Mahershala Ali won his second best supporting actor Oscar in three years. He
won for Moonlight in 2017 and has now
won for playing jazz pianist Don Shirley in Green
Green Book tells the story of Don Shirley’s
tour to the racially segregated US Deep South in the 1960s, but its chances had
been thought to have been dented by a series of controversies.
Meanwhile, a tearful Regina King won best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, from what
was her first Oscar nomination.
Richard E Grant, Rachel Weisz and Christian Bale lost out on the acting
However, Mark Ronson shared the best song award with Lady Gaga, among others.
Paul Lambert and Tristan Myles shared the prize for best visual effects with
two American colleagues for creating the rocket-rattling effects on First Man, about the first Moon landing.
Key crew members on Bohemian Rhapsody
won the two sound awards.
The Oscars failed to find a main host this year after comedian Kevin Hart
pulled out following a row about old homophobic tweets.
Instead of having the traditional opening monologue, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph
and Amy Poehler appeared to introduce the show as well as presenting the first
“We are not your hosts this year
but if we had hosted, it probably would have gone like this,” Tina Fey
said – before the trio launched into a sketch poking fun at some of the
nominees, which is one of the host’s usual jobs.
The ceremony continued to rely on a procession of stars presenting
However, it didn’t obviously suffer from the lack of an overarching host,
and it helped the event move along.
Queen, fronted by singer Adam Lambert, had opened the ceremony with a bombastic
medley of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions as A-listers waved
and clapped along in their seats.
Cesar Sanchez-Guzman is seeking compensation for damages including “emotional distress, mental anguish, physical and mental pain and suffering, a decrease in his ability to enjoy life” as well as past and future medical expenses and legal costs.
Bryan Singer’s representative said: “Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now.”
He added: “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”
The representative said that, “once Bryan prevails”, he will pursue claims for malicious prosecution.
Bohemian Rhapsody production was suspended last week so Bryan Singer could deal with what his representative described as “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family”.
Days later, it emerged that Bryan Singer had been fired by Twentieth Century Fox for “unreliable behavior”, and has been replaced by Dexter Fletcher.
A poll suggests that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is a good song for people to listen to if they feel unwell or down.
A ComRes survey for BBC local radio for Faith in the World Week, which is exploring the healing power of music, offered 1,000 people 10 choices.
Dancing Queen by Abba came second, with Happy by Pharrell Williams in joint third with “classical music” generally.
More than two-thirds of those polled said they like listening to music when they do not feel well.
Nearly 90% of respondents agreed that listening to music can make people feel better when they are sick or facing difficult times.
A poll suggests that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is a good song for people to listen to if they feel unwell or down
Faith in the World Week, which runs until November 2, is examining how music can change and shape people’s lives.
Asked to select specific music, almost 30% of men choose Bohemian Rhapsody from the list provided. Fewer women – 23% – put it first, with 28% naming Dancing Queen. Only 16% of men opted for the Abba track.
Among the over-65s, classical music made more of an impression, with 39% saying they wanted to listen to it when they’re ill or down.
Among younger adults, Happy was the most popular song. Songs by Bob Marley, Robbie Williams and Michael Jackson were also on the list presented in the survey.
Bohemian Rhapsody is taken from Queen’s A Night at the Opera album.
Queen said they regarded the track as a showcase of their technical skill and the song encompasses several musical styles.
Although Bohemian Rhapsody topped the poll for its apparent cheering and soothing effects, its subject matter is a man’s confession to a murder.
Celebrating Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday anniversary lots of events are taking place over the world starting from September 5.
Freddie Mercury, the Queen frontman, who left an important legacy
On Monday night at the Savoy Hotel in London Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor honored Freddie Mercury‘s memory. Celebrities including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Nicola Roberts, Fearne Cotton, Holly Branson attended the ceremony. Guests were dressed like the legendary musician, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Ben Elton, Chris Evans worn Mercury-style moustaches. There was also an auction to raise funds for The Mercury Phoenix Trust. Ben Elton, Rhys Thomas, Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey, Russell Brand and Paul Gambaccini were some of the stars who payed tribute to the tragic singer, performing classic Queen’s melodies.
“Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute”. Said Jim Beach, Queen manager.
In Shimbashi Square, Tokyo, one thousand persons came to listen to Freddie Mercury‘s famous songs. Hige-Danshaku, Japanese television star and Roy, a notorious Japanese looking like Freddie, hosted the event.
Toronto honors Freddie Mercury on September 9.
AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Mercury Phoenix Trust partner in Canada, has organized “Are you ready to be Freddie for a Day?” event at Woody’s.
The attendees are invited to dress like their favorite Freddie and to wear moustaches. There are competitions such as the Best Freddie Costume, Best Moustache. Other activities are silent auction, classic tunes of Queen performed by local singers, lip-sync, special Freddie Mercury drink (he was a vodka man).
Bucharest celebrates Freddie Mercury with ”Tribute to Remember Freddie Mercury”.
”Bicycle Race – Be Freddie for A Day” is an event scheduled for September 10 in Bucharest, Romania. Anti-AIDS Romanian Association is a Mercury Phoenix Trust partner and has organized the event with Green Revolution Association and Raiffesen Bank. The bicycles are part of bike-sharing gratuity I’Velo system. Ten pretty girls will lead the march wearing moustaches and Mercury Phoenix Trust T-shirts “Freddie for a Day”.
“Freddie For A Day” Global Charity Network is an initiative of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Charity partners from countries around the world are selected to join every year in the fight against AIDS. The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded in 1992, after Freddie Mercury’s death, by Queen’s members and manager Jim Beach and its purpose is to raise money for helping persons with AIDS.
Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, his only true friend
Farrokh Bulsara, known as Freddie Mercury, was born on September 5, 1946. He is famous for singing with Queen as well as for his solo career.
The Who, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin were among his favourites artsist. The rocker composed hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are the Champions, Bicycle Race. He repopularized The Platters’ Great Pretender in 1987. He recorded The Show Must Go On (by Brian May) in 1990 while he was ill, Mercury drank vodka, said “I’ll fuckin do it, darling!” and started to perform.
Freddie Mercury was bisexual and apparently his sexual orientation was a source of disturbance and sadness for him. Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS (although he had denied HIV infection in the previous years) in 1987, said his partner Jim Hutton, and died of bronchopneumonia as an AIDS complication on November 24, 1991.
Mercury left most of his wealth (his home and recording royalties) to Mary Austin, his former girlfriend who was a great comfort for him in his latest years. Freddie Mercury said about her that she had been his only true friend.
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