On December 13 the awards season will officially begin with the announcement of the 2013 Golden Globe nominees. Every year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gathers the biggest names in film and television and hands out trophies in several categories for the best work in those mediums for the previous year. This year may be actor and comedian Louis C.K.'s year, or at least it should be.
In the world of comedy, there is no bigger name right now than C.K.'s. He's re-defined the way comedians can produce and release stand-up specials, virtually changing the game overnight. His special, "Live at the Beacon Theater," was self-produced and released, selling for just $5 on his website. Up to that point, comedians relied on big media content providers like HBO, Showtime or Comedy Central to distribute their material via their networks and home video sales. Now, thanks to Louis, comedians can use his formula to distribute their material directly to their fans.
It's his breakout hit show on FX, "Louie," though that should have the ginger-goatee'd comedian on the dais in January, accepting at least one, if not a couple awards. His show is easily the most unique and genre-defying show on television today. There is no doubting the high-octane laughs that "Louie" is built around, but the comedy alone isn't what makes the show so noteworthy, or so worthy of awards.
For instance, this season the final three episodes followed a story arc that centered around C.K. being offered the hosting duties of David Letterman's "Late Show," as Letterman was retiring (in the auspices of the show's script). What resulted were three very cinematic, highly-stylized episodes that included homages to some of the greatest films of all time like "Rocky" and any number of the classic Woody Allen films centered in New York City in the 1970s. One episode in the storyline was a nod to David Lynch and his unique storytelling style, which was good because Lynch happened to be guest-starring that episode.
It wasn't just the homages that qualified "Louie" as the best show on television this past season. The true underdog story shows the prowess with which C.K., who writes every single episode, crafts his work.
The entire season was written superbly, utilizing the talents of actress Parker Posey to create a truly believable coupling of people, both flawed and unsure, that ultimately is left unresolved. That Louis had the courage to create that tension and never quite resolve it shows a command of storytelling worthy of not just a Golden Globe, but an Emmy, an Oscar, and any other award for writing. Oh, and if all that wasn't enough, C.K. has proven himself to be an amazing actor, as genuine and believable as anyone we've seen in front of the lens. This is Louis' year, and if there was ever a show that deserved praise to be heaped on it, "Louie" is that show. Now it's just up to the Hollywood Foreign Press to agree.
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