British actress Olivia Colman defied the odds to scoop an Oscar on a night when Green Book also sprang a surprise by winning the award for best film. Green Book won three trophies in total, including best picture, which had been expected to go to Netflix’s Roma. Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards in total with four, while Roma and Black Panther also won three each. The four awards for Bohemian Rhapsody, the authorized biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, included best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage a violent attack on him, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Police said Smollett, who is black and gay, lied to them last month when he claimed two masked white men shouting racist and homophobic slurs beat him up in the middle of the night near his apartment building. Smollett has been accused of faking a hate crime after his story of being attacked by racist assailants unraveled.
Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to groping an 18-year-old busboy in 2016 in the first criminal case brought against the disgraced actor following a string of sexual misconduct allegations that crippled his career. Spacey’s court appearance came more than a year after former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh accused the former “House of Cards” star of sexually assaulting her son in a bar on the Massachusetts resort island of Nantucket.
Actor Kevin Spacey will be charged with indecent assault and battery, stemming from an incident that took place at a Nantucket, Massachusetts restaurant in 2016, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced Monday. Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned on January 7. The announcement coincides with Spacey posting a bizarre video to YouTube entitled, “Let Me Be Frank.” The title is a play on Spacey’s former “House of Cards” character, Frank Underwood.
Beyonce performed during the pre-ceremony of what is being called the ‘big, fat Indian wedding.’ The Wednesday wedding will join the daughter of India’s richest man Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal the son of another Indian billionaire. Guests at the wedding will include a collection of celebrities like Hillary Clinton and various Bollywood actors.
Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars on Thursday saying he does not want to ‘be a distraction’ at the ceremony after homophobic tweets written between 2009 and 2011 surfaced on Thursday. Hart issued an apology to the LGBTQ community for his ‘insensitive words.’ The Academy has not yet commented on Hart’s announcement.
Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee died at the age of 95 on Monday. Lee developed Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s and watched as his characters enjoyed movie box office success in later years. Lee is responsible for the creation of favorite superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and Thor.
French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour died at the age of 94 following an 80-year career. Aznavour sold more than 180 million records and appeared in over 60 films. Aznavour was named the performer of the century in 1988 by CNN. Aznavour’s lyrics focused on his experience growing up as an Armenian immigrant in France.
Actor Bill Cosby arrived at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institute at Phoenix on Tuesday to serve his sentence of 3 to 10 years on sexual assault convictions. SCI Phoenix is a maximum security prison. Cosby must also engage in lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling. Cosby is the first celebrity to be jailed during the #MeToo Movement.
The prosecutor in the case against actor Bill Cosby asked the judge to consider a prison term of five to ten years for his conviction on sexual assault charges. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele claimed Cosby showed ‘no remorse’ for his actions. Cosby’s defense team asked for a sentence of house arrest.