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EGOT got three new members!
September 10th, 2018 under Emmys, John Legend, Oscars. [ Comments: none ]

Yesterday, EGOT’s membership jumped 25% with the addition of three new members. Lyricist Tim Rice, mega Broadway producer Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Legend got the final key to the door when they won the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) Emmy for producing Jesus Christ Superstar.

What is an EGOT? It is when a person wins the Emmy, the Grammy, the Oscar and the Tony award. Before last night only 12 people held that honor since 1962. Legend is the youngest person to join, did it in the second least amount of time (Robert Lopez did it in 10 years while Legend did it 12) and the first African-American man (Whoopi Goldberg was the first African-American member) to get it.

If you are like me, then you are wondering what Webber and Legend did to get the fourth honor. Webber has an Oscar for You Must Love Me from Evita and Legend won the Tony for producing the revival of Jitney.

What about Tim Rice? He said, “Thanks to all for messages re EGOT thingy. Also delighted for @OfficialALW and brilliant @johnlegend . Had to break news to John that we did not have him in mind when we wrote it in 1969-70. Also thanks to all the NBC JCS team esp. @neilmeron and late @craigzadan.”

Who do you think will be the next member of the exclusive group? My money is on Liza Minelli or Lin-Manuel Miranda.

To see Legend put his Emmy with his many other awards, then click here!


The popular movie category was not popular with the Oscars
September 6th, 2018 under Oscars. [ Comments: none ]

Last month, the Oscars announced that they were making some changes to the awards show. The most controversial one was the adding of the Best Popular Film. They faced a lot of backlash from people inside and outside of Hollywood.

There is so much disdain for the new category that today they announced it will not be part of this upcoming Oscars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMPAS “will examine and seek additional input regarding the new category.”

Personally, I was looking forward to it because then movies like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians would get a nomination. The voting elitists keep nominating films that no has seen or want to see. Therefore, there is no reason for the average moviegoer to watch the show. I wish they were not such film snobs because I want them to recognize films that will have a lasting effect on Hollywood and not ones that will be forgotten the day after the show. Can you name what film won this year?

How do you feel about Best Popular Film?


Some big changes are coming to the Oscars
August 8th, 2018 under Oscars. [ Comments: none ]

Let’s be honest, the Oscars are a real snore. People you don’t care about are nominated for films you have not seen. It is a long boring show that puts you to sleep. Within a few days, you don’t even remember who won Best Picture. Can you tell me who because I honestly don’t remember?

Well, they are adding a new category that will honor popular films. Translation, movies that we have seen and heard of. I am OK with this, but those films should be nominated for their merit because, let’s be real, Wonder Woman was better than The Post.

They are also cutting down on the number of categories that will be shown live on the air. They will still be presented on that night, but instead, they will be taped during commercial breaks. Then an edited version will air later during the show.

While I think that is a good idea. I think they need to cut down on the unfunny jokes between the presenters and long drawn out montages that add nothing to the show.

Another change won’t come until 2020, and they are moving the show up to the second Sunday of February. Which means awards season won’t be drawn out.

Will this be enough to get the awards show ratings again? We will find out on February 25th, the day after the 2019 Oscars.

Does this make you want to watch the Academy Awards again or have you been done with them for a while now? I am so over them.


The Lonely Island sings why aren’t blockbusters nominated for Oscars
March 5th, 2018 under Oscars. [ Comments: 1 ]

Back in 2014, The Lonely Island was nominated for an Oscar for their song Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie. Well everything is not awesome with the Oscars because this year’s was the least watched. We can blame the politics, the host and so on. But, I think, the real reason is because there are no movies to root for.

They keep nominating movies that no one has seen nor they want to see. I bet you if Wonder Woman was nominated, at least 3 more million people would have watched. So why not nominate films that people have seen?

The Lonely Island pondered that thought, and wrote a song called Why Not Me? It features Thor, Wonder Woman, Tiffany Haddish, The Chrises, Pennywise and Aquaman asking that very question. The question we have all been asking for years. Well everyone who is not a member of the Academy.

Seriously, when I was kid they nominated movies I saw. Which is why I still watch the Academy Awards. When I told my friends’ 9-year-old that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated, she just could not understand it. Even though her dad and I would watch the Oscars together in college, his daughter will not have that same experience. We were raised on them and she was not. There is nothing for her to get behind since Frozen and she was too young when it was nominated.

Do you think the Academy should nominate one blockbuster a year to get viewers or keep it as it is. I mean imagine the numbers if Black Panther got some noms?


A man tried to steal Frances McDormand’s Oscar at the Governor’s Ball
March 5th, 2018 under Oscars. [ Comments: none ]

Frances McDormand gave the most powerful speech at the Oscars, but that is just one of the reasons why she will never forget the night.

After the awards show, she went to the Governor’s Ball next door to party and had her Oscar engraved. She thought the party was a safe place, so she put her statuette down on the table to enjoy the event. According to USA Today, a man saw the abandoned guy and tried to run away with it.

McDormand was crying uncontrollably outside and security went in to find the thief. That is when NY Times Cara Buckley reports, “Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go. #Oscars #Drama.” She is a better person than I am because I would have told the cops the throw the book at him. I guess she was just so relieved to have her little guy back.

If I were husband, Joel Coen, I would be afraid she would try to replace him with Oscar. She probably spent the night spooning him instead. Who wouldn’t?

UPDATE: KABC is reporting that the man was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Oscar and charged with grand theft. The LAPD is also looking into why he was at the event in the first place. I guess they assumed if he was wearing a tux, he could get in. It worked.


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