The 2021 Oscars Were Built Around Chadwick Boseman Winning Best Actor Award, And Then He Didn’t

Well, after being delayed a couple months due to the coronavirus, the 2021 Oscars went down on Sunday night (April 25) and for the most part…they worked? I guess. They switched up the location and once again worked without a host.

But most notably, they switched up the rotation of the awards. They started things out with Best Screenplay, which they never do, and then decided to end the entire ceremony with Best Actor instead of Best Picture.

Why did they do this? At first it seemed like such a bizarre move, but then when you think about, you realize the director/producers of the show were building the entire ceremony around the late Chadwick Boseman winning Best Actor.

They were hoping to end with an emotional/moving moment, but instead, the Best Actor award went to Anthony Hopkins for his brilliant performance in The Father.

To make matters even worse, Hopkins wasn’t even in attendance, so the show ended with the Academy accepting the award for him. It was super awkward and made for a lackluster ending.

And understandably, some people were upset. They felt robbed. The show was building for this moment, and then nothing. But it’s important to note here that the Academy itself isn’t necessarily to blame.

Only two people (I believe?) are supposed to know the winners beforehand, and the director of the show is not one of them, which means the director gambled, and it did not pay off. This mistake is on him.

It’s also important to note that Hopkins absolutely deserved the win. Not saying Boseman didn’t, but both statements can be true. If you haven’t watched The Father, Hopkins gave what might be the best performance of his career. It’s a shame this is how it’ll be rememberd.

Speaking of Hopkins, he made a video to accept his award, and to pay tribute to Boseman. He’s a class act.

The 2021 Oscar Nominations Have Finally Arrived, Check Them Out Inside!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oscars were pushed back a few months, which means we’re just now getting the nominations, knee deep in March. For reference, the 2020 Oscars took place on February 9.

This year’s awards show will go down on April 25, and now we know which films will be in competition.

Somewhat surprisingly, ‘Mank‘ received the most nominations with ten. including Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Directing.

If the film performs well at the Oscars, it’ll no doubt be the movie that makes every casual movie watcher scratch their heads, “Wait, what is this? Have you heard of this?”

For what it’s worth, the movie is about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and the making of Citizen Kane. I would not recommend it. It was very much one of those movies made for old Hollywood, which explains why it got so many nominations.

Nomadland got seven nominations, including Best Picture. This coming after its impressive win at the Golden Globes.

Minari received six nominations, which is still probably not enough considering how beautiful it was.

Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous Best Actor nomination for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Honestly, there were not a lot of surprises this year. Maybe it’s because of the limited field to choose from, but whatever the case, we can dig it. There are a lot of deserving films/artists on the list below…

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Directing
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Original Screenplay
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Father
One Night in Miami
The White Tiger

Best Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Film Editing
The Father
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animated Feature Film
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best Animated Short Film
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Documentary Feature
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher

Best Original Score
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World

Best Original Song
“Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

The 2021 Oscars Will Happen, But They’ll Be Pushed Back Two Months

There was still some debate in Hollywood on whether or not the 2021 Oscars would happen. It’s not that they believe the virus will still be running rampant come February of next year, it’s just that…how many movies will be released before then?

Well, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will take place, but it’ll be postponed by two months.

The 2021 Oscars is scheduled to happen on April 25, 2021. Typically, the Academy Awards airs in February.

The organization recently extended release date eligibility rules. A feature film must now have a qualifying release date between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The submission deadline for specialty categories (animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film and live action short film) is Dec. 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including best picture, original score and original song, is now Jan. 15, 2021.

This means that a film could premiere at Sundance in January (provided the festival happens) then be released in theaters in February, and still be eligible for the Oscars in April. That’s pretty crazy.

It’s certainly going to make for an interesting awards season. Maybe it’ll be the added spice the show has needed.

‘Parasite’ Has Record Box Office Boost, Thanks To Oscar Win

If you haven’t watched ‘Parasite‘ yet, then you need to change that. I know I’ve said that before, but I REALLY mean it this time. The South Korean genre-bending film was easily the best film of 2019.

It took home the award for Best Picture at the Academy Awards earlier this month, and thanks to the win, it’s now seeing a record boost at the box office.

The twisted South Korean thriller collected $5.5 million over the weekend, an exceptional 234% increase in ticket sales and the biggest post-Oscar boost for a best picture winner in the past decade.

In the seven days since the Academy Awards on Feb. 9, ‘Parasite’ has brought in $8.8 million, representing 20% of its domestic tally. To date, “Parasite” has made $44 million in the U.S., a massive result for a foreign language film.

Yes, it’s a foreign language film. Yes, you will have to read subtitles, but please don’t let that stop you. It’s a lovely film and you will find yourself forgetting you’re even reading in the first place.

The film has made over over $161 million internationally, which means it’s made over $200 million worldwide.

In case you’re wondering, it worked with a budget of around $11 million, so those numbers are, uh,

Rami Malek Wins Big At The 2019 Oscars, Then Falls Off The Stage Hard…Treated By Paramedics

The 2019 Oscars aired last night, and for the most part, they were about as boring as you’d expect. If Spike Lee hadn’t been there, then it would have been incredibly boring. You can read all about Spike’s night by clicking on this link.

In addition to Spike, Olivia Colman also gave a pretty entertaining speech. You can watch that by clicking here.

Rami Malek also had a huge night. He surprised many by beating out Christian Bale for ‘Best Actor’ and it’s safe to say he was pretty happy.

A little too happy. He was walking on air the entire night, and after the awards ceremony was over, he was taking photos onstage when he got a little too close to the edge and fell off.

Paramedics checked on him after the fall. It doesn’t appear that he broke anything, but he will be nursing a few bruises. I doubt he cares, though. HE WON A FREAKING OSCAR!

Dwayne Johnson Claims He Was The First Choice To Host The Oscars, Find Out Why He Turned It Down!

Even though Kevin Hart was asked to host the 2019 Oscars, he apparently wasn’t the first choice. A fan tweeted at Dwayne Johnson the other day, basically saying he should have hosted the Oscars.

And much to everyone’s surprise, The Rock responded…

Well, damn. That would have been fun to watch. And how about him just being like, “Yeah. I was their first choice!” Is that a little shade thrown at Kevin Hart? Probably not, as they seem to be on good terms still.

Although it makes you wonder why Hart’s schedule was clear for the Oscars? He’s starring in the Jumanji sequel with Johnson, so how was he going to find the time? Strange. Maybe he plays a lesser role in the sequel.

In any event, the Oscars will go on without a host this year. Instead of one host, they’ll have multiple celebrities jump onstage to keep the show moving forward. It’ll be the first time in nearly three decades that the show will take place without a host.

It Looks Like The Oscars Will Go Hostless For The First Time In Nearly Three Decades

After the Kevin Hart debacle, it looks like the Oscars are over the idea of a host for the upcoming 2019 awards ceremony. Insiders claim the Academy is planning on going hostless for the first time in nearly three decades.

Producers are currently trying to put together a group of A-listers to introduce various segments, and instead of an opening monologue, they’re hoping to get a variety of stars to participate in skits or musical numbers.

“As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by Kevin Hart, who dropped out within hours of being selected when he refused to apologize for his past homophobic remarks that had resurfaced on Twitter.”

So unless a miracle happens, the show will go on without a host, and honestly it probably won’t feel that much different. Most of the recent hosts did musical numbers instead of long monologues, so the opening will be familiar. It might be a little odd to not have that one steady person throughout, but that’s something the Academy has obviously considered.

The Oscars is set to air on February 24, so it’s just six weeks away. We will keep you posted as more information is released.

The Oscars Are Changing, Won’t Televise Every Award Live And Will Be Adding A “Popular Film’ Category

Well, the Oscars will probably never look the same again. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s board of governors approved several changes to the popular ceremony.

They are planning to cut time by filming some awards during commercial breaks, which means not all of the 24 competitive awards will be shown live. They will be edited and aired later in the broadcast. It’s not yet known which awards will be filmed this way, but it’s supposedly in an effort to keep the broadcast at three hours…MAX.

In addition to this, there will be a new category added for ‘outstanding achievement in popular film,’ which is their desperate attempt to attract more viewers. This means Marvel films now have a chance to win an Oscar, which also means fans of Marvel might be more likely to watch the show.

This all comes just five months after the Academy Awards had their lowest rated program ever. They still had 26 million people tuning in, but when you compare that to the 41 million viewers in 2010, you can see there is a problem.

So it’s good that the Oscars are willing to change, but I’m not sure this is the change that was needed. A ‘popular film’ category just sounds so…blah. Will anyone really care about the award? Because we all know it’s just there to attract more viewers. It’s not like it’ll mean anything, at least not for the first few years.

And cutting speeches from the live show? I’m sure some people will like that, ’cause most people don’t care about achievement in editing or costume design, but I feel like those people deserve their time in the spotlight because they probably work harder than most actors. So it’ll be a shame to see their speeches cut; however, the Academy promises they will still be aired later in the broadcast, so we’ll how that all works out.

To read more about the changes, click on this link.

Fandango Customers Have It All Wrong, Survey Says ‘The Shape of Water’ Should Win Best Picture At The Oscars

The 90th Academy Awards will air this weekend, and it looks like I’m going to be disappointed, ’cause my favorite films of 2017 probably won’t get much love. Movie site Fandango polled more than 7,000 moviegoers in the last few weeks about what film should win Best Picture at the Oscars, and their top three choices were…

The Shape of Water (19%)

Dunkirk (17%)

Get Out (16%)

Now the reason these films are at the top of this poll is most likely because they were released across the country. More people had the chance to watch them, so of course they’ll get more of the vote with the general public.

That being said, The Shape of Water is still the favorite to win. It’s going to be between Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and that means I’m going to be disappointed.

My favorite films from 2017 were Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, and Phantom Thread. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like those films will get much love. They’re all nominated for multiple awards, but they are not the frontrunners.

We’ll see what happens. The 2018 Oscars will air March 4, 2018.

The Complete List Of Oscar Nominations Is Here, And No James Franco Was Not Nominated

Everyone was waiting for the 2018 Oscar nominations to be released, mainly because they wanted to see if James Franco would be nominated for Best Actor. And if he was nominated, would he attend? As you all know, five women accused him of acting inappropriately during sexual encounters.

The allegations against him came out shortly after he won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. He was also nominated for Best Actor at the SAG Awards last weekend, but he did not attend that event. And when his name was announced, the audience did not cheer for him.

Well, the 2018 Oscar nominations were released early Tuesday morning, and Franco’s name did not appear on the list. He was not nominated for Best Actor, which means the question, “Will he attend?” has been answered. He won’t be there because he was not nominated. His movie, The Disaster Artist, wasn’t completely shut out though. It received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

You can view the full list of nominees below. It looks pretty much like I expected. It’s a bit surprising that The Florida Project wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. In fact, the only nomination it received was for Willem Dafoe’s performance in a supporting role.

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“A Fantastic Woman”
“The Insult”
“On Body and Soul”
“The Square”
“Edith + Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“Stand Up For Something,” “Marshall”
“This is Me,” “Greatest Showman”
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadman”
“Loving Vincent”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Disaster Artist”
“Molly’s Game”
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”
“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Baby Driver”
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria and Abdul”