Big day today. And normally the biggest headline here at this site would be that it’s Oscar nomination day as we brace for whatever controversy comes out of the snubs and exclusions. To give you some idea of what we might expect, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg’s final Oscar predictions do not include Jennifer Lopez in the Best Supporting Actress category. He’s predicting that no black actors will be nominated in any categories. And he’s predicting that Little Women will not be nominated for Best Picture.
But however the Oscar nominations play out, they will likely not be the top story. Because there’s a showdown happening at Sandringham sometime today as the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry will meet to discuss Sussexit. People have been obsessing about this all weekend long as UK tabloids are releasing provocative headlines pretty much on the hour.
Which is why the Critics’ Choice Awards results will probably be pushed to the back pages pretty soon. So let’s shout out Ava DuVernay (wearing Michael Cinco), Jharrel Jerome, and the When They See Us team for, as Ava said during her acceptance speech last night, finally taking the stage, winning in the Limited Series category, acknowledging that the acclaimed series has been largely ignored by some other awards boards. The story of the Exonerated Five had its moment last night – and that moment might continue to next weekend at the Screen Actors Guild awards where Jharrel is nominated for Best Actor in a TV movie or series. Jharrel’s next role is opposite Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin in a film called Concrete Cowboys that’s due out later this year about a 15 year old boy who moves to Philadelphia and wants to become an urban cowboy, inspired by the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club. It’s a really interesting story most of us probably haven’t heard about; I just learned about it this morning and have spent half an hour watching YouTube videos about its history. Nike just featured it in a commercial last summer:
And if a certain hit song comes to mind, you’ll note that it doesn’t actually come up, but that line at the end is unmistakable.
Yours in gossip,