The Daily Scoop 2-23-2015
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The 87th Academy Awards
There may well have been some party action still going on in tinsel town Monday morning at the afterhours activity following Sunday night’s 87th annual Academy Awards. It was a show that spread the wealth and stirred some emotions.
An opening quip provided the undercurrent, but a dark comedy made the headlines winning four Oscars including best picture and best director for Alejandro Inarritu.
It also happened for Eddie Redmayne, best actor in “The Theory of Everything” for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.
A struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s fueled Julianne Moore’s character in “Still Alice,” and her performance brought a first Oscar as best actress.
After dominating the pre-Oscar award season, J.K. Simmons scored again with best supporting actor for “Whiplash.”
Patricia Arquette also earned an Oscar that needed a post-show name inscription: best supporting actress for “Boyhood.”
The absence of acting nominations for “Selma” stirred controversy coming into last night. But a stirring performance of its anthem, “Glory,” brought audience members to tears moments before it won best original song.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” also shared in the Oscar glory. The caper comedy tied “Birdman” with four wins overall.
For a complete list of the night’s big winners, click here.
Weekend Box Office Hits
“Fifty Shades of Grey” was once again the number one movie at the box office this Oscars weekend. “Fifty Shades” saw a 75 percent drop in business from its huge debut last weekend but still held on to the top spot. The erotic drama earned about $23 million.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was the number two flick in its second weekend of release. The action adventure starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson took in $17.5 million.
Third place went to “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” The animated comedy earned $15.5 million.
Daytona 500 winner
A 24 year old is your 2015 Daytona 500 winner. Joey Logano, a Middletown, Connecticut native, took the lead with nine laps to go and was able to stay in the lead for the green and white checkered finish for his first career Daytona 500 victory.
With the win, Logano became the second youngest winner of the greatest American race. It’s the second Daytona 500 win for Roger Penske and Penske Racing.
The next stop for the cup series? The March 1 Quick Trip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.