In the cover photo for this article, you’ll recognize Marie Osmond and Barbara Eden, but you may be wondering who is accompanying them. The third party in this picture is my newest interview subject, Gail Ryan. Ms. Ryan is an accomplished hairstylist with credits going back to the 1960s. She’s worked with talents ranging from Dean Martin and Bob Hope to Demi Moore and Jim Carrey to Benicio Del Toro and many of the professionals on Dancing With The Stars.
I was first exposed to the work of today’s interview subject, sound designer Russell Williams II, when I saw the 1986 Cannon version of Invaders From Mars on WPIX, New York’s Movie Station, in the 1990s. Upon revisiting that movie as an adult, I could better appreciate what Russell was able to do considering Cannon’s stinginess.
Everywhere All at Once won seven out of 11 Oscar last night. It also made history that could change the status quo of Hollywood.The film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” captivates with its blend of genres. It wins at Golden Globes and Actors Guild Awards, among others. The Academy Awards seals its position as a cinematic masterpiece. Despite limited release, it earns $106,702,207 at the box office.
A Gender Neutral for acting awards is the something Non-Binary actor Emma Corrin want to impose for acting award bodies like Bafta and Oscars. Corrin identifies as non-binary and prefers the pronouns They/Them over He/She/Him/Her. So, out of respect for their preference, I will provide them with what pronouns they desire. Non-binary individuals do not identify as men or women. Therefore, they feel assaulted if the incorrect pronouns are used. Due to availability, Emma Currin frequently plays female roles despite their gender identity. Rarely do you see Non-binary characters in film and television. Consequently, I sympathize with their situation, but I disagree with the merger of the best actor and best actress categories.
The Whale was a runaway winner during the 79th Venice International Film Festival. Brendan Fraser performance got an impressive six minute standing ovation. It is a movie from A24 so it guaranteed to have a groundbreaking story. Directed by Darren Aronofsky who redeemed himself after making the critical bomb, Mother!.
The interview you’re about to read will mark my 200th article for Pop Geeks, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion. Michele Burke is an acclaimed and accomplished makeup artist who has won multiple awards for her work, including two Academy Awards for, respectively, Quest For Fire and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. With a career spanning decades and continents, I knew Ms. Burke would be a fascinating interview subject, so I reached out to her via her website and she agreed to speak to me. This is the end result, and I hope you all enjoy reading it.
The gentleman in the beret in this article’s cover photo is my newest interview subject, Barney Burman. Barney has been active as a makeup artist for almost four decades now. Coming from a family of makeup artists, Barney started as a teenager, and isn’t showing any signs of stopping. That’s fantastic as he’s a versatile designer who has worked on all sorts of amazing projects, most notably 2009’s Star Trek, which won him a Best Makeup And Hairstyling Oscar, which he shared with Mindy Hall, who’s next to him in the cover photo, and Joel Harlow.
Will Smith Should be celebrating tonight because he won Best Actor in a motion picture. His performance in King Richard finally won him the elusive awards. He had been robbed of winning the Oscars throughout the years. I still believe he deserved an Oscar when he got nominated for The Pursuit of Happiness. However, that prestige and recognition got covered up by the controversy. People thought it was scripted at first, but it is accurate. The man who was known to be chill finally lost his cool when Chris Rock made a Joke out of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Rock, Shaded her by saying she will be starring in a G.I Jane 2. G.I Jane is a Demi Moore film where the actress shaved off her hair because she plays a female navy seal.
The Oscars are adding a new category from their roster of Awards. Fans can become livid because their favorites got snubbed by the Academy. The Academy is known to be snobbish in Superhero Films, Rom Coms, Action, and horror. Appeasing the upset fans is a challenge, so this is their way to compensate.
The nominations for the 94th Academy Awards are out, and as I’ve done on-and-off during my time writing for Pop Geeks so far, I want to write about this year’s nominees for Best Original Song. Last year, I wrote that I hoped Io Si (Seen) from The Life Ahead would win Best Original Song, but predicted that Fight For You from Judas And The Black Messiah would win the prize. I predicted correctly, but will that be the case this year? Let’s find out as we examine the five nominees for Best Original Song at the 94th Academy Awards.
My newest interview subject, Mark A. Mangini, is an accomplished sound designer and editor. He’s helped create the soundscapes for films of all sorts. Ranging from multiple films in the Star Trek franchise to a frequent collaboration with Joe Dante, from Disney Renaissance classics like Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin to Mad Max: Fury Road, which would win him his first Oscar, Mark A. Mangini has created memorable soundscapes for almost half-a-century, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Mark took some time to speak with me this past December, and today I share my epic conversation with this great talent.
Brit awards wanted to be more inclusive to the non Binary community. Singers like Sam Smith and Demi Lovato do not identify as neither men or women. They use They/Them pronouns. To be more inclusive, the Best Male Artist and Best female artist will be replaced by Best British Artist. The Best International Male and female will also be merged into one gender-neutral category. Rather than being inclusive, this change will screw over the women. Look at the Best director and Screenplay Category in Oscars, the nominees are always male. Though women had won those gender-neutral categories before, it was always once in a blue moon. This make me question of Brit Awards is doing the right decision.