Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Olivia Munn and Oscars snubs
Olivia Munn. The actress was set to head out on a press tour when rumor spread that she and her NFL quarterback boyfriend, Aaron Rodgers, were engaged. That rumor is false, sadly. So instead of addressing the inevitable questions in every upcoming interview like a little puppet, Munn posted to Instagram a text exchange between herself and her mother, captioning it, “I’m going to let my text conversation with my Asian mom help me out.” Without further ado: “Oh man you engagement??” her mom’s text said. “You know we love Aaron. I pray say thanks for him all the times. I bet [your dog] Chance happy. Hey why don’t you tell me first?” Munn’s reply: “Oh my gosh Mom no. You know you shouldn’t believe gossip on the Internet. If I was engaged, I promise you’d be like the 8th person to know. Maybe 9th. But definitely way before the Internet.” Can we just be them?
The Oscars. What was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking when it A.) snubbed Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the best picture category and B.) somehow managed not to nominate a single movie about or performance by a person of color? I mean, it seems like that takes some real effort. Let’s start with Star Wars, which shattered almost every box office record ever. As Times Movie Critic Steve Persall points out, apparently “quality plus popularity multiplied by four decades of an industry-changing franchise doesn't equal a best picture candidate.” But $820 million and counting in ticket sales does get you a sound-mixing nod. Woot, woot! Next, #OscarsStillSoWhite. This year saw major performances from Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan. And what about the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton or Creed director Ryan Coogler? Where’s their recognition? I just... I just can’t care about anything beyond the red carpet anymore. I’m sorry, trophies. You’re dead to me.