Pop Culture in (ugh) 2020, from the bizarre to the sublime
on Aug. 31, 2020, actor Chadwick Boseman in character as T'Challa in "Black Panther" and 10-year old twins Lenny, left, and Bobby Homes paying tribute to Boseman at their home in in Mesa, Ariz. on Aug. 31, 2020. (Takiyah Dupas, Marvel Studios, Annalie Homes via AP)And now, for our annual look at the year in pop culture…. Truth is, people turned to culture of all kinds in 2020 — highbrow and lowbrow — to satisfy varied and sometimes conflicting needs: Distraction, inspiration, consolation, escapism, hope. A Broadway star serenaded health workers from his apartment window, and ballet dancers performed “Swan Lake” from their bathtubs. The world mourns an actor of immense talent who, like many of his characters, radiated a regal sense of dignity.
Patricia Arquette Opens Up About Bittersweet Emmy Win as She Mourns Late Sister Alexis (Exclusive)
Patricia Arquette's heart was with her late sister, Alexis, as she took home an Emmy on Sunday night. I really, really feel like I'm just starting to mourn her," Patricia explained to ET's Kevin Frazier backstage after her win. And I don't really feel completely fine right now. And with Dee Dee, she was just heavy. So just emotionally, how diluted she was, and what she was willing to do for her own needs was really heavy."
Emmys deliver to Amazon comedies, as Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins twice
Phoebe Waller-Bridge reacts during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. LOS ANGELES (CNN) - The Emmys smiled on repeat winners and second-year series in the comedy categories, delivering five of the six early prizes to Amazon. Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a dual winner, as lead actress and for writing her comedy "Fleabag." Alex Borstein claimed her second consecutive supporting actress win for the Amazon dramedy, while Tony Shalhoub received his fourth Emmy overall. Once the comedy categories ended, the show quickly conjured several emotional moments.
'Game of Thrones' Cast Reunites Onstage to Present at 2019 Emmys
The Game of Thrones cast is together again! At the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday, the cast of the hit HBO series took the stage together four months after the eight-season-long series' final episode. "That's why I put the coffee cup there... a conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection," fellow co-creator D.B. Watch the video below for more on Game of Thrones' final season. RELATED CONTENT:Inside Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's Real-Life 'Game of Thrones' Love StoryInside Kit Harington's Life After 'Game of Thrones''Game of Thrones': House Targaryen Prequel in the Works at HBO
Patricia Arquette Says Her 'Dannemora' Character Has a 'Healthier' View of Sex
Patricia Arquette pushed herself outside of her comfort zone to play Tilly Mitchell on Escape at Dannemora. While the actress underwent a total-body transformation to play Tilly in the Showtime drama, she said her character differed from herself mostly in her view of sex and sexuality. Throughout the series, Tilly is seen in "very intense" sex scenes with multiple inmates in a back room at the prison where she works. "Especially in the case of Dee Dee Blanchard, [I had empathy]," she continued. The Act is another story inspired by real events, as Dee Dee's teenage daughter, Gypsy Rose (Joey King), helped murder Dee Dee -- with the help of a boyfriend -- after learning that her mother had been convincing the world that she was wheelchair-bound and suffered from a variety of illnesses.
Gypsy Rose Blanchard Calls Off Her Engagement
Gypsy Rose Blanchard has called off her engagement. Blanchard, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after the 2015 murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, got engaged to Ken in April after they met through the prison's pen pal program. Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee's story of murder and abuse is detailed in The Act, starring Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee and Joey King as Gypsy. The drama series follows Dee Dee, a woman with Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental illness that led to her making her young daughter, Gypsy Rose, purposely sick to gain attention and sympathy from others. RELATED CONTENT:ET Set Visit: Patricia Arquette & Joey King Have Twisted Mother-Daughter Relationship in 'The Act' (Exclusive)'The Act' Set Visit: Watch Patricia Arquette and Joey King's 'Intense' Transformations (Exclusive)Joey King Gets Vulnerable in Hulu's 'The Act' (Exclusive)
Patricia Arquette Reveals She Was Joseph Gordon-Levitt's First Kiss
Patricia Arquette was the first to kiss a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "So I end up marrying a very young Joey Gordon Levitt," Arquette continued. Arquette also recalled going up to the young actor before the scene to reassure him that this wasn't his real first kiss. "I do want to say that that kiss with Joey was very [short]," she said. RELATED CONTENT:ET Set Visit: Patricia Arquette & Joey King Have Twisted Mother-Daughter Relationship in 'The Act' (Exclusive)After a Year of Playing 'Crazy Women,' Patricia Arquette Is Ready to Find Herself Again (Exclusive)Patricia Arquette Says She's Tired of 'Playing Crazy Women,' Despite Winning Awards for It
Felicity Huffman's 'Otherhood' Co-Stars React to Her College Admissions Scandal
Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette are opening up about their Otherhood co-star, Felicity Huffman. ET caught up with the actresses at a press day for the film on Friday, where they candidly discussed Huffman's college admissions scandal. Bassett shared similar sentiments, telling ET, "I think she's handling it like a grown-up person. While Huffman appeared in the Netflix mini-series, When They See Us, Otherhood marks her first movie release since pleading guilty in May for her part in a massive college admissions scam. RELATED CONTENT:Felicity Huffman Celebrates Daughter Sofia's Graduation Amid College Admissions ScandalFelicity Huffman Fights Back Tears as She Officially Pleads Guilty in College Admissions ScamFelicity Huffman Is a Mom Trying to Reconnect With Her Adult Child in 'Otherhood' Trailer
2015 Oscar predictions: Who will win, should win
Will Win: SimmonsShould Win: Simmons. Best Picture nominees: "American Sniper"; "Birdman"; "Boyhood"; "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; "The Imitation Game"; "Selma"; "The Theory of Everything"; "Whiplash." Will Win: "Birdman." Should Win: "American Sniper." Potential Upset: "Boyhood."