2016 Oscar Winners & Sam Smith’s Flub

All of the nominees and winners are listed below, but first here’s the deal with Sam Smith’s mostly-wonderful acceptance speech. Via Vanity Fair:

When Sam Smith took the stage on Sunday night to accept his Oscar for best original song, for the Spectre theme he co-wrote with James Napier, he incorrectly paraphrased a statement Ian McKellen made about the lack of openly gay Oscar winners.

During his speech, Smith said that he heard McKellen make a statement about the Academy Awards never before recognizing an openly gay man, confessing that he was not sure whether or not that was true. Either way, Smith continued, “I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.”

Within seconds, the Twitter-sphere erupted, wondering whether or not an openly gay man had won the award. The answer to that is yes, an example being Dustin Lance Black, who won the 2009 original-screenplay award for Milk. But Smith also misheard McKellen’s quote.

Last month, the actor told The Guardian that he sympathized with black actors because, “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.” Referring to the acting categories, McKellen pointed out that straight actors have won the award for playing gay—like Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Sean Penn, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. “How clever, how clever,” McKellen said. “What about giving me one for playing a straight man?”

Winner below are in bold.


The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant


Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson, Room


Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo


Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


Christian Bale, The Big Short
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone, Creed


Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara, Carol
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight


Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Alex Garland, Ex Machina


Drew Goddard, The Martian
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Emma Donoghue, Room


Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Edward Lachman, Carol
Roger Deakins, Sicario
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight


The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
The Revenant


The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant


The Revenant
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
Mad Max: Fury Road


Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Carter Burwell, Carol
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Johann Johannson, Sicario


“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Til It Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Writing’s On the Wall,” Spectre


Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant


Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Boy and the World
When Marnie Was There


Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom


Son of Saul
A War
Embrace of the Serpent


Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom


Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay



Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow


  • DaddyRay

    RIP Leonardo DiCaprio not winning an Oscar meme


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    • Ray Taylor

      Do you know who made that, it’s brilliant?

      • DaddyRay

        The Gif has TheFlippistFiipbook.com

        • Ray Taylor

          They are auctioning it off. They don’t say who the artist is. All proceeds of the auction go to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which helps protect the world’s last wild places. Search eBay: LEO FLIPBOOK)

    • Bruno

      Oh, Leo.

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        • Avenger280

          FUCK OFF

      • ColdCountry

        That was a role he deserved and award for! He totally blew me away in that movie.

        • Gerry Fisher

          Some of his best work was during his teenage years, pre “Titanic.”

          • ColdCountry

            Don’t know those – thanks!

          • gothambear

            and of course What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?!!! He was amazing and nominated but did not win…

    • Tigernan Quinn

      “I think I will slow the board down with this giant gif.”

      • Jimmie Z

        You kids and your iPad™s!

    • Traxley Launderette

      What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

      A bear.

      • rkwright

        That would be funny if he had played Gilbert Grape, but he played Arnie.

        • Traxley Launderette

          (I know) 🙂

  • WhoDat

    I look forward to the inevitable conservative freak out over Spotlight winning.

    • DaddyRay

      Or Joe Biden’s appearance

  • Avenger280

    I was so pleased to see Holly Woodlawn included in the “In Memoriam” segment

  • JoeMyGod

    Bill Donohue just shot his television.

    • 2amor

      Ha Ha, and Brian Brown. Better yet Ryan T. Anderson…….

      • Talisman

        I think they all probably shot something else.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Actually, I think that Ryan Anderson may have shot his wad over Brian Brown and probably Bill Donahue to boot. Girl’s desperate these days.

  • Bruno

    Not exactly a “flub” since he said he wasn’t sure either way. But he could’ve maybe done a little research.

    • Lazycrockett

      Yeah JMG was hitting him pretty hard on twitter, which I think is kinda unfair. But thank god CaCa didn’t win.. I couldn’t deal with a whole gay news day bout her talking bout her artistry.

    • Jordan E. Spivack

      I thought when he said “this award” he meant for songwriter specifically, and he may be right.

      • Bruno

        He referred to Ian Mackellan’s quote which was non-specific to category. He was just underinformed and confused.

        • Jordan E. Spivack

          Okay, but I’m still glad he brought light to being gay and proud, and he actually left Chris Rock without an anti-gay joke, so bravo, Sam! Rock actually had dissed Smith immediately after his performance by referring to “Father Figure”, George Michaels’ song, as one of his favorites – where’s the outrage about that little bit of misplaced bigotry?

          • Chuck in NYC

            Nowhere much, apparently, and thank goodness. Can’t we all lighten up? A joke about mixing up one gay Brit singer who has beard stubble with another isn’t something I’d call homophobic.

          • Jordan E. Spivack

            Seriously? Whatever . . .

  • Texndoc

    Another example of an openly gay man winning was George Cukor winning Best Director for “My Fair Lady”. Now this was 1964 I believe and since the 1930s and “Gone With the Wind” he was known as “The Woman’s Director” and everyone knew he was gay. In fact, he directed the memorable scenes with Scarlett and Mammy from the picture’s opening. Gable had him replaced because he thought his character was going to be an afterthought. When Victor Fleming took over, Vivien Leigh and Olivia DeHavilland still relied on Cukor off the set for direction which they felt they weren’t getting from Fleming. I guess in those days that was as openly gay as you’d hope for.

    • TampaDink

      Another that I recall was Howard Ashman, song writer. He was nominated 6 times, won twice; 1990 “Under the Sea” (Little Mermaid) & 1992 “Beauty & the Beast”….although his 2nd win was posthumously awarded.

    • dr morbius

      sorry, not open. not close.

    • Bob Kellerman

      Ah! – “known to be Gay” and “openly Gay” were quiet different — and the second was career ending for actors

    • rkwright

      If you have to add the caveat “(well, in that circle)” you can not use it as an example of an openly gay man. There were real live gay people who were really openly ga, so one could expect much much more. Personally I think it’s a disservice to them to suggest a closeted director who didn’t acknowledge anything publicly was somehow openly gay.

  • ceeenbee

    Can you imagine the RWNJs howling tomorrow?

    •Spotlight — “Hollywood liberals once again showing their hate of xtianity”
    •Sam Smith — “Gay nazi forcing his ‘perverted lifestyle” down the throats of god fearin’ ‘murcans”.
    •Leonardo DiCaprio — “Liberal fascist hell bent on destroying America”
    •Gaga — They’ll just be pissed that she is Gaga.

    • Bruno

      Not to mention…
      Leo’s speech on climate change
      Standing ovation for Biden
      The fact Biden was invited to speak to begin with
      Whiny song about rape and lying rape victims acting like femiNazis onstage
      Antichrist singing said anti-rape song
      Anti-Trump jokes
      “Black lives matter” – Chris Rock
      Hollywood white liberals and black people all in the same room
      “Rocky” not winning Supporting Actor

      • DaddyRay

        If only their heads would literally explode

        • Steverino

          Not that there is much in there to explode.

      • Veylon

        Sylvester Stallone:
        “I know people get upset and go, ‘They’re going to take away the assault weapon’. But who needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault. You can’t hunt with it. Who is going to attack your house – an army?”

        I think that counts as unacceptably left-wing today.

        • Bruno

          Yeah, it sure does. But I’ll bet the average RWNJ doesn’t know that about him. BTW, I think he absolutely got hosed…he deserved the Oscar.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Best part about this one for me personally: I despise having to hear about how fan-fucking-tastic all things Rocky are to Philadelphia and was dreading the response should he win all. day. long. Viva The Bridge of Spies!

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        “Whiny song about rape and lying rape victims acting like femiNazis onstage”

        The guy who stood behind Gaga is a superb poet who wrote about being raped, incredibly powerful:

        One of the more moving performances about sexual assault that I have seen. And yes, they would hate him, too.

        • ChrisMorley

          Thanks for this.

        • Wow….thank you for sharing that.

      • dmichaelkny

        you forgot about the girl scouts, who support LGBT

  • MattPS

    I remember seeing “This Boy’s Life” when it came out (let’s not even say WHAT year it was) and saying to myself: “This kid is really something. Look at how he stands up to Robert DeNiro that way. He should win an Oscar.” It took a while, but he finally did it. Congrats, Leo.

    • TampaDink

      I think that my first exposure to Leonardo was in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (I think it was one of the 1st times I paid real attention to Johnny Depp as well.)

      • zhera

        Me too!

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        ….the bathtub scene– when he gets left in and he stays in the tub even though its freezing– that got me.

        • TampaDink


      • olandp

        The last time I ever watched The Academy Awards was when Leonardo lost to Tommy Lee Jones. I just said “That’s it,” and turned it off.

        • TampaDink

          That was horrible. Leo was robbed.

  • WhoDat

    The Fox and Friends big headline tomorrow: Leonardo DiCaprio hates businesses

  • Mike C

    What about Leo’s flub. His first movie wasn’t “This Boy’s Life”. It was Critters 3!

    • William

      Some things are best forgotten.

    • rkwright

      To be fair, This Boys Life began filming in 1991, and into 1992 into almost that summer and then released in 93. Critters 3 was filmed in late 1991 and released in 1992. He very well could have started one project first and the other project was released sooner. Movies are not all filmed the year of their release. Actors make movies that sometimes take a number of years to be released.

      • sword

        When you are a young beginning actor, even trashy movies are worth something as long as you take something away that helps you improve your art.

  • goofy_joe

    It feels like an innocent, and low-level gaff.

    • Kieron

      IKR? Worse has been uttered in the history of the world.

    • Know Our History

      It’s an innocent gaff if made in private, by a nobody, to friends. But by a major-category award winner, in THE highest-profile, internationally-televised industry-wide awards ceremony?

      It’s an egregious gaff, and speaks to Smith’s lack of education, and lack of awareness. DLB’s comment is an over-reaction, but Smith should be embarrassed of himself, and rightly ridiculed by others.

  • e jerry powell

    Dustin Ian Black, Howard Ashman …

  • JCF

    F#ck me for setting my DVR *only* 15 long… }-p Now, let’s see who won Best Actor/Actress and Picture…

    • LoveWillSaveTheDay

      Yes indeed. Carol was amazing and I admit that I saw it four times on the big screen. I have never, ever done this with any other movie and I doubt I ever will.

      • David Milley

        Lovely, lovely movie. A slow build to a story that caught me up unaware. Effectively captured the sense of unnamed oppression of the day. And the last five seconds of the very last scene — glorious!

      • JCF

        Heh, I saw it “only 3” times! [Was ticked off to find it had left sooner than I thought it would]

  • hiker_sf

    Sam Smith misunderstood, but his heart was in the right place.

    I was very pleased with the most of the awards.

    • MichaelJ

      His heart may have been in the right place, but his performance was mediocre and boring, as was his song. I’m not really a big fan of Lady Gaga, but her performance stole the show, and her song was good and most desrving of the Oscar.

      • hiker_sf

        Funny, I thought Gaga was bad. Really bad.

      • Nick in Pasadena

        I do like Gaga, but despite its admirable intentions that song was horrible, even worse than Diane Warren’s typical dreck.

  • Ray Page

    I don’t watch television, but I’m glad “Spotlight” won if only to further embarrass the organised crime syndicate also known as The Catholic Church.

    The Boy Scouts of America are guilty as well of holding image and income far more important than the lives of innocent children.

    As a survivor, I’ve been through the hell of nearly 5 years in court trying to hold the perpetrators and enablers of these organizations responsible for their crimes. Unfortunately the U.S. legal system is as corrupt as these organisations.

    There is no justice system in America. There is a legal system, but it’s goal is seldom justice.

    • BudClark

      Ray — I’m a survivor too; though technically it wasn’t paedophilia … I was in my teens, and I knew I was gay … but it was still rape. But I remember thinking at the time, “this would be like a prostitute trying to prove rape.”

      So I kept my mouth shut.

      Looking back, it had horrific consequences for my career … I was a professional church musician … but I either hated or feared priests … or both. I don’t think I ever held a church job more than five years. I learned typesetting to make a living.

      I was sixty years old before I told the story to anyone … by then, the priest was long-dead. Unless the other assistant knew (I think he did, and he’s still alive, AFAIK), it would have been my word against a dead man’s.

      • Mark

        Been there too. Only mine was in the Methodist church and bishop. I gave up music.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Rob Epstein, 2 time Oscar winner for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.

  • Cuberly

    I hate DiCaprio in movies. He’s awful. He’s got two modes, attempting to act and a sad Pacino imitation where he lacks the charisma to pull pretty much anything off convincingly.

    Holy shit, I look at what Samuel Jackson did in Django Unchained, and compare that to Leonardo’s ongoing audition for serious consideration. OY! Yeah, I know it was a different year, but still.

    Bitch fest over….not a leo fan.

    • hiker_sf

      Did you see The Revenant?

      • Cuberly

        Not yet. I’m sure I’ll check it out. But DiCaprio is an immediate turn off for me.

        • Treant

          I did. It wasn’t a good film; three out of three of us disliked it (but two also knew the accurate history which that movie just…wasn’t).

          • Cuberly

            I’ll be honest, I have an abiding interest in that particular period of history. I thought Sidney Pollacks Jeremiah Johnson was pretty damn good in capturing the tension and challenges. Heck, McCabe and Mrs. Miller was great at it as well, albeit a few decades later.

            For the Revenant I keep hearing about the bear attack, over and over and over. What evs…

          • TuuxKabin

            McCabe & Mrs. Miller, an all time favorite! Acting, visually, soundtrack. (especially “Sisters of Mercy” by Leonard Cohen) and the lack of the usual “Western” conventions.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            I was wondering about that because I’ve read several critics write that The Revenant is an awful movie that shouldn’t even be nominated, but I haven’t seen any of the nominees this year.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          I intensely dislike DiCaprio, he is distracting and his acting talents lack any depth IMO, now that Megan Mullally, that’s a different matter.

          • Cuberly

            Ahhhh Mullaly. Is there any question about the depth of her talents? Limitless!

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      I am not a huge fan but I have to admit that scene at the table in Django Unchained was pretty amazing. Personally, I think that the subtlety in the following scene with the handshake was more jarring and the seething hatred is all too apparent but that table scene was quite good.

      • Cuberly

        There was a lot to like in that movie, and well, that particular scene had some great actors to fill it out. It was one instance where Dicaprio dialed it to Pacino strength and it made sense for the character and plot.

  • Avenger280

    I was happy to see Holly Woodlawn included in the “In Memoriam” segment, but where was Abe Vigoda???? How could they include Moe Green (Alex Rocco) and leave out Tessio??? (One of the greatest lines ever. “Tell Mike I always liked him. It was never personal, just business”)

    • hiker_sf

      Abe Vigoda died this year. Of course, so did David Bowie and they included him.

  • MrRobotoLA

    For f–ks sake, can we please back away from the Dustin Lance Black altar and remember that Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen were the first openly gay Oscar winners in 1985? Their speech can be seen here and includes an uplifting message about mutual respect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af5nUOGxZmg Now, Lance is tweeting bitchy shade at Sam Smith. If he deletes it (which he should), I’m sending you a screen capture. Sad that even he believes his own press, when he pretends to be so much to be about empowerment and positivity for gay youth. When somebody else steps in his way, though, the claws come out. Meow!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    The last time I watched the Oscars was the year “Silence Of The Lambs” was nominated. I just googled it and that was 1992!

    But it’s even worse than that. I also just checked all the nominees from recent years and the only films that were nominated for any major award in the last 8 years that I’ve seen are “The Kids Are Alright” (which had good acting in flawed movie IMO), “Argo” and “Life of Pi” (neither of which were especially good IMO), and, in bits and pieces, “The Help”, all on HBO in hotels. I haven’t been to a movie in a theater in probably 20 years. I used to love movies when I was younger. Don’t know what happened but I have no desire to see anything they’re been putting out lately.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      The prices became ridiculous and the audiences got rude.

      • Chrissy

        Also they don’t let you out of the retirement home much

    • TuuxKabin

      “Life of Pi” I read. Enjoyed it too much to want to see a movie version. The last time I was in a movie theatre was 2010, “The Company Men”. Last time I watched the awards . . . can’t recall.

    • Gustav2

      Got you beat, my last in theater movie was ‘E.T.’ 1982 until we received free tickets to ‘The Imitation Game.’

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Well, imo you should have made an effort for Brokeback Mountain and Dallas Buyers Club. Both were wonderful movies.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Oh, I did see ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in a theater. I had forgotten about that one. You’re right, it was wonderful.

        After I posted that, I remembered that I also saw ‘The Blair Witch Project’ and ‘Volver’ in the theater (both were great) and the atrociously bad ‘Apollo 13’ (my co-workers dragged me to see that).

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          I dragged my 90 year old mother to the Blair Witch Project because it was filmed near-ish. It was in the multiplex and she got up to go to the bathroom andcouldn’t find the theater to come back and missed the best part of the movie. In any event I don’t think she liked it much. But then we did drive up to the town and it was kind of fun.

  • Cmere Kid

    Lawd each day brings more mess. Isn’t Oscar of color in the midst of this diversity chat about?

  • Bob Kellerman

    DLB is making a big deal out of it, and telling Sam not to text Tom (his peer), revealing the mormon male control freak thing. (Tom is an adult who can decide whom to text)

  • so this new Mad Max movie was actually good? i find that hard to believe. i enjoyed the early ones when i was much younger, but i’m sort of shocked to see a reboot get so many awards. did it have some sort of message, in addition to gratuitous violence?

    haven’t really seen most of these films. sorry the martian didn’t do better, that i did see in a theater and it was awesome. congrats to all the winners. i’m sure i’ll get around to some of these via netflix.

    • joeyj1220

      CD: Mad Max was amazing! And it was Charlize’s film all the way. A true kick ass heroine!

    • MickinDetroit

      its not really a reboot its another film in the franchise. Think James Bond.. just a new actor playing the role.

      I frankly didn’t get the hype on it though… it’s technically quite incredible. very little cgi, lots of real stunts and choreographed smash em up, that blowed up real nice chase scenes… but that is really the whole movie– a really long chase scene. They go one way on the road and then turn around and go back the same way. I just didn’t get the “best picture” hype.

    • HesTheOneWhoSucks

      It’s a great action movie. Like MickinDetroit says, there are tons of great stunts and impressive practical effects. Yes, it’s more or less a two hour chase scene, but it also does a lot of worldbuilding during that two hours, developing the characters and dropping hints about the broader world without slowing down all that much.

      The movie is also widely praised as feminist. Hardy plays Mad Max, but it’s really Charlize Theron as Furiosa who’s the main star. There are several other women who take an active role in the story. I’ve never seen the previous Mad Max films and I found it riveting.

  • Michael Rush

    Did SPOTLIGHT win any awards from the Catholic Church ?

  • Michael Rush

    I though Jaye Davidson won as supporting actor for
    The Crying Game , he was nominated but he didn’t win ,
    he was , oddly , in a 1994 TV Movie called ……….Jiggery Pokery

  • johnhumblebee

    Robert Epstein thanked his ‘partner in life’ John Wright in his Oscar acceptance speech in 1985. “The Times of Harvey Milk” winning Best Documentary Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af5nUOGxZmg

  • joeyj1220

    I found Chris Rock’s one-note jokes so awful. Bring Ellen back next year

    • Strepsi

      I thought he was fantastic!

      He was given an impossible task — take a serious, complex, explosive controversy, and please everybody — and damn near did it!

      In jokes that made me laugh, he
      – explained why he hosted
      – made fun of people who boycotted (Will and Jada), thus planting his flag with the Academy
      – then told that roomfull of entitled powerbrokers their institution is racist!

      It was masterful, and he was amazing.

      The taped bits were one-note and overlong, but his hosting was A+

      • joeyj1220

        Agreed it was a tough position to be in and I wouldn’t have minded with the opening, but it was the same joke told over and over all night long… I guess I just wasn’t feeling it (and I like Chris Rock’s stand up performances)

  • Robert Pierce

    How many openly gay actors though have won an Oscar after coming out? I think that would have been a more interesting and appropriate comment for him to make.

    • Blake Jordan

      That was what Sir Ian McKellan was talking about in the interview Sam mentioned.

      Less than 5 nominations have gone to openly LGB actors / actresses, while over 50 straight (closeted) actors / actresses have been nominated (and some have even won) for portraying LGBT characters.

      • Robert Pierce

        Yes, of course but do you mean those nominations went to the less than 5 who’d come out prior to nomination? Who were they? Did any win though after having come out, that’s the more important thing I think?

        • Blake Jordan

          I am not certain, but I do not think any openly LGBT actor / actress has one best actor or best actress, but I think one openly gay actor has won best supporting actor…

          • Robert Pierce

            The only openly gay actor I know of who won best supporting actor was Sir John Gielgud in “Arthur” but I don’t think his orientation was ever mentioned at the time he won, maybe Hollywood wasn’t too aware. He never commented publicly about his orientation in spite of his past prior to and after 1967 when sexual orientation was decriminalised in the UK. It’s high time an openly gay actor/actress won best actor/actressOscar as well as getting work playing the lead straight role in the film industry. I wouldn’t count t.v series though.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i’d like to watch the Bear Story, in the animated shorts category

    • David Milley

      Beautiful production — I’ll be keeping an eye out for it on streaming, myself.

      Meanwhile, on the subject of metaphoric bears, here my favorite kids’ story Frank Tashin’s “The Bear that Wasn’t:”


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  • barrixines

    Damn it, it is obviously true. A gay man can turn straight. I didn’t even know the Oscars were on last night.

  • Ogre Magi
    • joeyj1220

      Saw this movie over the weekend and simply LOVED it!!! It will make my “best of” at the end of the year I’m sure

    • RightsAreRights

      I went to see it with my husband this weekend, and he had to keep hitting me to wake up. Then Black Phillip, and the children, and, I burst out laughing in the middle of the theater…everyone looks at me, next Black Phillip scene…everyone joins in the laughing. I’m sincerely happy that I allowed people to laugh during the Witch. Because it was flippin’ hilarious.

  • Chris Davis

    Three and a half hours of political message-flogging delivered by the most narcissistic, sanctimonious community on the planet. We were bombarded with non-stop passionate pleas for diversity, tolerance, feminism, gender “confirmation,” and warnings about sexual abuse, “weirdo billionaires,” and saving the environment. And then at the after-parties, the big heartbreak was that Lady Gaga didn’t win.

    All in all, this year’s Oscarcast was 3 ½ hours of being lectured, harangued, and blamed for the world’s ills by the people who brought you TED 2.


    • rkwright

      Yes, you were forced to sit there and watch it. Your television stayed on even after you unplugged it and you were locked in a glass box with no remote control. What’s worse than being lectured by Hollywood? Being lectured on JMG ABOUT being lectured by Hollywood….

    • Strepsi


      However will you recover?

  • Tawdry D’Tails

    Only watched the opening monologue…
    But Sam Smith won?? What a terrible song…

    • Chuck in NYC

      That I agree with. One of the least memorable Bond themes ever. None of the songs performed last night had much of a hook — I was intrigued by the two we didn’t hear just from the snippets played prior to the announcement, but there you go.

      I was only happy with the win because of Sam’s speech, even though many of us knew it was factually incorrect as soon as he said it. At least he was flying the flag for the cause.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I really don’t see many “modern” (i.e., 1980 or later) movies. Give me Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell in, well, *anything* instead.

    My partner wanted to see The Revenant and I didn’t think I could sit through all that gore, so I talked him into Star Wars. However, I did see two of the foreign-language films–Embrace of the Serpent and Son of Saul–at Film Forum in NYC over the weekend. I had to come back earlier than planned, or I would have seen Ran there also. I knew that Son of Saul was the front-runner, and I really found Embrace of the Serpent far the superior film.

    Actually, I’m surprised that I paid any attention to the Oscars at all this year; I’ve been giving them a wide berth ever since they chose Whatsit over Brokeback Mountain, which some of the Academy members admitted that they refused to watch. I don’t think I would have paid them any attention at all this year either if I hadn’t seen those two films over the weekend.

  • Brian Moore

    Gaga was robbed! That was the worse Bond song ever.

  • JCF

    Sorry, SamS: I was SHOCKED and disappointed Gaga (and Diane Warren) didn’t win for “Until It Happens to You” (wish voters had heard VP Biden’s intro, and this performance, before voting!).

    I wonder if Gaga, like me, was already scheming how she would get to Bdwy, to complete her EGOT…

  • Blobby

    Here’s where smith flubbed – opening his mouth and singing. Maybe if he hit half the notes it wouldn’t have sucked so badly.


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