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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actor Race

21 February 2017 6:07 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actor RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actor RaceAdriana Floridia2/21/2017 9:07:00 Am

The Best Supporting Actor Oscar is pretty much Mahershala Ali's to lose.

Despite that, this year's line-up of Best Supporting Actor nominees is incredibly strong, and anyone would be a worthy winner. However, Ali has won almost every award leading up to the Oscars, except for the Golden Globe which surprisingly went to Nocturnal Animals' Aaron Taylor Johnson (who wasn't even nominated for the Oscar). Moonlight is a major awards contender that right now looks like it's being outshone by La La Land. If Moonlight is guaranteed an Oscar in any category, it's this one.

We're breaking down the nominees for Best Supporting Actor below!

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Previous Nominations: First time nominee

Mahershala Ali plays an unlikely father figure in Moonlight. »

- Adriana Floridia

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Oscars: Jeff Bridges Only Bested By Two People in Terms of Academy Awards Career Length

12 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Jeff Bridges in ‘Hell or High Water’ (Courtesy: CBS Films)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.

This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Santa Barbara Fest Honors Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Raft of Artisans

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

This year’s Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams

Cinema Vanguard Award

The “Manchester by the Sea” co-stars, both Oscar- nominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations — for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” and “My Week With Marilyn.”

Jeff Bridges

American Riviera Award

The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood — his father, Lloyd, »

- Diane Garrett

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With ‘The Hero,’ Sam Elliott Takes Center Stage

21 January 2017 10:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Elliott must have made out of John Wayne’s rib, so fully does he ooze cowpoke charm. It’s a shame that Hollywood doesn’t make many westerns these days, because no actor wears a ten gallon hat more convincingly than Elliott. Some of that ease is attributable to his handlebar mustache and the rest stems from Elliott’s voice, a Texas-tinged baritone that seems to luxuriate over every syllable. So it’s a bit intimidating to hear Elliott pick up the phone, sounding a little like he just finished wrestling longhorns.

“You’ll have to excuse me,” Elliott says with the same drawl he’s used to hawk Coors beer or beef. “I’m right on the tail end of a flu bug. Still feeling kinda like shit. I hadn’t been sick in years and I’ve forgotten what it felt like.”

After years of well-regarded character »

- Brent Lang

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Hollywood Troubled by Trump at National Board of Review Dinner

5 January 2017 6:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After sweeping several categories, director Kenneth Lonergan received top honors at the National Board of Review dinner on Wednesday night for the drama “Manchester by the Sea.” But as he took the stage at Cipriani 42nd Street to accept the award for best film of 2016, he opened the scope of his speech beyond the typical thank-yous.

“We are living in very troubled times,” Lonergan said, alluding to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. “How troubled, we don’t know yet.” Then Lonergan offered a remedy in the form of inclusiveness. “We have to stop marginalizing each other,” he said.

It was a theme that resonated throughout the night. In the two months since the election, many have wondered how the mood in Hollywood would shift under a Trump administration. As that question is still being answered, a shadow has been cast over the typically jubilant »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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