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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" won top honors at the Tony Awards on Sunday, taking home the prize for best musical.  The award for revival of a musical went to "Hedwig and the Angy Inch," with stars Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall also taking home awards. "All the Way" and "A Raisin in the Sun" won in the play categories.


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Other winners included Audra McDonald, who won her sixth Tony for her role in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," Bryan Cranston for lead actor in the play "All the Way" and Jessie Mueller for lead actress in "Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical."  The 68th Tony Awards hosted by Hugh Jackman were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The complete list of nominees and winners are below.

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In a triumph long deferred, "12 Years a Slave" won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, the first time Hollywood conferred its top honor to the work of a black director.


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"I'd like to thank this amazing story," said Steve McQueen, the British-born filmmaker who grasped a prize that has eluded African-American directors and their movies since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave its first Oscars in 1929.

"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," said Mr. McQueen, who dedicated the film to those who had endured slavery, both in the past and in the present.  Only minutes before, Mr. McQueen had been overlooked for the directing award, which went to Alfonso Cuarón for "Gravity," a 3-D blockbuster whose story of survival in space had been locked with Mr. McQueen's film and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" in a ferocious contest for the best picture statuette.

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Created and narrated by Rod Serling, the original series "The Twilight Zone" which aired on CBS from October 2,1959 through June 19, 1964, included 156 episodes. The music theme was composed by Gregor F. Narholz. The series had two revivals which also aired on CBS. The first included 75 episodes and ran on CBS from 1985 to 1989, with a second revival with 44 original episodes which aired on UPN from 2002 to 2003. The series is still running in sindication and can be seen on the SyFy channel.


Each of the 156 episodes of the original series is a mixture of self-contained drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction and abstract ideas through television and also through a wide variety of Twilight Zone literature.

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"American Hustle" was a film favorite at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, while "Breaking Bad" and Behind the Candelabra" led the television categories.  "Hustle" nabbed three of its seven nominations, including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. "12 Years a Slave" took home Best Picture - Drama. On the TV side, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" emerged as a surprising victor in both of its categories: Best Television Series - Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy Television Series (Andy Samberg).


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors were handed out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reprising hosting duties from last year. Diane Keaton accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on behalf of Woody Allen, who famously skips out on awards shows. During her speech, the audio cut out for a prolonged period, leaving viewers at home wondering if a technical glitch caused the silence or if Keaton was spewing profanities.

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The 2014 People's Choice Awards was broadcast on Wednesday January 8, 2014 live on the CBS network.  Unlike other award shows that rely on industry professionals to pick the nominees, the People's Choice Awards are voted on by the fans. There are no bean counters using tour revenues, box office receipts or album sales to decide who to nominate. These awards are by the people, of the people and for the people. Over 230 million fans voted for their favorite entertainers in music, film and television.


Big winners included Sandra Bullock, who took away a number of awards, including Favorite Movie Actress,  and "Iron Man 3," which scored Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie as well as Justin Timberlake scoring Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite R&B Artist.  Jennifer Hudson received the "Favorite Humanitarian" award.