FEBRUARY 25, 2019

“Green Book” won Best Picture at the Oscars last night, while RAMI MALEK won Best Actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and OLIVIA COLMAN won Best Actress for “The Favourite”. ALFONSO CUARON won Best Director for “Roma”. LADY GAGA and SPIKE LEE both picked up their first Oscars.  Spike won for Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman”, although he was also up for Best Director. And Gaga won Best Original Song for “Shallow” from “A Star is Born”.  She was also nominated for Best Actress. The whole no-host thing worked out pretty well.  They just had an off-screen announcer who kept things moving at a decent clip. The show started off with QUEEN and ADAM LAMBERT doing a shortened version of “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions” that had the crowd on its feet. Then TINA FEY, AMY POEHLER, and MAYA RUDOLPH came out and did a mini-monologue consisting of jokes they WOULD HAVE told IF they were hosting. But easily the most buzz-worthy moment of the night came during the presentation of the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.  No, I’m serious. Three people who worked on “Vice” won the award, and they basically had NO IDEA how to deliver a speech.  It was honestly one of the most awkward moments in Oscar history. In a far less awkward moment, SAMUEL L. JACKSON got to announce Spike Lee’s first Oscar win . . . and he kind of lost his mind over it.  (Sam also went off-script to let Spike know that the Knicks won for a change.) Speaking of the losing of one’s mind, Lady Gaga had a near-mental breakdown when she won.  How come every time this woman wins an award she acts like someone just shot her dog? On a related note, her performance of “Shallow” with BRADLEY COOPER has convinced the Internet that they’re hooking up . . . even though Bradley’s girlfriend IRINA SHAYK was there, and seemed to be loving it.

 

  1. KELLY was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday, and turned himself in that night. Three of the four alleged victims were underage when the incidents took place. His attorney said he will be, “vindicated on all these charges

 

77-year-old Patriots owner BOB KRAFT was caught up in a prostitution sting, and was charged with two misdemeanors for “soliciting another to commit prostitution.” Kraft denies doing anything illegal.  The targets of the investigation were the owners of a day spa in Jupiter, Florida.

 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” easily won the box office this weekend, raking in a total of $58 million. The runner-up was “Alita: Battle Angel”, which made another $12 million in its second week.

 

Now that she’s apparently been cheated on by TRISTAN THOMPSON again, KHLOE KARDASHIAN may soon be looking for a new man. And “Bachelorette” creator Mike Fleiss made a play for her.  But it kind of backfired. Fleiss Tweeted that he was in contact with KRIS JENNER about getting Khloe on the show.  But then KIM KARDASHIAN Tweeted that it was fake news. Kris DENIED she was in talks with “The Bachelorette”, and Khloe said, “Ewwww.” Fleiss decided to drop it and said, “This is about helping people find true love . . . nothing more!!!  One of the things we look for in choosing The Bachelorette is a great sense of humor.  Might be time to look elsewhere.”

 

The title of LUKE BRYAN’s “What Makes You Country” tells you what the song’s about. But it’s also what Luke’s about.  In fact, he says it’s a “statement song” to those who say he’s not country enough. Luke says he goes out of his way to make sure his kids have the same country values.

 

REBA MCENTIRE was all set to play Molly Brown in “Titanic” . . . but had to pull out because of a scheduling issue. The role went to Kathy Bates. Reba said, “We were on tour and I had a lot of people on the payroll and we had these three months already scheduled to do the movie. “And then they got behind on scheduling and said, ‘No, we’re going to have to move it in this time.’  [But] we couldn’t reschedule all the arenas and everything.” Nobody knew the movie would be that huge, but it wouldn’t have mattered because she said it was more important to take care of her people.

 

The crowd at DIERKS BENTLEY’s concert on Friday in Nashville got very lucky, and not just because it was a great show. KEITH URBAN and MIRANDA LAMBERT showed up to help him with a medley of country classics. The big finish was the Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” and Hank Williams’ “You’re Cheatin’ Heart”.

 

A video has surfaced of Miranda’s husband Brendan McLoughlin and his washboard abs dancing on a beach a couple of summers ago. The woman who shot the video said he talked about being engaged . . . and yet, he still flirted like crazy.

 

Kacey Musgraves wore a pink voluminous gown, with tiered skirt, flared sleeves and bow brooch at the waist. She accessorized with high-shine metallic clutch and wore her hair slicked back in a low pony on the red carpet last night.

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Mike Fisher are selling the Nashville area mansion they were living in while their new estate was being built. It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half bathrooms, plus massive closets, a gym, and a game room.  They’re asking $1.45 million.

 

At a recent concert LUKE COMBS came to the edge of the stage and gave a little girl his Blue Otter ball cap.  He posted a clip and wrote, “What memories are made of.  Honored that one of my concerts was your first, Addy.”

 

It’s been a few weeks since JUSTIN MOORE graced us with that photo of his bruised leg from his encounter with a horse. The update is that it’s still pretty sore, but is “definitely on the mend.”  He’s mostly frustrated that it even happened because he’s ridden horses his whole life and “always understood the risk.”

 

Alexander Goldschmidt is one of the biggest Taylor Swift fans. So after deciding to pop the question while a Taylor Swift song was playing, he emailed Taylor Swift and she agreed to perform at their engagement party.  He posted a video to Instagram and said, “There is one secret that I didn’t trust any of you with … and if you would give a warm welcome to, my friend Taylor.”  Swift performed an acoustical version of “King of My Heart.”

 

RONNIE MILSAP’s son Todd was found dead at his houseboat in Tennessee on Saturday. He was 49.   Police believe it was “medically related.”

 

Since PETER TORK’s death, sales of MONKEES music has increased by 1,172%.

 

John Legend joins coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson as the blind auditions kick off season 16 of “The Voice” at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.

“The Bachelor” at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Colton visits the hometowns of the four remaining women:  Caelynn, Cassie, Hannah G., and Tayshia.  And Tayshia surprises him by taking Colton skydiving.

“Jimmy Fallon” – Florida Georgia Line.

 

 

 

Nancy O’Dell is 53.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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