Ask Stacy -- Week of 2/25/17

By Stacy Jenel Smith

February 25, 2017 2 min read

DEAR STACY: Can you tell me whether there has ever been a Muslim Oscar winner in the acting categories? — Curious in Omaha

DEAR CURIOUS: Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn says she practices Sufi Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Otherwise, no. Although there have been Academy Award nominees who were Muslim (such as Omar Sharif, "Lawrence of Arabia"). If Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight"), the odds-on favorite to win Best Supporting Actor, indeed takes home the Oscar tomorrow night, he will be the first actor of the Muslim faith to win in that category.

DEAR STACY: Is there going to be another "Shrek" movie? — Darlene L., Thousand Oaks, California

DEAR DARLENE: Look for "Shrek 5" (title to be announced) in 2019. There's also a "Puss in Boots" sequel in the works. The new "Shrek" is being made under the control of "Despicable Me" and "Minions" producer Chris Meledandri, who is part of a major revival taking place at DreamWorks Animation.

DEAR STACY: Is it true that Brandy and Snoop Dogg are related? — GRE43

DEAR GRE43: Yes. The R&B singer is a first cousin of the rap star cum marijuana manufacturer.

DEAR STACY: Whatever became of the actor who originally played Darth Vader/Anakin in "Return of the Jedi"? Was he upset when he was taken out and replaced after "Revenge of the Sith" came out? — CplusA

DEAR CplusA: Esteemed Shakespearean actor Sebastian Shaw, who appeared as the unmasked Darth Vader and as Anakin's ghost in "Return of the Jedi," died 10 years before the 2004 rerelease in which is ghostly visage was replaced by the image of Hayden Christensen.

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