Oscar Winner Rami Malek to Play the Next Bond Villain; Here’s Everything We Know

Oscar Winner Rami Malek to Play the Next Bond Villain; Here’s Everything We Know

For the 25th official installment of the James Bond franchise, fans expect something special. Fortunately, the next movie, which is currently known as "Bond 25," should be a treat. Not only is Daniel Craig planning to finish out his run as 007 with a bang, but the series also has a newly cemented Oscar winner set to play the movie’s villain.

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The Week in Movie News: Oscar Winners and Highlights, ‘Aquaman 2’ Officially in the Works and More

The Week in Movie News: Oscar Winners and Highlights, ‘Aquaman 2’ Officially in the Works and More

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Green Book named Best Picture: The 91st Academy Awards were held last weekend, with Hollywood’s elite naming the best in movies and performances of last year. Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture, while Rami Malek and Olivia Colman took the awards for lead acting, in Bohemian Rhapsody and The Favourite, respectively. See the full list of winners here and check out the ceremony’s…

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Five Most Memorable Oscar Moments: 2019 Edition

Five Most Memorable Oscar Moments: 2019 Edition

The 91st Academy Awards show was filled to the brim with touching, unique and startling highlights. Here are the five most memorable Oscar moments from last night's show.

After Queen rocked the house to start the show, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler presented the first award of the evening, in hilarious fashion.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel didn’t host the Oscars this year, but he did score the first big interview with Lady Gaga after she won for Best Original Song this past Sunday night. And yes, he asked her the one question that everyone wanted him to ask.

“This Sunday night, millions of women around the world became furious with their partners for never looking at them the way Bradley Cooper looked at our first guest during their show-stopping musical performance,” Kimmel said in his introduction.

After she sat down—and placed her Oscar on his desk—Kimmel got down the business.

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Next 3 Potential Oscar Contenders: ‘Gloria Bell,’ ‘The Highwaymen,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Next 3 Potential Oscar Contenders: 'Gloria Bell,' 'The Highwaymen,' 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Roma and Green Book each received three Oscars; the latter title was named Best Picture.

Now that the winners of the 91st Academy Awards are in the books (see the complete list of winners and nominees), we're eager to see more award-worthy films. Here are three upcoming titles that could be taking home Oscars next year.

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Black Women Make History In ‘Black Panther’ Oscar Wins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” went back-to-back into the Oscar history books on Sunday evening.

Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-Americans to win in their respective categories. Carter was first up as she took home an Academy Award for costume design, then Beachler followed her with a win in production design at the 91st annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

“I dreamed and prayed for this night,” said Carter, who was the lead costume designer behind the Afro-futuristic wardrobes in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” She was previously nominated for her work on “Amistad” and “Malcolm X.”

“This has been a longtime coming,” said Carter as she burst into laughter while accepting her trophy. She dedicated the award to her 97-year-old mother and thanked Spike Lee, who provided her career start in the 1998 film “School Daze”; the director rose from his seat and pumped his fist into the air in response.

Beachler broke down in tears during her acceptance speech with fellow production design awardee Jay R. Hart, saying she “stands here stronger than she did yesterday.” She helped create the cinematic world of Wakanda, the fictional homeland of the main character.

Beachler, who had worked with Coogler on other films, thanked him and said he “made me a better designer, a better storyteller, a better person.”

“I stand here today because of this man who gave me a better perspective of life,” she said, adding: “I’m stronger because Marvel gave me a chance.”

Beachler and Carter played influential roles in helping “Black Panther” become a cultural phenomenon. Both said they wanted to infuse the pride of the African diaspora into the film.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero. But through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” said Carter, who drew inspiration for the film’s stylish and colorful garments from her travels to Africa. She spoke with people of the continent to understand the history of each artifact to ensure the different characteristics were represented properly in the film.

The costumes have become so popular that people from different ethnicities — young and older — have worn Black Panther-themed costumes to theaters and at parties. Some even dressed in Wakanda couture at a pre-Oscar event.

“We wanted to bring the world of Africa to life,” Beachler said while backstage admitting that she was still “freaking out” after her victory.

“I’m still trying to get a handle of all of this,” she said. “All of this is amazing.”

Carter said she hopes their historic Oscar wins can open up more doors for other African-Americans who want to follow her and Beachler’s footsteps.

“Now we won’t have to wait for the first,” she said while backstage. “We now have the first. Finally the door is wide open. I’m mentoring in hopes of raising others up and give them hope.”


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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

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Movie Trailer Parody of the Day:

Captain Marvel tickets are now on sale, and while we wait for the release of the highly anticipated next entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s time to watch a Toon Sandwich animated parody of the movie, in which the titular hero’s biggest weapon is her snarky attitude:

 

 

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Bill Maher Goes on Gross Oscar Rant Defending ‘Green Book’ Director Flashing Actresses

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The unfortunate thing about Bill Maher is, in recent years, as he’s gotten older his arguments have grown considerably weaker.

Take what happened Friday night.

Maher, the host of HBO’s Real Time, didn’t make as egregious an error as a couple of weeks ago, where he lobbed a racist remark at a Black Republican congressman, but his rhetoric was troubling nonetheless.

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Oscar Presenters Named

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the first set of celebrities who will present the coveted Oscar awards this year.

Those 13 stars are Jennifer Lopez, Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, and Constance Wu.

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91st Oscar nominations announced: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year's Oscars, with Roma and The Favourite tying for most categories with 10 each. Also, a little movie called Black Panther became the first superhero movie nominated for Best Picture. Read more trivia and see the full list of…

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The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2019 Oscar Nominations

If there is one word that best describes the 2019 awards season so far, it is fraught. By the time the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 22, controversies were roiling around the ceremony’s host, several contenders for Best Picture (see: Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody) and an allegation the Screen Actors Guild lodged against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over presenters.

With about a month to go until the 2019 Oscars take place on Feb. 24, it remains to be seen whether all these contentious feelings will dwindle or intensify, and how all of it will affect both Oscar voting and the ceremony itself. In the meantime, now that we officially know who is included among the 2019 Oscar nominees and who didn’t make the cut, we at least have enough information for the annual sport of both celebrating and grumbling about the choices.

Roma and The Favourite lead the pack of 2019 Oscar nominees, with 10 nominations each, followed by A Star Is Born and Vice, each of which nabbed eight. Black Panther had a strong showing with seven nominations, BlacKkKlansman received six, and both Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book earned five apiece.

Here are the biggest snubs, and a few surprises, among the crop of 2019 Oscar nominations.

Best Picture

Snub: First Man

After sweeping the Oscars in 2017 with La La Land, Damien Chazelle had no such luck this year. His Neil Armstrong drama failed to register not only in this category but in Best Score, for which it won a Golden Globe weeks ago.

Snub: If Beale Street Could Talk

Though it was arguably on the bubble, the follow-up to another successful 2017 film, Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture-winning Moonlight, didn’t quite creep into the top group this year.

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Surprise: Cold War

The smoky, black and white Polish drama about a love affair spanning countries and decades had an impressive showing for a foreign language film, earning not just a Best Picture nomination but also nods for directing and cinematography.

Firsts: Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman

Black Panther became the first superhero movie ever nominated for Best Picture, and Spike Lee received his first ever nomination in this category—some would argue three decades too late.

Best Actor

Snub: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

To many of those who follow awards season like a sport, Ethan Hawke’s turn as a small-town pastor in turmoil was an MVP performance worthy of Hollywood’s highest honor. The film is, at least, represented in the Best Original Screenplay category, for writer-director Paul Schrader.

Snub: John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Though he was certainly not a shoo-in, Washington did receive a nomination at the Golden Globes. His costar Adam Driver was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Surprise: Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Though his performance as Vincent Van Gogh in the painter’s final years has earned a steady stream of quiet critical accolades, Dafoe has mostly been considered an outside shot for a nomination.

Best Actress

Snub: Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Blunt, who also earned favorable reviews for her supporting role in A Quiet Place last year, took an iconic Julie Andrews character and made it her own. But the field was too tight to make room for what would have been her first Oscar nomination.

Snub: Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Pike, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as real-life war correspondent Marie Colvin, may have been hurt by the movie’s relatively low profile (it has earned $ 2.4 million at the box office to date).

Surprise: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

The inclusion of the first-time actress, who plays a character based on filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s real-life housekeeper and nanny when he was a child in Mexico City, was a happy surprise for fans of the Netflix drama.

Best Supporting Actor

Snub: Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

After earning a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG nomination, Chalamet’s exclusion from this field might sting a little.

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Snub: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Black Panther had a strong showing Tuesday morning, but it was disappointing not to see Jordan recognized for his work as Erik Killmonger, one of the most complex Marvel villains—just plain villains, in fact—we’ve seen in some time.

Surprise: Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Surprise may be stretching it—Elliott’s performance as the put-upon older brother of Bradley Cooper’s hard-living musician has been much loved since the movie’s release in October. But he was shut out of the Golden Globes, leading some to wonder whether his Oscar chances had dimmed.

Best Supporting Actress

Snub: Claire Foy, First Man

Foy has long been seen, alongside composer Justin Hurwitz, as one of First Man‘s best opportunities to be represented at the 2019 Oscars, but her presumed spot went to an unexpected choice.

Surprise: Marina de Tavira, Roma

One of the biggest surprises of the morning was Marina de Tavira’s nomination for Roma, given that most of the awards discussion around the movie has circled around her costar Yalitza Aparicio, who was also nominated.

Best Director

Snub: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

He’ll be fine, though: Cooper was nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Picture.

Finally: Spike Lee

Along with his Best Picture nomination for BlacKkKlansman, this is Spike Lee’s first time nominated as Best Director, which feels like a correction to a 30-year snub.

Unfortunately: No Women

Last year saw Greta Gerwig become the fifth woman ever nominated for Best Director. This year, we are back to that familiar all-male field, despite the fact that there was no shortage of viable options: Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) all made worthy films in 2018.

Of Note: A Refreshingly International Group

Three of the five nominees are from outside the United States: Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico), Paweł Pawlikowski (Poland) and Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece). Two of their films, Roma and Cold War, are foreign language films.

Best Score

Snub: First Man

Fresh off of winning a Golden Globe for Best Score, composer Justin Hurwitz felt like a particularly glaring omission Tuesday morning. Between him and Claire Foy, the Academy really just did not go for First Man.

Snub: A Quiet Place

John Krasinski’s sophisticated horror film has been an outside pick in general, but had it managed to nab another nomination aside from Sound Editing, it likely would have been here.

Best Documentary

Snub: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Focus Features’ heartwarming look at the life of Fred Rogers won over critics and viewers alike, becoming the top-grossing biographical documentary of all time.

Odds and Ends

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is heard: Though the Coen Brothers’ Netflix Western anthology film has not been at the top of many Oscar prognostication lists, it managed to eke out three nominations, for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Original Song.

Netflix has a big day: With Roma, Netflix received its first Best Picture nomination, one of 14 total nominations for the streaming service this year. That number is up from eight in 2018.

Hulu makes a play: The streaming service got its first Oscar nomination Tuesday, for Minding the Gap, a documentary about skateboarding friends in Rockford, Ill.


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Kevin Hart’s Homophobic Tweets May Threaten Oscar Gig

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart’s response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed the backlash to the newly minted Oscar host.

On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should “stop being negative” after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used homophobic slurs. In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart said he wasn’t going to “let the craziness frustrate me.” Hart said he “loves everybody.”

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The gay media watchdog group GLAAD said it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart’s management to “discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record.”

In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said “if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”

The film academy on Tuesday announced Hart as host to its February ceremony. A representative for the academy didn’t respond to messages Thursday.

 


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