Sometimes, there’s just so many things in a week that are worth writing about that it’s hard to pick just one. So instead, I’m going to write a little about them all! You’re welcome.
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this past Tuesday, locking into place the movie-making folks that will spend the next month or so schmoozing and low-key imploring Academy voters to give their project a vote. A lot of it was largely predictable, as much of this awards season has been, but there were a few exciting things. (Or, at least, things that are exciting until you remember that this is the 90th Academy Awards and they should absolutely not still be this far behind when it comes to representation.) Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever to be nominated in the Cinematography category for her work on “Mudbound.” Jordan Peele (of “Get Out“) became the fifth black person to ever be nominated for Director (the other four were also men, like Ava DuVernay doesn’t exist or something). Greta Gerwig (of “Lady Bird“) became the fifth woman to ever be nominated for Director as well (and again, really? only five?). One of the most pleasant surprises was seeing Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon of “The Big Sick” get a nomination for Original Screenplay. Do I want them to win? No, I want Jordan Peele to win for “Get Out,” duh. But am I happy that a lovely movie like “The Big Sick” got recognized? Of course! I’ll get into my predictions for who will win and whatnot closer to the actual event, which isn’t until March (!) but let’s just say I’m hoping for some deviations from the other award shows this season, and yet expecting it all to be pretty much exactly the same.
SAVE “GREAT NEWS“!!!!
This week also gave us the second season finale of “Great News,” a wonderful show that is likely to be cancelled unless NBC gets their act together and realizes how wonderful it truly is. It was created by Tina Fey mentee Tracey Wigfield and follows the goings on at a cable news show where Katie, a producer played by Briga Heelan, must deal with her mother, played by Andrea Martin, as the new intern. It has a very “30 Rock“-esque tone, which is probably why I love it so much, but it’s also really funny and sweet in its own way. NBC hasn’t really done much to try and bring up its ratings, placing it after “Will and Grace” on Thursday nights instead of trying to sandwich it in-between that and “The Good Place” (which has also been especially good lately). 30 Rock was often on the bubble and got saved, so hopefully NBC will follow in that fashion. If not, “Great News” will join “Pitch” and “BrainDead” in the league of extraordinary shows that I’m still mad got cancelled.
The Grammys, Or Look At All These Dudes!!!!
The Grammys were last night, and despite their attempts to jump on the Times Up bandwagon with their white roses and a truly moving and powerful performance by Kesha, they stuck to their classic move of giving nearly all the awards to men. (Or at least, the 10 awards they actually gave out during the telecast.) The biggest offender was definitely the choice to present Ed Sheeran (who wasn’t even there, by the way) with Best Pop Solo Performance, when he was the only guy in the category and was up against the likes of Kesha, who was nominated for a song about finding forgiveness for her (alleged) ABUSER who is STILL WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY LARGELY UNSCATHED. It was incredibly tone deaf and unfortunate. I’m pretty sure out of all the awards given out during the show only one went individually to a woman, and that was Alessia Cara for Best New Artist (which, if we’re being honest, should have been given to SZA or Khalid). The three biggest awards of the night, Song, Record and Album of the Year, all went to Bruno Mars, meaning that (yet again) Kendrick Lamar’s consistently incredible work went uncelebrated outside of the Rap categories. And I like Bruno Mars! I just liked DAMN. a lot more. (Also, Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover aka my forever fave performed and it was wonderful.)
So there’s the week that was. Here’s hoping that this coming week is just as exciting, although I am highly doubtful since all we have to look forward to (if you can even call it that) is the Super Bowl.
What do you think? Have some thoughts on the pop culture-heavy events of this past week? Did you also find yourself really enjoying Will Ferrell’s musical monologue on “SNL” despite the fact that you are kind of sick of musical monologues? Let me know in the comments. And, as if I still have to tell you…