While the industry applauds a new era of female empowerment, a controversial actor is poised to win an Oscar and men dominated music’s big night
Casey Affleck, under fire for sexual harassment allegations, has withdrawn as an Oscars presenter. James Franco, accused of sexual misconduct by five women, was snubbed from the nominations.
Little of the #MeToo pressure, however, has landed on Gary Oldman, a nominee who was once accused of abusing an ex-wife and who previously used racist and sexist slurs in an interview while railing against “political correctness” and defending Mel Gibson’s antisemitic comments. On the contrary, Oldman is expected to win the top prize, his first best actor trophy, which critics say is something of a lifetime achievement award.
The younger singer has appeared on stage with the Rocket Man at the Grammys, but will she find, like so many others, that duetting with the great man is a career kiss of death?
A performer as flamboyant as Elton John would never exit the stage quietly, and this week’s announcement of his retirement performance happily coincided with news of a three-year farewell tour. Still, while fans, florists and makers of garish outfits prepare to mourn the Rocket Man’s last stands, it might come as a relief to those for whom a duet with the piano-playing singer has meant a career kiss of death.
The 60th Grammys in New York featured awards for Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar, and performances from U2, Rihanna, Elton John, Kesha and Lady Gaga. Many wore white roses to show support against sexual harassment
Can Jay-Z finally dominate the major categories with his 13th album? Will Despacito be snubbed? And could Cardi B beat the boys to the rap crown?
Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars