The biggest movie of 2018 was a cultural watershed and a box office bonanza “Black Panther” scored with critics and audiences. It’s the year’s highest-grossing film, domestically and was followed into theaters by “Black Klansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” All three are drawing Oscar talk.
“Crazy Rich Asians” took representation East, as Constance Wu became the first Golden Globes nominee of Asian descent for best actress in a musical or comedy in nearly half a century.
Sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein kicked off the #MeToo movement in 2017. In 2018, the former Hollywood heavyweight turned himself in, to face rape and related charges in New York – charges he denies. Meanwhile, one of Weinstein’s accusers, Asia Argento, admitted she’d had sex with a 17-year-old former co-star, in a state where the age of consent is 18.
Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-to-10 years in prison for sexual assault: the first celebrity conviction of the #MeToo era. The same month, CBS Chief Les Moonves resigned, amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that he denies.
Several celebs had serious social media mishaps. Roseanne was kicked off her newly-revived TV show after a racist Twitter rant. “Star Wars” actor Kelly Marie Tran was harassed off Instagram, by a slew of racist and misogynistic comments. Disney fired “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer-director James Gunn, after what the studio called “indefensible” old tweets about molestation resurfaced, and Kevin Hart stepped down from his gig hosting the Oscars two days after he got it, due to old homophobic tweets.
Kanye West went to the White House, delivered a monologue in the oval office while wearing a MAGA hat, then weeks later announced he was stepping back from politics and had been “used” to spread messages he didn’t believe.
Demi Lovato, who struggled with drugs as a teenager, confessed she’d relapsed and released a new song titled “Sober”, then was hospitalized for an apparent overdose. Her mother says the singer is now healthy and getting the help she needs.
The quickest celebrity coupling and un-coupling of 2018 was Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. The music superstar and the SNL comic got engaged this summer after dating for just a few weeks, then split in the Fall.
Of course, another celebrity couple did make it to the altar: 2018’s royal wedding had a Tinseltown touch, as Britain’s Prince Harry married actress Meghan Markle. The setting was Windsor Castle, but for fans, it was definitely a courtship with a Hollywood ending.