A Look At 2016 Oscar Winners

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It was that time of year again, awards season with one of the most prestigious ceremonies in all of film. The 2016 Oscars took place on Sunday, February 28th and had some defining moments. Many people were interested in how host and comedian, Chris Rock, would weigh in on the biggest issue of there being no African American nominees. Especially considering some celebrities chose to boycott the event because of this issue, some people were a little worried. Fortunately, Rock received great reviews for a job well done. He was able to incorporate some Black Lives Matter issues, while not going overboard. Here is a look at more of the 2016 Oscars.

Viewers down in 2016

It was determined that there was a significant decrease in the number of people who watched the 2016 Oscars. Now you can give your reason as to why you think the numbers were lower in 2016. Some people attribute it to the lack of diversity by the Academy. Others claim it was simply because The Walking Dead also aired during a part of the Oscars, which is such a highly watched program overall, what fan would want to miss a new episode? Another reason is that there were more “Oscar viewing parties” taking place across the country. Yes, you heard that right. People got together to watch the Oscars together, on one big screen, and probably to see if Leo would finally come out a winner.

Most talked about winners

One of the most talked about movies of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie received 10 nominations, and took home the most wins of the night, with a total of 6. Mad Max: Fury Road won in the categories of Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Michael Keaton was one the stars of last year’s Best Picture Winner, Birdman. He was also in Spotlight, which won the Best Picture award for the 2016 Academy Awards, beating out 7 other nominees.

  •         Supporting Actress and Leading Actress– Nominees for Best Supporting Actress and Actress were top notch in 2016, although there were some front runners who might expect a win. The nominees for Actress in a Supporting Role, included Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rooney Mara for Carol, Rachel McAdams for Spotlight, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, and Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs. Nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role included Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years, and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn. Winners for these two categories were Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson. Larson’s performance was talked about for months and her win came as no shock.
  •       Supporting Actor and Leading Actor– Nominees for Supporting Actor included Christian Bale for The Big Short, Tom Hardy for The Revenant, Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight, Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies, and Sylvester Stallone for Creed. The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role included Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl. Winners for these two categories include Mark Rylance, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now many people thought Sylvester Stallone was robbed of the Supporting Actor win, but others thought Mark Rylance was more than deserving. The most talked about win of the night probably went to Leo DiCaprio. He has been nominated for Best Actor on numerous occasions, causing the internet to break out with multiple memes in hopes that Leo would finally win, which he did, and for an epic performance.

To view the full list of winners click here.

Yahoo Lays Off Top Entertainment Journalists

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Layoffs are always hard for a company because they have to get rid of human beings who have been working for them to make a career and a living. There are usually only a few reasons why a company would lay workers off. Usually it is either because the employee hasn’t been producing at the standards set by the employer or their yearly or quarterly budget deemed it necessary to cut their losses and begin being profitable again. Another reason could be that the company just isn’t doing very well, and they are starting to let go of certain aspects of the company to restart from the bottom up or sell the company all together. Yahoo seems to be in the thick of a layoff, here’s what is happening:

What’s going on?

Yahoo has laid off employees mostly in the Music and TV department. These employees are mostly executives and editors. Earlier this month, Yahoo said they were planning on laying off close to 15% of their employees. This was largely in part because they were trying to get rid of parts of the company that were no longer relevant or creating business. It also seems that they were looking at ways to come back from their current downfall or be forced to sell.

After hiring a new CEO in 2012, the company has had a hard time staying in the thick of the competition and in many ways, tried to reinvent itself in many ways. Now, after laying off a good size of the company, Yahoo will try to reinvent itself one last time. Part of the downfall of the last reinvention was the failed attempts at startups who Yahoo believed would generate revenue for the company. Those attempts obviously backfired and Yahoo was left struggling to figure out what to do next. Now, they will be focusing on being selective with their content on their website to bring in a tighter nit audience. It seems as if they are looking to get a little smaller and be a niche for readers on their website.

What will happen?

It is hard to say what exactly can come from this. Yahoo has tried to reinvent itself many times and nothing positive has come from it. Their stock prices are down under $30 a share compared to Google’s $700 and growing. Unless Yahoo can find something that sets them apart from other search engines or sources for news and articles, it may be a tough hole to dig out of. Maybe these layoffs can help them put a little more money into innovation and either develop something for the market that can compete with other companies, or create something completely new. If something doesn’t happen soon, Yahoo may be forced to sell at probably one of their lowest if not the lowest point in history.

The answer is always the bottom line in big companies. Revenue is king, and low revenue, means a smaller bottom line, something big companies like Yahoo can’t afford to lack.