When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

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…

Best Picture:
Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Gary Oldman (IMDB)
Lead Actor:
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name; Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread; Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out; Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour; Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

“Firstly, I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, both in the acting categories and across the board. To be in such company is deeply, genuinely, humbling. To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career, was the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so happy that my colleagues and partners on this wonderful film have also been honored with nominations. I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!”
- Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Saoirse Ronan (IMDB)
Lead Actress:
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water; Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Margot Robbie, I, Tonya; Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird; Meryl Streep, The Post

"To have been a part of a film like Lady Bird was a true privilege and I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing this wonderful story about the beauty and strength of women. I am especially thrilled to share this moment with Laurie Metcalf and our leader and director Greta Gerwig, who, like Lady Bird, is an incredible woman and a dear friend."
- Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Christopher Plummer
Supporting Actor:
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project; Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water; Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World; Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

"I am absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination by the Academy. It was quite unexpected but incredibly gratifying. Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned but excited by it all."
-Christopher Plummer - All the Money in the World

"I’m very happy to be recognized by the Academy for my role in Sean Baker’s The Florida Project. I am very proud of this movie that authentically expresses the human’s spirit’s natural impulse to extend itself to others even in difficult circumstances."
- Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

Leslie Manville (IMDB)
Supporting Actress:
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound; Allison Janney, I, Tonya; Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread; Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird; Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

“I am rather giddy with excitement at the wonderful news and extremely thankful and grateful that the Academy have honoured Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis, JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, Mark Bridges and Jonny Greenwood alongside myself with nominations today. It is also quite a day for my son Alfie Oldman - having both parents nominated in the same year.”
- Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf (IMDB)
“What a morning. I’m thrilled to be recognized with the incredible actresses in my category, and am grateful to the Academy for this amazing honor. Congrats to our fearless leader Greta and my Lady Bird Saoirse Ronan for their nominations as well!”
- Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan; Get Out, Jordan Peele; Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig; Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson; The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:
The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito; The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo; Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson; Ferdinand, Carlos Saldanha; Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:
Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant; Garden Party, Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon; Lou, Dave Mullins, Dana Murray; Negative Space, Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata; Revolting Rhymes, Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (IMDB)
Adapted Screenplay:
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory; The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin; Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

"This is an incredible honor. We were inspired by the story of two friends who went after their dreams. Now the Academy has made our wildest dream come true. We are grateful to everyone who made The Disaster Artist and thankful to those who supported us along the way."
- Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist

Greta Gerwig (IMDB)
Original Screenplay:
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Get Out, Jordan Peele; Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig; The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

"This is an unbelievable honor and I am beside myself with joy and gratitude. The entire team who made Lady Bird poured their heart and soul into it, and I am so deeply grateful to the Academy for their recognition. I couldn’t be prouder of my brilliant women who led the cast, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, and I am so thrilled that they were nominated for their beautiful performances. I am struggling to find the words to express how much the nomination for best director and best screenplay means to me — in a year where there are so many brilliant films by so many of my heroes of cinema — all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins; Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel; Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema; Mudbound, Rachel Morrison; The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman; Faces Places, JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda; Icarus, Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan; Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen; Strong Island, Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:
Edith+Eddie, Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright; Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel; Heroin(e), Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon; Knife Skills, Thomas Lennon; Traffic Stop, Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:
DeKalb Elementary, Reed Van Dyk; The Eleven O’Clock, Derin Seale, Josh Lawson; My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr.; The Silent Child, Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton; Watu Wote/All of Us, Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary), The Square (Sweden)

Film Editing:
Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss; Dunkirk, Lee Smith; I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel; The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:
Baby Driver, Julian Slater, Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini, Theo Green; Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King; The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:
Baby Driver, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin; Blade Runner 2049, Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill; Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo; The Shape of Water, Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:
Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer; Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola; Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer; Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis; The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:
Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer; Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood; The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell

Original Song:
“Mighty River” from Mudbound, Mary J. Blige; “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name, Sufjan Stevens; “Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez; “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, Diane Warren, Common; “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:
Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick; Victoria and Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard; Wonder, Arjen Tuiten

Jacqueline Durran (IMDB)
Costume Design:
Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran; Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran; Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges; The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira; Victoria and Abdul, Consolata Boyle

“I am absolutely thrilled, even a bit overwhelmed, at being nominated twice. It is a great honor to receive two nominations and for such different films. Of course it is also a recognition of the work of a great costume team who bring the ideas to life, as well as a celebration of the creative collaboration between departments (with Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer also receiving two nominations). It’s really wonderful.”
- Double nominee Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour and Beauty and the Beast

Visual Effects:
Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick; Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlon; War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist


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