HBO received four wins at the 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards announced on 16 January in Los Angeles. The award-winning titles include 2 wins for Boardwalk Empire and one each for You Don’t Know Jack and Temple Grandin.
Series Boardwalk Empire took home the Best TV Series award and Best Actor in a TV Series trophy for Steve Buscemi. Al Pacino has just won the Best Actor in a Mini-Series/TV Movie award for You Don’t Know Jack and Claire Danes the Best Actress in a Mini-Series/TV Movie award for Temple Grandin, both of which are to make their way to HBO Asia this year.
Boardwalk empire airs every Thursday at 9pm on HBO / HBO HD. From Terence Winter (Emmy®-winning writer/ executive producer on HBO’s The Sopranos) and Martin Scorsese (Oscar®-winning director of The Departed), BOARDWALK EMPIRE chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), Atlantic City’s undisputed czar at a time when Prohibition proved to be a major catalyst in the rise of organized crime in America. Equal parts politician and gangster, Nucky and his lieutenants – including an ambitious young WWI veteran named Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) – ruled during a time when illegal alcohol opened up highly lucrative opportunities for bootleggers and distributers. Because of its proximity to the ocean, Atlantic City was a major hub of activity for rumrunners, including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone – and Nucky did business with them all.
Premiering on HBO
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK
In 1990, a slight but determined Michigan doctor named Jack Kevorkian performed his first assisted suicide, using a homemade machine called a “Mercitron” to allow an Alzheimer’s victim named Janet Adkins to self-administer a lethal dose of potassium chloride. The event set off a national media frenzy, and triggered a decade-long war of wills between Kevorkian and county prosecutors, who were as committed to shutting down “Dr. Death” as Kevorkian was in continuing his practice. This feature-length drama follows Kevorkian (Al Pacino) and his allies – sister Margo (Brenda Vaccaro), friend and medical supplier Neal Nicol (John Goodman), Hemlock Society activist Janet Good (Susan Sarandon), and defense attorney Geoffrey Fieger (Danny Huston) – as they dedicate themselves to a cause fraught with legal and ethical hurdles, not to mention the real possibility of long-term imprisonment. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is the true story of one man’s obsession with changing the rules by which we live and die – and his stubborn, tragic insistence on breaking the law to do so.
Based on the writings by its title subject, HBO Films’ TEMPLE GRANDIN is an engaging portrait of an autistic young woman who became, through timely mentoring and sheer force of will, one of America’s most remarkable success stories. With a tour de force performance by Claire Danes in the title role, the film chronicles Grandin’s early beginnings as a child diagnosed with autism; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; and the enduring support she received from her mother, her aunt and her science teacher. Against all odds, Temple eventually transitioned into a highly-functional, esteemed inventor in the cattle industry, which she revolutionized with her scientific research and designs. This visually inventive film offers stunning insights into Grandin’s world, taking the audience inside her mind with a series of snapshot images that trace her self-perceptions and journey from childhood through young adulthood to the beginning of her career, and beyond.