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The 93rd Oscars 2021- A Break from the Norm

The 93rd Academy Awards made history even before the awards were given out, the annual event was held on Sunday, April 26 2021. It was an unusual ceremony, coronavisrus made sure of that as the experience was, well, a bit different, maybe even weird for both the attendees and the audience that watched at home. It was held at several locations, due to travel restrictions and complying with covid guidelines, maintaining social distance and masking up, the show wasn’t much fun, but it was interesting.

This year’s Oscars saw a huge break from tradition, it was a year for many firsts in the most prized film and television awards. The Awards have come under heavy criticism for decades over issues bordering on race and gender inclusion, this year witnessed a drastic turn in that regard. It was the first time an all-black producing team was nominated for best picture, the first year two women was nominated for best director and the first time two actors of Asian origin received nominations for best actors. It was also the first time two black women was nominated for best makeup and hairstyling and also now the first to win- Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson.

The best director went to Cloe Zhao for her film, Nomadland. She’s the second woman to win that award and in a strange break from normal, Cloe was handed the award before the best actor and best actress awards. Again, another first, Pixar’s hit animation, Soul won the best animated feature award. It’s the first Pixar film to win an award with a black character as the lead. Still in the spirit of inclusion Yuh-Jung Youn won the award for best supporting award, she is the first Korean that prize.

The presenters had less banter between themselves and award presentation was done by one person. Funny skits were kept to the barest minimum and musical performances were pre-recorded and played before the main event started as guests were at the red carpet. The shocker of the ceremony was the best actor prize won by Anthony Hopkins for his role in Father. A lot of people are disappointed because they feel the award should’ve gone to Chadwick Boseman. Since Boseman posthumously took home the best actor trophy at the Critics Choice, Actors Guild and Golden Globes awards, it was only normal that he gets the Oscars.

93rd Oscars 2021

Here’s the list of nominees and winners of the just concluded Academy Awards, 2021.

Best original screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman – WINNER

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father – WINNER

Nomadland

One Night in Miami

The White Tiger

Best international feature film

Another Round – WINNER

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best actor in a supporting role

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr, One Night in Miami

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best makeup and hairstyling

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Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Pinocchio

Best costume design

Emma

Mank

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mulan

Pinocchio

Jean Hersholt humanitarian award

MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund)

Best director

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland – WINNER

Best sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Sound of Metal – WINNER

Soul

Best live-action short film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers – WINNER

White Eye

Best animated short film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You – WINNER

Opera

Yes-People

Best animated feature film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul – WINNER

Wolfwalkers

Best documentary short

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Colette – WINNER

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

Best documentary

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher – WINNER

Time

Best visual effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet – WINNER

Best actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari – WINNER

Best production design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Tenet

Best cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best film editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal – WINNER

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Jean Hersholt humanitarian award

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Tyler Perry

Best original score

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul – WINNER

Best original song

Husavik, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Io Sì (Seen), The Life Ahead

Speak Now, One Night in Miami

Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland – WINNER

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best actress in a leading role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland – WINNER

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best actor in a leading role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father – WINNER

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

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In case you missed @danielkaluuya speech at the Oscars 🤣 ..Watch it here

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5 Things to Learn from the movie- Atarodo.

I recently went out with some friends to hang and just chill, you know, let some steam off after a hard day at the office. One of them (Ufuoma) couldn’t stop talking about a movie she had seen and how it was so cool and all. At first, I didn’t even listen because Ufuoma is one of those that can hype a film that many would consider trash, yes, she’s that bad.

While talking about the movie, she mentioned one name that caught my attention, Bimbo Ademoye, that girl can act mehn. I had to ask for the movie title and she said it’s called Atarodo. So, when I got home that night, I watched the movie from start to finish without leaving my seat. Now, this is not a critique like I always say, I want to take a different approach this time.

Atarodo - bimbo ademoye

Here are 5 things to learn from the film Atarodo.

1) Not every girl that looks humble and has a pretty face is a saint.

2) You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

3) Have friends that’ll stick with you through think and thin.

4) Nothing stays hidden forever, secrets always find ways of being exposed. (Bimbo Ademoye and Jayke Robert)

5) Forgiveness is an expression of love. It frees you from the emotional prison you put yourself in.

6) It’s never right to hit a woman, it can lead to devastating consequences.

Who’s the Boss: a cliché of a typical Hollywood Romcom.

In my usual manner, I’d like to state that this is not a critique, it’s just me highlighting some of the things I observed about the movies I’ve seen. Today I’ll be talking about the film ‘Who’s the Boss?”.

First of all the movie has an impressive cast, a blend of icons in the industry, actors that have found their place as well as emerging faces that keeps pushing the boundaries of their craft.

The trailer left so much for us to imagine a film filled with romance, and pizzazz especially with the lineup of characters. Well, I must confess that after sitting through the over 60 minutes of watch time I could’ve sworn it was another Hollywood romcom ripoff.

Who's the Boss

The story trails the life of Liah played by Sharon Ooja who as an ad executive only wants to get ahead in her career. She’s constantly talked down by her boss Hauwa (Funke Akindele Bello) who also sabotages her promotion just because she was scared the girl was gunning for her job. Ini Dima-Okojie played the role of Ronke, the rich sometimes selfish and sometimes selfless friend who practically runs Liah’s life. Then there’s Lanre (Blossom Chukwujekwu), a retired tech millionaire turn actor playboy, it was an easy character for Blossom I say because he delivered to almost perfection. Of course, I expected nothing less, it’s Blossom.

The story gets a bit tiring with Liah’s inability to stand up to Hauwa and also seeking validation for her efforts as a great ad executive, this was major because Ronke had to always push and make all the decisions for her. I also struggled to find Ronke’s place in what seemed like a love triangle at first between Lanre, Liah and herself. It was difficult to understand her character fully, her story wasn’t all that to start with. At first, she was thought to be in love with Lanre that they almost got hitched, then he turned to her best friend and she was hysterical when she caught Liah and Lanre in bed. There was a time I thought Funke’s role was kind of stretched a bit but she got back her thunder.

After complaining about how unappreciated she was a d now Hauwa constantly makes her life a living her, Ronke had to step in. She helped Liah start her business on the side after much resistance from the latter and managed to convince Lanre to act as the company CEO, it was a no-brainer he and Liah would end up falling for each other. The last scene was dramatic yet refreshingly new in Nollywood. The emotions leading to the makeup kiss were as surreal as something from a mills and booms novel. I felt it.

The sound quality was not what I expected for a high-profile romcom, there were scenes with audible echoes in the background and that for me is a no-no. The lighting didn’t do much for me as I felt it could’ve been better, though the picture quality is simply amazing.

Overall, Who’s the Boss is an entertaining movie, one you should see on a Saturday with your lovey-dovey or crazy goofy friends.

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Funny Nollywood Comedy Titles

When it comes to movies, the name/title plays an important role. The title of a film says a lot about it and would most probably be a deciding factor if it’ll be a hit or not. While some movie titles are cool, others are just plain hilarious. Let’s take a look at some old Nollywood comedies with funny titles.

1) Spanner: No it’s not an engineering tool, it’s a man’s name. Hilarious right? That’s what Chinedu Ikedieze brought to the movie- funny vibes. It also features Oge Okoye, Earnest Obi and others.

2) Yogo Pam Pam: When you have a blend of comedic geniuses like Okey Bakassi and Nkem Owoh, the result is Yogo Pam Pam.

3) Sawam: The name is enough to get you laughing. That’s what a movie that features Nkem Owoh and Chiwetalu Agu does to you.

4) Atinga: One of the most hilarious movies in Nollywood, Sam Loco Efe and Nkem Owoh got us cracking our ribs on this one.

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Opinion Post- Coming to America 2: A beautiful blend of the old and the new.

There’s a saying that if something is too good, don’t mess it up. It’s a usual saying associated with the film industry; when a movie is really good, don’t spoil it with a sequel. Well, I guess it’s too late for the movie- Coming to America.

I remember the 1988 comedy like it was yesterday, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall gave sterling performances with the different characters they portrayed. To date, it’s still a classic. Fast forward to 2021, the sequel has generated mixed reactions, while a lot of people fell in love with it (like my wife) others have a few observations that just didn’t make sense. Yeah, it’s me.

Coming to America 2 has a rich blend of the old and the new. It was refreshing to know that almost all the cast from the first movie made it on to the second. The plot had a nice tweak to it but it became somewhat predictable yet entertaining towards the middle of the film. Akeem is living with his beautiful wife Lisa and they have three lovely daughters. Life was going smooth then boom, his father King Jaffe Joffer on his deathbed revealed that Akeem has a long lost son back in Queens.

It turns out the Prince had relations with some random stranger the night he and Semi went looking for his bride at the club 30 years ago. All thanks to Semi who orchestrated the whole thing, simply because he couldn’t keep it in his pants. Typical Semi. So, after the passing of his father, Akeem, now King, journeyed to Queens in search of his son, why? Because he must have a male heir; neglecting the fact that his first daughter had trained and prepared to succeed him all her life.

Talking about the death of the King, it was amazing. The dude witnessed his funeral, and they spared no expense in making it a grand one, after all, he asked for it. He died during the celebration with a satisfied smile plastered on his lips. Wouldn’t it be cool to go like that? Just thinking…

So, after the return of the “Bastard” son, Lavelle Junson, he finally passes the Princely test only so Akeem can have him marry General Izzy’s daughter just because he’s afraid of going to war with him. I must confess that Wesley Snipes brought his A-game in his portrayal of General Izzi, dude was on fire.

The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Lavelle followed his Dad’s footstep, falling for someone else and we witnessed history repeating itself.

The first thing I noticed is the old folks at the barbershop back in Queens hadn’t aged much, hold up, they’re supposed to be dead, I think. It’s been thirty years for Pete’s sake. Everyone in the first movie got old except those old guys, it’s like the director didn’t think that through. Jeez!

Another thing that I found annoying was his son’s faceoff with the lion. Do all cats eat cat food? Just curious, we’re talking about a lion here. Common!

Asides from these mentioned it’s a pretty awesome film. The star-studded cast wowed me, from Tracy Morgan to Rotimi, Leslie Jones, Trevor Noah, Morgan Freeman and host of others, they all did well. Guess what, Davido was in it too, he had a passing role though but he sure made an impact with the song, Assurance. Coming to America 2 is a great movie, but don’t take my word for it, go see it for yourself.

Jim Iyke Trending

Over the past couple of weeks, I noticed a trend that got people excited. Social media was ringing with the gist and almost everyone was talking about it. What is it, or should I ask who is it? Well, it’s none other than one of Nollywood’s sensational actors, Jim Iyke.

Jim Iyke has been in the movie scene for more than a decades, his consistency in the industry is worthy of note as some of his contemporaries have abandoned the make-believe sector. Twitter and Instagram came alive with old videos of the veteran actor playing roles that endeared him to Nigerians, he’s said to be the undisputed bad boy in Nollywood and that nobody does it better than him. When Jim plays a character he owns it, the interpretation is somewhat flawless. It is assumed that till date no actor has been able to match Jim’s bad boy portrayals. Whether he’s lover boy, a leader of a deadly gang, a junkie or a spoilt rich kid, he embodies the characters as if that’s his actual personality- this is what makes him the best as a lot of people have said.

With time Jim gradually phased out of playing bad boy roles, at least not that much. He recently featured in AY’s groundbreaking film, Merry Men- the real Yoruba demons where he once again played a role similar to that of a bad boy but he ended up falling for the sister of his best friend. That didn’t go well at first but they found a way around it. Here are a few things about Jim you may not know about him. He has a production company called Untamed Production which he floated in 2007 and he’s also a singer and songwriter. He released his album in 2009 titled “Who am I” under his Untamed Records label. The album featured Nigeria’s finest in the music industry. Jim Iyke also holds a black belt in Taekwondo, yes, he’s skilled in martial arts.

Here is a video of Jim doing his thing.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CK3h3y_lkgc/

Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto: the saga is now the highest-grossing Nigerian movie.

The name on everyone’s lips now, at least in the movie circle and film enthusiasts is Funke Akindele Bello. Funke has been trending for one simple reason, her movie Omo Ghetto (the saga) is now the highest-grossing Nigerian film.

The Funke Akindele produced a movie that grossed N468,036,300, this is after three straight weeks at the cinema, maintaining the number one spot. The news was published by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN). The Wedding Party” follows behind with N453,000,000, while its sequel “The Wedding Party 2” comes in third with N433,197,377.

It’s pretty amazing considering the outbreak of a global pandemic and the decline in cinema culture with the closure of cinemas for months, Funke pulled this off and did it quite well.

Omo Ghetto unseated Kemi Adetiba’s 2016 blockbuster, The Wedding Party to claim the number one spot. The comedy is JJC Skillz directional debut and features superstars from the movie and music industries. Cast include, Chioma Akpotha, Eniola Badmus, Funke Akindele, Yemi Alade, Akah Nnani, Bimbo Thomas, Nancy Isime, Naira Marley and a host of others.

See reactions from Nigerians online:

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Educative Piece: Entertainment and Mobile Devices.

As humans entertainment is part of our core existence, while some are built to entertain, others just want to be at the receiving end- enjoying the show. Over the years the medium through which people get entertained has undergone several changes, from stage plays to musical operas, to moving entertiners going from city to city and finally to radio and television. It has been a journey for entertainers and the entertained.

Throughout the metamorphosis of the industry, there has always been one major factor that impacted and continues to impact the way everything and everyone involved in the sector that makes us relax and have fun- technology. Technology is responsible for birthing innovative ideas regarding the convenience in access to entertainment. Centuries ago, one could only be entertained at certain locations and was seen as something for the elites. With the advent of moving theatre groups and circuses one could get live action up close and it was accessible to whoever could afford it.

Fast forward to the twenty-first century, we’ve witnessed a transformation from watching people do music, movies and other forms of entertainment in small (and sometimes large) electronic boxes to smaller screens that we carry around in our pockets- mobile devices. Mobile phones were and still is a welcomed disruption that changed the way entertainment is created and distributed, technology plays a major role here.

With the release of smart phones, listening to a collection of RnB songs or streaming that favourite show is just at the press of a button; all at our fingertips. People no longer bother that much to sit at home or even go to the movies to access quality entertainment, they get what they want on the go. Practitioners in the industry now create content that are mobile friendly because almost half of their target audience will consume such content on their mobile devices. Advertisers as well are more intuned with the present reality so they make ads that are optimized for mobile because content in today’s modern/jet age world is consumed by people who are constantly on the move.

On the bus, in the car, in school, church, at the grocery store and even at home, almost everyone (Millennials) is hooked up on one mobile device or the other. It’s known as the second screen. People now watch whole length movies on their phones wherever they are. Millennials even download complete series and binge watch all on their phones, some say it’s convenient and easily accessible anytime, other say they just love to have their favourite shows at hand while the rest don’t have time to sit at home and watch or visit the cinemas. It is worthy of note that not everybody enjoys watching movies on their phones, many believe they won’t get true satisfaction from a small screen. They rather go to the movies or watch from a 50′ TV set, whatever the case, it’s clear that the impact of mobile devices on entertainment is huge and doesn’t seem to be dwindling, it’s a lifestyle that has come to stay.

Most Anticipated Hollywood Movies of 2021.

2020 gave us a few great movies to entertain us during and after the lockdown, some were really good some of you saw it more than once. Well, it’s 2021 and there are a lot of films that promises to tickle our fancy this year. Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated movies of 2021, I’m excited already.

1) Coming to America 2: If you’ve seen the part 1, released in 1988 then I’m pretty sure you’re just as pumped and excited as I am. Coming to America 2 follows the story of Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) leaving Zamunda and headed to Queens in America once again. It became necessary to visit where Akeem first met the love of his life when he discovered he had a long lost son. The trailer of the movie is out and it’s currently making rounds on the internet, cracking people up. The film will be released on March 5.

2) No Time to Die: Even though the initial release date was pushed further and further, fans of the James Bond character are a patient bunch. This will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final casting as James Bond and from what we hear, he gave a sterling performance. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die promises to be worth the wait. To be released on April 2.

3) Black Widow: Much talked about and eagerly awaiting film, Black Widow will finally be out on May 7. Before she became an integral part of the Avengers, she was a Russian Spy known as Natasha Romanov. Played by Scarlett Johansson, who is absolutely amazing by the way, this is the origin story of the skillful and dreaded Black Widow.

4) Space Jam- A new Journey: Ever since the first Space Jam featuring NBA legend, Michael Jordan, there have been whispers of a sequel. And here you have it. Lebron James takes the lead role as he teams up with the Looney Toones for the most epic basketball game of his career. Space Jame 2 will be out on the 16th of July.

5) Mission Impossible 7: Some of you are probably tired of the Mi franchise right? Well, a lot of people are not, besides, it keeps making big at the box office. Tom Cruise is back with another action-packed film. Fans of the Mi series will have to wait till November 19 to go see the film.

6) Fast and Furious 9: 2020 was slow for many but not to worry, the long-running Fast and Furious franchise will speed things up for your in 2021. The ninth instalment is filled with car chases and crazy explosions, with a star-studded cast, it’s a guarantee we’re up for something daringly entertaining.

6) Raya and the Last Dragon: Animation lovers get ready as Disney is about to knock your socks off. Raya and the Last Dragon tells the story of a time when dragons sacrificed themselves to save humans from monsters. After a long time, the monsters are back to wreak havoc and it’s up to Raya and Awkwafina, the last known dragon to come up with a plan to save the world.

7) Matrix 4: You’ve heard rumors, read about and maybe even doubted, now it’s time to fully live the reality. In a year marked by many remakes,  sequels and reboots, Matrix has come to claim its spot too. Expect nothing less but the best in action and skillful combat the Matrix franchise is known for. Undoubtedly, one of the most anticipated in 2021, the trailer didn’t give enough detail concerning the storyline, which makes it more intriguing. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles when the movie is released on the 4th of December.

There are loads of movies coming out this year, which one would you like to see that I didn’t mention. Let’s talk in the comments.

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OPINION: How I found Anime during Lockdown

The year 2020 is gradually easing out, I know right? You just can’t wait to be done with it, you’re not the only one. The year wasn’t what many of us expected, but in all, we’re still here, moving forward.

I discovered a lot this year, especially during the almost 6 months lockdown. I never knew I could stay in my house for such a long time (it wasn’t easy mehn, but I tried). One of the gifts I discovered was Anime. Yes, Anime! It wasn’t something I thought I’d like, I didn’t even know many cartoon lovers in this part of the world enjoyed the Japanese/Chinese cartoon creations. So it was kind of strange seeing some of my friends talk about Anime series they’ve watched with so much zest. I had to mention it to a few of them, I never knew the genre was that popular.

My cousin introduced me to an awesome world of colours and entertaining plots, he persuaded me to see a few episodes of the Anime he was watching then and when I did, that was it for me. I ended up binge-watching about 4 different series. The stories are different, almost perfectly told, rich and highly engaging. The graphics are so cool, even though many are 2D formats, it’s usually appealing. I want to believe we have Anime lovers here in our community at Bonggis, so I’ll drop names of the series that kept me company during the lockdown.

1) One Punch Man: A Japanese superhero franchise, the story follows Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch. With his amazing strength, Saitama seeks a worthy villain to fight as he was growing bored because no one could match his power. One Punch Man was created by Manga/Anime specialist, ONE.

2) My Hero Academia: My Hero Academia is a Japanese superhero manga/Anime. It’s about the life of Izuku Midoriya who went without having any superhuman abilities, to being the most successful superhero ever.

3) Vinland: Vinland Saga is set mostly in 1013 AD England moving forward, which has been mostly conquered by the Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard. It’s about the battle for rulership by Sweyn’s sons, Prince Harald and Prince Canute, and how the son of an ex Danish soldier Thorfinn was caught in the middle of it all.

4) Mob Psycho 100: Another Japanese Anime created by ONE. The story is about Shigeo Kageyama also known as Mob. On the surface, Mob is just an average middle school boy but underneath his ordinary look, he is a powerful esper with immense psychic power and he can defeat any demon with just a single thought.

These are the Animes I saw during the lockdown and I’m still watching a few, some of the seasons are still being developed. If you’ve not thought of checking out an Anime, well, just give it a try. If you’re a fan of the genre, let’s discuss in th comments, I’d like to hear from all of you.

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