SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT: OSCARS ANNOUNCE THEY WILL NOT REQUIRE VACCINATION TO ATTEND SHOW

In a shocking move, the Academy has announced that all you need to attend is a PCR  Covid test or the not always accurate rapid antigen test but - no vaccine. Well, the Academy is living dangerously as Omicron BA.2 is now spreading and deemed 50% more contagious than BA.1 and as the World Health Organization  just said that the virus is not at all done with us as this sub variant spreads through Europe and is now throughout the US and making its way around each week. The Oscars will be back at the Dolby theater March 27. The Hollywood Reporter says the Academy will not ask for proof ot vaccine with or without a booster. The Academy requires its own employees to be vaccinated (with rare medical expansions) The Hollywood Reporter writes that with this position on vaccinations, the organization is technically adhering to the latest minimum requirements from the Los Angeles Department of Health. But the other major award shows that precede it are not opening their doors to anyone who is not vaccinated. The head of the largest movie critics organization the Critics Choice Association, has our

awards March 13th and our head COO Joey Berlin says  "We will be 100% vaccinated and

require a negative PCR Test too within 48 hours of the event. I Can't invite people to a

show where they're not going to feel safe" Bravo Joey. Anything less is truly out of touch and disrespectful to everyone invited.

And with double vaccination not nearly enough now as vaccines wore off, the SAG awards

goes one step farther:  Their awards are Feb. 27 and all ticketed attendees will be required

to show proof of vaccination PLUS booster if eligible, proof of a negative PCR test within

48 hours and negative antigen (rapid) test the day of the event.  Now that is admirable

and just smart. 

Meantime - with the nominations - more shocks included no Lady Gaga or Jared Leto for House of Gucci, no matter what you think of the film Gaga was worthy. Spiderman was left out after making over $748 million domestically alone, No Way Home was snubbed, even though it made a domestic gross of more than $748 million and was a fan favorite, and director Denis Villeneuve of the technical hit Dune is out, even though his sci-fi film did get nominated in other categories.

What did get nominated was “The Power of the Dog” which leads with more Oscar nominations than any movie this year with 12, Drive My Car surprisingly did better than expected,  Kenneth Branagh's black and white Belfast made him the first person to be nominated in seven different categories and Flee, the animated documentary about an Afghan refugee is now the first movie every to get nominated for best documentary  animated and international film (formerly foreign film) in the same year. 

Best director nominee Steven Spielberg also set a new record as a producer of "West Side Story," which has a total of seven nominations, Spielberg has now produced 11 films nominated for best picture and that is a new record for the Oscars. He also did it in every decade in our lifetime.

Nominees are:

BEST PICTURE

"Belfast"
"CODA"
"Don't Look Up"
"Drive My Car"
"Dune"
"King Richard"
"Licorice Pizza"
"Nightmare Alley"
"The Power of the Dog"
"West Side Story"

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Javier Bardem, "Being the Ricardos"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Power of the Dog"
Andrew Garfield, "Tick, Tick... Boom!"
Will Smith, "King Richard"
Denzel Washington, "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
Olivia Colman, "The Lost Daughter"
Penelope Cruz, "Parallel Mothers"
Nicole Kidman, "Being the Ricardos"
Kristen Stewart, "Spencer"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jessie Buckley, "The Lost Daughter"
Ariana DeBose, "West Side Story"
Judi Dench, "Belfast"
Kirsten Dunst, "The Power of the Dog"
Aunjanue Ellis, "King Richard"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Ciaran Hinds, "Belfast"
Troy Kotsur, "CODA"
Jesse Plemons, "The Power of the Dog"
J.K. Simmons, "Being the Ricardos"
Kodi Smit-McPhee, "The Power of the Dog"

DIRECTOR

Kenneth Branagh, "Belfast"
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, "Drive My Car"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "Licorice Pizza"
Jane Campion, "The Power of the Dog"
Steven Spielberg, "West Side Story"

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

"Drive My Car"
"Flee"
"The Hand of God"
"Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom"
"The Worst Person in the World"

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

"Audible"
"Lead Me Home"
"The Queen of Basketball"
"Three Songs for Benazir"
"When We Were Bullies"

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"Ascension"
"Attica"
"Flee"
"Summer of Soul"
Writing with Fire"

ORIGINAL SONG

"King Richard"
"Encanto"
"Belfast"
"No Time to Die"
"Four Good Days"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

"Encanto"
"Flee"
"Luca"
"The Mitchells vs. The Machine"
"Raya and the Last Dragon"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"CODA"
"Drive My Car"
"Dune"
"The Lost Daughter"
"The Power of the Dog"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"Belfast"
"Don't Look Up"
"King Richard"
"Licorice Pizza"
"The Worst Person in the World"

PRODUCTION DESIGN

"Dune"
"Nightmare Alley"
"The Power of the Dog"
"The Tragedy of Macbeth"
"West Side Story"

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"Dune"
"Nightmare Alley"
"The Power of the Dog"
"The Tragedy of Macbeth"
"West Side Story"

COSTUME DESIGN

"Cruella"
"Cyrano"
"Dune"
"Nightmare Alley"
"Westside Story"

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND

"Belfast"
"Dune"
"No Time to Die"
"The Power of the Dog"
"Westside Story"

ANIMATED SHORT FILE

"Affairs of the Art"
"Bestia"
"Boxballet"
"Robin Robin"
"The Windshield Wiper"

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

"Ala Kachuu — Take and Run"
"The Dress"
"The Long Goodbye"
"On My Mind"
"Please Hold"

ORIGINAL SCORE

"Don't Look Up"
"Dune"
"Encanto"
"Parallel Mothers"
"The Power of the Dog"

VISUAL EFFECTS

"Dune"
"Free Guy"
"No Time to Die"
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"
"Spider-Man: No Way Home"

FILM EDITING

"Don't Look Up"
"Dune"
"King Richard"
"The Power of the Dog"
"Tick, Tick... Boom!"

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

"Coming 2 America"
"Cruella"
"Dune"
"The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
"House of Gucci"

 

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