Showing posts with label Oscars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oscars. Show all posts

Friday, April 13, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 13

Sidney Poitier is the First African American Male to Win the Best Actor

Sidney Poitier became the first African American Male to win the Oscar for Best Actor on this day in 1964 for his role in the movie, Lilies of the Field. The 1963 movie based on the novel of the same name by William Edmund Barrett also starred Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer. The title comes from the Bible passage, Luke 12:27-30 and story itself is about an African American itinerant worker who finds that a group of East German nuns believe that he was sent to them to build a new chapel. In 1970, the story was turned into a Broadway musical and re-titled, Look to the Lilies.

Monday, March 19, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 19

March 19 is World Monopoly Day

World Monopoly Day

Though the complete history of who created the game Monopoly and when remain cloudy. Hasbro officially recognizes March 19, 1935 as the game’s anniversary and dubs it World Monopoly Day. Some say that early versions of the game appeared as early as 1903. Numerous editions of the game have been created over the years as well as spin-off games that feature much of the same themes of the original. The game is licensed in 13 countries and printed in 37 different languages. In 2017, it was announced that three new tokens (T-Rex, Penguin and Rubber Ducky) would be added to the game while three others (Wheelbarrow, Thimble and the Boot) would be taken away. Monopoly has also inspired other projects like the summer time TV game show produced by ABC and aired in 1990. Hollywood has been trying to make a feature film based on the game since 2008 and Broadway is currently working on a new musical show based on the game.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Oscars: And the Winners Are...

Backstage at the 90th Academy Awards (ABC)


Who would believe that movie about a deaf woman falling in love with a creature resembling another one from one black lagoon would be a hit? Even stranger, that movie, The Shape of Water, managed to walk away from the 90th Annual Academy Awards presentation with four Oscars!

While the award show was a celebration of 90 years of movie awards, a few things felt similar to last year's production. For one, Jimmy Kimmel returned as host. For the second, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were asked back to present the award for Best Picture after accidentally announcing that last year's Best Picture was La La Land. "As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," joked Dunaway before opening the black envelope.

Oscar and Jimmy (ABC)
Though less political and issues-centered than the latest Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, it was made clear that the "Time is Up" and "Me Too" movements are still very much alive and well and various Hollywood celebrities made sure we knew it. Even Kimmel described the Oscar statue as a "perfect man" as he keeps his hands to himself and doesn't have a certain appendage.

The longer the show went on, the more mentions about the lack of women or people of color were represented in the business of movie-making. Never one to shy aware from a microphone, Frances McDormand had her own "I am woman, hear me roar" moment. McDormand, who won the Lead Actress Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, encouraged all of the women nominees to stand up with her during her speech.

Francis McDormand (ABC)
"All the female honorees, stand with me -- all the women. Look around because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," said McDormand.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph poked fun that after years of Oscars being "too white" some folks were wondering if the award show had now become too black.

"Don't worry. There are so many more white people to come," said Rudolph before presenting awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Live Action Short Film.

Still, taking time to focus on social commentary during the awards might be affecting the production in a negative way. TV Line reports that this year's Oscars ratings were 15 percent lower than last years; a fourth straight year of decline. While equal pay for actors and actresses and greater diversity of films are concepts many can get behind, perhaps preaching the message during a night a celebration isn't the best time to do so.

Helen Mirren and Mark Bridges (ABC)
Non-political humorous bits included Kimmel giving away a Jet Ski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech and the Helen Mirren served as a Price is Right type of presenter of the Jet Ski. (By the way, costume designer Mark Bridges was the winner of the prize and posed with Mirren on the Jet Ski at the end of the show.) After halfway through the presentation, an crowd at a movie theater across the street were surprised by Kimmel and some celebrities personally thanking them for going to the movies and awarding them with hotdogs and candy snacks.

Here is the complete list of this year's winners:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Your Complete Guide to the 90th Academy Awards


To see the complete list of winners from this year's Oscar show and highlights, click here.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on ABC. The special will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Each year ABC makes this event bigger and this year is no exception including a Countdown to the Oscars, Live! special and Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet both airing before the show on ABC. Other specials will air on Facebook and Instagram. Here is you complete guide to this year’s Oscars:

Countdown to the Oscars, Live!
ABC says this is the “ultimate guide to Hollywood’s biggest night” preparing viewers for the big night. Hosted by Paula Faris and Chris Connelly, the three hour special (!) will revisit unforgettable moments from Oscars past and will feature Whoopi Goldberg’s exclusive interview with chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company and museum campaign chair Robert A. Iger discussing the new Academy Museum and the 90th Oscars. Goldberg also brings viewers a first look inside the new museum and visits the Academy Film Archive which is full of treasured Hollywood memorabilia.

Faris and Connelly will be joined by special contributors including editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle, The Hollywood Reporter TV editor Marisa Guthrie, actor and writer Robert Wuhl, TV and radio personality Rolonda Watts, fashion expert Joe Zee and stylist to stars Sophie Lopez.

Countdown to the Oscars, Live! airs 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PST

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

90th Oscars Nominations and Actor’s Reactions to the News

Nominees for the 2018 Academy Awards were announced today.


Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis (known for Girl’s Trip and Planet of the Apes respectively) had the honor of announcing this year’s nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards. As always, there were a few surprises, snubs and maybe even a shock or two. With movie ticket sales down and Hollywood sexual scandals up, it has been a bumpy year.

There are quite a few stars receiving their first Oscar nominations today including Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Lesley Manville and Laurie Metcalf. This is the second nomination for Gary Oldman, Mary J. Blige, Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins. Others have been to the party a few times including Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe and Woody Harrelson (three nominations each), Octavia Spencer (one Oscar win and two other nominations), Frances McDormand (one Oscar win and four other nominations) Daniel Day-Lewis (three Oscar wins and three other nominations), Denzel Wasghington (two Oscar wins and seven other nominations) and Meryl Streep who has won three times and has been nominated 18 other times! At the age of 88, Christopher Plummer is the oldest Oscar nominee in history. His first Oscar nomination didn’t come until 2010 for The Last Station and won his first in 2011 for his role in Beginners.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, 2018 and will be televised on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will serve his second stint as host.

And the 2018 Oscar Nominees are…

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Big Mistake at the 2017 Oscars - Video of the Day


Big OOPS at tonight's Oscar awards.

2017 Oscars: And the Winners are...

Biggest mistake ever at an Oscars award. (ABC)


This year La La Land was nominated for the most Academy Awards and will be bringing home the most Oscars, but maybe not as much of a landslide as many had thought. At the end of night, La La Land almost won for Best Picture. Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope (or something) and incorrectly announced the wrong winner. The REAL winner for Best Picture was Moonlight.

Last year, the prevailing controversy of the Academy Awards was if all races were represented or not. This year, the only controversy during the presentation had nothing to do with the movie business. President Donald Trump was mentioned over and over again, usually by host Jimmy Kimmel, but often without mentioning his name, although at one point, Kimmel tweeted Trump to see if he "was up" since the program had been airing for over two hours and the president (who is known for his tweeting) hadn't tweeted anything yet. Surprisingly though, most of the speeches given focused on the winner and the people they were thanking instead of making a political statement.

Jimmy Kimmel
Unlike previous years, this year's presentation began with a musical number featuring a nominated song ("Can't Stop the Feeling" from the movie Trolls by Justin Timberlake) instead of a comedy montage and/or song number by the show's host. Kimmel has said that he is not known for his singing or dancing. Instead, he put his energies into skewering various celebrities most especially Matt Damon who Kimmel has had a long-standing "feud."

Stunts for the night included giving the guests Junior Mints, Red Vines and other treats by dropping the gifts from the ceiling with little parachutes. Later, a whole busload of tourists were tricked into thinking that they were visiting a movie set or something but instead were brought into the theater and were able to meet many of the celebrities.

Other highlights included:
  • The stars of Hidden Figures brought out real-life NASA physicist Katherine Johnson on the Oscars stage.
  • Charlize Theron shared how she was inspired by Shirley MacLaine's performance in The Apartment, Seth Rogan shared how he was inspired by Michael J. Fox's performance in Back to the Future and Javier Bardem shared how he was inspired by Meryl Streep's performance in The Bridges of Madison County.
  • Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Jackie Chan were honored.
  • Various stars shared their "mean tweets." (They shared the mean things that the general public have said about them on Twitter.)
  • Sara Bareilles sang "Both Sides Now" for the memoriam song.
Charlize Theron, Shirley MacLaine, Michael J. Fox, Seth Rogan, Javier Bardem and Meryl Streep.

Monday, February 13, 2017

ABC Announces Oscars Challenge Sweepstakes

The Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
The Oscars air on Sunday, February 26, 2017. (ABC)


Like every year, movie fans can go to to fill out their own ballot on who they think is most deserving of an Academy Award, but this year, there is a bonus. While there, you can also enter The Official Oscars Challenge Sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand-prize trip for two to Hollywood for the 2018 The Oscars Red Carpet fan experience.

As always, the Oscars are a “big deal,” but next year it will be even bigger celebrating 90 years. The grand prize winner of the sweepstakes will win a trip for two to Hollywood – including two nights’ hotel stay and airfare – to join the fans in the bleachers for the red-carpet arrival in 2018. Runner up winners will win a three day/two-night trip for two to Los Angeles, California, to attend a red-carpet premiere of Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in April/May 2017. Then, those winning the category prizes will receive a limited edition Oscars notebook and a DVD of each of the Best Picture nominees from the 89th Academy Awards.

Fans can make and edit their picks and enter the sweepstakes up until 5:30 p.m. PST on February 26, 2017. The Official Oscars Challenge sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older. No purchase necessary. For complete official rules and details, click here.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mad Max Took Over the Oscars

Chris Rock (ABC)
Of all the films nominated for the 2016 Academy Awards Mad Max: Fury Road took home six of the Oscars which might have been the only surprise of the night. 

Months of controversial talk about the lack of black nominees came to a head with host Chris Rock who took every opportunity to poke jabs on the subject. Unlike previous Oscar presentations where the host would make tease that year's nominees, Rock ribbed Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith for not attending the ceremony because of the lack of diversity. Rock offered biting commentary throughout the night, but it never felt "too much" and by having him do all the teasing allowed the presenters and the award recipients to concentrate on the actual movies up for awards.

Again, it was no shocker that Leonardo DiCaprio won the Best Actor award for The Revenant nor that Inside Out won for Best Animated Film and that Spotlight won for best picture. However it was a bit of a surprise (but totally deserving if you seen the film) that Mark Rylance won the award for Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies. Brie Larson won the Best Actress award for Room and Alicia Vikander for Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl. Sadly, Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn't win any of the five awards it was up for.

Lady Gaga

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Monday, February 22, 2016

The Complete 2016 Oscar Primer Including All Presenters and Performers

Full list of Oscar presenters and other Oscar news.
Chris Rock and friends. (ABC)
The following is the complete list, at least so far states the press release found on the ABC website. ABC says that they will continue to update the list often, so for the REALLY complete list, go here.

Every year seems to be a different cause or concern to be featured throughout the Oscars. Expect a lot of talk about diversity this year. Despite a number of celebrities refusing to attend this year’s ceremonies, the show will go on as scheduled.

A big change this year, or at least rumored, is that during the speeches, those receiving awards will have all those names of people that they wish to thank listed on the screen so that they will have more time to express their thanks and whatever else is on their mind without having to worry if they have thanked everyone that they needed to thank. It’s a great idea if it really works.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Best and Worst: Nominations for Oscars and Razzies

Today, all of the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards have been given, but what might excite you more is the list of nominations for the 36th Annual Razzies Awards which were announced on the day before.

For the Oscars, some will be surprised to learn that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nominated for five awards. It probably has the best chance of winning for Best Score and Best Visual Effects but it is also in the running for Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

For animation, it is not surprising to see Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out listed as Best Animated Movie, but it is surprising to see it also in the running for Best Original Screenplay. Also, one contender for Best Animated Film is the very adult-oriented Anomalisa.

This year, the Razzie Redeemer Award (an award given to actors or actresses who previously won a Razzie but redeemed themselves this year with something better) nominees are Elizabeth Banks, M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Sylvester Stallone. (I think Stallone is going to kill this one.)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Birdman is the Big Winner - Neil Patrick Harris, Not so Much

Fox Searchlight Pictures
The 87th Oscar Awards ceremony opened with host Neil Patrick Harris singing an original song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the people who wrote the the music for Disney’s Frozen). During the tribute to moving pictures, he was joined on stage by Anna Kendrick (in full Cinderella gown from Into the Woods) and “interrupted” by Jack Black. The best part was a montage of movie clips where Harris was inserted observing what was going on in the scene. While not as good or as enjoyable as previous productions by Billy Crystal in years past, it was still pretty clever. Harris is a good host, but his jokes were groaners and actually wore out his welcome by the end. The ongoing schtick about his own Oscar predictions grew tiresome as night went on and there no real payoff in the end.

Birdman was the big winner of the night winning four awards including Best Picture, Directing, Original Screenplay and Cinematography. Next in line was The Grand Budapest Hotel winning awards for costume design, makeup and hairstyling, production design and original score. Eddie Redmayne won for Best Actor (The Theory of Everything) and Julianne Moore for best actress (Still Alice).

Video of the Day: Top 5 Awkward Oscar Moments

Remember that horrible song number that featured Snow White and Rob Lowe in 1989? It's here.
 Here’s Zoomin.TV Movies' Top 5 Awkward Oscar Moments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 Oscars and Then Some

Everything you need to know about the 2015 Oscars.
The Big Day:The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m ET) 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. It will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Oscar Protest and Bomb Threat:Selma being snubbed this year isn’t sitting well with some folks in Hollywood. The Los Angeles chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has planned a protest Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m. “We will be right outside the Oscar ceremony, as close as the police will allow us,” Political Director Najee Ali told Dominic Patten of “It’s pretty obvious that the Academy needs more diversity in its voting process. Very simple facts are that 94% of the Academy voters are white…The issue of the lack of racial diversity is the larger issue that Hollywood must face and confront head on. That’s why our protest of this year’s Oscar’s ceremony is designed to be a wake-up call for the entire industry.”

Friday, February 20, 2015

The 87th Oscar Nominations are in!

Copyrights (L-R): Working Title Films, New Regency Pictures, Warner Bros., Black Bear Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Cloud 8 Films and Bold Films

If you are an early riser, you may have caught the announcement of all the Oscar nominations for 2015. They were presented this morning at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams joined actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in delivering all 24 categories. 
And the nominees are:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oscars by the Numbers

Neil Patrick Harris host this year's Oscars on Sunday (ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Oscars this Sunday night on ABC. Have you ever wondered what all goes into each show? Here are just a few of interesting stats.
Number of pounds of the Oscar statuette.
Number of inches tall of the Oscar statuette.
Number of times that Bob Hope had hosted the show.
Number of competitive award categories this year.
First Academy Awards to be televised (1953)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

‘Gravity,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘12 Years a Slave’ win big at 86th Academy Awards

While it didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, Gravity left the Academy Awards with the most wins for the night – seven, including Best Director. Winning so many awards, it was a little shocking that Sandra Bullock did not win for Best Actress.  Co-stars, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyer's Club and both gave incredibly heartfelt speeches. McConaughey gave special thanks to God acknowledging the importance of the all mighty in his life, which was a lot better than his odd rambling speech he gave earlier at the Golden Globes for the same honor. Finally, 12 Years a Slave won for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Your Complete Guide to the 2014 Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the 86th Annual Academy
Awards Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.
FINALLY – The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out tomorrow night, March 2nd. Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Here is everything you need to know ahead of time:

Red Carpet: For those who care who is wearing what, there are a number of red carpet broadcasts to choose from:
  • ABC – Since ABC will be presenting the big show, this may be your best choice. 4:00 p.m. (PT), 7:00 p.m. (ET)
  • MTV – Collaborating with VH1 and LOGO TV, MTV will be provide red carpet interviews beginning at 2:00 p.m. (PT), 5:00 p.m. (ET)
  • E! – Airing “Live From the Red Carpet at the Oscars" at 1:30 p.m. (PT), 4:30 p.m. (ET)
  • E! Online will offer a live stream from the red carpet with hosts Catt Sadler and Jesse Gidlings beginning at 2:00 p.m. (PT), 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Live Award Show: Taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, the Oscars will air on ABC at 5:30 p.m. (PT) and 8:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC. For the first time ever, the Oscars will be streamed live on as well.