New year, new you, new headline-making stories in entertainment! Over the past month, we’ve seen some of the biggest stories come out of Hollywood. From losing beloved members of the entertainment industry to big winners at the Golden Globes, this month had it all! Without further ado, let’s recap on the biggest, best, and most-discussed stories from La-La Land in January.
Gervais Takes The Globes, Again
The Golden Globes, where Hollywood’s finest let their guards down, relax, and have a few too many cocktails. And who better to emcee the evening than repeat host, Ricky Gervais? Even when he’s picking apart our favorite A-listers, he always manages to get a laugh. The British comedian left no stone unturned at the event, calling out everyone from Ben Affleck to Mel Gibson. Unfortunately for viewers at home, some of his (potentially) best jokes were bleeped to compensate for the barrage of curse words he continued to lob at the audience throughout the night. But for the most part, the stars kept it clean and took home some of the biggest awards of the night. Best Picture, Drama went to Leonardo DiCaprio’s much-buzzed-about film, The Revenant, while Best Picture, Comedy went to Matt Damon’s The Martian. Other winners included DiCaprio for Best Actor, Drama for the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed film, Best Actress, Drama went to Brie Larson in The Room, and Jennifer Lawrence saw her trophy for Best Actress, Comedy for her film, Joy. One of the most sweetest moments of the night went to Denzel Washington, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award from friend, and fellow thespian, Tom Hanks. Washington took the stage to accept the award, and while attempting to give his speech, he realized he forgot his glasses at home! Luckily for him, his wife was right by his side to help guide him through it (despite forgetting hers at home too!). It was a lovely moment, and reminds us all that even the greats are like us mere mortals. Finally, the night’s best acceptance speech goes to Taraji P. Henson, who took home Best Actress, Drama Series for the hit Fox show, Empire. The actress, who plays the character ‘Cookie Lyon’ on the show, passed out cookies to members of the audience on her way up to the stage. How sweet!
Oversight At The Oscars
Unfortunately, not every award show has made positive headlines this season. The Academy Awards announced their nominees on January 14. While some may celebrate the nods, it left many artists and fans alike, speechless. The Oscars came under fire after announcing an all-white group of actors nominated for the four main acting categories (Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor). Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, and many more in the entertainment community have come forward in protest of the events, and call for a change to the way films are selected, cast, and celebrated. Amid the controversy, The Academy has unveiled five non-white performers and presenters for the show, including Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, and The Weeknd. For now, the show will go on, with Chris Rock stepping in as host for the evening. In addition to these famous faces, fans of the show can also expect to see Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett, and Rachel McAdams n attendance.
Saying Goodbye Is Hard To Do
January has been a tough month for Hollywood, but none more than the family, friends, and fans of those the entertainment industry lost. Many were shocked and saddened to hear of the deaths of Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, and David Bowie. Rickman, who many know and love from movies such as Love Actually and the many Harry Potter films, lost his battle to cancer at the age of 69. Fans of the Harry Potter series fled to Universal Orlando Studios to hold a moment of silence with their wands in the air, reminiscent to a scene in one of the final Potter films. Many fans even went as far as to leave flowers at ‘Professor Snape’s’ door. Specifically, lilies. This month, we also mourned the loss of some of music’s greatest acts. Eagles founder and guitarist, Glenn Frey, also passed away due to a combination of illnesses, including pneumonia. He was just 67 years old. Many members of Hollywood shared their grief of his passing via social media and share what his legacy has meant to them. And of course, we must mention the loss of the iconic David Bowie. The musician lost his battle with cancer at the age of 69 earlier this month. The icon has been mourned by millions, including fans and fellow artists. His son, Duncan Jones, confirmed his passing on his Twitter account soon after the announcement was made on Bowie’s Facebook page. One of the most striking tweets came from The German Foreign Ministry, who credit Bowie for helping reunite East and West Germany after his performance of his song ‘Heroes’ at The Berlin Wall. We are saddened to see the loss of these great artists, but will continue to remember them through their art and their influences. Rest in peace.
Beyonce Bowl 2.0
In much happier news, it was revealed to Entertainment Tonight earlier this month that Beyonce will once again grace the Super Bowl during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show with British band, Coldplay. The show, which will air on February 7, may also bring back former Halftime performer Bruno Mars. Pepsi confirmed the news of Queen Bey’s return, and we can’t wait! Beyonce performed once before during the Super Bowl in 2013, while Mars performed in 2014. Coldplay was already announced as the show’s official performers, but the show is known for bringing about collaborations. During the 2014 show, Mars was joined onstage by the rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. They also brought together Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson for that infamous performance back in 2004. Well, color us excited! We can’t wait to see how Bey and Coldplay will rock the stage next month. Let’s just hope this time, they keep the lights on.
American Idol: The Best of The Worst
It’s back for one last time! Whether you love or love to hate it, the American singing competition that brought us performers like Carrie Underwood, Jordan Sparks, and Adam Lambert is back for one last round. American Idol premiered with its returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Despite its tough competition with shows like Modern Family, the realty competition show came out on top with 10.9 million viewers, the lowest-ever ratings premiere the show has seen. As the judges are finishing up Hollywood week, the competition will surely be missed by fans and alumni alike. The show has created some of the biggest names in Hollywood since its conception, including Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and even gave us Simon Cowell (who, let’s not forget gave us One Direction, so it’s pretty much come full circle). So far this season, we’ve seen former contestants like Clay Aiken, last year’s winner, Nick Fradiani, and rap superstar Kanye West make appearances. Clarkson is set to return to the show as well, and many assume we will also be getting cameos from Underwood and Cowell. It’s been a long ride, but a great one at that. We’ll miss you, Idol.
And there you have it! January had some great highs and some extreme lows, but here’s hoping February brings us nothing but happy news. What are your thoughts on some of the stories? What headlines did you talk about the most? Let us know in the comments! And, as always, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, and ‘like’ us on Facebook!