Oscars this year already have made history

The program is this Sunday — however keep checking out to discover why you ought to go out the popcorn and begin commemorating now.

Females in directing: There have actually been numerous a year when not a single female has actually been chosen for finest director.

This year, there are 2.

Chloé Zhao, who won a Golden World for finest directing in March, is up for “Nomadland” (which is likewise chosen for finest photo).
And Emerald Fennell is a competitor for her movie “Promising Young Woman.”
Emerald Fennell attends the BAFTA Los Angeles + BBC America TV Tea Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA, September 21, 2019.
Seventy ladies got an overall 76 elections, according to the Academy, a record for a given year.

All-Black producing group: For the very first time ever, among the motion pictures up for finest photo has an all-Black producing group.

Director Shaka King films a scene from "Judas and the Black Messiah."
“Judas and the Black Messiah,” directed by Shaka King, is a finest photo candidate and centers around the real story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (played by Daniel Kaluuya) and William O’Neal (played by LaKeith Stanfield), the guy who penetrated the political company at the wish of the United States federal government.
Both Kaluuya and Stanfield are chosen for finest supporting star, along with another Black guy, Leslie Odom Jr., for his function in “One Night in Miami.”

Asian representation: Not just is Zhao the very first Asian female and female of color to be chosen as a director, however there are others who likewise are notching firsts.

Steven Yeun, a South Korean-born American actor, is the first man of Asian descent to secure a best actor nom for his work in “Minari” — which, in a welcome trend, is also up for best picture.
Steven Yeun (center) is shown in a scene from "Minari" with (from left) Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho and Yeri Han.

Yeun’s costar Yuh-jung Youn is the first Korean woman chosen for finest supporting actress.

Queen Viola: With her nomination in the best actress category for her performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Viola Davis became the most Oscar-nominated Black actress ever, with four career nods.
A moment for Muslim actors: Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim star to be nominated as best actor for his turn in “Sound of Metal.”
Mahershala Ali was the first Muslim actor to win in the supporting actor category for “Moonlight” in 2017 and “Green Book” in 2019.
Anthony Hopkins as Anthony in Florian Zeller's film adaptation of his own stage play "The Father."
Sir Anthony Hopkins: At 83, he is the oldest best actor nominee ever, a title Richard Farnsworth previously had held when he was nominated at the age of 79 for “The Straight Story” more than 20 years ago.

For your weekend

Three things to watch:

In the lead-up to Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, why limit yourself? This week, I’m going to cheat a bit and encourage you to watch as many of the films nominated for best picture as you can to prep for the big day. Kick off the viewing with my personal faves.

All of these films touch on something at the forefront of our country at the moment: the economy, race relations and the immigrant experience.


Frances McDormand stars in the film "Nomadland."

Frances McDormand is exceptional is every role she tackles, and this film is no exception.

As a widow who travels the country looking for gig work, she finds a community unlike any other — not “homeless” but “houseless.” The film brings new meaning to the concept of home being where the heart is.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

(From left) Daniel Kaluuya, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Dominique Thorne and LaKeith Stanfield are shown in a scene from "Judas and the Black Messiah."

Fred Hampton was only 21 years old when he was gunned down by authorities in his Chicago apartment in 1969.

Daniel Kaluuya embodies Hampton’s spirit as a Black Panther leader who is working for racial justice and economic parity in his community. LaKeith Stanfield is equally skilled as the guy hired by the FBI to betray Hampton, even as the informant comes to admire the ill-fated political activist.


(From left) Alan S. Kim as David and Steven Yeun as Jacob star in "Minari."

A Korean family moves to rural Arkansas to pursue the American dream in this heartwarming movie.

It’s a struggle, however along the way, lessons of family, tradition and community are learned.

These works are some of the finest of the year.

Here’s where you can stream all of the best photo nominees.

Two things to listen to:

Dinosaur Jr. leader J Mascis performs during the Benicassim International Festival in Valencia, Spain, July 15, 2017.

Let’s throw it back on a Thursday.

A group that got its start in the ’80s, Dinosaur Jr., releases its 12th studio album, “Sweep It Into Space,” out Friday.

“These guys make loud, warm and tuneful rock about trying to get by when the outside world — or your interior voice — is telling you to stop,” Wall Street Journal music critic Mark Richardson wrote in his review. “If there’s a complaint to be made, it’s that Dinosaur Jr. albums tend to sound the same. But there’s something to be said for executing perfectly within established parameters.”
(From left) Sir Sly's Hayden Coplen, Landon Jacobs and Jason Suwito pose backstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 in Indio, California.

All hail indie pop.

The trio Sir Sly is dropping a new album titled “The Rise & Fall of Loverboy.”

The band’s latest album is about “falling in love with someone new, and the magic that brought into my world,” frontman Landon Jacobs told Mxdwn.com.

“It’s also about slowly eating away at that magic through drinking and self-medicating, and my journey into early sobriety and reckoning with my past,” he said.

“The Rise & Fall Of Loverboy” comes out Friday.

One thing to talk about:

Demi Lovato attends the premiere for the YouTube Originals docuseries "Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil" at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, March 22.
Demi Lovato felt triggered — and some people thought it wasn’t a good look.

The singer/starlet posted on her official Instagram complaining about a frozen yogurt shop that had actually a selection of sugar-free and “other diet foods” on display.

Lovato, who is in recovery for an eating disorder, sparked criticism from some who felt she used her massive platform to shame a small business.

The star argued that the LA shop had a problem with messaging and should reframe its approach for customers like her and others who struggle with body image.

Instead, she discovered the internet isn’t too sympathetic when it comes to emotional triggers.

Something to sip on

Prince performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, February 4, 2007.
Today marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Prince.
The music icon was a individual favorite of mine, and I continue to miss him. While many artists leave their music behind as part of their legacy — a brand-new album is being launched in July — understanding that I’ll never ever get to see him carry out in show once again distresses me.
I have actually invested the last couple of days enjoying YouTube videos of his performances and streaming his music. There will never ever be another Prince.

And if anybody ever attempts to make a hologram of the Purple One, they will need to deal with me. You have actually been alerted.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.