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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Thanksgiving Special – WKRP; The West Wing; Cheers; Friends

Since it’s Thanksgiving weekend over the Pond, Classic Clip Friday this week celebrates a few memorable scenes from the best Thanksgiving episodes of a few of my favourite TV shows (or, at least, the ones I could find online) .

We’ll start with the greatest thanksgiving scene in TV history. I already dedicated a complete post to the Turkey drop scene from WKRP In Cincinnati but it’s well worth revisiting, especially given the time of year.

To set it up, you should know that WKRP’s manager, Arthur Carlson (Gordon Jump) had decided to organise a special Thanksgiving promotion, to try and boost the radio station’s profile, but hadn’t told anyone what it was – just that he needed 20 live turkeys.

 Les Nessman (Richard Sanders), a somewhat less than worldly-wise news reporter – whose serious, professional demeanour belied the fact that he was utterly useless – is sent to a shopping mall to cover the event:

Next up, a couple of great scenes from the much-missed The West Wing. First, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) talks turkey with the Butterball Hotline:

But he’s just a big softy, really, and so when called on to “pardon” a turkey…

Moving on, now, one of the greatest TV shows of all time and another of the all-time great Thanksgiving episodes. Here’s what happened when the Cheers gang decided to have their meal together on the big day:

And finally, Friends, a show that always pushed the boat out to deliver some great Thanksgiving episodes… and this one, with a very special guest star, was probably the most famous of the lot:

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Slumdog In Seven-th Heaven At The BAFTAs

After all the backs had been slapped and the endless emotional thank-yous delivered, the big winner at the Orange British Academy Film Awards last night was Slumdog Millionaire.

The acclaimed film picked up the coveted Best Film BAFTA and Danny Boyle scooped the Director’s award. It also took home the gongs for Adapted Screenplay, Music, Editing, Cinematography, Sound.

However, the Slumdog cast missed out on BAFTA glory, with Kate Winslet, who was nominated twice in the Leading Actress category, winning for her role in The Reader (at the expense of her performance in Revolutionary Road), while comeback king Mickey Rourke lifted the Leading Actor award for The Wrestler.

Rourke provided the acceptance speech highlight of the night when he thanked the film’s director Darren Aronofsky for giving him a second chance despite having “fucked up my career for 15 years. Such a pleasure to be here and be out of the darkness.”

Penelope Cruz was the Supporting Actress winner, for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the late Heath Ledger picked up another posthumous award for his supporting turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

One little fly in the ointment for the Slumdog posse was their failure to win the Outstanding British Film award. In the one big surprise of the night, that award went to Man On Wire, a documentary about Frenchman Philippe Petite‘s 1974 tightrope walk between New York’s Twin Towers.

The closest anyone came to muscling in on Slumdog’s limelight was director David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, which received three awards for its Production Design, Special Visual Effects and Makeup & Hair.

The full list of awards if as follows:

  • Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Outstanding British Film: Man On Wire
  • Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Leading Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
  • Leading Actress:
    Kate Winslet,
    The Reader
  • Supporting Actor:
    Heath Ledger,
    The Dark Knight
  • Supporting Actress:
    Penélope Cruz,
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Original Screenplay:
    Martin McDonagh,
    In Bruges
  • Adapted Screenplay:
    Slumdog Millionaire
  • Animated Film: Wall-E
  • Film Not in the English Language:
    I’ve Loved You So Long
  • Music: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Costume Design: The Duchess
  • Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Special Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Makeup & Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Short Animation: Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
  • Short Film: September
  • The Carl Foreman Award (special achievement for first feature film): Steve McQueen, writer/director, Hunger
  • The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by public):
    Noel Clarke
  • Academy Fellowship: Terry Gilliam
  • Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema:
    Pinewood Studios/Shepperton Studios

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