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5 Things to Know About True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga

UpdatePosted 08/26/2014 01:05PM

5 Things to Know About True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga

Originally posted 08/26/2014 11:15AM

"This is awesome, and I'm at a loss for words," True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga said while accepting the Emmy award for outstanding directing Monday night.

He was talking about his win, but he might have unintentionally been speaking for the thousands of viewers and fans of the show who never knew that Fukunaga was, well, so good-looking. Since the world was introduced to the man behind True Detective, the Internet has been positively awash with paeans to Fukunaga – including the jaw-dropping admission that he got his start working on the music video for Destiny Child's "Survivor," giving the night a much-needed dose of Beyoncé.

Here are five things you probably didn't know about everyone's new favorite half-Swedish, half-Japanese director with man-braids.

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What If MTV Ran the Emmy Awards?

UpdatePosted 08/25/2014 09:20AM

What If MTV Ran the Emmy Awards?

Originally posted 08/20/2014 07:10PM

To avoid a conflict with Sunday Night Football, NBC moved the 2014 Emmy Awards telecast up a month, to August 25. But in swerving clear of the football juggernaut, the Emmys steered right into the lane of the landmark cultural occasion of late August: the MTV VMAs, scheduled for one day prior.

It got us thinking: What if we took things to their logical conclusion and handed MTV control of the Emmys, as well?

Using categories from both the VMAs and their summertime counterpart, the MTV Movie Awards, we've imagined what would happen if the cable network was in charge of handing out trophies for everything that's on TV, not just music videos.

Massive spoilers below!

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Why True Detective Deserves to Win an Emmy

Originally posted 08/24/2014 05:35PM

WARNING: Contains language, violence

Much of True Detective's appeal is based on Matthew McConaughey's riveting performance as (true) Detective Rustin Cohle and the loopy, dark cop-buddy chemistry he summoned with real-life pal Woody Harrelson, to say nothing of Nic Pizzolatto's dense, allusion-heavy dialogue.

But the show's visual style deserves a big shout-out as well, and it's for a combination of all of those reasons that it deserves to walk home with the Emmy for best drama.

Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga sketched a compelling, singular vision of Louisiana (and Texas) for the show: Inspired by photographer Richard Misrach's work documenting Louisiana's "Chemical Corridor," Petrochemical America, they developed a stark, bleached look for the show.

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Why Woody Harrelson Deserves the Emmy for True Detective

Originally posted 08/24/2014 05:30PM

WARNING: Video contains profanity

Though Woody Harrelson's Martin Hart spent much of True Detective being a straight man to Matthew McConaughey's Rustin Cohle and doling out droll reaction lines like, "Stop saying odd s---," Harrelson wasn't just comic relief.

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Why Matthew McConaughey Deserves the Emmy for True Detective (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/24/2014 04:35PM

WARNING: Video contains profanity

Yield to the Era of McConaughey. You thought it was over with his Oscar win, didn't you? Well, you thought wrong. It's just getting started.

McConaughey's role as the masculinely-named (true) Detective Rusin Cohle doubled-down on the grimness of his appearances in films like The Paperboy and Killer Joe, and added a dose of surreal, philosophical weirdness, thanks to showrunner Nic Pizzolatto's riffs on religion, nihilism and the psychosphere.

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Can You Guess the Best Series Emmy Nominations?

Can You Guess the Best Series Emmy Nominations?

Originally posted 08/20/2014 09:50PM

Say, which shows are nominated at the Emmys this year?

You may be able to name a few, but we're betting you can't remember every single series nominated in the Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Miniseries categories this year.

So, we've built this infographic to test your TV knowledge. Can you get the names of all 18 shows just from one object or symbol? It's harder than it looks, so to help you out, we've listed each show's network underneath.

Happy guessing! (The answers are at the bottom, if you want to cheat.)

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Emmy Face-Off: The Most Memorable Roles of the 2014 Nominees | Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

Walter White vs. Hal Wilkerson: The Most Memorable Roles of the 2014 Emmy Nominees Face-Off

Originally posted 08/20/2014 05:30PM

Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey earned his first Emmy nomination this year along with Taylor Schilling, Lizzy Caplan and many more. But 2014's crop of honorees is also full of veterans.

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UpdatePosted 03/10/2014 06:15PM

Watch the True Detective Theme Song with Cats and More Amazing Fan Art

Originally posted 03/10/2014 02:00PM

If you've been wondering what the best part of your day will be, stop right now. It's the True Detective opening sequence below – with cats.

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It's Official: True Detective Broke HBOGo

It's Official: True Detective Broke HBOGo

Originally posted 03/10/2014 09:40AM

For many HBOGo users, Sunday night was a night of true disappointment.

Rabid fans of the elaborate, moody Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson-anchored drama True Detective swarmed to HBO's streaming service Sunday night in such droves, they literally broke the service.

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PEOPLE's TV Critic on True Detective's Flawed Finale to a Classic Series | True Detective, True Detective, Matthew McConaughey

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True Detective: Flawed Finale to a Classic Series

Originally posted 03/10/2014 06:25AM

If you thought it had something to do with Woody Harrelson's father-in-law – and this doesn't constitute a spoiler, because that was too off-base to ever be possible – you were wrong.

In fact, just about every theory that cropped up online speculating about the finale of HBO's terrific True Detective (and inspiring writers to mention the notorious ending of Lost) was wrong.

Now onto some real spoilers.

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