CHADWICK BOSEMAN PICKS UP TWO POSTHUMOUS NODS FOR NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He’s best known to movie fans as the star of “Black Panther.” But after Chadwick Boseman died last summer, people who follow cinema were saying the last two movies he shot before he left us – featured some of his best work. That work is being rewarded with nominations for awards this year. The latest two are coming from the NAACP Image Awards, where he is up for acting honors for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Da 5 Bloods.” Both are also up for best movie at the Image awards. Winners will be announced on March 27.
QUESTLOVE WINS SUNDANCE HONORS FOR DOCUMENTARY
UNDATED (AP) – Questlove is not only surprised that his documentary won a pair of awards at the Sundance Film Festival – he says he was surprised there were even awards given out at the annual event. The drummer for The Roots and leader of the band for “The Tonight Show” learned about his Sundance win as he was riding in a car on his way to work. Questlove wins the honor for “Summer of Soul,” a documentary about a 1969 concert series in Harlem featuring some of the biggest names in music. It got little national attention because it seemed everyone was focused on the Woodstock festival, held the same summer.
SIAN HEDER’S “CODA” WINS TOP PRIZE AT SUNDANCE
UNDATED (AP) – It was definitely a family affair when Sian (shawn) Heder won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. As she won for “CODA,” the director was flanked by her children – and her husband recorded it all on video. Presentations were made virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Heder accepted her awards in American Sign Language, which is appropriate since the movie is about the hearing child of deaf adults who seeks to carve out her own life apart from her family. The Sundance festival ends today.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN – DEPOSITION
NEW YORK (AP) – A producer who says Harvey Weinstein repeated sexually assaulted and raped her is trying to get the disgraced movie mogul to tell his story under oath. Alexandra Canosa says before signing on to accept a settlement from Weinstein, she wants him deposed for a possible lawsuit. Her attorney says having Weinstein go on the record in the case will help his client decide whether she wants a piece of the settlement. A Delaware bankruptcy court judge approved the $35 million settlement plan last week. About half that amount will go to Weinstein accusers.
HAL HOLBROOK DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Bradley Whitford is remembering Hal Holbrook as an “incredible actor.” And Viola Davis says Holbrook was “always wonderful.” The actor has died – his representative telling The Associated Press that Holbrook died Jan. 23 in Beverly Hills, California. He was 95. For more than a half century, Holbrook toured the country in a one-man show playing Mark Twain. He’ll also be remembered for uttering the advice, “follow the money” in the movie “All the President’s Men.
GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS DUE OUT TODAY; EVENT WILL BE A BI-COASTAL AFFAIR
NEW YORK (AP) – This year’s Golden Globes Awards will feature – as it has in years past – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as cohosts. But there’s a new wrinkle this time. They will handle the show from opposite sides of the U.S.. Fey will be live in New York while Poehler will hold it down in Beverly Hills, California. Meanwhile nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globes are being announced today. The event is set for Feb. 28.