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It's been 16 months since “Westworld's” second season ended, and while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's sophomore effort received more mixed reviews than their freshman debut, no one can deny just how highly-anticipated its upcoming third season is ahead of its March 15 debut. Especially in the wake of a “Game of Thrones” conclusion and with HBO's upcoming series like “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials,” now is an interesting time for sci-fi/fantasy series on the cable juggernaut.
HBO recently released five images from the third season's upcoming second episode, which will air on March 22. Here's a look at the new photos and the ongoing struggles of several of the eclectic show's standout characters.Popular on IndieWire Photo : HBO Maeve Is Apparently Alive
“Westworld” fans thought Maeve was shot and killed, but the series' last plot twist revealed that she was alive and presumably well in Warworld, a Nazi-themed robot park. There was a dead soldier on the floor of Maeve's room, while another man was seen beaten and tied to a chair, with Maeve's knuckles covered in blood. What happened? The answer will hopefully be revealed in Episode 2.Photo : HBO Maeve and Hector Are Still Close
It appears that Maeve and Hector are still close, despite all the carnage including Maeve's apparent death in the Season 2 finale. How the two carry on, especially after Maeve was shown in the new Nazi-themed robot park in the season's Episode One ending, remains to be seen.Photo : HBO Bernard Is Still on the Run
Bernard is still laying low after the events of Season 2 but reluctantly murdered two co-workers after they recognized from wanted posters in the first Season 3 episode. It appears that Bernard has split personalities that he can switch between with the push of a button, and his final scenes in last week's episode saw him making plans to return to Westworld for unknown reasons.Photo : HBO Death Hasn't Stopped Hector, Either
Hector appears to be joining Maeve in the Nazi Warworld park. Like so many other robot hosts, death hasn't stopped Hector and the character, gun in hand, appears ready to continue fighting in Season 3.Photo : HBO Who Is Serac?
Serac Vincent Cassell is one of “Westworld” Season 3's biggest question marks. The mysterious trillionaire had a brief appearance in the season's official trailer, where he asked Maeve to murder Delores, but little else is known about him. If HBO teasing a new photo of him is any indication, Serac's grand plans could become a bit clearer on Sunday.Photo : HBO Where...
Like every year, Sunday’s 2020 Oscars ceremony was a night of overwhelming highs and abysmal lows. But Parasite is now a four-time Oscar winner, so things are mostly right in the world. Because of that, we’ll only be counting down the highs of this year’s host-less Oscars ceremony, which ran the gamut of emotions from confusing, to chaotic, to cathartic. Here are our highlights of the 92nd Academy Awards.Janelle Monae is Our New May Queen
In a gonzo opening number that would set the wacky tone for last night’s Oscar ceremony, Janelle Monae paid tribute to movies the Academy acknowledged, and the ones they snubbed. Donning a Mr. Rogers sweater to sing a twinkling rendition of his show’s famous theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Monae was soon joined by a host of background dancers dressed in costumes from snubbed films, including Us, Midsommar, Dolemite Is My Name, and more.
As she crowned herself the new May Queen while singing her hit song “Come Alive,” Monae made a searing indictment of the Oscars’ diversity problem. “It’s time to come alive because the Oscars is so white!” she shouted, before getting Cynthia Erivo, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brie Larson to awkwardly sing along. It was weird, it was tongue-in-cheek, and it was the kind of wild, chaotic energy that would set the tone for the rest of a strange Oscar ceremony.Attack of the Elsas
The Oscars showed its commitment to its global outreach with a soaring rendition of Frozen 2‘s flagship song “Into the Unknown,” led by star Idina Menzel, who was joined by nine international actresses who had also voiced Elsa. Since the film’s November release, Frozen 2 has been translated into 45 other languages, of which 10 were represented at the Oscars during a multilingual rendition of “Into the Unknown.” All dressed in icy flowing gowns and singing in different keys sorry Denmark, the Elsa’s joined forces to give us the kind of glamorous, shimmering spectacle that we crave from Hollywood’s biggest night.Every Time Bong Joon-Ho Was Onstage
Parasite director Bong Joon-ho has been a gift for us this awards season, entertaining us with his sick burns and his pure joy at celebrating cinema alongside the auteurs he admires. And he continued to delight every time he was onstage — nay, every time he was on the screen during the 2020 Oscars.
From his adorable giggle as he looked fondly at his Oscar statuette when he and co-writer Han Jin Won won Best Original Screenplay, to frequent jokes about how he was going to “drink until next morning,” Bong won the night in every aspect because of his sheer earnestness — which was best exemplified by his acceptance speech for his Best Director...
The 2006 Oscars will forever be remembered as the infamous ceremony where “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture. Ang Lee’s groundbreaking gay romance was the critical favorite and it won three of the eight Oscars it was nominated for that year: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Headlining actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. The actors were asked to present during the 2007 Oscars telecast, but Gyllenhaal revealed in a recent interview with Another Man magazine via NME that Ledger turned down the opportunity because it would mean making jokes at the expense of the gay “Brokeback” love story.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” Gyllenhaal said. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.' I'm always like, ‘It's all in good fun.’ And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to me — I don't want to make any jokes about it.’”
Gyllenhaal, “That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'”
Ledger was nominated in the Best Actor category but lost to “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gyllenhaal lost to George Clooney in “Syriana” for Best Supporting Actor. “Brokeback Mountain” marked the first Oscar nominations for both actors. Ledger would go on to be nominated and win his Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor race for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Ledger received the Academy Award posthumously. “Brokeback” remains Gyllenhaal’s sole Oscar nomination to date.
Gyllenhaal has previously spoken about Ledger’s disdain for “Brokeback Mountain” jokes, but this is the first time the actor has revealed his late co-star turned down the Oscars. Gyllenhaal told “Today” in July 2019 that “Brokeback” marked a pivotal moment in his career. “It opened tons of doors,” he said. “It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways. [But the film] is bigger than me...It has become not ours anymore. It's the world's.”
Read Gyllenhaal’s latest interview in its entirety on the Another Man website.