Oscar Night Fun for the 50-Plus Crowd

The Oscar gods were good to artists over 50 on Sunday with Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Whiplash star J.K. Simmons and Julianne Moore of Still Alice taking home top awards, plus a surprise appearance by 79-year-old acting icon Julie Andrews brought the star-studded audience to its feet. J.K. Simmons, who looked hip in a black fedora as he walked the red carpet, ended the long awards season with the one that had been predicted throughout, best supporting actor, and he was as eloquent as he was dapper while giving a loving …

The Many Oscar Looks of Ms. Meryl Streep

The most nominated actress in Oscar history, Meryl Streep, did not take home a fourth Academy Award Sunday night, but she looked every bit a winner in an evening suit that was a stand out in a crowd of  extravagant ball gowns. As the graphic below demonstrates, Streep’s style has evolved since her first nomination in 1978. She attended the ceremony 18 of the 19 times she was nominated, missing the festivities in 1991 when she was pregnant with her fourth child. …

Martin Richards: 5 Facts About ‘Chicago,’ His Biggest Hit

As a Broadway producer, Martin Richards had a string of successes, including Sweeney Todd, which won eight Tony awards in 1979, and Grand Hotel, which won five a decade later. But the project that Richards, who died on Nov. 26 at age 80 in New York City, will be best remembered for is bringing the stage musical Chicago to the big screen, where it grossed $307 million worldwide and won the 2003 Oscar for best picture, in addition to a …

Who’ll Win the Oscars on Sunday…And Who Ought To

            Every year my extended family and I have a nationwide Academy Awards Pick ‘em. We sit through the ceremony, dutifully checking off actual winners versus our predictions, and then we honor the most accurate prognosticator with congratulatory e-mails. The winner also gets custody, for one year, of a retired version of our Movies for Grownups Chaise d’Or trophy (This one dates from about two incarnations ago, as the MFG Trophy goes through tweaks the way Joan Rivers goes through …