Chris Rock Rocks Oscars
Anticipation has been building for months about Chris Rock hosting the 88th Annual Academy Awards. He opened his Oscar monologue with a bang by welcoming people to the “White Peoples’ Choice Awards”. Rock stayed on point for the rest of his opening with more jokes about the Academy failing to nominate any black actors or actresses in the acting categories. His joke about Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the ceremony was especially well-received. While many praised Rock’s speech, writer Shaun King wrote that for the most part Rock’s speech was “distasteful, uncomfortable, and just plain wrong.”
Rock also brought his daughters’ Girl Scout troop to the show to sell cookies to the crowd.
Despite the controversy around the 88th Annual Academy Awards, ratings for the telecast were historically low.
Check out the full transcript of Rock’s opening monologue.
Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Whoopi Goldberg and Leslie Jones also appeared in the traditional Best Picture nominees parody video.
Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Gets His Oscar
Leo finally got his Oscar last night. Leonardo DiCaprio’s lead role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant earned him his first Academy Award last night. DiCaprio was has been nominated twice before in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role category, in 2007 for Blood Diamond and in 2005 for The Aviator. He also received a nomination in 1994 for his supporting role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Variety captured video of DiCaprio having his Oscar award engraved after receiving it on-air.
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Other Oscar winners included Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, Alicia Vikander and Spotlight.
Spotlight focuses on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the reporting that brought light to it. The producers addressed Pope Francis in their acceptance speech.
John Oliver Takes On Donald Trump
John Oliver took on the subject of Donald Trump last night on Last Week Tonight. He compared Trump to a back mole and his appeal to a “buffet at a strip club.”
John Oliver on Donald Trump
Deadpool Continues At Top Of Box Office
Deadpool, in its third weekend of release, again took the top spot at the weekend box office. It’s estimated $31.5 million in sales easily bested the fifth weekend the trio of films that debuted.
Gods of Egypt earned more than double Eddie the Eagle and Triple 9 combined with an estimated $14 million. The Gerard Butler film earned an additional $24.2 million overseas, but will still be seen as a disappointment for the studio that produced it for an estimated $140 million.
Billikens Win Share of A-10 Regular Season Title
The womens basketball team at Saint Louis University closed out the regular season in style on Saturday with a 77-60 win at Chaifetz Arena over Rhode Island. Jackie Kemph had 19 points and 8 assists for the Billikens while Denisha Womack and Sadie Stipanovich had 18 points apiece.
The win was the program-record 23rd on the season on Lisa Stone’s squad as they finish the season with a 23-6 record. A Duquesne loss on Sunday caused a three-way tie for the Atlantic 10 regular season title. SLU, Duquesne and George Washington all finished with 13-3 records within the A-10.
The Billikens received the second seed in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship, which opens this Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. SLU will get a double bye to the quarterfinals and will play either Saint Joesph’s or Rhode Island on Friday. That game will be streamed for free on Atlantic10.com
Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks 10-Year Silence In Supreme Court Case
Justice Clarence Thomas apparently doesn’t ask questions during oral arguments on Supreme Court cases. Today, he asked a lawyer a question for the first time in 10 years. The question came as the court is hearing a case about gun ownership by those that have previously committed domestic violence.
Subway To Make Sure “Footlong” Sandwich Is One Foot Long
A judge approved a settlement in a court case about Subway sandwiches advertised to be a foot long not actually being 12 inches long. The plaintiffs in the case had pictures measuring the sandwiches to only be 11 or 11.5 inches. The attorneys for the plaintiffs received $520,000 in the settlement while the ten plaintiffs received $500 each.
Subway said in a statement that they have put practices into place to ensure sandwiches are as long as advertised in the future, as mandate by the court.
U.S. Soccer Unveils New Crest
The U.S. Soccer Federation unveiled a new crest today that was developed in partnership with Nike. The last change to the crest came in 1995 when Nike took control of the uniforms from Reebok. The crest was unveiled by Nike and U.S. Soccer sending apparel out to various players and celebrities, who then shared it on social media.
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