Happy Friday! Red alert: THE OSCARS ARE SUNDAY. I repeat, the OSCARS ARE SUNDAY. Please conduct yourself accordingly — i.e, come here first thing Monday to discuss. I’ve literally never been less prepared or informed for an Academy Awards in my entire life so that should be interesting!
In other news, The Gilded Age had its season finale on Monday and the recap is here! Do you need new cute new items for your yard/porch/ deck/patio? We’ve got you. In the market for Outlander recaps? We’ve got those too! And, finally, The Royal We is currently $2.99 wherever you get your e-books, if you’re still in the market. I think the sale ends after this weekend, though, so be aware! (That’s a link to Amazon.)
From Robin Givhan at the Washington Post: Ketanji Brown Jackson shatters stereotypes while making history
This is great: The Story Behind That Photo of Ketanji Brown Jackson and Her Daughter. [NYT]
This is an excellent piece about anti-Asian racism from Chelsea Peng at The Cut: No More Changing the Subject.
Obviously, I’m interested in this intel: “Deep Water starring Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, and a shed full of snails is the weirdest erotic thriller I’ve Ever Seen.” [Lainey]
This might be useful for your Oscars pool! Vulture’s Final 2022 Oscar Predictions for Every Category.
Related, also at Vulture: The 9 Most Chaotic Oscars Acting-Category Upsets (of the Last 25 Years)
While we’re on the subject, at Town & Country: Take a Peek Inside the Famously Expensive Gift Bags Oscar Nominees Receive.
Really fun, at Eater: How an Oscars Viewing Party Expert Creates His Iconic Pun-Filled Food Spread.
We spoke to Harper’s Bazaar for this! The Red Carpet Is Finally Back.
This is a hell of a story: “I’ll Let the Chips Fall Where They May”: The Life and Confessions of Mob Chef David Ruggerio. [Vanity Fair]
The World Figure Skating championships are happening right now and they are ALL topsy turvy due to their being no Russians for obvious reasons; I haven’t been watching but I HAVE been keeping track via Twitter, and, of course, The General Anxieties of M, who broke things down before the whole thing kicked off. Feel free to discuss!
She’s the greatest: Rihanna makes offhand comment to the paps about her rumoured engagement ring from A$AP Rocky. [Lainey]
Almost every woman I know (including myself) has, unfortunately, encountered this at least once: My Ambition Turns Off More Men Than It Attracts. [The Cut]
Related: One of the Longest Relationships in My Life Has Been With a Fern. (All jokes aside, this is a lovely piece.) [Texas Monthly]
Fun, at Thrillist: “How to Talk Like a Real Life Scammer: Recreating the unique voices of Elizabeth Holmes, Anna Delvey, and Adam Neumann is a balancing act of perfection and impression.”
This is probably for the best and I hope she thrives: Amanda Bynes’ conservatorship officially ends after nearly 9 years. [Socialite Life]
A very good read: Sarah Michelle Gellar wants Zendaya to star in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. [Celebitchy]
Vital: When Nicolas Cage Became the Biggest Action Star of the ’90s. [The Ringer]
This is an excellent question: Why Isn’t There an Oscar for Best Stunt Work? [Pajiba]
Wow, Bethenny, Wow, I was shocked by this development in the Real Housewives Cinematic Universe, but also….intrigued! Bravo to Reboot ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ With New Cast — and Launch Second ‘RHONY’ With Ex-Stars. [Variety]