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‘Ahsoka’ Earns 5 Emmy Nominations

Emmy nominations were announced on Wednesday afternoon and ‘Ahsoka’ earned 5 Emmy nominations for a couple different categories including best prosthetic makeup and sound editing. Below are the categories the Disney+ show received nominations in.

In other news, A Gentleman in Moscow sadly did not earn any nominations for either Mary or Ewan or the show itself which I think was a shame because the set pieces and costuming along with the work the entire cast did deserved some praise.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which Ahsoka‘s categories will likely be a part of, take place on September 14. The rest of the Primetime Emmy Awards will be given out the next night, September 15.

Outstanding Period Or Fantasy/Sci-Fi Hairstyling – 2024
“Part One: Master And Apprentice”
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Maria Sandoval, Department Head Hairstylist
Ashleigh Childers, Assistant Department Head Hairstylist
Sallie Ciganovich, Key Hairstylist
Marc Mapile, Hairstylist
Alyn Topper, Hairstylist

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup – 2024
“Part Eight: The Jedi, The Witch, And The Warlord”
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Alexei Dmitriew, Makeup Designer
Cristina Waltz, Makeup Designer
Ana Gabriela Quinonez Urrego, Key Makeup
J. Alan Scott, Prosthetic Designer
Ian Goodwin, Makeup
Cale Thomas, Makeup
Alex Perrone, Makeup
Scott Stoddard, Makeup

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie – 2024
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Richard Bluff, Visual Effects Supervisor, Production
Jakris Smittant, Visual Effects Producer, Production
Paul Kavanagh, Animation Supervisor, Production
TC Harrison, Associate Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Fisher, Special Effects Supervisor
Enrico Damm, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor
Justin van der Lek, ILM Associate VFX Supervisor
Rick O’Connor, ILM Animation Supervisor
J. Alan Scott, Legacy Effects Supervisor

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes – 2024
“Part Eight: The Jedi, The Witch, And The Warlord”
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Shawna Trpcic, Costume Designer
Elissa Alcala, Assistant Costume Designer
Devon Patterson, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation – 2024
“Part Four: Fallen Jedi”
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Matthew Wood, Co-Supervising Sound Editor
Bonnie Wild, Co-Supervising Sound Editor
David Acord, Sound Designer
James Spencer, Dialogue/ADR Editor
Vanessa Lapato, Dialogue/ADR Editor
Stephanie McNally, Dialogue/ADR Editor
Trey Turner, ADR Editor
Kimberly Patrick, Sound Effects Editor
Tim Farrell, Sound Effects Editor
Joel Raabe, Foley Editor
Chris Tergesen, Music Editor
Ronni Brown, Foley Artist
Heikki Kossi, MPSE, Foley Artist
Shelley Roden, MPSE, Foley Artist

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Mary Nominated for Astra Award

Award season is turning the corner and Mary was just nominated for a 2024 Astra TV award for her work in Ahsoka along with some other nominations with her cast members. You can see Mary’s nomination below as well as the ones with her co-stars.

The Astras are unique among TV awards competitions in that they create separate stand-alone categories for broadcast, cable and streaming as well as such intriguing niche groupings as Best Anime Series and Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host. They’re presented by the Hollywood Creative Alliance, which includes critics, entertainment journalists, content creators, industry insiders and creatives.

The 2024 Astra TV Awards will stream live from Avalon Hollywood on Sunday, August 18 and can be watched worldwide on the official Astra Awards YouTube channel and KNEKT Television Network.

Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Drama Series
Amy Ryan – “Sugar” (Apple TV+)
Elizabeth Debicki – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Eiza González – “3 Body Problem” (Netflix)
Greta Lee – “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Gugu Mbatha Raw – “Loki” (Disney+)
Holland Taylor – “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – “Ahsoka” (Disney+)
Nicole Beharie – “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)

Best Actress in a Streaming Drama Series
Anna Sawai – “Sh?gun” (FX on Hulu)
Ella Purnell – “Fallout” (Prime Video)
Imelda Staunton – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Jennifer Aniston – “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Maya Erskine – “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (Prime Video)
Rebecca Ferguson – “Silo” (Apple TV+)
Reese Witherspoon – “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Rosario Dawson – “Ahsoka” (Disney+)

Best Directing in a Streaming Drama Series
“3 Body Problem” – “Countdown” directed by Derek Tsang (Netflix)
“Ahsoka” – “Part Five: Shadow Warrior” directed by Dave Filoni (Netflix)
“Fallout” – “The End,” directed by Jonathan Nolan (Prime Video)
“Loki” – “Science/Fiction” directed by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Disney+)
“Mr. & Mrs. Smith” – “First Date” directed by Hiro Murai (Prime Video)
“Sh?gun” – “Chapter One: Anjin” directed by Jonathan van Tulleken (FX on Hulu)
“Sugar” – “Olivia” directed by Fernando Meirelles (Apple TV+)
“The Morning Show” – “The Overview Effect” directed by Mimi Leder (Apple TV+)

Best Streaming Drama Series

3 Body Problem (Netflix)

Ahsoka (Disney+)

Fallout (Prime Video)

Loki (Disney+)

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (Apple TV+)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Prime Video)

Sh?gun (FX on Hulu)

Silo (Apple TV+)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Ewan was also nominated for his work on ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ for best actor in a limited series.

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Mary Attends UK’s Star Fury Invasion Con!

Last weekend on June 29th and 30th, Mary and some of her Ahsoka co-stars including Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Diana Lee Inosanto and Eman Esfandi traveled to the UK to take part in this year’s Starfury Invasion Con where they talked about the Disney+ show. Credit goes to all the respective owners. You can view all the photos in the gallery.

You can also read about one attendee’s take on attending the event with additional pictures here.

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First Premiere for ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ Takes Place

I have added over 100 photos from the first red carpet event for the upcoming Paramount+ series ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ happened in New York City earlier this week at the Museum of Modern Art. At the event, Mary walked the red carpet with her husband and co-star Ewan McGregor and even posed with Ewan’s kids Clara and Jamyan. Inside, the couple posed for more photos and were enjoying themselves. Head to the gallery to check out all the pics!

I have also posted some brief videos of them at the premiere where ET also interviewed Mary and asked her what she hopes to see happen with Hera in season 2:

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‘Ahsoka’ Earns 5 Critics Choice Nominations

Just as the headline states, the Disney+ series ‘Ahsoka’ has earned 5 Critics Choice nominations. The nominations are in the following categories:

  • Best Superhero Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie
  • Best Actress in a Superhero Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie – Rosario Dawson
  • Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie
  • Best Actress in a Science Fiction / Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie – Rosario Dawson
  • Best Villain in a Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie – Lars Mikkelsen

Winners will be announced on Thursday, April 4th, 2024.

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SPTO Wins Critics Choice; GLAAD Nomination and New THR Interview with Mary

Apologies to all for the lack of news on here lately! Been feeling under the weather & while I’m still not feeling totally great, I thought I’d update you all with the latest round of news. First up, during last week’s Critics Choice Awards that took place on Sunday, it was announced (during a moment in the show they were going to commercial) that the Netflix animated series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off won best animated series! Congratulations to the whole team on that and everyone involved. It was well deserved!

In related news, GLAAD just came out with their list of nominations for the 35th annual GLAAD Media Awards and  SPTO is nominated in the ‘Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series‘ against shows like Netflix’s Bodies & The Fall of the House of Usher. The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at The New York Hilton Midtown.

Finally, Mary gave a brand new interview with The Hollywood Reporter this past week discussing her roles in both Ahsoka and returning to the role of Ramona in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. I added some highlights from the interview below, but as always, click the link above to read the interview in full.

You had these two exciting projects that you couldn’t talk about for the longest time, and that’s something you’d never really experienced. A big part of the job is talking about the job. So did it feel pretty isolating? Did it make you anxious?

I suppose it came along at a good time for me because life was so busy anyway. So I didn’t really mind having the opportunity to do the work and letting it speak for itself. There was something liberating about it. That’s not to say that it’s stressful speaking to you, but the thought of promoting something is often another layer of stress. So, in that sense, it was a little bit freeing, but in another sense, the lack of celebration was a bit hard, particularly with Ahsoka. It was unfortunate to not really be able to get together with one another and celebrate all the effort that went into it. So it was nice once the strike was over, as we were able to get together and just have a meal and say, “Oh my God, look at what we made.” Those kinds of things are special, and I’m happy that we’re able to do that again.

When the Ahsoka offer came in, did you walk down the hall and say, “Hey, you! What should I know about this? What’s the deal with the volume? Is C-3PO cool?” Did that conversation happen [with Ewan McGregor]?

(Laughs.) Definitely. We talked a lot about what the experience of being a part of that world is like. Of course, we had those conversations before that as well, but it became a different conversation once it became a reality that I might actually be stepping into it. And I also had a familiarity with the project from being around on the Obi-Wan set. I had a familiarity with some of the people involved, not in a super close sense, but in the way that someone might be a friend of a friend. So you’ve heard about them and you’ve heard how cool they are to work with.

And just being on the Obi-Wan set and getting to see what a positive environment it was, there was something incredibly moving about that. I got to see people working on Star Wars who were such big fans of Star Wars, and that’s something that you can’t really feel and know until you’re there and you feel that energy and what a special thing it is to be a part of. There’s something really infectious about being on a set where everybody really wants to be there. So having had that experience when the offer came through, it made me even more excited than I would’ve otherwise been. Obviously the prospect of being in Star Wars is exciting regardless, but knowing what it feels like to be in that community made it something that I would never want to turn down.

I hear stories all the time of actors calling other actors to vet directors and producers, so who better to ask, right?

Absolutely. It was great to have a direct line to what this experience was going to be like, and it was nothing but positive.

From 10 Cloverfield Lane and Gemini Man to Birds of Prey and Kate, you’d done five years’ worth of jobs that really put you through the wringer, physically. So was part of you glad that Hera didn’t have to get too physical for the time being?

Yeah, it was really perfect for me just in terms of where I was in my life at the time. It was my first job back after having a baby, and I was still feeling my way back into my body in terms of my physicality in the role and in my roles, in general. So it was perfect for me to feel strong and like a warrior, but in a way that didn’t require me to wreck my body, which was still in some level of postpartum recovery even at that stage.

Everyone sounded pretty on point, but it was almost eerie how well you recaptured Ramona. Do you partially credit the inflection or tone you chose for her way back when?

Yeah, I thought it was a really great opportunity to go back and recapture that tone, but also bring some new shades to her, which I really appreciated getting to do. I got to do more scenes with a bit of a smile or a bit of warmth or a bit of cheekiness or things that the film didn’t really have time to explore. The focus of the film version of Ramona was really this deadpan personality. That tone suited the film, but it was nice that the animated series gave me several episodes to explore her and bring those other shades to her. So it was a cool challenge to find that voice, but then also open her up in new ways.

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Ahsoka Picked Up for Season 2

In news surprising no one, it has been announced that a new season of ‘Ahsoka’ will be happening soon. Per Variety, it is reported that season 2 is in development with creator Dave Filoni.

The news came with the reveal of the new “Star Wars” film “The Mandalorian & Grogu,” directed by Jon Favreau, which was unveiled Tuesday morning.

“‘The Mandalorian & Grogu’ will lead Lucasfilm’s ongoing feature-development slate, including films helmed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, James Mangold, and Dave Filoni, who is also currently developing ‘Ahsoka’ Season 2, among those in the works,” the announcement said.

No other information was given.

Are you guys excited to see a season 2 of Ahsoka? I personally can’t wait to see Mary back as Hera! 🙂

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Mary Discusses Latest Projects in New Interview

Mary recently sat down with Collider where they mostly spoke about her current project, the Netflix animated series ‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ and returning to the character of Ramona Flowers over 10 years later. In the interview, she also speaks about wanting to explore the character of Hera more in the Disney+ series ‘Ahsoka’ and her upcoming project ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’, which she’ll star alongside her husband Ewan McGregor. I added a few highlights where she talks about it all, but be sure to click the link above to read the entire interview.

What was the best part about getting to play Ramona again? Were there challenges in returning to her, so many years after playing her?

WINSTEAD: It was a huge experience for all of us, making the film, and that comes with all the history of your old self. There were a lot of things that came flooding back for me, of just the person that I used to be, and having to go back to that and be in that body again. It was definitely more emotional than I expected it to be. I was like, “Oh, God, I’ve been taken back in time and I’m being myself at 24.” There’s just a lot of feelings around that. It was amazing to get to go on this journey with that version of myself and that version of Ramona and get to grow with her in this truncated time frame. It was almost like experiencing being myself at 24 and myself at 38, and in a few months’ time, I went through all that time with her, which was just amazing. It was a deep process that I totally didn’t expect. I just expected to go in and have fun, and it ended up being more powerful to me than that.

I would imagine this character was already special to you because of the following it’s had, and then it gives you all that self-reflection to come back to it. That must have been such a surreal experience.

WINSTEAD: It was absolutely surreal and unexpected. I think the reason why we’re so game to always come back to it and it has stayed with us for all these years is because it was really an influential thing that happened in our very formative years. There’s a lot to say around playing these characters and being a part of this project, and it means a lot to all of us.

Have you thought about what you would want to explore with Hera, if you get to do more of Ahsoka? What an awesome character that is.

WINSTEAD: She’s such an amazing character. There’s such a wealth of experiences that we could bring to [Hera], in terms of either going back and showing a bit of her backstory, of what led up to the moment where we see her in Ahsoka, or at least just feeling it through getting to know where she’s at now in her journey. It’s so hard to talk about without giving away things that might have been discussed in the past. All the fans of her and of Rebels know that there’s so much that can be done with that role, so I would be really excited to get to go down that path.

You also have A Gentleman in Moscow, which sounds like a very interesting character exploration. What appealed to you about telling that story and playing that character? What are you excited for fans to see with that?

WINSTEAD: It’s an incredibly beautiful, sweeping epic story. It just encompasses so many universal themes of love and loss and war, in a way that really pulls on the heartstrings, but it’s also funny and odd. I think it’s a brilliant book, and I think people who love the book will hopefully really be excited to go on the journey with these characters. To get to be in that time period, from the twenties through the fifties, and to get to play it out with my husband and do these really fun, passionate scenes together, was just so exciting. It was really a dream come true.

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New ‘Ahsoka’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ Interviews

2 brand new interviews are out, one with Mary discussing SPTO and the other with Dave Filoni on what we could see with Mary’s character Hera in Ahsoka should the series get picked up for a season 2:

“We set up Captain Pellaeon in The Mandalorian, and that’s a character that goes with Thrawn, so I’d love to see the two of them together,” Filoni teases. Plus, he points out, a fellow figure from Ahsoka has a long-standing conflict with the Grand Admiral. “His foil throughout Rebels was Hera,” Filoni states. “Pitting the two generals against one another is something that I find interesting.”

So looks like we’ll definitely be seeing some very cool battles between the two characters & of course this means more screen time for Mary, which I’m sure we’re all excited to see when that time comes.

In other news, Mary did another interview promoting Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, which is currently streaming on Netflix. You can watch that below.

Mary on returning to the character of Ramona Flowers years later:

“I always had this huge love and connection to Ramona, but I always kind of wanted to do a bit more with her. So to get to come to this point, to be able to explore her further and to get to have different sides of her and different shades to her and kind of flesh her out into this very full person was like, it meant a lot to me. You could feel that Bryan and BenDavid (series co-creator BenDavid Grabinski) really wanted to give her that as a character. And that was really, really special.”

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New ‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ and ‘Ahsoka’ Interviews

Now that the SAG-AFTRA strikes are finally over, celebrities can go back to doing interviews to talk about their shows and films. First up, Mary spoke with Collider in a brand new interview about Ahsoka and how she hopes she’ll get a chance to return to the character of Hera:

“She’s such an amazing character. “There’s such a wealth of experiences that we could bring to her, in terms of either going back and showing a bit of her backstory, of what led up to the moment where we see her in Ahsoka, or at least just feeling it through getting to know where she’s at now in her journey. It’s so hard to talk about without giving away things that might have been discussed in the past. All the fans of her and of Rebels know that there’s so much that can be done with that role, so I would be really excited to get to go down that path.”

Mary on working with Dave Filoni (the new creative chief of LucasFilm):

He’s pretty open when it comes to things he would like to do. He lives and breathes Star Wars and there’s an infinite amount of things that he would like to do, that he could do, and his brain is firing on so many levels. I just try not to get too caught up in it because you never know what’s really going to be able to be accomplished and what’s going to make sense within all the storylines. I just wait until they call for me, and then I’ll be like, “Oh, cool, they’re actually going with that idea,” or “Oh, I guess they decided not to.” I just try to go with the flow. But it’s great to get little hints at his process and his frame of mind. It’s really cool.

Mary also did brand new video interviews with her ‘Scott Pilgrim’ co-star Ellen Wong who played Knives Chau. In the two interviews, they talked about getting to revisit their characters and how the Netflix anime series differs from the 2010 film. The transcript for the ComingSoon interview can be found on their site.