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Oscars were given in grand style

Posted by elegant On March - 24 - 2015

The 87th Academy Awards better known as Oscars sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were held on February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the show for the first time. Awards were given in 24 categories and more than 37 million just in the United States watched the show live while countless many other viewers enjoyed the night of film celebration worldwide.

Birdman or otherwise called the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance won four awards including the Best Picture. So did the Grand Budapest Hotel winning four awards including the Achievement in Costume Design. Whiplash won three awards and there were many others winning one award each. The Best foreign-language film went to “Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski. Well received by the American audience, the American Sniper nominated for the best picture but won an Oscar for Achievement for Sound Editing. Nominated for many awards, the Boyhood won an Oscar for Best supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice while Best Actor award claimed by Eddie Redmayne for the Theory of Everything. The Best Director award went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman.

The 30th Independent Spirit Awards ceremony took place on February 21, 2015 celebrating films made in 2014. The Independent Spirit Awards was founded in 1984 by a group of independent filmmakers and awards are dedicated to the cause. The award itself is a symbol of the struggle independent film maker face. A non-profit group known as Film Independent holds the awards ceremony. A ceremony inside a tent on the beach of Santa Monica, California is held usually the day before the Academy Awards. It is currently being televised on Bravo network and Independent Film Channel.

Categories of awards include Best Film, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Foreign Film and many others. Birdman and Boyhood were in the running for the 30th Best Film Award and Birdman edge out the rival at the last minute winning the award. Birdman also won the Best Actor for Michael Keaton and the Best Cinematography Award. Boyhood won the Best Director Award as well as the Best Supporting Actress Award. The Best Actress Award went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of an early onset of Alzheimer’s woman in the film, Still Alice. The Best Documentary was given to Laura Poitras for her portrayal of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Citizenfour.

E! Network Fashion Police is in limbo land

Posted by elegant On March - 12 - 2015

Kelly Osbourne, a featured panelist of the Fashion Police, a television fashions series on E! Network, announced in late February 2015 that she is quitting the long running television show. The show often comments on celebrity fashion. Her departure is blamed on certain comments made of a television star and a good friend of the show.

Fashion Police is a television series that started in September 2010 on E!. Originally hosted by late Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne worked with other panelists, George Kotsiopoulos and Giuliana Rancic. After the death of Joan Rivers the show has been in hiatus. Brad Goreski later replaced Kotsiopoulos and at this writing the show has not been launched.

The writers of the show complained to the State of California regarding labor law violations in regard to their compensation in April 2013. Writers went on strike on April 13, 2013.

Since the introduction of the show as a daily in September 2010, the show includes comments on many aspects of fashion including Rack Report, 360 Degree Glam Cam, Hot Ticket, Slut Cut, Bitch Stole my Look, the Five Must See Look of the Week, Busted!, Guess me from the Behind, and many more. Since March 2012, the show introduced a new segment called Look Who’s Trending and few others.

Actor and director Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83

Posted by elegant On March - 6 - 2015

Best known for his iconic character role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek franchise on TV and films, Leonard Nimoy died on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles, California. The death has been blamed for end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The actor openly talked about his medical condition during the last few years of his life. He is best known for his role as Mr. Spock in Starship Enterprise, first officer to Captain Kirk played by William Shatner. He leaves behind his second wife, several children and grandchildren.

Nimoy played the part, Mr. Spock, for 40 years in Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness. He is also a film director directing films including 3 Men and a Baby and Star Trek movies including The Voyage Home and The Search for Spock. He provided voice to two episodes of The Simpsons, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Transformers: The Movie, The Pagemaster and many others. He also released several albums including music from the Star Trek series. He is a contemporary art collector and an avid photographer. He was extremely generous in his support for art and philanthropic contributions.