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'Grandma's Boy,' 'Haven' Among Distinguished Nominees for High Times Stony Awards


I know how hormonally atwitter some of you get at the mere sniff of awards season, and I resolved this year not to judge those at the core of the obsessive Oscar hype machine too harshly for simply following a benign (and monetized) genetic glitch. But recent awards-show developments in New York even have me licking the glass with anticipation. To wit:

6th HIGH TIMES STONY AWARDS SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 24 AT BB KING’S IN NEW YORK

WEEDS, GRANDMA’S BOY AND ENTOURAGE RECEIVE THE MOST NOMINATIONS

The Stonys return to BB King’s for High Times’ 6th annual awards presentation celebrating the years’ highest and stoniest movies and TV shows. Showtime’s marijuana-friendly series Weeds received eight nominations, including Best TV Series, Best TV Actress, Best TV Actor and Stoner of the Year. HBO’s Entourage snagged four.

The Adam Sandler-produced comedy Grandma’s Boy leads all movies with six nominations, including Best Stoner Movie, Best Actor in a Movie, Best Pot Scene in a Movie, and Best Song in a Movie or TV Series. Haven with four nominations, and A Scanner Darkly and Stoned with three each are the other front-runners in the movie categories.

“It’s been a strong year for stoner TV shows and drug-related movies,” says Stonys executive producer Steve Bloom. “Our objective is to highlight the best and most accurate stories and portrayals. And have a good time doing it.”

I am sure you will recall (wait–no you won’t) The Reeler’s coverage of the 2005 Stonys, the first such “annual” event in three years, perhaps most notable for James Toback’s genius acceptance speech for Harvard Man (“The bong, Dad. Always the bong.”) and Sony Classics co-president Tom Bernard (above) standing in for prizewinner Philip Seymour Hoffman. This year’s fun takes place Oct. 24, with comedian Doug Benson and hip-hop/weed icon Redman co-hosting (Redman will also perform a set after the awards show).
Of course, as an old-school heroin guy, I am often inclined to look upon the Stonys as a little too lightweight for my taste. But with nominees like Pusher III, Half Nelson, Brick and even Michael Tully’s Cocaine Angel (nominated for Best Unreleased Film, a true feather in the cap if ever there were one), I have to say I might actually have horses in the race–I am officially emotionally involved. So I guess you know where I will be Oct. 24; look for coverage here.
The full list of Stony nominees follows the jump.


6TH STONY NOMINEES
BEST MOVIE
A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater)
Brick (Rian Johnson)
Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)
Haven (Frank E. Flowers)
London (Hunter Richards)
Stoned (Stephen Wooley)
BEST STONER MOVIE
Clerks II (Kevin Smith)
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (Michel Gondry)
Grandma’s Boy (Nicholaus Goossen)
Nacho Libre (Jared Hess)
Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch)
The Comedians of Comedy (Michael Blieden)
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE
Jack Black (Nacho Libre)
Dave Chappelle (Dave Chappelle’s Block Party)
Rory Cochrane (A Scanner Darkly)
Allen Covert (Grandma’s Boy)
Leo Gregory (Stoned)
Luke Wilson (The Family Stone)
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE
Jennifer Aniston (Friends with Money)
Agnes Bruckner (Haven)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby)
Monet Mazur (Stoned)
Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy)
Sarah Silverman (Jesus Is Magic)
STONER OF THE YEAR
Doug Benson (Best Week Ever)
Tommy Chong (That 70s Show, a/k/a Tommy Chong)
Peter Dante (Grandma’s Boy)
Jerry Ferrara (Entourage)
Kevin Nealon (Weeds)
Joe Rogan (Fear Factor)
BEST POT SCENE IN A MOVIE
A Scanner Darkly
Brokeback Mountain
Duck Season
Grandma’s Boy
Haven
BEST DOCUMENTARY
a/k/a Tommy Chong (Josh Gilbert)
Awesome: I Fucking Shot That (Nathaniel Hornblower)
Tales of the Rat Fink (Ron Mann)
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig)
The Outsider (Nicholas Jarecki)
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (David Leaf & John Scheinfeld)
Trudell (Heather Rae)
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Arido Movie; Brazil (Lirio Ferreira)
Duck Season; Mexico (Fernando Eimbeke)
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili; Tibet (Lu Chuan)
Pusher III: I’m the Angel of Death; Denmark (Nicholas Windng Refn)
Stoned; United Kingdom (Stephen Wooley)
BEST SOUNDTRACK
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
Grandma’s Boy
Haven
Nacho Libre
Tales of the Rat Fink
Weeds
BEST SONG IN A MOVIE OR TV SERIES
“Lazy Sunday,” Adam Samberg & Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live)
“Grandma’s Boyee,” Kool Keith & Kutmaster Kurt (Grandma’s Boy)
“Little Boxes,” Elvis Costello (Weeds)
“Spinning,” Zion I (Grandma’s Boy)
BEST UNRELEASED FILM
Cocaine Angel (Michael Tully)
Commune (Jonathan Berman)
Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress (Donnie L. Betts)
Ritalin Junkies (Dave Bumba)
Wetlands Preserved (Dean Budnick)
BEST TV SERIES
Best Week Ever (V-H1)
Chappelle’s Show: The Lost Episodes (Comedy Central)
Entourage (HBO)
Family Guy (Fox)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Weeds (Showtime)
BEST CABLE NEWS SHOW
Dogs Bites Man (Comedy Central)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
BEST LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC)
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)
BEST REALITY TV SERIES
Fear Factor (NBC)
My Fair Brady (V-H1)
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo)
Supergroup (V-H1)
The Flavor of Love (V-H1)
BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES
Jerry Ferrara (Entourage)
Adrian Grenier (Entourage)
Justin Kirk (Weeds)
Romany Malco (Weeds)
Kevin Nealon (Weeds)
Matt Walsh (Dog Bites Man)
BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES
Adrianne Curry (My Fair Brady)
Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds)
Tonye Patano (Weeds)
Andrea Savage (Dog Bites Man)
BEST TV SPECIAL
The Drug Years (V-H1)
100 Funniest Movies (Bravo)
When the Levees Break (HBO)
BEST STONER DVD
Coachella (Drew Thomas)
Dreadheads: Portrait of a Subculture (Steven R. Hurlburt & Flournoy Holmes)
1st Annual Bongidae (Jimbo Andrews & Jon Phillips)
Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel (Gandulf Hennig)
Puff, Puff, Pass (Mekhi Phifer)
TOP POT COMIC
Arj Barker
Doug Benson
Tommy Chong
Zach Galifianakos
Bill Maher
Sarah Silverman
BEST PLAY
Lenny Bruce: In His Own Words (Joan Worth & Alan Sacks)
His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley in The Zam Zam Room (Philip Breen)
The Marijuana-Logues (Jim Millan)

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