MORGAN WALLEN BLOWBACK
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Talk about fast and furious – the music world has been quick to take offense at Morgan Wallen for being caught on tape using a racist slur. And because of that, a career in country music that looked promising is now in tatters. Within 24 hours of TMZ releasing a tape of him using the slur, Wallen has been suspended by his record label, has had his music pulled by radio stations and streaming services – and has seen his shot at an Academy of Country Music award scuttled even before nominations come out. Wallen has apologized and says he will “do better.” But some music insiders suggest an apology won’t cut it. Maren Morris tweets, “we all know it wasn’t his first time using that word” – and suggests the music industry has protected him and others without consequences.
CICELY TYSON PUBLIC VIEWING SET
NEW YORK (AP) – Some of the people who had admired Cicely Tyson’s work for decades will get the chance to say a final goodbye to her. The actor’s family says a viewing for Tyson will be held in New York a week from Monday at the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York’s Harlem. Organizers say the event will follow COVID-19 protocols like mask wearing and keeping social distance. Tyson died last week at age 96.
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED, NETFLIX DOMINATES
NEW YORK (AP) – It should come as no surprise that after a year where most of us stayed inside and watched streaming services – that Netflix would end up dominating the Golden Globes Awards nominations. The streaming outfit scored 42 nominations, split almost evenly between its TV shows and movies. Topping film nominees is “Mank,” while the TV series with the most nominations is “The Crown.”
SPIKE LEE GETS SHUT OUT AT GOLDEN GLOBES
NEW YORK (AP) – So much for the possibility that Spike Lee might get a Golden Globes Award handed to him by his son and/or daughter. The filmmaker’s kids are still serving as ambassadors to the ceremony – but Lee himself isn’t nominated. He was considered a lock for his Vietnam-era drama “Da 5 Bloods” – and was expected to have a shot at best director for the film that starred Delroy Lindo and Chadwick Boseman. But it got nothing. Boseman did receive a posthumous nomination, though not for “Da 5 Bloods.” He got his for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS – REACTIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reactions from nominees for the the 78th Golden Globe Awards. All spoke to The Associated Press in phone or video interviews:
“I think this is the greatest day of my life.” – 12-year-old Helena Zengel, nominated for best supporting actress in a film for “News of the World.”
“I’ve been doing home-schooling with an 8-year-old and 5-year-old. Anyone who has been doing home-schooling for the better part of a year deserves some little boost in morale. If you want me to make you a paper snowflake I can make you a really beautiful one.” – Hugh Grant nominated for best actor in a limited series or movie for “The Undoing.”
“We’ve been praying, we’ve been hoping, we’ve been dreaming, but even in our wildest dreams we didn’t think something like this could happen to people from Eastern Europe.” – Maria Bakalova, the first Bulgarian Golden Globe nominee with her nod for best actress in a movie musical or comedy for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”
“It’s wonderful to be reminded there are other people out in the world, ’cause I haven’t seen anyone, just a few people at the grocery store.” – Bob Odenkirk, nominated for best actor in a TV drama for “Better Call Saul,” in a phone interview.
“This is a recognition of the Black population in the UK. This shows that anything is possible, no matter what background you’re from. Your stories are important. It can reach the world stage and be recognized and appreciated.” – Steve McQueen, director of “Small Axe,” nominated for best limited series or TV movie.
“I’m in Tel Aviv while receiving the news and getting so many messages from so many people all over the world. but so many from Israel too, and it really feels like a historical moment – of course for the country but also for myself as an actress it is just the greatest honor.” – Shira Haas, who became the first Israeli actor to be nominated for a Golden Globe with her nod for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for “Unorthodox.”
“I’m so hyped. I’d love to play it off cool and pretend like I’m just nonchalant about it. But I’m just so hyped.” – Nicholas Hoult, nominated for best actor in a TV musical or comedy for “The Great.”
“Everything I learned from ‘Hamilton’ prepared me for the challenge in ‘One Night in Miami.’ Regina King’s beautiful film. I’m really just thinking about what the last half decade of my life has meant, and how the last 5 or 6 years are staring back at me. It feels good, but it’s heavy stuff.” – Leslie Odom Jr., nominated for best supporting actor in a film and best original song for “One Night in Miami.”
“More than anything, I’m just so grateful that this film has been reaching people. We didn’t underestimate what it meant that this little film would be going on Netflix. This is something that affects women everywhere and also it’s an unflinching look at grief.” – Vanessa Kirby, nominated for best actress in a drama film for playing a woman who loses a baby during birth in “Pieces of a Woman.”
“I had every intention of getting up to watch the nominations, but I just couldn’t get to sleep last night and finally fell asleep around 4am. But I was woken up by a great phone call from my publicist.” – Aaron Sorkin, nominated for best director and best screenplay for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
“My heart jumped to the roof.” – Tahar Rahim, nominated for best actor in a drama film for “The Mauritanian.”
MICHELLE OBAMA’S BOOK TO BE RE-RELEASED AS YOUNG READERS EDITION, PAPERBACK
NEW YORK (AP) – She inspired young people with her actions in the White House. Now former first lady Michelle Obama will be able to inspire youngsters with her words. Penguin Random House says Obama’s multimillion-selling memoir, “Becoming,” will be released as a young readers edition. That means it will be aimed at those age 10 and up – and will feature a new introduction written by Obama. The young readers edition is due out March 2. Also being released that day will be the paperback version of her memoir.