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Oscars 2023 - Academy Awards 95th

  "Lights, Camera & Action"   "Things never happen on accident. They happen because you have a vision, you have a commitment, you have a dream." - Oscar de la Renta The 95th Academy Awards show held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, started with aplomb and ended flat though the fashion was top-notch.  Old Hollywood glamour and fashion reigned supreme.   The fashion focus was on enhancing a silhouette, feature's, and individuality.  Let's commence with my commentary.  The opening monologue by Jimmy Kimmel was refreshing, light and funny. Last year's kerfuffle between host Chris Rock and actor Will Smith was highlighted.  It was noted that any form of violence will never again be accepted during the show.  Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars for ten years.  And rightfully so.  Everyone attending and watching concurred.  Since when is violence in any form acceptable in polite society?  The other emotional highlights were the first two awards and the acc
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Series, Movies & Books - Happy New Year 2023

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