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octavia

Here are the nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel – Lion

Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Who Should Win: It’s been a good year for movies, which means the supporting categories could easily go 6 or 7 deep with worthy candidates.  None of the five nominated feel out of place in my opinion.  It’s a genuine personal taste choice.

Who I’m Cheering For: My akhi of course.

Who Will Win: Feels like this is the finishing touch for a career year for Mr. Ali.

Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Viola Davis – Fences

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Who Should Win: Same general feeling as with the guys, I could add a couple other great supporting roles that didn’t make the cut, and there’s one that’s really a lead but, it is what it is.  By the definition of the award, Naomie was heartbreaking in her few scenes.

Who I’m Cheering For: We’re here now so I agree with the consensus that it seems off that Viola Davis doesn’t have an Oscar, so hopefully nothing really wild happens Sunday.

Who Will Win: Viola.

 

melgibson

Here are the nominees for Best Director:

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Who Should Win: Might as well start the ‘La La Land’ vs ‘Moonlight’ debate out the blocks.  Like MVPs in sports, is this a reward for ‘putting the most moving parts together into a solid film’ or ‘the director of the most compelling film’?  For the first but not the last time this week, there’s not really a ‘wrong’ answer and you can make a strong case for more than one person (so it’s been a good year for the overall quality of the ‘prestige pic’).  Based on what’s happened so far this season, this category has been won by the director of the film that had two movie stars (one giving a career best performance), gorgeous cinematography of the city a lot of voters work in and a story that pays tribute to old Hollywood.  That would be Chazelle.

Who I Would Have Mixed Feelings About Winning: [REDACTED]

Who I’m Cheering For: It feels like he might get his in writing but I’ll still cheer for Barry Jenkins anyway.

Who Will Win: More and more I feel like the smaller ‘Whiplash’ was a superior film, but timing and politics, so the boy wonder. Chazelle.

 

otis

Made it to another weekend.

I’m enjoying a three day weekend, so we’ll start our Oscar Predictions Monday night.

For now, may I interest you in some live Otis?

Enjoy!

 

 

erykah

Feels like I’ve been living in my rage nonstop for months now. And I know I’m not alone.

This has been the first couple of days in a long while where I’ve been able to properly channel my anger and be balanced and focused on the work I’m trying to do.

So…we hustle with love music in the background again.

Enjoy!

 

 

pun

#mood

Enjoy!

 

 

roger

MY MIND IS BLIND AT TIMES

I CAN’T SEE ANYONE BUT YOU…

THOSE OTHER GIRLS DON’T MATTER NO…

THEY CAN’T SPOIL MY VIEW…

I MUST…

MAKE YOU…

UNDERSTAND…..

 

 

jarreau

What a trash way to start the week.

You grew up with some jazz sprinkled in your soundtrack, you knew this voice.

Pop culture wise if you were a child of prime time TV of a certain age, you know today’s song.

Rest in Peace Mr. Jarreau.

 

 

swv

The Weekend.

Going to be plenty of ‘wins and losses’ as far as the world goes in the near future, but as far as the mood in the Aziz Household…

Have a good weekend gang!

 

 

trojan_war_poster_

So now that the press release is out, I can announce I’ll be in Dallas at the end of the month with Aaron Rahsaan Thomas to intro and do a Q&A for our 30 for 30 ‘Trojan War.’  Dallas has always treated me well and we are both flattered to be invited to share our thoughts on the filmmaking process and probably a few other things if time allows.

Details are in the doc below, if you’re in the area, hope you can make it out.

trojan-war

 

gotham

As I’ve expressed to those close to me, I’ve officially made the transition from ‘being surprised/relieved’ at being happy and content most of the time, to now accepting this is my default attitude.

So as I have peace and optimism in my home, I can refocus my anger, resentment and theatricality in a constructive way, with the skills I’ve acquired over the years.