Can’t Stop Watching: Oscar Nods, Snubs & What’s Hot/Not

by | January 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Revolution

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave." (Photo: AP)

Here’s what else is happening…
Oscar fever is in full effect! The nominees have officially been announced and though “American Hustle” and “Gravity” lead the pack with 10 nods each, “12 Years a Slave” earned nine. That means we get to see nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, up for best actor and best supporting actress, respectively, strut the red carpet along with director Steve McQueen, repping for the film’s best picture and best director nods, and supporting actor nominee Michael Fassbender. And while Tom Hanks wasn’t nominated for “Captain Phillips” his costar Barkhad Abdi, a Somali native who worked as a limousine driver, earned a best supporting actor nomination. This crew along with the other nominees nominated aren’t a surprise for most. If you’ve followed various PR machines and other award shows, the list is expected. If not, then you’re probably among those fuming over this year’s snubs. When “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” debuted last summer, Oscar buzz was abound. There was praise for its cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams, with Whitaker and Winfrey thought to be Oscar nod shoe-ins. Then “12 Years a Slave” debuted and not much was heard about “The Butler” until it came back to theaters last month. By then, there was loud chatter about Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” But even he wasn’t nominated nor was anyone from the critically-acclaimed film, “Fruitvale Station.” C’est la vie. It happens. Here’s a silver lining: “The Butler” and “Fruitvale Station” are available to watch via XFINITY On Demand. You can reexamine and see if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should hold a recount.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Revolution”: It’s been away so long that I almost forgot that it returned last night. I definitely will check it out tonight, after all, “Scandal” is away until Feb. 27. It airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. [WATCH HERE]
“SWV Reunited”:  SWV, the ’90s R&B girl group that I grew up listening to, debuts its reality show on tonight. Hope Coko, Lelee and Taj don’t show their butts. ” It airs Thursdays at  10 p.m. EST on WeTV. [WATCH HERE]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Janelle Monae upcoming visit to “Sesame Street.” (Like Janelle. Each time I’ve talked with her, she’s always been pretty solid.)
NOT: Qawmane Wilson, aka Young QC, allegedly arranging the death of his mother for money. (So friggin’ pathetic but showing just how jacked up segments of society are.)

HOT: Marvin Gaye’s children and Robin Thicke settle suit over Thicke’s summer hit “Blurred Lines.” (No matter where your allegiance lies with this debate, sure you’re glad it’s over.)
NOT: Kindergarten teacher, Kristin Ohsfeldtaccused of locking 5-year-old Akeelah Thomas in the closet and going home. (…)

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