The Oscar Rundown: "Argo" Won Best Picture and Jennifer Lawrence Won Best Actress
After being denied a Best Actor nomination, BEN AFFLECK got a little justice when "Argo" won Best Picture at last night's Oscars. Ben fought back tears during his acceptance speech.
--"Argo" also won for Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.
--ANG LEE won Best Director for "Life of Pi".
--JENNIFER LAWRENCE was a surprise winner for Best Actress, for "Silver Linings Playbook". DANIEL DAY-LEWIS surprised no one by winning Best Actor for "Lincoln".
--As you probably noticed, Jennifer FELL on her way up the stairs to pick up her award.
--QUENTIN TARANTINO won Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained" . . . and CHRISTOPH WALTZ won a second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in that film.
--And ANNE HATHAWAY won Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables".
Are Kim and Kanye Having a Girl?
This isn't official, but it's been all over the web this weekend: KIM KARDASHIAN and KANYE WEST are having a girl. A so-called "source" says, quote, "Kanye always wanted a girl."
Kanye West Is Cool with Jay-Z . . . but He's Not Feelin' Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's New "Suit & Tie" Song
KANYE WEST and JAY-Z are close, but that won't stop Kanye from dissing Jay-Z's latest work with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.
--Kanye went on another one of his infamous long, maniacal rants during a show in London over the weekend . . . and he went after money-obsessed "business people," corporations, the Grammys, and Justin and Jay-Z's "Suit & Tie".
--He said, quote, "I got love for Hov, but I ain't [effin] with that 'Suit & Tie'."
--By the way, Justin and Jay-Z are doing 12 shows together this summer. They announced the dates over the weekend. They run from July 17th in Toronto through August 16th in Miami.
--Sadly, Lucas Oil Stadium is not on the tour. The closest the tour gets is Soldier Field in Chicago.
The 20 Artists Who Made the Most Money Last Year
"Billboard" has released their annual "Music Moneymakers" list, which ranks the artists who raked in the most money last year.
--The final estimates include album sales, digital music sales, streaming video and music, ringtones, publishing royalties, and revenue from touring . . . which is where the big money comes from these days.
--They only count U.S. music sales and touring revenue, so anyone who spent a lot of last year touring abroad won't have that income added.
--Merchandise sales and sponsorships weren't included either, because there wasn't enough information available to make it consistent across the board.
--In the end, MADONNA was #1, with an estimated net income of $34.6 million. TAYLOR SWIFT topped last year's list, with $35.7 million. Taylor was 15th this time, with $12.7 million . . . and that's without her having any touring income.
--Here are the Top 20 Music Moneymakers:
1.) Madonna, $34.6 million
2.) Bruce Springsteen, $33.4 million
3.) Roger Waters, $21.2 million
4.) Van Halen, $20.2 million
5.) Kenny Chesney, $19.1 million
6.) Dave Matthews Band, $18.9 million
7.) Tim McGraw, $18.3 million
8.) Jason Aldean, $17.6 million
9.) Coldplay, $17.3 million
10.) Justin Bieber, $15.9 million
11.) Adele, $13.9 million . . . Like Taylor Swift, she didn't have any concert income.
12.) Lady Antebellum, $13 million
13.) Celine Dion, $12.9 million
14.) Brad Paisley, $12.8 million
15.) Taylor Swift, $12.7 million
16.) Carrie Underwood, $11.9 million
17.) Nickelback, $11.1 million
18.) Eric Church, $11 million
19.) Rascal Flatts, $10.8 million
20.) Barbra Streisand, $10.6 million