Your Friday Briefing – The New York Occasions

Vikki Dougan, above, was a mannequin and an occasional actress whose toned, taut and impossibly shapely again made her, for one whirlwind yr, a star. However after curiosity in her fetching bottom waned, Ms. Dougan’s contract was not renewed, and the starlet appeared to vanish from Hollywood as shortly as she had arrived.

Now social media is right here to rectify this injustice. “Perhaps I’m having a resurgence,” she stated from her house in a rent-controlled condominium constructing for older adults in Beverly Hills.

After an awards season of largely digital occasions, the Academy Awards are returning on Sunday with a pink carpet and an in-person ceremony. Watch a number of the nominated movies utilizing this streaming information. And film buffs can take a look at their data of Oscars trivia or fill out a 2021 poll.

Right here’s what to be careful for (and our critic’s predictions.)

  • Extra range. This yr’s Oscar nominations are probably the most numerous ever, with 70 girls nominated in 76 classes and practically half of the appearing nominations going to individuals of shade.

  • A historic directing prize? Chloé Zhao — the front-runner, who directed “Nomadland” — might turn out to be the primary lady of shade to be named finest director, in addition to the second lady ever. (The primary was Kathryn Bigelow for “The Damage Locker” in 2010.)

  • A posthumous honor? Chadwick Boseman, who died final yr, is up for finest actor for “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.” In his prediction roundup, The Occasions’s Kyle Buchanan writes, “It’s onerous to think about voters received’t seize their solely alternative to present one to Boseman for a flashy function that showcased the late actor’s immense vary.”

  • A tossup for finest actress. Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Backside”), Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Younger Lady”) are all high contenders.

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