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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Scott Feinberg‏Verified account@ScottFeinberg I am so tempted to put my chips on Richard E. Grant... everyone I talk to seems to love and be voting for him... but I just can’t get past the fact that he hasn’t really won anywhere yet, including, most troublingly, at BAFTA... and yet Mahershala won an Oscar so recently... ahhh To be honest, I'm also doubting my Glenn Close pick — I think Olivia, whose movie was almost certainly seen and liked by more people, may be coming for her. If Glenn loses again after coming this close, on what is probably her last shot, I may get sick in my seat. I can't remember another year in which The Big 6—pic, director, actor, actress, supp actor & supp actress—were all still up for grabs, to some extent, heading in to the ceremony. Regardless of how they program the rest of the show, the results are worth showing up for this year!
  2. The 2018-2019 awards season kicks off in earnest this month with a series of presentations and announcements the week after Thanksgiving. Here is a schedule of upcoming events: NOVEMBER 2018 Sunday, November 11 -- People's Choice Awards (televised on the E! Channel). Sunday, November 18 -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards ceremony. Tuesday, November 20 -- Producers Guild of America nominations for documentary films. Monday, November 26 -- 2018 IFP Gotham Awards Tuesday, November 27 -- National Board of Review picks. Wednesday, November 28 -- Satellite Awards nominations. Thursday, November 29 -- New York Film Critics Circle winners announced. DECEMBER 2018 Sunday, December 2 -- British Independent Film Awards winners announced. Monday, December 3 -- Annie Awards nominations (for excellence in animated films) announced. Tuesday, December 4 -- American Film Institute Top 10. Wednesday, December 5 -- Grammy Awards nominations. Thursday, December 6 -- Golden Globe Awards nominations. Thursday, December 6 -- Writers Guild of America nominations (television). Sunday, December 9 --The Los Angeles Film Critics Association winners announced. Monday, December 10 -- Critics' Choice Awards nominations announced. Wednesday, December 12 – Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced. Monday, December 17 -- Oscars shortlists announced for nine categories (Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Live-Action Short, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score and Best Original Song). JANUARY 2019 Thursday, January 3 -- BAFTA EE Rising Star nominations revealed. Friday, January 4 -- Producers Guild of America announces nominees for excellence in feature films, television and other categories. Friday, January 4 -- American Film Institute Awards luncheon. Saturday, January 5 -- National Society of Film Critics picks. Sunday, January 6 – Golden Globe Awards (NBC). Monday, January 7 -- Writers Guild of America nominations (films and documentary screenplays). Monday, January 7 -- American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Awards nominations announced. Monday, January 7 --Art Directors Guild nominations announced. Monday, January 7 -- New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner. Monday, January 7 -- American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) nominations. Monday, January 7 -- Directors Guild of America's TV and documentary feature nominations. Tuesday, January 8 -- Directors Guild of America film nominations. Tuesday, January 8 -- Cinema Audio Society (CAS) nominations. Tuesday, January 8 -- National Board of Review event. Wednesday, January 9 -- BAFTA Award nominations announced. Thursday, January 10 -- Cinema Eye Honors (awards for excellence in nonfiction or documentary filmmaking). Thursday, January 10 -- Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild nominations. Thursday, January 10 -- Costume Designers Guild nominations. Saturday, January 12 -- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards dinner (animator Hayao Miyazuki honored). Sunday, January 13 -- Critics' Choice Awards (The CW). Tuesday, January 15 -- USC Scripter Awards finalists announced (for writing excellence in films and television). Tuesday, January 15 -- Visual Effects Society (VES) nominations. Saturday, January 19 -- Producers Guild of America Awards. Sunday, January 20 -- London Film Critics Circle Awards. Monday, January 21 – Golden Raspberry "Razzie" Award nominations revealed. Tuesday, January 22 – Academy Award nominations announced. Sunday, January 27 – Screen Actors Guild Awards (TBS/TNT). FEBRUARY 2019 Friday, February 1 -- American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Awards. Saturday, February 2 -- Directors Guild Awards. Saturday, February 2 -- Annie Awards. Monday, February 4 -- Academy Awards nominees luncheon. Saturday, February 9 -- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Sci-Tech Awards Saturday, February 9 -- USC Scripter Awards winners announced. Sunday, February 10 -- Grammy Awards (CBS) Sunday, February 10 --BAFTA Awards (BBC America, tape delayed). Saturday, February 16 -- Cinema Audio Society Awards. Sunday, February 17 -- Writers Guild of America Awards. Tuesday, February 19 -- Costume Designers Guild Awards. Tuesday, February 19 -- Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday, February 23 – Razzie Awards revealed. Saturday, February 23 – Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC) Sunday, February 24 – 91st annual Academy Awards (ABC).
  3. jakeem

    Awards season 2018-2019

    Hollywood Reporter‏Verified account@THR Read this before you fill out your #Oscars ballot https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/oscars-2019-who-will-win-who-should-win-1187572?utm_source=twitter
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Some things to consider before the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, which begins Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC: The fifth nominated tune in the Best Original Song category is "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from Joel and Ethan Coen's Netflix Western anthology "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs." In the film, the song was performed by Tim Blake Nelson (as the title character) and singer Willie Watson as an unexpected glory hunter. For the live Oscars telecast, the songwriters -- longtime musical partners David Rawlings and Gillian Welch -- will provide the performance. The last Best Original Song contender from a movie set in the Old West was 1990's "Blaze of Glory" from "Young Guns II." The nominated songwriter: rock singer Jon Bon Jovi.
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Some things to consider before the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, which begins Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC: Last year, the actress and singer Mary J. Blige became the first person in Academy Award history to be nominated for an acting award and a songwriting award in the same year. She was a Best Supporting Actress contender for her performance as a matriarch of a poor black family in post-World War II Mississippi. Blige also was nominated as a co-writer (with Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson) of the song "Mighty River." Who could have guessed that it would happen again so soon? Lady Gaga duplicated the feat by receiving a Best Actress nomination for her performance in "A Star Is Born." She also has been recognized in the Best Original Song category for co-writing the movie's hit tune "Shallow." Barbra Streisand is the only person to win an acting Oscar and a songwriting Oscar, but she did it in different years. She won the 1968 Best Actress award (in a tie with Katharine Hepburn of "The Lion in Winter"). Eight years later, she and Paul Williams shared the 1976 Best Song award for "Evergreen" from the third version of "A Star Is Born." Gaga wrote "Shallow" with the musician and producer Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt. She is slated to perform the song on Oscar night with her movie co-star Bradley Cooper. The duo made headlines last month when he showed up at her Las Vegas show and performed the song with her onstage. Cooper reportedly will sing "Shallow" without using his Jackson Maine vocal style from "A Star Is Born." By the way, it has been said that some of the other Best Original Song nominees have Gaga to thank for their live Oscar performances. She reportedly threatened to pull out of the awards show if any of the other songs were omitted. "Shallow" is Gaga's second Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. She and songwriter Diane Warren were recognized for "Til It Happens to You" from the 2015 documentary "The Hunting Ground."
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    ...Drew Barrymore (born on February 22, 1975), the actress and filmmaker descended from one of America's greatest acting families. She is the granddaughter of John Barrymore (pictured below with his famous acting siblings Lionel and Ethel) and the silent screen star Dolores Costello. Her father was the actor John Drew Barrymore. Her mother Ildiko Jaid also was an actress. Barrymore became a star as a 7-year-old child actress, thanks to Steven Spielberg's 1982 box-office sensation "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." She played Gertie, the adorable younger sister of Elliott (Henry Thomas), the boy with a special connection to the title alien. Spielberg is Barrymore's godfather. On November 20, 1982, the 7-year-old Barrymore became the youngest guest host in the history of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." She still holds the record almost 37 years later. Barrymore went on to headline the late-night sketch comedy series five other times, most recently on October 10, 2009. She is one of five female members of SNL's "Five-Timers Club" -- comprised of celebrities who have hosted the show at least five times. The others: Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. Barrymore's 1991 autobiography "Little Girl Lost" was a best seller. In it, she admitted to having her first drink at the age of 9, smoking marijuana at 10, and dabbling with cocaine at 12. Her mother -- with whom Barrymore has had a love-hate relationship -- wound up institutionalizing her at the age of 13. Barrymore co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker in the road trip comedy/drama "Boys on the Side" (1995). It was the last film directed by Herbert Ross. Barrymore teamed with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu for a 2000 screen version of the television series "Charlie's Angels." Bill Murray co-starred as their handler Bosley. John Forsythe, who provided the voice of the unseen Charlie for the TV version, returned for the film. Barrymore's production company Flower Films helped finance the 2001 horror film "Donnie Darko," which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as the troubled title character. Set in October 1988, Barrymore also appeared in the picture as Donnie's high school English teacher. Also in the cast: Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal (playing her real-life brother's sister), Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Daveigh Chase and Seth Rogan (in his film debut). The movie, written and directed by Richard Kelly, deserved a better fate at the box-office, but it was released right after 9-11. It has since become a cult favorite. The "Charlie's Angels" trio returned for a 2003 sequel -- titled "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." But Murray -- who apparently had differences with Liu during the filming of the first movie -- was replaced by Bernie Mac. The movie's villain was a former Angel played by Demi Moore. Barrymore made her directorial debut with the 2009 sports-oriented film "Whip It," The comedy/drama starred Ellen Page as a rising star on the professional roller derby circuit. Barrymore also appeared in the film as a player named Smashley Simpson.
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    ...Valentina Cortese (born on January 1, 1923), the Academy Award-nominated Italian actress who made several films in Hollywood. She recently wrote a memoir, "Quanti sono i Domani Passati" ("The Many Days that Have Gone By"). She has been been nominated once for an Academy Award: Séverine in "La nuit américaine" ("Day for Night," 1974). Best Supporting Actress. A native of Milan, Cortese began her film career in Italian pictures in the 1940s. She became a star in the two-part 1948 Italian version of Les Misérables, directed by Riccardo Freda. She appeared as Fantine in Part 1 and Cosette (pictured below with Aldo Nicodemi as Marius and Gino Cervi as Jean Valjean) in Part 2. The second part also featured an uncredited appearance by a young Marcello Mastroianni. Cortese co-starred with the American actor Richard Conte in Jules Dassin's film noir tale "Thieves' Highway" (1949). Conte played a World War II vet who set out to avenge his truck driver father, ruined by a powerful San Francisco produce dealer (Lee J. Cobb). Cortese played a streetwalker who helped the vet achieve a measure of revenge. Also in 1949, Cortese co-starred with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart in the World War II drama "Malaya." Directed by Richard Thorpe, the film was the story of an American effort to extract rubber from territory occupied by the Japanese. In Robert Wise's 1951 film noir effort "The House on Telegraph Hill," Cortese co-starred with William Lundigan and Richard Basehart. She and Basehart married that same year. The marriage lasted until 1960. Their son John Anthony "Jackie" Basehart became an actor in Italian films. He died in 2015 at the age of 63, In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954) Cortese played Eleanora Torlato-Favrini, the widowed sister of the dashing Italian count (Rossano Brazzi) who marries the Spanish film star Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner). Humphrey Bogart starred as the filmmaker Harry Dawes, who discovered Vargas and groomed her into stardom. Edmond O'Brien won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as a publicist. Cortese (pictured below at the rear right) was one of the stars of the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's 1955 drama "Le Amiche" (or "The Girlfriends"). The film, set in Turin, Italy, focused on the relationship of a group of young upper class women. Also starring were Yvonne Furneaux, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Anna Maria Pancani. In Federico Fellini's first feature-length color film -- the phantasmagoric "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965) -- Cortese co-starred with the director's wife Giulietta Masina (pictured below right), who played the troubled title character. Titled "Giulietta degli Spiriti" in Italian, Masina played a neglected housewife who suspected that her husband (Mario Pisu) was having an affair. As a result, she began to have experiences that may have been dreams -- or reality. Cortese played a friend named Valentina. Cortese earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in French director François Truffaut's acclaimed 1973 comedy/drama "La Nuit américaine" (or "Day for Night"). The film, which also starred Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud, was an inside look at the making of a motion picture in southern France. Cortese played a fading actress with a fondness for alcohol and a tendency to forget her lines and scene blocking. The picture won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film on April 2, 1974. Cortese's nomination was for the following year. At the 47th Academy Awards, held on April 8, 1975, the Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to Ingrid Bergman for her performance in "Murder on the Orient Express." It was her third gold statuette. During her acceptance speech, the Swedish actress struck an apologetic tone as she praised Cortese's performance in "Day for Night." Cortese appeared as The Queen of the Moon in Terry Gilliam's 1988 fantasy "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." The film starred John Neville as the fictional title character, an 18th-century German nobleman known for telling tall tales. Robin Williams played The King of the Moon.
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    ...Jordan Peele (born February 21, 1979), the onetime television comedy star who has evolved into an award-winning writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won once (Oscar win is in bold): 2017 -- Best Picture (for "Get Out," shared with Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Edward H. Hamm Jr.). 2017 -- Best Director (for "Get Out"). 2017 -- Best Original Screenplay (for "Get Out"). 2018 -- Best Picture (for "BlacKkKlansman," shared with McKittrick, Blum, Raymond Mansfield and Spike Lee). In 2003, Peele joined the cast of the FOX late-night sketch series "MADtv" (he also served as a writer. Early on, he developed great chemistry with another series regular, Keegan-Michael Key. In a 2006 episode, the characters Ty (Peele) and Carl (Key) appeared on the TV game show "Deal or No Deal," hosted by Howie Mandel (Michael McDonald). From 2012 to 2015, Key and Peele headlined their eponymous Comedy Central sketch series, which produced many popular viral videos. One of their running bits featured Peele as President Obama and Key as Luther, the 44th POTUS' "anger translator." Luther said the things the president could never say. Peele and Key decided to end their comedic television partnership after Season 5. They went out with a bang. At the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards held on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, "Key & Peele" won two awards -- including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. In 2006, Peele and Key teamed for the screen comedy "Keanu," in which the duo played cousin assassins who inherited the title cat and became attached to it. When their new pet wound up missing, they became determined to get him back. Directed by Peter Atencio -- who collaborated with Peele and Key on their TV show -- the film was co-written by Peele and Alex Rubens. Also starring in the comedy: Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzmán, Nia Long, Will Forte and Anna Faris (in an uncredited role. Keanu Reeves provided the voice of the cat. The 2017 blockbuster hit "Get Out" was Peele's debut as a writer-director-co-producer. The horror satire earned $255 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com. It also was a critical success. The film starred Daniel Kaluuya as a black Brooklyn photographer anxious about meeting the liberal parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). He soon discovered that something was rotten in the State of Connecticut. "Get Out' was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Peele), Best Actor (Kaluuya) and Best Original Screenplay (also Peele). He became the third African-American to win a screenwriting Oscar, following Geoffrey Fletcher (Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2009 drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire") and John Ridley (Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2013 historical drama "12 Years a Slave"). Peele also became only the third first-time filmmaker to receive Oscar nominations for writing, directing and producing in the same year. The others: Warren Beatty for "Heaven Can Wait" (1978, co-directed by Buck Henry) and James L. Brooks for "Terms of Endearment" (1983). Peele and Spike Lee are among the producers of the Best Picture-nominated film "BlacKkKlansman," The production is based on the true story of a black Colorado law enforcement officer who infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan sect. Lee has said it was Peele who suggested that the story be told with humor."BlacKkKlansman" also has been nominated for Best Director (Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver), Best Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Lee), Best Original Score (Terence Blanchard) and Best Film Editing (Barry Alexander Brown). Peele's next film is the horror/thriller "Us," which will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.. The production stars two cast members of "Black Panther" -- Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke -- as well as Elisabeth Moss. Peele wrote, directed and co-produced the movie. Beginning April 1, 2019, Peele will serve as the host and an executive producer of "The Twilight Zone" -- a revival of Rod Serling's classic television series of the 1950s and 1960s. The new version will be available only on the subscription streaming service CBS All Access. Peele is married to the actress-writer-comedian Chelsea Peretti, who has played Gina Linetti on the TV police sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" since 2013. Season 6 began airing on NBC last month after the FOX Network canceled the series at the end of the 2017-2018 schedule. Peretti announced in October that Season 6 would be her last on the series. She and Peele have a year-old son.
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    ...Sir Sidney Poitier (born on February 20, 1927), the American-born, Bahamian-bred film great who is now 92 years old. He and Kirk Douglas are the only living actors on the American Film Institute's 1999 list of the top 50 greatest screen legends of all time. Douglas was the No. 17 male; Poitier was ranked at No. 22. Sophia Loren is the only living actress on the list (she was No. 21 in the category of Top 25 Female Legends). He has been nominated for Academy Awards twice and won once. His recognized roles and movies were as follows (Oscar win is in bold): Noah Cullen in "The Defiant Ones" (1958). Best Actor. Homer Smith in "Lillies of the Field" (1964). Best Actor. Poitier made his screen debut in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 drama "No Way Out," which starred Richard Widmark and Linda Darnell. Widmark played wounded robbery suspect Ray Biddle, a virulent racist who continually baited Dr. Luther Brooks (Poitier) -- the black physician attending a hospital's prison ward. Forty-two years later, when Poitier was honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, Widmark recalled that his "No Way Out" character "had to say and do just vicious things" to Poitier's character. "So practically after every take, I'd run up to him and I'd apologize," he said. "And I'd try to assure him, 'Sid, it's just the character talking, not me.' Well, he was very understanding and we became good friends." They later co-starred in the films "The Long Ships" (1963) and "The Bedford Incident" (1965). Based on the 1954 novel by Evan Hunter, "The Blackboard Jungle" starred Glenn Ford as a schoolteacher trying to cope with a particularly rowdy group of inner city students. Among them were characters played by Poitier, Vic Morrow (in his film debut), future filmmaker Paul Mazursky and Jamie Farr. The gritty drama was adapted and directed by Richard Brooks. The song "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets was used in the opening credits. It became a rock 'n' roll anthem for the 1950s generation. In 1958, Tony Curtis and Poitier starred in "The Defiant Ones," Stanley Kramer's drama about escaped convicts -- one white and one black. The film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also earned Best Actor nominations for its two stars, making Poitier the first black performer to be honored in that category. Ask Poitier about his least favorite film, and the answer is likely to be Otto Preminger's 1959 screen version of "Porgy and Bess." The musical, which also starred Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters and Diahann Carroll, featured great music by composer George Gershwin. But Poitier and many of the other actors were concerned about negative black stereotypes during the era of the civil rights movement. "Porgy and Bess" won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy. Poitier and Dandridge did not do their own singing in the title roles, but they both received Golden Globe nominations. The film also won an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (André Previn and Ken Darby). In addition, it was nominated for Best Color Cinematography (Leon Shamroy), Best Color Costume Design (Irene Sharaff) and Best Sound (Gordon Sawyer and Fred Hynes). The film seldom has been seen through the years for contractual reasons. The 1960 Korean War drama "All the Young Men" -- directed by Hall Bartlett ("Zero Hour!") -- starred Alan Ladd, Poitier, James Darren. and Mort Sahl. The film reflected the newly desegregated military units of the time.The careers of Ladd and Poitier were about to go in different directions. Ladd only made four more pictures -- the last was "The Carpetbaggers," released three months after his death in January 1964. Meanwhile, Poitier was on the verge of becoming a screen superstar. Martin Ritt's 1961 film "Paris Blues" was a tale of friendship, music and romance in The City of Light. Poitier and Paul Newman played jazz musicians and American expatriates who had memorable experiences with two American schoolteachers (Carroll and Joanne Woodward). Poitier and Carroll had been in love since the filming of "Porgy and Bess," although they were married to others. Newman and Woodward had been married since 1958 and remained together until his death in 2008. "A Raisin in the Sun" was a 1961 film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed 1959 stage play. Directed by Daniel Petrie ("The Betsy," "Fort Apache the Bronx"), the drama returned Poitier and Claudia McNeil to the Tony Award-nominated roles they created on Broadway. The story revolved around the Youngers, a Chicago family hoping for a brighter future, thanks to matriarch Mama Lena (McNeil) and her $10,000 insurance check. The film, which also starred Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Stephen Perry, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett, Jr. (pictured below with Poitier and Dee), Roy E. Glenn, Sr., Joel Fluellen and John Fiedler, was adapted by Hansberry from her play. Poitier starred in the acclaimed 1963 comedy/drama "Lilies of the Field," in which he played a handyman named Homer Smith who became a godsend to a group of immigrant nuns in the Arizona desert. He is persuaded by the willful Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel for the townspeople. In one of the movie's best scenes (pictured below), Smith and the head nun iwage a duel of Bible passages to determine what should happen. Produced and directed by Ralph Nelson (who would collaborate with Poitier again), the production was adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel by William Edmund Barrett. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Poitier), Best Supporting Actress (Skalia), Best Adapted Screenplay (Poe) and Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Ernest Haller). At the 36th Academy Awards ceremony on April 13, 1964, Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American actor to win a competitive Oscar. He was presented the award by actress Anne Bancroft, who would later co-star with Poitier in "The Slender Thread" (1965). In the 1964 adventure film "The Long Ships," Poitier (pictured with the Italian actress Rosanna Schiaffino ) played a Moorish ruler obsessed with finding the location of a legendary golden bell. He coerced the members of a Viking crew (led by a character played by Widmark). The film was directed by Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer for the 1958 hit "The Vikings." In the 1965 drama "A Patch of Blue," Poitier played a Good Samaritan who made a difference in the life of a sheltered blind girl (Elizabeth Hartman). Shelley Winter won the second of her two Best Supporting Actress Oscars for her performance as the girl's domineering mother.Written and directed by the British filmmaker Guy Green ("The Mark"), the drama earned four other Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Hartman), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Robert Burks), Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (George W. Davis, Urie McCleary, Henry Grace and Charles S. Thompson) and Best Music Score (Jerry Goldsmith). Green, who died in 2005 at the age of 91, adapted the film from the novel "Be Ready with Bells and Drums" by Australian author Elizabeth Kata. He considered the film to be his greatest accomplishment. Poitier played an ex-Buffalo Soldier and James Garner an ex-scout in the 1966 Western "Duel at Diablo," which was directed by Nelson. The characters find themselves drawn into a brewing conflict in Utah between U.S. cavalrymen and hostile Apaches. Also starring in the film: Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver, Bill Travers and John Hoyt. Nelson appeared as a U.S. Army colonel named Foster under the name Alf Elson. The film was based on the 1957 novel "Apache Rising" by Marvin H. Albert. Poitier was the No. 1 box-office star for 1967 and headlined three hit films -- "To Sir, with Love," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Somehow, he didn't receive an Academy Award nomination for any of the films. The 40th annual Oscars ceremony was delayed two days -- to April 10, 1968 -- in the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So Poitier was on hand to announce that his "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" co-star Katharine Hepburn had won the award for Best Actress (it was accepted by her friend George Cukor). Also, Poitier was there to congratulate his "In the Heat of the Night" co-star Rod Steiger on his Best Actor win. The two actors returned to the stage when "In the Heat of the Night" was named Best Picture. "The Lost Man" (1969) was a remake of "Odd Man Out," Sir Carol Reed's 1947 British drama about a robbery in Northern Ireland that goes awry for a nationalist Irish group leader (James Mason). That film was based on the 1946 novel by British actor F.L. Green. It served as the source material for the heist film that starred Poitier and the Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. The couple has been together ever since. In 1969, Poitier joined forces with Newman, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand to create the production company First Artists. The joint enterprise, which later added Dustin Hoffman, operated until 1980. Among the films released by the partners: Poitier: "A Warm December" (1973), "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974), "Let's Do It Again" (1975), "A Piece of the Action" (1977); Newman: "Pocket Money" (1972), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), "The Drowning Pool" (1975); McQueen: "The Getaway" (1972), "An Enemy of the People" (1978), "Tom Horn" (1980); Streisand: "Up the Sandbox" (1972), "A Star Is Born" (1976), "The Main Event" (1979); Hoffman: "Straight Time" (1978), "Agatha" (1979). On March 12, 1992, Poitier became the first African-American actor to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He was presented the honor by producer George Stevens, Jr. at a star-studded ceremony. In December 1995, Poitier was among the performers recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Also named as honorees: the dance master Jacques d'Amboise, the opera star Marilyn Horne, the blues great B.B. King, and the playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon. During the tribute to Poitier, his longtime friend Newman recalled their collaboration on "Paris Blues." At the 74th Academy Awards ceremony on March 24, 2002, Poitier received an honorary Oscar "in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." The presentation was made by Denzel Washington and producer Walter Mirisch. As it turned out, Washington and Halle Berry won Academy Awards for lead performances later that night. On August 12, 2009, President Obama presented Poitier with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the nation's highest civilian honors. Obama said the actor and director "not only entertained, but enlightened -- shifting attitudes, broadening hearts, revealing the power of the silver screen to bring us closer together." At the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival in April, Poitier was reunited with several collaborators after a 50th anniversary screening of "In the Heat of the Night." Pictured from left to right: producer Mirisch, director Norman Jewison, Poitier, actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones.
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    It had been announced weeks ago that the veteran costume designer Ruth E. Carter would be honored by her peers on Tuesday night. She wound up taking home two prizes at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards held in Beverly Hills, California. Carter, whose costumes have been featured in such films as "Malcolm X," "Amistad" and "Selma," also won the Excellence in Fantasy Film Award for "Black Panther." She is nominated for an Academy Award for her designs for the Wakandan characters in the 2018 blockbuster film. Among her competitors is the ubiquitous British designer Sandy Powell, who is nominated for both "The Favourite" and "Mary Poppins Returns." Powell also was nominated for both films in the CDG's Excellence in Period Film category. She won for "The Favourite." Here is the complete list of winners: MOTION PICTURES Excellence in Contemporary Film: "Crazy Rich Asians," Mary E. Vogt Excellence in Period Film: "The Favourite," Sandy Powell Excellence in Fantasy Film: "Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter TELEVISION SERIES Excellence in Contemporary Television: "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach Excellence in Period Television: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Donna Zakowska Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: "Westworld," Sharen Davis Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live TV: "RuPaul's Drag Race," Zaldy Goco Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, "This Is America (music video), Natasha Newman-Thomas Spotlight Award Glenn Close Distinguished Collaborator Award Ryan Murphy Career Achievement Award Ruth E. Carter Distinguished Service Award Betty Pecha Madden
  11. As for Episode 4 of "I Am the Night," are we to believe that The Black Dahlia lost her life for the sake of abstract art?
  12. She played the daughter of Kate Beckinsale's and Scott Speedman's characters from the previous "Underworld" films. I believe she was a vampire-werewolf hybrid like her father. And thanks for noticing my absence! The weather in north Georgia is horrible. We've had nothing but rain and thunderstorms all week. As a result, a lightning strike killed my Wi-Fi connection and knocked me off the Internet for a couple of days.
  13. jakeem

    Awards season 2018-2019

    Some things to consider before the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, which begins Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC: Last week, fans and followers of The Divine Miss M were surprised and delighted by her following message on Twitter: Bette Midler‏Verified account@BetteMidler So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24...the nominated song from "Mary Poppins"..."The Place Where Lost Things Go" ...so excited!! 7:38 PM - 16 Feb 2019 Wittman and Shaiman collaborated in 2018 on Mary Poppins Returns where Wittman wrote the lyrics for nine of the tracks listed.[8] He and Shaiman were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "The Place Where Lost Things Go". The song from "Mary Poppin Returns" was written by the veteran songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Shaiman already has won at least one Emmy, Grammy and Tony. An Oscar win would make him the 16th person in history to win all four major entertainment awards. "The Place Where Lost Things Go" was performed in the movie by the actress Emily Blunt, who isn't known for her singing. But she has a lovely voice as evidenced by the trailer below.
  14. I became familiar with India because I used to watch "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" with my nieces on the old ABC Family channel (it's now Freeform). She was 15 or so when it started. Her character was the younger sister of a pregnant teen (Shailene Woodley, who's already a star) and became known for her biting sense of humor. I always thought that India's delivery was wooden, but it probably had more to do with the fact that her voice hadn't changed. Jessica Biel went through a similar deal on "7th Heaven" until her voice suddenly became low during Season 2. Anyway, India is a much better actress now. I've been impressed by her work in "I Am the Night." I've never thought of Olivia Hussey as a bad actress. She was sensational in "Romeo and Juliet," and she was the key character in the classic 1974 Canadian horror film "Black Christmas." She also was memorable as the mother of Christ in the 1977 miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth." Olivia's Wikipedia page says she's had problems with agoraphobia -- which would kill any actor's career, I suppose. She was married to Dean Paul Martin, but they divorced several years before he was killed in the crash of his National Guard fighter jet. His father, Dean Martin, never recovered from that tragedy, India's father is the rock singer David Glen Eisley (pictured below with his wife and daughter) who has fronted several bands, including the '80s group Giuffria.
  15. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    POLITICO‏Verified account@politico Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has met at least 10 times with politicians and business leaders from Kentucky in response to requests from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/19/mitch-mcconnell-elaine-chao-relationship-1163655
  16. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    CNN Politics‏Verified account@CNNPolitics Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, a DOJ official said https://cnn.it/2SIengG
  17. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Matthew Gertz‏Verified account @MattGertz Note the ellipses. Fox, 11:22 pm Trump, 7:21 am
  18. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Matthew Gertz‏Verified account @MattGertz Going to go out on a limb here and say it is really, really not good for the president of the United States to be watching a lot of Fox News and then accusing people of treason. Fox News, 9:11 pm Right, Trump, 9:53 pm
  19. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account@realDonaldTrump The failed Fast Train project in California, were the cost overruns are becoming world record setting, is hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall! 7:48 AM - 19 Feb 2019
  20. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Peter Alexander‏Verified account@PeterAlexander Peter Alexander Retweeted Donald J. Trump Those 16 "cities," the President refers to, are as follows: California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Hawaii Illinois Maine Maryland Michigan Minnesota Nevada New Jersey New Mexico New York Oregon Virginia
  21. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account@realDonaldTrump As I predicted, 16 cities, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, with no hope of completion, seems in charge! 7:44 AM - 19 Feb 2019
  22. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified accou@realDonaldTrump Had the opposition party (no, not the Media) won the election, the Stock Market would be down at least 10,000 points by now. We are heading up, up, up! 7:30 AM - 19 Feb 2019
  23. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account@realDonaldTrump “....(The Witch Hunt) in time likely will become recognized as the greatest scandal in American political history, marking the first occasion in which the U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election (presidential)!” Victor Davis Hanson And got caught! @FoxNews 7:21 AM - 19 Feb 2019
  24. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account@realDonaldTrump Remember this, Andrew McCabe didn’t go to the bathroom without the approval of Leakin’ James Comey! 10:26 PM - 18 Feb 2019
  25. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account@realDonaldTrump “The biggest abuse of power and corruption scandal in our history, and it’s much worse than we thought. Andrew McCabe (FBI) admitted to plotting a coup (government overthrow) when he was serving in the FBI, before he was fired for lying & leaking.” @seanhannity @FoxNews Treason! 9:53 PM - 18 Feb 2019

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