SURPRISES, SNUBS, FIRSTS AMONG OSCAR NOMINATIONS – (03/16/2021)
“Mank” leads the field of Oscar nominations, with 10 nods, including best picture, as well as for its stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried and its director David Fincher.
Netflix dominated the nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards, grabbing 35.
Six films earned six nominations — a group that includes “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” All of these films were nominated for best picture along with “Promising Young Woman.”
After years of criticism for its lack of diversity, for the first time, performers of color comprise the majority in both actor categories, with Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Steven Yeun (“Minari”) in the lead race and “One Night in Miami” star Leslie Odom Jr. competing with “Judas and the Black Messiah” duo Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in supporting. Yeun is the first Asian American nominee, and Christina Oh is the first Asian American nominee to receive a nod for best picture with “Minari.”
Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color ever nominated as best director for “Nomadland.” Viola Davis became the most nominated Black actress in Oscar history for “Ma Rainey’s.”
Boseman received his first-ever Oscar nom for “Ma Rainey’s” after his death.
Regina King was overlooked for “One Night in Miami,” and she would have been the first Black woman nominated as director.
“Ma Rainey” missed out on a best picture nom.
Jodie Foster and Jared Leto were also overlooked for their roles in “The Mauritanian” and “The Little Things.”
Paul Raci was overlooked at the SAG and Golden Globes, but he was nominated for his role in “Sound of Metal” as best supporting actor.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, the Academy Awards will take place April 25 at downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station and Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, and air live on ABC.
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CARDI B AND MEGAN THEE STALLION’S GRAMMY PERFORMANCE SLAMMED BY PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL – (03/16/2021)
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s “W.A.P.” performance at the Grammys has ruffled a few feathers. Members of the Parents Television Council has complained to the FCC about the performance.
Tim Winter, the PTC’s president said in a statement, “The performance of Wet-Ass P*ssy, and let’s not pretend that WAP means anything else, was entirely unfit for a primetime network television broadcast.”
He added, “Artists have every right to confound empowerment with debasement, and sexiness with debauchery, but a broadcast television network carries a higher standard,” he stated before continuing, “especially during the times when children are likely to be in the audience. Shame on CBS.”
ASHLEY TISDALE RESPONDS TO HARRY STYLES COMPARISONS – (03/16/2021)
Was Harry Styles’ Grammy look inspired by Ashley Tisdale?
After Styles hit the red carpet in a blazer and feather boa, fans immediately started comparing his outfit to the one worn by the High School Musical star at the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement DVD Pajama Ball event in Beverly Hills in 2004.
A meme going around Twitter sharing the image of Styles and the one of Tisdale in a pink feather boa calls her the “influencer” and him the “influenced.”
Tisdale shared the meme on her own Twitter account and also shared it to her Instagram story, adding an “Iconic” gif.
A-ROD FLIES TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO BE WITH JLO – (03/16/2021)
Alex Rodriguez flew to be with Jennifer Lopez amid the rumors of their breakup.
TMZ reports that A-Rod left Miami to join J.Lo in the Dominican Republic where she has been shooting a movie. He shared a photo of their spectacular view on his Instagram Story with the caption, “Happy Monday New week. New day. Onward. Upward.”
News broke last week that the two broke off their two-year engagement over rumors of Rodriguez’s infidelity, but the pair issued a statement on Saturday (March 13th) saying, “All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things.”
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