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Canadian Brendan Fraser Win an Oscar for Best Actor at the 95th Academy Awards

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Canadian Brendan Fraser Win an Oscar for Best Actor at the 95th Academy Awards

Brendan Fraser became the first Canadian to win an Oscar for Best Actor on Sunday night at the 95th Acadamy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Fraser, 54, won the award for his performance in “The Whale,” in which he played a reclusive professor trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Throughout much of the awards season, the Canadian-American dual citizen was considered one of the front-runners for the award, for which he also won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.

The actor accepted the industry’s highest honor on Sunday with an emotional acceptance speech.

“I started in this business 30 years ago, and things didn’t come easy for me,” he said on stage at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, accepting his first Oscar after defeating fellow nominees Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Bill Nighy, and Paul Mescal.

“I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and bringing me aboard the good ship, ‘The Whale,'” he said of the film’s director.

Brendan Fraser was born to Canadian parents in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Peter, was a former journalist who relocated his family to the United States to work as a Canadian foreign service officer for the Government Office of Tourism.

Fraser’s uncle, trap shooter George Genereux, was the only Canadian to win a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

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Because of Peter’s work, Fraser and his family moved every few years. Fraser first discovered theatre and fell in love with acting in London, England. Fraser began performing in his early teens in Seattle before moving to Toronto to attend Upper Canada College.

He returned to Seattle to study at the Cornish College of the Arts. Fraser got his first break while still in college, playing in the 1991 coming-of-age drama “Dogfight.”

His career took off after that, with roles in “Airheads,” “George of the Jungle,” “Gods and Monsters,” and the well-known “The Mummy” franchise.

However, “The Whale” was Fraser’s first major role in a decade. The Canadian Walk of Fame inductee has been open about his experiences as a father and his shifting career goals.

“In recent years, when I was a little more hesitant to step forward — having a life with kids and the oldest son with special needs, another kid who’s going to be a senior now, and another one who’s (learning) to drive and picking up a guitar — I think it just gave me a sense of purpose that I don’t know that I would have appreciated as a younger man,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

Some have referred to Fraser’s triumphant return to Hollywood as a triumphant comeback. While the term “comeback” does not bother the actor, he prefers “reintroduction.”

“It’s an opportunity to reintroduce myself to an industry that I do not believe has forgotten about me,” he told The Associated Press. “I’ve just never traveled that far.”

Everything Everywhere All at Once emerged as the evening’s big winner, earning seven total Oscars — including one for Best Picture — after going from a relatively unknown specialty release from A24 to an awards season juggernaut. Its seven Oscars are the most for the Best Picture winner in 14 years, surpassing Slumdog Millionaire’s eight in 2008.

The German war film All Quiet on the Western Front, which finished the evening with four overall wins, trailed Everything Everywhere’s Oscar haul.

Acadamy awards

Best Picture

All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
WINNER: Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking

Best Director

Martin McDonaghThe Banshees of Inisherin
WINNER: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Steven SpielbergThe Fabelmans
Todd FieldTár
Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

Best Actor

Austin ButlerElvis
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
WINNER: Brendan FraserThe Whale
Paul Mescal, Aftersun
Bill Nighy, Living

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree HenryCauseway
Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans
Barry KeoghanThe Banshees of Inisherin
WINNER: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong ChauThe Whale
Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
WINNER: Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

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NEW YORK — MacDowell, one of the country’s finest artist residence programs, has honored Yoko Ono with a lifetime achievement award. The trailblazing artist, filmmaker, and musician will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal this year, following in the footsteps of Stephen Sondheim and Toni Morrison, among others.

“There has never been anyone like her; there has never been work like hers,” MacDowell board chairman Nell Painter said in a statement Sunday.

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Yoko Ono To Receive Edward MacDowell Medal For Lifetime Achievement

“Over seven decades, she has pleased eyes, aroused mind, encouraged feminism, and supported refugees with imaginative works. Enduringly new and contemporary, her unusually powerful output resonates to our current times, which are in desperate need of her leitmotif: peace.”

In a statement, Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, described the award as “an incredible honor.”

“The history and list of prior awardees are extremely impressive. It makes me very glad to see her work valued and celebrated in this manner,” he remarked.

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Ono, 91, has made few public appearances in recent years and is unlikely to attend the July honors event at the MacDowell campus in Peterborough, New Hampshire. David Newgarden, Ono’s music manager, will receive the award on her behalf.

Ono first rose to prominence as a member of the avant-garde Fluxus movement of the 1960s, before becoming internationally famous after meeting John Lennon, with whom she married from 1969 until his death in 1980. Their many collaborations included the songs “Give Peace a Chance,” “Imagine,” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which served as the foundation for “War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,” this year’s Oscar-winning animated short film.

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Over the last 40 years, Ono has had a busy career as a visual and recording artist, with albums like “Season of Glass,” “Starpeace,” and “Take Me to the Land of Hell.” She was recently featured in a career retrospective at London’s Tate Modern.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

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Los Angeles — Dick Van Dyke, 98, is contending for a historic Daytime Emmy.

The actor was nominated Friday as a guest star in a daytime drama series for his role as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s “Days of Our Lives.

Van Dyke is the oldest daytime Emmy nominee. When producer Norman Lear won his final Primetime Emmy nomination in 2022, he was 100 years old. He died the following year.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

Van Dyke is up against Guy Pearce, an Australian actor from Amazon Prime Video’s “Neighbours.”

Van Dyke earned four Primetime Emmys, including three in the 1960s, for his legendary comedy series “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Selena Gomez, an actor and singer, is nominated in the culinary series category for her Food Network special “Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays.” The Food Network’s “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” hosted by actor Valerie Bertinelli and which concluded last year, is also nominated in that category.

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Dick Van Dyke Earns Historic Daytime Emmy Nomination At Age 98

CBS will cancel “The Talk” after its 15th season later this year. Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, and Sheryl Underwood were nominated for daytime talk show hosting.

The main actress nominations are Tamara Braun of “Days of Our Lives,” Finola Hughes and Cynthia Watros of “General Hospital,” Katherine Kelly Lang and Annika Noelle of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless.”

The lead actor nominees include Eric Braeden of “The Young and the Restless,” Scott Clifton, Thorsten Kaye, and John McCook of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Eric Martsolf of “Days of Our Lives.”

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The Daytime Emmys will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7 in Los Angeles. The show is back to its regular schedule after being postponed until December due to strikes by Hollywood performers and writers. The hosts and Lifetime Achievement award recipients will be announced later.

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

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Nashville, Tennessee – Morgan Wallen, a country music singer facing charges coming in part from allegations that he tossed a chair off the rooftop of a six-story club, says he is “not proud” of his actions and accepts responsibility.

The “One Thing at a Time” singer took to social media Friday night to comment to his arrest in Nashville two weeks earlier. According to court documents, he was charged with three felony charges of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 3.

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

According to an arrest document, the chair at Chief’s pub landed about 3 feet (1 meter) from officers, who spoke with witnesses and checked CCTV footage. Witnesses informed police that they saw Wallen take up a chair, throw it over the roof, and laugh about it. Wallen was arrested early on April 8 and later freed.

“I didn’t feel comfortable checking in publicly until I had made apologies with some people. I’ve contacted Nashville police enforcement, my family, and the friendly staff at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my actions, and I accept responsibility,” Wallen stated on X (previously Twitter).

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

Wallen, one of the most well-known artists in contemporary country music, is now on a stadium tour that includes a concert on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.

“I have the greatest regard for the cops who labor every day to keep us all safe. “There will be no changes to my tour,” his reply read, signed “-MW.”

The “One Thing at a Time” album topped the Billboard 200 for 16 weeks in 2023 and was the best-selling album in the United States last year. The top ten successes from the album included “Last Night,” “You Proof,” and “Thinkin’ Bout Me.”

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Recently Arrested Morgan Wallen Says He’s “Not Proud” Of Behavior

In 2021, the country artist was suspended indefinitely by his label when a video surfaced showing him uttering a racial slur. He was arrested in 2020 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being booted out of Kid Rock’s downtown Nashville bar.

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