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Classical pianist Lachlan Glen on his recital with Ben Bliss and his inner diva

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Juilliard-trained pianist Lachlan Glen says he enjoys accompanying traditional classical solo singers but is also excited about debuting a more over-the-top old school entertainment show in the tradition of Liberace in Australia next month. (Photo by Dario Acosta)

Vocal Arts D.C. presents

 
Ben Bliss (tenor) and Lachlan Glen (pianist)
 
Tuesday, Nov. 15
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Theatre of the Arts
 
University of the District of Columbia
 
Van Ness Campus
 
4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
 
$50
 
202-785-9727
 
washingtonperformingarts.org

Classical pianist Lachlan Glen calls himself a “performing entrepreneur with a passion for challenging the classical music industry’s status quo.”

The 27-year-old Sydney, Australia native, who came to New Jersey in 2008 to study at Rutgers University and then earned a master’s degree at Juilliard, will be in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the fourth annual Gerald Perman Fund for Emerging Artists recital with tenor Ben Bliss. It’s also the first concert of Vocal Arts D.C.’s 26th season.

Out, proud and eager to balance traditional recitals with flashier, more show biz-type endeavors, he spoke with the Blade at length by phone from Atlanta (he lives in New York) where he was in rehearsal with Bliss. His comments have been edited for length.

WASHINGTON BLADE: You have no trace of an Australian accent. Why?

LACHLAN GLEN: I chose to let it go when I moved to New York. People usually had no idea what I was saying and … would always bring up stuff like shrimp on the barbie or ask me if I rode a kangaroo to school and all these, you know, kind of cute questions that get annoying when you’re asked them about 600 times. … I knew I’d succeeded when my diction teacher at Juillard had no idea I wasn’t American.

BLADE: How did you meet Ben Bliss?

GLEN: We met at the Metropolitan Opera — we met at the Met, that’s cute. … We kind of entered on the same wavelength of, “Let’s just do this music how we feel it.” So much thought at conservatory is put into thinking about or imagining how someone would have played certain notes 300 years ago and I really like to just be spontaneous and live my life on my terms. Ben and I decided to just have fun doing it and not get caught up with people who try to make it more serious than we believed it was. … I feel super lucky that we met and that he wants me to come and play with him on these shows. It’s a lot of fun.

BLADE: Did this conviction present problems for you at Juilliard?

GLEN: I had a really great experience there. I had a fantastic team of people and my teacher, Brian Zeger, who runs the vocal arts department there, he was one of my most valued mentors. … But I always loved things that sparkle, I love glitz and glamor and even when I was younger, I would perform in these crazy shirts. That kind of evolved into wearing a ton of rings. That kind of thing is just never done on the classical performance stage. … I have this Alexander McQueen bag that I take everywhere that’s gold and sparkly. I wake up in the morning and see it across the room on the floor and it gives me energy to get out of bed.

BLADE: So you’re basically a big unabashed flamer?

GLEN: (laughs) Yeah, I guess so. I just love things that make me happy and I’m not ashamed to embrace those things.

BLADE: So do you mind being more in the background when you’re accompanying Ben?

GLEN: No. I’m accompanying him so I’m helping him tell his story so I really tone down my own personality. I can’t overpower the singer when I’m in that capacity. So I leave the sparkly stuff at home and maybe just wear some rings. I’m working on a one-man show that’s more entertaining in kind of a throwback way, so there I can be as flashy as I want to be.

BLADE: You have all these different projects going on with conducting and offering vocal coaching in addition to what you just said. When and why did you branch out from wanting to be a more straight-up recitalist?

GLEN: I was training as a solo pianist and one day I just almost had a breakdown because I’d been spending like 10 hours a day practicing — and I’m not exaggerating even slightly — for years. I’d take little breaks, but I was essentially practicing all day every day for years and years. I finally said, “You know, I can’t do this for the rest of my life.” I’m a really social person and I need to spend time with people. Not just by myself in a room all day every day.

BLADE: Don’t your rings get in the way when you play?

GLEN: It depends how big they are. I try to find ones that don’t have a lot of weight in any one area. … It’s usually not much of an issue. I’ve definitely played concerts where I’ve had a ring on every finger.

BLADE: How many do you have?

GLEN: Oh, a huge bag. I definitely have more rings than anything else. I have this beautiful everyday topaz ring that my boyfriend gave me for my birthday this year which is from 1908. And many others.

BLADE: Tell me about him. Is it serious?

GLEN: His name is Sam. We’ve only been together since earlier this year though we met a little over three years ago at the Fire Island Opera Festival. But yes, it’s very serious. He’s 11 years older and is British. He’s a finance director at Christie’s in the impressionist and modern art department.

BLADE: How long have you been out?

GLEN: I came out to friends at 19, family at 20. It was a process. I would say I’m a Christian, but my understanding of Christianity is different from my parents. But (my boyfriend is) coming to Australia with me in December and my parents and sisters are very excited to meet him.

BLADE: Were you into classical music growing up or did you have a pop side too?

GLEN: More classical as a kid then in college came more of the pop stuff. I know it sounds strange, but I rarely listen to classical music now. … I have a huge obsession with Pink Floyd and I love Beyonce and Snarky Puppy and some really great jazz. I love Chick Corea.

BLADE: Is classical too close to work stuff to be enjoyable for pleasure listening?

GLEN: That kind of might be it. I have always liked to keep my professional life and home lives very separate, but it was never a conscious thing.

BLADE: Tell us more about your one-man show.

GLEN: I’ve always had a huge love for pianist entertainers and there are so few of them. Several great ones from the past, but the only one who’s even kind of still prominent in that vein is Elton John, but he’s more of a singer. … Liberace is first and foremost. People love to hate on him because he kind of sold this quote-unquote sacred music to a mainstream audience … but I love how he feels the music. He’ll take a Chopin piece and just spontaneously add an octave or something. He really knew how to read his audience. … I also loved Victor Borge and I think that kind of comedy is incredible. … So this will be me as an entertainer just talking and joking with the audience,. Really just me being fully myself without worrying about overshadowing anyone else on stage. Just the most over-the-top thing you could possible imagine playing some of the most beautiful piano music that’s ever been written along with some older pop songs and even jazz standards.

BLADE: Do you hope to tour it in the U.S.?

GLEN: I don’t really have the energy or time to shop it, sell it and book it myself so for this first performance in Australia, we’re going to video it and then hopefully shop it to some booking agents. … It takes quite awhile to develop a whole act like this so at first it won’t be the full finished product but it will be a start. … I cannot wait to get it going and see how it develops.

BLADE: There’s so much hand wringing in classical music as millennials just aren’t investing in our classical institutions the way Boomers and even Gen Xers have. Will they eventually or are some of these outfits just dying a long slow death in your opinion? What do you see happening in the big picture here?

GLEN: Both of those things are happening and the biggest part of the problem is that the classical music industry is using these business models that are in large part really, really old and not something that has come out of American culture. We’ve picked up these models from Europe and tried to transplant them and it doesn’t have the same value here. You can’t just pick up a cactus and try to plant it in Alaska. You need some kind of genetic modification or something if it’s going to thrive. A lot of the big opera companies are just large companies with lots of unions and lots of moving parts. They’re very heavy — opera by its very nature is big. So in an era where we have to adapt and be light on our feet, it’s just impossible for them to change course. … A lot of senior administration people tend to think that young people are too obsessed with their electronic devices to sit and watch an opera when they can just watch one aria on YouTube. … But what they’ve forgotten is that we are humans and we want to be together and we want to communicate and socialize and people will always be going out seeking bonds with other like-minded people. It’s not really the existential issue a lot of people think it is. … There are something like 30 small opera companies in New York alone right now and they’re selling out and people are obsessed with them. It’s just the spotlight shifting and companies that can function financially and artistically are having huge successes.

Lachlan Glen (Photo by Dario Acosta)

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Final season of ‘Pose’ is must-see TV that matters

Groundbreaking FX drama has left its mark

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When the COVID pandemic hit in the early months of 2020, there were certainly more pressing and essential worries for us to grapple with than how it would impact the next season of a TV show. Yet it’s a testament to the power of “Pose” that many among its legion of fans were at least as concerned about the show’s disruption as they were about the possibility of running out of toilet paper.

The powerhouse FX drama — which spotlights the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture in the late 1980s — had already made history. Not only did it feature the largest cast of transgender actors in regular roles, it boasted the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever included in a scripted series. In its first two seasons, the show racked up accolades and honors (including a Primetime Emmy for Billy Porter as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) while breaking new ground for the inclusion and representation of queer people — and especially transgender people of color — in television, both in front of the camera, and behind it. With the end of its second season in August 2019, fans were hungry for a third — but thanks to COVID, its future was suddenly in question.

So, when word came that the show’s third season would have its debut on May 2, it was the best news since finding out the vaccines were finally going to start rolling out. But it was bittersweet: Along with confirmation of the series’ imminent return came the sad revelation that the new season would also be the last. “Pose” would be coming to an end with a final, seven-episode arc.

As any viewer of show can attest, there were a lot of threads left hanging when last we saw its characters. That means there’s a lot of ground to cover in these last chapters in order to give everyone — characters and audience alike — the closure they deserve.

The show’s official synopsis goes like this: It’s now 1994 and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca, who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, as well as her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens. Meanwhile, a vicious new upstart house is emerging in the ballroom world, and the members of the House of Evangelista are forced to contend their legacy.

Obviously, there are a lot of details left hidden in that broad overview, and fans are undoubtedly full of questions about what they can expect to see.

Fortunately, the bulk of the show’s main cast convened on Zoom last week (along with show co-creator and Executive Producer Steven Canals and Executive Producer Janet Mock) for a press conference to discuss their “Pose” experience, and while they didn’t exactly give away any spoilers, they definitely dropped some tantalizing hints about what’s in store for audiences in the farewell season.

In truth, most of the discussion was dominated by reminiscences and expressions of mutual appreciation, sure signs that the feeling of family we see onscreen is something that has taken hold off screen, as well. But in between the affectionate banter, the cast and creatives addressed several questions that might be most on viewers’ minds.

Perhaps the most pressing of these — why, after only three seasons, is the critic-and-audience-acclaimed show calling it quits? — was taken on by Canals, who explained:

“I always knew what the beginning and what the end of the narrative would be. And when Ryan Murphy and I first met in September of 2016, we felt really strongly that that particular narrative made sense. And so, while we certainly could have continued to create narrative around these characters and in this world, and we certainly had a conversation in the writers’ room about it … I think we all agreed that it just made sense for us to ‘land the plane,’ if you will, comfortably — as opposed to continuing to give an audience story that just simply didn’t have any real core intention or a real thrust towards specificity.”

Also of interest was the obvious subject of how the parallels between the current pandemic and the AIDS crisis that looms over the show’s narrative might be reflected in the new episodes. While he didn’t hint at any direct connections in “Pose,” Porter used the subject to underscore a theme that has always been one of the show’s most important elements:

“I think the parallels are quite profound. I know that as a Black gay man who lived through the AIDS crisis, I have been dealing with a lot of PTSD during this COVID time. It’s very reminiscent of what it was like then. The best news about that is that I survived. We got through it, and there is another side to it. We can get to the other side.

“I feel like that’s what ‘Pose’ really accomplishes this season, reminding the public that it’s when we come together and when we lead with love [that] we get to the other side.”

Mock elaborated on the theme of resilience by discussing the importance of showing the strength of House mothers like Blanca and Electra (Dominique Jackson), who hold together — and lift up — their entire community:

“It’s that matriarchal power and lineage that I think the ballroom is, and what trans women are to one another, that then feeds everyone else and enables them to shine and have all the things that they want in the world. For me, it is [about] that celebration […] of Black trans women — that they’ve created this space, that they brought everyone else in with them, and that, at the end of the day, they are often the ones most often forgotten.

“I think with this season, I want everyone across the industry, the audience, to realize that. I think it’s essential, and it’s important.”

Mock also talked about the way “Pose” focuses on the small, day-to-day lives of its characters as much as it does the larger-than-life splendor of the ballroom culture in which they participate:

“We wanted to ensure that we show the everyday, mundane moments, as well as the great, grand celebrations. The ballroom is are presentation of what it means to congregate and share testimony and to love on each other, and our show is a celebration of the everyday intimacies. So, for us, while we were plotting these big, grand moments […] we wanted to bring in traditions — weddings, matrimony, all this stuff — that our characters get to engage in. We wanted to be a part of the tradition of that, and all the moments that a family shares together. We wanted to make sure that all of those things were celebrated in this.”

When discussion turned to the unprecedented level of support and collaborative inclusion with which the show’s queer cast were bestowed by Ryan Murphy and the rest of the creative staff — from the presence of trans women like Mock and Co-producer Our Lady J in the writers’ room to the extensive reliance on the insights and talents of real-life members of the ballroom community — Jackson was quick to add that besides giving the show its ferocious authenticity, it gave her an increased recognition of her own worth:

“I will never, ever, ever walk into a space thinking that I need to impress them […] I will never walk into a space being fearful of my identity stopping me from anything. Because of this journey, when I walk into spaces now, my identity is not because I’m an abomination. My identity is a plus. My identity is my value. So, when I walk into spaces now,they need to impress me. You can be the biggest Hollywood director, producer, whatever, but you’re not going to take my story or relay stories that are reflective of my life or my existence and make them into anything you want, because of ‘Pose,’ because of Ryan, because of Steven, because of Janet and Brad [co-creator/executive producer Falchuk), because of Our Lady J, because of my cast members.

“I will never walk into spaces or live a life or an existence thinking that I need to impress anyone.”

Porter concurred, adding:

“There was never, ever a space in my brain to dream what‘Pose’ is, what Pray Tell is. I spent the first 25-plusyears of my career trying to fit into a masculinity construct that society placed on us so I could eat.‘Pose,’ and Pray Tell in particular, really taught me to dream the impossible […] the idea that the little, Black church sissy from Pittsburgh is now in a position of power in Hollywood in a way that never existed before. You can damn sure believe that I will be wielding that power and there will be a difference and a change in how things go from here on out.”

If the cast members themselves have found themselves feeling more empowered thanks to “Pose,” so too have the millions of LGBTQ people — and allies — who have tuned into it since its premiere in 2018. The show is one of those rare entries into the cultural lexicon that simply allows its queer and trans people to live authentic lives, giving long-withheld representation to countless viewers who were able to see themselves reflected back from the screen for perhaps the very first time. It’s that powerful sense of validation provided by “Pose” that keeps it standing tall in an entertainment market now providing so much LGBTQ inclusion that it’s becoming dangerously easy to take it for granted.

Whatever moments of heartbreak, joy, and celebration “Pose” brings us as it plays out its final act — and there are sure to be many — we can all be sure it will leave us with a message expressed through an oft-heard line of dialogue that Mock says she found herself writing “over and over again” during the series’ run:

“You are everything, and you deserve everything this world has to offer.” It’s that nurturing sentiment the “Pose” has been instilling in us from the beginning, like a mother to us all.

And that’s why so many of us can’t wait until the first two episodes of its final season air at 10 p.m. (both Eastern and Pacific), Sunday, May 2, on FX.

The final season of “Pose” will begin to air on FX on Sunday, May 2, at 10 p.m. ET. (Photos courtesy of FX)

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At 75, John Waters has no plans to retire

‘I’d go nuts if I didn’t work’

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When writer and filmmaker John Waters turned 70 five years ago, he said he took six friends on a first-class trip to Paris for his birthday and “we had the best time.”

This year, for his 75th birthday on April 22, he was going to take his friends to Rome but the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way and they couldn’t all travel.

Instead, a friend is having a small dinner party for him in New York City, and he’s going with a friend. “Everybody has had their shots, and that’s what I’m going to do…It will be low-key this year.”

The older he gets, he said, the less he cares about making a big fuss out of every birthday anyway.

“What difference does it make? Old means old. It doesn’t matter which one.”

Though he’s taking some time to celebrate his 75th birthday, Waters has no plans to retire.

“No, God no,” he said last weekend while on a Zoom call with fans from London. “I jump out of bed every morning. It hurts to jump out of bed. I have aches and pains. But no, I’d go nuts if I didn’t work.”

That’s probably just as well because he has a lot going on. Between shooting episodes of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” getting ready for film festivals in several cities, planning a guided tour in Provincetown, and preparing for an exhibit of his private art collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art, he’s staying busy.

The ultimate multitasker, he didn’t even stop working when he went for a COVID vaccination recently.

“I signed an autograph when I was getting the shot,” he said. “Well, not at the moment, but right before.”

In a Zoom session organized by London’s Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities — an early birthday present of sorts because it drew fans from at least three continents — Waters announced that he just last week finished the book he’s been writing for the past three years, “LIARMOUTH,” a novel about a woman who steals luggage at the airport. It’s due out next year from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

He also expressed optimism that some events that had to be cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic will be back in 2021, including his Camp John Waters “sleepaway” weekend for superfans in Kent, Conn., and a new, renamed iteration of the Burger Boogaloo punk rock music festival that he hosts in Oakland, Calif.

There’s even a chance he’ll make another movie. Waters told his fans there’s still interest in “Fruitcake,” the children’s Christmas film that he’s been trying for years to make. “There is new possibility,” he teased. “That’s all I’ll say. I’m not going to jinx it.”

He’s waiting to hear about the several dozen spoken-word shows he performs around the country every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. “I think a lot of those decisions are going to happen in September.”

Most of all, he said, he’s just eager to make in-person appearances after a year in lockdown. Some of his engagements that were cancelled due to COVID have been rescheduled for the coming year, including appearances in New York, California, and Pennsylvania, and he’s adding others.

“I’m dying to get back on the road,” he said last weekend. “I’m still amazed that 20-something-year-old kids know who I am. I want to see what they look like.”

He’s wondering whether Meet-N-Greets – the sessions where he signs autographs and poses for photos with fans after a performance – will be possible in a post-pandemic world.

“Even before this, when I did the Christmas tour, I had Meet-N-Greets for usually 50 people” after a show, he said. “I’d always get sick because you have to hug everybody and then get on an airplane the next day. So I think Meet-N-Greets might never come back. I don’t know how they’re ever going to do that safely.”

On a personal basis, too, he’s yearning to get out and travel more.

“I want to go to a movie theater. I want to go to a concert,” he said. “I want to be able to have even a dull day out with other people.”

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This year’s Oscars might be historic — but does anyone care?

Diverse nominees lacking LGBTQ representation

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It’s Oscar weekend. Are you excited?

Unless you’re actually one of the nominees, odds are pretty good that you’re not – but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is geared up to present its prestigious annual film awards for the 93rd time on Sunday night, really, really wants you to be. Why else, a week ahead of the Big Night, would they roll out the show’s producers for a press conference to drop hints that the upcoming broadcast would “look like a movie” and incorporate satellite hookups from “multiple locations?” It was a clear bid to drum up excitement.

More details came Monday, when a letter from that same trio – producer Steven Soderbergh (himself an Oscar winner for directing “Traffic” in 2000) and co-producers Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher – went out to the nominees. As it turns out, the ceremony will be held at LA’s historic Union Station (site of Saturday’s press conference), which will be treated “as an active movie set” in terms of COVID-related safety protocols, with “additional elements” of the show being incorporated live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre via satellite hook-up.

More interestingly, the letter revealed, “The first—and most obvious—point we want to get across with this year’s show is STORIES MATTER.” In keeping with that theme, nominees are requested to submit to a brief interview to “tell the story of your path to April 25,” as part of an effort to “highlight the connections between all of us who work in the movies and show that the process is uniquely intimate, collaborative, and fun.” The emphasis on “story” was further reflected by instructions about messaging in the speeches (“If you’re thanking someone, say their name, not their title… make it PERSONAL”) and a dress code described as “a fusion of Inspirational and Aspirational.” Whatever Soderbergh and crew have planned for the show, their letter leaves little doubt they intend to tightly manage the narrative it presents.

That’s not surprising, of course; Hollywood is in the business of creating narratives, and the one it takes most seriously is the one it creates about itself. Nevertheless, it’s particularly telling that the story it is working so hard to tell seems designed to brush its problem with inclusion comfortably into the background.

This year, the organization might well feel that when it comes to diversity, the nominations speak for themselves. For a year in which tremendous social upheaval has brought Black experience in America to the forefront of the public conversation, the Oscars have chosen an impressive number of Black-led films and Black artists among an overall slate that offers the most diverse lineup of nominees in its history. Women are also represented, thanks to the inclusion of Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” among the Best Picture contenders and the first-ever two nominations for women – Fennell and Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) – as Best Director. Additionally, Zhao, who is Chinese, is the first woman of color ever nominated in that category, Steven Yuen (“Minari”) became the first Asian-American to receive a Best Actor nod, and in the same category, Riz Ahmed (“The Sound of Metal”) became the first person of Pakistani descent to be nominated in any acting category.

In the midst of all this inclusion, however, the LGBTQ community – traditionally a stronghold for some of Oscar’s most ardent fans – has this year been largely left empty-handed, once again. Besides two Best Actress nods for women playing bisexual characters (Viola Davis and Andra Day, for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” respectively), there are no major nominations for films with significant LGBTQ content – though it’s worth noting that the aforementioned “Young Woman” features trans actress Laverne Cox in a prominent supporting role. While it’s not a problem for us to stand on the sidelines and cheer for the victories achieved by representatives of other marginalized communities, it’s becoming harder to ignore the nagging feeling that our willingness to forgive an institution that continues to disappoint and diminish us is really something akin to Stockholm Syndrome.

In any case, this year’s Academy Awards have the potential for making history. Nine of the 20 acting nominees are people of color, and at least two of them are considered frontrunners in their categories. Zhao could become the first woman of Asian descent to win the Best Director prize. And while the potential for those wins lends a kind of excitement to the proceedings, an inescapable feeling of “too little, too late” – coupled with a pandemic-induced awareness of the relative unimportance of awards like these in the greater scheme of things – makes it more difficult than ever, perhaps, to care.

With that in mind, here are the currently leading “official” predictions for the winners in the top six categories, based on a combination of Oscar history, industry buzz, review consensus, and plain old-fashioned gut instinct:

BEST PICTURE: “Nomadland” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” are considered the front-runners, thanks to previous wins in the equivalent category at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, respectively. “Nomadland” is favored to win.

BEST DIRECTOR: Chloé Zhao, who has taken the directing prize at both the Globes and the BAFTAs, seems a sure bet for “Nomadland.”

BEST ACTOR: Chadwick Boseman, whose death in 2020 after a secret battle with colon cancer devastated fans and co-workers alike, would seem the inevitable winner for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” even without his already-racked-up wins at the Globes, Critics’ Choice, and SAG Awards. If he takes it – and it’s almost certain he will – it would make him only the second Best Actor winner to be awarded the prize posthumously (the first was Peter Finch, for 1976’s “Network”).

BEST ACTRESS: There are no clear front-runners here. With one high-profile win each under their belt Davis (SAGs), Day (Globes), Frances McDormand (BAFTAs for “Nomadland”) and Carey Mulligan (Critics’ Choice for “Promising Young Woman”) are all positioned as possible winners. However, with Davis already making history with this performance as Oscar’s most-nominated Black actress, the appeal of also making her the first to win in both Actress categories (her performance in 2016’s “Fences” earned her the Best Supporting prize) might just give her the edge.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Having won for his performance as slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah” at all the other major film awards, Daniel Kaluuya is the definition of a “shoo-in.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: As is often the case, this category might be the most wide-open. Buzz has favored both Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”) and Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), but her win at the BAFTA Awards puts Youn in place as the probable frontrunner. If she wins, she will be only the second Asian actress to win an Oscar, after Miyoshi Umeki (1957’s “Sayonara”).

You can find out the winners when the Oscars air on ABC, Sunday April 25 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. But don’t worry – if you don’t care enough to watch, you can always Google it afterward.

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