It’s a big day for the Academy Awards aka Oscars come April 25. Our Oscars correspondent from the Big Apple Fil-Am painter Rommel Rico is anticipating with bated breaths the outcome of the hybrid 93rd Oscars Awards.
This year has the most diverse slate of prize ponies from actors of color including Asian-Americans than last year.
But before this forecast, let me digress a bit about visual artist Rommel who will hold a one-man exhibit, a fundraising project initiated by the Silver Jubilarians of the UNIV. of the PHIL. (UP) COLLEGE OF MEDICINE BATCH 97.
This is to generate funds for their ongoing series of medical webinars and outreach programs including the frontliners of Phil. General Hospital ( PGH) as of one of their beneficiaries. Their first of its series bannered under “GALING TALINO UP MED CLASS OF 97 WEBINARS” is sponsored by MANILA HEARING AID.
It will start streaming on April 22 (12:00- 1:00 PM-MANILA TIME). Registration is free and CPD Units Applied.
The first speaker is ERASMO GONZALO DV. LLANES , MD., and Fellow of the Phil. Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
His topic is titled “A Herculean Task: A Call For Awareness Of Hearing Disability.”
This is moderated by VERONICA F. MAGNAYE, M.D., Fellow of the Phil. Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. For details of the webinar series including the collections of painter Rommel Rico, its design samples and sales visit: http://www.upcmbatch97.com
And back to the Oscars Rommel gamely took note of The Hollywood Reporter – film critic Scott
Feinberg’s recent survey in which “Nomadland” of Asian director Chloe Zhao ranked No. 1 among the eight nominees for Best Picture.
Incidentally, “Nomadland” has leapfrogged at the recent British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) AWARDS 2021 which is also a strong Oscars influencer with four major awards to boot.
“Nomadland” was also a big winner at the Critics Choice Awards with four major wins which is also seen as a highly respected Oscars qualifier.
At the Golden Globe Awards, “Nomadland” again got two major wins. Add to this the Directors Guild of America (DGA) which gave “Nomadland” the big prize for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film, followed by another award from The Producers Guild of America Awards (PGAs) which is highly presumptive as the favorite for the top
In-between prognosticating for the Oscars with fellow Asian-American artists in New York City, Rommel Rico was neck-deep into consolidating painterly techniques in his recent collections with portraiture of muted pastel of pink, mauve, and periwinkle, paintings that may be described as an illusion of form in cool palettes imbued with peace and calm with the resonance perhaps of Monet.
Earlier, Rommel created quite a stir like the iconic Warhol in the Asian pop art world of America when he painted the mythical status of Phil. Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte confidently wearing a face mask juxtaposed with the frosty facial behavior of ex-Pres. Donald Trump without one at the height of last year’s pandemic.
He painted this in his studio at Flushing covered live for world broadcast by Fil-Am TV
host-broadcaster Don Tagala in “Balitang America” for TFC (The Filipino Channel). Said edition sold like hotcakes especially amongst Pres. Duterte’s followers.
Concluding, the Oscars is split into two mindsets according to Rommel for the top prize. The unconventional would cast their votes for “Nomadland,” and the traditional with a little bit perhaps of the hometown thing would go for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Que sera, sera!