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Dana White blocked boxing bout with Oscar De La Hoya, says UFC legend Georges St-Pierre

UFC legend and former two-division world champion Georges St-Pierre has revealed that UFC president Dana White has stopped him from boxing Oscar De La Hoya as the boxing legend looks to make his return to the ring.

De La Hoya announced last month that he would make a comeback in a fight set for July 3 on upstart boxing promotion Triller Fight Club, an offshoot of social media company Triller.

De La Hoya’s announcement sparked widespread speculation over the possible identity of his comeback opponent.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez claimed he had been contacted about potentially welcoming “The Golden Boy” back to the ring.

But it has since emerged that the fight Triller were hoping to book was a bout between boxing legend De La Hoya and mixed martial arts legend St-Pierre, who is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this year.

However, those plans were nixed by the UFC president who, according to St-Pierre, would not give his blessing for the former UFC star to take the fight.

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Blocked bout: Georges St-Pierre claims UFC president Dana White blocked his bout with De La Hoya (Image: GETTY)

“I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight,” St-Pierre told Cinema Blend earlier this week.

“However, it would have been fun, because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. 

“I’m turning 40 years old tomorrow; I’m going to be 40 years old. It’s a young man’s game. 

“However, to rather fight a boxing match under the rules that Triller put on against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya? For me, it would have been a dream come true, because he is my second favorite boxer of all time, behind ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard.

“Plus, a lot of the money made would have been given to charity. 

“So it would have been for a good cause, just to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

“And it would have been serious competition because you say, ‘I play basketball, I play hockey.’, 

“But you don’t ‘play’ fighting. It would have been fun.”

“I don’t have the audacity to pretend that I’m better boxer that Oscar De La Hoya was because, when he was in his prime, he’s one of the best that’s ever done it and I come from a different sport,” St-Pierre said. 

“But, take it now because of where we are in our lives.

“I think it would have been a good matchup between him and I because he’s older than me. 

“Yeah, of course he has a lot more experience than me in boxing. But I’m younger, I’m a little bit bigger. 

“So I think it would’ve made it a pretty even matchup. It could have been fun.”

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Ring return: Oscar De La Hoya announced he will return to boxing on July 3 (Image: GETTY)

UFC president White revealed in the UFC 262 post-fight press conference last weekend that Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh had been blowing up his phone trying to make arrangements.

But White told reporters that he wasn’t interest in taking his call, or responding to his messages.

“Who gives a s***? Does anybody give a s***? I don’t give a s*** what they think,” he said.

“You think I care what Triller thinks?

“I don’t even take their calls. This idiot calls me every day. Texts me every day. ‘Please answer my call. Please talk to me. Why won’t you talk to me?’ 

“Because I don’t give a f*** about you. Do your thing. Leave me alone. Go do whatever it is that you’re doing. Knock yourself out. I could care less. I have no interest in talking to any of those idiots.

“You guys know they’re a f****** joke. But you keep asking me about them, when you know they’re a joke. You know this is bulls***. You know they’re all full of s***.”

But Kavanaugh has remained committed to trying to make the fight happen, and took to social media to respond to White’s comments.

“If we are a ‘joke’ and you don’t give a s***, then approve GSP to fight,” Kavanaugh posted to Instagram. 

“We will donate $ 250,000 to a charity of your choice if you approve the fight, as the deal is ready to close pending ONLY your approval.”

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Oscar moments: History, glamour, and a weird ending

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Viewers expecting an emotional finale crowning the late Chadwick Boseman as best actor were left to ponder a huge upset, an absent winner, and a quick ‘see ya.’

LOS ANGELES — Wait. What?

If that’s what you yelled at the TV during the final moments of Sunday’s Oscars, you weren’t alone. In what may have been the most abrupt ending since that closing shot of “The Sopranos,” TV audiences expecting an emotional finale crowning the late Chadwick Boseman as best actor were left to ponder a huge upset, an absent winner, and a quick “see ya” from the Oscars.

It was one more unusual moment in the most unusual of all Oscar telecasts, one that defied convention in so many ways. Some of it was good: In a pandemic year when award shows faced unprecedented challenges, the Oscars brought back red-carpet glamour. And though many nominees weren’t able to attend in person, it was truly heartening to see those who were.

The nominees represented a huge advance in diversity, with more women and more actors of color nominated than ever before — but one oft-predicted outcome was not meant to be: a sweep of the acting categories by actors of color. Though supporting prizes went to Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) and Youn Yuh-jung (“Minari”), the best actor and actress categories went unexpectedly to Anthony Hopkins and to Frances McDormand, winning her third trophy in the category, for”Nomadland.”

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But history was made nonetheless, especially by Chloé Zhao, the China-born director of “Nomadland” who became just the second woman to win best director, and the first woman of color.

And in a year when there was so much pain for all, her words were a balm — perhaps just what a battered world needed. “This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves,” she said. “And to hold on to the goodness in each other.”

Some key Oscar moments:

AMID THE GLAMOUR, REAL-WORLD REMINDERS

Oscars may be about Hollywood-style escapism, but in her opening moments, Regina King kept it real. The talented actor and director of “One Night in Miami” immediately reminded the world both of the scourge of the pandemic and the scourge of police violence. “We are mourning the loss of so many, and I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis I may have traded in my heels for marching boots,” she said, a reference to the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. She noted that some viewers prefer their Oscar ceremonies not to dwell on such things: “I know that a lot of you people at home want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you.” But, she added, “as a mother of a Black son I know the fear that so many live with, and no amount of fame or fortune changes that, OK?”

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A ‘PROMISING’ SHOWING FOR WOMEN

There was a wealth of history to be made this Oscar night, and much of it came for women. First off was Emerald Fennell, who won the night’s first award — best original screenplay — for the fierce and provocative revenge thriller, “Promising Young Woman,” her directorial debut. The busy Fennell, who also found time for an acting role in “The Crown,” became the first woman in 13 years to win a screenwriting Oscar. Fennell, who is pregnant, joked that she was also pregnant when she shot “Promising Young Woman,” and thanked her son for waiting until the shoot was over to arrive: “I was crossing my legs.”

A SAD TRIBUTE

One of the benefits of the telecast leaving more time for speeches this year — with no play-off music — was that some were deeper and more heartfelt. This was especially true of director Thomas Vinterberg, who, in a heartbreaking moment, dedicated his win for “Another Round” (international feature) to his late daughter Ida, who was supposed to be in the film but was killed at age 19 in a car crash by a driver looking at a cell phone, four days into shooting. “Ida, this is a miracle that just happened, and you’re part of this miracle,” the director said, in tears. “Maybe you’ve been pulling some strings somewhere.”

HISTORY, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

History had already made in the directing category before the envelope was opened. For the first time, two women were nominated, Zhao and Fennell. It was quite simply a monumental night for Zhao, the China-born director who became only the second woman in Oscar history to win the directing prize, after Kathryn Bigelow, and the first woman of color. Her lyrical “Nomadland” went on to win best picture — an emphatic triumph for the elegant filmmaker. Next up for Zhao is something very different from this film made for less than $ 5 million: a Marvel film with a budget around $ 200 million.

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THANKS, MOM — FOR HAVING SEX WITH DAD!

It’s always a good idea to pay tribute to one’s Mom when winning an Oscar. Maybe not to talk about her sex life, though — especially when she’s sitting in the audience. Daniel Kaluuya gave a stirring speech when he won best supporting actor for his charismatic performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah” as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Waxing rhapsodic, he then said: “My mum met my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing. I’m here. I’m so happy to be alive.” His mother, in her seat, could clearly be seen asking what the heck he was talking about. Backstage, Kaluuya explained: “She’s got a sense of humor.”

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MAN AND CEPHALOPOD

Many a buddy film has triumphed at the Oscars over the years. This was presumably the first about a human and … an octopus. “My Octopus Teacher” from Netflix rode a wave of fan enthusiasm to the best documentary feature prize. With stunning visuals, the film tells the tale of filmmaker Craig Foster, who became attached to a female octopus. Noted James Reed, co-director with Pippa Ehrlich: “If a man can form a friendship with an octopus, it does sort of make you wonder what else is possible.”

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OH HEY, BRAD

Youn Yuh-jung has charmed Western audiences since she broke through in “Minari,” and the prominent South Korean actress did not disappoint Sunday as she won the best supporting actress award — only the second Asian actress to do so. In her speech, she joked about how often her name is mangled, and marveled at how she could possibly defeat fellow nominee Glenn Close. Youn, 73. also dared to tease her presenter, Brad Pitt, whose company was involved in the production of “Minari,” for not visiting the set in Oklahoma. “Mr. Brad Pitt, finally!” she said. “Nice to meet you.”

BYPASSED AGAIN, CLOSE MAKES HER MARK

It probably wasn’t the kind of Oscar history she wanted to make: Close is now 0-8 at the Oscars, tying Peter O’Toole for most nominations without winning. Surely she will win one day, but for Sunday’s telecast at least, she had to make her mark another way. She did it with humor, in a rare comedy bit. Playing a game where Questlove would play a song and a celebrity would guess if it was ever nominated for or won an Oscar, Close was given E.U.’s “Da Butt.” In what appeared a scripted moment, she exclaimed: “Wait a second. Wait a second. That’s Da Butt.” She then jumped out of her seat and, well, gyrated her butt, providing a needed moment of levity.

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CAN WE GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY?

Yet another awkward Oscar moment for Joaquin Phoenix, who seems to specialize in them. Presenting the final award for best actor, Phoenix undoubtedly expected — as did most of the rest of the world — to give the award to Boseman, rewarding the beloved actor posthumously for his superb performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Indeed, it seemed as if the award order was changed, with best picture presented before best actress and actor, to capitalize on the expected emotional impact. Instead, Hopkins (also deserving, of course) won the award, and since he wasn’t there, it lent a bizarrely abrupt ending to the proceedings … a la the cut-to-black in “The Sopranos”. So …next time, can we go back to the old order, please?

Anthony Hopkins pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman after Oscar upset

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Hopkins’ win was an anticlimactic ending to the Oscars because he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Hours later, he posted a belated acceptance speech.

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Hopkins has honored the late Chadwick Boseman after winning the best actor Oscar, hailing his fellow performer as a man “taken from us far too early.”

The 83-year-old Hopkins took the award for his performance in “The Father,” becoming the oldest actor or actress to win an Oscar, edging out Christopher Plummer’s supporting-actor win at age 82 in the 2010 film “Beginners.”

Hopkins’ win was anticlimactic on a show where he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Presenter Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.

Hours later, Hopkins made a belated acceptance speech in a short video message posted on Instagram, standing in front of the rolling green fields of his native Wales.

“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” he said. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.”

It is Hopkins’ first Oscar since he was victorious for playing Hannibal Lecter.

Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner of the Academy Award for best actor for his work on “The Father,” playing the role of a man fighting dementia.

Boseman had been expected to win the award, which, in a very rare move from the academy, was the last to be handed out this year instead of best picture.

Boseman was nominated for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” his final film before cancer claimed his life last August at age 43. The “Black Panther” star had been diagnosed with the disease four years earlier and kept it private as he continued working.

Hopkins has received four other Oscar nominations, including last year for his role as Benedict in “The Two Popes”; as the eponymous president in “Nixon”; John Quincy Adams in the slavery drama “Amistad,” and a loyal butler in “The Remains of the Day.”

In a 2016 interview with The Associated Press, Hopkins said an acting career wasn’t in the plan.

“I wanted to be a musician, but I drifted into this business by mistake,” he said. “I’m still looking over my shoulder thinking somebody will say, ‘Sorry, Tony, you’re in the wrong business.’”

Hopkins, who started in the theater but found it ill-fitting, focused on movie roles after getting his screen break playing Richard the Lionheart in “The Lion in Winter” in 1968.

In 2000, he became a U.S. citizen. He’d been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993, giving him the right to use “Sir” before his name.

In Associated Press writer Jake Coyle’s review of “The Father,” he called it riveting “to see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood. … For an actor so intense, so rigorously unsentimental, this is his Lear.”

Besides Boseman, the other nominees were Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.

Oscar Winners List 2021: Daniel Kaluuya, Frances McDormand & More

Oscar Winners List 2021

The biggest night in movies has arrived. The 2021 Oscars took place on April 25, and many of our faves walked away with Oscar gold. Find out all the winners from the 93rd annual Academy Awards.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Oscars went down on April 25. The ceremony was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Even though it was a scaled-back event, there was no shortage of star power. The best films and actors were celebrated during Hollywood’s most coveted event.

There were so many incredible performances over the last year. The competition in the Oscar categories was next-level. HollywoodLife has the full list of winners:

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The Oscars took place on April 25. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Steven Yeun, Minari
Gary Oldman, Mank

Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Original Screenplay
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Adapted Screenplay
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Father
Nomadland
One Night In Miami…
The White Tiger

Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya after winning Best Supporting Actor. (Shutterstock)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami…
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Makeup & Hairstyling
Emma
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Pinocchio

Best Costume Design
Emma
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Mulan
Pinocchio

Directing
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Live Action Short Film
Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers
White Eye

Best Animated Short Film
Burrow
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You
Opera
Yes-People

Best Animated Feature Film
Onward
Over the Moon
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

Best Documentary Short Subject
Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

Documentary Feature
Collective
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher
Time

Actress in a Supporting Role
Maria BakalovaBorat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Production Design
The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
News of the World
Tenet

Emerald Fennell
Emerald Fennell’s ‘Promising Young Woman’ won for Best Original Screenplay. (Shutterstock)

Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Film Editing
The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Visual Effects
Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Original Score
Da 5 Bloods
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Soul

Best Original Song
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Húsavík,” Eurovision Song Contest
“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

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Chloé Zhao makes history, wins best director Oscar for 'Nomadland'

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Zhao won the Oscar for best director for “Nomadland,” becoming just the second woman and the first woman of color to win the award.

LOS ANGELES — Chloé Zhao has made history at the 2021 Academy Awards, becoming the first woman of color to win best director and just the second woman to win the award.

Zhao won the directing Oscar for “ Nomadland,” joining Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker.”

This was the only year in the 93-year Oscar history with two female nominees: Zhao and “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell. Only seven women have ever been nominated.

Zhao’s film — starring Frances McDormand — tells a story about a woman in her 60s and other transient workers in the American West.

The film is nominated for a total six awards including best actress for McDormand and best picture.

While wearing braids and sporting white tennis shoes, Zhao thanked her entire cast and crew. She called the process of creating the project a “once-in-a lifetime journey we’ve all been on together.”

Zhao paid homage to those who inspired her to “keep going.”

“This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and hold onto to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that,” she said during her acceptance speech. “This is for you. You inspire me to keep going.”

The director talked about how a game she used to play with her father challenged her.

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately of how I keep going when things get hard,” she said. “I think it goes back to when I was a kid, when I was growing up in China, my dad and I used to play this game. We would memorize Chinese poems and texts. We would recite them together and try to finish each other’s sentences.”

It was the first Oscar for the 39-year-old Zhao, who was born in Beijing and went to college and film school in the United States. “Nomadland” was her third feature.

Zhao said she was also inspired by phrase that comes from a Chinese text “The Three Character Classic,” which she said translated to “People at birth are inherently good.” She said that phrase had a major impact on her as a kid, as she still stands firm on the words.

“I still truly believe them today, even though sometimes it may seem like the opposite is true,” she said. “But I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world.”

The other nominees were Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari,” Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round,” and David Fincher for “Mank.”

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'Chadwick Boseman was robbed’ Jo Brand left 'disappointed' over Anthony Hopkins Oscar win

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Another said: “The Oscars were so sure that Chadwick Boseman was going to win that they REARRANGED THE ENTIRE CEREMONY so his category could be last, and then they gave the award to Anthony Hopkins instead…the most chaotic and unhinged thing I’ve ever seen.”

“An absent Anthony Hopkins winning over Chadwick Boseman during a ceremony built to end around a Boseman win while Joaquin Phoenix awkwardly stumbles through it all is…wow. Chaos!” someone else agreed.

Others raged at the Academy for allowing it to happen, snapping: “Now why the hell would you nominate Chadwick Boseman, a man who gave the most incredible performances in his short career, and not give the award to him???? That was a perfect opportunity to honor him and all that he has done and you completed wasted it. F**k the academy,” they wrote.

Other nominees in that category included Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Gary Oldman in Mank and Steven Yuen for Minari.

Frances McDormand wins Oscar for best actress

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It’s the third best actress Oscar for McDormand, who also won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and in 1996 for “Fargo.”

LOS ANGELES — Frances McDormand has two more Oscars. She may hang on to them a little more tightly.

She won best actress Sunday night for her performance in “Nomadland,” which also nabbed best picture. As a producer on the movie, she collected a trophy as well.

McDormand kissed her director-husband, Joel Coen, and rose from their table inside Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to make her way to the stage for one of the shortest speeches of the night.

“I have no words,” she said. “My voice is in my sword. We know the sword is our work and I like work. Thank you for knowing that and thanks for this.”

In “Nomadland,” McDormand plays Fern, who hits the road after the death of her husband and loss of her job at a plant that is shut down. She buys a van and seeks seasonal work, meeting fellow nomads and learning survival skills along the way.

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The 63-year-old actor now has three best-actress Oscars. She won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and had her trophy briefly stolen during the post-show Governors Ball. It was quickly recovered. Her first Oscar came in 1996 for “Fargo.”

Only Katharine Hepburn, a four-time winner, has won best actress more times.

McDormand won over front-runner Carey Mulligan of “Promising Young Woman” and Viola Davis of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Andra Day of “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and Vanessa Kirby of “Pieces of a Woman” were first-time nominees.

Glenn Close fans rage over Oscar snubs ahead of 2021 ceremony: 'Enough is enough!'

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Others however weren’t so sure, with one admitting: “Yes, Glenn Close deserves an Oscar but not THIS one.”

“I don’t think it’s in the stars tonight for poor Glenn Close…..” a second winced.

If the actress fails to win again, she will be tied with the late Peter O’Toole as the Academy’s most “reliable runner-up”.

Ahead of the ceremony, Close shared a few snaps of her pre-red carpet glam to Instagram, showing off her CBD-infused pedicure and a cheeky photo of her enjoying a drink in her robe while waiting to get dressed.

Despite her losses, she said about her history at the Academy Awards: “It was 38 years ago I went on the red carpet for the first time and it’s been an incredible journey and I’m just so happy to be here.”

Oscar predictions: Can anything beat 'Nomadland'?

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Two film writers predict “Nomadland” will take best picture and its maker, Chloe Zhao, will win best director.

LOS ANGELES — Ahead of Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that is forging on in the midst of the pandemic.

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BEST PICTURE

COYLE: A contemplative character study made for $ 5 million and populated by non-professional actors, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” is not your typical Oscar heavyweight. And yet it’s overwhelming the favorite, a roundly acclaimed movie from an exciting auteur that has already ruled at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and, most crucially, the producers and directors’ guilds. The weirdness of this unending pandemic awards season adds a drop of uncertainty to everything. But as much as I’d like to see “Sound of Metal,”“Promising Young Woman” or “Minari” sneak in for an upset, “Nomadland” is a near-lock, and an eminently worthy winner. But it’s udder madness that Kelly Reichardt’s lyrical “First Cow” never contended here. And how much better would the season have been if Steve McQueen’s explosive “Small Axe” film anthology (which instead will vie at the Emmys) had somehow been in the mix? Old Oscar traditions are eroding, but not quickly enough.

BAHR: You had to bring up “Small Axe,” didn’t you? I would have liked to see “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” go the distance too, but I guess this year there was only room for one contemplative character study made for under $ 5 million — and the one about the rural Pennsylvania teens on a bleak road trip wasn’t it. But it would still be “Nomadland’s” year and that’s only cause for celebration.

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BEST ACTRESS

The Nominees: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”; Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

BAHR: The best actress race is perhaps the biggest wild card of the night. Viola Davis won the Screen Actors Guild Award, Andra Day won the Golden Globe and Frances McDormand won the BAFTA. It’s chaos! Day still seems like a long shot and McDormand’s last win still seems fresh enough that it might push voters who would’ve otherwise went for her Fern elsewhere. This year I’m inclined to believe that Davis will walk away with the trophy for her raw portrayal of blues singer Ma Rainey, but I can’t help but think that perhaps Mulligan should win for “Promising Young Woman.” As for who should’ve been a contender, there are so many but two of my favorites include Aubrey Plaza in the criminally underseen “Black Bear” and Han Ye-ri, who gave my favorite performance in “Minari” as the long-suffering, steadfast mother Monica.

COYLE: Chaos indeed! I think this is a toss up between Davis and Mulligan, with the edge going to Davis after her SAG win. Davis has won before, for her titanic performance in “Fences.” But that came (somewhat debatably) as supporting actress. And there is justice in Davis — very possibly the greatest actor alive — taking the top award, especially when you factor in the category’s history. Just once before has a Black woman (Halle Berry in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball”) won best actress. Still, the race would have been all the more interesting if it hadn’t overlooked two of the year’s best performances: Radha Blank (“The Forty-Year-Old Version”) and Carrie Coon (“The Nest”).

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BEST ACTOR

The nominees: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”; Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”; Steven Yeun, “Minari.”

COYLE: After some ho-hum years, the best actor category is really strong this time around. I loved all of these performances. Still, this award has — rightly — belonged to Boseman throughout an award season that has doubled as tribute and wake for the late “Ma Rainey” actor. His greatest performance was his last. Some see a chance of Hopkins (who won at the BAFTAs) pulling off an upset for his devastating portrait of a man stricken with dementia. But I don’t. Expect Boseman to become the third actor to win an Oscar posthumously, following Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and Peter Finch (“Network”). I wouldn’t swap any of these nominees out, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s high-wire guerilla performance in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” is in a category by itself.

BAHR: Could you imagine if Boseman didn’t win? The grit and commitment in all these performances are worth singing about, though. There were so many others that could have fit in here too, like Delroy Lindo for “Da 5 Bloods,” Mads Mikkelsen for “Another Round” or, while we’re bending categories, even Hugh Jackman for “Bad Education.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The Nominees: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”; Olivia Colman, “The Father”; Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”; Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari.”

BAHR: In a category where Amanda Seyfried started out seeming like a lock, it certainly seems like the tide has shifted toward Yuh-Jung Youn for her performance as the unconventional grandmother Soonja in “Minari.” It’s a difficult task to be both the comic relief and the heart of a film, but she pulls it off effortlessly which is why she probably will and should win (although Maria Bakalova could sweep in with a possible upset). Both women elevated their respective films and deserve all the attention they’re getting. And Seyfried will absolutely get her Oscar somewhere down the line. I would have also liked to see Talia Ryder advance to this stage for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.”

COYLE: This has been a shape-shifting race but Youn is definitely in the lead. I’d like to see more love all around for “Minari,” but it’s kind of fitting that Lee Isaac Chung’s film be celebrated through the minari-growing matriarch of the movie. Two other names that I wish were here, both for disarmingly funny, natural performances: Cristin Milioti, MVP of “Palm Springs,” and Dylan Gelula of the indie college romance “S—-house.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The Nominees: Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”; Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”; LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

COYLE: This seems certain to go to Daniel Kaluuya. For his mighty performance as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Kaluuya (a nominee for “Get Out”) has racked up wins at the SAGs, Globes and BAFTAs. A little wrinkle came when Stanfield was unexpectedly nominated here despite being campaigned for as a leading actor — and that could split some of the vote between the two “Judas and the Black Messiah” stars. Stanfield, for me, is the best actor in this bunch. But this is Kaluuya’s year. Stanfield will be back, as will some of the performers who missed out, like Kingsley Ben-Adir, terrific as Malcolm X in “One Night in Miami.”

BAHR: Oh, Kingsley Ben-Adir! If I’m being perfectly honest, I would have been happy if the supporting slate was simply the cast of “One Night in Miami,” plus Kaluuya. I do think Paul Raci has a shot as the Cinderella story of awards season, but it also feels like it’s time to get Kaluuya up on that stage.

DIRECTOR

The Nominees: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”; Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”; David Fincher, “Mank”; Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”; Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round.”

BAHR: The directing category is Chloé Zhao’s to lose and I think she both will win and should win for the transcendent “Nomadland,” even if it’s become a forgone conclusion at this point. In an awards season as endless as this one it’s hard not to be skeptical of any film and filmmaker that has thus far swept most awards. But that this tiny movie has had such an ascent is something of a miracle and well deserved. The bonus is that (hopefully) we’ll finally have more than one best director-winner who is a woman. That said, it would have been nice had Miranda July (“Kajillionaire”) been among the contenders as well.

COYLE: I like imaging the Dynes of “Kajillionaire” getting all dressed up and taking multiple bus transfers to the Oscars. But Zhao will win, and it should be a great moment. Not just because she’ll be only the second woman to ever win the award but because she’s an exceptional — and exceptionally humble — filmmaker with a lot of movies ahead of her. More often this award goes to someone who’s been around a while. Pretty soon, we’ll be wondering how it’s possible that David Fincher — maybe the very best Hollywood director of his era — hasn’t ever won.

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DOCUMENTARY

The Nominees: “Collective,” “Crip Camp,” “The Mole Agent,” “My Octopus Teacher,” “Time”

COYLE: With increasing frequency, this is the best Oscar category, and it’s the one with the most snubs. Some of the very best movies of the year — including “Dick Johnson Is Dead” and “The Truffle Hunters” — didn’t make it through the crowded shortlist stage. And still the films that did get nominated are sensational. Probably the only one that I wouldn’t pick — “My Octopus Teacher” — is going to win. Little noticed at its debut last fall, the film’s audience swelled on Netflix, turning it into an out-of-the-blue Academy Awards contender. I would cheer loudest, though, if “Crip Camp” were to win. It would be a triumph for a warm-hearted film, and for the disability community.

BAHR: Even the shortlist itself was brutal, leaving out “The Dissident” and “Acasa, My Home” but the documentary category has long left out some of the medium’s best work (hi “Hoop Dreams”). It is odd that a late-game Netflix sensation like “My Octopus Teacher” somehow became the frontrunner, but I’m trying not to judge what people connect to this year even if I would prefer an urgent piece like “Collective” take the prize.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

The Nominees: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Another Round,” Denmark; “Better Days,” Hong Kong; “Collective,” Romania; “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” Tunisia.

BAHR: This category seems to be a race between Denmark’s “Another Round” and Romania’s “Collective,” both of which were nominated in other prominent categories (director and documentary, respectively). I think this one will veer towards “Another Round” simply because its directing nod gave it a brighter spotlight and a bigger audience and voters have a chance to honor “Collective” in another category. Another film that would have been a worthy contender here is Italy’s “Martin Eden.”

COYLE: “Another Round” is a lock. But “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is really good, too. Jasmila Žbanić dramatizes the lead-up to the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys by the Bosnian Serb army in Srebrenica. Following a fictional translator (Jasna Đuričić) working for the United Nations, the film devastatingly probes a human rights tragedy.

ANIMATED FEATURE

The Nominees: “Onward,” “Over the Moon,” “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” “Soul,” “Wolfwalkers.”

COYLE: Pixar, like always, seems to have this in the bag. The studio’s “Soul” is the clear favorite. There’s so much that’s wondrous in Pete Docter’s film that its Oscar victory is hardly something to lament. But you couldn’t find a better underdog than the plucky Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which last year released their most enchanting and ambitious film yet. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s “Wolfwalkers,” the culmination of a triptych of Irish folklore, is impossibly stunning. Every hand-drawn frame is a work of art. It’s the Kilkenny-based studio’s fifth Oscar nomination, and it’s time they won one.

BAHR: Disney and Pixar are so hard to beat. Since 2010, they’ve won eight times and the other two were not exactly indie underdogs (“Rango” and “Spider-Verse”). I’m rooting for “Wolfwalkers” but I’m betting on “Soul.”

Oscar Hosts: Anne Hathaway & More Stars Who Hosted The Academy Awards Over The Years

Author bshilliday
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

The 2021 Academy Awards won’t have a host for the third straight year. Before the show kicks off, here are some of the stars who have taken on the role in the past.

The 2019 Academy Awards show made history as going host-free for the first time since 1989. It wasn’t originally planned that way. Kevin Hart was previously enlisted for the gig, but before long, Twitter users began resurfacing years-old homophobic tweets. Hart then stepped down from the role amidst the backlash against him and no one stepped in to take the gig. In the years since, the show has gone without a host to shepherd the exhausting three to four hour telecast along, and it has managed to not miss a beat. Of course the delightful opening monologues and audience interaction throughout the telecast will always be missed. But the show must go on and is doing so in 2021 via celebrity presenters having a bigger part. Here’s a list of stars who took on Oscar hosting duties over the years to varying degrees of success.

Jimmy Kimmel: 2017 and 2018

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 2018 Academy Awards, after being asked back for the second year in a row. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

ABC was pleased with the network’s late night talk show host’s performance in 2017, especially how he handled the debacle of La La Land incorrectly being named Best Picture over the actual winner Moonlight. It earned Jimmy Kimmel a second go as host in back to back ceremonies, returning in 2018. Thanks to his home base in Hollywood and his tight knit circle of A-list friends, Jimmy was right at home in front of the starry Oscars audience. It also helped that Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s head writer — and Jimmy’s wifeMolly McNearney took over the telecast’s writing duties to keep the show’s humor current and hip.

Chris Rock: 2005 and 2016 

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Chris Rock hosts the 2016 Oscars telecast, the year the show was nicknamed #OscarsSoWhite for the nominees lack of diversity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Chris Rock had the unenviable task of hosting in 2016, the year that there were zero nominations for actors of color, at the 88th Academy Awards. As a result, the Black comedian had to address the #OscarsSoWhite elephant in the room. He ripped into the topic in his monologue,  jokingly referring to the ceremony as the “White People’s Choice Awards.” He added that in years past there hadn’t been an uproar over the lack of diversity because “we had real things to protest; we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.” He also added, “This year, in the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies.”

Neil Patrick Harris: 2015

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris ticked off hosting the Oscars from his ‘Bucket List,’ but later revealed he’d never want to do it again because of brutal backlash on social media. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Neil Patrick Harris was already a veteran of hosting several Tony Awards telecasts, and brought his song and dance skills to the Oscars. Actress Anna Kendrick joined him onstage for a lively musical opening number, and he seemed to enjoy hosting the show. That was, until he read Twitter afterwards. NPH later appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and said he’d never host the show again after looking at Twitter and finding “Uniform hatred,” of his hosting duties. He went on to tell the Huffington Post, “I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it. It’s a beast. It was fun to check off the list, but for the amount of time spent and the understandable opinionated response, I don’t know that it’s a delightful balance to do every year or even again.”

Ellen DeGeneres: 2007 and 2014

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres’ 2014 hosting gig was mainly remembered for her having ‘moments’ with her A-list front rows audience members. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Back when daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was still known as the “Queen of Nice,” the upbeat comedian was asked back in 2014 after hosting the show in 2007. Rather than poke fun at the Oscars or bring any controversial jokes, she mixed and mingled with her A-list front row audience. Ellen infamously gathered Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o and more together for a massive celebrity selfie. She later had boxes of pizzas brought in which she served up to the same hungry movies stars, with Brad Pitt even helping pass out paper napkins and plates.

Seth McFarlane: 2013

Seth McFarlane
Seth McFarlane vowed to never host the Oscars again after a controversial performance as host in 2013. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Add Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane to the list of hosts who never want the job again. He did a disastrous and misogynistic song and dance number called “We Saw Your Boobs,” where Seth named off actresses and the movies where they appeared topless. Seth also made a joke about Kim Kardashian’s “dark facial hair.” He later told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a format that’s about as current as the 1950s variety show format. There’s always an effort to make it interesting and exciting to viewers who are used to a very different entertainment landscape in the modern era, and it’s often times fitting a square peg in a round hole. So it’s not an easy job, and I’m not surprised that they have a tough time finding takers.”

Billy Crystal: 2012 plus eight other times as host

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Billy Crystal’s comedic schtick that made him such a successful Oscars host in the 1990s felt stale and dated by the time he hosted in 2012. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

After the total disaster that was Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s Oscars co-hosting duties in 2011, the Academy brought back “safe” stalwart Billy Crystal, after their first choice Eddie Murphy withdrew from the gig. He reigned as the host of the show seven times between 1990 and 2000, and was a familiar and beloved presence for the audience and viewers. But Billy played it too safe to the point of being boring. Washington Post critic Hank Stuever wrote that Billy “seemed to be overseeing a cruise ship dinner show designed to appeal to the over-50 travel club,” adding that, “Early on, it hit the rocks and started to list. Almost everyone drowned.”

Anne Hathaway and James Franco: 2011

James Franco and Anne Hathaway
James Franco and Anne Hathaway proved to be poorly matched as co-hosts of the 2011 Oscars.
Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Anne Hathaway unfortunately had a super rough go at it when she co-hosted the show with James Franco in 2011. The two were ill-matched thanks to Franco’s utter lack of enthusiasm, which Hathaway then tried to overcompensate for with a ton of energy. And the worst part is the Ocean’s 8 star didn’t even want to host to begin with! “Can I dish some tea?” Hathaway told People, in an interview published Feb. 10, 2019. “I turned that gig down, and James is the one that convinced me to do it.” She then added that she would have likely been fine if Franco admitted it was all a joke. “If he’d turned around and said ‘I’m pranking you right now.’ I think I would have been okay with it. I would’ve been like, ‘That sucks, but it’s epic,” she said. “When all the dust settled, I was just like, you gotta be kidding me. Your first instinct is usually the right one, and all the reasons why I turned it down came true,”

The 93rd Academy Awards air Sunday, Apr. 25 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ABC.