“NOMADLAND” WINS TOP PRIZE AT PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
NEW YORK (AP) – “Nomadland” has cemented its status as an Oscar front-runner – and has put its director in position to punch another hole Hollywood’s glass ceiling at the Oscars next month. The movie by Chloe Zhao has won the top award at the 32nd annual Producers Guild of America Awards. It’s only the second film directed by a woman to win the producers’ honor. The other was Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” in 2010. If the trend holds, it would be great news for Zhao. When Bigelow won her PGA Award, she went on to win the Oscar that year, too.
PRODUCERS GUILD A RELIABLE BAROMETER FOR OSCARS
NEW YORK (AP) – They don’t have the same booze and schmooze atmosphere as the Golden Globes – or the gravitas of the Oscars. But the Producers Guild Awards are seen as a reliable predictor of how the Academy Awards might play out. One reason: PGA voters use the same type of preferential ballot the film academy does. What’s more, their best-picture fields often mirror each other. In the 11 years since the Oscars expanded the number of films in its best-picture category, the two groups have picked the same winner eight times.
CHRISSY TEIGEN DELETES TWITTER ACCOUNT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chrissy Teigen says she’s had it with Twitter. She has deleted her account, saying it no longer plays a positive role in her life. Addressing her nearly 14 million followers, Teigen writes, “it’s time to say goodbye.” Teigen’s account was popular for its mix of jokes about her husband, John Legend, and their kids. And last year, she shared the heartbreak of a miscarriage on the site. But now she says she has taken so much flak from online critics, she’s out. In one of her last posts, she told her followers, “never forget that your words matter.”
DAVID OYELOWO, WANDA SYKES TO WORK ON PRO-VACCINE ANIMATED SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Would you be willing to take a needle because David Oyelowo urged you to? What about Penelope Cruz, Wanda Sykes or Bono? The people behind a global vaccine awareness program are hoping the answer is yes – because those celebrities have been brought in to help with the cause. They are voicing an animated series to urge people around the world to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The series is being done by the ONE Campaign and is called “Pandemica.” Bono says the message of the series is simple: that people all over the globe should have access to COVID-19 vaccines. Cruz says people need make sure no one is left behind when it comes to getting the shots.
C-SPAN DOING FIRST EVENT OF 2024 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
NEW YORK (AP) – Ready or not, here it comes. Even though many of us are still reeling from the contentious 2020 presidential election, C-SPAN is ready to cut the ribbon for the start of the 2024 run for the White House. The network will air its first event of the 2024 campaign. It will have cameras in suburban Des Moines, Iowa tomorrow – when former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to a conservative group. And while it’s only a little more than four months after the 2020 race, this isn’t even the earliest C-SPAN has hit the reset button on a new presidential run. In February 2005, it aired speeches by Republican Mitt Romney in South Carolina and Democrat John Edwards in New Hampshire.
BETTERUP SAYS PRINCE HARRY HAS SKILLS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If you think hiring Prince Harry as an executive of BetterUp is just a publicity stunt, the company says you should think again. The company’s CEO says he put Harry on the payroll because he’s a strong advocate for the kind of mental health services his company offers. Chief executive Alexi Robichaux says Harry’s work for organizations like Head Fit qualifies him for his new gig. As for the publicity, the head of BetterUp acknowledges that it is a nice perk.