And the winner is…

I love a good story. Besides being a writer and a reader, I’m also a movie watcher.

While we’re all sitting on our couches tonight, Hollywood will be all dressed up because tonight is the Academy Awards. The show will air live on ABC at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles starting at 7 p.m.

Th academy ballot has just about zero diversity, and people noticed. #OscarsSoWhite is trending. As host, Chris Rock has plenty of material to work with.

Acceptance speeches may not be as rambling because names of people who the winners thank will scroll at the bottom of your screen.

My dh and I have seen most of these movies, although I still need to check out the documentaries.
Here is the partial list of nominees for the 2016 Oscars:

Best motion picture of the year:
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

I’m predicting “The Revenant” and Leonardo DiCaprio will win because, (paraphrasing The Skimm here along with a “spoiler alert” ) “Leo didn’t hang out inside a dead horse so that he’d go home empty-handed.”

Do you have Oscar predictions and/or favorite movies? Please share:


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A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.

He’s a billionaire businessman …

Luciano Donati, entrepreneur and eligible bachelor, lost his first wife to cancer. So though he lives in romantic Charleston, SC, he has every intention of ignoring the upcoming holiday for lovers … at least until he sets eyes again on his younger sister’s best friend.

He remembers Anastasia as a teenager who idolized him, not this lovely, fragile woman with heartbreak in her eyes. Heartbreak that he finds himself wanting to cure. Her smile warms his soul, her touch ignites his desire, and her little girl Soo-Min melts his frozen heart. Adopted internationally himself at a young age, Luciano understands all too well the strong need to belong somewhere.

She’s a single mom …

Anastasia Markow, cancer survivor and divorced mother, didn’t come to Charleston, SC for romance. She’s here to make sure she has custody of her adopted daughter, Soo-Min. But when she encounters the first man she ever loved, here in the city of horse-drawn carriages and candlelight, her battered heart can’t help but bloom again. And when Luciano and Soo-Min take to each other, resisting his charm becomes even harder.

Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia’s reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the rain.

Author’s Note: Thousands of families around the world have opened their homes and hearts through international adoption. Soo-Min is the embodiment of many, many fortunate adoptive children and parents who’ve together created forever families.

Author Josie Riviera and her family are transplanted New Yorkers now living in the sunny Carolinas.
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Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at:
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6 Responses to And the winner is…

  1. The Room was really interesting. And Leo did get all messy so he might win!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Josie says:

    True, Mary. Surely Leo will get it this time!


  3. marymarvella says:

    I watch so few movies, I have no idea which ones should win. Lady Gaga did an impressive job with the song she sang and played. It won’t be my new favorite song, but she was intense and convincing.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Josie says:

    Lady Gaga’s song was beautiful! One of the highlights of the award ceremony.


  5. bethtrissel says:

    Your book on international adoptions sounds really good, Josie. Important subject and one you know much about.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Josie says:

    I have 21 years experience on the subject of international adoption. Thanks, Beth!


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