With the Academy Awards in the rear view mirror, the 2009 Awards Season has come to a merciful end.
What have we learned?
* Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Academy Award ... and lose (15 nominations with just two Oscars on the mantle).
* The Directors Guild of America will make their choice for Best Director (Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle) and that winner will go on to win the Oscar. The DGA has picked the ultimate Oscars winner all but six times since 1948.
Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed one of the greatest nights in Academy Awards history, winning a total of eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
Slumdog Millionaire’s pick as Best Picture came as no surprise. The proverbial (and literal) rags to riches story had already captured top honors at virtually every other awards ceremony leading up to the Oscars.
But not only did Slumdog Millionaire capture the Best Picture Oscar, it also took home Oscars for Director Danny Boyle, Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy, Cinematography, Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best song and Best Score.
North Hollywood, CA– The Emmy nominee club just became a little less exclusive.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted overwhelmingly to expand nominations in 10 Primetime Emmy® Awards categories from five nominees to six. The changes will be reflected in the following categories: Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series programs, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy and Drama Series, as well as Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy and Drama Series.
The Grammy for the year’s Best New Artist is always one of the most coveted awards and one of the most intensely competitive. This year should be no different.
The nominees include Adele, Duffy, the Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum and Jazmine Sullivan. This group of nominees is about as diverse as it gets. While an argument can be made for all five, there were more than a few eyebrows raised when budding superstars Katy Perry and Leona Lewis were passed over.
Whether or not they are "artists," the Jonas Brothers are certainly the most bankable of the new talents.
TAMPA (January 31, 2009)- Wide receiver Bob Hayes, guard Randall McDaniel, defensive end Bruce Smith, linebacker Derrick Thomas, owner Ralph Wilson, and defensive back Rod Woodson make up the Class of 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees.
The six-man class was elected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee who met today in Tampa, Florida. The newest members of the Hall were selected from a list of 17 finalists that had been determined earlier by the committee.
JOHN UPDIKE'S AWARDS AND HONORS: HIGHLIGHTS
2007 American Association of Arrts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction
2004 Pen/Faulkner Award
1991 O. Henry Prize
1991 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
1990 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
1989 National Medal of Arts
1988 Pen/Malamud Award
1983 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
1982 National Book Award for Fiction
1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
1981 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
1966 O. Henry Prize
1964 National Book Award for Fiction
It was enormous fun watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night. The SAG Awards are the only awards where only actors receive awards. While I admire the work of directors, cinematographers, costume designers, etc..... I'm just not that interested in hearing their acceptance speeches.
awardsandhonors.com - There were few major surprises tonight as Slumdog Millionaire, 30 Rock, John Adams and Mad Men captured major awards at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Unlike other awards shows, where winners are voted on by executives, industry insiders, critics and even the general public, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are only voted on by fellow actors.
It came as such a shock to back a political candidate who actually won. Nevertheless, three days into the Obama presidency I find myself in Campaign withdrawal. I miss the daily updates, polls, good news and bad.
That's why I've already started fixating on who Obama's opponent will be in 2012.
Could it possibly be Sarah Palin?
Would the conservatives ever get behind Boddy Jindal?
If you feel the way I do, go to my poll and make your first prediction for 2012.
Every time I worry about John McCain actually becoming our next president, I just remember what happens to McCain every time he opens his mouth: he puts his foot in it.
Now that McCain has a one-on-one battle ahead of him with Barack Obama- a battle complete with a series of debates- the entire country will have the opportunity to see what an arrogant, uninformed, aggressive little prick McCain is.
When asked this week when he thought troops might be leaving Iraq, McCain replied, "that’s not too important."
While some were stunned by the remark, it shouldn’t have come as any surprise to those who heard him say "Make it a hundred (years)," when asked to reply to George Bush’s plan for a 50-year occupation of Iraq.
For the first time in my life, I’m going to say something positive about Dick Cheney.
Cheney may be a war criminal, he may have been the mastermind behind virtually every George W. Bush policy debacle, he may have held the Constitution and Bill of Rights in contempt... but Cheney showed us that the position of Vice President can be one that commands great power and influence.
Barack Obama is going to need an exceptionally qualified vice president.
In this age, presidents need as many quality and qualified advisors at their disposal. A vice president should complement the president in terms of expertise and experience. A person should not be appointed as a vice president merely because they can deliver a swing state or appeal to a particular constituency.
As each day goes by, Hillary Clinton reminds me more and more of the Miss Havisham character in Great Expectations.
In the great Charles Dickens’ novel, Miss Havisham, a wealthy and powerful woman, was left at the altar. The disappointment so profound, that she snapped. Miss Havisham never removed her wedding dress and stopped all of the clocks in her house to reflect the exact moment she was spurned.