- It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Here are a few of my favorite depictions of the holiday in film and television:
“No Tomorrow” – How I Met Your Mother
Ted has decided to forego barhopping for game night at Marshall and Lily’s new apartment; Barney has other plans, and convinces Ted to join him for an evening of consequence-free debauchery. It turns out to be anything but consequence-free, but when Ted returns to the club the next day to search for his lost phone, he instead finds his future wife’s yellow umbrella.
Deputy US Marshall Gerard has tracked Richard Kimble to a downtown Chicago prison (Kimble is visiting a one-armed man who may be his wife’s killer); Kimble escapes and disappears into the St. Patrick’s Day parade, eluding Gerard once again.
“St. Patrick’s Day” – The Office
Jo Bennett, on her last day at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin, forces the office to work late, much to Michael Scott’s dismay (“It is St. Patrick’s Day. And here in Scranton, that is a huge deal. It is the closest that the Irish will ever get to Christmas.”).
- The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced this week. Regina King missed the cut for Best Director (she would have been the first black woman to be nominated), but two women were nominated for the first time ever – Promising Young Woman‘s Emerald Fennell and Golden Globe winner Chloé Zhao for Nomadland. Somehow both title characters in Judas and the Black Messiah are supporting roles, as Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya were both nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Viola Davis is now the most-nominated black actress in history, with four career nominations. And Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy) became the third person to receive Oscar and Razzie nominations for the same performance; the other two were James Coco for Only When I Laugh and Amy Irving for Yentl.
- Yaphet Kotto has died at the age of 80. I loved him as Parker in Alien and as Lt. Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street.