72nd Tony Awards

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It was the 72nd Tony Awards on CBS, and the top winner was The Band Visit, it is based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town.

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Ari’el Stachel, the California-born son of an Israeli-Yemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from New York, won the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as a romantic Egyptian trumpeter in the musical.

“Both my parents are here tonight. I have avoided so many events with them because for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said. “And after 9/11 it was very, very difficult for me and so I concealed, and I missed so many special events with them. And they’re looking at me right now, and I can’t believe it,” said the Tony Award winner Ari’el Stachel.

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Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) won for Best Actor in a Musical and Katrina Lenk for Best Actress in a Musical for their roles as, respectively, the leader of the band and the Israeli cafe owner who takes him in.

 

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“The Band’s Visit” also won awards for Best Book (by Itamar Moses), Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score (by David Yazbek), Best Lighting Design, Best Orchestration and Best Sound Design.

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Andrew Garfield took home Leading Actor in a Play for Angels in America, and he was nominated for an Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge in 2017.

Tina Fey, introducing her new musical Mean Girls, that was interesting to see.  Mean Girls 1, Mean Girl’s Tony performance

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Robert De Niro introduces Bruce Springsteen before he did that he said “f—k Trump” and people gave him a standing ovation.

How many times do we have to say this, don’t bring politics into awards show? Most of the other contestants, grab their awards, gave inspiring speeches and thanked their family and their agents who helped them succeed. They should ban certain actors to the awards show. We want to see our favorites win. Maybe Robert DeNiro wants better film roles. Thank you, CBS for muting Robert De Niro, f-bomb message, very quickly, and we did not hear it on our TV.  Broadway is about entertainment and escapes as Groban and Bareilles sang in their opening number, “In a world that is scary and hard to endure, if you make art at all you’re a part of the cure” — and this year’s Tonys delivered both, in restorative.

Here are the other winners

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Ninetieth Oscars: The Shape of Ebbing Missouri

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Did you watch the Ninetieth Oscar on Sunday night? The big winner was Shape of Water winning four awards which include Best Picture, Director, Production Design and best score.

Jimmy Kimmel was the perfect host. Unfortunately, the ratings were down, not because of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the correct best picture with big fonts on the card. Will they come back again for the third time? Who knows?

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Jimmy Kimmel and his actor friends that included Armie Hammer, Mark Hamill, Lupita Nyong’o, Emily Blunt, Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Margot Robbie left their seats in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday night to surprise the audience at the TCL Chinese Theatre, watching a preview of Wrinkle of Time coming out March 9, 2018, that was fun a surprise.

According to Deadline the highest ratings for the Oscars was back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres hosted. Will she do it again? Can she pull off surprise pranks as Jimmy Kimmel did?  Why do actors have to be hypocritical with the politics?

Sexual harassment is a big issue in the workplace and they waited for 10 to 20 years to tell?  And they ruin lives of other actors.

And women are not being recognized in the entertainment business. It’s a harsh world out there just to be recognized for what they do for a living. They sacrificed everything to tell a story just to be accepted. Even actors they worked so hard to study their craft of acting and end up with sexual harassment. It’s a tough job; nothing is easy these days. Actors have to be careful these days. It’s a new world out there.

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Big winners such as Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for leading actress and actor for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri, which was filmed in Sylvia, North Carolina. Frances McDormand lost her Oscar award, she put a billboard sign and got it back. Apparently, some craze fans wanted a prize too.

Visual effects and Cinematography went to Blade Runner2049.

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Kobey Bryant won for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball with Glen Keane.

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Allison Janney won an Oscar for best-supporting actress for I Tonya and a Golden Globe. Won two Emmys for CBS Mom. And four Emmys for West Wing and she likes rap music.

Best Adapted Screenplay went to James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name

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Jordan Peele won for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

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Gary Oldman for best actor in the Darkest Hour the story of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. And it won for make-up too.

Here’s the list of the winners

If you like awards shows like I do, It’s fun to see our favorites to win. Maybe people tune out awards show because they do not want to hear actors talk about politics. Awards show needs to be fun and entertaining. More like a three-ring circus.

Will the Emmys be fun and entertaining?

Oscars Nominations 2018

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The Shape of Water leads with 13 nominations which include Directing, Best Picture, female leading role Sally Hawkins, male supporting role Richard Jenkins, female supporting Octavia Spencer, original score, original screenplay, cinematography, costumes designs, sound editing, sound mixing, film editing and production design. It may win a few, but we have to wait and see. The Shape of Water

Ladybird is an interesting movie, and it’s a dark comedy about a teenager who’s nickname is Lady Bird, and no she’s not a ladybird. Or a bird, but a teenager. Laura Marano from the Disney’s Austin and Ally stars in the Oscar Nominated film.  Saoirse Ronan is an interesting and fascinating actor you may recognize her from Hanna (2011) and The Lovely Bones (2009). Since Ladybird won the Globes for the lead actress, it did not win for best director by Greta Gerwig. However, she is nominated for the Oscar which is better. Watch the review Lady Bird

Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon — an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence — gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated. If you go to Ebbing Missouri and find out there’s no Ebbing Missouri then you are lost.  Ebbing Missouri does not exist, but they did film it in Asheville, NC and near the mountains. Road trip. The trailer for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri

The DC movies that have won Oscars are:

Superman 1978 won for special achievement award for visual effects.

Batman 1989 won for set decorations

Batman: The Dark Knight (2008) won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger (Posthumously. The award was accepted by his father, mother, and sister.) And in Sound Editing.

Suicide Squad (2016) won for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

For Wonder Woman it could have been nominated. The ironic part Star Wars: The Last Jedi is nominated for Visual effects, original score, sound editing, and sound mixing.

Beauty and The Beast is nominated for Costume and production design.

Here are the nominees HERE

Golden Globes 2018

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It was the 75th annual Golden Globes last weekend, and the celebrities were happy to the first awards of the new year of 2018. Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, got great reviews of his hosting, he reminded me of Bob Hope when he hosted the Oscars and other awards shows.

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The actors and actress wore black for sexual harassment, and the actresses looked gorgeous in black gowns and dresses.

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People are still talking about it, Oprah Winfrey, gave an inspiring and inspirational speech when she received the Cecil B. DeMille award. Her speech was moving. The news media wanted her to be next president for 2020. Does she have her own network to run? She has several movies coming out this year.  What’s the qualification for being the president? Isn’t that peer pressure and fake news to stir up that she wants to be president. The news media is stirring up controversy again. Get your facts straight!

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When Ron Howard and Natalie Portman presented for Best Director, she said “And here are the all-male nominees,” before reading out the list.

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And then Guillermo del Toro won the category for “The Shape of Water.”

If they want women directors to be nominated for an Oscars or Golden Globes, why is the Golden Globe board members overlooking women directors? Is it the story of the film or the actors in characters in the film? It’s the subject matter and the story.

Kathryn Bigelow did win for best director for directing The Hurt Locker at the Oscars in 2010.  She was nominated for a Golden Globe that year, but she won the Oscar instead. So, if you don’t win the Golden Globe, the Oscars are much better.

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In 1984, Barbra Streisand won a Golden Globe for directing Yentl, not the Oscar that year. I saw that movie; it was very good.

They have women directors; however, they are not nominated.

Three Billboards

The offbeat Martin McDonagh film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pulled off a decisive win with four awards including Best Picture Drama, Actress in a Drama for Frances McDormand, Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, and Screenplay.  And it was filmed in Sylva, NC near the mountains of Asheville, NC. It’s a small town.

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The Director, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, grabbed Best Picture in that category as well as an Actress prize for Saoirse Ronan (above), for Oscar.

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HBO Big Little Lies Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern won for the series.

 

 

Notes

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/movies/golden-globes-best-worst.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The Streamy Awards 2017

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We have the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and the Tony awards. However, have you heard of the Streamy Awards? The Streamy Awards is the best of YouTube Creators on YouTube and yes they get awards too for being creative and telling their stories to the world and we watch them because they are interesting and we could learn from them too.

We can learn anything if we watch YouTube videos and apply them to ourselves, like building a house?

Or create your own brand and tell interesting stories or knowledge you have, but it has to be entertaining to watch and keep it PG13.

The Streamy Awards honor the best online video and the creators behind it. The annual event bridges together the brightest names in YouTube and online video for a night of celebration, discovery, and meaningful recognition. 2017 recognize the best of them since it started seven years ago. It’s not the first time you have heard before.

The show was hosted by Jon Cozart, the presenters are YouTube celebrities and real celebrities.

Here are the winners

 

OVERALL

Creator of the Year

**Dolan Twins

 

Show of the Year

**Sugar Pine 7

 

Breakout Creator

**David  Dobrik

 

Story Teller

** King Bach

 

Comedy

**Liza Kosby

 

Ensemble Cast

Mr. Student Body President

 

Branded Video or Series

The Disappearing Girl, Collins Key

 

First Person

**Lilly Singh

 

Action or Sci-Fi

**Crypt TV

 

Animated

**RWBY (Volume 4)

 

Documentary

**Psycho Family

 

Immersive

**BlackBoxTV (BlackBoxTV)

International

**Juanpa Zurita

 

SERIES

Comedy Series

**Rhett & Link’s Buddy System

 

Drama Series

**Cold

 

Indie Series

**Brown Girls

 

Non-Fiction Series

**Ladylike

 

Feature

This is Everything Gigi Gorgeous

 

SUBJECT

Fashion

**Tess Christine

 

Lifestyles

** LauraDIY

 

Food

Worth it

 

Gaming

**Smosh Games

 

Kids and Family

**Brooklyn & Bailey

 

News and Culture

**The Young Turks

 

Science or Education

**Veritasium

 

Sports and Wellness

**blogilates

 

PERFORMANCE

Acting in Drama

Destorm Power (Caught )

 

Collaboration

**Honest Trailers and Ryan Reynolds (“Logan Feat. Deadpool”)

 

Dance

Alyson Stoner

 

MUSIC

Breakthrough Artisit

** Poppy

Cover Song

**Ariana Grande, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” (Judy Garland)

 

CRAFT

Cinematography

**Casey Neistat (Casey Neistat)

 

Costume Design

**Brandon Rogers, Kimberly Rice, and Jonathan Hinman (“Magic Funhouse”)

 

Directing

**Jack Ferry and Ryan Hunter (“Mr. Student Body President”)

 

Editing

**The Game Theorists (Edward Newton, Thomas Torbergsen, Alex Sedgewick, Ronnie Edwards, Daniel Seibert, Lee Black, and Ryder Burgin)

 

Visual and Special Effects

**Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer (Corridor)

 

Writing

**DeStorm Power (“Caught”)

 

BRAND

 

Influencer Campaign

**Samsung (Casey Neistat)

69 Emmy Night

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What an exciting night for TV!  It was Emmy’s 69th award show. Did your favorite win? Did you know it was on Sunday night? It celebrates the best shows and the actors who portray different memorable characters.

The top winners were “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) was crowned best TV drama on Sunday at the Emmy Awards, it also won for writing and directing while earning Elisabeth Moss the best actress and Ann Dowd the best drama supporting actress award.

Saturday Night Live also won Emmys. Kate McKinnon played Hilary Clinton for Best supporting actress in a comedy. So, did Alec Baldwin for Best supporting actor in a comedy.

Baldwin spoke directly to Trump, who has complained in the past that he was cheated out of a trophy for hosting “Celebrity Apprentice”: “I suppose I should say, ‘At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy.'”

Melissa McCarthy was honored at last weekend’s creative arts Emmys as the best guest actress for her “SNL” work, including portraying Sean Spicer. The former White House press secretary made a surprise Emmys appearance, wheeling in his own podium.

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Master of None’s Lena Waithe delivered an emphatic and empowering message to her “LGBTQIA family” after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series with the show’s co-creator, Aziz Ansari.  The win notably made Waithe the first black woman to win the Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.

Donald Glover the first black person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

HBO’s Big Little Lies, which ended up winning five awards in total over the course of the evening, including Outstanding Limited Series.

Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin reunite on stage to celebrate 37 years ago their film 9 to 5 and the TV series “Nine to five” 1982 – 1988. They compare their boss from the movie to be “a sexist, egotist, lying hypocritical bigot,” to President Trump.

Hollywood enough with the Trump Bashing, the reason why the Emmy rating was low, because celebrities keep bashing the president and it’s a turn-off, the TV audience will turn you off. Be professional actors and entertain us. This go for other awards shows too. Be professional accept your award and be grateful that you won. Let Alec Baldwin host the Emmy next time.

RuPaul makes a great Emmy while being interview by Stephen Colbert.

Oh, by the way, the creative arts award was on Saturday night, the night before the Emmys. They showcase the behind the scenes of TV shows and their creativity putting a show together, and they also won too.

They should do this to for the Oscars too, to showcase their creative side and be recognized for what they do or add more categories.

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The Winners 

 

Notes:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/emmys/veep-and-the-handmaids-tale-win-top-emmy-award-prizes/ar-AAs6zgO

https://www.avclub.com/here-are-the-winners-of-the-69th-emmy-awards-1818494365 

 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/17/16323004/emmys-2017-winners-the-handmaids-tale-big-little-lies

The Emmy Winners

Outstanding Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep

 

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies

 

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series

Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series

Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

John Lithgow (The Crown)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)

 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

 

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

 

Outstanding Reality Competition

The Voice

 

 

Outstanding Directing in a Drama

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy

Atlanta

 

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie

Big Little Lies

 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

 

 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Master of None

 

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie

Black Mirror

 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver