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 …

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:

Guillermo del Toro and Warren Beatty
Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Lead Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Lead Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Animated Feature: Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
Animated Short: Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
Gary Oldman (ABC)
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory
Original Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Best Documentary Feature: Icarus, Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
Best Documentary Short Subject: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel
Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child, Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
Best Foreign Language Film: A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
Film Editing: Dunkirk, Lee Smith
Jordan Peele (ABC)
Sound Editing: Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King
Sound Mixing: Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
Production Design: The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
Original Score: The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
Original Song: “Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
Makeup and Hair: Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
Costume Design: Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer


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