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2016 Critics Choice Award Nominations: Jonathan Jackson, Judith Light, Hayden Panettiere & Taraji P. Henson Land Nods!

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Nominations were announced Monday morning for the 21st annual Critics Choice Awards, as voted on by the Broadcast Film, and Television Journalists Association, who after having their awards seperately since 2010, have combined the presentation and ceremony into one show that will air on January 17th on A&E (and simultaneously on Lifetime and LMN) hosted by Silicon Valley’s  T. J. Miller.

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According to Variety: “Previously, TV awards were handed out in June. Because of the new combined format, only television shows airing primarily within the seven months from June 1 to Dec. 31 were eligible for nomination.  The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. consists of nearly 300 reviewers from TV, radio and online. The Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. was begun a few years ago as an offshoot, with its first TV ceremony held in June 2011. There are about 100 voters. In the new configuration, movie critics will vote on the film awards, while TV reviewers will vote on TV.”

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And in the TV categories some very soap famous notabes have made the cut and will vye for the award come January.  Former General Hospital star and Five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, now Avery) along with his on-screen love interest played by former Guiding Light and OLTL star Hayden Panettiere (Juliette), both scored nominations for their work on Nashville! Jackson will compete in the Supporting Actor category in a Drama Series, while Panettiere will compete in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Former One Life to Live star and two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner, Judith Light (Ex-Karen Wolek), who was also recognized with a nomination last week for the Golden Globes for Transparent, also scored a nod for the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the critically-acclaimed Amazon Prime series.

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Fox’s sudsy Empire also was recognized in a few categories.  In the acting field, it was once again Taraji P. Henson’s turn as Cookie Lyon that scored her a nod in the Lead Actress in a Drama category, while the series is competiting in the Best TV Drama category.

The Young and the Restless budding starlet, Alyvia Alyn Lind  (Faith Newman) also landed a nomination for her star turn as a young Dolly Parton in the motion picture made for TV, Coat of Many Colors.  Lind is up in the Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited series Category.  While there are other TV category genres honored by the critics associations; such as reality programming and talk show, daytime dramas are not represented.   Check out the entire nominations here!

Are you excited to learn that Jonathan, Judith, Hayden, Taraji, and Alyvia received nominations today? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jonathan Jackson delivers every time the camera comes on, he learned his craft at the foot of two legends.

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Amen, Pat! He is one fo the key elements of NASHVILLE that make it work. And I loved how he has carried Avery’s arc from the bad-boy, self-serving rocker to a genuine caring man. He is amazing!

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I totally agree, he started out at 10 years old acting long side of Tony Geary and Genie Francis, Wow, can’t get any more training then that. He is so talented, I am a loyal fan of Nashville because I love, love, love his role opposite Hayden Panetiere. they are awesome together and I only hope that they are reunited as lovers on the show. Can’t see either of them with anyone else. If that happens will stop watching :).

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NEVER WATCHED GH WHEN JONATHAN JACKSON WAS ON…..NOW AFTER WATCHING AND LOVING HIM IN NASHVILLE I SEE WHY HE WON EMMYS AND PRAISES…HE IS A HUGE PART OF NASHVILLE!!!!!

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.

 

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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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