Oscar week! We’ve entered the final lap of the 90th run of the Academy Awards. At this late date in the awards season, the favorites in the acting categories have cemented into granite certainty. In other words: Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) are just begging for a comeuppance, and for Laurie Metcalf to somehow take all four contests, not simply the best supporting actress race. Yet there’s enough uncertainty and churn in the best picture category to make things interesting. Statistically, based on awards already won this season, it’s down to “Three Billboards” versus “The Shape of Water.” Some film industry observers, however, on Twitter and elsewhere, believe “Get Out” may be coming up on the rail. This is despite Jordan Peele’s thriller opening last … [Read more...] about The Oscars: In a perfect world these would be nominated — and win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Can backlash tank a film's Oscars prospects?It's a situation that manifests nearly every year, where some awards hopeful is deemed problematic, like "Saving Mr. Banks" for glossing over Walt Disney's unsavory views, or "Zero Dark Thirty" for its perceived endorsement of torture. This season the target is Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." But unlike other campaigns derailed by controversy, "Three Billboards" has soldiered on and continued to pick up major awards for the film and its actors.It won best film at the British Academy Film Awards, best drama at the Golden Globes and best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in addition to a slew of critics' awards and a near-sweep of the major trophies for leading actress Frances McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell. At Sunday's Oscars, it's up for seven awards including best picture.With its dark humor and complicated characters and themes — a mother out to avenge her … [Read more...] about Has divisiveness derailed ‘Three Billboards” Oscar chances?
* Schedule detail: Due to all the events happening at once and that this episode already has been taped this week, there will be no “TK Show” on Friday, though that’s our usual day. And then I’m headed to Memphis for Games 3 and 4 late next week, so show producer Paul Baca and I aren’t 100% sure how we’re going to do this for a while. I will update. I’m writing about Saturday’s rather large fight–Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao–tomorrow, which is one reason why I wanted to talk to Oscar De La Hoya on “The TK Show” this week. Of course, the main reason was just because I thought De La Hoya would be a very good guest, which he was. And since I’m writing the column soon, I transcribed the highlights from the 25-minute conversation and, as you know by now, when I transcribe something good, I almost always post it on this blog. —OSCAR DE LA HOYA digital broadcast highlights/ -Q: What are the fighters … [Read more...] about Oscar De La Hoya, a partial transcript: On exploiting Mayweather’s “kryptonite,” Pacquiao’s legwork, and those comeback thoughts
Oscar De La Hoya and I go way, way, way back–to his first days as a professional, not long after he won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. We’ve had our ups and downs through that period and haven’t spoken to each other very much in the last 15 years or so, but we know a lot of the same people, and from the moment I started this digital broadcast a few months ago I figured De La Hoya would be a natural great guest. Also: Well, this happens to be a very large week for boxing–the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is Saturday in Las Vegas, which not only will be the richest event in boxing history, it pits two future Hall of Famers who were probably at their best… when they fought De La Hoya in 2007 and 2008. By the way, De La Hoya also was trained by each of the two trainers for this fight–Pacquiao’s Freddie Roach and Floyd’s father, Floyd Sr. So it was great timing to get Oscar on the show today, and he broke down what Roach … [Read more...] about My “TK Show” conversation with Oscar De La Hoya: On Mayweather’s vulnerabilities and domestic-violence issues, Pacquiao’s “sting,” and much more
LOS ANGELES • Jimmy Kimmel is coming into his second year as host of the Oscars with the confidence of knowing he had nothing to do with last year’s historic envelope malfunction.“That part of the show is one I have no influence over whatsoever,” he said, “and I’m very glad I don’t.”The 50-year-old entertainer talked with the Associated Press about his plans for what he can control at Sunday’s show.Q • So which category is going to have the wrong envelope this year?A • This year, we’re going to plant the wrong envelope in a number of categories, just to keep people on their toes. And then we’ll be going into the crowd and pulling Oscars from people.Q • What’s the biggest thing you learned from hosting last year’s show?A • The biggest thing I learned from last year, besides the whole don’t-have-multiple-envelopes thing — and maybe color-coding might be an idea? … [Read more...] about Jimmy Kimmel jokes about multiple envelope issues at Oscars