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Open Thread: Hooray for Hollywood!


I didn’t get my invite to the gala for this year’s Academy Awards, which will be given in person, two months later than usual, due to the pandemic. Still, what a wonderful signal that things are getting back to normal. Maybe. Chances are the participants and attendees will wear bling-festooned face masks, which should be fun to see.

This year’s awards offers many firsts – the first all-Black producing team nominated for best picture with “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the first Muslim actor – Riz Ahmed – as Best Actor nominee for “The Sound of Metal,” and Steven Yeun, nominated for his leading role in Minari, as the first Asian-American to be nominated in that category.

Here is the complete list of nominees.

Hurray for (Older) Hollywood

The good news, according to our Hollywood correspondent, Gill Pringle is that this is a pretty good year for older people in The Industry:

Actor in as Lead Role: Anthony Hopkins, 83 & Gary Oldman, 63

Actress in a Lead Role: Frances McDormand, 63

Actor in a Supporting Role: Paul Raci, 72

Actress in a Supporting Role: Glenn Close, 74 & Yuh-Jung Youn, 73

“So that makes it 6 seniors out of 20 lead and supporting Oscar nominations. Almost a third of all those crucial four categories are seniors.”

Of course, the standout category is Best Picture.  Which do you think will get the statuette?  Take our poll and let us know your opinions in the comments if you’ve seen any of them!

Which is your pick for "Best Picture?"


Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at












One response to “Open Thread: Hooray for Hollywood!

  1. Well, I’ll comment.

    Personally, I think that the world would be a much better place without sociopathic pre-school dropouts with IQ rarely above minus million destroying the world.

    I really don’t care what this or that prostitute* “thinks” about this or that aspect of humanity/reality. I do care about the fact that all these prostitutes (in more senses than one) manipulate the world and decide normal people’s fate.

    Pre-moderns got certain things right. One of these things is most certainly their understanding that people who lie for a living shouldn’t be admired (highly unethical) and be allowed to impose their egotistical will on humanity (unethical and highly destructive).

    *it’s a description – google any name and the word “nude” or trace the source of any of their statements – always linked to the powerful

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