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Academy Awards 2015: Winners, Highlights, Best Moments & More…

By Fredricka Davis

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You know what’s the best? When you have super high expectations—like we did for the 2015 Oscars red carpet—and they aren’t just meet they are far surpassed.

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris wasted no time kicking off a stormy 87th Academy Awards and conceding the ceremony’s much-discussed lack of diversity.

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“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — I mean brightest,” said Harris in a Dolby Theater introduction Sunday. Harris’ opening quickly segued into a “Moving Pictures” song-and-dance routine that celebrated a love for movies, complete with dancing Peter Pan-style shadows, classic movie scenes, a Cinderella-style cameo from Anna Kendrick and a villain to his sunny outlook in Jack Black — who jumped on stage to counter that Hollywood wasn’t so fabulous, making movies “opening with lots of zeroes, all we get is superheroes.”

Lupita @ The 2015 Oscars: Image credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


“After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” Black added, referring to this weekend’s top box office draw, “they’ll all have leather whips.”

The night’s first Oscar went to J.K. Simmons, a career character actor widely acclaimed for one of his biggest parts: a drill sergeant of a jazz band instructor in the indie “Whiplash.” Simmons fittingly accepted his supporting acting Oscar with some straightforward advice.

“If I may, call your mom, everybody,” said Simmons. “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”

Patricia Arquette accepted the supporting actress Oscar for her role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood,” and delivered a rousing speech calling for wage equality and equal rights for women that had Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez among those cheering in the audience.

Nominee for Best Actress Julianne Moore arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Feb. 22, 2015. Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Two of the night’s early awards went to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: costume design, and makeup and styling. The European caper — released back around last year’s Academy Awards — could be the night’s unlikely leader in trophies, rewarding the hand-made craft of Anderson’s latest confection. Later in the telecast, the film picked up a third prize for best production design.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ — based on a Marvel comic about a team of superheroes — won best animated feature, coming out victorious in a category that sparked controversy because of the omission of what many considered a certain nominee: “The Lego Movie.”

The black-and-white Polish film “Ida” took best foreign language film, marking the first such win for Poland despite a rich cinema history. Director Pawel Pawlikowski charmed the audience with a bemused acceptance speech that ran drastically over his allotted time.

Pawlikowski remarked on having made a quiet film of contemplation about withdrawing from the world, “and here we are at the epicenter of noise and attention. It’s fantastic. Life is full of surprises.”

Harris, a frequent Tony Awards host, struck a chipper tone, while slyly mocking the Oscars. The $160,000 gift bags for attendees, he said, came with “an armored car ride to safety when the revolution comes.” The performance by Tegan and Sara and Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island of the Oscar-nominated song “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” let some live out their Oscar dreams, handing out golden Lego statuettes to Oprah Winfrey and Steve Carell.

Heading into the telecast, the Academy Awards were buzzing with something it hasn’t always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night’s biggest winners will be.

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Three of the night’s top honors — best picture, best director and best actor — are tight races proving hard to predict for even the most seasoned experts.

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu’s backstage comedy “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” has the strongest wind at its back. It topped the acting, directing and producing guild awards, which are often strong predictors of what the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will vote for. The film also won best feature at Saturday’s Independent Film Spirit Awards, further boosting its momentum.

But the coronation of “Birdman” is far from assured. Many believe the landmark of “Boyhood” will ultimately prove irresistible to academy members. Best director also appears to be a toss-up between Inarritu and Linklater.

Three of the acting winners — Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Arquette (“Boyhood”) — were virtual locks heading into Sunday’s show, but best actor will be a nail biter. It could be the young British star Eddie Redmayne for his technically nuanced performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” or it could be Michael Keaton’s career-topper in “Birdman,” as an actor trying to flee his superhero past.

But whether suspense will be enough to pull viewers to the telecast on ABC remains to be seen. Harris will hope to continue the recent ratings upswing for the Oscars, which last year drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

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This year’s crop of nominees, however, is notably light on box-office smashes. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” (six nominations including best picture) is the only best-picture candidate to gross more than $100 million domestically. (A runaway hit, it recently surpassed $300 million.)

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Increasingly, ratings are driven by moments that spark social media frenzy, like when John Travolta famously mispronounced the name of singer Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at last year’s show. Sunday night, he gets a chance for redemption.

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SAG Awards 2015: Winners often go on to win Oscars

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The Screen Actors Guild awards have become an accurate predictor for the Oscars, largely because actors’ union members who vote in the SAG comprise the Academy’s largest voting block.

If the winners of Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild awards seem particularly excited on their way up to the podium, it isn’t completely an act.

Cate Blanchett accepts an award at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She went on to win best actress at the Academy Awards. -- Image credit: WIRE

Now in its 21st installment, the SAG awards have been an accurate predictor of next month’s acting Oscars, largely because the 111,228 actors’ union members who vote for the SAG-gies comprise the Academy’s largest voting bloc.

Last year’s Academy Award winners — best actor Matthew McConaughey, best actress Cate Blanchett, and supporting actors Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto — all took home SAG statuettes first.

The ensemble category, however, have been less of a barometer of Oscar gold: The cast of “American Hustle” took the SAG trophy last year — but then watched as “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture.

This year’s SAG awards had the requisite pre-show controversy, thanks to a nominees list without Bradley Cooper and the ensemble cast of “American Sniper.”

Going into Sunday night, industry watchers considered the outstanding leading male actor too close to call between Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”). Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) rounded out that category, but were considered longshots.

“As an actor you pour everything you have into every role you do, there’s something alchemic that’s happens a film, you don’t know how it will be received,” Redmayne, who plays the ALS-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking, said as he entered Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. “And the fact that so many people seem to.

Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) was considered the favorite for the leading actress award, though Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) had earned some buzz. Though she was shut out for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), can take solace in the old adage, “It’s an honor just to be nominated” (albeit for a SAG). Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) were the other two nominees.

J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) are considered the overwhelming favorites in the supporting actor categories.

Considerably more drama awaited on the television side, where the above-the-marquee talent vying for the best actor in a drama series included Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson and McConaughey (“True Detective”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Julianne Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Robin Wright (“The Good Wife”) are up for best actress in a drama series.

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Celebrating Entrepreneurs That Are Changing The World – EOTM Awards

By Carla B.

“I’ve always believed in things, for as long as I can remember. Even when there was nothingness, I knew I could change the world.”

Celebrating Entrepreneurs that our Changing the World

ENTREPRENEURS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Do you remember when you were a child and you felt you could do anything? You still can. Because a lot of what we consider impossible is easy to overcome, and in case you haven’t noticed… we live in a world where one individual can make a difference.

Want proof? Just look at the plethora of EOTM (Entrepreneurs On The Move) Awards nominees and winners of our inaugural show in 2013. They were small business owners, singers, actors, filmmakers, photographers, newcomers, amongst others… ready to make their mark. Maybe they started with very little, or perhaps they didn’t own anything except for a single brilliant idea.

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These people are masterminds, doers, innovators, out of the box thinkers. They change the way we think about what is possible. They have a clear vision of how life can be better for all of us…they understand that risk isn’t the reward. The rewards are driving innovation, creating jobs, fueling growth. These individuals were born to change the world and they are everywhere!

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Do you know an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs can be anyone, even you. So seize the opportunity to create the job you always wanted. Help heal the economy. Make a difference. Take your business to new heights.

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But most importantly, remember when you were a kid, when everything was within your reach…and then say to yourself quietly, but with determination: It still is.

Let’s change the world!

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We are living in some very wicked times. Corporate greed, dishonest politicians, smear campaigns and the likes. In times like these, you have to ask yourself — Where is the business integrity?  Ethics? Morals? Are there any good guys left?

We say, YES.

They are all around us, in each and every community, working hard, every day and they make up America’s ‘tested and true — good ole boys,’ aka Entrepreneurial heroes.

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If you know of a deserving entrepreneur that is worthy of this accolade, click here to be redirected to the EOTM Awards site and nominate them today. There is NO fee in the ‘entrepreneurial’ category.
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EPR (Press Release)Apr. 11, 2014SANTA MONICA, Calif.The EOTM Awards is the annual awards show celebrating entrepreneurs of all facets. Held in the heart of Hollywood where dream do come true, the EOTM Awards honors entrepreneurial achievements and performances in business, philanthropy and the arts (recordings, television, radio, and literature, film, directing and writing). Nominees embody creativity, passion, entrepreneurial spirit, independence and consistently challenges the status quo.

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Gain high brand/product visibility, event and public tie-ins. Associate brand with corporate and entertainment taste-makers as well as demonstrating commitment to a multicultural entrepreneurial community. Broadcast via ‘new media’ as well as ‘traditional,’ and covered internationally by the press. The EOTM Awards recognizes the creative innovator achievements of these impressive entrepreneurs and shares it with the world.

The EOTM Awards also offers an opportunity to promote your company within one of the most respected properties in the entertainment and corporate communities. Brands such as Mercedes Benz, Black Enterprise, Sprint Mobile, Havanna Watches, Wings Limousines, Nuvo, Maxi Wade Agency, Backstage, LA Private Car Service, World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations, Datzhott, Multicultural Motion Picture Association, Serving Angels Media, amongst others and has participated in the past to align themselves with the visionary talent and excitement represented at the EOTM Awards.From outstanding media exposure to celebrity product placement, the EOTM Awards offers the opportunity to reach the entertainment and business industry’s opinion makers — a fashionable, trendsetting, market-leading group.

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For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carla B., Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorship – EOTM Media Group: 213-805-9948 or 323-805-9948 or pr@eotmradio.com.

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EOTM Awards Announces New ‘Hospitality’ Categories – Trendiest Night Club & More…


From top celebrity chef’s, award winning cuisines and lavish night clubs that redefine nightlife, the EOTMs (Entrepreneurs on the Move) Awards honors the most influential, game-changing hospitality concepts from around the world.

(I-Newswire) April 11, 2014 – The Voting Committee & BOD of the EOTM Awards (www.eotmawards.com) adds new ‘Hospitality’ categories to the annual awards show.

‘Creative Concepts in Hospitality’

Trendiest Night Club – Recognizing establishments that have exhibited excellence in concept development, operations, promotion and innovation. Nominees would have effectively demonstrated the skill and innovation necessary to not only succeed but also excel in this highly competitive industry. (In Business For More Than 5 Years)

Restaurant of the Year – Celebrating young restaurateurs who are shaping their city’s culinary scene through dynamic restaurant concepts. Shining light on those who have left the most indelible impressions of the past 12 months. Individuals in this category has strong, compelling culinary philosophies, are able to see beyond the four walls of their restaurant, and are committed to fostering a culinary community by sharing their knowledge with fellow professionals. (Restaurants in Business 3 years or less)

Chef of the Year – EOTMs Chef of the Year represent the vanguard of fine dining experiences, creating their magic in a full service 4 – 5 star dining facility. Nominees also demonstrate the highest standard of culinary skills, advanced the cuisine of America and given back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices.

Carla B., Executive Director of the EOTM’s announced the news today via EPR.

“In the spirit of entrepreneurship and the mere fact that the awards show was created to celebrate entrepreneurship as a whole, we felt it necessary to add additional categories honoring exemplars that garnish the power to inspire future generations. Honoring them allows us to continue with our mission, ‘Encouraging, Enlightening and Empowering minds. Raising our glass to those that exude unconventional bravado, uncommon intensity of focus and the unwavering belief of a dream,” Ms. B. continued.

To nominate a worthy entrepreneur please visit (www.eotmawards.com/#!nomination-process/c1x9v).

The EOTM Awards are dedicated to recognizing and celebrating all aspects of entrepreneurial success.

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The 2nd annual EOTM Awards happens Sunday, November 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. Stay connected to www.eotmawards.com for updates.

    

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About the EOTM Awards

The EOTM Awards is an accolade presented by the EOTM Radio & TV Network celebrating entrepreneurial achievements and performances in business, philanthropy and the arts (recordings, television, radio, and literature, film, directing and writing). The EOTM Awards Show will also present “Aaron Hatcher” to key individuals and organizations that promote human rights and social justice.

Please visit www.eotmawards.com to find out more about the show.

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The agency designs and implements campaigns for entertainment clients, such as film production and distribution companies, cable and network TV programming, records labels, recording artists, celebrities and athletes, videogame publishers and distributors and digital media companies. EOTM PR also creates integrated marketing solutions for consumer brands seeking to build a connection with consumers through entertainment and lifestyle influences.

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Ellen Degeneres hosts the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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WATCH LIVE: 2014 Oscars Red Carpet Coverage

WATCH LIVE: 2014 Oscars Red Carpet Coverage (via HackedTime – Gadgets source)

The 86th annual Academy Awards don’t officially begin until 8pm ET on ABC (with red carpet arrivals starting at 7pm), but there is plenty of live coverage to be seen online before then. This year’s awards are hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and presenters…

 

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Pink set to perform at the Academy Awards



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Pink is doing her thing –walking  the never-ending road to fame and riches…for the beloved pop diva. The singer will make a special appearance on the Oscars…according to show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

U2, Pharrell Williams and Bette Midler are also set to perform.

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Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.” The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles.

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