I’m Skipping the Oscars, But…

If you are reading this, you’re not likely going to be attending the 2016 Oscars. In fact, only half of the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be there because Kodak Theatre has a seating capacity of 3,400.

I know that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have begun a movement to get folks to not pay attention to the Oscars because of the lack of diversity but the reality for me is this… I didn’t see most of the films. I don’t go to the movies. I don’t even have a television! I am usually enveloped in the fashions that you can’t really escape if you have any kind of social media account.

But… I want to draw attention to a few things I’ve been thinking about…

Is it realistic for actors like Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent to ask Chris Rock not to host the Oscars? Isn’t Chris Rock a part of the diversity that the show needs? Would they like for Chris Rock to be replaced by a white man?

b2e918cb544423c4041d0ae3fd010d81d6467c1438e0e2adabbfc6e0636cfae0I didn’t see many of the films but I did see a wonderful documentary about Nina Simone that has been nominated for Best Feature Documentary by Liz Garbus.

Here are a few other nominees that tell stories you may care about…

Best Documentary Short – Body Team 12

Best Documentary Short – Last Day of Freedom

Writing/Origin Screenplay – Straight out of Compton

 

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Was Mary J. Blige Snubbed by the Oscars?

“The Help” has been nominated for a few Academy Awards this year but not for Mary J. Blige’s singing. To many folk’s surprise, the soundtrack’s best song featuring Mary J. Blige got no Oscar love. It’s reported that Mary asked everyone to pray while the announcements were announced and was disappointed to learn that it didn’t get a nod.

You know I LOVE me some Mary J. Blige and The Help was a cool movie but… I am not sure it’s an outstanding song. I wouldn’t even buy it on iTunes. I am not sure what it did on the charts but it couldn’t have done that great. In all fairness, it probably depends on what else was nominated. The song didn’t even get any Grammy love, though.

Is He Wrong? Howard Stern Goes HARD on Gabourey Sidibe! [Video]

This is so rude! I hate this! I am speechless! This kind of stuff ought to be the juice that drives Gabby to excel! I do think it will be difficult for her not to be typecasted as “precious” if she doesn’t change her outward appearance HOWEVER good acting is good acting. I take this personal because people always say what you can and cannot be because of the way you look… For Gabby, it’s her size but for generations it has been our skin color. Howard Stern must not have known that Hattie McDaniel was a good size 22+. I just hope Gabby isn’t discouraged!

Domos Oscar Preview + Predictions

Hey folks! Hope you plan to watch the Oscars today! I thought I would makes some notes on who I think should win! The likely winners are in BLACK and the folks I think deserve to win are in GREEN.

Best Supporting Actress: Mo’ Nique, Precious (Mo’Nique, Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air) Mo’Nique has this in the bag but in case she didn’t and someone else HAD to win, I thought Anna Kendrick was amazing in “Up in the Air.”

Best Supporting Actor: Christolph Waltz (Matt Damon) Matt Damon was great in Invictus. Christoph has this one in the bag but if anything cray happens, I would want Matt to be the beneficiary!

Leading Actress: Sandra Bullock (Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Gabourey Sidibe) This is a very competitive category! Aside from her NAACP Award, Gabourey Sidibe hasn’t gotten much for her role. I would be pretty happy if she won but I am certain she won’t. I am undecided when it comes to Sandra and Meryl. They were equally good but Sandra has won everything else. Meryl hasn’t won in over 20 years and gets gooped every year. Something deep in my heart makes me feel like this is her year but Sandra… she was GOOD! I just don’t know folks. Continue reading “Domos Oscar Preview + Predictions”

Oscar Nominations are In! ‘Precious’ Gets 6 Nods!

My Predictions: Who SHOULD Win in BlLUE and who WILL win in RED.

1. Best Picture: “Avatar,” ”The Blind Side,” ”District 9,” ”An Education,” ”The Hurt Locker,” ”Inglourious Basterds,” ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” ”A Serious Man,” ”Up,” ”Up in the Air.”

2. Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”; George Clooney, “Up in the Air”; Colin Firth, “A Single Man”; Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”; Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker.”

3. Actress: Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”; Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”; Carey Mulligan, “An Education”; Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia.”

4. Supporting Actor: Matt Damon, “Invictus”; Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”; Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”; Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”; Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds.”

5. Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Nine”; Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”; Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”; Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

6. Directing: James Cameron, “Avatar”; Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”; Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”; Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “Ajami,” Israel; “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Argentina; “The Milk of Sorrow,” Peru; “Un Prophete,” France; “The White Ribbon,” Germany.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “District 9″; Nick Hornby, “An Education”; Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, “In the Loop”; Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air.”

9. Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”; Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”; Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, “The Messenger”; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”; Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy, “Up.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Coraline”; “Fantastic Mr. Fox”; “The Princess and the Frog”; “The Secret of Kells”; “Up.”

11. Art Direction: “Avatar,” ”The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” ”Nine,” ”Sherlock Holmes,” ”The Young Victoria.”

12. Cinematography: “Avatar,” ”Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” ”The Hurt Locker,” ”Inglourious Basterds,” ”The White Ribbon.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Avatar,” ”The Hurt Locker,” ”Inglourious Basterds,” ”Star Trek,” ”Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

14. Sound Editing: “Avatar,” ”The Hurt Locker,” ”Inglourious Basterds,” ”Star Trek,” ”Up.”

15. Original Score: “Avatar,” James Horner; “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Alexandre Desplat; “The Hurt Locker,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders; “Sherlock Holmes,” Hans Zimmer; “Up,” Michael Giacchino.

16. Original Song: “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog,” Randy Newman; “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog,” Randy Newman; “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36,” Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas; “Take It All” from “Nine,” Maury Yeston; “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart,” Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

17. Costume: “Bright Star,” ”Coco Before Chanel,” ”The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” ”Nine,” ”The Young Victoria.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Burma VJ,” ”The Cove,” ”Food, Inc.” ”The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” ”Which Way Home.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,” ”The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,” ”The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” ”Music by Prudence,” ”Rabbit a la Berlin.”

20. Film Editing: “Avatar,” ”District 9,” ”The Hurt Locker,” ”Inglourious Basterds,” ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

21. Makeup: “Il Divo,” ”Star Trek,” ”The Young Victoria.”

22. Animated Short Film: “French Roast,” ”Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” ”The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte),” ”Logorama,” ”A Matter of Loaf and Death.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “The Door,” ”Instead of Abracadabra,” ”Kavi,” ”Miracle Fish,” ”The New Tenants.”

24. Visual Effects: “Avatar,” ”District 9,” ”Star Trek.”