QUESTLOVE OFFERED MORE “SUMMER OF SOUL”-LIKE PROJECTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ever since Questlove’s “Summer of Soul” documentary, he’s been hit up with other offers to resurrect forgotten concert footage. Questlove says he’s been contacted by eight or nine groups that say they have 1970s concert footage that’s sitting in storage. For now, he’s working on a documentary about Sly and the Family Stone. “Summer of Soul,” which is based on previously unseen footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, is nominated for the feature documentary Oscar.
EILISH & FINNEAS, DIANE WARREN AMONG BEST ORIGINAL SONG NOMINEES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Billie Eilish and Finneas say their nomination for the best original song Oscar is “a peak life experience” for them as songwriters. Among the competitors against their song “No Time To Die” from the film of the same name will be “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days,” written by Diane Warren. It’s her 13th nomination overall and 5th straight year of being nominated. Warren has never won. The other contenders in this category are “Be Alive” from “King Richard,” written by Dixson and Beyonce’; “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda; and “Down to Joy” from “Belfast,” written by Van Morrison. The Oscars will be March 27 in Los Angeles.
LADY GAGA, JENNIFER HUDSON SHUT OUT OF OSCAR NOMS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Good thing Lady Gaga and Jennifer Hudson each have won Oscars already. They have no chance of winning any more this year. Lady Gaga was passed over for a nomination for her role in “House of Gucci.” Hudson was snubbed for playing Aretha Franklin in “Respect.” Lady Gaga has an Oscar for best original song for “Shallow” from “A Star is Born.” Hudson won a best supporting actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls.”
SNOOP DOGG IS NERVOUS FOR AFTER THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For Snoop Dogg, the nerves don’t come until after he gets off the stage. Snoop says when he’s on stage, he’s in the zone” and “laser focused.” He says he gets nervous after the fact about watching it to see what the reaction is. Snoop will perform the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige.
ADELE WINS THREE BRIT AWARDS, PERFORMS
LONDON (AP) – Adele made a return to live performance – and won three prizes at the Brit Awards in London. Her return to the stage yesterday came weeks after she pulled out of a much-anticipated string of shows in Las Vegas. At the Brit Awards, Adele won artist of the year, album of the year prize, for “30” – and song of the year for “Easy on Me.” In her acceptance remarks, Adele dedicated the award for “30” to her ex-husband and her son, Angelo. Meanwhile, Olivio Rodrigo won the international song trophy for her song “Good 4 U,” and Billie Eilish was named best international artist.
MIRANDA LAMBERT AND DIERKS BENTLEY WILL PLAY DURING NHL INTERMISSION
NEW YORK (AP) – Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will perform during first intermission during an outdoor NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game will be held Feb. 26 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans. Their performances will be shown as part of TNT’s coverage of the game.
IGGY POP WINS POLAR MUSIC PRIZE
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Iggy Pop calls winning the Polar Music Prize an honor and “a nice step for me.” The award panel says Pop will be honored for creating “furious rock music by blending together blues and free jazz influences with the roar of the Michigan automotive industry.” The prize includes a cash award of one million Swedish kronor — about $110,000. The French music orchestra Ensemble Intercontemporain also will receive the prize. They will be honored during a ceremony in Stockholm on May 24.
“SPIDER-MAN” REPELLED AT OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – If you’re a movie fan who doesn’t bother watching the Oscars because it seems the films usually nominated aren’t the ones you, your family and friends flock to the multiplex to see – you may have a point. This year one of the top-earning movies of all time has scored just a single Oscars nod. And the category for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is for technical achievement. The movie, which came out in December, is already one of the top grossing movies of all time.
NO RESPECT FOR GAGA, HUDSON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – One played a fashion icon, the other the Queen of Soul. But this year’s Oscar nominations have both Lady Gaga and Jennifer Hudson singing the blues. Both failed to get nods for their work: Hudson for playing Aretha Franklin in “Respect” and Gaga for portraying Patrizia Reggiani in “House of Gucci.” That doesn’t mean the academy shunned all biopics. Up for best actress for playing disgraced televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker – is Jessica Chastain.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s said success is sweeter when you have someone to share it with. And when it comes to this year’s Oscar nominations, it was sweet for two couples nominated for Academy Awards in the same year. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have been married since 2010. She is up for “Parallel Mothers” while Bardem has a best actor nod for “Being the Richardos.” Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons have partnered since 2016. They’re up in supporting categories for playing a married couple in “Power of the Dog.” Dunst tells The Associated Press between the two, Bardem and Cruz are “definitely the sexier couple.”
ANDREW GARFIELD NOMINATED FOR MUSICAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Anyone nominated for an Oscar enters a pretty elite class of performers. But when Andrew Garfield got his Academy Award nod yesterday, he joined a list that contains relatively few others. He’s one of just 25 men up for best actor for a role in a musical. And Garfield says to join past nominees like Bing Crosby, James Cagney and Gene Kelly is “amazing,” though he added another word before that.
OSCAR VETERANS AND ROOKIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some familiar faces are in the running for Oscars. Among those in lead categories is Denzel Washington. His 10th nod is for “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Nicole Kidman gets her fifth for “Being the Ricardos.” Will Smith gets his third best actor nomination for “King Richard,” for playing the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. The only rookie among lead actor nominees is Kristen Stewart, who plays Princess Diana in “Spencer.”
NO TALK OF “BRUNO” AT OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – We won’t be talking about Bruno when the Oscars are handed out this year. That’s because the wildly popular tune “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” didn’t get a nod for best original song. That doesn’t mean music from Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “Encanto” was ignored. “Dos Oruguitas,” did get a nod. If Miranda wins he will be an EGOT, adding an Oscar to the Emmy, Grammy and Tony he already has.
OSCARS NOMINATIONS: LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nominees for the 94th Academy Awards, which were announced yesterday. Winners will be announced on March 27 in Los Angeles.
Best picture: “Belfast”; “CODA”; “Don’t Look Up”; “Drive My Car”; “Dune”; “King Richard”; “Licorice Pizza”; “Nightmare Alley”; “The Power of the Dog”; “West Side Story.”
Best actress: Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”; Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”; Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”; Kristen Stewart, “Spencer.”
Best actor: Will Smith, “King Richard”; Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”; Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”; Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick . Boom!”
Best director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza”; Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”; Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”; Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”; Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car.”
Original screenplay: “Licorice Pizza”; “Belfast”; “Don’t Look Up”; “King Richard”; “The Worst Person in the World.”
Adapted screenplay: “The Power of the Dog”; “The Lost Daughter”; “CODA”; “Dune”; “Drive My Car.”
Best supporting actor: Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast”; Troy Kotsur, “CODA”; Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”; Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog”; J.K. Simmons, “Being the Ricardos.”
Best supporting actress: Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter”; Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”; Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog”; Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”; Judi Dench, “Belfast.”
Cinematography: “Dune”; “Nightmare Alley”; “The Power of the Dog”; “The Tragedy of Macbeth”; “West Side Story.”
Costume design: “Cruella”; “Cyrano”; “Dune”; “Nightmare Alley”; “West Side Story.”
Film editing: “Don’t Look Up”; “Dune”; “King Richard”; “tick, tick … BOOM!”; “The Power of the Dog.”
Documentary feature: “Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”; “Flee”; “Attica”; “Ascension”; “Writing With Fire.”
Original song: “Be Alive” from “King Richard,” music and lyric by DIXSON and Beyonce Knowles-Carter; “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto,” music and lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda; “Down to Joy” from “Belfast,” music and lyric by Van Morrison; “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die,” music and lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell ; “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days,” music and lyric by Diane Warren.
Best international film: “Drive My Car,” Japan; “Flee,” Denmark; “The Hand of God,” Italy; “The Worst Person in the World,” Norway; “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,” Bhutan.
Best animated feature: “Encanto”; “Flee”; “Luca”; “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”; “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
Best animated short film: “Affairs of the Art”; “Bestia”; “Boxballet”; “Robin Robin”; “The Windshield Wiper.”
Music (original score) are: “Don’t Look Up”; “Dune”; “Encanto”; “Parallel Mothers”; “The Power of the Dog.”
Live action short: “Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”; “The Dress”; “The Long Goodbye”; “On My Mind”; “Please Hold.”
Documentary (short subject): “Audible”; “Lead Me Home”; “The Queen of Basketball”; “Three Songs for Benazir”; “When We Were Bullies.”
Production design: “Dune”; “Nightmare Alley”; “The Power of the Dog”; “The Tragedy of Macbeth”; “West Side Story.”
Makeup and hairstyling: “Coming 2 America”; “Cruella”; “Dune”; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; “House of Gucci.”
Sound: “Belfast”; “Dune”; “No Time to Die”; “The Power of the Dog”; “West Side Story.”
Visual Effects: “Dune”; “Free Guy”; “No Time to Die”; “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”; “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
SNOOP DOGG’S NERVES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Let’s face it: Snoop Dogg just doesn’t look like the kind of guy who gets rattled. And he says that won’t be the case Sunday either when he plays the Super Bowl halftime show. In fact, Snoop says if he is going to get nervous at all, it will be after his performance, not before or during. He tells The Associated Press he’ll be anxious once he’s done – to find out how people react to it. Snoop says playing the Super Bowl in his own hometown is a “dream come true.”
GAMBLING FOR SUPER BOWL EXPECTED TO BE HUGE
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Wanna bet there will be loads of people betting on the Super Bowl on Sunday? It’s a no-brainer as a record 31.5 million Americans plan to bet on it. The estimate is from the gambling industry’s national trade group. The American Gaming Association forecasts more than $7.6 billion will be bet on the NFL championship game. Both the amount of people who plan to wager and the estimated amount of money bet will be records.