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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 11:33 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — From Glen Campbell and Troy Gentry to the tragic mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, the country music world has lost so many in one year.
During the 51st Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, there was only one person who could adequately pay tribute to all of those lives that ended too soon: co-host Carrie Underwood.
Underwood looked and sounded angelic as she performed the hymn “Softly and Tenderly,” while pictures of all those in the country music industry who died flashed on the screen behind her.
Underwood powered through the performance, but paused as her voice broke once the images of the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting appeared on the screen. Collectively and in groups, black and white images of each of the 58 victims appeared on he screen behind the singer.
Taking a beat to collect herself, Underwood continued on, singing the last note to cheers and applause from the audience.
Watch a clip of the end of the performance below.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
— Mary J. Blige shed happy tears when she learned she earned her first-ever Oscar nomination Tuesday morning.
“My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming,” she told USA Today. “And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”
The singer is nominated for best supporting actress for “Mudbound.” She plays Florence Johnson, a sharecropper’s wife, in the film.
“I just can’t stop crying,” Blige said.
Blige has a lot to be happy about. The same day, she earned a second nod for best original song for “Mighty River,” which she wrote and recorded for the post-World War II era Netflix movie set in the Deep South. Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson also share writing credits on the song.
The double nomination makes Blige the first person of any gender to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year.
Mary J. Blige, who plays Florence Jackson in @mudboundmovie, is also the first person of ANY gender to be nominated for Best Supporting and Best Original Song in the same year (all in a day's work for a living legend). (3/8)— Netflix US (@netflix) January 23, 2018
Although the record is a historic one, Blige expressed disappointment that the film’s director, Dee Rees, wasn’t nominated for best director. Rees is still nominated for best adapted screenplay with Virgil Williams.
Blige told USA Today she hopes people take away a message of hope from the film.
“What I hope that people take away is that no matter how bad or how awful things get or look or people treat us, we cannot give up on ourselves,” she said. “And we have to continue to look at the negative as an opportunity to do something positive, to change something.”
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
— Nominations were announced for the 90th Academy Awards Tuesday, and although a number of actors and filmmakers and films have multiple noms, some names expected to be called were snubbed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” The actor, who faces multiple sexual misconduct allegations, was not among those nominated. “The Disaster Artist” only received one nomination for adapted screenplay for screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
“Wonder Woman” was not nominated for any awards, technical or otherwise, despite being a high-grossing blockbuster last year. The star of the film, Gal Gadot, was also not nominated, Deadline reported.
Tom Hanks was considered snubbed when he did not receive a Best Actor nomination for his role in “The Post.” Deadline reported that his co-star Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination overall for her role in the film. The movie also has a best picture nomination, but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.
Streep is set to join other nominees at the 90th Academy Awards March 4.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
— Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The nomination puts him among just four other black directors nominated for the award.
The Los Angeles Times reported that John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (2009’s “Precious”), Steve McQueen (2013’s “12 Years a Slave”) and Barry Jenkins (2017’s “Moonlight”) have all previously been nominated in the Oscar category.
If Peele wins, he would be the first black director to have an Academy Award.
Peele has already made history as the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year, according to Esquire.
The feat doesn’t seem lost on Peele. He tweeted gratitude after the nominations were announced.
“Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you,” he wrote.
Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you. ✊🏾— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. “I just spoke to Daniel,” Peele wrote on Twitter. “You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.”
The Oscars are March 4.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:38 PM
— “Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge.
Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph, of New York, launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he wrote on the campaign page. He set a goal of $10,000 and nearly quadrupled that amount, raking in more than $40,000 in a few weeks.
With all of the attention he garnered, including an appearance on the “The Ellen Show,” he began asking others to start similar fundraisers in their own communities.
“This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he said.
People seem to have answered the call, because 90 campaigns have been created, with more than $100,000 raised, Joseph announced this week.