Valerie Macon/Getty Images Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best supporting actor at Academy Awards Sunday night, for his role in "Green Book." It was his second win in three years in the category. HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, J. D. Schwalm and Tristan Myles accept the Best Visual Effects award for "First Man" onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Rami Malek accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (2nd L - R) Jaime Ray Newman and Guy Nattiv accept the Best Live Action Short Film award for "Skin" onstage during the 91st Annual Academy … [Read more...] about Academy Awards: Oakland’s Mahershala Ali wins for ‘Green Book’
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By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 24, 2019 at 6:25 pm | UPDATED: February 24, 2019 at 6:25 pm Mahershala Ali doubled his pleasure Sunday night, winning his second Academy Award in three years. Ali, who was born in Oakland, raised in Hayward and studied drama at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, captured the best supporting actor Oscar for his nuanced and graceful portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in “Green Book.” That makes him 2-for-2 on Oscar night. In 2017, Ali won in the same category for playing a soft-hearted drug dealer in “Moonlight.” His role for “Green Book,” however, was much bigger and showier — and arguably a co-lead shared with Viggo Mortensen. With the win, Ali, 44, captured a second Oscar faster than any actor in 25 years. Tom Hanks went back-to-back in the best actor race, winning for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994). Ali also … [Read more...] about Academy Awards: Did Oakland’s Mahersha Ali do it again?
THIS weekend saw the 72nd Tony Awards take place at Radio City Hall in New York. It was hosted by Josh Grobin and Sara Bareilles - here's a list of the winners and some highlights from America's top theatre gongs. Glenda Jackson - Best Performance by a Lead Actress (play) The 82-year-old British actress took home the award for best actress for her turn in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. It was her third role after a 25-year break from the stage. Glenda, a former Labour politician, also has two Academy Awards under her belt as well as an Emmy and another Tony. Three Tall Women is a 1994 Pulitzer-winning play following the journeys of three women, A, B and C - all variations of the same person during different times in her life. Andrew Garfield - Best Performance by a Lead Actor (play) Andrew won best actor for his role in Angels in America - a play about AIDS and homosexuality in Eighties America. The 34-year-old gave an impassioned speech about the Trump administration and … [Read more...] about Tony Award winners 2018 – Full list from Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield to The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter
In resigning from the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill Mechanic, the former Fox studio chief, has penned a long list of serious problems that he charges the organization has failed to address. "We have failed," he wrote in an April 12 letter to Academy president John Bailey in which he formally resigned. Mechanic, who had been one of three representatives of the Academy's executives branch on the 54-person board, emphasized, "I feel I have failed the organization. I feel we have failed the organization." He went on to share his view that the Academy has not addressed a range of issues — from inclusion ("this is the Industry's problem far, far more than it is the Academy's") to the Oscars telecast ("a long and boring show"). He also charges that the still-under-construction Academy Museum is "ridiculously over its initial budget and way past its original opening date," and — in a thinly veiled barb directed at the … [Read more...] about Producer Bill Mechanic’s Academy Board Kiss-Off: “We Have Failed” (Exclusive)
Updated 1:15 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, composer John Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams, who earned his 51st Oscar nomination this year, will be honored by performing rights organization BMI with an award bearing his name. BMI says The John Williams Award will be presented to him at the 34th annual BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards on May 9. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, composer John Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams, who ... more Photo: Chris … [Read more...] about BMI to honor 51-time Oscar nominee John Williams with award