Awards

Highlights and Winners from the Oscars 2016

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I don’t know about you all, but I’m suffering from a serious post-Oscars syndrome this Monday morning. A person can only handle so much glamour, talent, and film nostalgia without feeling completely overwhelmed. I laughed, I cried… I cried again. This year’s Academy Awards was an emotional roller coaster and I did not want to get off.
Before we delve into the actual awards, I’d like to take a moment of silence for all the hearts that simultaneously exploded the moment that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stepped onto the red carpet together. I’m still recovering.

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Okay, on to the show! Host Chris Rock exemplified the best way to address the #OscarsSoWhite debacle: through humor. With a refreshing twist on the usually safe monologue route post Seth McFarlane’s failed jokes of 2013, Chris really went for it. Although some of his jokes were met with an uncomfortable silence and hesitant applause, for example following a comment that this year’s “In Memoriam package was going to be black people who were shot by cops on their way to the movies,” his message was clear, powerful, and grounded.
This year, there were some noticeable deviations from the traditional order of presentation. Normally, the show starts off with one of the supporting actor categories ,but this year the awards followed the order of production of a film, kicking off with the foundation of a movie, best screenplay(s). With no surprise to anyone, Original Screenplay went to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and Adapted to Charles Randolph and Adam McKay with The Big Short.
Following a head to head race with this year’s BAFTA and Globe recipient Kate Winslet, best supporting actress went to The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander. Her acceptance speech was adorable and her genuine excitement was contagious. Following a quick kiss with fellow academy award nominee and boyfriend Michael Fastbender, Vikander made her way to the stage and thanked her parents for believing in her and encouraging her to dream big.
In the spirit of change, the 88th Academy Awards also incorporated new little details throughout the show ,such as having the winner’s ‘Thank You’s’ running in a stream below their acceptance speeches and little blurbs beside the presenter’s with their filmography.
Chris Rock continued his humorous social commentary throughout the show with little side comments such as “should have been nominee Michael B. Jordan,” re-creating important scenes from best pictures with the inclusion of actors of color, and a segment titled ‘Black History Month Minute’ which celebrated actor Jack Black.
At the hour and half mark, things started to get… interesting. First, we were surprised with an appearance by R2D2, C3PL, and BB-8; a moment that clearly blew the mind of the prince of this year’s award season and star of Room, 9-year-old Jacob Trumbley.


Following the arrival of the trio of droids, Chris Rock invited his daughter’s girl scouts troop out in the audience to sell Girl Scout Cookies to Hollywood’s elite, gifting us with moments of Kate Winslet looking exceptionally excited over a box of Tagalongs and Sam Smith waving $5 in the air for his own. Then, to the pleasure of my inner-child, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, who are celebrating 20 years of friendship (excuse me…what?) presented the award to Pixar’s Inside Out for best-animated feature.
We then turned back towards the serious, with comedian Kevin Hart giving a touching speech where he applauded actors of color in the industry for an incredible year of powerful performances, encouraging his fellow creative to continue to push boundaries.
In a personal disappointment and first real snub of the night, Best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for his performance in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. That’s not to say his performance in the film wasn’t impressive, because it absolutely was, but let’s be honest here, who wouldn’t have loved to see Stallone up on that stage? You’re still a champ in my heart, Rocky.
One of the most talked about segments of the night came from a shocking collaboration between Joe Biden and Lady Gaga in a stance against sexual assault. After a speech made by our Vice President, Lady Gaga took to the stage to sing ‘Till it Happens to You, surrounded by sexual abuse survivors with ‘it’s not your fault’ written on their arms, a moment that moved the entire room, and everyone at home, to tears. The tears then continued with the shot of Brie Larson hugging all of the participants during the commercial break.

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Talking about Brie Larson, excuse my gushing here, but… YAY!!!! Aside from the fact that her performance in Room was breathtaking, heartbreaking, and genuine beyond belief, Brie is one of the most eloquent and intelligent women in this world and I’m so glad that she is getting the recognition she deserves as lead actress. Seriously, she’s made my entire year.
And of course, the moment that gave humanity as a whole a sense of justice (and perhaps a tear or two), Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar. May the Internet’s favorite memes rest in peace.
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To close out the show with the final shocker, the absolute treasure that is Spotlight takes home the award for Best Picture.
And that’s a wrap on this year’s Academy Awards! Thank you 2015 for an inspiring collection of films and let the countdown to next year begin! For more highlights and winners from the Oscars 2016, visit oscar.go.com.
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Grammys 2016: Highlights and Winners

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This is the Grammy’s!
There was every reason for Twitter to be on fire last night, as its feed blew up with favorite looks from the red carpet, performances of the night, and the anticipation and excitement for Lady Gaga’s tribute for the late David Bowie at the 58th Grammy Awards in the Staples Center. If you didn’t watch the Grammy’s last night, you seriously missed out. The night did not disappoint by any means as it was filled with hair-rising performances with top artists like Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt. Grammy’s Host LL Cool J couldn’t have said it better: “This is the Grammy’s. This is where the people sing for real.” And for real, it was quite the show, but for those of you who missed out, Cliché’s sharing some of our favorite moments, and naturally, the awards of the night with you.

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Photo Courtesy of Kevin Winter | Wire Image


The very first act of the night was Taylor Swift who slayed “Out of the Woods” in a stunning, sparkly jumpsuit and a blunt bob.
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Best Rap Album: “To Pimp A Butterfly” Kendrick Lamar
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Photo Courtesy of Kevin Winter | Wire Image


The next round of performances included a mix of Carrie Underwood’s “Heart Beat” and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” which was mighty fine, and we’re not just talking about the two’s singing. Following behind them was The Weeknd whose show was a heart-melting collaboration of “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In The Night,” and then, Andra Day and Ellie Goulding presented a duet with “Rise Up” and “Love Me Like You Do” that was one of the many #micdrop’s of the night.
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Best Country Album: “Traveller” Chris Stapleton
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Photo Courtesy of Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images


The third set comprised of John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor, and Tyrese Gibson who did a fun and heartfelt tribute dedicated to Lionel Richie, who later joined the artists on stage to sing “All Night Long,” which comprised of songs like “Easy,” “Hello,” “Penny Lover,” “You Are,” and “Brick House.” Little Big Town took the stage afterward with their song “Girl Crush,” which was nominated for “Song of the Year.” Then the talented Pentatonix and Stevie Wonder sang an a capella version of “That’s The Way Of The World” in honor of Maurice White. Might we just add their harmonious tunes were raw, beautiful and just plain perfect – as expected.
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Song of the Year: “Thinking Out Loud” Ed Sheeran (As excited as we were for Ed, we can’t help but feel that Taylor was a little more excited – just a little more.)
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Photo Courtesy of Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images 


Midway through the show, The Eagles played “Take It Easy” in honor and farewell to their founder and lead guitarist Glenn Frey; meanwhile, Tori Kelly and James Bay followed after with a mashup of “Hollow” and “Let It Go” that gave us goosebumps on the arms and chills up our spines! Not to mention, they’d make quite the couple, don’t you think? Then Hamilton, a hip-hop Broadway play, made its way to the stage with a dynamite act, and Kendrick Lamar finished with a firing rap and performance – we mean that literally and metaphorically – of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright.”
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Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton
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Best Rock Performance: “Don’t Wanna Fight” Alabama Shakes
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Photo Courtesy of Robert Gauthier | Los Angeles Times


One of the few artists that sounds as beautiful live as she does in her records (regardless of some early on technical difficulties), the lovely Adele sang an emotional “All I Ask,” a single from her new album 25. The following act featured Justin Bieber with Skrillex and Diplo of Jack U and left us feeling a little uncomfortable as we watched an awkward acoustic version of “Love Yourself,” and then a futuristic mix of “Where Are U Now” with some dance moves that were interesting, to say the least. (Sorry, Biebs!)
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Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor (the cutest and sweetest winner of the night)
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Nearing the end of the night, the long-awaited tribute of the night was well-worth it as Lady Gaga’s collaboration with Intel wowed the audience and viewers at home with its entertaining and well-thought out arrangement of songs like “Changes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fashion,” and “Let’s Dance” to name a few. The late David Bowie would have been honored and proud of no questions asked.
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Photo Courtesy of Matt Sayles | Invision | Associated Press


Afterwards, Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. nailed their performance in honor of B.B. King, and Alabama Shakes’ “Don’t Wanna Fight” created a fierce presence on stage, and we’re not just talking about Brittany Howard’s lips or her awesome white cape. Later, The Hollywood Vampires featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp, which we’re curious: were we the only ones that didn’t know about Johnny Depp being in a band?! Last but not least, the youngest nominee, 12-years-old to be exact, Joey Alexander took the stage with an astounding piano performance that made us sit back and contemplate where we might have gone wrong with our lives.
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Photo Courtesy of Matt Sayles | Invision | Associated Press


Album of the Year: Taylor Swift (#GirlBoss of the night! Taylor’s speech was short, sweet and a total knockout. Kayne, suits you right.)
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Record of the Year: Bruno Mars
The 58th Grammy’s Award closed with a bang featuring Travis Barker, Joe Perry, Robin Thicke and the ever passionate Pitbull with his song “Taxi.”
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The Best Looks from the Grammys

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The 58th Annual Grammys Awards took place Monday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and it was truly music’s biggest night—especially on the red carpet. Our favorite musicians, artists, and performers brought their A-game to the star-studded night. While black was definitely a trend on the red carpet, there were also pops of jewel tones, pantsuits on women, and some seriously cool jewelry, accessories, and hair styles to boot.
From Taylor Swift in a red and pink Atelier Versace top/skirt combo to and Adele in a black Givenchy gown to the super dreamy Sam Hunt in a pink Dolce & Gabbana suit, we’ve got some of the best looks from the Grammys below.

Which celebrities were on your best dressed list? Which ones missed the mark this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
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SAG Awards 2016: Sorry Oscars, Diversity Wins

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Diversity was the theme of last night’s SAG Awards 2016. It was evident throughout the room that everyone was feeling some type of way towards award shows. We can all thank #OscarsSoWhite for that, and it seems like this year’s SAG Awards was a subtle diss to the upcoming Oscars.
With small jabs from Laura Prepon when she accepted the award on behalf of the cast of Orange is the New Black, “Look at this stage! This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity!” to Idris Elba commenting, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” just before he presented his film Beasts of No Nation, it was clear that the actors were unhappy with the latest trending topic in Hollywood. However, since this award comes straight from their fellow actors, the win means a lot more knowing they are appreciated by their fellow colleagues.

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Image Credit: Screen Actors Guild Awards


There weren’t so many OMG moments throughout the night that left the Twitterverse buzzing. Why? Because the SAG Awards has to be the smoothest and fast-paced award show ever. There are no hosts, thirteen categories (other than two that weren’t presented during the awards ceremony), an in memoriam segment, and of course, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which was given to legendary Carol Burnett.
Sure, we can mention the Keith Urban moment during Alicia Vikander’s speech as she was accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in The Danish Girl or Jason Bateman’s nod to the Arrested Development days when he presented his “dad” Jeffrey Tambor his award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in Transparent, or how we all think Jacob Tremblay is the cutest thing ever, but other than that, everything went through flawlessly.
Some of the key and memorable speeches go to Bessie’s Queen Latifah and How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis. From the beginning intro when the camera closes up on certain actors in the crowd as they tell their story to when she accepted her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, Queen Latifah continued to inspire viewers to follow their dreams. “Build your own boxes. Not people. Knock that thing away and do you,” she said during her acceptance speech.
Viola Davis started off her speech saying, “There’s a famous saying that I am not who you think I am. You are who you think I am… People are always saying, ‘Annalise is an antihero. Don’t you worry she’s not likable?’” It was a powerful point being made that lead women are always shown to be the kind of women viewers need or want to be like. It’s not always like that, people! Women actors shouldn’t be put under any pressure that they have to be someone you need to like for the purpose of being desired by every viewer. It’s just not like that anymore. Do you think we do that for every male actor? 
Lastly, I think the craziest thing that shocked me was that this was Leonardo DiCaprio’s very first SAG Award. FIRST, I repeat. Let’s just not forget all the other remarkable films he did before The Revenant, but I digress. The man is doing quite well this awards season. I’m pretty sure the whole world is already ready to bust out their celebratory champagne for him once the Oscars roll around. WE’RE ROOTING FOR YOU, LEO.
And there you have it. Another year, another awards ceremony over. Come back next month when we recap on the Grammys and the Oscars!
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2016 Oscar Favorites and Snubs

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Michael-FassbenderMost of us associate February with Valentines Day but for one night it will be all about celebrating the year’s biggest achievements in film On Sunday, February 28 the stars will be out in full force. The Oscars which gave out it’s first award in 1929 will be hosted in Hollywood, California. We want to share our favorite nominations and mention a few really
talented actors that we feel got left out.

By now we’ve all seen the Oscar nominations and most were dominated by 3 files. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 and then The Martian had seven nominations. With such dominance it’s a bit challenging to select favorites but these were amazing films so here’s who we like.

Actor in a Leading Role

While there were many well known actors who were nominated including Leonardo DiCaprio who is favorite to win with The Revenant,  we absolutely loved in Steve Jobs. The 38-year-old who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 12 Years A Slave in 2013 played a compelling and complicated role in the highly anticipated film depicting the highs and lows of the tech-geniuses life. While the movie itself failed to break even, Michael’s role was both compelling and complicated and we thought he played the part beautifully.

 Actress in a Leading Role

Our pick for best Actress in a leading role is who portrays Joy Mangano in the rags-to-riches saga of a hard-working woman who gave the world the Miracle Mop. The amazing cast included Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd and Bradley Cooper. Jennifer really gives a strong lead performance playing a character that was undermined by her family around every corner but remained resilient, strong willed and determined to become a self-made millionaire. The film itself was a bit busy at times and unconventional but Jennifer was the star from start to finish. She single handedly carried both her family and the movie along will brilliance and grace.

We haven’t forgotten you

Jacob-TremblayIt happens every year doesn’t it? You watch an awesome movie with incredible actors and actresses that you fall in love with but they get overlooked when it comes time to hand out the hardware. This year is no different. Our biggest snubs were all over the place but a quick list.

Johnny Depp (Black Mass) for Best Actor
Idris Elba (Beast of No Nation) for Best Supporting Actor
Ridley Scott (The Martian) for Best Director
Jacob Tremblay (Room) for Best Supporting Actor
(The Peanuts Movie) for Best Animated Feature

The reality is that awards don’t determine which movies will be loved and considered classics when it’s all said and done. There have been tons of classics that never won Best Picture and incredible actors and actresses who never won an Oscar. It’s us, the movie buffs and fans who determines the best pictures of the year, not the Academy.

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Can Eddie Redmayne Repeat his 2015 Success at the Oscars?

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Can Eddie Redmayne Repeat his 2015 Success at the OscarsIt’s one of the most hotly anticipated and exciting aspects of every year’s Academy Awards – just who will scoop Best Actor at this year’s Oscars? It is, after-all, an incredibly hard category to predict a winner and this year will be no different with all five nominees certainly worthy of the prize.
One of the hottest contenders for the award is British actor Eddie Redmayne who won Best Actor at the awards ceremony last year. The actor, who won numerous awards for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, is becoming one of the most highly sought-after actors in Hollywood and will hit our screens again this November as Newt Scamander in the incredibly anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But can he make it two years in a row?

Well there has only ever been five actors who have won the Best Actor prize consecutively – with Tom Hanks being the last for his roles in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia – so the odds aren’t exactly in his favour. However, with such an exceptional performance as a transgender artist in The Danish Girl the 34-year-old certainly has the merit to take the prize.
The main obstacle in Redmayne’s path to a second Oscar will be in the form of Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in The Revenant, a film that is nominated for a hefty 12 Oscars. For years the internet has lovingly mocked the fact that DiCaprio has been nominated a previous five times for the Best Actor Oscar but has been unable, as of yet, to clinch the award. Many people believe this could be DiCaprio’s year, and with the fact that he has just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in the same role, it is looking positive for his Oscar jinx to finally be broken.
Eyes should also be kept on Michael Fassbender to pull a surprise win for his title role as Steve Jobs. The film itself may have been a box office flop, but it received wide critical acclaim with Fassbender’s co-star Kate Winslet also nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Indeed Winslet weighed in on the Best Actor debate in an interview with US Weekly saying “you can sort of feel the temperature. It’s probably going to be Leo’s year.” She went on to say, “I think that everyone wants it for him. It would be amazing.”
Leonardo DiCaprio is certainly one of the most popular actors to take the prize with many, like Kate Winslet, feeling this should finally be his year. Whether Winslet’s predication comes true remains to be seen, but it certainly seems that 2016 could be anyone’s year so be prepared for a surprise win.
A list of the nominees:
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon –
The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio –
The Revenant
Michael Fassbender –
Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne –
The Danish Girl
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