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The Shape Of Water, Frances McDormand And Gary Oldman, Big Winners At The 2018 Academy Awards

After leading the way with 13 nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water took home 4 statues at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

While a lot of the awards that were handed out Sunday evening were fairly easy to predict (usually it was down to a couple of choices at most as to who would win), the Best Picture Oscar could have gone a lot of ways. In the end however The Shape of Water took home the award. The film also took home the Best Director statue for Guillermo del Toro, as well as Original Score and Production Design. Before accepting the statue for Best Picture del Toro jokingly checked the envelope first to make sure his film had indeed won, in reference to last year’s error that had La La Land announced as the winner when it was really Moonlight. During his acceptance speech del Toro said “I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico. I thought this could never happen – it happens. I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable, of using genre and fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door. Kick it open and come in.”

Another of the possible choices for Best Picture, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, helped star Frances McDormand take home her second Best Actress Oscar, while her co-star Sam Rockwell took home the Best Supporting Actor statue. As expected, Gary Oldman finally won a Best Actor trophy for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The character actor had only ever been nominated once before for an Oscar, even though he’s played some of the most memorable characters over the span of thirty-plus years. Allison Janney took home the final acting trophy, Best Supporting Actress, for her role in I, Tonya. During her speech she even thanked the parrot that was seen sitting on her shoulder throughout the film. 

Some other notable awards included Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which won three awards (sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing), James Ivory becoming the oldest Oscar winner ever at 90 by winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, cinematographer Roger Deakins finally winning an Oscar for Best Cinematography after 14 nominations, and Jordan Peele’s history making win for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Peele became the first ever black screenwriter to win that particular Oscar.

Overall the 2018 was much calmer than the previous year’s event, but in doing so it was much more predictable. And even though the night started 20 minutes earlier than usual, the event still didn’t end until past midnight. They really do need to find a way to shorten the event, or audiences will continue to tune out. 

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True Blood The Musical On Its Way

True Blood ran for 81 episodes from 2008 to 2014, and at the time was one of the most popular shows on TV. The HBO series was based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and followed the story of Sookie Stackhouse and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The series was right in the middle of the vampire craze of the mid-2000s, and still has a strong following today. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the series, and at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles where they screened the pilot episode for fans, the creator of the series Alan Ball discussed plans for a special musical production of the series.

Ball told the crowd that he had heard composer Nathan Barr’s musical that is in development was “pretty good”. He went on to say that  “It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet. Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.” Fans shouldn’t be getting their hopes up that the musical will be coming anytime soon though, as it was originally announced in 2014 and is still being workshopped. Ball himself didn’t say if he is involved in the project at all either, but by the way he was describing the project it doesn’t feel like he is. 

Whether or not the True Blood musical finally hits the stage is unknown at this point, but we’ll be keeping our eyes open for it.


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Ariana Grande Gets Her First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Single With “thank u, next”

Ariana Grande has been in the news a lot lately thanks to her highly public split from Pete Davidson, and shortly after the split she released a new single called “thank u, next”. The song was meant as an ode to how her past relationships (to Davidson, Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, and the late Mac Miller), affected her personal growth. The song quickly became a huge hit, and now it’s made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in the number one spot.

The 25 year old Grande has been releasing music for seven years now, and even though she’s had a very successful career so far, she never had a number one song on the American Billboard Hot 100 before. Once the new broke yesterday, Grande took to Twitter stating “yeeeeeee baby’s first number one”.  

The single is meant to be the lead single from Grande’s upcoming fifth studio album, which is also named “thank u, next”. Billboard stated that the single was only the 32nd in the chart’s 60-year history to debut at number one, and the first such single by a female artist in three years. The last was Adele’s “Hello” in 2015. Grande is also the first solo female to top the chart since Cardi B did it in October of last year. The single also broke Spotify’s single-day record for the most streams for a song by a female artist with almost 10 million listens in a 24-hour period. 

Grande’s fifth album hasn’t been given a release date as of yet, but is expected sometime soon.

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Gerard Butler Posts Videos Of Home Destroyed By California Wildfires To Instragram

Gerard Butler may play a lot of tough guys and action heroes in film, but on Sunday when he posted videos of himself touring the destroyed remains of his home in California, you can’t help but see the softer side of him.

As Butler walked the remains of his property in the video posted to his Instagram story, he was close to tears. In one video the 300 star said  “Welcome to my home in Malibu” as he toured the charred remains. The videos showed how devastated he was by the California wildfire, and he took the time to salute the bravery of the firefighters battling the blaze. He wrote “Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LosAngelesFireDepartment.” He also added a link to donate money to those affected by the Woolsey fire that started last Thursday.

Butler wasn’t the only celebrity affected by the fire either. Kelsey Grammer’s ex-wife Camille lost her home, as did singer Robin Thicke. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian were evacuated from the fire struck region, as was Lady Gaga. Caitlyn Jenner was luckier than her stepdaughters though,because her place was damaged, but not destroyed. Charlie Sheen was also desperate to locate his parents earlier this weekend when he couldn’t get a hold of them, but Martin Sheen eventually responded to let everyone know he was alright. Neil Young and Miley Cyrus also lost their homes.

Over 250,000 people have been evacuated because of the blaze, that has destroyed over 83,000 acres and 180 homes already and has a long way to go before being contained. 

Photo: Gerard Butler Instagram

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