The 88th Annual Academy Awards: Highs and Lows

2016’s big winners: (L-R) Mark Rylance | Best Supporting Actor for “Bridge of Spies,” Brie Larson | Best Actress for “Room,” Leonardo DiCaprio | Best Actor for “The Revenant,” and Alicia Vikander | Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl.”

In a lackluster award show year in the midst of perhaps the most publicized Hollywood controversy over the lack of nominations for actors of color, I knew the 2016 Oscars would be a rather different ceremony than in years past. That being said, I still wasn’t expecting so many uncomfortable moments shoved down the audience’s throat by host Chris Rock in his second stint on the stage.

88thoscars_key_hostWithout touching too much on a provocative subject I’m not exactly equipped to speak knowledgeably about, I thought he might use his opening monologue to address the debate, which he did, and maybe close out the show with some sort of call to action, which he did by citing #BlackLivesMatter, and leave it at that. However, the night was rife with crude jokes, relentless little jabs at the underrepresentation of black actors (not all minorities, just blacks) in film, and several awkward moments that made the talent in the room shift in their seats, tittering as though they weren’t sure if they were supposed to laugh or not. After scanning some reviews, it seems some people were a fan of his tactics, but I happened to find jokes like, “In the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies,” to be needlessly tasteless. Continue reading


72nd Golden Globe Awards: Highlights


Award season has arriiiiived! The Golden Globes are the first major award show of the season, one quarter of the Four Horsemen of Fame (and judgment), the EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. It’s one of my favorites because it brings stars and characters from my two favorite forms of entertainment together to one big party. The small screen and the silver screen share the stage at the one dinner a year we (I) desperately wish we (I) could attend.

This year was a tricky viewing for me because I still haven’t seen many of the nominated films. “Boyhood” took home the night’s biggest honor and I hadn’t even heard of it. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” sounded vaguely like something that had already been up for an award last year or the year before. (Not sure what I’m thinking of here—was there something else with ‘hotel’ in the title?) The only thing I’ve ever seen from Best Director winner Richard Linklater was 2003’s “School of Rock.”

While I was hoping for Jake Gyllenhaal to share his sister’s success of the evening, even I had to admit competition was stiff and his performance in “Nightcrawler,” while chilling and enigmatic, couldn’t quite measure up to that of winner Eddie Redmayne for his unflinching portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Amy Adams and Julianne Moore both gave sweet speeches for their wins. I’m unfamiliar with “Big Eyes,” but “Still Alice” sounds like it might make my watch-list. “Foxcatcher” too.

As for TV, I gave up on “Fargo” after just a couple episodes. I was desperately hoping “Orange is the New Black” would sweep a few more wins, but no luck. (Maybe it would if it was actually in the right category!) I essentially had no basis for judgement all night for any of the categories, which made watching seem a little pointless. I better up my game for the Oscars!

Here are some highlights of the star-studded night: Continue reading

2015 Golden Globes: Best/Worst Dressed


Kate Hudson in Versace: Versace won the night with these ladies, the first of whom looked stunning in a brilliant white gown that drew the eye to curves she doesn’t technically have. I would’ve left her hair down though, as the slicked-back look brought an unflattering emphasis to her ears. Continue reading

2014 Emmy Award Nominations


Technically award season never ends, what with obscure music awards scattered throughout the summer months and the ever-dreadful VMAs in August, but I always look to the Emmys to kick off another year. They’re not my favorite award show, but they’re more official than even the Golden Globes (think EGOT).

I’m a severe television addict, which should mean I get excited for this particular golden statue, but I’ve admittedly grown very tired of seeing the same names year after year. Shows that aren’t even funny anymore continue to win Best Comedy (I’m lookin’ at you, “Modern Family”) and phenomenal performances are overlooked in favor of more famous faces (Monica Potter was so painfully snubbed last year for her ugly-sob inducing work on NBC’s “Parenthood.”)

So imagine my surprise this year when some new talent was finally recognized on July 10 with the announcement of the 2014 Emmy noms. Continue reading

Like A Supermodel’s Vagina*


I. Love. Award season. I gobble up award shows like Jordan Belfort does Quaaludes. (Have you all seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” yet? Excellent film.) I’m not sure what sparked the interest, but it’s been an addiction for the past ten years or so. When each new season rolls around, I giddily strategize my DVR for best red carpet viewing and commercial fast-forwarding. The only red carpet coverage I’ll watch is E! and their 25 cameras, even though Giuliana Rancic annoys the you-know-what out of me. As corny as he is, I still like Ryan Seacrest. Kelly Osbourne is tolerable and I think Ross Matthews is hilarious. When I watch them, I want to be them. It’s always been one of my dreams to report from a red carpet. I’m obsessed with stars, not because they’re famous but because of how they became famous. It fascinates me how some come from backgrounds like trailer parks and drug addiction and somehow wind up on the A-list. Plus, I can’t cry on command and I’m intensely intrigued by anyone who can. Character quirk. Anyway, to interview a celebrity is very high on my bucket list.

Technically, award season is ongoing, but the good stuff doesn’t roll around until after the new year. It usually kicks off with some lighter fare—the People’s Choice Awards, for example, which aired Jan. 8—but things start to heat up with the Golden Globes, quickly followed by the Grammys, then the Oscars. It’s an exciting couple months for an entertainment geek like myself. Continue reading