2019 Oscars Review & Top Moments

For a show that was riddled with controversy in the lead up, it turned out to be a very entertaining evening. Magical musical performances, record breaking wins & surprise winners were the stories of the night. Here are some of my top moments in no particular order.

No Host, No Problem!

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When it was decided to not have a host this year after Kevin Hart dropped out, I was a little wary about how the show would work. However, as it turned out, not having a host was the best decision that they could have made. The show was not confined to the standard host skits & monologue so the show felt fresh and kept a pretty even flow throughout. There was more time for speeches & the presenters seemed more relaxed and funny. Speaking of presenters, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, & Amy Poehler made a great case for them to host next year with lots of funny one liners and bits about what they would have said and done if they were indeed hosting. Other presenters that took the ball and ran with it were Keegan Michael Key descending from the ceiling Mary Poppins style, complete with umbrella and Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry presenting Best Costume Design decked out in over the top queen outfits from The Favourite Mary Queen of Scots, Black Panther & Mary Poppins.


Music Showcase


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All of the nominees for Best Song had a chance to show their stuff, except Black Panther’s All the Stars due to Kendrick Lamar declining to perform. Don’t feel too bad for Black Panther as they did end up winning for Best Score. There was something for everyone in these performances. Queen with Adam Lambert provided a rocking opener with a medley of “We Will Rock You/We are the Champions” that got everyone clapping and stomping their feet. Jennifer Hudson gave a powerful ballad performance of “I’ll Fight” from RBG. The one and only Bette Midler put a Broadway twist on Mary Poppins Returns “The Place Where Lost Things Go” and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings took us to the old west with the country song “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. However as nice as all those performances were, you could tell everyone on the internet was most anticipating Lady Gaga Bradley Cooper’s rendition of “Shallow” from A Star is Born. They more than delivered but I’ll save my thoughts on that for the next segment…

Academy Award Winner Lady Gaga


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The number of awards that Lady Gaga has to her name is endless, but last night she added Academy Award Winner to the very top of that list. She didn’t take home the statuette for Best Actress but still received the Oscar for Best Song alongside her writing team of Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt. She gave a very heartfelt and genuine speech about working hard, never giving up and fighting for your dreams.


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Her intimate performance with Bradley Cooper was the most talked about moment of the night. It was shot just like a scene out of the movie. With the camera onstage, focused on them. They might as well have been the only two people in the room. They sang to each other, never taking their eyes off one another. When Bradley stood up from his stool and walked around to sit with Gaga at the piano, all of the internet erupted with glee. They ended the performance sharing a microphone, their heads resting on each other. The chemistry of these two is off the charts and was one of the main reasons the film was so successful. You believe them. I can’t wait to see what acting role Gaga takes on next but this performance reminded me that she will always be a true artist  in every sense of the word.

Comic Book Movies Have Arrived


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These blockbusters have long been the best at the box office but have never gotten the recognition come award season. That has now been forever changed with wins from Black PantherSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Black Panther took home 3 awards for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design & Best Score making history as the first Academy Awards ever for Marvel Studios. The first two aforementioned awards gained even more historical value as the winners, Ruth Carter & Hannah Beachler, became the first African American women to win in these categories. Spiderman beat out the Disney/Pixar juggernaut to take home the win for Sony Animation. All of these wins are a giant leap forward for comic book movies and just may have cracked the door open for more Marvel/DC wins in the future.

Glenn Got Close But Not Close Enough


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In one of the biggest shockers of the night, Glenn Close lost Best Actress to Olivia Colman! Close had been raking in the awards all year but when it came to the big one, Colman won out. Colman won for her funny, disheveled, erratic portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, the film’s only win of the night. She was truly shocked she won & gave one of the most hilarious & genuine speeches of the night, thanking her kids, husband & Lady Gaga! Colman has long been a staple in British television and it was nice to see her get recognition here. I’m sure Netflix is smiling from ear to ear since Colman is set to portray Queen Elizabeth in the next season of The Crown. 

So those were my top moments of the night! Overall, I had a great evening and enjoyed the majority of the show. Obviously there were other winners & moments from the night but those were my favorites. Let me know your favorite moments in the comments!

2018 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Recap

There was a marriage proposal, some well deserved newcomer wins & a Betty White cameo but that wasn’t enough to save this year’s Emmys from looking like a bloated episode of Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels was tasked with this year’s telecast and instead of feeling like an ep from the golden years of SNL it was rather hit & miss, much like the current climate of the show.

They started off not with hosts Colin Jost & Michael Che, but an SNL ensemble of Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon & others singing an opening number about diversity in Hollywood called “We Solved It”. Jost & Che had a “Weekend Update” type monologue and Maya Rudolph & Fred Armisen had a running gag as “Emmy experts”, all of which missed the mark in my opinion. Lots of forced awkwardness and jokes that didn’t land. There were many presenting pairings throughout the night that I thought could have done a better job at the hosting gig, in particular Sandra Oh & Andy Samberg.

There were however some memorable moments that stuck with me. Here are my top 3 moments:

  1. The marriage proposal to end all marriage proposals.


Glenn Weiss, who won an Emmy for best directing of a variety special for The Oscars, decided to take the opportunity during his speech to propose to his girlfriend in what was probably the most heart-warming moment of the night. Everyone stood up & applauded. His girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, came on stage and accepted his mother’s ring with joy & tears. It was definitely the pick me up the evening needed.

2. Betty White is our eternal Golden Girl.


After Alec Baldwin & Kate McKinnon talked about the very first Emmys that took place in 1949, they remarked that there are very few people that were around then that are still working in television today.  Segueing into Betty White coming out to a well deserved standing ovation. This woman is 96 years old and still as sharp and funny as ever. She directed some of her quick wit towards Baldwin and the audience and left everyone with a smile on their faces. Please live forever Betty.

3. A Marvelous Moment for Maisel

The Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was one of the biggest winners of the night, taking home a total of 8 Emmys including best director, best comedy writing and best actress & supporting actress. Showrunner & head writer Amy Sherman-Palladino gave two very witty & delightful speeches and Rachel Brosnahan & Alex Borstein were very funny and gracious in their speeches as well. With the absence of Veep this year, the comedy category was left wide open for a new contender to claim the throne and Maisel seems to have done just that. Everyone’s favorite 1950’s stand up comic housewife is set to return sometime this year. Can we get a date already Amazon?!

Here’s the rundown on all the televised winners:

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:


“If you stay at the table long enough the chips come to you.”

Winner: Henry Winkler (Barry)

Louie Anderson (Baskets)

Alec Baldwin (SNL)

Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)

Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Kenan Thompson (SNL)

Winkler finally won his first Emmy after initially being nominated for his iconic role of The Fonz in Happy Days. He joked when he pulled out his speech that,  “I wrote this 43 years ago.” He had a very heartfelt speech and got a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:


“I went without the bra.”

Winner: Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)

Aidy Bryant (SNL)

Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

Leslie Jones (SNL)

Kate McKinnon (SNL)

Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)

Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

Borstein appeared genuinely surprised she won, even letting out an expletive but then she transitioned to her very funny self and sashayed up to the stage while seductively taking off her jacket and giving the crowd a shimmy. She started off with some funny quips but ended her speech with a heartfelt dedication to her kids.

Writing in a Comedy Series:


“Whoever put that carpet down, hates women. I just wanna say that right away. Times up!”

Winner: Amy Sherman-Palladino

This was the second Emmy of the night for Maisel and the first of several for Palladino throughout the course of the evening. She made a witty comment about the carpet & ripping her tights and effusively thanked the cast. She walked off stage but didn’t have to go too far because she won the next category as well.

Directing in a Comedy Series:



“My panic room’s gonna be so pretty!”

Winner: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Palladino gave credit to the crew who makes sure that “Maisel goes out on the streets of New York and takes your parking spaces away from you.” She went on to thank her husband and other members of the crew as well as the cast. The Maisel  love would continue with the next category.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:


Winner-Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Pamela Adlon (Better Things)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Issa Rae (Insecure)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Brosnahan had a fun push and pull with presenter Tiffany Haddish when she wouldn’t let go of the Emmy. She thanked the creators for trusting her with “their Midge.” She also explained that her show is about a woman who is finding her voice anew and that one of the most important ways to use our voices is to vote. She ended her speech by encouraging people to register to vote and bring a friend to the polls.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:


“Uh, I did not think this was gonna happen.”

Winner-Bill Hader (Barry)

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Ted Danson (The Good Place)

Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Hader was shocked by his win but gave credit to his cast saying, “you should always make the other people look good so what I did was I hired a bunch of really great actors that made me look really good.”

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/Movie:


“I really hope that you don’t mistake my fear right now for a lack of gratitude.”

Winner: Merritt Wever (Godless)

Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar)

Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Judith Light (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Adina Porter (American Horror Story:Cult)

Letitia Wright (Black Museum-Black Mirror)

Wever continued her trend of having the most genuine & awkwardly sweet acceptance speechs by saying she was sorry and that she was trying to be an adult about this. She said thanks on behalf of herself and the character and thanked all the nominees. All I gotta say is The Walking Dead messed up by letting this gem of an actor go.

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/Movie:


“When they call and say can you ride a horse, don’t lie.”

Winner-Jeff Daniels (Godless)

Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)

John Leguizamo (Waco)

Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower)

Finn Wittrock (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Daniels thanked a number of people but he wanted to give special attention to his horse Apollo, who was Jeff Bridges’ horse on True Grit. He joked that he felt the horse was making unfair comparisons. He said he broke his left wrist when he was thrown off the horse but as he raised the Emmy up high, he said it was now officially healed.

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special:


“What a delightful but horrifying out of body experience this is.”

Winner-USS Callister (Black Mirror) Written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker

Black Mirror continued it’s trend of creating award winning episodes with this win. Brooker lead with the thank you’s as well as stating his wife had gone “to take a wee” but had returned just in time. He started to thank his children but said he didn’t know why because they were very young and didn’t even like Black Mirror. He also acknowledged the creative debt this episode owed to US titans of scifi, Star Trek & The Twilight Zone.

Directing for a Limited Series/Movie:


Winner-Ryan Murphy for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”

Murphy had a very touching speech where he thanked all the cast & crew but he wanted to especially highlight all the women in his life who supported him, name dropping a few: Julia, Gwyneth, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates.

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:


Winner-Regina King (Seven Seconds)

Jessica Biel (The Sinner)

Laura Dern (The Tale)

Michelle Dockery (Godless)

Edie Falco (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders)

Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story:Cult)

King was completely shocked that she won that she was at a loss for words at first. She thanked the cast & crew and resisted the urge to curse and thanked Jesus instead, giving a shoutout to host Michael Che who earlier in the evening said that his mother lamented that white people didn’t thank God enough at award shows.

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:


“To my darling Mia, you roll the windows down & pump the music up in my life and I’m so thankful for you.”

Winner-Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)

Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)

John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)

Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister)

It was so great to see Criss get this recognition. Having followed his career from his viral hit A Very Potter Musical on Youtube to Glee and now Gianni Versace, it was nice to see him get his due.

Writing for Variety Special:


Winner-John Mulaney (John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City)

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Michelle Wolf (Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady)

Patton Oswalt (Patton Oswalt: Annihilation)

Steve Martin & Martin Short (An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life)

Mulaney gave credit to all the nominees for inspiring him making him laugh. He then thanked his wife who didn’t come to the ceremony because she was busy. She said, “I just can’t fly across the country to watch you lose.” He joked that she still made the right decision.

Directing for a Variety Special:


Winner-Glenn Weiss (The Oscars)

Stan Lathan (Dave Chappelle: Equanimity)

Michael Bonfiglio (Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld)

Marcus Raboy (Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life)

Hamish Hamilton (Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake)

The most talked about moment of the night! You know all about this winner if you read my top 3 moments of the night at the beginning of this article. I still can’t believe that a director for The Oscars ended up stealing the show at The Emmys. Every man out there needs to aspire to this level of proposal game.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:


Winner-Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

David Harbour (Stranger Things)

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)

Matt Smith (The Crown)

Dinklage won yet again. He is definitely one of the best actors on that show and the rest of the nominees will be darn happy when Game of Thrones has its final season next year. He thanked his “brother from another mother” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and George Martin for “creating this darn thing.”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:


“I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight.”

Winner-Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Thandie thanked God even though she didn’t believe in her and let lose a few expletives. Her turn as Maeve on this latest season of Westworld was a joy to watch and probably the performance of the season for me. I do however, hope Lena Headey gets her due next year because her performance as Cersei deserves all the awards. (Even if we all secretly long for the character’s death.)

Writing for a Drama Series:


Winner-The Americans

It’s nice in it’s last season, The Americans is finally getting some much deserved recognition.

Directing for a Drama Series:


Winner-The Crown

Stephen Daldry won for best directing for The Crown but unfortunately was not there to accept his award. Fortunately for us, the hilarious comedian Hannah Gadsby happened to be presenting and was there to provide some levity and accept on his behalf.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:


Winner-Matthew Rhys (The Americans)

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Ed Harris (Westworld)

Matthew Rhys thanked the cast & crew but saved his greatest thanks for his costar Keri Russell. “And finally to the woman who truly got me this award and who just stands in front of me everyday and puts up with me. She said if you propose to me I will punch you clean in the mouth.”

Bonus Gif of Keri Russell responding to Matthew Rhys as only she can:


Lead Actress in a Drama Series:


Winner-Claire Foy (The Crown)

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

Keri Russell (The Americans)

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Claire Foy gets the win for her last turn as Queen Elizabeth II before they have an older actress play her in the remaining seasons. She exclaimed, “This wasn’t supposed to happen!” as she got on stage. She gave credit to the other actresses and I for one agree with her that this category is going to be neck and neck going forward because the talent of all these women is astronomical. Anyone could have gotten the win. Foy dedicated her win to the next cast continuing on the show without her and Matt Smith.

Outstanding Reality Competition Program:


Winner-RuPaul’s Drag Race

Rick & Morty (in all their cartoon glory) presented best reality show to RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul thanked the 140 drag queens “they released into the wild” and exclaimed, “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?!”

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:


Winner-Saturday Night Live

As I stated earlier, I wasn’t a fan of the SNL-esque skits throughout the 3+ hour show, however you can’t deny SNL’s longevity. With Kate McKinnon at the forefront, I feel SNL will still be a contender for many more years to come.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:


Winner- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver took home the Emmy once again. He acknowledged his staff who were cheering from the balcony section. He said his son hates his show but loves Paw Patrol and “if our show is anything, it’s the precise opposite of Paw Patrol.

Outstanding Limited Series:


Winner-The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won for Limited Series and my hand is currently cramping typing this. This is the longest title ever. Hey Ryan Murphy, can you start making shorter titles for your series please? Jokes aside, he gave a nice speech dedicating their win to the LGBTQ youth and greater awareness as well as stricter hate crime laws.

Outstanding Comedy Series:


Winner-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Silicon Valley



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt



Daniel Palladino accepted this award on behalf of the cast & crew. Maisel scored 8 Emmys on the night and if it keeps up the quality in season 2 I don’t see why this show won’t become the new powerhouse in the comedy category.

Outstanding Drama Series:


George waving to all the haters.

Winner- Game of Thrones

This Is Us


The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Americans

Stranger Things

Yes. Game of Thrones won the last prize of the night. Even though it lost out in the writing and directing categories, this HBO juggernaut would not be denied. Going into the last season in 2019, the rest of these nominees have to be breathing a sigh of relief at their changing fortunes. I, for one, am not ready to say goodbye to this amazing show. However, we all know, everything must come to an end.  Valar morghulis.



*All gifs courtesy of giphy.com/netflix & giphy.com/emmys





2017 Golden Globes Recap

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The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards belonged to La La Land, which swept its categories taking home a record 7 awards. The evening was a pretty standard Hollywood affair although not as much humor as previous years when Tina & Amy hosted. Jimmy Fallon did his usual musical opening with cameos from all the nominees and he popped in throughout the show as needed. However, he didn’t really hold the weight of previous hosts for me. Based on social media reaction, Kristin Wiig & Steve Carell would be my choices to host next year. The night rounded out with some poignant speeches & a touching tribute for a mother and daughter we lost too soon.

Let’s recap:

Opening: Reminiscent of his Emmy’s opening, we started off with Jimmy Fallon singing in a limo in a La La Land inspired musical number. Jimmy loves his musical openings. Many nominees took part, including a fun rap from Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown. We rounded out the bit with a quick Tina Fey cameo and of course no Fallon performance is complete without a Justin Timberlake dance number.


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Every year when I watch these award shows I am painfully reminded that no matter how much I try to watch all the movies and tv shows I can, I still barely crack the surface. Hopefully I can catch up before the Oscars…

Winners in Order of Appearance:

Best Supporting Actor-Motion Picture: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Actor: Tv Series-Drama: Billy Bob Thorton (Goliath)

Best Actress: Tv Series-Comedy: Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish)


I love Julia but finally someone else won! She doesn’t seem too sad about it though. (Courtesy of goldenglobes.com)

Best Tv Series-Comedy or Musical: Atlanta

Best Actress-Limited Series or Tv Movie: Sarah Paulson (The People vs OJ Simpson)

Best Limited Series or Tv Movie: The People vs OJ Simpson-American Crime Story

Best Supporting Actor-Limited Series or Tv Movie: Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager)

Original Score-Motion Picture: La La Land


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Original Song-Motion Picture: City of Stars (La La Land)

  • I bought the soundtrack as soon as I left the theater. The songs definitely get stuck in your head in the best way. Although, I was sad for Moana. How Far I’ll Go is an amazing anthem that deserves recognition too.

Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture: Viola Davis (Fences)


“It’s not a money maker but it does scream art. It does scream heart.” (Courtesy of goldenglobes.com)

Best Supporting Actress-Tv Series: Olivia Colman (The Night Manager)

Best Actor-Comedy or Musical: Ryan Gosling (La La Land)


Gosling addressed the internet’s confusion of himself & Reynolds (Courtesy of giphy.com)

Best Screenplay-Motion Picture: Damian Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Animated Film: Zootopia

  • This category had some heavy hitters as well. Kubo & Moana were amazing & heartfelt.

Wiig & Carell shared hilariously somber stories about the 1st animated film they saw. (Courtesy of goldenglobes.com)

A lovely little tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds was shown. Still chokes me up. Can’t believe they are both gone.


Best Foreign Language Film: Elle (France)

Best Actor-Limited Tv Series or Movie: Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)

Best Actress-Tv Series Drama: Claire Foy (The Crown)

Best Tv Series-Drama: The Crown

  • This was a powerhouse category, an embarrassment of riches truly. Winning out over Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. All winners in my book.

Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Meryl Streep


Streep ended her speech with this quote from her dear departed friend Carrie Fisher (courtesy of goldenglobes.com)

  • Amazing tribute from Viola Davis. Probably one of the finest introductions I have ever heard. Can I have Viola introduce me at every function/meeting I have for the rest of my life?! Meryl Streep took the opportunity to talk about others rather than herself. I’ve never heard someone talk about politics so eloquently.  Some people might not agree with her political statements but we can all agree she is definitely deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best Director: Damian Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Actor-Tv Series Comedy or Musical: Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Best Actress- Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: Emma Stone (La La Land)


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Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: La La Land

  • & La La Land gets the sweep!

Best Actor-Motion Picture Drama: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)


I bet Matt Damon is regretting giving up that role now…

Best Actress-Motion Picture Drama: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

  • Wow, quite the upset. I think the last time an actress from a foreign film won best actress was Marion Cotillard.

Best Motion Picture-Drama: Moonlight

Best Moments:

  • Evan Rachel Woods’ tuxedo
  • “My first job skit” with Chris Pratt being unable to say anything but “actor”
  • Inspiring acceptance speech from Emma Stone
  • Kristin Wiig & Steve Carell’s hilariously somber tribute to Best Animated Film
  • Ryan Reynolds & Andrew Garfield kissing each other when they lost out to Ryan Gosling
  • Touching tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds


  • Teleprompter fail at the start of the show
  • Sofia Vergara’s Freudian slip (anal tradition)
  • Hidden “Fences” gaff not once but twice

Overall it was a fun evening but this was just the precursor to the main event! The Oscars are coming in February & I’ve got a lot of movies to catch up on.

I leave you with the genius of Carrie Fisher:

“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”



From Princess to Icon: My Reflection on the Life & Legacy of Carrie Fisher


In a year when an ungodly amount of legends have parted from this world, a Princess’ time was cut short sooner than expected. Carrie Fisher burst on to our screens as the fearsome Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars and I have loved her ever since.

At a certain point in my childhood my Dad decided to introduce me to the phenomenon known as Star Wars. There were amazing space battles, intricate alien worlds and compelling characters. One character in particular caught my attention. A no-nonsense woman who took charge in dangerous situations, had an amazing quick wit and could shoot a blaster with the greatest of ease. She was unlike any princess I had seen before. She was no damsel in distress & more often than not saved the men with her quick thinking & sharp tongue. As with most fictional characters that I became obsessed with, I wanted to know more about the woman behind the character. It was then that I was introduced to the wonderful enigma that was Carrie Fisher.

Carrie often said that she didn’t play the part of Princess Leia, she was & forever will be Princess Leia. While I do agree with that statement, I also believe that Carrie left indelible marks in many other avenues as well. She was so much more than Princess Leia. She was an amazing writer and script doctor, comedian & mental illness advocate. As a writer myself, her brilliance with words constantly makes me challenge the words I decide to put to the page. If you are unfamiliar with her work, I suggest you check out her semi-autobiographical book, Postcards From the Edge (she also wrote the screenplay) & Wishful Drinking, a book which she eventually turned into a one-woman show that went to Broadway and lead to an HBO special. Weirdly enough, the day I heard of her heart attack, I was listening to her new book The Princess Diarist on my phone.

I’ve watched countless interviews & behind the scenes footage of Carrie over the years and not one of them has ever failed to make me laugh. Carrie had a ridiculous sense of humor and a dry wit that anyone would aspire to have. In addition to her comedy chops, she was also a tireless advocate for mental illness. Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, she was very open about her experiences in the hope that it would help others.

I struggled with my feelings and thoughts all day as I tried to come up with a coherent string of sentences to explain what Carrie Fisher meant to me. As I write this, I am wearing Star Wars pajamas with her face plastered all over them. She has unknowingly been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As Leia she taught me to be brave and stand up for what I believe in. As a writer she taught me to take risks and never apologize. As a person she taught me that it’s never too late to be true to yourself.

Thank you for blazing your own trail Carrie Fisher, and in doing so, helping others to discover their own. May the Force be with you, always.


*& just so you don’t leave here forlorn, here is a picture of Carrie Fisher giving the finger to 2016*


Per her request, I must end this post as Carrie would have wanted. “No matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”