OSCAR NOMINATIONS MUCH LESS DIVERSE THAN IN RECENT YEARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Remember when the (hash)OscarsSoWhite hashtag was alive and well? The lack of diversity has reared its head again, with the motion picture academy fielding its least diverse field of nominees in several years. The only actor of color up for an award this year is Cynthia Erivo, the British actress who plays Harriet Tubman in “Harriet.” Meanwhile, female filmmakers were shut out, with the academy nominating an all-male field in the directors’ field. Overall, “Joker” took the most nominations with 11, while “The Irishman,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” all scored 10 nods apiece.
The 92nd Academy Awards will be Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC will again broadcast the show. And – for the second straight year – the show won’t have a host.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some of the top names in the movie industry will be on the outside looking in come Oscar night. Among those who were expected to have a good shot at landing academy award nominations ended up being shut out. Awkwafina was believed to be in in position to become just the second-ever Asian American nominated for an Oscar. But her work in “The Farewell” was overlooked. Eddie Murphy was shunned for his work in “Dolemite Is My Name.” Jennifer Lopez, who many felt might get her first Oscar nomination for “Hustlers,” was also ignored. And Beyonce wasn’t nominated for her “Lion King” song. Among the films that got no love from Oscar voters were “Frozen 2,” the highest grossing animated film ever, and the documentary “Apollo 11.”
OSCAR AND STREAMING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The “stream” is getting stronger when it comes to the Oscars. The motion picture academy has given Netflix more nominations than the popular service has ever received before. It has 24, ten of them going to The Irishman.” The movie also gave Martin Scorsese a shot at another Oscar for best director. He has one win out of his nine previous best director nods – that one for “The Departed.”
OSCARS – NOMINATIONS QUOTES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reactions from some of the nominees for the Academy Awards:
“Ultimately, I’ve been able to be fortunate enough to get to work with some pretty great filmmakers. That’s always been the driving force with me. First, of course, the story and character, from an actor’s perspective. I feel like we see films through the eyes of the director. The director’s medium. I’ve been able to work with some amazing directors. Quentin is in the lineage of one of the best of our times.” – Leonardo DiCaprio, nominated for best actor for his role in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” which was nominated in just about every category including best film, directing and supporting actor and screenplay.
“It makes me feel very, very, very young.” – Antonio Banderas said in an interview about being a first-time nominee at age 59. He earned a best actor nomination for his role in “Pain and Glory.”
“I feel a little giddy. It’s so crazy. I was on a plane to Japan, so I found out after everyone else. I was able to log into Wi-fi and suddenly my phone started going crazy, with all the messages coming in. I had to recalibrate my entire brain. – Cynthia Erivo, a double nominee for her acting and singing in “Harriet,” in an interview.
“I think they’re probably more interested in me taking them to the park with their scooters, or making a fort, or playing in a teepee. I’d be worried if my 4-year-old was thinking, ‘What are we going to do about these Nazis?” – “Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi, on whether his daughters are old enough to be aware of his film on intolerance in Hitler’s Germany and its Oscar nominations.
“I didn’t expect to be quite as emotional as I was when I heard the news. To be acknowledged by your peers is just the best thing. I am so grateful to them. I am thrilled too for my fellow pope Anthony Hopkins. We had such a good time together.- Jonathan Pryce, nominated for best actor for his role in “The Two Popes,” said in a statement.
“I’m just so thrilled that our Little Women has been recognized by the Academy. Greta made something so special that I’m just thankful to have been a part of, let alone nominated for. Thank you to my academy peers for loving and appreciating this film that is so close to my heart,” – Saoirse Ronan, nominated for best actress for her role in “Little Women,” said in a statement.
“You gotta believe,” – director Matthew A. Cherry, whose “Hair Love” was nominated for best animated short film, said on Twitter. The film delves into a story about an African-American father who learns how to style his daughter’s hair for the first time.
“Making BOMBSHELL is one of the great highlights of my career. I wish that the story in this film never needed to be told, but I am so proud of the entire team on this film for telling it with such grace, sensitivity, and humanity.” – Charlize Theron, nominated for best actress in a leading role in “Bombshell,” said in a statement.
“I hope our Little Women does for another generation of girls and women what it did for me: lights a fire to write your book, make your movie, sing your verse. From all of us Little Women and Men, thank you to the Academy,” – Greta Gerwig, director of “Little Women” that was nominated for best adapted screenplay, said in a statement.
SUPERMODEL MAY BE ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S JURY
NEW YORK (AP) – Gigi Hadid is in the running to be a juror in Harvey Weinstein’s New York City rape trial. The supermodel remains in the jury pool after telling a judge yesterday she could “keep an open mind on the facts.” Hadid lives in Manhattan and studied criminal psychology. She is among the 35 potential jurors asked to return to court Thursday for more questioning. She’s the latest in a long list of celebrities to have reported for jury duty in the city over the years. Weinstein, 67, is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting another in 2006.
“SHAMELESS” ON ITS WAY OUT
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The wild ride of the Gallagher family on “Shameless” is coming to an end. The Showtime series will be airing its 11th and final season this summer. The network didn’t say when the series will begin its last season. The show’s producer says he and the cast promise to “take ‘Shameless’ out with a bang.” The series stars William H. Macy as the patriarch of a family which follows his dubious example of getting by in life just about any way he can.
MARK HAMILL GETS HIS “STAR WARS” RECORD BACK
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – The actor who plays Luke Skywalker has been reunited with his long-lost vinyl record. Mark Hamill says he’s pleased that workers at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff, Arizona returned his copy of “Star Wars: A New Hope” soundtrack. The record was a gift from film composer John Williams. Hamell says it was “totally unexpected” that he recovered the record, which he says he hasn’t seen since the early 1990s.
QUEEN GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR HARRY AND MEGHAN TO BOLT
SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) – For many parents of grown kids who haven’t set out on their own, it would be a great problem: how to handle a request by the grown-ups to be on their own. But it took a lot of talk and wrangling for Queen Elizabeth II to sign off on a plan by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to live part time in Canada. The discussion yielded a statement from the monarchy saying there would be “period of transition” as Meghan and Harry make plans to split time between their new digs in Canada and the U.K. The statement says the Queen is “entirely supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s move.
NFL PLAYER TO HAVE COCAINE CHARGE DROPPED
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A cocaine possession charge against New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung will be dropped. A prosecutor in New Hampshire says the NFL player will have to undergo periodic drug testing – and perform 40 hours of community service. A grand jury indicted Chung in August. He pleaded not guilty. Chung was a contributor on defense to three of the Patriots’ six Super Bowl wins.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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