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Happy Monday!

Last night was the 2016 Mad Max Awards Oscars.

Let’s get to the main event of the night:

Leonardo DiCaprio won his Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant. As a favorite among moviegoers from his earliest acting in This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (both 1993), the clock has been running to when he would hold that legacy-defining golden statue. Twenty-three years after the aforementioned films and Leo struck gold.

The following scene best sums up Leo’s moment.

You could say he’s officially the king of the world (real and imaginary).

Have a Great Week!

The Infinite Possibilities of the Unknown

Two things:

First, Matthew McConaughey has officially transitioned from a charming romantic comedy staple to a character actor that explores deep, complex and sometimes morally conflicting terrain and alleyways. To clarify, his transition is not necessarily permanent and is somewhat representative of a Game Show portfolio. He can pick Door #1 (serious), Door #2 (comedy) or Door #3 (sports/drama).

It’s not a bad hallway to walk through each day as an actor. However, it’s not yet clear which door he’s built or walked into with his most recent adventure with a relatively unknown, independent British filmmaker…

Some of his roles recently (Mud, Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Wolf of Wall Street) surely have taken McConaughey into new levels of the unknown. The same likely goes for some of his longtime fans. Will these more serious character portrayals shine a new light on a before darkened corner in the actor’s study to reveal a gold envelope containing a decorated card stock with his name written on it?

Time will tell…

Speaking of time, the second note today involves the recent release of a trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bender: Interstellar. From Memento (psychological) to Inception (dreaming) to The Dark Knight trilogy (pain, fear, chaos, belief), Nolan and Co. (& Syncopy of course) has now entered the world of science fiction with Interstellar.

Here is the first glimpse:

The question isn’t whether or not Matthew McConaughey can successfully propel himself into a new horizon in the stars that leads him to an Oscar, but rather if Christopher Nolan will have a good reason to invite him on another crazy road trip in the future, as the director tends to do with a select group of actors and actresses.

The better question today is will you take the ultimate journey to explore the unknown with McConaughey one year from now?

A Super Identity

Today is a special occasion for Jimmy’s Daily Planet: The Superman of Blogs.

This afternoon, I will order my new license plate and it will stand for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.”

I am proud to announce that my home state of Ohio, where Superman was created eighty years ago in a community outside Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, has officially released a Superman-themed license plate to the public!

(Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

(Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

This is an absolutely amazing achievement and it reveals what a treasured and iconic superhero Superman remains to this day. This legislative success cements that Superman has flown not only into our hearts and imaginations, but also into our daily lives outside of the glistening city of Metropolis.

This outstanding accomplishment was the result of bipartisan work by State Representative Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) and Ohio Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville).

This bipartisan partnership is definitive proof of the greatness that can transpire when Democrats and Republicans work together.

Talk about a super job we can all celebrate.

Thank You!