Publication pays homage to the essence of showmanship that exists in various forms of media and entertainment, which have become an integral part of our lives. From traditional print media like newspapers and magazines to the digital world of online media, they all leave a lasting impact on us. Print media and online magazines serve as channels for not only keeping us informed about the latest happenings in the world but also offer opportunities for learning and education. We can explore diverse topics, including specialized subjects like finance, through articles and reports. However, the true power of media and entertainment lies in the world of movies and television. They go beyond mere entertainment and also serve as platforms for imparting valuable lessons and values. Whether through compelling storytelling, thought-provoking documentaries, or in-depth coverage of important subject areas, movies and TV shows have the ability to educate and broaden our perspectives. Movies and television have a unique ability to portray various aspects of life and reflect the prevailing culture of a country. They serve as powerful mirrors of society, shedding light on real-life experiences and challenging viewers to contemplate their own beliefs and values. Television serials, for instance, have the capacity to delve deep into the complexities of human relationships and societal issues. By following the lives of relatable characters, these shows can address topics like family dynamics, social norms, and cultural traditions. They offer insights into different walks of life and, in doing so, can create empathy and understanding among audiences.This year’s theme centered around celebrating media, with a special focus on television hosts, journalism, and news anchoring as the main highlight. The series aims to highlight and recognize the exceptional achievements of women in these fields. Nishant Malhotra takes the role of the sole selector for this prestigious series. News anchors hold a pivotal role in creating social impact by disseminating thoughts and ideas that have far-reaching global implications. A prime example is Chris Tucker, whose ability to influence and engage audiences in America underscores the growing market power of star news presenters. These professionals often specialize in specific news coverage areas, like Taylor Riggs and Kailey Leinz, who excel in financial news reporting, with Taylor Riggs currently associated with Fox Business Network and previously at Bloomberg LP. Equally noteworthy are broadcast journalists like Lindsey Davis and television hosts and political commentators like SE Cupp, who contribute significantly to the field. Endowed with oozing personality and charisma, these individuals possess the potential to inspire and drive change in the world. As agents of social impact, their actions and messages have the power to shape society for the better, aligning with The middle Road’s endorsement of positive social change. Today’s television hosts are expected to deliver more than just news updates; they are looked upon to provide in-depth analysis and thoughtful perspectives on the issues they cover. One standout figure in this field is Fareed Zakaria, who The middle Road ranks as a best-in-class TV presenter and political analyst. Zakaria’s sessions are renowned for their pointed insights and analytical profundity, making a significant impact on the viewers. The middle Road believes in recognizing and celebrating exceptional individuals like Fareed Zakaria, aiming to amplify positive social change and inspire the next generation of influential media personalities dedicated to making a difference in the world. However, Zakaria is not the only benchmark in the television presenting realm. Jonathan Ferro, known for his best-in-class delivery and speaking with clarity and precision, stands out in the field. He has notable colleagues like Guy Ritchie and David Westin to name a few from the Bloomberg LP. The impact of news anchoring is not confined to the US or Europe; it has spread worldwide.
🏆This year as an exception, The middle Road has given a special award to both Shreya Dhoundial and Palki Sharma – win the news & television host across all categories in India
In India, two names have emerged strongly in recent years—Shreya Dhoundial and Palki Sharma. These power-packed women have taken the nation by storm with pleasing personality and panache, their feisty and daring reporting, skillfully showcasing burning issues with aplomb. With elegance and simplicity, they have created considerable impact in the last couple of years. Although India boasts celebrated journalists and television hosts like Shereen Bhan, Shreya Dhoundial and Palki Sharma have carved a niche for themselves among Indians. Their unique and insightful approach to reporting has earned them a special place in the hearts of the audience. The middle Road continues to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of these exceptional media personalities, be it in India or across the globe, as they play a pivotal role in shaping public opinion and driving positive change in society.
🎉🏆 Congratulations to Taylor Riggs and Margot Robbie on Winning The middle Road’s Inaugural Show Ladies Award! 🌟👏 2023 Taylor Riggs is a standout individual for numerous compelling reasons. She perfectly embodies the theme of The middle Road this year, which focuses on global presence and impact. Taylor’s mesmerizing presence captivates the audience, making her a speaker par excellence. Beyond her stunning looks, her mode of communication stands out as the best in class, ensuring that her message resonates deeply with the viewers. Taylor’s impressive qualifications further enhance her credibility. As a CFA charter holder, she possesses a deep understanding of finance and investment. Additionally, she holds a JD in law and a master’s in finance from John Hopkins University, showcasing her exceptional academic background. Her unique combination of expertise and absorbing communication style makes Taylor Riggs an invaluable asset as the Show Ladies Award and her work falls within The middle Road’s mission of fostering positive social change and global impact. A fitness enthusiast, Taylor is a marathon runner. She ran successfully a marathon while pregnant emphasis the high point of fitness ability encompassing a woman of deep intellect and acumen. Having worked for a bit more than 9 years in Bloomberg LP and at present a co-anchor at Fox Business Network in a record move, Taylor has worked across various spectrum of media. An American, Taylor Riggs is a wonder woman with superlative qualities. She unites both the left and right wings of American thought and values, personifies American values and is an all-rounder American role model for millions. The middle Road wishes here and her husband the very best for their family ahead.
Margot Robbie, the star of the movie “Barbie” alongside Ryan Gosling, is a seasoned actor who has left everyone in awe with her beauty, talent, and willingness to take on unique and unconventional roles. As we read this, the Barbie movie’s box office collections are inching closer to the impressive milestone of $1 billion. While her role in Barbie is undoubtedly a success, it is her outstanding performances in movies like “Suicide Squad” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” that truly earned her widespread recognition and acclaim. Margot’s talent and versatility as an actress have propelled her to new heights, making her an inspiration, more than a charming woman in the industry. Her ability to bring depth and authenticity to her characters has made her a favorite among audiences and critics alike. Margot Robbie work breaks conventional barriers, establishing herself as one of the most influential and celebrated actors of her generation.
🌟Lifetime Achievement Award in Music
The middle Road pays a heartfelt tribute to the late Tina Turner and Joan Jett for their profound contributions to the music industry. Tina Turner, an iconic and prolific artist, needs no introduction. Her captivating persona and remarkable talent have made her a legend in the music world. The middle Road recognizes her timeless music, with “Simply The Best” standing out as a pinnacle of artistic exuberance, vocal sophistication, and impactful presence. Songs like “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It” have become all-time classics, resonating with audiences across generations. Despite personal struggles, Tina Turner continued to inspire and motivate the world with her heartfelt classics. Her onstage presence rivaled that of late Prince, another maestro of music. Her passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt, as her legacy continues to influence and touch the hearts of countless fans worldwide. Rest in peace, Tina Turner, your music and spirit will be forever missed and cherished. Joan Jett is undeniably one of the most iconic figures in the music industry, and The middle Road proudly featured her in its Rock N Roll publication. Read the feature here. As the “Queen of Rock,” Joan has played a pivotal role in bringing rock music into the mainstream, inspiring countless women to pursue their passion for music, just as Taylor Swift has popularized guitar-playing among women in the contemporary era. Joan’s timeless anthem, “I Love Rock N Roll,” has set an enduring benchmark for rock music, a standard that few rock groups can match even in modern times. The song’s impact and influence have remained significant throughout the years, solidifying Joan Jett’s status as a legendary rock musician.There some exceptional people to look out for within the subject areas covered. Ons Jabeur, the rising tennis sensation is a gifted tennis player with lot of potential. A runner’s up this year at Wimbledon, she is known for her all ground presence, a menacing forehand, mindfulness on ground and indominable spirit as her core strengths. Women’s tennis today is dominated by world class players like Iga Świątek, Aryna Sabalenkaand Elena Rybakina but Markéta Vondroušová, ElinaSvitolinaand teen sensation Coco Gauff are some of the other players to look out. Coco and Eubanks (men) have huge potential, Eubanks an excellent grass court player with the potential to win grand slams esp. Wimbledon.
🎾 Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff, ElinaSvitolinaand Markéta Vondroušová in the tennis players to look out for category.
A Special Tennis Tribute to Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini 🎾🌟
Let’s celebrate the legacy of Monica Seles, cherishing her accomplishments and reflecting on the impact of sports on overall wellbeing. 🏆 With an astounding 53 WTA singles titles, including 9 Grand Slams, Monica Seles stands tall as one of the most accomplished players in tennis history. 🎾💪At a remarkable 16 years and 189 days old, Monica Seles etched her name in the record books as the youngest winner of the French Open, a remarkable feat! 🏆 She is also the second youngest player to clinch any Grand Slam, following closely behind the legendary Martina Hingis, who The middle Road regards as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. 🏅🥉 Olympic Glory: In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, representing the newly independent country of Serbia and Montenegro, Monica Seles displayed her extraordinary talent and determination, earning a well-deserved bronze medal in women’s singles.
Gabriela SabatiniGabriela Sabatini is indeed celebrated for her elegance and grace on the tennis court. As one of the greatest beauties in tennis history, her presence and style absorbed audiences worldwide. She was known for her soft demure demeanor, which contrasted with her powerful and skillful play on the court. Throughout her career, Gabriela Sabatini’s elegance and impact extended beyond her tennis achievements. Her charisma and sportsmanship made her a beloved figure among fans and fellow players alike. She left a lasting impression on the sport, and her legacy continues to inspire and influence the tennis community to this day. She won the 1990 US Open championship, stood 1990 French Open runners up and an Olympic silver medalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics games. A period feature, more athletes will feature over the years.
Back to Movies, Television, Hosting
The middle Road celebrates and awards Amy Poehler and Tina Fey – two remarkable talents in stand-up for their winsome hosting of award shows and/or standalone comedy shows boasting an impressive array of features under their names. Tina Fey’s breakout role as Sarah Palin catapulted her to international fame, leaving an indelible mark on the comedy landscape. Alongside Amy Poehler, they have both showcased their comedic brilliance in numerous award-winning series, earning them household name status not just locally, but on a global scale. Their wit, charm, and ability to connect with audiences have made them game changers in the industry, and their impact on stand-up comedy continues to resonate with fans worldwide. Many more laughs and memorable moments from these talented comedians in the years to come. Other winners of stand-alone comedy include artists from Saturday Night Live, with a special mention of Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Cecily Strong. As a tough act to follow on SNL, Kate McKinnon’s on-screen antics and work are profoundly hilarious, making her an absolute delight for the audience. Her fellow colleagues face the challenge of keeping up with her comedic brilliance when they share the stage with her. Aidy Bryant’s solid presence on SNL is both calming and funny, and she effortlessly brings her unique humor to every skit she’s a part of. Meanwhile, Cecily Strong, renowned for her attractiveness in showbiz, excels as a talent in delivering kickass one-liners with ease, leaving the audience in stitches. Their exceptional performances on SNL have earned them well-deserved recognition in the stand-up comedy world. These talented comedians continue to bring laughter and joy to audiences, making their mark in the comedy industry with their distinctive styles and comedic prowess. Desi Lydic is a person to look out. She briefly hosted The Daily Show among others, a show hosted by greats like Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah. Jon stood out not only for his comic genius but as a person who comes across as thoughtful and pensive. Amy Schumer is another comic genius to look out for.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey win for hosting; Saturday Night Live for standup comedy; Desi Lydic and Amy Schumer for comic talent to look out for.
Talent to look out for Movies
A special mention goes to Angela Bassett, whose screen presence exudes an enthralling power that embodies everything an actress could desire. Her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” solidifies her legacy as a forceful and impactful performer, leaving a lasting impression on audiences. As for Emily Blunt, her talent and reputation precede her, making any introduction unnecessary. Her strong supporting performance in “Oppenheimer” highlights her versatility, effortlessly delivering commanding performances across a wide range of roles. First noticed in The Devil Wears Prada by The middle Road, Emily has a bright future ahead. Both Angela Bassett and Emily Blunt radiate charm and grace, making them true gems in the world of acting. Their remarkable skills and magnetic on-screen charisma have earned them a special place in the hearts of viewers and the admiration of their peers. Both Angela Bassett and Emily Blunt win in the category talent to look out for in movies.
The middle Road proudly bestows Natalie Portman with the prestigious “Witty Award.” Renowned for her elegant and classy roles, Natalie Portman’s quick wit and sharp sense of humor have left audiences in awe. Her mesmerizing performances have captivated the world, making her not only a talented actress but also a steadfast role model for millions to follow. As a feisty and gifted actress, Natalie Portman has consistently lived up to her immense potential, as beautifully displayed in the iconic movie “Black Swan.” Her portrayal of the complex and intense character in the film showcased her remarkable acting prowess and garnered widespread acclaim. A Harvard alum, Natalie packs quite a punch.
This year a special mention to Kaley Cocu, Ana de Armas, Michelle Yeoh, and Alison O’Donnel.
🌟Shetland wins in the crime series on Television
The middle Road proudly ranks “Shetland” as one of the finest crime series on television, enthralling audiences with its compelling storyline and brilliant performances. Among the standout cast members, Alison O’Donnell’s portrayal of Sergeant Alison “Tosh” McIntosh shines with subtlety and finesse, making her character a powerful representation of women facing challenges in their line of duty. Alison O’Donnell’s reformed acting skills bring depth and authenticity to the character of Sergeant “Tosh” McIntosh, showcasing the strength and resilience of women in law enforcement. While generally a cheerful police officer, Alison’s portrayal adds a layer of complexity to her character, making her a truly enthralling presence on-screen. The serial is having a stunning landscape few television shows can match.
Michelle Yeoh wins Lifetime Achievement award 🌟A special mention is rightfully given to Ana de Armas and Michelle Yeoh for the significant global impact they have made over the last couple of years. These two talented actresses have enthralled audiences worldwide with their exceptional performances, establishing themselves as influential figures in the entertainment industry. Ana de Armas notably appeared in the TV series “Blonde,” while Michelle Yeoh achieved the prestigious honor of winning the Oscar for Best Actress in the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Michelle Yeoh, a seasoned actress, gained international acclaim through her breakout role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Her remarkable talent and dedication to her craft have earned her accolades and admiration from fans and critics alike. Among her earlier works is the Hong Kong movie “Police Story,” a highly recommended movie series endorsed by The Middle Road. Co-starring the one and only Jackie Chan, the film boasts hilarious yet daring stunts that grip audiences worldwide. In recognition of her extraordinary career, The middle Road honors Michelle Yeoh with a lifetime achievement award, celebrating her exceptional contributions to the world of cinema and the profound impact she has had on audiences worldwide. Ana de Armas wins the actress/actor to look out for.
🌟 The Big Bang Theory wins Comedy Sitcom – Blast from the Past
The middle Road proudly rates “The Big Bang Theory” as one of the greatest comedy sitcoms of all time, leaving a lasting impact on audiences worldwide. The sitcom wins the achievement award for a show from the past. This year the sitcom edged out the Seinfeld, The Office, Friends who will be awarded as awards roll out over the years. While all the actors in the show contributed to its success, Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) childlike humor will undoubtedly be remembered by fans for years to come. However, it’s Kaley Cuoco, who played the role of Penny, who deserves a special mention for her remarkable performance and the influence her character had on American culture. As the charming and witty Penny, Kaley Cuoco brought depth and nuance to her character, showcasing the evolution of an aspiring actress trying to make a living as a temporary waitress. Gorgeous and witty but also spectacular, Kaley highlights the struggles and dreams of an everyday person. Her romantic storyline with Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki, was both comical and endearing, adding a delightful dynamic to the show. Kaley Cuoco’s portrayal of Penny was nothing short of bubbly and charming, making her a lovable next-door neighbor to Sheldon and Leonard. Her role showcased the very best of American culture, and her performance brought the character to life in a way that resonated with audiences around the world. Penny, Penny, Penny, you are the lady.
Kaley wins in the sitcom comic and/or other achievement award for her role as Penny in The Big Bang Theory. 🌟
In Best International movie (outside US) goes to The Artist in the blast from the past series.
🌟 Sharon Stone wins Lifetime KickAss Achievement Award for her work in movies In conclusion, it is only fitting to pay tribute to an actress who has redefined the world of movies. Sharon Stone’s portrayal of a seductive beauty in “Basic Instinct” left an indelible mark on audiences worldwide, and her exceptional talent continued to shine in films like “Casino.” Despite facing personal traumas, including sexual abuse, Sharon Stone demonstrated incredible resilience and bounced back, becoming an inspiration to many. Notably, Sharon Stone’s intelligence is equally remarkable, with one of the highest IQs (154) among Hollywood actresses. Her name rightfully stands alongside stalwarts like Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci, and Elizabeth Taylor, leaving an everlasting legacy in the film industry. As a native of Pennsylvania, a cultural hub in the world, Sharon Stone stands as a triumph of beauty and talent. Her contributions to cinema have left an enduring impact, and her journey serves as a testament to her strength, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to her craft. Like Tina Turner, Sharon exemplifies True American Grit. Sharon Stone’s name will forever be celebrated among the greats, embodying the perfect blend of beauty and brilliance.
Note: Director awards and others to follow in the final publication.