Monday, 26 April 2021

OSCARS 2021 : Regina King Opens the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

The 93rd Academy Awards opened with Regina King, director of the Oscar nominated film “One Night in Miami,” strutting through Union Station. As King made her way to the stage, colorful credits popped up on screen, showcasing the presenters of Sunday’s program.

“It has been quite a year and we are still smack dab in the middle of it,” King said to kick off the program. “We are mourning the loss of so many, and I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots.”

She was quick to add: “Now, I know that a lot of you people at home are going to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you, but as a mother of a Black son, I know the fear that so many live with and no amount of fame or fortune changes that.”

King then explained that the ceremony would be treated like a movie set. Nominees would be permitted to remain maskless while on camera, but would place their masks back on when the cameras stopped rolling.

Tyler Perry ‘refuses to hate’ in acceptance speech for Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

“My mother taught me to refuse hate,” said filmmaker Tyler Perry as he accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the 93rd annual Academy Awards Sunday.

“She taught me to refuse blanket judgement,” he said. “And in this time, and with all of the internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us will teach our kids … just refuse hate.”

This award honors individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.”

“Don’t hate anybody,” Perry added. “I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope that we would refuse hate.”

He concluded his speech by dedicating his award to “anyone who wants to stand in the middle, no matter what’s around the walls, to stand in the middle because that’s where healing happens, that’s where conversation happens, that’s where change happens.”

Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson make history at 93rd Academy Awards

Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, two-thirds of the hairstyling and makeup team behind “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” made history on Sunday. The pair are the first Black women to receive a nomination for best makeup and hairstyling and, now, the first to win.

“I want to say thank you to our ancestors who put the work in, were denied but never gave up,” Neal said in her acceptance speech.

“And I also stand here as Jamika and I break this glass ceiling with so much excitement because I can picture Black trans women standing up here, and Asian sisters and our Latina sisters and indigenous women, and I know that one day it won’t be unusual or ground-breaking. It will just be normal,” she said.

Makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera is also part of the Oscar-winning team.

The ceremony was a star-studded fashion-filled event and we can’t get over the jaw-dropping looks our favourite stars graced the red carpet with.

H.E.R, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Leslie Odom, Jr., Viola Davis, Zendaya and many more celebrities came looking their best for the awards.

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