Weekly Round-Up # 13: 2/3 – 2/9

And the Oscar goes to…

The Academy has officially confirmed that the Academy Awards will proceed without a host this year. While this is not the first time the Oscars have gone host-less, the last attempt was in 1989, making it a definite anomaly. Without a host, there will be no one to give the iconic opening monologue or introduce the presenters. According to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, this year’s ceremony will “just have presenters host the Oscars.” Check out this article from the BBC about the announcement, and stay tuned for the Academy Awards on Feb. 24 to see whether the show will succeed without a host.

The Irishman release date

I’ve been excited about Martin Scorsese’s newest film, The Irishman, since I first heard about it. The film focuses on Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (played by Al Pacino) and also stars Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, and Bobby Cannavale. What more could you want from a movie? The film had some trouble getting off the ground — it struggled with budget concerns and a lack of studio backing before Netflix finally scooped it up. But it was recently announced that the film will be released this fall, likely in October. There aren’t any legitimate trailers out yet, but this clip is enough to get you excited for the film.

Looking ahead to 2019

I think everyone can agree that 2018 was sort of a rough year, and we entered 2019 with a mix of exhaustion and hope. In a special edition of Time called “The Art of Optimism,” Guillermo del Toro writes about why he is choosing optimism this year. He explains, “David can take Goliath. A beach in Normandy can turn the tide of war. Bravery can topple the powerful. These facts are often seen as exceptional, but they are not.” It is short, simple, and inspiring; and if you’re in need of even more inspiration, you can check out the entire issue, guest-edited by Ava DuVernay, here.

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