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“PARASITE” WINS BEST PICTURE AT THE OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Oscar has made history. For the first time in its 92-year run, the Academy Awards has given its best picture honor to a non-English language film. The surprise winner is “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho’s class satire. It wasn’t a clean sweep, but along with the night’s top prize, Parasite won for best director, best international film and best screenplay. It’s a watershed moment for the Oscars, which has long relegated international films to their own category.

 

BONG JOON HO SAYS HE’LL DRINK TO THAT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There’s a pretty good chance when you hear this story, the director of “Parasite” might still be out celebrating his Oscar wins. After Bong Joon Ho won his first Oscar of the night last night, he declared, “I am ready to drink tonight.” When he went on to win best director, he said, “Now, I’m ready to drink until tomorrow.” In his acceptance speech, Bong saluted his fellow nominees, notably Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino – saying if the Academy would let him, he’d get a Texas chain saw and carve his Oscar into five pieces to share with his fellow nominated directors.

 

JOAQUIN PHOENIX WINS BEST ACTOR FOR “JOKER”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He may have won his Oscar for “Joker” – but Joaquin Phoenix was deadly serious in his acceptance speech. He went on for about three minutes denouncing sexism and racism in the movie industry, the ruining of the environment – and urged people to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Phoenix acknowledged he has “been a scoundrel,” has been “selfish” and “cruel at times.” But he noted many people in Hollywood gave him a second chance – and added that when people help others redeem themselves, “that is the best of humanity.”

 

BRAD PITT NAME-CHECKS JOHN BOLTON IN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Being Hollywood, there was some politics mixed into the awards at the Oscars last night. Brad Pitt got his first-ever Oscar for acting – and began his acceptance speech on a political note, bringing up the Senate’s acquittal of President Trump in his impeachment trial. Mentioning the time limit for acceptance speeches, Pitt said, “They told me you only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.” On a more personal note, Pitt said winning an Oscar lets him reflect on his move from Missouri to Los Angeles, adding, “Once upon a time in Hollywood,” Ain’t that the truth.” The Oscar for supporting actress went to Renee Zellweger for “Judy.” She thanked her parents, actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, who she called her “legends.”

 

“TOY STORY 4,” “AMERICAN FACTORY” WIN OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pixar continues to rule the Oscars when it comes to animation. It picked up its latest Academy Award last night when “Toy Story 4” won the Oscar for best animated film. It’s the second installment in the Toy Story franchise to win an Academy Award; the first was the 2010 edition of the movie. Meanwhile, first release from the production house headed by former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama is an Oscar winner. “American Factory” won for best documentary for the Obama’s Higher Ground unit.

 

CHRIS ROCK, STEVE MARTIN HELP OPEN ACADEMY AWARDS CEREMONY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – They looked, acted and joked like co-hosts. But the combination of Chris Rock and Steve Martin served as “no-hosts” for the Oscars ceremony last night. The comedians, both former hosts, did an opening monologue. Noting their history, Martin cracked that their appearance represented “an incredible demotion.” When Martin noted something was “missing” from this year’s directing nominees this year, Rock chimed in with, “Vaginas!” The Oscars were criticized for not nominating any women as directors this year, despite strong movies made by female directors this past year.

 

OSCARS – LIST

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The winners at the 92nd Academy Awards, which were held last night at the Dolby Theatre:
Best picture: “Parasite”
Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Best actress: Renee Zellweger, “Judy”
Best director: Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Best supporting actor: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Best supporting actress: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Animated feature: “Toy Story 4”
Animated short film: “Hair Love”
Original screenplay: “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han
Adapted screenplay: “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi
Live action short film: “The Neighbors’ Window”
Production design: “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Costume design: “Little Women”
Documentary feature: “American Factory”
Documentary short subject: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
Sound Editing: “Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester
Sound mixing: “1917,” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
Cinematography: Roger Deakins, “1917”
Film editing: “Ford Vs. Ferrari”
Visual effects: “1917”
International film: “Parasite,” South Korea
Original Score: Hildur Guðnadottir, “Joker”
Original song: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman” (Music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin)

 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN TRIAL RESUMES IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK (AP) – Now that the Oscars are over, Hollywood’s focus shifts back to the East Coast, where Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial continues in New York City. The defense will continue presenting its case, trying to convince the jury to acquit. Some of Weinstein’s many accusers, whose cases will never be heard by a jury, say they’re watching the case with a wary eye. Accusers who have spoken to The Associated Press say even as testimony of prosecution witnesses brings up painful reminders of their encounters with the former studio boss – they wonder if Weinstein’s wealth and power might affect the jury’s verdict.

 

TESTIMONY OF ONE WITNESS LAST WEEK WAS INTENSE
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s been the most riveting and emotional testimony so far in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case. One of the women whose allegation forms the basis of one of the rape charges against the movie studio chief was on the stand a week ago – and she became so emotional, testimony had to end for the day. The woman, who is 34, says she stayed in touch with Weinstein after the alleged rape because she wanted him to be her “pseudo father.” She broke down during her testimony – and after excusing herself, could be heard sobbing in the nearby witness room. Even after a break, she couldn’t continue her testimony and court was recessed. The following day, the witness returned to the stand and defiantly described Weinstein as “my rapist.”
During that testimony, Weinstein appeared to be asleep; he was seen with his eyes closed and head drooped. After court, a reporter asked Weinstein why he was sleeping. He turned, scowled and said, “Oh please.”

 

WEINSTEIN ATTORNEY CRITICIZED
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the attorneys defending Harvey Weinstein is now defending herself – over comments in a podcast interview. In the online chat, Donna Rotunno seemed to blame victims for their sexual assaults. She told “The Daily” podcast she had never been attacked because she “would never put myself in that position.” The comments drew condemnation on social media – and by one of Weinstein’s prosecutors, who rebuked Rutunno for speaking to the media while the trial was under way.

 

BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another DC Comics-based movie is perched at the top of the box office list. “Birds of Prey” didn’t have a stellar opening – but its first weekend’s $33.3 million in ticket sales were enough to vault it to the number-one spot. The Harley Quinn spinoff stars Margot Robbie, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Bombshell.” She was also in “Joker,” which had 11 Oscar nominations going into last night’s ceremony – most of any movie. Number two at the box office is “Bad Boys for Life,” which was number one the past three weeks. Best-picture nominee “1917” was third on the box office list.

 

ACTOR, COMEDIAN ORSON BEAN DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – To old-school TV viewers he will be remembered as a witty panelist on the game show “To Tell the Truth.” To TV fans of more recent vintage, he’ll be remembered for playing a merchant on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” Orson Bean has died. Authorities in Los Angeles say Bean died after being struck by two cars on a Los Angeles street. His death is being treated as an accident. Orson Bean was 91.

 

SNOOP DENIES THREATENING GAYLE KING OVER BRYANT INTERVIEW
NEW YORK (AP) – Snoop Dogg says he wasn’t threatening Gayle King when he said he and others would “come get” her over an interview after Kobe Bryant’s death. The interview on CBS’s “This Morning” last week got lots of attention – because King asked WNBA star Lisa Leslie about Bryant’s rape case in 2003. King came under attack after the network did a promo of the interview featuring the question about the case. That led to Snoop’s comments, which were countered by expressions of support from CBS and others, who denounced the perceived threats against King. Then, King said she was upset with CBS for using the rape question to promote the interview. Other journalists have been criticized for raising the Bryant case since his death two weeks ago. The rape charges were dropped after the woman refused to testify; later, Bryant settled a civil suit against him – and apologized for his behavior.

 

NTSB SAYS PILOT NEARLY ESCAPED CLOUDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – So close. The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant was just seconds from making it to clearer skies. An update from federal investigators say the pilot had nearly escaped blinding clouds when the aircraft suddenly plunged and crashed into a Southern California hillside. The crash killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, including the pilot.

 

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL RESIGNS OVER BRYANT FACEBOOK POST
CAMAS, Wash. (AP) – A high school principal in Washington state has resigned after suggesting Kobe Bryant deserved to die. The superintendent of the Camas School District has accepted the resignation of Liza Sejkora. She’d been put on administrative leave because of a post on her personal Facebook page the day Bryant died. It said, “Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.” She deleted the post after an hour and apologized, saying that her message was “inappropriate and tasteless.”

 

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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