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.
My first exposure to the work of my latest interview subject, Sandahl Bergman, came when WPIX, New York’s Movie Station, regularly played Conan The Barbarian throughout the 80s and 90s. Sandahl’s work as the brave warrior Valeria was very memorable. As I grew older, I would see more of Sandahl’s work in projects as diverse as All That Jazz, Xanadu and Stewardess School. I’d been hoping to interview Sandahl for a long time, but I never had any luck until this year.
Underneath the ape makeup in this article’s cover photo is my newest interview subject, Matthew W. Mungle. Matthew is an acclaimed makeup artist who got his start helping a local movie theater in Atoka, Oklahoma promote their films by creating elaborate makeups. This would lead Matthew to a career in entertainment industry makeup that started in the 70s and is still going this day. Matthew would even win an Academy Award for Best Makeup for 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Near the end of October, I spoke to Matthew about his long and diverse career, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this fantastic talent.
I first came to know of Bruce Vilanch’s work in the 1990s. Whether it was through the jokes he wrote for Academy Awards hosts like Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, or through his deliciously saucy answers on the late-90s incarnation of Hollywood Squares, Mr. Vilanch made quite an impression on me. In 2021, with the assistance of Clay Mills of The Katz Company, I was able to set up an e-mail interview with Mr. Vilanch about various aspects of his work. Even in written format, his unique wit comes shining through, and I hope you all enjoy this interview.