The 91st Oscar nominations have rolled in and Black Panther is among the top nominees. Early this morning, Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross shared the happy news for nominees across 24 categories.
After being disappointed at the Golden Globes, we all hoped Black Panther would have a shot at redemption. Now, they have seven. For the first time, a superhero film — a Black superhero film — has been nominated for Best Picture. This is a cinematic first!
The currently host-free event is set to take place live on February 24th from the Dolby Theatre. As the nominees prepare to celebrate their sum of their hard work, let’s take a look at who has a chance to win big:
Black Panther‘s Kevin Feige has been nominated for best picture but the competition is steep. BlacKkKlansman‘s team of producers, that includes Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, have also picked up a nom. The controversial Green Book rounds out the nominations for Black-centered films. Remaining nominees are Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Roma, A Star is Born, and Vice.
POC Actors and Actresses Make Gains
With only two POC nominees in Leading Actor/Actress categories and three in Supporting role categories, the Oscars still has a long way to go. Still, we can celebrate for Yalitza Aparicio’s nomination for her performance in Roma as a leading actress. She is the second Mexican actress to be nominated, following in Salma Hayek’s footsteps. Yalitza is up against Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, and Glenn Close, the most nominated living actor to never win.
Egyptian Actor Rami Malek has picked up a leading actor nominated for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Achieving critical success through his performance as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot, Rami has just 2 spots to fill on his EGOT card. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Willen Dafoe, and Viggo “hard r” Mortensen are also up for the award.
It comes as so surprise that Mahershala Ali and Regina King have been nominated for supporting role Oscars. His performance in Green Book has already earned him a Golden Globe and his performance in Moonlight earned him an Oscar in 2017. Should be win this year, he will be 2-for-2, a rare achievement for any actor.
Regina King also has a lot to be proud of. She holds two Golden Globes and several Emmys. Regina is two letters away from an EGOT, needing an Oscar and Tony. Hopefully, she secures for win for If Beale Street Could Talk. Mahershala is two letters away as well, needing an Emmy and a Tony. Perhaps with his background in music, we could see him on the stage soon.
When it comes to best director, Spike Lee has finally been nominated after decades of phenomenal work. Ryan Coogler and Barry Jenkins have both been robbed of nominations this round. However, Barry is nominated for best adapted screenplay.
For a full list of Oscar nominees and categories, click here.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.