Bruno Mars wins big at the Grammys

Bruno Mars wins big at the Grammys

The big question leading into Sunday night’s Grammy Awards: will hip-hop finally get its long overdue recognition with an Album of the Year win? Not quite, though R&B had an exceptionally strong showing on Sunday night.

Bruno Mars won Album and Record of the Year for “24K Magic” and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.” Mars also picked up Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like.” “24K Magic” was awarded Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) as well.

During the pre-telecast, Kendrick Lamar picked up his first Grammy of the night for Best Music Video for “Humble,” which also won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Soon after, he won during the telecast for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna. “She gassed me on my own song,” said Lamar. “This really belongs to her.” Added Rihanna: “I’m honored. Congrats, you deserve this, man.”

Best Rap Album also went to Lamar. Speaking from the stage, the rapper accepted by showing his respect for artists who came before him including fellow nominee Jay-Z. “This is a special award,” said Lamar. “It showed me the true definition of what being an artist was” …  that “it’s not about accolades, cars and clothes … it’s about the next generation. Jay-Z, Nas, Puff — they showed me the game through their lyrics up close and from afar.”

Alessia Cara won Best New Artist commenting that she had been practicing for a Grammy acceptance speech since childhood — in the shower. Speaking to reporters backstage following her win, Cara commented: “I didn’t expect this. None of this feels real. I probably won’t process this for another seven years.”

Cara was the only female artist awarded during the three-and-a-half hour broadcast.

Ed Sheeran, thought by many to be a shoo-in for a slew of nominations, only got recognized in two categories coming into the awards and won both — for Best Pop Vocal Album for his album “Divide” and for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape Of You.”

Other notable winners included Chris Stapleton for Best Country Album; the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones” about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for Best Music Film; 2016 holdover “La La Land” won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Dave Chappelle won for Best Comedy Album and Lisa Loeb was also a first time Grammy winner for Best Children’s Album — her “Feel What U Feel” was funded and released by Amazon.

Americana favorite Jason Isbell picked up Best American Roots Song for “If We Were Vampires” and Best Americana Album for “The Nashville Sound,” while Aimee Mann took home Best Folk Album for “Mental Illness.”

Best Dance Recording went to LCD Soundsystem for the track “Tonite,” while the Best Dance/Electronic Album prize went to the Kraftwerk collection “3-D The Catalogue.”

Winners in the rock category included the late Leonard Cohen for “You Want It Darker,” his 14th and final album, which was released a month before his death. Best Metal Performance went to Mastodon for “Sultan’s Curse” and Foo Fighters took home Best Rock Song for “Run.” Both bands are Grammy favorites with multiple nominations in past years. Less expected was a win for Philadelphia band The War On Drugs for “A Deeper Understanding,” released in Aug. 2017. The group has built a loyal following from touring festivals and their own headlining shows since breaking out with their 2014 album “Lost In a Dream.”

The Grammys awarded artists in 84 categories in multiple genres including classical, jazz, opera, gospel, new age, Christian and Latin music.

Omarosa goes from the White House to ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Omarosa goes from the White House to ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Now that she’s out of the White House, Omarosa Manigault is heading back to reality TV.

The former “Apprentice” star and ex-Trump aide has been named one of the contestants for CBS’ debut season of “Celebrity Big Brother.”

She was revealed as a member of the cast in a television promo, which aired Sunday night during the Grammy Awards.

Manigault, who served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison before resigning in December, is set to move into the “Big Brother” house on February 7.

The internet was having a field day with her new career choice on Sunday night.

“Omarosa going straight from the White House to the Big Brother house is a pretty great representation of where our Very Good Country is at right now,” tweeted director Austin Vesely.

“Her leaving the trashiest, most unprofessional, discriminatory, racist, disgusting, corrupt White House in history just to join that show makes perfect sense, wouldn’t you say?” added musician Ricky Davila.

Comedian Wanda Sykes wrote: “At least she’s continuing her career in reality TV.”

Carrie Fisher awarded Grammy for best spoken word album

Carrie Fisher awarded Grammy for best spoken word album

At Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Carrie Fisher was honored for best spoken word album for her book “The Princess Diarist.”

The 2016 memoir was inspired by the diary entries that Fisher wrote while working on the first “Star Wars” film in 1977.  Released five weeks before her death on Dec. 27, 2016, Fisher’s fourth book revealed even more details from her past, including an onset affair with co-star Harrison Ford.

Also nominated in the Spoken Word category was Neil deGrasse Tyson, for “Astrophysics For People In A Hurry,” Bruce Springsteen for “Born to Run,” Shelly Peiken for “Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter,” and Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo for “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.”

This was Fisher’s second Grammy nomination and first win, following her nod for spoken word for her 2008 book “Wishful Drinking.” The actress died after she stopped breathing on a plane returning home to Los Angeles after finishing the European leg of her “The Princess Diarist” book tour.

The award was announced during the Grammy’s premiere ceremony in advance of Sunday night’s show, which can be watched live on starting at 12 p.m. PT/ 3 p.m. ET.

The Grammys return to New York this Sunday for the first time in 15 years and feature performances from nominees Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Kesha and Pink. The show will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET on CBS. “The Late Late Show” host James Corden returns to emcee the ceremony for a second year.

Here’s the full list of Grammy nominees.

Inside Clive Davis’ starry pre-Grammy gala

Inside Clive Davis’ starry pre-Grammy gala

Music mogul Clive Davis brought his starry annual pre-Grammy Gala to New York for the first time in 15 years, honoring the legends of the music industry along with the current crop of superstars.

The veteran record executive attracted a diverse crowd at the Sheraton New York Saturday, including Jay-Z and BeyoncéStingPinkCardi BLordeP DiddyGladys Knight and Alicia Keys.

The program started with Barry Manilow singing standards before Luis Fonsi took to the stage with modern mega-hit “Despacito,” Migos then stormed on with “Bad and Boujee” while Offset’s fiancee Cardi B danced in the audience, shooting video of his performance on her phone.

“Hamilton’s” Leslie Odom Jr. and “Dear Evan Hanson” star Ben Platt added some Broadway polish, before Gladys Knight performed “Stand by Me” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” getting the entire room to its feet, including a clearly reverential Beyoncé.

Man of the moment Khaled rushed from a sell out concert at MSG to perform “Young Dumb and Broke,” before Jennifer Hudson closed out the night with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who Davis revealed the legendary diva had personally picked to play her in next year’s biopic.

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Davis played host, amiably announcing all the big names in the room, where music titans like Knight, Quincy Jones, and Andrew Lloyd Webber – who was overheard saying he couldn’t believe how many people in the hip-hop world know his music – mixed with the likes of Jerry SeinfeldTina FeyJohn OliverHoda Kotb, new Yankees superstar Giancarlo Stanton, CC Sabathia, Ivana TrumpTommy MottolaMartha Stewart – who busted some moves to hip hop trio Migos – and Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who was seen chatting intensely to CBS honcho Les Moonves.

Davis even poked fun at coy couple Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx – still pretending not to be together by sitting at separate tables – by saying, “If you’re going to sit together what better night than tonight,” to laughs from the audience.

But the night truly belonged to Jay-Z, who arrived with Beyoncé moments before the show started. Every table they passed stood up to congratulate Jay, who was honored with the Recording Academy Industry Icon Award. Meanwhile Bey – who Davis later declared as ‘the first lady of music’ – was trailed by an enormous security guard shining a torch on her train. She was seen congratulating a pregnant and glowing Chrissy Tiegen, seated with John Legend, before chatting to Jennifer Hudson.

Tyran ‘Tata’ Smith, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Beyonce attend the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala.Getty Images for NARAS

Jay was serenaded by Keys who said he was “one of the greatest that’s ever done it” and then performed a masterful medley of his hits on piano, including songs he sampled, then closing with their epic collaboration “Empire State of Mind,” paying tribute to the enduring influence of his music. She said “Before anything else I was a true fan of your music Jay, and still am. I will walk down the streets with my headphones on and my Tims and baggy jeans and your music was my soundtrack.”

Hova himself made a short, humble acceptance speech, noting he boycotted the Grammy’s for six years to protest DMX getting shut out of the nominations in 1998. He returned in 2004 “when a beautiful young lady whom I love dearly” was nominated for “Crazy in Love: “the beautiful Ms. Beyoncé,” Jay said, motioning to his wife.

Noting that the Recording Academy hasn’t always elevated rap and hip hop artists as it does now, his tone was conciliatory, encouraging artist to lobby the Grammys to recognize more genres, “Art is super subjective, everyone’s doing their best, and the Academy are human like we are.”

Jay added of the Grammys, “We can pretend that we don’t care but we really care — we care ’cause we’ve seen the most incredible artists stand on that stage and we’re inspired to be that, so I was like, ’I have to be here,’” he added. “That is the idea for all of us to get involved and to push this thing further no matter what happens at the Grammys, it’s going to be what it is. Bob Marley is going to be Bob Marley, whether he’s nominated for a Grammy or not. Tupac is going to be Tupac, Biggie is going to be Biggie.”

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As Khaled then took to the stage to perform “Young, Dumb, and Broke,” Mariah Carey swept in – late as ever – dripping in diamonds and leaning on her dancer boyfriend Bryan Tanaka in a dress so tight and plunging that one staffer remarked, “It must have taken her four hours to squeeze into that.” At least Carey arrived in time to catch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Aretha Franklin.

And as guests left after midnight, Cardi B posed for photos with Offset, Puffy led girlfriend Cassie by hand through the crowd, and Ivana Trump fumed by the front door in a ridiculous blue fur coat and blonde bouffant, yelling, “Where’s my goddamn Uber!”

‘Black Lightning’ gives The CW a long-overdue jolt of diversity

‘Black Lightning’ gives The CW a long-overdue jolt of diversity

It’s hard to come up with a fresh take on the already overpopulated superhero genre on TV — but “Black Lightning” gets points for delivering a topical drama honoring the DC Comics character created in 1977 by Tony Isabella (“Luke Cage”) and Trevor Von Eeden.

As in the original, the action revolves around Garfield High School principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who returns to his hometown to find it overrun by a nasty gang called the One Hundred, who kidnap local girls and put them to work turning tricks at the Sea Horse motel. The gang is clearly a menace to society and run from afar by Black Lightning’s archenemy, Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III).

As played by veteran character actor Williams (“Hart of Dixie,” “Code Black”), Pierce is a thoughtful, middle-aged man, a former superhero who’s reluctant to get back into the game, which cost him his marriage to Lynn (Christine Adams). It’s his conviction that he can keep his school a safe haven for students, including his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King as a voice for nonviolence.

Williams as his alter ego, high school principal Jefferson PierceMark Hill/The CW

But Pierce is also a strapping fellow who can outrun his daughters, and when they’re kidnapped at school by a gang member, his eyes flash and he fires up his electrically charged arms and legs and springs into action. After taking care of business, he’s ready to soak in a tub and try to convince his ex-wife that these special-effects days are behind him so she can move back in. But the One Hundred arouses his wrath again when Tobias’ flunky, Lala (a genuinely sinister William Catlett), murders the mother of one of the Sea Horse’s working girls. And so a procedural is born.

Part of the fun in watching this socially relevant, sci-fi hybrid comes from seeing Williams zap boys half his age, sending them tumbling down stairwells, slamming into walls and, in one case, crashing through a car windshield from midair. Costume designer Laura Jean Johnson has given Williams an imposing costume of black rubber, with twin white lightning bolts breaking across his massive chest. The overall effect completes his transformation from earnest, conservatively dressed high school do-gooder to rule-breaking, buff badass.

Black Lightning isn’t the only member of the family with special abilities. In the DC Comics iteration, Anissa and Jennifer are metahumans capable of feats of strength. In the episodes made available for press, we only see Anissa’s abilities manifest when she leans on the bathroom sink and breaks off the front, and later stops a drug-store holdup by tossing the thief over several aisles of supplies. Perhaps she can intervene when her dad needs a nap or a massage.

The 2018 TV season is only a week old and we already have one new fun show, Fox’s “9-1-1.” With “Black Lightning,” The CW has given us another entry — an entertaining, edgy piece of escapism that adds some much-needed diversity to the network’s lineup of white-bread soap operas.

New DHS secretary faces first immigration litmus test

New DHS secretary faces first immigration litmus test

New Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen faces her first major test on immigration policy next week with a decision that could force upwards of 250,000 Central Americans to leave the United States or scramble to find a way to stay.

Monday is the deadline for deciding the future of a protected status for nationals of El Salvador, and the Department of Homeland Security is widely expected to announce an end to the program, which has offered work permits and the right to live in the United States.
More than 260,000 Salvadorans are covered by the program, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, but some experts estimate roughly 200,000 of them could be left without the protected status, based on previous department estimates. Salvadorans make up the largest share of immigrants protected by the program, and all of them have lived in the United States since at least 2001.
While the Homeland Security Department has not yet announced its decision, its actions this year have signaled a tougher approach to the program, which allows individuals from countries affected by crises like natural disasters, war and epidemics to stay in the US and work without being deported. The “temporary protected status,” as it is known, lasts for about two years before needing to be renewed. El Salvador’s status has been continually renewed since 2001, when it was granted after a series of earthquakes.
The pending deadline marks the first major immigration decision that will fall to Nielsen, who has thus far pledged to carry on the legacy of her predecessor and former boss, John Kelly, who is now White House chief of staff.
This fall, her department ended temporary protected designations for thousands of immigrants, including more than 50,000 from Haiti and thousands more from Nicaragua and Sudan, which critics say needlessly uproots contributing immigrants to send them back to unstable countries.
Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, however, extended protections for more than 80,000 Hondurans for six months because she said she was unable to reach a decision about whether conditions in that country had improved enough to terminate the protected status. That decision prompted heavy pressure from the White House to end the protections, sources said, though Duke later denied accounts that said she felt distressed and disappointed by the interference from Kelly.
Nielsen has the ultimate decision on whether to extend El Salvador’s status, but advocates on the issue from both sides of the aisle anticipate a similar decision to that on Haiti, a struggling country as well, but one the department says has recovered from its devastating earthquake in 2010. If Nielsen opts to end the Salvadorans’ protections, it likely would give them 12 to 18 months to apply for some other visa to stay in the United States or prepare to leave.
When the protections end, recipients revert to the status they have otherwise, which would likely leave a number of Salvadorans undocumented after nearly two decades of legally working and living in the United States.
Groups on the right that advocate for restricting immigration are pressing the Homeland Security Department to end the status for El Salvador, and were concerned during Nielsen’s confirmation that she would be adequately hard-line in implementing President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda.
“(Monday’s decision) is a test of whether she properly reflects the Trump campaign’s commitment to the people on these issues,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “We’d be very disappointed to see TPS extended yet again — with no credible justification.”
“Allowing them to stay longer only undermines the integrity of the program and essentially makes the ‘temporary’ protected status a front operation for backdoor permanent immigration,” added Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA.
There is one area of agreement between the groups on the right like FAIR and NumbersUSA and advocates on the left who say ending temporary protected status for El Salvador would be an unnecessary and cruel move — Nielsen’s decision will toss a political hot potato to Congress.
In ending the protections for other groups, the Homeland Security Department has urged outraged lawmakers to enact legislation rather than continue to force the secretary to make the decisions.
“It will be couched in nice terms, but it actually will be a dramatic move,” Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice Education Fund, a pro-immigration reform group, said of his expectation that DHS will urge Congress to act. “These are Salvadorans who have been living in the United States with work permission for almost 20 years. These are people who are American in all but their paperwork. And the idea that we’re going to try to drive them back to a country that is engulfed in weak governance and corruption and violence is unthinkable.”
All the winners at the 2018 Golden Globes

All the winners at the 2018 Golden Globes

Here are the winners of the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

Motion Picture

  • Motion Picture, Drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Lady Bird”
  • Director, Motion Picture: Guillermo Del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
  • Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
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  • Actress, Motion Picture, Drama: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
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  • Actress, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
  • Supporting Actor, Motion Picture: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
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  • Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Original Score-Motion Picture: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
  • Original Song-Motion Picture: “This is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” music by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
  • Animated Film: “Coco”
  • Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Foreign Language: “In the Fade”


  • Series, Drama — “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
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  • Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • TV Series, Musical or Comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Actor, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
  • Actress, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
  • Television, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV: “Big Little Lies”
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  • Actor, Limited Series for Motion Picture Made for TV: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
  • Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
  • Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
  • Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Khloe Kardashian Proudly Looks Back on Her Transformation: “I’m Happier Than I Have Ever Been”

Khloe Kardashian Proudly Looks Back on Her Transformation: “I’m Happier Than I Have Ever Been”

It’s been a long road, but Khloe Kardashian is walking strong and proud.

The expectant reality star was hit with a wave of nostalgia on Sunday as she reflected on her personal journey and resulting transformation. Along with a side by side comparison of herself from around 2010 and another more recent shot, Kardashian waxed poetic as she acknowledged the results of her inner and outer efforts.

“Sometimes it’s hard for me to post these transformation posts only because I can’t imagine my life being this unhealthy again. Never would I ever consider myself fat, But I would consider myself unhealthy mentally/physically and not knowing my true value. Mind, body and soul. For me, my transformation journey started from within. I needed to heal myself from the inside out. Once I started putting myself first, everything started falling into place,” she penned.

“My life transformed a few years ago when I made the decision to stop existing and start living. I decided when I was ready regardless of what anybody else was saying about me. Regardless of the pressures. I had to do this on my terms or I knew it wouldn’t last.”

The Revenge Body host then turned her remarks toward her followers with words of wisdom for anyone who can relate to Kardashian’s journey.

“It’s ok to take the control back. Choose your life. Don’t let anybody else decide for you! We are no victims to life but we can become victims and prisoners to the people that we choose to surround ourselves with if we allow them to break us and consume us. Never be afraid to put yourself first! Never choose comfort over your own well-being! Never forget that fate loves the fearless! Today’s wisdom was yesterday’s pain. Tomorrow’s happiness is today’s bravery!”

As she concluded, the mom-to-be gave herself a virtual pat on the back for preserving her progress. “She I am so proud of myself for being stronger than I’ve ever been-mind body and soul. I am even prouder of myself that I’ve been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle for so many years,” she noted. “I broke that cycle and I’m happier than I have ever been! You can do this!! Start from within and nothing can stop you. Elevate yourself- mind body and soul.”

It’s certainly no secret that star is “happier than ever.” With her first baby on the way and a romance with basketball pro Tristan Thompsongoing strong, the Kardashian sister’s personal life seems to be better than ever.

Meanwhile, her commitment to fitness remains unwavering. After shedding roughly 30 pounds in recent years, the Good American founder continually hits the gym, even into the last months of her pregnancy.

As she told E!’s Sibley Scoles last year, “This is a way of life, I’m gonna work out at least three days a week for the rest of my life.”

Sterling K. Brown Gets Love From This Is Us’ Little Randall After Golden Globe Win

Sterling K. Brown Gets Love From This Is Us’ Little Randall After Golden Globe Win

Fresh from his history making Golden Globes winSterling K. Brown got a sweet surprise from E!’s Jason Kennedy backstage at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

While stopping by E!’s winners room, Kennedy showed the This Is Us actor a cute video of his co-star Lonnie Chavis, the child actor who plays the younger version of his character Randall on the hit NBC hit drama, giving the older actor a big congratulations on his epic win.

In the video, “Little Randall” gives his mentor a big shout out: “Hey Randall, it’s me, Little Randall. If you are watching this, it’s because You just freaking won the Golden Globe by an actor in a TV series drama!”

The precocious kiddo says, “I just wanted to say congratulations. I mean if you thought ‘Thanksgiving Dad’ was a hot Dad, imagine “Golden Globe winning Dad”

The young star continues, “Anways, have fun celebrating tonight. Maybe show off those dance moves at the after parties or go crazy and post a shirtless selfie on Instagram? Maybe go around and tell people, “you’d never been able to win this award if it hadn’t been for…me!'”

Natalie Portman calls out ‘all male nominees’ for best director

Natalie Portman calls out ‘all male nominees’ for best director

While presenting the award for best director alongside Ron Howard, Natalie Portman took the opportunity to point out the obvious: Not a single woman was nominated.

“And here are the all male nominees,” she said before reading out the list.
Guillermo del Toro won the category for “The Shape of Water.”
Reaction was mixed on Twitter, with users congratulating her for highlighting a perceived gender bias and others saying Portman’s comments had detracted from a moment of genuine achievement for the nominees.
Barbra Streisand later pointed out that she was the last woman to receive a Golden Globe for best director when she won for “Yentl.”
“So backstage I heard they said something about my, uh, I was the only woman to get — did I hear right, yes — the only woman to get the best director award. And you know that was 1984 — that was 34 years ago. Folks! Time’s up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director,” she said. “There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.”
Streisand also reiterated her point on Twitter, writing:
“In my humble opinion, I was very disappointed that director Dee Rees and her powerful film @mudboundmovie wasn’t even nominated,” she said. “I also would have liked to see director @PattyJenks and her film @WonderWomanFilm recognized because it shows how strong women can be, not only as characters but also at the box office. The three highest-grossing films last year were all carried by women.”
A movie directed by a woman did end up receiving top awards. “Lady Bird,” which won for best motion picture – musical or comedy and best comedic actress, was directed by Greta Gerwig.