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Can ‘Green Book’ overcome Oscar bias against feel-good movies?

Can ‘Green Book’ overcome Oscar bias against feel-good movies?
Now that we’re over the shock of “Green Book” winning the Producers Guild Award on Jan. 19 and the aftershock of director Peter Farrelly not getting an Oscar nomination for directing it, what are its chances of scoring the big prize next month?

Looking back at the academy’s history with pure “feel-good” movies, which “Green Book” is, the answer is. . .not great.

That PGA win, following a Directors Guild nomination for Farrelly, made “Green Book” the race’s front-runner for all of two days, but now, with just five nominations to 10 each for “Roma” and “The Favourite” and eight each for “A Star is Born” and “Vice,” it’s a dark horse.

We’ll never know if the Farrelly snub is due to revelations that he’d had a habit of flashing his junk at crew and cast members years ago, but even in those pre-Me Too dark ages,
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Emily Blunt is the 2nd performer to get double-snubbed by the Oscars after double SAG Awards nominations

Emily Blunt is the 2nd performer to get double-snubbed by the Oscars after double SAG Awards nominations
Poor Emily Blunt. After a stellar 2018 and earning Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place,” she failed to get an Oscar nomination Tuesday for either, becoming just the second double SAG nominee to go 0-2 with the academy.

Blunt follows in the dubious footsteps of Helen Mirren, who didn’t convert her SAG Awards bids for her 2015 films “Woman in Gold” and “Trumbo” into Oscar nominations. But at least Mirren was already a four-time Oscar nominee and a one-time winner; Blunt is still waiting for her maiden bid.

See Oscar nominations: Full list of nominees

The stats were on Blunt’s side. This was the 10th time a performer received two individual SAG Awards nominations. Besides Mirren, the other eight are:

1. Julianne Moore (1999): “The End of the Affair,” “Magnolia

2. Judi Dench (2001): “Iris,” “The Shipping News

3. Julianne Moore (2002): “Far From Heaven,” “The Hours
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Oscar nominations 2019 slugfest: Good, bad and ugly of today’s nominations [Watch]

“There’s a lot to digest; a lot of good and a lot of bad,” declares Gold Derby editor Rob Licuria in our exciting good/bad/ugly contributor slugfest about the 2019 Oscar nominations announced Tuesday morning. “I do like it how the Oscars go their own way, as I hate the ad nauseam repetition of Oscar season. I like it how the Oscars sometimes say ‘screw that, this is what we actually like,'” he says. Licuria is joined by contributing writers Riley Chow, Luca Giliberti and Zach Laws. Watch their lively discussion in the video above.

See Oscar nominations 2019: Who’s up, who’s down in race for Best Picture?

“There’s a lot of things to be positive about. There are a lot of international filmmakers nominated this year,” Laws adds. “Alfonso Cuaron, who we all knew was getting in, but also Pawel Pawlikowski and Yorgos Lanthimos,
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige comments on Black Panther’s Best Picture nomination at the Oscars

Marvel StudiosBlack Panther made history today, breaking the glass ceiling and becoming the first superhero movie to be deemed worthy of an Oscar nomination for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

In addition to the Best Picture nod – which it will contest against BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice – the superhero blockbuster also racked up a further six nominations, and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has been speaking to Entertainment Weekly about his immense pride over the film’s achievements.

“The word that keep coming to me from the moment it happened is just this humbling sense of pride for everyone involved in the movie,” said Feige. “It’s the most important recognition that a film can receive in our industry. That’s not lost on any of us. It’s something that’s immensely gratifying. As
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How to Stream This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Songs and Films Online

How to Stream This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Songs and Films Online
The 2019 Academy Award nominations have been announced, and whether you want to refresh your memory, or catch up on the nominees, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to stream the nominated films, documentaries, and songs online before Oscar’s big night.

Period comedy The Favourite and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma lead the pack with 10 nominations apiece, while A Star Is Born follows behind with eight nods. Green Book and Vice nabbed nominations in major categories as well. (See the full list here).

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Diane Warren will ‘Fight’ to win Best Song Oscar on her 10th try against her former co-nominee Lady Gaga

Diane Warren will ‘Fight’ to win Best Song Oscar on her 10th try against her former co-nominee Lady Gaga
Songwriter extraordinaire Diane Warren just received her 10th Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, but she has never won, so it’s appropriate that her song is titled “I’ll Fight.” It’s featured in “Rbg,” which is also nominated for Best Documentary Feature for chronicling the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Can Warren finally win? Her toughest threat is actually an artist she was previously nominated with: Lady Gaga. (Check out the complete list of nominees here.)

Warren and Gaga were nominated together for co-writing “Til it Happens to You” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground” (2015) about the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. They were expected to win that award, but they were upset by British singer-songwriter Sam Smith for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre.”

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Academy members vote with their hearts, critics with their heads

Academy members vote with their hearts, critics with their heads
Par for the course on Oscar nomination day, critics are lambasting the academy for overlooking such gems as “The Rider,” “Leave No Trace” and “Private Life,” all directed by women, while nominating such odd bedfellows for Best Picture as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Vice,” the Marvel sci-fi fantasy “Black Panther” and even “A Star is Born.”

As both a film critic and a journalist covering the Oscars for decades, I get their frustration but have only this to say to them, you don’t get it.

There is kind of an assumption that because members of the academy work in the industry that their tastes would be more refined than the person sobbing at the end of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star is Born.”

See 2019 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Yeah, many of them do have critically refined tastes and there are plenty of past Oscar
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The Message of the Oscar Nominations: You’d Better Have a Social Message

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Each year at the Left Coast crack of dawn, when the Oscar nominations are announced, there’s generally at least one major nomination many pundits were predicting that fails to materialize. When that happens, entertainment media tends to rise up as one and say the s-word: snub. In truth, it’s not usually a snub; it’s just somebody getting passed over for other nominees who were loved a little more than the conventional wisdom realized. That’s why the chatter about it tends to get worn out by the end of the day.

But when the nominations were announced this morning, and it was revealed that Bradley Cooper had failed to get a best director nod for “A Star Is Born,” my feeling was: This may or may not have been a “snub,” but it was emblematic. It signified something arguably major in terms of what the Oscars are becoming.
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Oscars 2019 scorecard: ‘Green Book’ still leads but watch out for ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Roma’ and ‘Vice’

Oscars 2019 scorecard: ‘Green Book’ still leads but watch out for ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Roma’ and ‘Vice’
Let’s take a look at the impact of the Oscar nominations on to the 35 boxes league table that catalogues key events on the road to the Academy Awards. Five boxes were up for grabs going to films that got nominations for acting, directing, writing, film editing and love across the board (at least five or more total bids).

Three films filled all five boxes: Spike Lee‘s “BlacKkKlansman,” Yorgos Lanthimos‘ “The Favourite,” and Adam McKay‘s “Vice.”

Green Book,” which got ticks in all boxes bar the directing one after Peter Farrelly‘s snub, is (still) ahead with 21 boxes but has seen its lead narrowed to only two. “BlacKkKlansman,” which has performed consistently over this awards season, is second on 19 after its successful day at the nominations. John David Washington‘s snub doesn’t matter here as Adam Driver was nominated for supporting actor.

A Star is Born” disappointed yet again,
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Elton John to ‘Shallow’ Songwriter Mark Ronson: ‘You’re Going to Win the Oscar’

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Elton John to ‘Shallow’ Songwriter Mark Ronson: ‘You’re Going to Win the Oscar’
Elton John is willing to bet that Mark Ronson will win the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born.” The nominations were announced this morning.

The legendary performer spoke to Ronson on the latest episode of his radio show “Elton John’s Rocket Hour” on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

“You’re having a bit of a run at the moment. Oh my God — considering what a career you’ve had, you couldn’t have a stronger moment than what you’re having now with the Miley record, which is fantastic, and you. And then the Gaga, which you won a Golden Globe for, ‘Shallow,'” John said. “And I bet my house that you’re going to win the Oscar, so make room for it. I don’t want to jinx it, but I guarantee you you’re going to win an Oscar.”

Ronson was modest,
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Oscar nominations for Tony McNamara, Fiona Crombie

Deborah Davis with Tony McNamara (Photo credit: David Fisher/Shutterstock)

Screenwriter Tony McNamara and production designer Fiona Crombie have scored their first Academy Award nominations for director Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite.

McNamara and co-writer Deborah Davis are in contention for best original screenplay while Crombie is nominated for best production design, shared with her colleague Alice Felton for set decoration.

Fox Searchlight’s The Favorite and Netflix’s Roma lead the field with 10 nominations apiece, followed by Warner BrosA Star Is Born and Annapurna Pictures’ Vice with eight.

Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther scored seven, although not for director Ryan Coogler, and Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman got six.

The contenders for best picture are Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice.

Advocates for gender equality will be incensed about the total absence of nominations for female directors, cinematographers, film editors, composers and visual effects artists.
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Oscars 2019: ‘Black Panther’ Scores Six Craft Nominations and a Visual Effects Snub

Marvel’s zeitgeist-grabbing “Black Panther” dominated the Oscar craft races on Tuesday, grabbing six nominations for costume design, production design, score (composer Ludwig Göransson), song (“All the Stars”), sound editing, and sound mixing.

But it was snubbed for visual effects after being talked up as a frontrunner, and cinematographer Rachel Morrison missed out on her second nomination after breaking the glass ceiling for last year’s “Mudbound.” While the VFX branch may have deemed the effects as too supportive, Morrison perhaps fell prey to the confusion surrounding where cinematography ends and VFX begins.

Read More: 2019 Oscar Nominations Full List: ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ Land 10 Noms Each

Wakanda architect Hannah Beachler led the way as the first African-American nominated for production design, helping director Ryan Coogler achieve his vision of unity with her unique version of Afrofuturism. Also recognized as part of that crucial collaboration was costume designer Ruth Carter (snagging her third nomination).

Meanwhile,
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‘A Star Is Born’ And The No-Show Director Nom For Bradley Cooper: “We’re All Here Because Of Him”

‘A Star Is Born’ And The No-Show Director Nom For Bradley Cooper: “We’re All Here Because Of Him”
One of the most glaring omissions from today’s Oscar nominations was that of A Star Is Born‘s director Bradley Cooper from the Best Director category. The Warner Bros. film is nominated eight times including getting noms for Sam Elliott for Best Supporting Actor (surprisingly his first) and Lady Gaga for Best Actress (also a first). This was a film that Cooper and producer Billy Gerber breathed life into: Gerber had it in development for nine years, and Cooper worked on it four years.

Cooper was nominated for Best Actor and for co-scripting the along with Eric Roth and Will Fetters but was not nominated as a director on the film. As producer Lynette Howell Taylor said today: “It was his movie, his vision and his passion” that resulted in getting this made.”

Howell Taylor worked on the film alongside Gerber and Cooper for several years. The slight is
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New Oscar Trivia, courtesy of this season's nominations

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We just called to say we love you!With each new year's nominations, new trivia or follow-up stat discussions can emerge. Here are some things we noticed straightaway this morning. If you have any suggestions, do tell!

Actresses

• With Glenn Close's seventh nomination for acting at 71, she is now the 8th oldest nominee in that category ever, and The most-nominated actress who has never won. Meanwhile Amy Adams, with her sixth nomination if she loses, takes Glenn Close's previous spot in a three way tie with 1950s mainstays Thelma Ritter and Deborah Kerr for 'most noms for an actress ever without a competitive win'. Related: Our Chat With Glenn Last Month

• If Glenn Close wins in February for The Wife (2018), she'll become only the third leading actress over 70 to have won. The other two were 80 year
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Women Snagged Record 28 Percent of This Year’s Oscar Nominations, an All-Time High

Women accounted for 27.5 percent of all the Oscar nominees in 2019, a slight uptick from last year’s record-setting year, in which only 26.8 percent of the nominations went to women.

Of the 225 individuals nominated this year in the 24 competitive categories, 62 women were named, based on a tally from TheWrap. That’s compared to just 57 of 213 individual nominees in 2018 (26.8 percent), and 48 of 211 in 2017 (22.7 percent).

According to TheWrap’s analysis, individuals like Lady Gaga, costume designer Sandy Powell and writer-director-producer Alfonso Cuarón were counted for each of their nominations.

The gains came primarily in below-the-line categories like Documentary Feature, Makeup and Hairstyling, Animated short, Live-Action Short and Sound Editing. In fact, eight of the 15 individuals nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category were women, compared to just four last year.

Also Read: Inside the Oscar Nominations: 'A Star Is Born' Loses Ground as 'Roma,' 'BlacKkKlansman,' 'The Favourite' Surge
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What Netflix Backlash? The 2019 Oscar Nominations Snubs and Surprises

Among the biggest surprises of the 2019 Oscar race: There’s no such thing as a Netflix backlash. Not only did the most dominant force in Hollywood land 15 Oscar nominations, including “Roma” (10) and three surprise craft nods for the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” but “Roma” is a historic achievement. It’s the 10th foreign-language nominee that also contends for Best Picture, tying Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) for the most nominations earned by a foreign-language film.

Alfonso Cuarón also became the first filmmaker in Oscar history to land nominations for Picture, Director, and Cinematography. “Roma” is the fifth film to be nominated for Foreign Language Film and Best Picture in the same year. Each of the previous four — “Z” (1969), “Life Is Beautiful” (1998), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) and “Amour” (2012) — won for Foreign Language Film, but not Best Picture. If “Roma” wins Best Picture, it will be a
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What Netflix Backlash? The 2019 Oscar Nominations Snubs and Surprises

Among the biggest surprises of the 2019 Oscar race: There’s no such thing as a Netflix backlash. Not only did the most dominant force in Hollywood land 15 Oscar nominations, including “Roma” (10) and three surprise craft nods for the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” but “Roma” is a historic achievement. It’s the 10th foreign-language nominee that also contends for Best Picture, tying Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) for the most nominations earned by a foreign-language film.

Alfonso Cuarón also became the first filmmaker in Oscar history to land nominations for Picture, Director, and Cinematography. “Roma” is the fifth film to be nominated for Foreign Language Film and Best Picture in the same year. Each of the previous four — “Z” (1969), “Life Is Beautiful” (1998), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) and “Amour” (2012) — won for Foreign Language Film, but not Best Picture. If “Roma” wins Best Picture, it will be a
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6 Moments That Prove Bradley and Gaga's Friendship Is the True Star of Award Season

6 Moments That Prove Bradley and Gaga's Friendship Is the True Star of Award Season
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have developed quite a friendship since starring in A Star Is Born together, and they've only grown closer during award season. In addition to their sweet appearances together, we've also gotten a better glimpse of their bond through Gaga's heartfelt speeches about Bradley. Seriously, these two are quickly becoming the new Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling of award season, and we can't get enough. See some of their cutest award season moments, so far!

Related: All the Awards Lady Gaga Has Won - So Far
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‘A Star Is Born’s Sam Elliott Gets First Oscar Nomination In 50-Year Career, Jokes “It’s About [Bleeping] Time”

‘A Star Is Born’s Sam Elliott Gets First Oscar Nomination In 50-Year Career, Jokes “It’s About [Bleeping] Time”
“I think the thing off the top of my head might be, ‘It’s about f*cking time,'” jokes Sam Elliott, in the wake of his first ever Oscar nomination this morning for his supporting role in Warner BrosA Star Is Born. “Beyond that, it’s really about the work; it’s just about the creative process. It’s great to be recognized for that, that’s really all it’s about.”

Joking aside, Elliott has a point about the timing. Since beginning his career in 1969 with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, he’s gained somewhat iconic status as a mainstay of both the big and small screens, most recently having received critical acclaim for Lee Hayden’s The Hero. And yet in 50 years, he had not been nominated.

Elliott’s Best Supporting nod is one of a slew from the Academy for Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born.
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2019 Oscar Nomination Snubs: So Many Great Movies Failed to Make the Cut

2019 Oscar Nomination Snubs: So Many Great Movies Failed to Make the Cut
The 2019 Oscar nominations have been revealed and, while there were some pleasant surprises in the bunch, as per usual, there were plenty of snubs to go around. Certain movies, that were beloved by critics and audiences alike, were left out by the Academy completely. While some titles that did quite well overall managed to get snubbed in some perplexing categories. No matter what the individual situation, there are a lot of potentially missed opportunities to look at.

Starting with the out-and-out snubs, hits and critically-acclaimed movie such as Crazy Rich Asians, Ben Is Back, Boy Erased, Eighth Grade, The Rider, Sorry to Bother You and Widows were all left out in the cold without a single Oscars nomination to speak of. In the case of Beautiful Boy, Timothee Chalamet missing out on Best Actor is particularly surprising.

Elsewhere, the Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor was somehow left
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