It would appear that Chris Rock likes to pet zebras. His opening speech of the 88th Academy Awards, while a sweet attempt at handling controversy, sounded like there were only two races in existence and the most populated continent on earth did not exist. It is ironic that amidst such snubbing of that continent in all the commentary and speeches preceding and during the 2016 Oscars, Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an award for her fabulous documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Other Canadians seen on stage during the gala were Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, and Jacob Tremblay. Alas, The Weeknd who performed his Oscar nominated song “Earned It” during the show lost the award to Britain’s Sam Smith for his James Bond theme for Spectre.
Speaking of Britain, Justin Bieber greeted his Christmas Number 1 rivals the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir. Christmas Number 1 is a big deal in the UK as speculation and anticipation mounts each year to see what the number one single will be at Christmas. 2015’s race was a close one and experienced a noble plot twist when the Biebs launched a tweet stating, “So for 1 week it’s ok not to be #1. Let’s do the right thing & help them win. It’s Christmas @Choir_NHS good luck.” And, yes the charity single from the choir did end up claiming the tile. The two contenders recently met at a London hotel to celebrate one another’s chart achievements. Justin presented the 40 members of the choir with their official Christmas Number 1 award for “A Bridge Over You” while the choristers gave the Biebs awards for his three UK chart toppers “What Do You Mean”, “Sorry”, and “Love Yourself”. Justin was also given a special award for being the first artist in UK chart history to hold positions 1, 2, and 3 simultaneously.