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By Darius KADIVAR 


Shohreh Aghdashloo nominated for Best Supporting Actress at 61st  Primetime Emmy Awards 2009


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"All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players"

-William Shakespeare From Play "As You Like It" Scene 2 ,Act 7


The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held live at the Nokia Theatre L.A.. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. The awards show will air on CBS, September 20th beginning at 8:00 Eastern and 7:00 Central. Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo ( Already a 2003 Oscar Nominee for her role in
House of Sand and Fog) is amongst the happy contenders in line for an Emmy Award nomination as "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie " for her role as Sajida (Saddam Hussein's Wife) in The House of Saddam, an HBO drama about the Life and Times of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.


Other Nominees in the same category include:

·         Marcia Gay Harden as Janina in Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler for CBS

·         Jeanne Tripplehorn as Jackie O. in Grey Gardens for HBO

·         Janet McTeer as Clementine Churchill in Into the Storm for  HBO

·         Cicely Tyson as Pearl in Relative Stranger for Hallmark Channel


You can download: Full list Emmy Nominations 2009 (PDF)

61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009

This year's Emmy nomination list features some highlights. Big Love features one nomination this year, while the AMC feature, Breaking Bad has a total of five. Damages, boasts seven nominations, while Showtime's series, Dexter has three. House has three nominations and has three previous wins under its belt. Lost has an astounding thirty-nine past nominations with eight previous wins. This year it has been nominated five times. Mad Men won Outstanding Drama Series in 2008 and has a whopping 16 nominations for 2009.


Actor Kevin Bacon to Host the 61st Annual Emmy Awards in L.A.
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Glenn Close has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series making this her twelfth Emmy nomination; she has two previous wins. Also nominated is Sally Field for the ABC drama, Brothers & Sisters. This marks Sally's ninth nomination; she has three previous wins. Law & Order Special Victims' Unit star, Mariska Hargitay, daughter of 50's bombshell Jayne Mansfield, has received her sixth nomination; she has one previous win. Holly Hunter, another famous movie star actress that has made the shift to network television has seven nominations in total and two previous wins. She has been nominated for her work in the TNT series, Saving Grace. Newcomer to the Emmy Awards this year, is Elisabeth Moss, she has been nominated for her work on AMC's hit show, Mad Men. Kyra Sedgwick has been nominated for her role in TNT's The Closer. This is Kyra's fourth nomination; she has no previous wins.


Simon Baker makes his Emmy debut with his first nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The Mentalist. Gabriel Byrne has received his second nomination for the HBO series, In Treatment. Bryan Cranston, has been nominated again for his work on Breaking Bad. He has previously received five Emmy nominations; three of which were for his work on Malcolm in the Middle. He won in 2008 for Breaking Bad. Michael C. Hall has received his third nomination for the Showtime series, Dexter. He was nominated for Dexter in 2008 as well as 2009. In 2002, Michael C. Hall was nominated for his role in Six Feet Under. He has no previous wins. Jon Hamm has been nominated for the third year in a row. In 2008 and 2009 Hamm was nominated for Mad Men. He has also received an Emmy nomination this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on 30 Rock. Jon has no previous wins. Hugh Laurie, star of the hit Fox series, House has received his fourth nomination for House. He was nominated in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Laurie has no previous wins.


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Challenging Role

The House of Saddam focuses on the lives of Saddam's closest family and an elite few. An intimate portrait of the world of Saddam's inner circle, it charts the rise and fall of one of the world's most terrifying regimes.


The series were well received in Great Britain and the United States ( despite the clear hostility of both nation's governments to the former dictator's regime) in that it tried to offer a unique and fairly researched insight into the Iraqi dictator's personality and life, both from a private and public perspective.


Yet given the proximity of the events that have led to Saddam's downfall, it naturally appears that only Time can give historians and observers the necessary distance to unfold the mystery surrounding the dictator's genuine persona and motivations that conducted his life from the hights of absolute power to his tragic ultimate death by hanging.


Barry Garron from the Hollywood Reporter probably best defined the filmmakers approach and intentions:


"The telefilm, "a dramatization based on certain facts," hews closely to what is known and verified. Alex Holmes, who co-wrote, directed and exec produced, ventures few opinions, preferring instead to let Saddam's actions speak for themselves. The few times Saddam actually comments on his philosophy of ruling, explaining at one point that terror is a tool and not an end in itself, the insight is profound. Unfortunately, there are not enough of these moments.

Consequently, even after all four hours, questions remain. Why, for example, did Saddam play a cat-and-mouse game with weapons inspectors when Iraq already was weakened by U.N. sanctions and he knew he risked a U.S.-led invasion that would topple him?

The mini starts with the bloody coup led by Saddam in 1979 when he seized the reins of government and installed mostly loyal family members. It ends with Saddam's capture in 2003, a broken man emerging from a rat hole. Although there is practically no reference to the chemical gas used on the Kurdish population during the 1980s (the mini's largest omission), the telefilm astutely points out how ambiguous American policy statements might have caused some misdirection.

The perspective one gets from inside the House of Saddam is different than media reports from the outside and is, in itself, an important reason to tune in."



Shohreh Aghdashloo : From 2003 Oscar Nominee to 2009 Emmy Award Victor ?


Shohreh Aghdashloo and Marcia Gay Harden have competed before for an Oscar and are up against each other once again at this month's Primetime Emmys. Now they'll go head to head in the indie drama "The No Game."


Aghdashloo and fellow colleague artists
joined famed dissident Akbar Ganji's (*) Hunger Strike Call in front of the U.N. headquarters in New York to Protest against the Violent Clampdown on Iranian Voters by the Islamic Republic of Iran in the aftermath of the Presidential elections.
© & photocomposition ©DK


Sherry Horman is directing the coming-of-age piece, which centers on an 18-year-old Jewish woman who finds out that her biological mother is Palestinian. The search for her identity takes her to an aunt (Aghdashloo) in Brooklyn, where their bonding causes problems with her adoptive mother (Harden, who is in negotiations).


David Abramowitz and Elizabeth Fein wrote the screenplay.


Aghdashloo and Harden were Oscar-nominated in 2003 for their respective work in "House of Sand and Fog" and "Mystic River," and they're nominated for Emmys this year for "House of Saddam" and "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler."


Shohreh Aghdashloo - Strong and Talented
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Aghdashloo stars in this year's "The Stoning of Soraya M." Harden, who won a recent Tony for her role in "God of Carnage," ( by French-Iranian playwright Yasmina Reza) next appears in "Whip It!," Drew Barrymore's feature directing debut.


May The Best Win !






Authors Notes :


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Articles/Interview on Shohreh Aghdashloo:


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About the Author:
Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is also contributes to OCPC Magazine in LA/US and to the London Based IC Publications The Middle East Magazine and Persian Heritage Magazine.

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