Last year, the queer-themed Moonlight pulled off a shocking upset after La La Land was already pronounced the winner. Can we expect another unexpected turn of events at this year's Oscars? The 90th Academy Awards is operating in a #MeToo world, so expect much discussion (and probably jokes) about the movement to end harassment in the workplace. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the awards, which begin at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. Who will you be cheering for? Call Me by Your Name? Lady Bird? A Fantastic Woman? The Shape of Water? Mudbound? All the aforementioned films include LGBT storylines, or talent behind and in front of the camera. Oh, and if you need tips on planning your Oscar party, click here.
The second season of Brothers, the first narrative series to spotlight the experiences of transgender men, is now available at ths show's website and Vimeo. Created, directed, and produced by trans filmmaker Emmett Lundberg, it focuses on a group of friends in New York City "exploring what it means to go up against traditional societal gender roles," according to the show's website. They deal with issues including health care, dating, dysphoria, homophobia, and identity. And the trans male characters are played by trans male actors. If you want to catch up on season 1, it's available on those platforms too, plus Amazon Prime and Revry TV.
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
In Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, author Ryan Holiday explores how PayPal founder (and Trump supporter) Peter Thiel got back at Gawker Media for outing him as gay. Thiel brought down the company by funding pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's invasion of privacy suit against it over the publication of a sex tape, and the money Gawker Media founder Nick Denton had to spend led to bankruptcy and a selling off of assets. Learn about all the scheming by ordering Conspiracy here or visiting your local bookseller.
Jennifer Lawrence makes a return to action films with Red Sparrow, a thriller in the vein of Cold War United States v. Russia that is strangely appropriate for our time. Lawrence plays Dominika, a ballet dancer and highly trained killer who's part La Femme Nikita / part Atomic Blonde. Francis Lawrence, who directed Jennifer Lawrence in three out of the four Hunger Games movies helms the film with a cast that includes Joely Richardson, Charlotte Rampling, Joel Edgerton, Mathew Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons.
FedEx has refused to drop its discount for members of the NRA, even under intense pressure from the public to do so in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Fed up? Join the boycott of the mail carrier, and encourage your company to do so as well.
The Good Fight
One of TV’s most politically-savvy, intersectional, and wickedly funny series, The Good Fight returns for its second season with its lead Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) in existential crisis amid the current state of politics while also parrying with the firm’s new partner Liz Reddick (Audra McDonald reprising her guest role from The Good Wife). Cush Jumbo returns as the driven and brilliant Lucca while Rose Leslie’s Maia resolves the conflict with her parents only to find it at home with her girlfriend. Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman, and Nyambi Nyambi costar. Also look for Carrie Preston, Tim Matheson, Christian Borle, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Reiner, Gary Cole, and Jane Lynch to appear as just a few of the season’s fabulous guest stars.
Netflix's Jessica Jones
It feels like forever since Jessica Jones premiered in 2015 — what innocents we all were, then. The character, played by Krysten Ritter, was a breath of fresh air in the Marvel franchise — a tough, hard-drinking, super-strong private detective who could hold her own with the boys. On March 8, Jones returns where the first season left off. Having conquered her nemesis — the abusive misogynist Kilgrave — our heroine is sorting out the pieces of her life, while taking on a new case. Don't miss it next weekend on Netflix.