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Earlier today we saw some photos from the red carpet arrivals from the 2014 Academy Awards last night but right now, let’s take another look at which movies and actors walked home with Oscars last night night. This morning I posted video of Lupita Nyong’o delivering her emotionally powerful acceptance speech when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in 12 Years a Slave — so she was definitely my fave win of the night — but the gallery presented here features some of the other folks who won Oscars last night. I was very happy that Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress, Matthew McConaughey won for Best Actor and Jared Leto won for Best Supporting Actor … but other than Lupita‘s win, my favorite win of the night was 12 Years a Slave‘s win for Best Picture. Click thru the gallery to see photos taken from the Oscar press room then click below to see the full list of 2014 Academy Award winners. More »
The ONLY Oscar that Mattered
Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who has become a personal favorite to a great many people the world over this awards season, was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Academy Awards last night. Altho I don’t have a personal stake in Oscar winners, I couldn’t help but hold very strong feelings about Lupita‘s nomination because from the first moment I saw her performance in 12 Years a Slave last year, I knew that she was the ONLY actor who 100% deserved to win an Academy Award this year. Yes, there are many other very deserving actors out there but Lupita, for me, was the only actor that mattered this year. I held my breath as her category was announced and I literally jumped out of my seat when she was announced as the winner. Click the video embedded above to watch Lupita Nyong’o deliver her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards last night (in case you missed it, her speech was utterly flawless) and then click below to see a few photos of a very happy Lupita posing with her Oscar last night. More »
'12 Years a Slave' wins big
Earlier today we learned that the 2014 Golden Raspberry Awards were handed out last night to honor Hollywood’s worst but right now, we are reminded of the importance of honoring Hollywood’s indie-est. The Film Independent Spirit Awards were also handed out yesterday in a ceremony in Santa Monica, CA and as you can see in the gallery presented here, quite a few Oscar favorites walked home with award trophies. 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the Independent Spirit Awards this year, taking home 5 awards … including Best Feature, Best Directing, Best Supporting Actress (YAY! Lupita Nyong’o) and more. Click thru the gallery to see some of the happy winners posing with their Independent Spirit awards yesterday and then click below to see the full list of 2014 winners. More »
Posted under: '12 Years A Slave', Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Matthew McConaughey, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Coogler, Steve McQueen
'Movie 43' and 'After Earth' are the Worst of the Worst
Each year, on the night before the Academy Awards are handed out, an awards ceremony is held in Hollywood that “honors” the worst films and actors of the year. As you may recall, the pre-nominations for the 2014 Golden Raspberry Awards were announced in January (because the Razzies are such serious business, they have to announce the pre-nominations before the actual nominations) and last night, the actual awards were given out to the worst of the worst in film. Movie 43 was named the Worst Picture of the year and also walked away with two other awards. After Earth, starring father and son duo Will and Jaden Smith, was also honored with 3 Razzie Awards. Read on to learn which other films and actors walked away with Golden Raspberry trophies last night. More »
It's Another Boy Again!
Congratulations are in order for Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale because today we learn that they are the proud parents of their third child, their third son. As you may know, Gwen and Gavin already have sons Kingston James McGregor and Zuma Nesta Rock and last month Gwen officially confirmed that she was pregnant with the couple’s third son (which was, as you may recall, her worst kept secret since she had been showing off her baby bump for months beforehand). Today we learn that Gwen finally popped and brought forth the fruit of her loins. It’s another boy again! Yay!! More »
"There is no shame in black beauty"
Lupita Nyong’o was on hand at the Essence magazine Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon here in LA yesterday to collect an award for her stunning performance in her Oscar-nominated film 12 Years a Slave. On her official Instagram profile, Lupita shared a couple of really great photos with her fans — including a group shot she took with Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie and Orange is the New Black stars Danielle Brooks (Taystee!) and Samira Wiley (Poussay!!!) … which, to a TV geek like myself, sent me into ecstatic conniption fits. In person, Lupita delivered a powerfully emotional speech that spoke not only about her gratitude for winning an award but spoke to a larger theme about “black beauty”. Her speech is definitely worth your time, please read it in full below. More »
All Blinged Out
Back in December we first heard about the possibility that actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher got themselves secretly engaged to be married. But because neither party would confirm the rumor AND because Mila wasn’t wearing a ring on her left hand, that rumor kinda faded away … until now. Mila has been spotted around town here in LA this week wearing a PHAT diamond ring on her left ring finger which has revived the engagement rumor. E! News is reporting that the couple are, indeed, engaged … and with that big ass rock on Mila‘s finger, I’m leaning toward the belief that Mashton are actually planning get hitched. More »
Another Victory for Marriage Equality
Great, great news to pass along today … a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Along with 20+ other states here in the US, Texas is now the largest state in the US to enjoy marriage equality … tho not technically. While the federal judge did rule that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage is illegal, he decided to stay his ruling until the matter could be appealed to a higher court. That means that no same-sex marriages can take place in the state until today’s ruling is reaffirmed by a higher court … which could take some time. Even still, the tidal wave of progress that is happening here in the US where marriage equality is concerned continues to overtake new states with each passing day. More »
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
The Most Watched Vevo Clip EVER
Justin Bieber‘s music video for his smash hit single Baby has just been certified by Vevo as its most-watched video EVER with 1 billion views:
@justinbieber’s “Baby” music video has reached 1 BILLION views on @vevo, our most watched clip ever http://vevo.ly/hW8OXO #BabyBillionVEVO
This certification is mind-blowing, yes, but a look at the count tally on the Vevo video page HERE shows no view tally and the number on the You Tube site HERE only shows at present 994,939,965 views. My assumption is that the Vevo site has the views that make up the difference to equal 1 billion. How many times have YOU watched the Baby music video? If you would like to add to the 1,000,000,000,000 view count, you can do so by watching the video embedded above … baby, baby, baby OOOOH!
Says Collins, "I don't have time to think about history"
Yesterday afternoon we learned that professional basketball player Jason Collins singed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets to play for their team, making him the first openly gay player in the NBA and the first openly gay player in any of the four major US sports (NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL). Last night, Collins suited up for the Nets in their game against the LA Lakers at the Staples Center in LA and made history with just 10 minutes of professional sports play. The Brooklyn Nets won the game last night but the real winner was not only professional sports here in the US but the entire country as a whole as it continues to move forward toward a true place of true equality in this country. Click below to see photos, watch video of Jason on the court during last night’s game and read the tweet he shared on his official Twitter profile after the game was over. More »