Oscars Roundup

OSCARS ROUNDUP

And the winners are …

  • PICTURE: “Green Book”
  • ACTRESS: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
  • ACTOR: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
  • DIRECTING: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Green Book”
  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Blackkklansman”
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Roma”
  • ORIGINAL SCORE: “Black Panther”
  • ORIGINAL SONG: “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga
  • DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Free Solo”
  • MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING: “Vice”
  • COSTUME DESIGN: “Black Panther”
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN: “Black Panther”
  • SOUND EDITING (creating all the sounds in the movie): “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • SOUND MIXING (bringing all the sounds in the movie together): “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: “First Man”
  • FILM EDITING: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”
  • ANIMATED SHORT: “Bao”
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT: “Period. End of Sentence”
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Roma”
  • LIVE ACTION SHORT: “Skin”

Wins by Movie

No one movie ran away with a bunch of wins last night.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody – (4)
  • Roma – (3)
  • Black Panther – (3)
  • Green Book (3)

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Anne Hathaway ribbed herself ahead of the hostless Oscars. She took to Instagram to share a pic of her with previous co-host James Franco; the pair were ribbed for a cringeworthy hosting performance 2011. She quipped, “No matter what happens with today’s show, just remember, it’s already been worse. Happy Oscars!”

Editor’s Note: Theyshould keep up with the hostless format. Have some funny folks make some jokes to kick it off after an exciting musical number. The pacing is much quicker. Other than a few expected barbs, it didn’t get overly political, except for Spike Lee during his acceptance speech, who implored everyone to “do the right thing” in 2020 — meaning getting rid of President Trump.

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What’s left of Queen kicked off the show with a rendition of “We Will Rock You.” Adam Lambert played frontman, but Brian May got plenty of attention. The abbreviated set also included “We Are the Champions.”

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Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler started the hostless program with a quick standup routine and introduced the award for Supporting Actress.

On the tail end, Julia Roberts presented the Best Picture award, and did a brief sign-off. The hostless format went smoothly.

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Alfonso Cuaron joined the club of receiving 4 nominations for the same film on Sunday, getting nods for Original Screenplay, Director, Cinematography, and Best Picture. He won for Cinematography . Directing

Interesting to note, Cuaron was also up for a Foreign Language Film nomination for “Roma,” which won, but he doesn’t technically get the credit, it goes to the country — in this case, Mexico.

Other four-timers for the same film are Warren Beatty and the Coen Brothers.

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A teaser trailer for a forthcoming Martin Scorcese flick appeared during commercials. The movie will star Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. It’s called “The Irishman” and will premiere this fall on Netflix.

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Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey introduced the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a less than subtle Wayne-and-Garth hattip for the prominent role the titular song played in the movie.

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But the biggest musical number of the night was the live performance of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from “A Star is Born.” The pair walked to the stage from the crowd as the piano was pushed onto the stage, then performed. She won the award for Original Song.

WILD SPECULATION: Gaga broke it off with her fiance because she’s in love with Bradley Cooper. But he’s been with supermodel Irina Shayk since 2015.

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Kate Has Upped Her Style Game

Kate Middleton was spotted—alongside the Queen—looking very festive in a glittering custom dress at the annual holiday reception at Buckingham Palace. Along with the modest white gown, Kate donned a diamond bracelet and the gorgeous Lover’s Knot tiara, which belonged to Princess Diana.

If the reports of Prince William’s wife trying to out-style her new royal sister-in-law—Megan Markle—are true, she is definitely headed in the right direction.

Royals Allowed to Vote?

Meghan Markle, who is applying for British citizenship, is still technically a U.S. citizen, so many are wondering if she voted by absentee ballot. Apparently, the answer is, “It’s complicated.” According to Kensington Palace’s official website, the Queen is “strictly neutral with respect to political matters” and therefore is “unable to vote or stand for election.” By default, the rest of the royal family typically doesn’t vote in order to maintain the neutral stance. The Palace had no comment when asked if the Duchess would be voting.

Delighted Queen

Her Royal Highness is “delighted for” the next chapter that her grandson and Meghan Markle are about to begin, as parents. The Queen was reportedly told the exciting news—with the rest of the royal family—at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last weekend. The other members of the royal family share in the sentiment. Meghan’s mom, Doria, is also “very happy” about becoming a grandma.

The Queen’s Fake Hand

The Queen has a fake hand. More specifically, Her Royal Majesty possesses a fake hand-waving machine. People reports that the gag gift was given to the Queen years ago when she visited a group of students in Australia. According to the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, “they gave her a stuffed glove on a wooden lever so that you could tweak the end of the lever and this hand went to and fro. Her Majesty was thrilled”. Is there anything better than a Queen with a good sense of humor?

Duchess Kate: Comeback Queen

Prince William and Duchess Kate…disgustingly adorable, right? Their relationship hasn’t always been tiaras and crumbcakes though. In fact, the couple broke up for a brief time while in college. Two theories have emerged, according to Cosmo, as to why the break-up occurred. First, Kate accidently used the word “toilet” in front of the Queen, an alleged incident that was dubbed “toiletgate”—totally serious! Second—and probably the most likely reason—William moved to an army camp in Dorset while Kate stayed in London, putting a strain on their young relationship. Regardless of the reason, Kate totally won the break-up. She was seen “living her best life” in Ireland and the tabloids couldn’t get enough. The Daily Mail published an article about how Kate started dating William’s best friend Henry Ropner. William had previously dated one of Ropner’s exes which means the new couple was getting double revenge. But at last, a few weeks into the separation and William won back his Queen—I mean Duchess—and the rest is history.

Royal Perks

Best perk of being a royal? Two words: Sovereign Immunity. This law states that the monarch aka the Queen is immune from arrest…no matter what. The other members of the royal family don’t have as big of an exception, but there are certain laws they catch a break on. The Princes, Princesses, Dukes and Duchesses cannot be arrested in civil proceedings and cannot be arrested in front of the Queen or anywhere near the palace. While the Queen believes in following and being surrounded by others who follow the laws, should something happen she wouldn’t be handcuffed and mirandized like the rest of us mere mortals.