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‘Abp’: Ruth Negga’s Policy for Sitting in an Awards-Show Audience Is ‘Always Be Posing’

12 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Don’t expect to catch Ruth Negga off-guard at this year’s Academy Awards.

The Loving Oscar nominee revealed her No. 1 awards-show rule while participating in People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle’s rapid-fire Q&A segment called The Cagle Exercise.

“Abp,” she said. “It’s: Always be posing.”

While it might sound like a genius solution to avoiding any awkward facial expressions or reactions, Negga, 35, admitted that it does have its downsides.

For more on the women of the Oscars — including an exclusive photo portfolio by Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton — pick up the latest issue of People. »

- Jodi Guglielmi

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24 Actors Who Won Oscars For Playing Real People

14 hours ago | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It seems that whenever an actor takes on a famous face in history - or even a lesser-known person with a great true story - it only ups the chances of taking home Oscar gold. Just last year, Leonardo DiCaprio was added to the long list of actors who have taken home an award for playing a real person, thanks to his role in The Revenant. This year, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, and Andrew Garfield all received nods for playing real people. There are many more among the Hollywood elite who have won a statue for spot-on portrayals of real people (so many that we can't even list them all here!), but take a peek at this short list of memorable performances. - Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal and Kelsie Gibson Related:Reminder: Here Are the 2017 Oscar Nominations! »

- Becky Kirsch

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Film Independent Spirit Award predictions

16 hours ago | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

On Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards, a very different sort of ceremony is held. Yes, I’m talking about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which come right before Oscar this weekend. The Spirit Awards often ends up containing my favorite nomination slates, as they reflect a broader sensibility than the Academy. To be fair, it’s also a smaller and more indie sensibility, but that jives with my taste anyway. I think both bodies did excellent work this year, so it’s a pleasure to be covering it all. The Spirit Awards are the focus today though, so lets dive in and try to make some accurate predictions. Here goes nothing… With this particular precursor, there’s zero Oscar impact, due to when balloting occurs, so it’s purely interesting to see how this group feels about the year in film. It’s going to be a battle »

- Joey Magidson

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Reminder: Here Are the 2017 Oscar Nominations!

18 hours ago | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

While every moment of award season is exciting, any movie buff will tell you that the Academy Awards are the best part. This year's list of nominees was announced in January, and it's packed with a lot of familiar faces and titles. La La Land is leading the pack with 14 nominations, an impressive number that ties the all-time nomination records set by All About Eve and Titanic. Meanwhile, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge, and Fences are all represented in several categories. And as if you needed confirmation, Meryl Streep is up for yet another Oscar. Take a look to see what else scored nods (Suicide Squad! Doctor Strange!), and tune in for the Oscars on Sunday! Related:Fill Out Our Oscar Ballot For a Chance to Win $1,000!Here's the Printable Oscars Ballot You Need For This Year's ShowWhen Are the 2017 Oscars? Plus, Everything Else You Need to Know About »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Diversity in Hollywood Is a ‘Plus Factor for the Bottom Line’ (Study)

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood is failing to present more diverse casts in movies and television — even though doing so would maximize the bottom line, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

“The problem, as we have pointed out in earlier reports, is that the Hollywood industry is not currently structured to make the most of today’s market realities,” said Dr. Darnell Hunt, chairman of the center. “The studios, networks, talent agencies, and academies are demographically and culturally out of step with the diverse audiences on which their collective future will increasingly depend.”

The report is the fourth in four years from Hunt. It points out that the nation consisted of nearly 40% minorities in 2015 — the last year examined — and will only become increasingly so in the coming years. It also noted that minorities currently buy 45% of all movie tickets.

“Despite false claims to the contrary, »

- Dave McNary

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8 Roles That Led Ruth Negga to Her First Oscar Nomination

20 February 2017 6:50 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If it feels like you've been seeing Ruth Negga's name everywhere lately, you're not alone. In January, the Ethiopian-Irish actress scored her very first Oscar nomination for her work in Loving, the incredible true story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving, but she's been around for quite some time. Ruth first caught the attention of audiences everywhere in 2005 with her role in Breakfast on Pluto, and since then the 35-year-old star has been busy racking up a list of unforgettable onscreen moments. Related:The Truth About This Year's Oscar Diversity »

- Quinn Keaney

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#OscarsNotSoWhite: The New Yorker Addresses Academy With Bold New Cover

20 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Two weeks after publishing a striking cover featuring the extinguished torch of the Statue of Liberty, the New Yorker continues to provoke with a new cover honoring the influx of black artists in this year’s list of Academy Award nominees. Eric Drooker’s bold design, titled #OscarsNotSoWhite, depicts the face of the Oscars’ famous Gold Knight statuette adjusted to resemble the face of a black woman. After two years of the acting categories consisting entirely of white actors, this year’s Oscars nominees list includes black actors Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Octavia Spencer and Ruth Negga. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Penultimate Oscar predictions

17 February 2017 10:31 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Academy Awards are in just over a week, ladies and gentlemen. My how time flies, right? With the show coming so soon, there can be a rush to finalize predictions and try to hold course until the end. That’s not my way though, as I play around with my picks right until just before the big night. This second to last update is sort of a fail-safe, giving me a chance to still potentially go out on a limb or two before getting down to business. The Oscars will unfold in less than ten days, so if you’re not excited yet, now is the time to start getting excited. This is what we spend all this time preparing for, after all… Below are the penultimate picks for the upcoming ceremony. Next week will be the big one, where I’ll finally come to grips with this whole thing, »

- Joey Magidson

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When Are the 2017 Oscars? Plus, Everything Else You Need to Know About the Show

17 February 2017 10:25 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Oscars are the grand finale of award season, and this year, we have more to look forward to than ever. La La Land is up for an astonishing (and recording-tying) 14 awards, Viola Davis has already broken a record, and unless one of them doesn't show up for their nominated categories, ex-couple Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield will be in the same place at the same time. (It's exciting, Ok?) If you're looking forward to the big show, take a look at all the need-to-know details below! The Nominees The best picture race is incredibly tight, with Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight all in the running. At least one actor from each of those movies is up for an individual nod, including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, and Viola Davis. There are »

- Maggie Pehanick

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‘Loving’ Exclusive Featurette: Jeff Nichols Explains ‘Transformative’ Power of Joel Edgerton’s Lauded Performance — Watch

17 February 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lauded indie filmmaker Jeff Nichols finally entered bonafide awards bonanza territory this year with the release of his historical drama “Loving,” which garnered star Ruth Negga her first Oscar nomination, in addition to Golden Globe nods for both the Irish actress and her co-star Joel Edgerton.

Read More: Ruth Negga Reveals How Her Chemistry With Joel Edgerton Raised ‘Loving’ Beyond Melodrama — Tiff 2016

Edgerton, it seems, is becoming something of a Nichols regular — and just ask Michael Shannon, Nichols is very good to his regulars — having starred in both of Nichols’ 2016 releases, including both “Loving” and “Midnight Special.” In fact, it was Edgerton’s work on the sci-fi drama that convinced Nichols he was the right actor to portray the gruff protagonist of his feature, Richard Loving. It’s a role short on lines (Richard wasn’t much of a talker), but long on emotional resonance.

In a new featurette from the film, »

- Kate Erbland

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2017 Oscars Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

15 February 2017 12:46 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The battle lines are drawn: It's La La Land, a musical fantasy about white lovers in Hollywood, versus Moonlight, a searing drama about black youth surviving on the streets of Miami. That contest is symptomatic of how serious Oscar is – or isn't – about diversity. After two years in which not a single black actor showed up among the acting nominees, this year's crop includes seven actors of color: Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Dev PatelOctavia Spencer and Denzel Washington.

"Wow, what a difference a year makes, »

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Oscar Nominees Learned New Skills and Forgot Old Ones for Their Roles

15 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If great acting is all about slipping on a mask and completely inhabiting a character, it also often brings with it diverse challenges. Some of which entail quickly learning demanding new skills — or even unlearning old ones.

And while most actors are quick to say that they love a challenge, some of the preparation and training they’re asked to do for a specific part can be quite daunting, especially when it involves something as familiar and visceral as music and dance.

Pretty much everyone recognizes a good hoofer or pianist or vocalist when they see or hear them. Which is why Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the stars of Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” — neither of whom are natural dancers, singers, or musicians — had to spend months learning to sing and dance for the musical. In Gosling’s case, he also had to learn to play jazz piano.

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- Iain Blair

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Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Beckinsale to Present at the Independent Spirit Awards

15 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The end of award season is just around the corner. With that in mind, I can now exclusively report that Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Beckinsale, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Aubrey Plaza have signed on to present at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25. They join previously announced presenters Jon Hamm, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Édgar Ramírez and Danny McBride. American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are nominated for best feature. Best female lead contenders include Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Natalie Portman (Jackie). Casey Affleck »

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees’ First On-Camera Roles

15 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The 89th annual Academy Awards, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel Feb. 26, will honor 20 acting nominees who gave some of the best performances of the year. Ever wonder how such on-screen talents got their big break? As in years past, we’re revealing the first credited on-camera roles of 2017’s leading actor contenders—because everybody’s gotta start somewhere! Read: How to Become an Actor Best Actress in a Leading Role Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”Despite many French awards, “Elle” marks Huppert’s first Oscar nod. Mon dieu! The 1971 TV movie “Le prussien” was the first of her many such projects, followed by the big-screen features that have made her a cinematic legend. Ruth Negga, “Loving”Plenty of performers got their start in soap operas. Just ask first-time nominee Negga, who first took to the screen back in 2004 in an episode of “Doctors,” the still-running British medical series. Natalie Portman, “Jackie »

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Loving

14 February 2017 5:28 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The story of Mildred and Richard Loving could easily have become a sledgehammer epic about social injustice. Writer-director Jeff Nichols instead sticks to the facts and recounts their ordeal with a quiet subjectivity that neither exaggerates nor sanctifies. The result is a marvelously affecting demonstration of how a civilized, progressive America rights a wrong. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are terrific as just plain folks oppressed by an obsolete law.

Loving

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

2016 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / 34.99

Starring : Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Terri Abney, Marton Csokas, David Jensen, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Michael Shannon.

Cinematography: Adam Stone

Film Editor: Julie Monroe

Original Music: David Wingo

Produced by: Nancy Buirski, Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Marc Turtletaub

Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols

Growing up in the 1950s, interracial marriage was a strange subject, and major entertainments handled it with kid gloves. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Ruth Negga Shouldn’t Have Been the Only Oscar Nomination For ‘Loving’ — IndieWire On Demand

14 February 2017 11:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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It’s frustrating when powerful dramas fail to earn major Oscar nominations and thus risk being drowned out of the conversation of movies you absolutely need to see. Jeff Nichols’ “Loving”  seems to be one of those movies this year. An extraordinary true story told with the humanity and restraint it deserves, it takes what could have been an awards-baiting biopic and turns it into a soulful study of two gentle-hearted people whose love defied the law and changed history.

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton excel in the roles of Mildred and Richard Loving, whose fight to remain married led to the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Negga rightfully earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (her eyes are a window into her soul), and Joel Edgerton »

- Zack Sharf

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Oscars 2017: How Will ‘La La Land’ Perform in Relation to Previous Best Picture-Winning Musicals?

14 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

La La Land has officially earned a spot in the history books by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever — but just how many of those 14 chances will it see a win? This critical darling is widely considered to take home best picture come February 26, which would make it just the 11th musical to do so, so let’s examine how it stands in the other categories by doing a deep dive into the track records of the 10 musicals that took home top honors before it.

These legendary musicals that were all able to garner Hollywood’s top award include: 1929’s The Broadway Melody, 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1944’s Going My Way, 1951’s An American in Paris, 1958’s Gigi, 1961’s West Side Story, 1964’s My Fair Lady, 1965’s The Sound of Music, 1968’s Oliver!, and 2002’s Chicago. Now, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Baftas 2017 Winners List

13 February 2017 1:31 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Outstanding British film American Honey Denial Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Winner: I, Daniel BlakeNotes on Blindness Under the Shadow Ee Rising Star award Anya Taylor-Joy Laia Costa Lucas Hedges Ruth Negga Winner: Tom Holland Best make up & hair Doctor Strange Winner: Florence Foster JenkinsHacksaw Ridge Nocturnal Animals Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Best original music Arrival  Jackie Winner: La La Land Lion Nocturnal Animals Best costume design Allied Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Florence Foster Jenkins Winner: JackieLa La Land Best sound Winner: ArrivalDeepwater Horizon Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hacksaw Ridge La La Land Best British short animation The Alan Dimension Winner: A Love StoryTough Best British short film Consumed Winner: HomeMouth of Hell The Party Standby Best editing Arrival Winner: Hacksaw RidgeLa La Land Manchester by the Sea Nocturnal Animals Best production »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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