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The BET Awards Were Mostly Enjoyable, Thanks To Chris Rock


Either you decided to skip this year’s BET Awards in favor of Sunday night’s other programming, or you sat through all four hours with the rest of us and watched host Chris Rock go in on the likes of Rick Ross and big winner August Alsina, whom he called the “Sideshow Bob of Hip-Hop.”

August Alsina
August Alsina

He threw shade like he was pitching in the World Series all night, and was, for me anyways, the most entertaining part of the show. One of his bits included venturing out to a monster truck rally to see if folks there even knew what BET was. Instead of handing out pizza, like Ellen Degeneres did at this year’s Academy Awards, he gave the audience meals from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, but joked that Ross should get a salad. Let’s hope Chris made it home safe last night. Continue Reading

2014 Oscar Nominations: ‘American Hustle’ And ‘Gravity’ Lead The Pack

oscar-statues Until this year, did you ever in your wildest dreams think that you’d hear the words, “Jordan Catalano Jared Leto, Oscar nominee”? Yeah, me, either. But the one who looks so dreamy while leaning will bring his fine ass and blue eyes to the 86th Academy Awards, which take place March 2 in Los Angeles. Who else was nominated? Let’s take a good look, shall we?

Best picture 

“12 Years a Slave” 
“The Wolf of Wall Street” 
“Captain Phillips” 
“American Hustle” 
“Dallas Buyers Club” 

Best Director 

Steve McQueen — “12 Years a Slave” 
David O. Russell — “American Hustle” 
Alfonso Cuaron — “Gravity” 
Alexander Payne — “Nebraska” 
Martin Scorsese — “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor 

Bruce Dern — “Nebraska” 
Chiwetel Ejiofor — “12 Years a Slave” 
Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club” 
Leonardo DiCaprio — “The Wolf of Wall Street” 
Christian Bale — “American Hustle”

Best Actress 

Amy Adams — “American Hustle” 
Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine” 
Judi Dench — “Philomena” 
Sandra Bullock — “Gravity” 
Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County”

Oh, Jared Leto.
Oh, Jared Leto.

Best Supporting Actor 

Barkhad Abdi — “Captain Phillips” 
Bradley Cooper — “American Hustle” 
Jonah Hill — “The Wolf of Wall Street” 
Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club” 
Michael Fassbender — “12 Years a Slave”

Best Supporting Actress 

Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle” 
Lupita Nyong’o — “12 Years a Slave” 
June Squibb — “Nebraska” 
Julia Roberts — “August: Osage County” 
Sally Hawkins — “Blue Jasmine”

Best Original Screenplay

“American Hustle” — David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer 
“Blue Jasmine” — Woody Allen 
“Her” — Spike Jonze 
“Nebraska” — Bob Nelson 
“Dallas Buyers Club” — Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Best Adapted Screenplay 

“12 Years a Slave” — John Ridley 
“Before Midnight” — Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater 
“The Wolf of Wall Street” — Terence Winter 
“Captain Phillips” — Billy Ray 
“Philomena” — Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best Animated Feature 

“The Wind Rises” 
“Despicable Me 2” 
“Ernest & Celestine” 
“The Croods”

Best Foreign Feature 

“The Hunt” (Denmark) 
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium) 
“The Great Beauty” (Italy) 
“Omar” (Palestinian territories) 
“The Missing Picture” (Cambodia)

Best Music (Original Song) 

“Frozen”: “Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez 
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”: “Ordinary Love” — U2, Paul Hewson 
“Her”: “The Moon Song” — Karen O, Spike Jonze 
“Despicable Me 2”: “Happy” — Pharrell Williams  
“Alone Yet Not Alone”: “Alone Yet Not Alone” — Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel

Best Music (Original Score) 

“Gravity” — Steven Price 
“Philomena” — Alexandre Desplat 
“The Book Thief” — John Williams 
“Saving Mr. Banks” — Thomas Newman 
“Her” — William Butler and Owen Pallett

Best Cinematography 

“Gravity” — Emmanuel Lubezki 
“Inside Llewyn Davis” — Bruno Delbonnel 
“Nebraska” — Phedon Papamichael 
“Prisoners” — Roger Deakins 
“The Grandmaster” — Phillippe Le Sourd

Best Costume Design 

“The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin 
“12 Years a Slave” — Patricia Norris 
“The Grandmaster” — William Chang Suk Ping 
“American Hustle” — Michael Wilkinson 
“The Invisible Woman” — Michael O’Connor

Best Documentary Feature 

“The Act of Killing” 
“20 Feet From Stardom” 
“The Square” 
“Cutie and the Boxer” 
“Dirty Wars”

Best Film Editing 

“Gravity” — Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger 
“12 Years a Slave”– Joe Walker 
“Captain Phillips” — Christopher Rouse 
“American Hustle” — Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten 
“Dallas Buyers Club” — John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

“The Lone Ranger” — Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny 
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” — Stephen Prouty 
“Dallas Buyers Club” — Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best Production Design 

“12 Years a Slave” — Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker 
“The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn 
“American Hustle” — Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler 
“Gravity” — Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard 
“Her” — K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena

Best Visual Effects 

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” 
“Star Trek Into Darkness” 
“Iron Man 3” 
“The Lone Ranger”

Best Sound Mixing 

“Captain Phillips” 
“Lone Survivor” 
“Inside Llewyn Davis” 
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best Sound Editing 

“All Is Lost” 
“Captain Phillips” 
“Lone Survivor” 
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best Short Film, Live Action 

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” 
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)” 
“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” 
“The Voorman Problem”

Best Short Film, Animated 

“Get a Horse!” 
“Mr. Hublot” 
“Room on the Broom”

Best documentary short 

“Facing Fear” 
“Karama Has No Walls” 
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” 
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”
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I’m totally digging that DiC’s favorite, Pharrell Williams was nominated for Best Original Song for “Happy”.  Lord knows, the pretentious, “we discovered Nelson Mandela before YOU PEOPLE did” U2 will more than likely win. That’s ALL Bono needs,  another reason for sunglasses and pomposity. At least Pharrell and his cute no-socks-wearin’ ways will be on the red carpet.

We’ll beat this dead horse discuss our thoughts on who we think will take home Oscar Gold for several weeks. Get your notepads out, y’all, and tell us what you think of this year’s nominees!

(It’s probably Leo’s year. I’ll just throw that one out there.)

Film Legends Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine Have Passed Away

Peter O'Toole and  Joan Fontaine - RIP
Peter O’Toole and
Joan Fontaine – RIP


The movie world has lost a number of legends this past week. British Actor Peter O’Toole died on Saturday at the age of 81 in London after a long illness. O’Toole is known to fans for his work in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. Soon after the success of the film, O’Toole became a star and a heartthrob due to his 6-foot-2 frame, bright blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. British playwright Noel Coward famously said that “If you’d been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia.”

His career included such critically acclaimed films such as’Goodbye Mr. Chips,’ How To Steal A Million’ with Audrey Hepburn and ‘The Lion In Winter’ with Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins. His most recent credits included ‘Troy,’ Ratatouille’ as the voice of food critic Anton Ego and ‘Venus’ which gave him his last Oscar nomination. O’Toole would be nominated for 8 over the span of his career, the most of any performer. In 2003, he was honored with the Academy Honorary Award which he initially balked at saying that he was “still in the game.” He finally accepted when his children informed him that it was the highest honor that any actor could receive.

He is survived by his two daughters Kate and Pat from his first marriage to actress Sian Phillips, and his son Lorcan from his second marriage.

Actress Joan Fontaine died at the age 96 on Sunday in Carmel, California. Fontaine rose to fame playing one of the many jilted wives in the classic ‘The Women,’ and as a new wife Alfred Hitchcock‘s ‘Rebecca,’ a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination. A year later she would win the Best Actress trophy for her work in Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion.’ She shared the screen with the likes of James StewartCary Grant and Burt Lancaster, and went on to start in such films as ‘Gunga Din’ and ‘The Constant Nymph,’ for which she received her third Oscar nomination and holds a record for being the youngest actress to to have three nods. In the 1950s, she would make a move to the stage, co-starring in ‘Tea and Sympathy’ with a young Anthony Perkins. Her last film appearance was in the 1994 ‘Good King Wenceslas’ but she continued to act in the theater.


Fontaine had a notoriously strained relationship with her older sister, Olivia de Havilland, as Olivia was favored by their mother, who refused to let Joan use the family name for her career. In her 1978 memoir, ‘No Bed of Roses,’ she said of the rivalry with her sister, “I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did. And if I die first, she’ll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it.” Well Ms. de Havilland, who is now 97, and resides in France, must be seething.

Fontaine is also survived by her daughter Deborah Dozier and a grandson.