Oscars. Emma Stone (“La La Land”) is a lock for Best Actress. Viola Davis (“Fences”), a lock for Best Supporting. Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) also for Best Supporting. Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Best Director.
Minutes ago civilization believed Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) wrapped it for Best Actor. Still on track, but the heat’s now for Denzel Washington (“Fences”). Whoever “they” are wanted playwright August Wilson honored. “Fences,” no original movie, is an adapted stage drama written by the late Wilson.
The dish: Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe speech helped her nomination . . .
Director Denzel gave himself too many close-ups . . .
Emma Stone’s the only white woman likely to win . . .
Hollywood’s so far to one side that their cars refuse to turn right. One Beverly Hills conservative became ostracized. Even old friends no longer invite her.
Why no Tom Hanks for playing Sully in “Sully”? Why “Arrival” arrived as a Best Picture nom and not Amy Adams? Paramount was so sure that they planned a big-time luncheon for her in London. They’ve since canceled it. “Hidden Figures”? The studio sent zero screeners, thus making everyone trudge to a theater to see it, so why no Kevin Costner when his film made Best Picture list?
Bits & pieces
Leftover stuff: Obama stiffed the clergy after inauguration services. Nodded to them only. Donald shook everyone’s hand . . . Kasich, who’d been a loud anti-Trumper candidate, told Donald: “I’m with you.” Problem is, this was two days after DJT had already won the election.
Big events are often flawed
The inauguration. The elephant in the room, the first genie to make DC stand for damn capable, was Tom Barrack. The friendship stretches to the early ’80s, and in ’87, Tom was involved in the Plaza sale to Donald.
One day after Trump’s election, the Donald phoned the Tom and handpicked Barrack as chairman of his Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Real estate investor, CEO of Colony Capital, university trustee, and — on the side — a billionaire, his sideline the week of Jan. 20 was galas, balls, prayer service, dances, dinners, breakfasts, lunches, parades, hotels, Secret Service, swearing-in. Plus handling crowds, rain, protests. And protection.
Not all inaugurations run smoothly. George Washington’s got delayed 57 days. Poor guy couldn’t get a congressional quorum. Also, his team forgot the Bible. Ulysses S. Grant’s problem was more than his icky first name. Icy wind carted Army brass off in ambulances. Indoors, they wore coats. Food froze.
Robert Charles, former assistant secretary of state and Bush 41’s White House staffer, reminds us Eisenhower got lassoed by a cowboy. Nixon, swearing to “defend the Constitution,” blew the word “support” as some escaped rooster flapping around upstaged him. JFK’s podium caught fire from an electrical short. Lyndon Johnson fumbled the oath altogether.
Flawless events don’t just happen. Think of the last wedding you attended. And should you be planning anything, even a bar mitzvah, call Barrack.
Please try to pay attention
The Waldorf garage sale is imminent. Auctioneer, Frank Kaminski. From ballroom chandeliers to toilet fixtures to Churchill’s suite’s tchotchkes — everything’s going, going, up for grabs.
On Feb. 14, the doggies’ annual Westminster Best in Show will be broadcast the first time by FS1.
They’re putting big-time resource and effort into a new program.
We give it four woofs.
Oy, so now the government’s definitely into hyping big business. Think the space program’s expensive now?
Just wait until they form the astronaut union.
Only in America, kids, only in America.
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