Awards Contenders

The 2021 Emmy Awards are upon us!  Check out the Watercooler’s catch-up guide to see which nominees to watch and what to look out for before the Sunday, September 19th ceremony.  Tune in to CBS or Paramount+ at 8pm ET / 5pm PT too see which Emmy contenders take home the prize.  Prefer to watch films?  See our recommendations for this year’s Oscar and Golden Globe candidates.

Watercooler Picks: Film

Take Me Back

Licorice Pizza

A love letter to Los Angeles in the 70s, Licorice Pizza encapsulates how unexpected, unsure, and complicated first loves can be.

Make Me Think

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog delivers amazing vistas and performances, some of which may still be seared in the mind after viewing. There is a uniqueness in the story and in the acting, thanks to the joint efforts of Campion and Cumberbatch.

Transport Me

The French Dispatch

This is the most Andersonian of Wes Anderson’s movies so far, and arguably his most ambitious work to date. If you haven’t enjoyed his movies in the past The French Dispatch might not be for you.

Dazzle Me

West Side Story (2021)

Steven Spielberg manages to make this West Side Story both retro and modern at the same time. The movie doesn’t lose any steam in this reboot, 60 years in the making.

Make Me Think


A nuanced and beautiful look at the way race and the constructs of race shapes our lives, with wonderful performances by its two leading ladies.

Watercooler Picks: Series

Suck Me In


Come to Succession for the palace intrigue, stay for the sheer enjoyment of watching a talented cast at the top of their game go head to head in every episode.

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Make Me Laugh


“When you share a sense of humor with someone, you make each other better.” This fascinating comedy spans the generational divide to tell the story of an unlikely partnership between two very funny women.

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