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Academy Award Winners 2020

2.9.2020

Good Morning! The Academy Awards or Oscars, which was held Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, came and went. Here are the winners from last night’s event. 



Credit source: oscar.go.com

OSCARS 2020/GoldDerby

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
 Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
 Leonardo DiCaprio, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
 Adam Driver, Marriage Story
 Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
 Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
 Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
 Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
 Al Pacino, The Irishman
 Joe Pesci, The Irishman
 Brad Pitt, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
 Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
 Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
 Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
 Charlize Theron, Bombshell
 Renée Zellweger, Judy

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
 Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
 Laura Dern, Marriage Story
 Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
 Florence Pugh, Little Women
 Margot Robbie, Bombshell

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
 I Lost My Body
 Klaus
 Missing Link
 Toy Story 4

CINEMATOGRAPHY
 The Irishman
 Joker
 The Lighthouse
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

COSTUME DESIGN
 The Irishman
 Jojo Rabbit
 Joker
 Little Women
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

DIRECTING
 The Irishman
 Joker
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
 Parasite

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
 American Factory
 The Cave
 The Edge of Democracy
 For Sama
 Honeyland

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
 In the Absence
 Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
 Life Overtakes Me
 St. Louis Superman
 Walk Run Cha-Cha

FILM EDITING
 Ford v Ferrari
 The Irishman
 Jojo Rabbit
 Joker
 Parasite

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
 Corpus Christi
 Honeyland
 Les Misérables
 Pain and Glory
 Parasite

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
 Bombshell
 Joker
 Judy
 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
 1917

ORIGINAL SCORE
 Joker
 Little Women
 Marriage Story
 1917
 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

ORIGINAL SONG
 “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
 “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
 “I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
 “Into The Unknown,” Frozen II
 “Stand Up,” Harriet

BEST PICTURE
 Ford v Ferrari
 The Irishman
 Jojo Rabbit
 Joker
 Little Women
 Marriage Story
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
 Parasite (Knew it!)

PRODUCTION DESIGN
 The Irishman
 Jojo Rabbit
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
 Parasite

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
 Dcera (Daughter)
 Hair Love
 Kitbull
 Memorable
 Sister

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
 Brotherhood
 Nefta Football Club
 The Neighbors’ Window
 Saria
 A Sister

SOUND EDITING
 Ford v Ferrari
 Joker
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood
 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

SOUND MIXING
 Ad Astra
 Ford v Ferrari
 Joker
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

VISUAL EFFECTS
 Avengers: Endgame
 The Irishman
 The Lion King
 1917
 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
 The Irishman
 Jojo Rabbit
 Joker
 Little Women
 The Two Popes

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
 Knives Out
 Marriage Story
 1917
 Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

 Parasite

Well, did you watch the Oscars? What did you think about the winners? Who do you think should’ve won? Feel free to comment. In the meantime, I’m posting more today…stay tuned!

 

Featured and other images: oscar.go.com & Gold Derby

MidWeek Update: Mr. H Reviews updates…

2.5.2020

Hello again. I have some Mr. H. Review updates to share. So here it is…

 

What did you think? Have any comments? You can go to his YouTube channel and comment and you can subscribe too. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed. 

 

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MidWeek Updates: What’s Going on in Broadway

2.5.2020

Hello and Afternoon! Bringing some midweek updates to you, courtesy of Playbill. You may have noticed that I’m adding theater to the blogsite. Here is what’s going in the stages of Broadway…



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From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.

Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musicalis written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd. Tony Award® nominee Adrienne Warren, who played “Tina Turner” in the hit West End production, reprises her critically acclaimed performance on Broadway.

Click on the picture of Tina to go the link!

More plays to see when in Broadway…More to come soon! Go to playbill.com for more information on Darling Grenadine, Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud to Beg

Featured and other images: Travel Channel & Playbill

Music Festivals / February 2020

2.3.2020

Take a look at what music festivals to check out this month, courtesy of Music Wizard Festival.



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That’s all for now, click on the links above for more information. Enjoy your Monday, be blessed.
 
 
Featured and other images: Unknown & Music Festival Wizard

New Music / February 2020

2.3.2020

Afternoon all! Every month, Metacritic has a list of new and veteran artists coming with new album releases. Here is what February looks like…



Credit source: Metacritic

7 FEBRUARY 2020

Envy The Fallen Crimson  
Green Day Father of All…  
La Roux Supervision  
Lisa Loeb A Simple Trick To Happiness  
Makaya McCraven We’re New Again – A Reimagining By Makaya McCraven  
Nada Surf Never Not Together  
Poolside Low Season  
Richard Marx Limitless  
Sepultura Quadra  
Shopping All Or Nothing  
Stone Temple Pilots Perdida [Acoustic album]
The Cadillac Three Country Fuzz  
The Homesick The Big Exercise  
The Lone Bellow Half Moon Light  
Trixie Mattel Barbara [RuPaul’s Drag Race all-star]

14 FEBRUARY 2020

Cindy Lee What’s Tonight To Eternity Women’s Patrick Flegel project]
Huey Lewis & the News Weather  
Justin Bieber Changes  
Katie Gately Loom  
Nathaniel Rateliff And It’s Still Alright  
Summer Camp Romantic Comedy  
Tame Impala The Slow Rush  
Tennis Swimmer  
These New Puritans The Cut [2016-2019]  

21 FEBRUARY 2020

Best Coast Always Tomorrow  
BTS Map of the Soul: 7  
Greg Dulli Random Desire [Solo debut of Afghan Whigs’ frontman]
Grimes Miss_Anthrop0cene  
Guided by Voices Surrender Your Poppy Field  
Humanist Humanist [Rob Marshall]
Lanterns on the Lake Spook The Herd  
Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree Names Of North End Women  
Mondo Generator Fuck It  
Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man  
Purr Like New  
Sarah Harmer Are You Gone  
Spinning Coin Hyacinth  
​King Krule Man Alive!  
​Rebecca Foon Waxing Moon [Saltland]

28 FEBRUARY 2020

Gigi Masin Calypso  
Gord Sinclair Taxi Dancers  
Mondo Generator Shooters Bible  
Real Estate The Main Thing  
Soccer Mommy Color Theory  
The Secret Sisters Saturn Return  
Tycho Simulcast  
Wajatta Don’t Let Get You Down [Reggie Watts and John Tejada]
​Caribou Suddenly

For more information on these artists in Scarlett red, click on the links. Dates can change. Go to Metacritic for more music, movies, and tv. 

 

Featured image: Dazed

Editor’s Letter: February 2020

2.1.2020

Vol. 7 / #2

February is here! It felt like January was taking forever, but we made it. Ok, here is what’s going on this month…

New music from Justin Bieber, Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, Tame Impala, and more…

Did my research for music festivals and we found eleven, from New Orleans, Miami, Long Beach to San Francisco. 

This month is Black History Month and we got a few treats in art, photography…all creativity.

Updates on Comic-Con 2020, AWP Conference + Bookfair 2020, and much more.

Theater reviews from Playbill. Yes, added theater to the roster and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. 

I’ve decided to do something since this is February. Just have to check on the blog to see what.

Goodbye JanuaryHello February ♥

 

 

 

 

 

Featured image: Blank Templates Holidays 2020

 

 

 

MidWeek Updates: Frieze Los Angeles 2020

1.29.2020

Hello and Good Afternoon! Just one midweek post to pass along to you. It’s Frieze Los Angeles 2020, an upcoming art fair and here is a look at what they have scheduled…there is more added, just wanted you guys to see just a snippet of what they got going on.



Credit source: Frieze Fair

Frieze Los Angeles

February 14 – 16, 2020

Preview February 13

TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2020
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kohn Gallery
United States
 
 
WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020
9:00am – 12:00pm
Mark Taper Auditorium at Richard J. Riordan Central Library
United States
 
 
WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020
5:00pm – 6:30pm
The Webster
Beverly Center
United States
 
 
WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Standard
West Hollywood,
United States
 
 
MILK
 
 
FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2020
11:00am – 8:00pm
Frieze Los Angeles, Paramount Backlot
United States
 
 
FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
LAXART
United States
 
 
FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2020
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Frieze Los Angeles, Paramount Theater
 
For more click here.
 

Frieze Los Angeles returns to Paramount Pictures Studios from February 14-16, 2020 to present the best of Los Angeles and international contemporary art by emerging and established artists, alongside a curated program of talks, films and artists’ projects in the backlot movie set at Paramount.

Main tent & backlot:
Thursday Preview, February 13 (Invitation only)
Friday Preview & Private View, February 14: check your ticket/invitation
Saturday, February 15: 11am – 7pm
Sunday, February 16: 11am – 6pm

Tickets
Tickets for Frieze Los Angeles 2020 are limited and only available online. Buy your ticket here

 

Keep in Touch
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Weekend updates coming this weekend! Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

Featured and other images: Frieze Fair & Grey Art Gallery-NYU

Creative Close-Up: Opinion from Artnet

1.27.2020

Hello again! Our monthly Creative Close-Up is here and I’m either coming up with subjects that I like to talk about or find an article that I think you would like and today I found one article, courtesy of Tim Schneider of Artnet.



Credit: Artnet

The Gray Market: Why Art Dealers Need to Focus on New Audiences or Risk Irrelevance (and Other Insights)

Our columnist weighs in on his main lesson from Talking Galleries 2020, the two-day think tank for art dealers.

Every Monday morning, Artnet News brings you The Gray Market. The column decodes important stories from the previous week—and offers unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the art industry in the process.

This week, reacting to conversations instead of the news cycle…

 

CALL AND RESPONSE

Last Monday and Tuesday, the eighth annual Talking Galleries Barcelona symposium rolled out at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). And while the two-day think tank left me wrestling with plenty of issues about the sector, questions about its audience struck me as the most urgent of all.

It’s not a reality-warping revelation to say that, thanks to the broader capitalist economy it operates within, there is no art business if there is no paying public to support it. But Talking Galleries highlighted this less-discussed truth: nearly every aspect of what the art business is (or can be) depends on the size, demographics, preferences, and worldviews of its audience. Although the system is troubled by many factors, I’m convinced that one of the most fundamental threats proceeds from the fact that too many galleries are too focused on too narrow a segment of the public—and the art market, if not art itself, is suffering for it.

 

Let’s face facts: based on their actions, most Western galleries want to engage genuinely new audiences to roughly the same extent that diagnosable workaholics want to keep personal relationships strong—enough to talk about it publicly, but not enough to listen to what the other party actually wants, let alone meaningfully change what they’re doing in response. 

What do I mean by “genuinely new” audiences? Young people who weren’t born mega-wealthy. People who aren’t so desperate to buy art from legacy dealers that they’ll grovel for basic information or languish forever on (usually rigged) waiting lists. People living outside the allegedly “global” art world that, if most of us fess up, still pretty much just means the US, UK, Hong Kong, and the handful of western European capitals that regularly backdrop profile pics in a dating app. 

In short, people with genuinely different thoughts and expectations about what art should be in the 21st century, rather than the same old economic profile and priorities packaged in a different national heritage.  

This has led us into a scenario where many dealers would rather fail by doing things the traditional way than succeed by doing things radically differently. After all, who can blame you for crashing and burning when everyone knows the art world is unfair? At least you won’t look like some heathen-baiting art apostate at the next dinner party. 

BOUNDARIES OF THE BUSINESS

Now, I am in no way, shape, or form arguing that everyone professionally involved in contemporary art should react in some Pavlovian way to every whim voiced by every pocket of the mainstream public. That would be just as disastrous as refusing to acknowledge the desires of the wider world at all. To paraphrase a surprisingly Buddha-like koan from Harrison Ford, the secret to success is to never listen to what anyone else thinks… but to also listen very closely. 

As of today, though, it’s crucial to keep in mind that the art market still primarily consists of buying and selling rare property—paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints—for at least the price of a halfway decent used car, if not many times more. It would be naive to pretend that galleries built on this foundation have no opportunities to innovate, but it would be equally naive to assume that it has no effect on their strategic options. 

 

This reality creates an existential dilemma the further up the commercial hierarchy a dealer climbs. To paraphrase one director at a top-line (but not mega-) gallery between sessions at the symposium, where do you find the time and energy to fundamentally restructure the outlook of a gallery whose continued existence demands it turn over $70 million in sales every year? To which I would add: especially when that gallery is trying to close those sales with basically the same clients as all its main competitors?   

This state of affairs should heavily influence where we look for solutions that could make rank-and-file galleries more sustainable. Although it would be unfair to say the biggest dealers never innovate, it’s also true that the rarest business in any market is one that will dramatically reshape its priorities and methods when it’s already succeeding the way things are.

LOOK ALIVE

Instead, the most interesting cases are likely to come from the places that aren’t consistently grabbing headlines (which reinforces that this area is one where, as a journalist, I too have to try harder to surface new ideas from new sources). 

Case in point: multiple eye-opening details emerged from a session at Talking Galleries on the (problematically defined, as the panelists discussed) Middle Eastern art market. Vilma Jurkute, director of Dubai’s Alserkal arts complex, pointed out that, unlike in the West, dealers in her city do not need to consciously pivot toward the sometimes-markedly different preferences of a younger audience. Why? Because the median age of a Dubai resident is just 33.5 years old. 

According to Sunny Rahbar, director of Dubai gallery the Third Line, a viable commercial art market has also existed in the Emirate for less than 15 years, meaning galleries there are often as fresh to the game as their clients. 

Combine these facts, and, as Jurkute said, “we [in Dubai] don’t have much to unlearn.” That situation perhaps positions galleries in the Emirates, as well as in other less-discussed regions around the world, to be more nimble and creative with their businesses than their counterparts in traditional art-market hubs. 

To be clear, if a dealer wants to try to succeed by operating a white-cube gallery space fueled by a roster of artists largely focused on creating rare, expensive objects for IRL exhibition and sale to pedigreed collectors in the year 2020, I completely respect that choice. But we should recognize that it is a choice, and it will likely box in that gallery’s business model in all the same ways it’s boxed in so many others content to live and die by the old rules of the game.  

 

Embracing a genuinely new audience may not be the only option for breaking out of that box. Nor will it be easy, since it will require galleries to do the hard work of figuring out how to build on new preferences with vision and integrity, not just allow public opinion to push them into a swamp of reactionary, pseudo-artistic dreck. But until more dealers start taking on that challenge, the gallery system will continue to stagnate… and it won’t be the public’s fault. 

That’s all for this week. ‘Til next time, remember the words of US Army general Eric Shinseki: if you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less. 

What did you think about this article? Was it something new, refreshing or not something that interests you? Feel free to comment. Enjoy your Monday, be blessed.

 

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