nominations are out (see Oscar.go.com for the complete list), and The Revenant leads the pack with 12 mentions, including bids for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Other top contenders going for gold at next month’s ceremony are Spotlight, Brooklyn and The Martian….. And speaking of awards season, the Youth View Awards (YVAs) seem poised to bring more electrifying action to the National Indoor Sports Centre, when the trophies are handed out February 20, during a star-packed show that will feature live performances and five new categories. Among this year’s multiple nominees are Spice, Dexta Daps and Alkaline….. Meanwhile, we wish nothing but travelling mercies for culinary whiz Brian Lumley (left), the Best Dressed Chicken Ambassador, who we hear is heading off to Qatar, where he’ll no doubt introduce locals to
some of his finger-lickin’ Jamaican dishes….. And, on a sad note, we join the rest of the world in mourning the untimely deaths of singer Natalie Cole (one of our faves at 2011’s Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival) and stage-and-screen veteran Alan Rickman, whom we absolutely adored for his acting range (Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland) and iconic star power (the Harry Potter films)….. And a big TALLAWAH salute to Lloyd Parkes and the We the People Band (right), who are celebrating 40 years of excellence in Jamaican music. And the band played on. Stay tuned…..