collette ‘sferocious performance as a woman with multiple personality disorder just screams “Emmy!!,” and I am thrilled someone listened. Not that it matters, since the award will probably go to the not-undeserving Tina Fey.

Posted on September 15th, 2009 by Frederik

Toni has participated in Newsweek’s 2009 Emmy Roundtable, alongside Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). A transcript can be read over at Newsweek, eight clips can be found at Youtube. Thanks to Whitney for the heads-up!

Posted on July 16th, 2009 by Frederik

The following quote comes from the Associated Press:

I never thought I’d work in television and when this show came along I was just so excited to work on something so original and had such amazing dialogue and the story is just incredible and has endless possibilities. Then for it to go on and e recognized in this way is a complete delight. It’s a surprise and also quite joyous.

Posted on July 16th, 2009 by Frederik

Fantastic news! Toni has received an Emmy nomination as Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “United States of Tara”. She shares this category with Sarah Silverman for “The Sarah Silverman Program”, Mary-Louise Parker for “Weeds”, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “The New Adventures Of Old Christine”, Christina Applegate for “Samantha Who?” and Tina Fey for “30 Rock”. This is Toni’s second Emmy nomination, she was previously in the running for “Tsumani: The Aftermath”. The Emmy Awards will be handed out during a live ceremony on September 20, 2009. Congratulations!

Posted on February 15th, 2009 by Frederik

The Generation youth jury at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival awarded “Mary & Max” with a special mention. The Australian animated work voiced by the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and Eric Bana, about the relationship between two pen pals, an 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a 44-year-old New Yorker afflicted by autism, is, according to the jury, “ironic, endearing and has an unrivalled aesthetic. Who am I and why am I? What is the meaning of friendship and how do I find my way to love and to my own self? Five years of production at the rate of five seconds a day definitely paid off.”

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