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“PARASITE” WINS TOP PRIZE AT SAG AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a class satire based on life in Korea. But the movie “Parasite” has managed to make major inroads into the Oscar race. The Bong Joon Ho film is the first foreign language movie to take top honors at the Screen Actors Guild awards. The victory puts it in place as a legit contender for best picture at the Oscars next month. “Parasite” beat out favorites like “1917,” “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” If “Parasite” can pull off the upset at the Feb. 9 Oscars, it would be the first foreign language film to win best picture.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS FOR “PARASITE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The good news for “Parasite” is that it won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble. And because actors make up a majority the voters at the Oscars, the SAG triumph is seen as an indication “Parasite” may do well at the Academy Awards next month. The bad news for “Parasite” – is recent history. The past two years, the SAG ensemble winner hasn’t won best picture. Last year, “Black Panther” fell short while in 2018, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” failed to close the deal on the big Oscar prize.
BRAD PITT – JENNIFER ANISTON WIN AT SAG AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For years, they were an item, then a married couple. And until “Parasite” stole the story line, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were a headline at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. They each won awards and celebrated the other’s win. Pitt helped solidify his hopes for his first acting Oscar for his supporting role in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” And Aniston won an award of her own for best female actor in a drama series for the Apple TV Plus project, “The Morning Show.” Backstage, Pitt watched Aniston’s acceptance speech. And after she got off stage, they warmly congratulated each other on their first individual SAG Awards.
OSCAR HOPEFULS MAINTAIN MOMENTUM AT SAG AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some of those considered to be favorites to win Oscars next month saw their chances enhanced at the SAG Awards last night. Among the winners included Brad Pitt for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Renee Zellweger for “Judy,” Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker” and Laura Dern, for “Marriage Story.”
SAG AWARDS – TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The streak continues for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” For the second straight year, it has won for best comedy series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Amazon show also earned Tony Shalhoub (shah-LOOB’) an acting win. In other TV awards, “Game of Thrones” closed its eight-season run with wins for Peter Dinklage for best male actor in a drama series and for best stunt ensemble work. “The Crown” won best ensemble in a drama series. And both “Fosse/Verdon” stars, Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell, won for their performances in the miniseries.
ROBERT DE NIRO WINS LIFETIME SAG HONOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He wasn’t as profane as he has been in the past when it comes to his criticism of President Donald Trump. But Robert De Niro is just as outspoken as ever when it comes to his political views. He received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award last night. And he spent much of his acceptance speech on political matters. In his remarks, he challenged the notion that celebrities shouldn’t speak out on public issues. Without mentioning Trump by name, De Niro said he has as much a right as anyone to speak his mind – and he says he plans to use it whenever he sees what he calls “a blatant abuse of power.” Abuse of power is one of the two counts against Trump in his impeachment trial, which begins in earnest this week in Washington.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD – LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A partial list of winners at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild awards, presented Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles:
Actress: Renee Zellweger, “Judy”
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Actress in a supporting role: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Actor in a supporting role: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Stunt Ensemble: “Avengers: Endgame”
Actor in a comedy series: Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actress in a comedy series: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Comedy series ensemble: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actor in a drama series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Actress in a drama series: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Drama series ensemble: “The Crown”
Actor in a TV movie or limited series: Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Vernon”
Actress in a limited TV movie or series: Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
TV Stunt Ensemble: “Game of Thrones”
Life Achievement: Robert De Niro
“BAD BOYS” WINS BOX OFFICE RACE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Bad Boys” did just fine at the box office. The third installment of the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence franchise earned $59 million domestically to capture the top spot on the weekend list. Finishing a disappointing second is “Dolittle,” which barely beat out the number-three film, “1917.”
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HANK AZARIA BOWS OUT OF VOICING “APU”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It looks like Hank Azaria is saying adieu to “Apu.” The actor, who is white, says he’ll no longer voice the Indian convenience store owner featured on “The Simpsons” – a job he has done for 30 years. The character has drawn fire by critics for reinforcing racial stereotypes. Azaria announced he was quitting Abu in an online interview. So far, neither producers of the animated series nor Fox have confirmed that Azaria is leaving the show – or that Apu is being removed or reimagined.
ROYAL KERFUFFLE CONTINUES
SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) – It’s tough enough dealing with a family crisis – even tougher when that crisis plays out in public. In the UK Britain, Queen Elizabeth II managed to keep a traditional stiff upper lip as she visited church yesterday – even as Prince Harry and wife Meghan have announced they are basically bolting the royal family. The couple says they will spend most of their time in Canada. It’s part of an effort to alter their relationship with the rest of the royals. The couple will shed their titles in the process – and stop taking public funds for their upkeep.
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST – LAW
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Kim Kardashian West is a step closer to becoming a lawyer. She has finished her first year of study as an apprentice. The next move for West is to take what’s known as the “baby bar,” a one day-exam aimed at meeting the requirements to be a lawyer. If she passes that, she studies for another three years – then takes the California bar exam.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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