Category: Entertainment

Titanic Star Grabs The Oscars

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Finally Leonardo DiCaprio won the best actor award at the Oscar after six nominations for the epic film The Revenant. Brie Larson was given the Best Actress award for the film Room. The most number of awards was picked by Mad Max: Fury Road, it won the most number of awards bagging six honors. Meanwhile Mark Rylance grabbed the best supporting actor award and Briton Sam Smith scoring for the best original song.

Despite the glitz and glamour, the awards ceremony was no attended by prominent figures in the industry. The reason stated was the racist color of the awards. This year all the 20 nominees for best acting and supporting acting category were whites. While launching the ceremony host Chris Rock commented on the controversy stating, “counted at least 15 black people” in the montage that opened the ceremony, before welcoming people to the “white People’s Choice awards”.

Speaking further Rock said that he could count just 15 black people in the crowd and welcomed the gathering to an all white people’s choice awards ceremony. He also quipped that even the host’s job was not offered to them. Adding to this he asked the crowd if they want to know if Hollywood is turning racist. He calls it a different type of discrimination calling it sorority.

Mad Max: Fury Road was nominated for best director and best costume designer, George Miller and Jenny Beavan respectively, both of whom are British. It is worth noting here that The Revenant won 3 out of the 12 nominations. The best director award was given to Alejandro Inarritu and Emmanuel Lubezki was awards for cinematography, his third consecutive award. He won it in 2014 for Gravity and the 2015 for Birdman.

Leonardo DiCaprio received the award amidst standing ovation after he finally walked up the stage to pick his award after missing five acting nominations and a producer nomination earlier.

The SAG Awards 2016 – A Glimpse

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It was just a prelude to the Oscars to showcase who would be the prospects at the Oscars this season. The BAFTA, the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes all were towing the same line of offering radical choices by offering a preview to who could win the Oscars. This season the focus was different from what the siblings have to offer. It was rather flat to see the Screen Actors Guild Awards won by Elba, Viola Davis, Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba. The awards season has become more a routine with a string of ceremonies being shown on the television with the same old clippings repeated every week to the ever decreasing guests.

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The SAG votes on 160,000 films, radio and TV actors who are in the SAG-AFTRA union. They award to the talented actors who will never walk on the Oscar stage on February 28. SAG gives awards to the television and film but the award for Elba for the Best Supporting Actor in Beats of No Nation felt like a dig at the Oscars. The SAG ballots were presented two weeks post the Oscar nominations announcement making all the noise that the 20 nominees were all white for the second consecutive year. Elba was the recipient of two awards including one for Luther, the BBC TV series.

Having been nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG, Elba would make it to the Oscar ballot, it was predicted. But ironically, the actor missing the chance and so did actors like Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac and Michael B Jordan. All this made the most happening night of Hollywood into a boycotting event. The SAG failed to nominate Sylvester Stallone for Creed and this paved the way for Elba. Meanwhile Aduba won the award for Orange Is the New Black, a comedy series, so did Latifah for Female Actor in a Television Movie and Davis for the 2015 How to Get Away With Murder.