For Lunch Links today, I’m taking advantage of this rare opportunity to bring a little celebrity news to Policy Watch. Dedicated readers certainly know that just isn’t our thing.
I could go on and on about how charming Jennifer Lawrence was tripping over a traffic cone and how stunning Lupita Nyong’o and her dress were, but I know Policy Watch readers are a bit more high-brow than I.
Here’s a thoughtful essay up on MSNBC’s website about what made “12 Years A Slave” stand out from other Hollywood movies about slavery or JimCrow– namely that the film didn’t hold back from giving an unflinching portrayal of the horrors endured by Solomon Northup, a freed black New Yorker kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery.
The New York Times also ran a correction today for misspelling Northup’s name, in an article written about him 161 years ago.
The New Yorker has this interesting piece about the Somali actor Barkhad Abdi nominated for his role as a pirate in Tom Hanks’ “Captain Phillips”. Abdi was paid $65,000 two years ago for his role, and is now apparently broke, despite accolades he’s received for the movie that made $218 million at box offices worldwide. Click here to read a recap of the New Yorker piece (only subscribers to the magazine can access the entire article).
Finally you know that “spontaneous” selfie that Ellen DeGeneres took during the Oscars that broke Twitter and became the most retweeted photo of all time? Well, the Wall Street Journal figured out pretty quickly it wasn’t all that spontaneous but more the result of $20 million Samsung paid to market its goods during the Oscars.