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?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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What? Nooo! Why? That was my first reaction when I watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The last one was 32 years ago they could do a Star Wars 6.1, 6.2 or 6.3 to see how the characters were teenagers? Possible a prequel to the sequels?

Oh by the way, never let your son or daughter be tempted to the dark side. Teach them, guide them, and take them to church. Can I borrow a nickel?

What’s Rey in relationship with Luke? Is she Luke adopted sister when his parents were killed in the first movie and she disappeared? Luke stayed with his Aunt and Uncle, the Lars family. Did they have a daughter and Luke did not know? And she left? Remember they were both scavengers and they know how to fix robots, droids and space vehicles. There’s a gap in the storyline maybe it will be answer in the next movie. Sci-fi – action – adventure – soap opera. They should put this as a new TV series. Oh they did remember Battle Star Galactic from the 1980’s and the remake in 2009?

By the way, I loved it. It was fantastic. The action sequence was so real like it actually came close to me. I had to duck when the lasers from the fighters flew over my head. The lasers hit my popcorn and it exploded in the movie theater. I saw it in 3D. I actually touch the spacecraft up close people saw my hand touching something. So real.  I hope the movie get’s nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for something, which will be great for J.J. Abrams and his crew.

Can’t wait to get it on Blu-ray DVD in May 2016 to see extra stuff and the process of making it and the gag reel of behind scenes.

Go see it!

12 Years a slave and Gravity tops Awards

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Lupita Nyong’o

12 years a slave wins for best picture while Gravity wins seven for technical awards in achievement in film.

Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry’s long omission of slavery stories and years of whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner “Gone With the Wind.”

Steve McQueen accepted the award for best picture, even though he did not get Best Director. His producer partner and actor was Brad Pitt was involved and one of the producer team.

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Steve McQueen

“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” said McQueen, who promptly bounced into the arms of his cast. “This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.”

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“Gravity” cleaned up in technical categories, earning seven Oscars including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The Mexican filmmaker is the category’s first Latino winner.

Good, we need diversity in the film industry. We have great directors out there willing to produce some great entertaining movies for us to watch and make us think. We do have a lot of junk in space and the race to clean space takes time and money. So that’s where our money is going. Cleaning up space, that’s a good thing.

“It was a transformative experience,” said Cuaron, who spent some five years making the film and developing its visual effects. “For a lot of people, that transformation was wisdom. For me, it was the color of my hair.”

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The awards for best actor and actress went to Matthew McConaughey, for his role as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club,” and Cate Blanchett for playing a fragile socialite experiencing a meltdown in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”

Lupita Nyong’o, the breakout star of “12 Years a Slave,” accepted the award for best supporting actress. In her feature film debut, the 31-year-old actress made an indelible impression as the tortured slave Patsey.

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s, and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance,” said Nyong’o. She also thanked director Steve McQueen: “I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and they are watching and they are grateful, and so am I.”

She added, “When I look down at this golden statue may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

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Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his acclaimed performance as a transgender woman with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He dedicated the award to his mother, his date for the evening. “Thank you for teaching me to dream,” he said.

Other winners included “The Great Gatsby” for best costume design and production design, and best makeup and hairstyling for the low-budget “Dallas Buyers Club.” “The Great Beauty,” an Italian film hailed as an ode to Federico Fellini’s 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” won best foreign language film.

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Ellen DeGeneres  was an excellent host tonight, she kept it moving. I hope she host it again or have Jay Leno to host it, he needs a job.

The talk-show host quickly circulated in the audience, delivering pizza and appealing to Harvey Weinstein to pitch in on the bill. She also crowded in as many stars as she could in hopes of generating the most-tweeted photo ever. Meryl Streep giddily exclaimed: “I’ve never tweeted before!” The resulting image had been retweeted more than 1.5 million times — and counting. I couldn’t see it. Twitter crashed.

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Jennifer Lawrence stumbled over a cone while walking out of her limousine at the 86th Academy Awards, marking the second year the “Hunger Games” star has had a slip-up at the Oscars. She needs a guy with her to hold her up, where was her brother at?

During her opening monologue, this year’s host Ellen DeGeneres made light of Lawrence’s stumbles.

“If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar,” DeGeneres joked.

Lawrence was up for an Academy Award at this year’s ceremony in the best supporting actress category, for her portrayal of a New Jersey housewife in “American Hustle,” also directed by Russell and co-starring Cooper. She lost out to “12 Years A Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o.

In Memoriam, again still the Oscars has left some great actors that passed away between 2013 – 2014, and they were:  Marcia Wallace, Lisa Robin Kelly, Lee Thompson Young, Phil Everly, Phil Ramone, Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Dennis Farina, Gary David Goldberg, Alicia Rhett, Alain Resnais, Jim Jacks, Clive Burr, Cory Monteith,  James Avery and Wizard of Oz’s Ruth Robinson Duccini (which is ironic given the film’s tribute earlier on in the evening). Maybe they have time restrains and put only recognizable people in the acting and entertainment community.

Since, the Oscar was broadcast at eight thirty, eastern time, they could have started early like eight. And the Thank you speech could be cut in half.