May 13, 2018
This year we decided to watch and celebrate the Oscars with a party atmosphere. It turned out to be one of the best Oscars ever. We trucked in lots of wine and eats: cold jumbo shrimp from our favorite Fairway and a spicy Louisiana cocktail sauce, plus a selection of crackers with chunks of Blue, Munster and Jarlsberg cheeses, then delicious pita bread with chopped liver from the Second Avenue Deli (it hasn’t been on Second Avenue in eleven years) and ending with mini St. Patrick’s Day chocolate cupcakes topped with coffee and vanilla Häagen Dazs ice-cream. We decided against coffee: too sane.
The main stage of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California
What would be coming down the pike?
The 90th annual Academy Awards kicked off at 8 pm on Sunday, March 4th from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second year in a row. We didn’t know what to expect: Hollywood has been roiling in controversy for months now – how would they handle all this. Sweep everything under the rug? Not this time.
They hit it out of the park! Within minutes Kimmel delivered an array of verbal jabs at Hollywood’s elite and, more specifically, Harvey Weinstein. That set the tone for the evening. The next day, the New York Post had three pages of glam actresses in beautiful gowns. Okay, but this year, I think all the emphasis should be on the issues in the film industry.
What were the highlights of the Academy Awards?
One occurred when Oscar winner Frances McDormand asked every female nominee to stand up. She even urged Meryl Streep to stand because, “If you do it everyone else will.” Another was when the three Harvey Weinstein accusers appeared together, namely: Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek to salute the #MeToo movement.
Hats off to the New York Post of Monday, March 5, 2018 and their terrific coverage
Finally, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway joked about last year’s blunder as they gave out the Best Picture Oscar to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. When Guillermo came on stage he looked at Warren’s card to make sure he really did win. Hilarious!Shaun Nelson-Henrick
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.