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The Big Winners from the 92nd Annual Academy Awards



Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver celebrate receiving their first Oscar (Short Film, Animated) for “Hair Love.”

LOS ANGELES, Ca. (FNN NEWS) – The 92nd Academy Awards lit up the Dolby Theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center and was televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide on Sunday February 9th, 2020. The highly anticipated award show had millions of film lovers tuned in to watch the alluring ceremony and see some of their favorite artists achieve the highest honors in filmmaking.

With a plethora of celebrity presenters, the Academy Awards decided to forgo a host for its second year in a row and there were still plenty of highlightable moments. The ceremony opened with a tribute to the legendary Mr. Rogers, performed by Janelle Monáe, singing “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Actress Laura Dern, won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and delivered a tear jerking speech, divulging her parents as her heroes.

Sir Elton John won the Academy Award for Music (Original Song) and delivered a noteworthy performance of his winning song, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman.

Surprise guest Eminem, graced the stage with a rousing performance of “Lose Yourself,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song (8 Mile) in 2003.

The 2020 Academy Award for Short Film (Animated) went to “Hair Love.” Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver received their first Oscar for their film, which follows an African-American father as he learns to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. which stars actress Issa Rae as the voice of “Mom.”

The film that took home the most awards–while making Oscar history–was Parasite, winning Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay), Directing, and International Feature Film. Making history as the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay), and Directing awards, it was also the first film from South Korea to be nominated for International Feature Film.


This Year’s Winners:

Best Picture – Parasite

Directing – Parasite

International Feature Film – Parasite

Writing (Original Screenplay) – Parasite

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Jojo Rabbit

Music (Original Song) – Sir Elton John, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman

Music (Original Score) – Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker

Actor in a Leading Role – Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Actress in a Leading Role – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Actress in a Supporting Role – Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Actor in a Supporting Role – Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Production Design – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Short Film (Animated) – “Hair Love”

Short Film (Live Action) – “The Neighbors’ Window”

Animated Feature Film – Toy Story 4

Cinematography – 1917

Sound Mixing – 1917

Visual Effects – 1917

Costume Design – Little Women

Documentary (Feature) – American Factory

Documentary (Short Subject) – “How to Skate in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

Film Editing – Ford vs. Ferrarri

Sound Editing – Ford vs. Ferrarri

Makeup and Hairstyling – Bombshell


Samantha Nicole and Mellissa Thomas contributed to this report. |

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Florida House Democratic Leader-Designate Fentrice Driskell Announces Leadership Team



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Democratic Leader-Designate Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa) today announced the appointment of the following Democratic Representatives to serve on the House Democratic Caucus leadership team for the 2022-24 legislative term:

  • Leader Pro Tempore: Representative Dotie Joseph (D-Miami);
  • Policy Chair: Representative Kelly Skidmore (D-Boca Raton);
  • Floor Leader: Representative Michael “Mike” Gottlieb (D-Davie); and
  • Whip: Representative Christine Hunschofsky (D-Parkland).

“The House Democratic Caucus is made up of some of the strongest, most fierce champions of the people in the entire state,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “It is an honor and great pleasure to work with these individuals in this new capacity, and all of them are prepared to lead the Caucus in the face of the challenges that lie ahead of us.”

As Leader Pro Tempore, Representative Joseph will assist the Democratic Leader in carrying out designated responsibilities and perform such Leadership responsibilities as are assigned, including stepping in for the Leader as needed.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Representative Joseph for over 20 years. From the time we were at Georgetown Law to now, she has always been a consistent champion for justice. The issues she advocates for on behalf of all Floridians makes Representative Joseph an invaluable asset in defending Floridians against extremist Republican policies,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “I look forward to Representative Joseph’s leadership as a key member of my team over the next two years.”

In her role as the Caucus Policy Chair, Representative Skidmore will be responsible for ensuring the Caucus continues to champion legislation that positively impacts all Floridians, and will lead discussions about bills before the House at Caucus meetings.

“As the previous Policy Chair for the Caucus, I know what is needed to do this job. Appointing Representative Skidmore as Policy Chair was an easy choice,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “She stood out as a prime member in understanding policy during the last legislative term. Representative Skidmore also brings with her a wealth of experience as both a former House and Senate staffer and House member. Applying her unique skillset to this new role will benefit the Caucus and all Floridians.”

In his role as Floor Leader, Representative Gottlieb will be responsible in interpreting the House Rules, ensuring the Caucus adheres to the agreed upon rules, and working with his Republican counterpart in advocating for fair amounts of time be allotted to the Caucus in debating different pieces of legislation.

“Two things I greatly appreciate about Representative Gottlieb are his refreshing candor and strong fortitude,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “As the minority party in the Legislature, we’re aware of the challenges that lie ahead of us. What we need right now is someone who is unwavering under extreme pressure to help guide our Caucus during difficult moments. Representative Gottlieb is perfectly suited for this role.”

As Whip, Representative Hunschofsky will be responsible for keeping all Democratic Caucus members apprised of Caucus policy on any bills or issues before the House.

Representative Hunschofsky has an amazing ability to get things done,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “Not only does Representative Hunschofsky possess a wealth of knowledge due to her experience as the former mayor of Parkland, Florida, she is also a champion of many initiatives close to Floridians’ hearts, such as expanding access to quality mental health care. I know Representative Hunschofsky’s knowledge and ability will help prepare our Caucus for the challenges of the next two year.”

The Florida House Democratic Caucus will convene during Organizational Session taking place Nov. 21-22, 2022 in advance of the 2023 Legislative Session scheduled to begin on March 7, 2023.

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VIDEO: State Rep. Dianne Hart elected chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus



ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – State Representative Dianne Hart (D-Tampa), incoming Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, talks briefly with Florida National News on the importance of the Florida Blue Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando Saturday. The Florida Classic is an annual college football rivalry game between Bethune–Cookman University and Florida A&M University.

Hart’s Twitter Statement:

Hart’s statement: “I’m honored to have been elected as the Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.” “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support and for trusting me to move this important caucus forward.”

During the 2021 and 2022 Legislative Sessions, Rep. Hart served on the following House committees, including Democratic Ranking Member of the Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee, Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight, Ways & Means Committee, Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee, State Legislative Redistricting Subcommittee and Select Subcommittee on Authorized Gaming Activity.

Hart was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018. She is also the CEO of the East Tampa Business and Civic Association.


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Former State Rep. Bruce Antone Ready To Rejoin Florida House



Former State Representative Bruce Antone respond to questions by CFABJ, NAACP, and the Florida Voters League panel during a candidates forum in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Former Florida State Representative Bruce Antone served 12 years (six terms) in the Florida House of Representatives and defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Travaris McCurdy during the August primary election to represent Orange County in the newly draw District 41 House seat.

CFABJ, NAACP, and Florida Voters League held a candidates forum for candidates seeking county, state and Congressional seats in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

CFABJ, NAACP, and Florida Voters League held a candidates forum for candidates seeking county, state and Congressional seats in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

Antone was among eleven candidates seeking election to county, state and Congressional seats participating in a candidate forum hosted by CFABJ, NAACP and the Florida Voters League, Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Green Party nominee Robin Denise Harris is the only potential road block in Antone’s return to Tallahassee and faces off with him in the November general election. The District 41 House seat has an overwhelmingly Democratic voter base.

During his time in the Florida House, Antone was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the 29-member Florida Legislative Black Caucus.

The general election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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