“Wow, now that was unexpected.” Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King summed up the entire 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards program Sunday night in its final moments as his film took the Motion Picture – Drama award.
It was a night of big surprises on both the film and TV front, as the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out its 2019 honors. The night’s big, emotional wins came from leading drama actress Glenn Close for film The Wife (an upset, considering many expected Lady Gaga to take the award for her role in A Star Is Born), top drama actor Rami Malek for his starring role as rock icon Freddie Mercury in the night’s top film, and, on TV, Richard Madden for his actor in a drama series win for Bodyguard, reaction to The Kominsky Method‘s various upsets, and The Americans snagging the Best Television Series – Drama award for its final season. (See the full list of winners here.)
Read on to learn about those big wins and more of the best moments of the night.
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Sandra Oh Makes an Emotional Opening Statement
After a well-received opening monologue built around the idea of the two nicest people in Hollywood trying their hardest to be mean – and failing – Oh took a moment to acknowledge the history she was making by hosting as an Asian-American. Oh told the audience, “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here and look out onto this audience and witness this moment of change. I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different and probably will. But right now, this moment is real. Because I see you. I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”
Best Motion Picture Drama – Bohemian Rhapsody
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Once Rami Malek got his Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, the Bohemian Rhapsody star clutched onto it like the statue was going to make a break for it (see his speech here). At just 62% on the Tomatometer, Bohemian Rhapsody was not the movie the RT office was expecting to win Best Drama. And yet, in a massive upset that leaves A Star Is Born’s Oscar prospects positively shaken, the movie took at the top prize on Sunday night, and, though somewhat less of a surprise, Malek took best actor. Will it be enough to get the film an Oscar nod? We’ll be able to tell later this month.
Regina King Wins Best Supporting Actress, Makes Powerful Pledge
Regina King’s win for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie for If Beale Street Could Talk was no big surprise – she’s favored to take out the Oscar, too – but her speech was one of the most powerful of the evening. After a touching tribute to director Barry Jenkins for making a film that her son said “was the first time he saw himself on screen,” King made a pledge that every project she produces in the next two years will involve 50 percent women. As many in the crowd stood up to applaud, King challenged those in positions of power, and not just in the entertainment industry, to do the same.
Green Book Wins Best Screenplay and Best Film – Musical or Comedy… Leaves Some Heads Scratching
In one of the biggest surprises of the night, Green Book took Best Screenplay over Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favourite, and Roma, all of which were favored over the Peter Farrelly film. Especially Roma, which would go on to win Best Foreign Language Film. Farrelly co-wrote Green Book with Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga. And then, in an arguably equally big surprise, the movie won the Best Film – Musical or Comedy Award, beating out The Favourite, which had been, well, the favorite.
Christian Bale’s Burrito and Banana Get Internet Googling
In one of the night’s most entertaining speeches, Christian Bale accepted his Best Actor – Drama award for Vice and thanked his children “Burrito” and “Banana” (he also thanked Satan, for the inspiration). Burrito and Banana? His kids? The Internet was confused, but excited. Bummer that it turns out they’re not the actual names of his kids, but nicknames.
I really want Christian Bale’s kids to be named Banana and Burrito, but sometimes life’s not fair. #GoldenGlobes
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) January 7, 2019
Jeff Bridges gets Cecile B. deMille Award, Goes Full “The Dude,” And Makes “Tag, You’re It” a New Meme
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Olivia Colman Thanks Her “Bitches”
Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite – and she won the hearts of anyone watching with her endearing acceptance speech. Colman, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in the next season of Netflix’s The Crown, thanked “my bitches” – her film co-stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone – as well as Melissa McCarthy, for the sandwiches. She couldn’t find the words to express what the film meant to her, but she did share her excitement over flying in a private jet.
Glenn Close Stops the Lady Gaga Train
In the biggest upset of the night, Glenn Close took the award for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in The Wife, beating out favorite Lady Gaga who was expected to win for A Star Is Born. The two actresses shared an embrace as Close made her way to the stage; when Close got to the microphone, she said all the nominees “should be up here together, that’s all I can say.” In an emotional speech, Close – whose character stands in the shadows of her famous-writer husband – paid tribute to her mother, who she said had sublimated herself to her father for most of her life.
Carol Burnett Honored With Inaugural Carol Burnett Award
Steve Carell – not Jack Nicholson, despite a nice fake-out intro from Oh and Samberg – presented Carol Burnett with the first annual Carol Burnett Award, which the HFPA will give annually to someone who “has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen.” “Does this mean I get to accept it every year?” Burnett asked, in reference to the award’s name. Burnett spent the bulk of her time on stage paying tribute to the cast and crew of The Carol Burnett Show – a mega weekly production she said “couldn’t be done today” – and dedicated the award to those who want to follow in her footsteps. She ended, appropriately for fans, by saying “I’m so glad we had this time together.”
TV’s Many Upsets
The HFPA is known for its occasionally quirky upsets, but there were quite a few surprising winners in the TV categories at the 2019 ceremony. It’s not that any of the winners were unworthy — have you heard that there’s a lot of amazing television to watch nowadays? — but they certainly skewed a bit differently than most award prognosticators would’ve picked: Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method, which was released on Netflix just a month ago (beating out heavy-hitters Bill Hader for Barry, Donald Glover for Atlanta, Jim Carrey for Kidding, and Sacha Baron Cohen for Who Is America?); Richard Madden for addictive BBC–Netflix drama Bodyguard (over Homecoming standout Stephan James and Pose emcee Billy Porter); The Kominsky Method over a solid comedy crop; and perhaps the most shocking of all, the perennially Emmy- and Globes-snubbed The Americans winning for Best Drama (over Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Pose, and Amazon streaming sensation Homecoming).
Sandra Oh Makes History (and Makes Us Cry)
Sandra Oh’s night of firsts continued with her second-ever Golden Globe win. The actress, who took home a supporting Globe for Grey’s Anatomy in 2006, was the first-ever Asian winner in the lead TV drama actress category for her role as an MI6 operative tracking a female assassin through Europe in BBC America’s Killing Eve. Oh’s eyes welled up with tears as she thanked her parents, who were watching their daughter nail her gig as the first-ever Asian host of the Golden Globes ceremony.
Chuck Lorre’s big win
You — and half of Twitter — might not have known what The Kominsky Method actually is (watch the trailer to find out), but the HFPA certainly liked it. The Netflix comedy, about a once-A-list actor and his agent helping each other through life, Another fact you might not have known: It’s from The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre. The mega-producer, who wrote on Roseanne and has created mega-hits including Two and a Half Men, Mom, Mike & Molly, and Young Sheldon, had never seen one of the sitcoms he created take home an Emmy or a Golden Globe — until this year. His speech was filled with genuine emotion, clearly thankful his massive body of work had finally been recognized in such a major way.
How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital
These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.
A historical journey
It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.
It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.
Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.
In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.
The birth of the mega resort
It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.
Las Vegas in the 21st century
The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?
The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.
These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.
What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.
Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.
Some Big Casinos Near Nature
Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.
ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.
Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.
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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit
Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.
Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun
Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.
Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One
Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.
Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture
Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers
River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.
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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision
The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books.
The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health.
Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking.
If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.
1. Gummy Drop
Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game.
With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills.
If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game.
Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger.
3. Ludo Supreme
A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game.
Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones.
There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls.
The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid.
Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms.
The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home.
6. Rocket League
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them.
To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals.
Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this.
Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know.
8. Guess The Word
Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process.
The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.
So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time.