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Ten tips for posing hands in portraits you’ll wish you knew sooner

Ten tips for posing hands in portraits you’ll wish you knew sooner

Including hands in the frame when shooting portraits can add to the story and make your portraits more appealing. But if you don’t pose them properly, they are rather a nuisance than useful addition to your image. In this video, Miguel Quiles shares ten useful things for posing hands in portraits to make the best out of your photos.

1. Avoid showing the back of the hand straight on

The back of the hand is the widest part of the hand. Because of this, it could look larger than it actually is in photos, especially if it’s closer to the camera. A slight bend in the wrist or slightly turning the hand away from the camera can make the hand look more aesthetically pleasing. Note that this works for female models, as male models usually don’t mind having their hands look bigger.

2. Avoid showing the inside of the hand straight on

Another thing to avoid showing straight on is the inside of the hands. The reason – it’s a bit wrinkly in most of us, or at least more wrinkled than our faces. Face the hands away from the camera and more towards the light so the light “erases” the wrinkles.

3. Avoid pressing hands and/or fingers into the face or body

If your subject’s hands are visible in the frame and touching face or body, remind your model to be gentle. Pressing hands into face or body leaves a mark and it’s a pain in the neck to retouch later. Plus, it can smudge makeup, too.

4. Moisturize hands and make sure they’re clean

Here’s a simple one – make sure that your model’s hands are moisturized before the shoot. You can either remind the model to bring the moisturizer or just keep it in your gear bag so it’s always at hand (no pun intended). Also, remind your model to take care of their hands before the shoot: this means clean nail beds, no hangnails, and tidy nail polish.

5. Watch out for “rebels”

You know that finger in the frame that has “a mind of its own?” Pay attention to these as you shoot and direct your subject to apply necessary corrections when you notice that one of the fingers is rebelling against others.

6. Use the “Karate Chop” method

Here’s a simple, but a powerful tip – remember how you should avoid showing the front and the back of the hands straight on? A simple turn of the wrist will show the blade of the hands and make them look more appealing. Remind your model to turn the hands so they can do a “karate chop.”

7. Make sure to match skin tones of hands and face

Sometimes, hands may have a different skin shade than the face. The makeup artists will make the corrections on set. However, if you don’t work with a makeup artist, be prepared to put a little bit of extra work in post and match the skin tones of hands and face.

8. Hands in the frame should “tell a story”

Hands are not supposed to just dangle in the frame. They need to add to the story, to the subject’s feelings, and to the message you want to convey. If they can’t contribute to any of these – leave them out of the frame.

9. & 10. Avoid “dead hand” by resetting pose often

Tips 9 and 10 kinda go together, so Miguel presents them this way. He explains that when you try to come up with new ideas for portraits, you could overthink stuff and forget to pose hands. As a result, hands in the frame can end up looking completely lifeless, and this is something to pay attention to.

If this happens, direct your model to either reset the pose completely or if everything else looks fine, to reset the hand pose.

Do you apply these hand posing techniques in your portraits? Are there any other you’d like to share? Feel free to write them in the comments.

[10 Useful Tips For Posing Hands in Portraits You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner! | Miguel Quiles]

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7 Makeup Tips and Techniques I Learned From Nerding Out to This ’90s Makeup Tutorial By Sam of Pixiwoo

7 Makeup Tips and Techniques I Learned From Nerding Out to This ’90s Makeup Tutorial By Sam of Pixiwoo

Nerd alert!

(Of course I mean that in the best possible way because makeup nerds ROCK.)

I nerded out big time to this ’90s makeup how-to video by Sam of Pixiwoo, and after watching it, all I wanted to do was grab my brushes (they’re clean, hallelujah!), sit down with a pile o’ makeup and a mirror, blast some Prince, and just play for hours.

Sam shows step-by-step how to do a classic, full-on ’90s matte eye similar to what Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston (two of my favorite ’90s divas) wore back in the day. Then she pairs it with a ’90s-style Pamela Anderson lip (complete with the overdrawn, un-blended lip liner…BUT DAMN IT LOOKS HELLA GOOD!).

Sam updates the look though, so it’s not straight outta the ’90s, and she does this by pairing the dramatic eyes and lips with a sheer, barely-there base. I think the final result is totally wearable but not boring, not too difficult to do, and modern looking. I would totally do this look for a dinner, or drinks with the girls, or to Trader Joe’s to buy some whole wheat bread… HA HA HA!

The tips are moderate-advanced, which I appreciate — because how many times do we have to hear the phrase “move in a windshield wiper motion” on YouTube? — and almost all of them are techniques I’ve never heard before.

1. Use a domed blending brush and a thin tapered brush to precisely apply crease color.

For detailed crease work, Sam recommends keeping these two brushes on hand so you can place your darkest crease color exactly where you want it. She starts with a domed brush to place the darkest brown shade on the outer corner, then swaps it for for a thin, tapered brush.

She loads eyeshadow only on the very tip of the brush, then removes most of it before carefully sketching a thin line in her inner crease. This allows her to place the color exactly where she wants with maximum control. GENIUS!

2. Pay close attention to where you put your fingers on your brush relative to the ferrule.

Where you wrap your fingers around the brush determines how much control you’ll have over it. If you want more control, like when you’re drawing a pinpoint thin line in your inner crease, then hold closer to the ferrule, but if you’re going for a more blended, diffused look, hold your fingers father away from the ferrule.

3. Brace your hand against your cheek so you can steady your body before drawing fine lines.

To draw fine, perfect lines, Sam likes to steady her hand by anchoring it against her cheek; then, when it’s time to sketch out the line, she uses her fingers to move the brush. Moving just your fingers minimize any jerky movements.

She does this whenever she uses liquid liner or lip liner or anything that requires precision.

4. For a different take on minimal base, apply concealer only where you want it, and then blend it out with a fluffy face brush.

The fluffy face brush diffuses the concealer, so you’re only left with a minimal amount of product — and a sheer base — on your face.

5. You can draw realistic faux freckles with liquid lipstick.

Sam creatively uses one of my favorite MAC liquid lipsticks, Topped With Brandy, to create faux freckles, by applying dots of different sizes to the back of her hand, which she then picks up with a finger. Then she dabs them on the bridge of her nose and the tops of her cheeks. Next, she gently buffs around the perimeter of the dots to fade them a touch.

6. Fake the look of full lips by applying a lighter concealer on top of your lipstick.

After lining and filing in her lips, Sam dabs concealer in the center of the lips to highlight them and make them appear fuller.

Why did I never try this in the ’90s?? I wish I had!

7. If you’re going on vacation to Santorini, Greece, bring comfortable shoes.

Sam’s super profesh, but she isn’t all business, all the time. She also peppers this video with fun anecdotes about her vacation in Santorini. Apparently, there are a LOT of stairs there, so she doesn’t recommend bringing your kids (because all they’ll do is complain, ha ha ha! I can see that happening with teenage Coywolf).

Oh, and apparently this place is BOMB for eating massive amounts of feta cheese.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!!!!!!!

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Retirement Isn’t Happening

Retirement Isn’t Happening

by John Mauldin

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I have long said I don’t want to retire. I enjoy my work. It’s not too physical, other than the travel (which is finally beginning to wear on me). Also, my savings are not yet sufficient to sustain the retirement lifestyle Shane and I want. I could retire now but would rather wait.

Fortunately, I have the choice of continuing to work and adding to those savings. I realize many Americans don’t have that luxury. Some have to retire because of illness, or because their work requires more physical ability than their age allows. Many others don’t retire because they just can’t afford to.

TV commercials suggest a financial advisor is key to a leisurely retirement. A good one certainly can help, but only to the extent you’ve saved enough cash to give them something to invest. And as we’ll see, many Americans haven’t.

My readers tend to be conscious of these things. You probably have above-average income and savings. Maybe your retirement plan is on track, but that doesn’t mean you can rest easy. We all exist within a society and an economy. Its problems are ours, too, as we may find out when taxes rise to help pay for others to retire.

Today, we’ll look at the state of retirement in America, updating some data I shared a couple of years ago. Then we will look at some strategies to keep your plan realistic and on track.

Social Security Is Not Enough

How much money will you need to retire, and how much will you have? Answering those questions is one reason a good financial advisor is worth every penny you pay them. But let’s talk about some generalities.

Say you want to stop working at 65. You’re in good health and your family tends toward long lives. You expect to reach 90, having been retired for 25 years. Will Social Security alone be enough?

If you spent most of your life paying as much as legally possible into the system, and you retire in 2019 at age 65, your monthly benefit will be $2,757, which is then indexed for inflation (at least under current law). It jumps to $3,770 if you delay retirement until age 70.

Since I am not yet 70 for another eight months, I really haven’t paid much attention to what I will get when I start my Social Security. I assumed like the charts that I’ve seen below that it would be a couple of thousand a month. I was surprised to learn I may get significantly more. Considering how much I’ve contributed over 50+ working years, it’s probably not that great a return. Yet most people get less. Here’s the distribution.

A solid majority of Social Security recipients receive $2,000 a month or less, and many less than $1,000. The average benefit is $1,413, according to Social Security’s latest fact sheet. If that’s all you have, your retirement lifestyle is not going to include many cruises and golf tournaments.

Of course, it shouldn’t be all you have. Social Security was never supposed to be a complete multi-decade retirement plan. It was designed to keep retired workers out of poverty at a time when lower life expectancies kept retirement much shorter for most—if they lived to 65 at all. Now we live longer, and we have higher expectations, which political leaders have done little to dampen. Often they’ve done the opposite.

Bottom line: Social Security probably won’t give you much security. You need more.

Is That All There Is?

Ideally, people should avoid relying on Social Security and accumulate other savings as well. Many, perhaps most, do not. The reasons vary. I suppose some just spend their money unwisely and neglect to save anything. But income data says many Americans can’t afford to both live a typical middle-class lifestyle and save enough to finance a 20+ year retirement. Here’s a Doug Short chart to illustrate.

Source: Advisor Perspectives

In constant dollars and adjusting for hours worked, average weekly earnings for non-managers are now $779, and that’s an almost 40-year high. Millions of those now approaching retirement age spent their entire lives earning the equivalent of $40,000 a year, at most. Little surprise they don’t have six-figure retirement savings. The simple fact of the matter is, it takes enormous discipline to save even 6% for your 401(k) at that income level.

In a country of 330+ million people, shockingly few have enough retirement savings to support the stereotypical leisurely golden years. Dennis Gartman shared some disturbing numbers last week.

Firstly, we note that there were 133,800 “millionaires” late last year with sums of more than $1 million in their retirement accounts, which on its face, sounds like a large number. But that is down from 187,400 at the end of third quarter of last year, according to Fidelity Investments. According to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees TSPs, as of the end of last year, there were 21,432 “millionaires” compared to 34,128 at the end of September in those TSP accounts. The 4th quarter of last year was a disaster to those solely involved with equity investments; it was merely “horrible” for those with a more balanced investment portfolio.

But these are not really our focus this morning; our focus is that the average balance in 401(k)s, 403(b)s, or IRAs fell to $95,600 at the end of last year from $104,300 at the end of the 3rd quarter for 401(k)s, to $78,700 from $85,100 for 403(b)s and to $98,400 from $106,300 for IRA balances. It was not the drops in value that caught our attention; it is the fact that the averages are only at or near $100,000, forcing us to wonder what sort of retirement can the average retiree look forward to with this minimal sum of money set aside? Is that all there is? Really? Is that really all there is? If so, we are in very real trouble.

The average IRA balance is not necessarily indicative of retirement savings generally, as many other vehicles exist, but it’s probably a good proxy. And an average of around $100,000 won’t yield much of a supplement to the monthly Social Security benefits described above.

I found this chart on CNBC, which also refers to the study Dennis quoted:

Many of our parents and grandparents had defined benefit plans and other guaranteed retirement benefits from the corporations they worked for. Those are increasingly an endangered species in the private sector while 401(k)s, IRAs, and Social Security aren’t giving the average person enough to retire on anything close to a comfortable lifestyle.

Average household savings for the bottom 40% are under $30,000. Median household savings for the bottom 40% are zero dollars. Clearly the top percentiles and especially the top 1%, skew the average. Note the bottom lines in the chart below is not the top 20%, but the top 1%. And the top 1/10 of 1%? Don’t make me giggle.

Source: cnbc.com

The point is that the 80% of households have less than $100,000 in savings. That is not enough for even a minimal retirement. Let’s make the very aggressive assumption that you can take 5% a year from your savings plan. If you have $100,000, that’s $5,000 yearly or about $417 a month—on top of your Social Security. And if you don’t have your house paid off? Or car?

The Indexing Problem in Retirement Accounts

Nearly every article I read on this topic talks about the fourth quarter’s losses, but something else leapt out at me.

Back-of-the-napkin math (and a rough napkin at that) says these retirement accounts are at least 50% invested in equity index funds. Some of you are now asking, “What’s the problem? All those index funds have come back. Everybody is back to where they started.”

Not so fast, Jack. As I have said until readers are probably tired of it, bear markets (which the last little bump in December barely qualifies for) that are not accompanied by a recession have V shaped recoveries. Which is exactly what we got.

Bear markets that are accompanied by recession take a very long time to recover and will likely be in the 40 to 50% loss range. A 50% loss requires a 100% gain to breakeven. That took about five years from the bottom of the last bear market.

Now, let’s look at the chart from the S&P 500 for the last 10 years courtesy of Macrotrends. Note that the S&P is up well over 3.5x (give or take) in the last 10 years. But the 401(k)s and IRAs did not even double. Some of that is due to investors getting out at the bottom and back in later. Some is maybe due to high bond allocations in 2009 (bond funds had done very well, and we know people chase returns). But nonetheless, retirement funds have not performed as well as you might expect.

Source: Macrotrends

Further, when that next recession and bear market hit, it will take even longer to bounce back. The recovery will be even slower than this last one. As the research I’ve shared in previous letters shows, large amounts of debt slows recoveries. Very large amounts create flat economies. We are approaching large amounts in the US.

(Think what that large debt and recession did to Japan. What’s that song? Turning Japanese by The Vapors. The official 1980 video is not politically correct by 2019 standards but has some interesting historical tidbits along with the WWII propaganda silliness.)

In any event, the next recession will shortly cause a $30 trillion debt for the US government, soon to be followed by $40 trillion. Will that much debt turn us Japanese? That’s not entirely clear, since we have the world’s reserve currency and a unique role in global commerce and finance, but I think the recovery will be much slower, at a minimum. A double dip recession is clearly possible, making those stock market index fund losses even worse.

You must have some kind of strategy for dealing with market volatility. I don’t know how many times I can say that. But that’s the case only if you have savings to lose. Millions don’t, which means they have an even harder challenge.

Double Problem

I speak at a variety of investment events every year. Some are for high net worth investors, but others draw a broader crowd. Lack of retirement savings, both their own accounts and those of their neighbors and the rest of the country, is by far the most common worry I hear at those events. Sometimes it verges on panic, even among people who spent decades earning good incomes and saving all they could.

The Baby Boom generation that is now reaching retirement age has a double problem. First, many of its members didn’t save enough cash to support a comfortable retirement. Second, those many who did save enough could see it evaporate when we get into another bear market, which we certainly will at some point.

What can you do? Some suggestions.

First, whatever your age, save as much as you can. Stash it in your IRA, 401k, defined benefit plan, or whatever other tax-advantaged vehicles are available to you. Then save more outside them. If you look at your income and expenses and think “I just can’t do this,” think again. Start saving something, even if it’s $20 or $50 a month. Get in the habit and it will become easier.

(A personal note: If you have a small business, you should at a minimum have 401(k)s and business employment retirement plans. If you’re making a relatively good income, you should think about getting your own defined benefit plan. DB plans are not just for monster corporations. They can work extremely well for small, very closely held businesses. You can put away over $2 million of total contribution over your lifetime. If you start your plan and your age is 60, those can be some hefty annual contributions. Just another reason a good financial advisor can be useful.)

Second, invest in programs that give you at least a chance to dodge bear markets. Buy and hold works in theory, but not for most people because we are humans with emotions. We should recognize that and take steps to control it. As I continually say, we should invest in trading strategies and not buy-and-hold index funds in this environment. And of course, fixed income strategies like actual bonds, real estate, private credit, and so on.

Third, forget about retiring at 65 unless you are in truly dismal health (in which case, financing a long retirement is probably not your top worry). Keep working a few more years, even if you have to find a new career that better fits your circumstances. This will let your capital accumulate longer and you’ll get a higher Social Security benefit by waiting until 70 to start collecting.

Fourth, take care of your health. It will both reduce your medical expenses and keep you in shape so you can work and produce income longer. Further, staying physically active will keep you healthier. If that physical activity is involved in a job, that counts. There are studies that actually associate retirement with lower life and health spans. But gym time and a healthy diet are still important.

I’m personally doing all of the above, and I’m still concerned it won’t be enough. Laugh if you want to, but that concern for me is real. Relaxing is not in my personal makeup. I know a lot of people like me. I can only imagine the panic of those less fortunate and prepared. Their problems are yours and mine, too, because an economy with so many low-income elderly people has less opportunity for everyone.

While I think socialist and progressive policies are terrifying, they are spot-on when talking about wage and income disparity. Corporate profits are at their highest level ever percentage wise, yet labor is back to Great Depression levels. That is not healthy for our society. I am not going to start singing 1930s union songs, but this is a problem we must address. It is only going to get worse and the longer we wait, the more expensive the solution is going to be. Those of us with a libertarian bent may just have to suck it up and become part of the solution.

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Cardi B’s high school AP Government teacher tells off her critics and says she was a good student

Cardi B’s high school AP Government teacher tells off her critics and says she was a good student

Cardi B’s former AP Government teacher is rushing to the rapper’s defense in light of her recent political outspokenness. 

Earlier this year, the 26-year-old chart-topper sounded off about the government shutdown, taking aim at Trump and his proposed wall at the US/Mexico border in a video that’s since been viewed over 19 million times on Instagram.

While many have praised her for taking a stance, others have argued that she should stay in her lane — a take that one of her old high school teachers takes issue with.

Back off! Cardi B’s high school teacher came to her defense on Facebook, hitting out at critics who’ve voiced negative opinions about her politics

Cardi attended the Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology in the Bronx, New York.

Recently, Joan Hill, a history teacher at the school who once had Cardi in her class, shared her thoughts on her former student on Facebook — and a screengrab of her post has since gone viral on Twitter

She wrote: ‘For those of you on my feed who are trashing Cardi B for representing a political voice…

‘A) She probably scored higher than you on the US History Regents exam and was in my AP govt class,’ she said, referring to the annual standardizing testing required in high schools in New York state.  

‘B) You’re not nearly as busy as her, and what have you done to advance political discourse in this country?  

‘C) She has a national platform and is using it to speak about things that are important… why can’t we respect that?

‘D) STFU and take a seat,’ she concluded.

Smartie: She said Cardi performed really well on annual standardized tests and was in AP Government

Study spot: Cardi went to Renaissance High School For Musical Theater & Technology in the Bronx, New York

The screengrab of the tweet has been liked over 57,000 times in two days. Many people were impressed to learn that Cardi was such a good student and happy to see her teacher coming out to back her up.

Those fans were equally impressed when Cardi first started sharing her political opinions earlier this year.

In a video she uploaded on January 26, the rapper is seen sporting a full face of makeup as she gets real about her thoughts on the then-still-ongoing government shutdown.

‘Hey y’all, I just want to remind you because it’s been a little bit over three weeks, okay!? It’s been a little bit over three weeks, Trump is now ordering… federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid!’

Cardi found the reason behind the shutdown unacceptable, and said there was a big difference between the current shutdown and the one which occurred in 2013 during the Obama administration.

People are listening: Last month, Cardi weighed in on the government shutdown with a video that’s been viewed over 19 million times on Instagram

‘Now, I don’t want to hear y’all motherf**kers talking about, “Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days.” Yeah b**ch! For healthcare!

‘So your grandma can check her blood pressure, and you b***hes can go check your p*ssy at the gynecologist with no motherf**king problem!’

Though she admitted she wasn’t qualified to lead a movement, she urged fans to ‘take some action’ in light of the current events.

She also expressed serious concerns about the state of the country, calling it ‘in a hell hole.’

‘Now, I know a lot of you don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably don’t even have a job, but this s**t is really f**king serious, bro. This s**t is crazy. Like our country is in a hell hole right now, all for a f**king wall.

‘We really need to take this serious, I feel like we need to take some action, I don’t know what type of action b***h ’cause this is not what I do, but b***h I’m scared.

‘This is crazy, and I really feel bad for these people that got to go to f**king work to not get motherf**king paid.’ 

Cardi said: ‘This s**t is really f**king serious, bro. This s**t is crazy. Like our country is in a hell hole right now, all for a f**king wall.’

Not long after posting the video, the hashtag ‘Cardi B 2020’ gained traction on Twitter, with numerous fans posting the clip of her tirade.

Though the video earned an incredible amount of attention, it wasn’t her first time sharing such opinions.

She also expressed her feelings about Trump and his policies in a separate rant posted to her Instagram Live stories that same week.

‘You promised these f**king racist rednecks that you was gonna build the wall, but you know that was impossible, but they voted for you and you promised them this s**t so, now you have to do it. 

‘Trump is like a clout chaser. He’s like one of these new rap artists: They follow, they do the most for clout. And Trump wants that. Some people can have money, some people can have all the money in the world, all the power in the world, but they really want that fame.

‘His legacy, he wants to go down as that bad person. You see the s**t he pulled on Christmas and New Years? He loves to interrupt the peace. 

‘Trump has begged… I be knowing ’cause y’all not in the scene. Trump wants to be cool with basketball teams, football teams, and black people. He want to be cool with them. He wants validation from what’s popping right now.’ 

Feud: Cardi B (left) and conservative commentator Tomi Lahren (right) also traded words

‘Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020,’ Lahren tweeted 

Nope! Cardi clapped back  ‘Leave me alone I will dog walk you’

Looking for trouble: Lahren quickly responded, ‘I’m sure you would. Still doesn’t make your political rambling any less moronic’

Sheep: ‘You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much, Cardi answered

In her corner: After getting whiff of the commotion, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chimed in to defend Cardi

Things got even more heated later in the month when conservative commentator Tomi Lahren mocked her on Twitter.

‘Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020,’ Lahren tweeted.

Cardi clapped back on Sunday morning and said: ‘Leave me alone I will dog walk you.’ 

Lahren quickly responded to the Bodak Yellow rapper: ‘I’m sure you would. Still doesn’t make your political rambling any less moronic. #BuildthatWall.’

Cardi replied: ‘You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much.

‘You are a perfect example on no matter how educated or smart you think you are you still a SHEEP!’

After getting whiff of the commotion, US representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, chimed in to defend Cardi.

‘Why do people think they can mess with Bronx women without getting roasted?

‘They act as though our borough hasn’t been perfecting the clapback game since the Sugarhill Gang [sic] y’all just found it on Twitter,’ Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

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Awards Race: Black Panther scores major NAACP noms, God of War wins top DICE prize, Oscars kicks up another fiasco

Awards Race: Black Panther scores major NAACP noms, God of War wins top DICE prize, Oscars kicks up another fiasco

With the Oscars a little over a week away, awards season is really heating up.

The final awards for achievements in 2018 are being doled out, but not everything is warm and fuzzy. The Academy has come under fire for axing certain awards from the ceremony proper, which has been plagued with controversy for the last two months. 

With that said, Black Panther is still chugging along on some nice momentum, clawing at even more prizes to add to its trophy shelf made of Vibranium.

Hell, even the gaming industry is getting in on the awards action!

Here’s what you need to know about the latest awards-season developments…


The NAACP has announced the nominees for this year’s Image Awards, and Black Panther is among the top contenders.

Ryan Coogler’s Marvel movie is up for Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Chadwick Boseman — also up for Entertainer of the Year), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Winston Duke and Michael B. Jordan), Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Soundtrack.

The category for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture is dominated by Black Panther actors: Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), and Letitia Wright (Shuri). Wright and Duke (who played M’Baku) are also competing for Outstanding Breakthrough Role in a Motion Picture. In addition, the entire cast could take home Best Ensemble like it did at the SAG Awards just a few weeks ago.

Other genre standouts include:

  • Sorry to Bother You (Outstanding Independent Motion Picture)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Shameik Moore)
  • Incredibles 2 (Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Samuel L. Jackson)
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage (Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series – Alfre Woodard)
  • Westworld (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Thandie Newton)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special – Michael B. Jordan)
  • Black Lightning (Outstanding Guest Actor or Actress in a Television Series – Erika Alexander)

The 50th annual NAACP Image Awards will be televised live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 30. You can catch the post-Oscars action on TV One. 

For the full list of nominees, click here.


Last week, the Academy announced that the Oscar winners in technical categories like cinematography, editing, hair and makeup, and live-action short would be given out during ad breaks. 

While this was done in an effort to shorten the event’s runtime (the Oscars are notorious for usually running over their allotted network time slot), the decision sparked outrage from some of the biggest players in Hollywood like Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Seth Rogen, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, and Damien Chazelle. 

To help stem the flow of negativity publicity, the Academy released an official statement, which was published by Deadline:

“As the Academy’s officers, we’d like to assure you that no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others,” said the Academy. “Unfortunately, as the result of inaccurate reporting and social media posts, there has been a chain of misinformation that has understandably upset many Academy members. We’d like to restate and explain the plans for presenting the awards, as endorsed by the Academy’s Board of Governors.”

The statement goes on to clarify that while the awards for editing, cinematography, hair and makeup, and live-action short will be part of the live broadcast, the “walk-ups” to the stage (as well as the exits) will be edited out in an effort to cut down on time. Nevertheless, the winners’ speeches will be aired. For future ceremonies, four to six categories will be given the same treatment, but the four mentioned above will be exempt next year.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. In a deviation from the usual format, there will be no main host, only presenters.

Kevin Hart was originally tapped to host the telecast but backed out after old tweets of his, which included homophobic jokes, resurfaced and spurred a massive backlash. Hart eventually apologized, but later announced that he would not host the show to prevent the controversy from overshadowing the ceremony itself.


The world of video games is also enjoying awards-season buzz with the winners of the annual D.I.C.E. Awards given out last night in Las Vegas.

Sony Interactive Entertainment took home the most prizes of the night for God of War, which nabbed:

  • Game of the Year
  • Achievement in Game Direction
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
  • Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Story
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character, and Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Other victors were Fortnite (of course), Red Dead Redemption 2, Marvel’s Spider-ManSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate, Monster Hunter: World, and Mario Tennis Aces.

(D.I.C.E. winners via Variety)


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