Reports are now confirmed that actor Bill Paxton passed away this Oscar-weekend at the age of 61 due to complications from surgery. Paxton began his career in Hollywood doing art department and background work before he was cast in a small cameo in The Terminator by director James Cameron in 1984. Since then, Paxton has gone on to star in many roles in an impressive number of iconic films. He again teamed up with Cameron for Aliens as Private Hudson in 1986, and has starred in blockbusters like Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014). His most recent project was the lead in a television adaptation of director Antione Fuqua’s 2001 cop-drama Training Day.
In addition to acting, Paxton also directed a number of pictures. He directed himself and co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Powers Boothe in the violent FBI drama Frailty (2001), and Shia LaBeouf in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). His final role will be in a film called The Circle, opposite Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Beauty and the Beast), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Big Short), and Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Bridge of Spies). His contribution to film throughout the years will surely be missed in the years to come. Thanks Bill for all of your great work. Our thoughts are with your family and friends.
In other news, the Academy Awards proved once again that they are the laughing stock of the film industry. Actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway concluded the evening with even more drama than last year’s lack of nominated black-actors and Chris Rock’s attempts to tone down the controversy. Many at last night’s event were expecting to see La La Land take home the award for Best Picture after actress Emma Stone secured the Best Actress award. Upon the announcement of the prestigious award, it seemed that was exactly the case, but as it turns out, the award actually went to writer/director Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. The reaction, as you can imagine, was hysterical.
The cast of La La Land had already fully assembled onstage by the time Beatty realized the mistake, but host Jimmy Kimmel was quick with an attempt to smooth things over. “I blame Steve Harvey for this,” he joked, making a reference to Harvey’s mistaken announcement at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Sure enough on Monday, all the fingers started pointing. People were also not very pleased about Casey Affleck winning the Best Actor award amid scandals surrounding two accusations of sexual harassment that pretty much ruined Nate Parker’s chances at an Oscar. At the end of the day, however, we normal people were just reminded once again of what a joke the Oscars always have been, whether politically motivated or not. Click this link for a full list of the 2016 winners.