Hi folks. Hope you had fun this Val especially with the fab spots I mentioned? I know I did. As all my cool teens can testify, ‘Val Groove Season 2’ was a blast. Sorry if you missed it but no worries we’ve still got Season 3. But how are we recovering from the Val holidays (and not just in terms of cash flow alone?) The traffic jam was unbelievable in my area with the malls, cinemas also overflowing with human traffic as well. Makes you wonder if Nigerians are really that crazy about Valentine or if there’s just something about the holidays that makes us trope out like the Israelites’ on an Exodus to the Promised Land.
Which reminds me, I forgot to tell you the answers to the questions for the tickets (see previous post This Val & Statham or Skrein). It was Will Smith that turned down the part of ‘Neo’ in the unforgettable movie ‘The Matrix’ to star in the forgettable movie ‘Wild Wild West’. Poor Will! Still makes me cringe when I remember some career decisions I made that turned sour? Although Willy claims he had no regrets, I kind of wonder if he wasn’t just trying to save face. There is someone that regrets his career choice and has no kwams in letting us know this; he’s none other than our current Mr. President. He said becoming Nigeria’s president at this time, with dwindling oil prices and an even more dwindling national reserve is the most unfortunate thing that could have happened to him. I feel for you, Mr. President. I too wish you had won when we had loads of cash in our reserves for you to play around with.
To the day’s matter, the 88th Academy Awards or the #SoWhite Oscars as it’s now being called, happening on February 28th to honour the best films of 2015. The storm brewing has to do with the lack of colour in the nominations, which some industry professionals consider a racial slur. Most vocal are two time Oscar nominee, Will Smith and the only black woman to have won an Oscar for Best Actress, Halle Berry. For a movie I didn’t consider worth it (Monster’s Ball). Most believed she was only given the award because she took her clothes off in the movie. Ewww!. Anyways I hear Willy has threatened not to attend the awards ceremony….hmmm.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) are slightly biased; they’re only human. But I bet if those crying foul found themselves on the board, that they too would make nominations that wouldn’t go down well with some. It’s a human prerogative to make choices that appeal to you that isn’t acceptable to others. You know ‘one man’s meat, another’s poison. Besides that, nominations to a large extent are based on certain criteria and not on emotions, likewise we should also look at the categories, objectively compare films produced/directed in 2015 by non-Caucasians against those shot by Caucasians, compare Caucasians that played lead roles against non-Caucasians and truthfully answer if Smith and other black Americans deserve to be nominated without getting all emotional simply because they’re blacks. Like I said before, if I were to pick Best Actor between Leonardio DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Will Smith (Concussion), I will choose the former. DiCaprio’s performance clearly surpassed Smith’s, in my opinion (see review The Revenant). Personally I don’t think the nominations had anything to do with colour. So Willy, while I know you dream of the gold statuette (like we all do), for now just suck it up and go for the awards. Besides the ceremony will go on with or without you there.
Moving on, Jollyhood’s still in the mood to give out more goodies, maybe it has something to do with it being the month of loveeee. And all you have to do is enter the Jollyhood’s 88th Academy Awards Competition by going to this link Jollyhood Pictures Academy Awards Quiz and making your Oscar predictions. The first person with the highest number of predictions gets another lovely freebie from Jollyhood Pictures. The competition ends Saturday February 27th by 12 midnight. Answers that come in after then are automatically disqualified. So start sending in those predictions people! Bye Bye!