Plus some great looks from Hannah Simone & the "HTGAWM" ladies
Y’all know I love Kerry Washington, but I have to say that I’m not always 100% sold on her red carpet choices. However, I really loved what she wore to last night’s NAACP Image Awards. All that red—agh. So gorgeous. And she was joined by Scandal co-stars Katie Lowes and Joe Morton. Some of the ladies from How To Get Away With Murder were also in attendance, along with Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, and a host of other big talents. But my favorite look of the night had to be (BOW DOWN Gugu Mbatha-Raw‘s. That yellow on her, and her hair up in natural curls—gorgeous! Peep the gallery for more!
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Posted under: Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Joe Morton, Karla Souza, Katie Lowes, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox, Tessa Thompson, The NAACP Image Awards, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba
Great news, folks. Not only do we know that Madonna will be performing at The Grammy Awards next month but we learn today that His Purple Majesty Prince will also be in attendance at this year’s awards show. At this point, Prince‘s appearance — whether it be a musical performance or merely an in-person appearance — is shrouded in mystery (OOOOOH!) but we are being told that he has “something in the works” which, for Prince, could literally mean anything at all is possible. More »
Posted under: Prince, The Grammy Awards
A Little Oscars Exclusive
Twitter is rolling out a new video feature today and to help promote the new service, Neil Patrick Harris is breaking “a little Oscars exclusive” news via Twitter Video today. As you can see below, NPH reveals that Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will be involved in the Academy Awards show that will air live next month. Neil says he cannot say what the songwriters are doing for the show but The Independent is reporting that they will be composing “Moving Pictures” for Neil to perform live during the Oscars telecast on February 22. HMMM. Click below to watch NPH‘s Twitter Video announcement and learn more about the Lopez‘s involvement in the Academy Awards this year. More »
A big night for "Birdman," "OITNB," and women of color
Last night I spent the evening reading, writing, and watching one of my favorite movies of all time (it was a Rust and Bone kind of night), so I missed all of the excitement from the SAG Awards. I’m a little bummed because, judging from some of the acceptance speeches I’m seeing, it looks like I missed out on a fun night. And when I went on Instagram and saw some of those red carpet looks (from the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Camila FRIGGEN Alves, Reese Witherspoon, and others) I couldn’t help but get psyched. I won’t miss you next year, SAG Awards! Promise! So as I catch up with more YouTube clips, click inside for a list of winners! Birdman and Orange is the New Black both had a big night.
AKA Why I love Cheryl Boone Isaacs
I just saw a tweet sent out from Bloomberg Business using the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and I was once again reminded of the power of Twitter. The Academy Awards usually reflect a huge lack of diversity in Hollywood and the filmmaking world in general. Chris Rock’s Hollywood Reporter essay keeps coming to mind. People don’t expect a ton of diversity when the nominations are announced, but this year there were some glaring omissions (mainly with the cast and director of Selma, a Best Picture nominee), and people are recognizing this as the least diverse Oscar nominations we’ve had since 1998. I remember glowing and tingling with pride when, in 2013, Cheryl Boone Isaacs became the first African-American President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and I was hoping it meant, well, some kind of change. And maybe it does. Isaacs is using her platform to (carefully) speak out about how the Oscars can change. Click inside for more.
'Boyhood' leads the way, Snubs galore
It seems like every time the nominations for the Academy Awards are announced, one ore two glaring snubs seem to get a lot of attention after the dust settles on announcement morning. Today, in the wake of the announcement of this year’s Academy Award nominations, all I seem to see are the glaring snubs. No actors of color received nominations in any of the acting categories. The brilliantly entertaining animated film The LEGO Movie was completely overlooked in the Best Animated Feature category, actors like Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nighcrawler) and Jennifer Aniston (Cake) were not nominated for awards this year and no female directors received noms — so, sorry Angelina Jolie (Unbroken). The very excellent Boyhood managed to secure the most nominations this year and it looks like American Sniper, with its many nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bradley Cooper and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jason Hall) may have a good Oscar night this year. Click below to see the full list of 2015 Oscar noms and see if your faves of the year managed to score nominations. More »
Posted under: The Academy Awards
Along with AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and more
Last month, in one of the first interviews she gave after a number of her unfinished demo songs were leaked online, Madonna teased that she might be performing at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Last night, ahead of the official announcement by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Madonna announced officially that she will be performing at the Grammy Awards next month. Following her announcement on social media, NARAS announced that AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church are among the first performers confirmed — along with Madonna — for the Grammys this year. More »
"Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby"
Last night, as promised, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made joking reference to the numerous allegations that Bill Cosby drugged/assaulted/raped various women over the past 30 years (allegations which have come to the forefront in recent months) during their opening monologue as hosts of The Golden Globe Awards last night. While humorous, I guess Tina and Amy‘s joking about the rape/assault allegations isn’t really all that different from Bill Cosby‘s decision to joke about the allegations at his comedy show over the weekend. Is one joke better than the other? I dunno. Their pudding pops-inspired Cosby joke can be watched in the embed above and their full 10 minute-long monologue speech can be watched in full below. Have another look at Tina and Amy‘s jokes and let me know what you think below. More »
Also, there were some great acceptance speeches
One reason I scramble to see a bunch of movies at the end of the year is so that I can try to make sense of awards season. I still haven’t seen some of the big winners from last night, and many of the nominees, but I was happy to see that some personal favorites well-deserved recognition. Boyhood and Transparent were two productions that moved me in big ways, so congrats to them, and to all of the winners! Also, I think Showtime’s The Affair really came through and surprised everyone. Click inside for more!
Come ON, Jessica.
My biggest beef with Jessica Chastain is that she completely distracted me from Kerry Washington tonight. I was posting a photo of Kerry hitting the Golden Globes red carpet on my Facebook, when I saw someone else had posted one of Chastain. It was distracting…ly flawless. Damn you, Chastain. You win, again. And again. My other favorites from the red carpet—and there are many—include Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, Chrissy Teigen, Diane Kruger (OMG the slayage), and Helen Mirren. Helen Mirren on the red carpet is definitely one of my favorite things in life. Peep the gallery for more!
P.S. I’m torn… but I kind of like Zosia Mamet‘s look too. Your thoughts???
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Posted under: Amy Adams, Channing Tatum, Chrissy Teigen, Claire Danes, Diane Kruger, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, The Golden Globe Awards, Viola Davis