Thursday, January 26, 2017


The Oscar picks are announced. Do you agree with the Academy Awards in their choices for the best in anything? How can there be a best in the arts when anyone can love anything? At least they do not determine the best movie based on how much money it made. Yet, the highest-grossing film to win best picture Oscar was that good old movie called Gone With the Wind that made $1.75 billion dollars.  That is an amazingly   huge  amount of ticket sales since tickets to a movie probably cost 50 cents a ticket in 1939.The Oscars will take place on February 26 this year. It will be the battle of the former Disney Musketeers Justin Timberlake for Trolls and Ryan Gosling for La La Land  who are competing in the category of best song in a movie.  Who knew these two guys would have such great careers so many years after their childhood appearances. They should sing a song together for a new Mickey Mouse Night Oscar style!
Meryl Streep sings this year too acting to sing as horribly as she can in the movie called Florence Foster Jenkins. It is her record 20th nomination. Trump says she is overrated. Most Americans think she is an American treasure whose movies have made billions of dollars for the movie industry. Americans are known for their great movies worldwide. Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who is proud to say that there are people of color being nominated this year. The movie called Hacksaw Ridge is giving sound man Kevin O’Connell his 21st nomination and the poor guy still hasn’t won an award. His plight reminds me of Susan lucci who had 18 nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards before she finally won a trophy.
Aren’t trophies known for bowling tournament? Yes, this year there are 7 people of color being nominated for their great acting in a movie. After two years of all whites in all categories, people are noticing. Do we need a rainbow of people or do we need jut good actors no matter their race? Last year host Chris Rock joked about the race issue in his opening monologue. The Academy says they have diversified their membership as well. It just so happened that this year there were some great roles that African-Americans got to act in. Just go to the movies and decide for yourself your favorite picks.

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