KEVIN HART BOWS OUT OF OSCARS
NEW YORK (AP) – So much for the “dream.” Two days after he had landed the job, Kevin Hart is out of his gig as Oscars host. The comedian says he is stepping down after an outcry over some of his comments about gays. In a tweet early this morning, he said he is stepping aside so he doesn’t become a distraction to the Oscars – when the night should be used to celebrate the artists and the movies they make.
GOLDEN GLOBES: “VEEP” LEADS GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINEES WITH SIX
NEW YORK (AP) – Adam McKay spent part of his career poking fun at politicians as a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Now, a movie he has done about a politician is in the running to win a Golden Globes Award. McKay’s big-screen portrayal of the life and times of former vice-president Dick Cheney has earned six nominations, most of any project at the Golden Globes this year. In doing so, McKay’s movie upstaged three other films considered to be favorites to pick up the most Golden Globe nods. Those three films, “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “The Favourite,” all got five nods.
GOLDEN GLOBES – DIVERSITY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – This year’s Golden Globes nominations have it going on when it comes to racial diversity – to a point. For the first time ever, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has nominated three films directed by black filmmakers for best picture. Those in the competition are Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.” But when it comes to gender diversity, the Golden Globes didn’t shine at all. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to nominate any of the year’s top filmmakers – like Chloe Zhao, Tamara Jenkins or Marielle Heller – for best director. What’s more, none of the 10 best-picture nominees were directed by a woman.
GOLDEN GLOBES – JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Like father, like son? Denzel Washington has won two Golden Globes Awards during his career. And now, his son has a chance to nail down his first one. John David Washington stars in “BlacKkKlansman” – and is up for best actor for his work in the Spike Lee “joint.” John says it was his dad, Denzel, who woke him up to catch the nominations early yesterday. John David Washington is a former college football player – and he says waiting for the names to be read off reminded him of when he was watching the NFL draft – when his name was never called. He had a much better experience yesterday – noting that when his name was called, “it happened in slow motion.”
GOLDEN GLOBES – TELEVISION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Golden Globes are following the same trend that TV in general is taking: paying more attention to stuff put out on streaming channels than on traditional broadcast TV. Among the shows getting nods were “The Americans,” “Barry,” “Homecoming,” “The Kominsky Method” and last year’s winner, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (MAY’-zel).” Leading all small-screen nominees with four nods: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” the FX series about the Italian fashion designer’s murder.
GOLDEN GLOBES – REACTIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – How some of the nominees reacted when they heard they were up for Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 6 in Beverly Hills, California:
“I’m glad we’re in that category because we will take ‘Mary Poppins’ out. I’m not competitive with the other movies but I am competitive with ‘Mary Poppins.’ Dick Cheney is going for her.” – Director Adam McKay, in an interview, on “Vice” being nominated in the musical or comedy category, one of six nominations for the film about the former vice president.
“I’m just overwhelmed with joy. I was with my pops. He was the one who woke me up, actually. He said he loved me.” – John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington and nominee for best actor in a movie drama for “BlacKkKlansman, in an interview.
“BOOM SHAKALAKA” – Spike Lee, nominated for best director for “BlacKkKlansman,” in an interview.
“It never gets old. It’s all about the part. And a part like this doesn’t come along very often.” – Glenn Close, nominated for best actress in a film drama for “The Wife,” in an interview.
“WHAT” – Elsie Fisher, age 15, nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for “Eighth Grade,” via Twitter.
“Hell yeah!” – Fisher’s reaction to hearing she was trending on Twitter for the tweet above, in an interview.
“For so many of us, this really was the first time we weren’t the token Asian. It’s the first time we weren’t supporting another person’s story. This movie was actually about our story. That was special because we didn’t see that when we were growing up. When you don’t see that, it makes you think maybe you’re not a part of your country as much as you are.” – Constance Wu, in an interview, nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for “Crazy Rich Asians.”
“I’m in the tub, and I’m putting deodorant on, I’m heading to work. It’s cold.” – Willem Dafoe, nominated for best actor in a drama for “Eternity’s Gate,” giving a phone interview from the Canadian Rockies, where he’s filming the Disney dogsled movie “Togo.”
“I naturally woke up and stared at my phone for about 25 to 30 minutes until it started ringing. Then I said to myself, ‘Thank God.’ I started getting a little nervous. You never know.” – Peter Farrelly, nominated for best director for “Green Book,” in an interview.
“It was a nice surprise to be woken up to. I thought it was another evacuation.” – Marco Beltrami, in an interview, who was nominated for his score for “A Quiet Place,” who had to evacuate from his studio for a week in last month’s wildfire in Southern California.
“When you go into writing a song for a movie like this, you hope that it’s good enough to make it in the film. But to be nominated is amazing. It’s just a really good song. The way it’s performed takes it to another level.” – Mark Ronson, in an interview, co-writer of the song “Shallow” featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga for the film “A Star is Born.”
“Woke up to my phone leaping off the bedside table. Grateful for the nom, grateful to the (at)goldenglobes, grateful to all of you.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy for “Mary Poppins Returns,” via Twitter.
“Proudest moment of my career.” – Jon M. Chu, director of best comedy or musical nominee “Crazy Rich Asians,” via Twitter.
“If the ‘Incredibles’ family had anything to say, they would say, ‘We can get nominated for just doing our job? Amazing.”‘ – Brad Bird, director of “Incredibles 2,” nominated for best animated film, in an interview.
“I knew we had something good on our hands, but the idea of a Spider-Man movie being recognized is unreal.” – Peter Ramsey, co-director of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” nominated for best animated film, in an interview.
“The waitress came over and said ‘are you all right,’ because I was very emotional. This has never happened to me in my life. It’s not what should be happening to a man of my vintage.” – Richard E. Grant, 61, nominated for best supporting actor in a film for “Will You Ever Forgive Me,” in an interview.
GOLDEN GLOBES – LIST
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – A list of nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced yesterday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Drama: “Black Panther,” ”BlacKkKlansman,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”If Beale Street Could Talk,” ”A Star Is Born.”
Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”; Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Rosamund Pike, “A Private War.”
Actor, Drama: Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”; Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”; Lucas Hedges, “Boy Erased”; Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman.”
Comedy or Musical: “Crazy Rich Asians,” ”The Favourite,” ”Green Book,” ”Mary Poppins Returns,” ”Vice.”
Actress, Comedy or Musical: Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”; Olivia Colman, “The Favorite”; Elsie Fisher, “Eighth Grade”; Charlize Theron, “Tully”; Constance Wu, “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Actor, Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale, “Vice”; Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Mary Poppins Returns”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”; Robert Redford, “The Old Man & the Gun”; John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie.”
Animated Film: “Incredibles 2,” ”Isle of Dogs,” ”Mirai,” ”Ralph Breaks the Internet,” ”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Foreign Language: “Capernaum,” ”Girl,” ”Never Look Away,” ”Roma,” ”Shoplifters.”
Actress-Supporting Role, Motion Picture: Amy Adams, “Vice”; Claire Foy, “First Man”; Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite.”
Actor-Supporting Role, Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Sam Rockwell, “Vice.”
Director, Motion Picture: Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”; Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”; Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Adam McKay, “Vice.”
Screenplay, Motion Picture: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”; Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Adam McKay, “Vice”; Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, “Green Book.”
Original Score, Motion Picture: Marco Beltrami, “A Quiet Place”; Alexandre Desplat, “Isle of Dogs”; Ludwig Goransson, “Black Panther”; Justin Hurwitz, “First Man”; Marc Shaiman, “Mary Poppins Returns.”
Original Song, Motion Picture: “All The Stars,” ”Black Panther”; “Girl in the Movies,” ”Dumplin”; “Requiem for a Private War” from “A Private War”; “Revelation,” ”Boy Erased”; “Shallow,” ”A Star Is Born.”
Drama: “The Americans,” ”Bodyguard,” ”Homecoming,” ”Killing Eve,” ”Pose.”
Actress, TV Series-Drama: Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Julia Roberts, “Homecoming”; Keri Russell, “The Americans.”
Actor, TV Series-Drama: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Stephan James, “Homecoming”; Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans.”
TV Series, Musical or Comedy: “Barry,” ”The Good Place,” ”Kidding,” ”The Kominsky Method,” ”The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Actress, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”; Candice Bergen, “Murphy Brown”; Alison Brie, “GLOW”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Debra Messing, “Will & Grace.”
Actor, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, “Who Is America”; Jim Carrey, “Kidding”; Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”; Donald Glover, “Atlanta”; Bill Hader, “Barry.”
TV Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: “The Alienist,” ”The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” ”Escape at Dannemora,” ”Sharp Objects,” ”A Very English Scandal.”
Actress, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”; Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”; Connie Britton, “Dirty John”; Laura Dern, “The Tale”; Regina King, “Seven Seconds.”
Actor, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”; Daniel Bruhl, “The Alienist”; Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”; Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal.”
Actress, Supporting Role, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”; Penelope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Thandie Newton, “Westworld”; Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Actor, Supporting Role, Series, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”; Kieran Culkin, “Succession”; Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”; Henry Winkler, “Barry.”
TREVOR NOAH MUTE FOR THIRD DAY
NEW YORK (AP) – Who knew “Siri” had comedy chops? At least she appears to – as she’ been pressed into service to help “The Daily Show” finesse its way around host Trevor Noah’s throat problem. For the third day in a row he has appeared on the show, minus his voice. His doctor has told him that he dare not speak, lest he risk needing surgery. Last night’s show opened with Noah seated beside correspondent Desi Lydic, who did most of the monologue, with Noah piping in with comments uttered by Siri, the iPhone voice assistant. Speaking of Noah’s being kept quiet and needing an electronic voice to speak for him, Lydic cracked, “congratulations society, you’ve silenced another black man.” The Daily Show is off the air until Monday, and it’s unclear whether Noah will be cleared to speak again by them.
TYLER PERRY PAYS OFF WALMART LAYAWAYS IN GEORGIA
ATLANTA (AP) – “Madea Saves Christmas?” Some customers at a couple of Atlanta area Walmart stores got to see a real-life version of that made-up Tyler Perry movie title. Perry – known for his generosity – treated shoppers to a holiday surprise by paying off their layaway items. He shelled out $434,000 on items put on hold at a Walmart in East Point, Georgia and another in Douglasville. The payments covered all but a penny of the balances. The gift was intended to be anonymous – but the movie-maker confirmed it in a video on Twitter yesterday. In the post, Perry says he knows people are struggling and he’s “really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this.”
CNN BOMB SCARE
NEW YORK (AP) – Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN’s offices in New York last night. Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. The building was evacuated as building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad on standby. Outside, Brian Stelter and Don Lemon continued their broadcasts, with Lemon telling his audience that fire alarms went off – and a loudspeaker told them they needed to evacuate during his live show.
In October, the building was partially evacuated after a suspicious package containing a crude pipe bomb was delivered to the company.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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