Cate Blanchett Calls For The End Of Televised Awards Shows While Accepting A Critics Choice Award On The CW…
The Critics Choice Awards aired on The CW last night, and a not-so-surprising guest crashed that shit like, “Bitch, I’m STILL here.” I’m talking about COVID-19. Nominees Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as presenter Michelle Pfeiffer, had to sit the show out after testing positive for Coronavirus. COVID-19 didn’t fuck with Cate Blanchett, though. She showed up to last night’s ceremony, won Best Actress for her performance in Tár, and used some of her time on stage to praise all actresses in the business and also declared that we need to finally call the time of death on the “televised horse race” known as awards shows. And then Cate galloped away with her Critics Choice Award in hand to place it right next to her two Oscars, three BAFTAs, four Golden Globes, three SAG Awards, and many other horse race prizes.
Jennifer Lawrence Is Getting Dragged For Saying Nobody Put A Female Star In An Action Movie Before “The Hunger Games”
Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis interviewed each other for Variety’s Actors on Actors. Apparently, they’re both getting awards show buzz; Jennifer for the extremely depressing-looking indie, Causeway, and Viola for the historical epic, The Woman King. The actresses talked about their craft, doing press, and the challenges that come with starring in action flicks. 32-year-old Jennifer says that when she was filming The Hunger Games (2012), “nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie” because the industry believed “boys cannot identify with a female lead.” Now, I get what she’s trying to say: Hollywood is sexist, and there are way more male action stars. But, um, Hunger Games was only released ten years ago. So Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Pam Grier, Uma Thurman, Milla Jovovich, and, hell, even Kate Beckinsale would like a word. Run for cover, JLaw!
I was under the impression that it was a federal law that all media-watching citizens were prohibited from talking even a single ounce of shit about one of Hollywood’s greatest living actresses, Viola Davis. But some people have been cracking jokes and roasting Viola Davis online over her latest role, the 44th First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Viola is currently playing the former FLOTUS in Showtime’s anthology series The First Lady, and if the response on social media is to be believed, then Viola is delivering a fire-your-agent-worthy performance. But if you ask Viola, every one of those haters can keep their jokes to themselves, because she’s working her ass off on screen to portray Ms. Obama, and the criticism serves “no purpose” to her.
And it didn’t make history because it was the first time everyone in the audience and the viewers at home said the words, “Wow, what an enjoyable and short award ceremony!“. I’m sure some people said that, due to the fact that the SAG Awards clocked in at a tight 60 minutes, as promised. And there was no doubt a lot of people appreciated that a pre-taped show cut out the middle man (the middle man being a long-winded acceptance speech that begins with at least 9 full seconds of folded paper fumbling). But the big news was that for the first time in SAG Awards history, all four film acting categories went to non-white nominees. Like the category for Female Actor in a Leading Role – Motion Picture, which went to Viola Davis, seen above freaking out from the comfort of her own couch.
Last night’s Golden Globes ceremony was a haphazard Choose Your Own Adventure type situation where the stars could either get themselves all dolled up or they could choose to just Zoom it in wearing whichever housefit happened to be on top of the clothes pile. It was a confusing, disjointed show made even more so by the fact that I had forgotten I cut my cable a couple of months ago so I had to watch it unfold on Twitter. There were two red carpets, one in NY and one in LA, there was the Instyle Magazine elevator (above feat. Kate Hudson, a charcuterie board, and her brother Oliver Hudson), there were random elevators, hotel balconies, backyards, and portals into other dimensions. We’ve had a year of pandemic awards shows, you’d think they’d have figured it out by now. It should be obvious that they’re a bad idea!
They really could just do the theme songs as far as I’m concerned, but ABC is going all out again for Live In Front Of A Studio Audience which will air next Wednesday. Last year, LIFOASA presented All In The Family and The Jeffersons. This year, according to Deadline, AITF is coming back, but they’ve replaced The Jeffersons with Why Ain’t Florida Evans Thicc? I mean, Good Times featuring Viola Davis as Florida Evans and Andre Braugher as the doomed James Evans.