My husband and I have finished watching The Queen’s Gambit, and I’m a little sad to not be living in Beth Harmon’s world anymore. I’m considering watching PBS Masterpiece’s The Miniaturist next, because I just can’t get enough of the remarkable Anya Taylor-Joy.
The Critics Choice Awards were held over the weekend, and several winners mirrored the Golden Globes, potentially forecasting the Oscars – Nomadland won Best Picture and Chloe Zhao Best Director (Zhao also won Best Adapted Screenplay), Chadwick Boseman posthumously won Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah. However, whereas Andra Day won Best Actress at the Globes, Carey Mulligan won the Critics Choice for Promising Young Woman. On the TV side, The Crown cleaned up once again, and The Queen’s Gambit and Anya Taylor-Joy won as well (yeah!).
Rent opened twenty-five years ago this month, which means it’s now 100 “Seasons of Love” old. This is a nice tribute which includes new interviews with the incomparable Idina Menzel and the delightful Wilson Jermaine Heredia.
Composer Samuel Barber was born on this day in 1910. His “Adagio for Strings” became iconic after director Oliver Stone used it in his 1987 film Platoon. Who can hear this music without thinking about the death of Sgt. Elias, his arms raised in the air?