BREAKING NEWS: (#Oscars 2014): “12 Years a Slave” Wins Best Picture

I shrieked the loudest when the winner was called for this category. This win is huge for everyone involved and solidifies director Steve McQueen as the gigantic talent that he has always been for years.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of “12 Years a Slave” and thank you to Solomon Northup for bravely telling your story so that future generations can never forget.

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BREAKING NEWS: And The 2014 Spirit Award Winners Are…

The film 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at tonight’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, gaining awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Supporting Female, and Best Screenplay!!!

Two of my favorite films of last year, Blue Is The Warmest Color and Fruitvale Station won for Best International Film and Best First Feature, respectively.

Also, unsurprisingly so, Cate Blanchett picked up a Spirit Award for Best Actress, while Jared Leto was bestowed with the Best Supporting Male honor and Matthew McConaughey the Best Lead Male prize.  I’m DYING at the fact that Jared Leto called Lupita his “future ex-wife”. If there were any couple that I’d want to see “happen” in Hollywood, Lupita and Jared would be IT.

For a full list of the 2014 Spirit Award Winners, click on this link.

 

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ EOnline.com

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ eonline.com

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ eonline.com

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ eonline.com

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Have You Cast Your Oscar Votes Yet?

My oh my this awards season has been one of the most exciting ones I’ve EVER witnessed. Even though I still haven’t watched all of the nominated Oscar Best Pictures, it’s clear that I’m missing out on those such as Dallas Buyers Club and Blue Jasmine, and that I should stay away from American Hustle. I’m at a loss for words in terms of the Best Supporting Actress race. I adore both Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence. I haven’t seen American Hustle, but I’ve seen 12 Years a Slave. Lupita’s performance in 12 Years is both vulnerable and regal. But JLaw is unstoppable. However, what if Sally Hawkins ends up as the sleeper winner in this category?

 

Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years A Slave"

  Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years A Slave” 

Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle"

Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle” 

Sally Hawkins in "Blue Jasmine"

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine” 

Then we have a Best Director showdown that, for some, is most apparent between Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen. (p.s.- I still believe that McQueen should have won a Best Director/Best Picture Oscar for Shame, or that Michael Fassbender should have gotten a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance.) Who will win? I can’t predict this one. I’d love for it to go to McQueen, but I would not be surprised if Cuaron walks away with an Oscar statue in his hands tomorrow.

Alfonso Cuaron directing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron directing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” 

Steve McQueen directing Adepero Oduye and Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave"

Steve McQueen directing Adepero Oduye and Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave”  

 

All I truly, undeniably know is that Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett, and Matthew McConaughey are locks for accepting an award tomorrow evening. They have been scooping up accolades left and right for the past few months. How far all three have come, especially Leto and McConaughey. My respect and admiration goes out to all.  

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club” 

Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"

Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”

 

Oh and let us not forget that Ellen is going to be splendid tomorrow. No doubt about it!

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Here’s to tomorrow’s epic day- I will be watching the red carpet/mani-cam appearances and live tweeting the Oscars! You can catch me on Twitter (@CandaceCordelia) for my thoughts. Reply and retweet away! The lot of us will be snowed in anyway, so let’s bust out our party favors and make the most of it!El

 

The Descendants of Solomon Northup

One of the reasons I love The Hollywood Reporter are reports such as this. Under Janice Min’s editorial direction, the publication has been one of my favorites for the past five years to read at home or on the go.

My respect is raised even higher for THR after seeing these portraits of Solomon Northup’s descendants. Staff members manages to track down five generations of his family members for portraits. I feel honored just looking at these photographs. May his legacy live on!

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Best News Heard All Day: “12 Years A Slave” Will Be Sent To Public High Schools Nationwide

I had never heard of Solomon Northup’s story until last year and that is tragic and all too common of a statement. I am an advocate for education and I believe that stories like Northup’s should be taught in public and private schools. In order to progress, you must know your history. Fortunately, Steve McQueen’s must-see film “12 Years a Slave”, a study guide accompaniment, and Northup’s memoir are going to be sent to public high schools across America. This news demonstrates the power of film at its best.

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