Ahead of Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that is forging on in the midst of the pandemic. BEST PICTURE The Nominees: “The Father” “Judas and the Black Messiah” “Mank” “Minari” “Nomadland” “Promising Young Woman” “Sound of Metal” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” COYLE: A contemplative character study made for $5 million and populated by non-professional actors, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” is not your typical Oscar heavyweight. And yet it’s overwhelming the favorite, a roundly acclaimed movie from an exciting auteur that has already ruled at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and, most crucially, the producers and directors’ guilds. The weirdness of this unending pandemic awards season adds a drop of uncertainty to everything. But as much as I’d like to see “Sound of Metal,”“Promising Young Woman” or “Minari” sneak in for an upset, “Nomadland” is a near-lock, and an eminently … [Read more...] about Oscars 2021 predictions: Who will win in every major category at this year’s Academy Awards?
Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd is calling out the Grammys, blasting the Recording Academy as “corrupt,” and announced his decision to not submit his music to be considered for recognition despite the organization’s latest commitment to reform. Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the three-time Grammy-winner was reportedly the catalyst for recent rules changes the Recording Academy made that eliminated the secret nominating-review committees that considered past nominees for awards. The Weeknd criticized the awards because he was shut out even though his album After Hours was one of the industry’s biggest albums, and “Blinding Lights” was one of the most-streamed songs of the year. “The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag,” The Weeknd told Variety . The Super Bowl headliner said he would continue to boycott the awards. “I think the industry and public alike need to see the … [Read more...] about The Weeknd Slams Recording Academy, Vows to Continue Boycotting ‘Corrupt’ Grammys
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said the infamous Oscars mix-up at the end of the 2017 ceremony has unfairly reinforced the belief that the movie won best picture only because “it was the black film.” Barry Jenkins made the comments during an interview on the “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” podcast to promote his latest work, the Amazon Prime limited series The Underground Railroad . At the end of the 2017 Academy Awards, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly awarded the best picture Oscar to La La Land . The mix-up, which only became apparent as the La La Land producers were accepting the award on stage, ranks as one of the biggest disasters in Oscars history. “In a slightly sinister way, the fuck-up confirms or affirms some people’s unsavory thoughts about why the film [ Moonlight ] was awarded best picture,” Jenkins said. Watch below: 'La La Land' producer: "There's a mistake. 'Moonlight', you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke." #Oscars … [Read more...] about ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins: 2017 Oscars ‘F**k Up’ Reinforces Belief Best Picture Win Was ‘Because It Was the Black Film’
Billy Crystal is the latest Hollywood figure to come down hard against cancel culture and the current state of comedy. The former Oscars host also threw shade at this year’s Academy Awards telecast, which was the lowest rated in modern Oscars history. In an interview with the New York Post , Crystal spoke about the way comedy has changed in light of cancel culture. “It’s becoming a minefield and I get it,” Crystal told the newspaper. “I don’t like it, I understand it … I just keep doing what I’m doing and that’s all you can do right now.” “It’s a totally different world [now] and it doesn’t mean you have to like it,” he added. Crystal joins a growing list of comedians who have criticized the effect cancel culture has had on comedy. Comedians who have condemned cancel culture include Jerry Seinfeld , Dave Chappelle , Bill Burr, and Monty Python’s John Cleese . The Post asked Crystal if he watched this year’s Oscars telecast. “Were they on?” Crystal reportedly … [Read more...] about Billy Crystal Sounds Off on the Cancel Culture and Comedy ‘Minefield’: ‘I Don’t Like It’
(CNN) For centuries, parents have been the uncontested masters of embarrassment, but at Sunday night's Academy Awards , Daniel Kaluuya struck a blow for the younger generation, making his mother squirm. The 32-year-old Briton won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in biographical drama "Judas and the Black Messiah," and, like any good son, he decided his acceptance speech was the perfect opportunity to discuss his parents' sex life. "You got to celebrate life, man! We're breathing, walking, it's incredible. It's incredible. Like, it's incredible," he told the audience and the millions watching from home. "My mom met dad, they had sex. It's amazing." 'Nomadland' wins best picture As the camera cut to his mother, Damalie Namusoke, in the Oscars audience at the BFI in London, her face showed confusion, fury and then sheer humiliation as she put her head in her hands. "I'm here. You know what I mean? I'm so happy … [Read more...] about Daniel Kaluuya mentioned his mom’s sex life in his Oscars speech. She was not impressed