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Give Adam Sandler An Oscar For His Wholesome Snub Response

This is so wholesome.

ICYMI, the Oscar nominations were announced earlier today and look – not everyone was happy with the result.

There were some notable snubs and the hashtags #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoMale began trending on Twitter highlighting a lack of diversity amongst those nominated.

Listen to the GOAT team break down all the Oscars snubs in the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

However, for Uncut Gems star Adam Sandler, missing out on an Oscar nomination was no big deal – in fact, it was a blessing in disguise.

The actor took to Twitter to respond to his award snub, writing, “Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits.Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama.”

Sandler completed the tweet with a photo of his ‘Mama,’ actress Kathy Bates. 

As if the tweet couldn’t get any more wholesome, Bates responded to Sandler’s tweet: “I love you my Bobby Boucher!!! You was robbed!! But Mama loves you!!!”

“I learned a new urban slang word for you! You da GOAT!! Not the one we eat at home, Son.”

Bates wasn’t the only one frothing over Adam Sandler’s epic snub response, either. The tweet attracted replies from rapper Lil Nas X, Ben Stiller, Josh Gar, Jenna Fischer, Miles Teller, Joe Keery and others, who all praised Sandler’s performance in Uncut Gems. 

While Adam Sandler has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and even a Grammy, he’s never been given an Oscar nod. 2019’s Uncut Gems has already received critical acclaim and boasts a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

In a review for The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern said “Mr. Sandler is flat-out sensational as Howard Ratner.”

All this confirms is that Adam Sandler is a) an underrated actor and b) an absolute legend who deserves RESPECT. Is 2020 the year we finally recognise him as a bona fide silver screen hero? 

1960s Batman Actor Claims He Was Given Pills To Shrink His 'Large Bulge'

The battle of the bulge.

Superheroes, like Batman and Robin, are well known for sporting tight suits and capes, but back in the day there were far stricter rules when it came to how revealing those costumes could be – particularly in the ‘bulge’ area.

In a recent interview with Page Six, Burt Ward – who played Robin in the 1960s TV series Batman – said his bulge was so “large” he was asked to seek medical advice.

“They thought that Robin had a very large bulge for television,” Ward said. He then claimed that ABC executives asked him to reduce the size by taking pills that would “shrink me up.”

“I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children,” the Batman star said. “I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”

Clearly, the fascination (and controversy) surrounding superhero bulges has been going on for decades now. In fact, there’s a lot of thought that goes into it.

Credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

In a 2014 interview with Esquire, superhero costume designer Michael Wilkinson said “when you’re designing superhero suits, it all comes down to the crotch.”

“You have to present things in an appealing way but something that’s not too confronting and has the right tone for the film,” he said. “It’s something where you have to use all your costuming skills to find that balance.”

He also added that having done the costumes for the 2006 movie 300, “I’m pretty much an expert on codpieces,” adding “we had five different shapes and we gave them all names” like ‘the spider’ and ‘the donkey.’ 

Who would’ve thought the crotch – and size of bulge – would be such a pivotal part of representing superheroes?

As for Burt Ward – last week he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and said he grew up daydreaming every day of being a superhero. Some dreams really do come true, but keep in mind, you may face a battle of the bulge.

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The BAFTAs Know Their Nominations Lack Diversity, So Where's The Solution?

It's time to stop shifting blame.

While this week’s Golden Globes were initially praised for their diversity in nominees, the BAFTAs has been slammed for missing the mark with their nominations, which were announced yesterday.

Out of the 18 people nominated across BAFTAs four leading and supporting actor categories, not a single person of colour is up for an award.

The leading actor nominees include Leonardo Di Caprio for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

As for leading actress, the nominees are Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Saoirse Ronan for Little Woman, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Renee Zellweger for Judy.

It was a similar story for the supporting actress category, and whilst we’ve been celebrating our very own Margot Robbie receiving two nominations for her roles in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Bombshell, the lack of diversity is still rather staggering.

Since the nominations were announced, the BAFTAs have copped major backlash on social media with the hashtag #BAFTAsSoWhite and both the chairman and CEO of the awards has acknowledged the problem.

“Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end,” Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee told PA Media news agency.

Speaking to Radio 4, BAFTAs CEO Amanda Berry said, “if I’m being totally honest, no, I’m very disappointed…I’m going to totally agree with you because that’s how I felt when I first saw the list and this isn’t being disrespectful to anyone who has been nominated because it’s an incredibly strong list this year.”

“If you look at the director category this year in which I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list. When I’m looking at the performance categories and the lack of diversity, I think you positioned it very well.”

While Berry acknowledged that BAFTAs “has a role to play,” she also said that the awards “can’t tell the industry which films to greenlight and who to hire.”

“Talent is everywhere but opportunity is not,” she said. “We need to up our efforts and keep the pressure on the industry to create these opportunities.”

While it’s up to the awards to shine a light on a diverse range of talent, it’s equally-as-important for the film industry to cast a diverse range of talent in the first place. However, as many have pointed out – there were plenty of diverse cast members for the BAFTAs to choose from in 2019.

We’ve come so far in recent years but quite clearly there is still a long way to go in terms of equality and representation in Hollywood. Keeping the conversation going is the first step – now it’s time to stop shifting blame and make some real, lasting changes.

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