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Oscars 2019

posted Feb 19, 2019 16:23:36 by timobrien33
Back again on here.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' wins the night with 4; 'Roma,' 'Black Panther' and 'Green Book' with 3
Oscars: 'Green Book' wins; Actress upset; Rami Malek wins

TV ratings were up for sure. But, note, it was still low in terms of this history of this show. But, going up was needed, as it stop the bleeding. At 30 million, it means that no host helped and Queen, along with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fueled interest.​Oscars lift ABC to No. 1: Broadcast top 25 and network rankings for Feb. 18-24
"Green Book" wins Best Picture as the 91st Academy Awards wrapped up and proved that no host was better than having one - at least this time around. Meanwhile, Glenn Close lost to Olivia Coleman for Best Actress and Rami Malek took home gold for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," which led the night with four wins. The night seemed to flow nicely and well performed songs blended in to make for a splendid evening. Well, for an award show. There were no bad host jokes and skits to clutter up the night, either. The night did focus on who was going to win and not the next snarky comment and hate-filled jab. It was about movies and the music that graced those films. The set looked great and it was elegant and classy.
SHOWTIME: real time report: Queen rocked the opening. "We Will Rock You. We Are The Champions" provided standing ovation from the audience at the start and the end. Stunning. The Oscar crowd is usually stuffy and well, nervous. So, seeing that reaction was priceless.
Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wanted to host. That was an audition. Supporting Actress goes Regina King, as was expected. "Free Solo" wins in an upset of sorts in the documentary category, some will day. Yes, certain folk think "RGB" should win everything. It didn't. "Vice" wins Makeup and Hairstyling. Worst Speech Ever. This category is proving why some need to be regulated to the commercial, like was the plan. Have no idea what the winners were doing there. Costume Design with presenters in wild costumes - yep. "Black Panther" wins. Notice the Oscars on stage. They are the ones that usually are on the red carpet. However, they also wrapped in red flowers and/or carpet. "Black Panther" wins another for Production Design. Reading an acceptance speech from your phone is just plain awkward. Two speeches so far have strayed. Alfonso Cuaron wins Cinematography. Barbra Streisand did not introduce "A Star Is Born."
Sound Editing goes to "Bohemian Rhapsody." First thank you to Freddie. Sound Mixing also goes to "Bohemian Rhapsody." Foreign Language Film win is for "Roma," which was expected as well. Bette Midler did very well and gets a standing ovation. Film Editing goes to "Bohemian Rhapsody," which can be considered a mild upset. But, a good one and the film already has three awards. Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Animated Film "Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse. Animated Short Film is still a category for some reason. ell, the winner is "Bao." OK. come on, now go see it. And now for a documentary that is not quite a documentary, with Documentary Short, "Period End of Sentence." "I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar." And one of the winners wanted to make sure everyone could hear her - as she belted it out. "First Man" wins something as they take home the Oscar for Visual Effects. Oh, by the way, no host is working out just fine. Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey was Wayne and Garth introduce "Bohemian Rhapsody" Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga walk up from their seats to sing their nominated song, "Shallow." And they performed the heck out of it. They, too, got a standing ovation. Live Action Short goes to "Skin." Original Screenplay for "Green Book." That is a good thing because it means "Vice" did not win. Adapted Screenplay for "Black KkKlansman." Original Score, "Black Panther." Original Song, "Shallow." To me, Lady Gaga just does not seem authentic. It feels like an act, a real good act. Barbra Streisand introduces "BlacKkKlansman." Actor in a Leading Role goes to Rami Malek. Well deserved and audience love it, too. Actress in a Leading Role, Olivia Coleman is a major upset. Glenn Close loses once more and that may be a head-scratcher, but, in reality, not much. Going in Alfonso Cuaron was favored for Director and he got it.
* I find it amusing that people are hating on the fact that "Bohemian Rhapsody" won the most while "green Book" took Best Pic. Tough for them.
* And they seem upset that Olivia Coleman won. And this is also coming from those in the industry which means they are mad at their own colleagues. Not the public.
* Apparently, many could be seen NOT clapping after "Green Book" was announced winner. Spike Lee reportedly wanted to leave immediately.
* Rami Malek fell off the stage and was treated but is OK.
* Netflix loses Best Picture as studios take back the night.
* Too much emphasis over the last decade has been on the host. So, having no host is find with me. A host needs to move the event along, not be the main focus. The main focus of the Oscars should be the movies. Having Queen open focuses on a movie that has grossed more than $850 million worldwide and has become a the highest-grossing biopic by far - something critics and media alike did not want or see coming. That along makes it even more refreshing. The Oscar producers see that and have answered the call.
Oscar Red Carpet Prep
Oscar poster on corner of Hollywood and Highland; Hollywood Roosevelt pool area where E! is currently setting up; red carpet scheme changes from the last few years where the were gold, black, white and red. This year is steeped in red and white, and gold waves with the white. Where they walk in the Dolby Theatre and up the stars has gold and white hanging chains; "Bohemian Rhapsody" poster on video board (they rotate) right in camera shot of booming camera at the end of red carpet before walking through red and white gold chains. Moet pyramid in Hollywood Roosevelt. They are getting ready for the usual black tie and fashion Oscar night. E! is at the pool like usual. That place is just as busy and decked out as the Dolby/Loews on Oscar weekend. And it was the sight of the first Oscars in 1927 (it is across the street, too). Photos by Tim O'Brien except for the Oscar poster art, Oscar graphic, provided by AMPAS.
Notes: From last night to today, the workers really put it together despite being behind - really behind. For example. when you watch the red carpet, where they drop off the stars on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, there was no carpet put down and the entry way was far from being finished. All done now.
​* Gone on the Red Carpet and on the way up the stairs into the Dolby Theatre are the Gold statues that usually line the way. That took some time to get used to for me. There is usually a massive Oscar statue as well, right before entering the Dolby. But, not this year. So, if you see red carpet stories using art/photography for this year's show and they have those gold statues, that is not accurate. The Governors Ball has them, though. And on stage, they were fitted with flowers.






























RED CARPET: Glenn Close thinks she is going to win as she is decked out out in gold - Oscar gold. Her dress weighs 42 pounds. Spike Lee wearing Oscar gold shoes (actually Jordan gold shoes). He is wearing purple for Prince. Adam Lambert with a lot of of earware. @ReginaKing on Jussie Smollett: "I'm not gonna make sense of it right now" (link: http://bit.ly/2TfDd6W) bit.ly/2TfDd6W #Oscars Yes, there is overpraise and gushing all weekend here and even more fake watching of the work for those nominated. Oh, it took me 2.5 hours to travel 10 miles Friday night to get to where I needed to go. Richard E. Grant looks like the red carpet (or burgundy, to be more precise about the color). ​@LadyGagaVegas Lady Gaga is apparently wearing this iconic 128 karat gold necklace tonight, last worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" 1961! #Oscars ...the older I get the less "stars" I recognize, and I am fine with that. Rami Malek talking to Ryan Seacrest with a digital image of "Bohemian Rhapsody" behind him is pretty darn cool. And right before that, a Mike Meyers interview. That is what producers of the red carpet tried to - when someone in a nominated movie is being interviewed, cue the digital image of that movie. Bradley Cooper went with the "I am not really going to comb my hair".

Gold Oscars are AWOL - I no longer predict nor talk snubs - Enjoy!
Notes:
Queen with Adam Lambert rehearsal was Friday
Oscar poster on corner of Hollywood and Highland; Hollywood Roosevelt pool area where E! is currently setting up; red carpet scheme changes from the last few years where the were gold, black, white and red. This year is steeped in red and white, and gold waves with the white. Where they walk in the Dolby Theatre and up the stars has gold and white hanging chains; "Bohemian Rhapsody" poster on video board (they rotate) right in camera shot of booming camera at the end of red carpet before walking through red and white gold chains. Moet pyramid in Hollywood Roosevelt. They are getting ready for the usual black tie and fashion Oscar night. E! is at the pool like usual. That place is just as busy and decked out as the Dolby/Loews on Oscar weekend. And it was the sight of the first Oscars in 1927 (it is across the street, too). Photos by Tim O'Brien except for the Oscar poster art, Oscar graphic, provided by AMPAS.
* Too much emphasis over the last decade has been on the host. So, having no host is find with me. A host needs to move the event along, not be the main focus. The main focus of the Oscars should be the movies. Having Queen open focuses on a movie that has grossed more than $850 million worldwide and has become a the highest-grossing biopic by far - something critics and media alike did not want or see coming. That along makes it even more refreshing. The Oscar producers see that and have answered the call.
​* Gone on the Red Carpet and on the way up the stair into the Dolby Theatre are the Gold statues that usually line the way. That took some time to get used to for me. There is usually a massive Oscar statue as well, right before entering the Dolby. But, not this year. So, if you see red carpet stories using art/photography for this year's show and they have those gold statues, that is not accurate. The Governors Ball has them, though. Left photo is from the past and right photo show the scheme this year. The white upside down V pattern is prominent. The red carpet is somewhat sparse. I remember when the omitted flowers for the first time and that was odd, but we all got used to it.

FROM AMPAS - “This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

Since "Bohemian Rhapsody" blew the all-time biopics away and became a blockbuster like no one saw coming (except us Queen fans), I needed to report once again on the Oscars. Here we go:

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As of 2/24/19
OSCAR BOX OFFICE Domestic BO
"A Star is Born" - $210.9 million
"Black Panther" - $700 million
"Blackkklansman" - $48.6 million
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - $213.1 million
"The Favourite" - $32.1 million
​"Green Book" - $69.6 million
"Vice" - $47.2 million
"Roma" - n/a
Box Office Mojo

* Tim's Oscar notes:
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* Meanwhile, the worldwide BO is even better so that usual argument that nobody has seen the films is mute.
* Worldwide, "Black Panther" BO is $1.3 billion; "Bohemian Rhapsody" is $853 million; "A Star is Born" is $421 million.
* "Green Book" will be the highest on the current BO chart going in to the Oscars.
* It has always been odd to me why so much attention was on the host.
* The last time the Oscars had really HUGE ratings was when "Titanic" took home 11 awards. No one needs the explanation as to why that was, do they? I mean, "Titanic."
​* "Bohemian Rhapsody" would likely win Best Picture but because of its director, it will not. But, it surely is in the top three, regardless of what critics are suggesting. Top three are "Green Book," "Roma" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

THEY CHANGED THEIR MINDS ON OMITTING THOSE CATEGORIES. WHEN THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WERE OMITTING A FEW CATEGORIES FROM THE BROADCAST, I WAS ALL FOR IT. I STILL FEEL THAT WAY - HERE WAS MY REACTION. In all my years of covering award season, there is nothing better than the Oscars, to me. However, there are always issues with the length of the show. I noted it many times in print and when I had a radio show. Now, it looks like the Academy is addressing that issue. The Wrap is reporting that four categories are being eliminated from the broadcast. They are still handing out all 24 categories, but these four - Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling ​ - will be announced during a commercial break. See The Wrap here. The categories omitted will rotate in the future. Yes, with any decision like this, it will make people (especially those nominated in omitted categories) mad. Note, the Grammys hand out most of their awards before the live show. The SAG Awards hand out two stunt awards during the red carpet. Sure, this is an industry award show, but it is also live on a commercial TV station, so that matters. It is show business, after all. They will be taped and aired later in the show. Hmmm. And it turns out, the guilds that represent the categories agreed to this, so the outrage is a bit much. Categories omitted will rotate.

* The can have up to 10 nominations in the Best Picture category. This time, only eight.
* "Black Panther" is the first superhero movie nominated here.
​* ​There were 347 eligible films in this category.
* "A Star is Born" has lost its luster despite Hollywood trying to boost it. And critics.
​* PR campaigns out in full force.
* Final voting starts Feb. 19.
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