Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Time to catch up with multiple-Oscar nominee “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It’s streaming on Netflix…Sundance has been producing the usual buzz for movies that will be forgotten in a week…Streaming/TV: If the major streamers would release some engaging new fare, I wouldn’t be watching reruns of “Big Bang Theory” on HBOMax…Music: I’ve been reading every scrap of news about the rock album Dolly Parton is recording with female luminaries — Cher, Debbie Harry, Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper: everyone but Madonna…Books: Martin Riker’s novel “The Guest Lecture,” about a young economist, is good fun…Sports: I always root against Djokovic, but he’ll probably win another Australian Open this weekend.

Paul Mescal Covers “Chandelier” By Sia

Paul Mescal scored an Oscar nomination yesterday for his performance as a gay dad in “Aftersun.” He’s currently onstage in London in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a production which transfers March 20 to the West End. He’s been cast recently to star in the sequel to “Gladiator” and in the movie adaptation of Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” And he can sing!

Oscars Snub Cruise, Black People

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning. There were expected snubs: no Tom Cruise in Best Actor. And some surprises: Andrea Riseborough in Best Actress, Brian Tyree Henry in Supporting Actor. As usual, AMPAS thinks black people belong in supporting roles: there were no black nominees in Best Actor or Best Actress — two were expected in the latter: Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler.

Rex’s Predictions For Oscar Nominations

The shine has gone from the award in recent years owing to lack of diversity (yet to be addressed in the Best Actress category), uncharismatic hosts or no hosts, falling ratings and, most recently, violence on the show (that slap). But winning one of these gold statues is still a very big deal to American popular culture and throughout the world. Let’s turn our gaze to this year’s contenders for the 2023 Academy Awards (covering last year’s film releases):
BEST PICTURE:
Everything Everywhere All At Once (EEAAO)
The Fabelmans (TF)
The Banshees of Inisherin (TBOI)
Tar (T)
Avatar: The Way of the Water (ATWOTHW)
Top Gun: Maverick (TGM)
Elvis (E)
The Whale (TW)
All Quiet on the Western Front (AQOTWF)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (BPWF)
ALTERNATE:
Glass Onion – A Knives Out Mystery (GO-AKOM)

BEST DIRECTOR:
Steven Spielberg – TF
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – EEAAO
Martin McDonagh – TBOI
Todd Field – Tar
James Cameron ATWOTW
ALTERNATE:
Edward Berger – AQOTWF


BEST ACTOR:
Brendan Fraser – TW
Colin Farrell – TBOI
Austin Butler – E
Bill Nighy – Living
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
ALTERNATE:
Tom Cruise – TGM


BEST ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett – T
Michelle Yeoh – EEAAO
Danielle Deadwyler – Till
Michelle Williams – TF
Viola Davis – The Woman King
ALTERNATE:
Ana de Armas – Blonde


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Ke Huy Quan – EEAO
Brendan Gleeson – TBOI
Judd Hirsch – TF
Paul Dano – TF
Barry Keoghan – TBOI
ALTERNATE:
Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Angela Bassett – BPWF
Hong Chau – TW
Kerry Condon – TBOI
Jamie Lee Curtis – EEAO
Stephanie Hsu – EEAAO
ALTERNATE:
Dolly de Leon – TOS


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans
Tar
Aftersun


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
All Quiet on the Western Front
Women Talking
Top Gun: Maverick
The Whale
Triangle of Sadness


BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE:
All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)
Argentina 1985 (Argentina)
Decision to Leave (South Korea)
The Quiet GIrl (Ireland)
EO (Poland)
ALTERNATE: Bardo (Mexico)

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: There’s nothing new worth seeing at the cinema, so I suggest watching the colorful Indian epic “RRR” on HBOMax…TV/Streaming: I keep trying to watch “Vienna Blood” on Sunday nights on PBS — to no avail. I get on better with that network’s “All Creatures Great and Small”…Books: Bret Easton Ellis has a new novel: “The Shards.” Sex and drugs, of course…Music: I’m re-listening to an old favorite: “Trios,” with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt…What’s an Ice Spice? Why does she “munch”?…Sports: Just when I thought the Brooklyn Nets were going to the top of the NBA East, the Celtics went on a winning streak.

“Ghosts”: Blooper Reel

“Ghosts” — you know, the CBS comedy with the gay Revolutionary War hero.

“Sex Lives” Is Modern-Day “Friends”

That’s what The Guardian says. I don’t agree. Nothing is as good as “Friends.”