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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:02 am 
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:arrow: Beyonce certainly did the 'wow!" with her motherhood theme (she is pregnant with twins) performing two songs from her "Lemonade" album. Then there were moments of political resistance from Katy Perry, Paris Jackson, invoking DAPL protests, A Tribe Called Quest hip-hop group with Busta Rhymes taking shots at "President Agent Orange" referring to Trump. Aside from that,and the technical problems scattered around during the show, there were great moments from Adele's heartwarming remembrance of George Michael and Bruno Mars remembering of Prince, topping off the night with Adele sweeping the three highest honors at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and tearfully holding Beyonce in such high esteem at her acceptance speech.

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Another wow moment Adele cursed when she stopped in the middle of a tribute to George Michael it was bleeped out.


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Next up is the grand daddy of them all, the Oscars(R).

https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2017

The movie academy still puts the legal tradmark thing (R) on Oscars(R) much of the time, though not as anally as a few years ago. Tomorrow when they run the ads showing the Oscar(R) statuette, there will probably be a little Copyright (C) AMPAS at the bottom. If not, someone's gonna get a letter.

I can see why they need to protect this stuff, this culture being what it is.

Last year, the year of #OscarsSoWhite, and the similar snub of women outside the actress categories, we had an #AltOscars and screened Suffragette. There were a lot of #AltOscar parties last year. A lot of us are sick of hearing which damn agent is hosting the A-list do in a particular year. Who fracking cares?

This year the hip attitude seems to be that it was so refreshing last year not suffering through what this show has become, that let's do it again.

I'm not hip, but we have tickets to a concert at UCLA. Sounds much more rewarding. Ms. Z agrees that it's better to look up the winners at the link I gave above after the fact.

Those of us who put in our time and earned our right to be snarky bordering on bitter were hoping for rain on that damn red carpet on what serves as Hollywood Boulevard the rest of the year. No such luck, though. They thought of that. This year it has a glass roof.

Haven't seen everything, but it's going to be hard to beat La-La Land for picture. It's an amazingly good movie. It looks from the description like it should be a disaster, but they found some new ideas in the tired old genre. The two leads are awesome, especially given how far they were from their comfort zones.

Anyway, it shot in L.A., by definition. Plenty of producers over the years have gone to Griffith Park to simulate some other city, but no one's ever gone to another city to simulate Griffith Park. Complete with observatory. And a bunch of oh-no-not-that-too locations all over El Lay, like that ultra-in ultra-old-skool Smoke House restaurant across from Warner's, and the Rialto theater (actually in South Pasadena), and that Argyle place in the grungiest part of Hollywood, and of course the freeway. All this means a lot of Academy members worked, and that's worth votes, baby. (TITANIC comes to mind.)

But we'll see.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:00 am 
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The Oscar(R) statuette:

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