And the Oscar Goes to…Common & John Legend [Video]

BY: - 23 Feb '15 | On the Web

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The Academy Awards show is the awards show of the season.  It is the must attend awards show and the red carpet everyone wants to be seen walking down. Lupita Nyongo was one of the best (if not the best dressed) ladies of the evening. The buzz leading up to this years’ show centered on the lack of diversity in the nominations and host Neil Patrick Harris tackled it in his opening skit.  Or shall we say made light of it with the joke “today we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest.  Sorry…brightest.”

It was a night of great speeches and memorable quotes.  One of the nights memorable quotes came from Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ winner Patricia Arquette who used her acceptance speech to champion equal rights for women.  She brought Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez to the edge of their seats with this heartfelt closing statement…”It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”  I agree!

The best musical performance of the night belongs to John Legend and Common hands down!  Their soul stirring performance of ‘Glory’ brought actor David Oyelowo to tears and earned them a standing ovation from the audience.  They didn’t stop there; they also gave the best speeches of the night when accepting theirs Oscars for ‘Best Original Song’ from the movie Selma.  Common’s speech was moving and his closing remark was simply riveting, “this bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings.”  John Legend reminded us that the struggle is real. ‘Selma’ is now because the struggle for justice is right now” said Legend.

See their entire acceptance speech right here…

‘The show is all about who wins the coveted Oscar, here’s our recap of the top award winners of the night…

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Actor in a Leading Role:  Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:  J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:  Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Original Score:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Song:  “Glory” – Selma

Best Documentary Short:  Crisis Hotline:  Veterans Press Day

Achievement in Costume Design:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

I definitely feel Selma was snubbed in two categories.  Costume designer Ruth E. Carter should have been nominated and should have won for her work in Selma and the film should have also won for ‘Best Picture.’

Overall it was a good awards show.  A little long but a very good awards show. Until next year.  For the complete list of winners, please visit www.Oscar.com

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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[Video] BET Honors Awards Show Recap & Kanye’s Speech

BY: - 24 Feb '15 | On the Web

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The BET Honors… What Excellence Looks Like!

The BET Honors awards show aired Monday, February 23rd and it was the most elegant and inspirational award show of the season.  Host Wayne Brady opened the show with a grand and hilarious old school hip hop performance inspired by RUN-DMC and featuring his rendition of Rob Bases’ “It takes two” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”

The night was filled with uplifting and encouraging acceptance speeches. The first black woman President of Bennett and Spelman Colleges and the current Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole reminded us that education is the key to dismantling injustice in the world.  Kanye West, yes Kanye West, after a comedy filled rant about his wife, Kanye also delivered one of the nights’ most encouraging messages.  West said, “When you have the chance to express your influence, don’t just do it for our race, do it for the human race!”

What stood out the most in this awards show were the presenters of each award.  All of the presenters were people who had inspired the honorees along their journey.  Usher’s God-Father, Legendary entertainer Ben Vereen started the presentation to Usher by describing him as a ‘song and dance man and ultimate entertainer.’  But it was one of his icons Bobby Brown that brought Usher to tears and shocked the audience by coming on stage and presenting him with his actual award.

Glynn Turman began the tribute to Phylicia Rashad and her TV children, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Malcolm Jamal Warner saluted her via video along with her sister Debbie Allen and Broadway alum Audra McDonald.  It was TV’s first black Mother, star of “Julia” Diahann Carroll who received a standing ovation when she graced the stage to give Phylicia Rashad her award.

Musical tributes included Ne-Yo, Trey Songz (performing Usher’s ‘Nice and Slow’) and K. Michelle giving a beautiful performance of her new hit ‘Judge Me.’  All of the performances were fantastic but the show stopping performances of the night came from Patti LaBelle with the Howard University and Spelman choirs and the Queen of Hip-Hop Mary J. Blige.  Mary J. closed the program with a soul-stirring performance of her hit song “Doubt” from the CD “London Sessions” CD.  As she sang, images of inspirational African Americans played in the background.  A perfect song choice for this inspirational awards show.

Here’s a list of the honorees and their awards…

  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole – Excellence in Education Award
  • John W. Thompson – Excellence in Technology and Business Award
  • Kanye West – Visionary Award
  • Usher Raymond IV – Musical Arts Award
  • Phylicia Rashad – Theatrical Arts Award

The theme of this awards show was ‘education is the key.’  Wayne Brady wrapped the evening with his own inspirational message. “Look in the mirror and be the best person you can be and that’s what extraordinary feels like.”

Catch the encore presentation Thursday February 26th @ 8pm.  Click here for more information on the wonderful achievements of the honorees.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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