Best dressed at the 2017 Oscars

The last major event of the 2017 awards season, the Oscars, were held Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Although the night ended in a horrible and historical mix-up, the show overall was good. As always, the ceremony kicked off with arrivals on the red carpet.

Once again, here are my picks for best dressed actresses at the 89th Academy Awards:

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Fifty Shades Darker star Dakota Johnson, who was a presenter during the ceremony, was a golden goddess in a Gucci dress.

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Viola Davis, who won an Oscar Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, looked flawless in a red Armani Privé gown.

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Best Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer looked elegant in a feathered grey Marchesa gown.

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Presenter Scarlett Johansson looked stunning in a pink and purple, sheer-patterened dress by Alaia.

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Best actress nominee Ruth Negga, looked beautiful in a red Custom Valentino lace dress.

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Felicity Jones looked gorgeous in a soft cream tulle Dior gown. She was nominated two years ago for Best Actress for her role in The Theory of Everything.

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Hailee Steinfeld looked pretty in a sheer, floral-embellished gown by Ralph & Russo.

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Presenter Salma Hayek looked dazzling in a black, sheer-laced Alexander McQueen gown.

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Oscars 2017: Best Picture mixup and winners list

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In an evening that started on a high note with Justin Timberlake performing his Oscar-nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” it ended on a sour note when the wrong movie was announced as Best Picture.

Bonnie and Clyde costars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the Oscar stage to present the final award of the night, Best Picture. After Beatty opened the envelope, he seemed to be a bit confused, took a pause then handed the card to Dunaway, whom announced La La Land as the winner… when in fact, the winner for the top prize was actually Moonlight.

It has since been revealed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars voting, that Beatty and Dunaway had been given a duplicate envelope of the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, which Emma Stone had won for La La Land just a few moments before. This was the first time in Oscars history that the wrong film was announced as Best Picture.

On a happier note, Jimmy Kimmel nailed his first hosting gig of the Oscars, and it wouldn’t have been complete without poking fun at Matt Damon as part of their on-going faux-feud.

Best supporting actress favorite Viola Davis won the golden statue for her role in Fences. She is now the first African-American actress to have won an Oscar, Emmy and Tony.

Mahershala Ali, who won for Best Supporting Actor in Moonlight, became the first Muslim to win an Oscar.

Here are the winners of the 89th Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE
Moonlight
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Emma Stone, La La Land

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Zootopia
CINEMATOGRAPHY

La La Land

COSTUME DESIGN
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

DIRECTING

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
O.J.: Made in America

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

The White Helmets

FILM EDITING

Hacksaw Ridge

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Salesman

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Suicide Squad

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

La La Land

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“City of Stars” from La La Land

PRODUCTION DESIGN

La La Land

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Piper

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Sing

SOUND EDITING
Arrival
SOUND MIXING
Hacksaw Ridge

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

The Jungle Book

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Moonlight

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Manchester by the Sea

 

‘Queen of the Damned’ released in theaters 15 years ago today

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The film adaptation of Queen of the Damned, starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend, opened in theaters 15 years ago on February 22, 2002.

Sadly, Queen of the Damned was the second and final film of Aaliyah, who portrayed Akasha. During post production, the singer and actress was tragically killed in a plane crash in August 2001 on her way back to the U.S. from filming a music video in the Bahamas.

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Although it received negative reviews, the movie, based on Anne Rice’s third novel of The Vampire Chronicles, debuted at number one at the box office during opening weekend and the made a worldwide gross total of $45.4 million.

20 Years of “Wannabe” Continues

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“Wannabe,” the debut single from the Spice Girls, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The girl power anthem hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 twenty years ago today.

The song made its debut on the Billboard charts in the U.S. the week of January 25, 1997 and steadily climbed to number 1, where it achieved its goal on February 22, 1997.

After this accomplishment, the Spice Girls had officially taken over the world.

Happy 20th anniversary (again) “Wannabe!”

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is #1!

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Since its opening weekend, Fifty Shades Darker has seen a huge amount of success within the span of 11 days.

The sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is the number one movie in the world for the second weekend in a row, earning $276.9 million so far. Here in the United States, FSD was the number one movie during the week of February 10 (opening day) through February 16, earning a total of $68.6 million.

To top it off, the soundtrack album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, earning 123,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 16, according to Nielsen Music. The soundtrack features the film’s first single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn and Taylor Swift, along with 18 other songs by artists including Sia, Halsey, John Legend, Nick Jonas feat. Nicki Minaj and Corrine Bailey Rae.

Fifty Shades Darker is also now available for pre-order on Amazon and Target.

BAFTA Awards 2017

The 70th British Academy Film Awards were held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night.

Awards season film favorite La La Land won five awards out of its 11 nominations, including Best Film and Best Leading Actress for Emma Stone.

Best Supporting Actress front-runner Viola Davis, was awarded with a trophy yet again for her role in Fences.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film
La La Land

Best Leading Actor
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Leading Actress
Emma Stone – La La Land

Outstanding British Film
I, Daniel Blake

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences

Best Supporting Actor
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Adapted Screenplay
Luke Davies – Lion

Best Original Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By The Sea

Best Director
Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer
Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers)

Film Not in the English Language
Son of Saul – László Nemes, Gábor Sipos

Documentary
13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, Howard Barish

Animated Film
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight *WINNER*
Zootropolis – Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Original Music
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Cinematography
La La Land – Linus Sandgren

Editing
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Production Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock

Costume Design
La La Land – Mary Zophres

Make up & Hair
Florence Foster Jenkins – J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips

Sound 
Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl

Special Visual Effects
The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez

British Short Animation
A Love Story – Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King

British Short Film
Home – Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Tom Holland

2017 Grammy Awards

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The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, aired live on CBS Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Adele was the biggest winner of the night, scoring five Grammys, including Album of the Year for 25, which some have considered being the biggest upset of the night after beating out Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

The 28-year-old singer, was surprised over her win, and though the honor should have went to Beyoncé, who was moved to tears by Adele’s heartfelt speech.

“I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humble and very grateful, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé,” said Adele. “This album for me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, was so monumental. The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering,” she said. “And they stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have.”

Beyoncé won two Grammys last night for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade and Best Music Video for “Formation.”

Here is a select list of winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year

25, Adele

Record of the Year

“Hello,” Adele

Song of the Year

“Hello,” Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

Best New Artist

Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Hello,” Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots

Best Pop Vocal Album

25, Adele

Best Dance Recording

“Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers ft. Daya

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skin, Flume

Best Rock Performance

“Blackstar,” David Bowie

Best Rock Song

“Blackstar,” David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Best Rock Album

Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant

Best Alternative Music Album

Blackstar, David Bowie

Best R&B Performance
“Cranes in the Sky,” Solange

 

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Angela,” Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

“Lake by the Ocean,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade, Beyoncé

Best Rap Performance

“No Problem,” Chance the Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Hotline Bling,”  Drake

Best Rap Song

“Hotline Bling,” Drake

Best Rap Album

Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper

Best Country Solo Performance

“My Church,” Maren Morris

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Jolene,” Pentatonix ft. Dolly Parton

 

Best Comedy Album

Talking for Clapping, Patton Oswalt

Best Music Video

“Formation,” Beyoncé

 

For a complete list of winners, head over to grammy.com.