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The Women, The Assaulters And The Deceivers: A Quick Recap Of The 90th Academy Awards

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This is a quick recap for all those who haven’t had the chance to watch last night’s 90th Academy awards. We hope you find our wrap up helpful! Alright, so first off, let’s start with Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue.

Jimmy Kimmel 2018

This is not the first time that Kimmel hosts the Oscars, in fact, he hosted them last year as well. And because he did such a good job at it, they decided to bring him back again this year. This year’s opening monologue got so many mixed reactions.

Kimmel chose to address Equal rights, equal pay, sexual harassment and minority treatment in his speech, which wasn’t met with a lot of joyful faces among the spectators.

Not of course, those in the same room, I’m talking about the people who were watching the Oscars around the world. Some described the monologue as bland and boring, some even went so far as to complain about Kimmel’s “ranting” on and on about all those people who aren’t getting their rights. In spite of how fake and plastic Hollywood is, we personally believe that this speech is brave and much needed. Kimmel pulled no punches in his monologue this year, no singing, no dancing, none of all those shenanigans and in our opinion, he did quite a decent job.

Mr. Gary Oldman

But then, after all that talk about “The New Hollywood” and a night that was supposedly dedicated to celebrating women empowerment, the Academy so audaciously chose to give Mr. Gary Oldman the Best Actor in A leading Role award to go home with for his role in “Darkest Hour”. 

Donya Fiorentino

Why is this problematic, you ask? Oldman was accused of domestic assault back in 2001 by his then-wife Donya Fiorentino, who claimed that the actor beat her with a telephone while her children were present in the same room.

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet

Oldman has denied those allegations. Oldman was also caught defending accused abusers Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson in a Playboy interview back in 2014. New Hollywood my ass. In our opinion, this award, being so special, should’ve gone to the other front-runner, the enigmatic 22 year old, Timothee Chalamet, who has proved that age has nothing to do with great skill and incredible talent in his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”.

Daniel Day-Lewis

This was Chalamet’s first nomination and he was in fact; the youngest nominee in that category in 80 years, yesterday. Daniel Day-Lewis was also a front-runner for the award, although it was obvious that the three time Academy award recipient was not going to win yesterday, as everyone was betting on Oldman and Chalamet.

The astounding Francis McDormand took home the award for Best Actress in A Leading Role yesterday for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Francis McDormand

The actress truly deserved this award, in our opinion, for her incredible performance in the film and the intensity and the ferociousness that she has brought to her character.

 

Francis McDormand


McDormand
was extremely appreciative of the award when she gave a heartwarming speech, asking her fellow female nominees, while hyperventilating (in all categories) to stand-up as well and asking the audience to salute them for their great efforts. Among the nominees were: Meryl Streep, Soarise Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Sally Hawkins and many more. We love you, Francis.

Sam Rockwell

And now, what would we have done if Sam Rockwell hadn’t won the Best Actor in A Supporting Role? We’re so glad that this is something that we don’t have to think about since that Rockwell won the lottery yesterday after his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Sam Rockwell

This is Janney’s first nomination and win and we couldn’t have been happier for her! Her role as LaVona in “I, Tonya” made us all lose hope in humanity, which is a good thing, in Janney’s case.

Guillermo Del Toro’s beautiful filmThe Shape of Waterwon Best Picture after the film lead with 13 nominations and won 4: original score, production design and director, as well. Del Toro’s speech truly gave us all goosebumps. The director said “I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done,” he went on.

Janney’s

“Really, they are. In every country in the world. And I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen. It happens. And I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of using fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is the door. Kick it open and come in.”

Yesterday’s show was plated with social and political statements, that being said, there were tons of snubs and undeserved wins. That doesn’t only include Gary Oldman, but Kobe Bryant, as well. The former basketball star won an Oscar yesterday for Best Animated Short. Bryant was arrested and charged with sexual assault in 2003, when a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado accused him of rape. But, this is Lala land, and whatever Hollywood claims to stand for isn’t, in most times, necessarily the truth. However, we want to congratulate yesterday’s winners, the ones who truly deserved to take the golden statue home.

But here’s our humble message to Hollywood: If you’re going to claim that you stand for something, at least try to do a better job at supporting your own claims. Talk about double standards. Thank you.

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4 Reasons Why Diriyah Oasis Should Be On Your Wish List

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Diriyah Season has witnessed several exciting events from concerts to grand sports events, the great thing is that there is always something to do and plenty more fun in Diriyah especially in its most popular area, Diriyah Oasis.

Diriyah Oasis is now one of the top attractions and is located in the heart of Diriyah, it is divided into four main zones Nature, Imagination, Reflection and Excitement. Each featuring plenty of diverse entertainment that is suitable for the entire family and each is a reason you should visit the oasis sooner than you think.

The ‘Nature Zone’ includes several outdoor activities such as a forest walk, a challenging elevated obstacle course, a butterfly dome, where visitors enter to learn more about the life cycles of butterflies, and last but not least a special area for skydiving stimulation.

Meanwhile, the ‘Reflection Zone’ includes the Diriyah Wheel, a towering Ferris wheel where you get a splendid view of the Diriyah area, waterfall swings that magically dissipate as you swing through them, and finally a number of sand art sculptures.

Attractions in the ‘Imagination Zone’ includes a series of escape rooms, urban ping pong tables, illusion rooms and an urban maze. Finally, the ‘Excitement Zone’ contains drone racing, laser tag, bumper cars and a video game arena.

The Oasis is open Sunday to Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. and on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. While on Friday and Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Entry tickets are for SR100 and can be purchased through this link, or from the Jarir Bookstore.

 

 

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Messi Thanks Turki Al-Sheikh For His Wonderful Hospitality

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Turki Al-Sheikh, owner of Almeria invited Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi over the weekend to watch Almeria’s game against Elche, in an attempt to strength his relationship with the star.

Messi released a video on his official Instagram page last Saturday, the video highlighted the moment of his entrance where he shook hands with Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Entertainment, and owner of the Spanish club Almeria.

“I am happy to be back in Riyadh and I look forward to returning again. Thank you Turki Al-Sheikh and the Riyadh season for the great evening.” Messi wrote.

Messi also accepted Al-Sheikh invitation to watch the game at his house, along with international teammates Dybala, De Paul, Agüero and former Real Betis man Lo Celso. All of whom enjoyed Al-Sheikh’s hospitality as they watched the Spanish second division game, which ended 1-1.

On his behalf, Al Sheikh posted a video of the evening he had Messi over at his place, “First of all happy to see you here and to be in Saudi Arabia, and I hope to meet you next year in La Liga between Barcelona and Almeria.” Al-Sheikh said in the video.

Another video was posted of Al-Sheikh showing Messi around Riyadh.

 

 

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The Kingdom is Getting Its Very Own Version of Coachella!

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Leave everything that you’re doing because this is news you don’t want to skip! The Kingdom has announced that AlUla Desert will host its very own version of Coachella.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held in California’s Coachella Valley, and now this major event is coming your way to the Arabian desert, AlUla.

Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the historically significant place AlUla and with its stunning beauty and cultural heritage, the event will certainly captivate visitors.

“Desert X is expanding beyond the borders of the California desert and going international,” the organizers announced on Instagram. “Furthering our mission to connect desert communities and cultures around the world through contemporary art, Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the desert of AlUla in northwest Saudi Arabia, a historically significant place of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and home to the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site, Hegra.”

The event is coming faster than you might think, as it scheduled for next year in January.

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