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Ballots were due on Friday and the nail-biting will finally cease at 5am on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s been another jam-packed phase one for Oscar season, though one that didn’t have quite as many twists and turns as you’d expect. After all, a certain musical started the season as the presumed frontrunner, and it hasn’t budged since.
Of course, as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, the Academy keeps you on your toes. So how will the nominations for the 89th annual Oscars play out next week? There will be surprises, surely. There always are. Figuring out what they might be is the fun. Check out my final picks if you’re curious to know one guy’s opinion, but as we head into this final lap, a few lingering questions remain.
How many best picture nominees will there be?
In the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Octavia Spencer just landed a major honor!
To commemorate her new title, the Hidden Figures star will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, followed by celebratory roast put on by Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
Spencer, 46, will also be presented with her Pudding Pot at Harvard Square’s Farkas Hall. The celebration will commence with a press conference to be live-streamed via the Hasty Pudding Facebook page for the first time ever.
Festivities for the Woman of the Year event begin on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. EST.
Watch: Octavia Spencer Reacts to 'Hidden Fences' Flub at Golden Globes
With Oscar nominations just a few days away (Tuesday at 5:18 Am, to be exact), Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go at it again, trying to determine exactly how it will all fall into place in the hotly contested Best Picture race this year. Is La La Land invincible, or can crowd favorites Hidden Figures and Lion ride a last-minute surge and steal the momentum? Will critics’ love for Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea become a major factor outside the acting and writing… »
The 46-year-old actress was named Woman of the Year by Harvard University student theater group the Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Wednesday.
Keeping with tradition, Spencer will be roasted by the student group on Jan. 26 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She’ll lead a parade through the city’s streets and receive her “Pudding Pot” at Harvard’s performing arts theater Farkas Hall.
- Char Adams
Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.
“Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project. »
- Dave McNary
The Oscar winner and Hidden Figures actress will be honored — and roasted — Jan. 26 at the organization's first-ever live-streamed ceremony. The group stated in a release that they are "proud to honor an actress whose depth of talent has captivated audiences with her comedic wit and her graceful portrayals of the underrepresented."
- Ashley Lee
It’s not far off. In less than a week now, the Academy Award nominations will be announced. Voting has come to an end, so the results basically have been tabulated. It’s just a waiting game at this point. Like an expectant parent, you’ll find me pacing around, a concerned look on my face. What will the Academy do? Will La La Land tied the record for most nominations by a single film? Will any other movie come close to matching that one’s total? Those questions and more are what I’m attempting to pin down. You’ll see what I’m predicting below, but just remember…these aren’t my final picks just yet. I know it’s only been a few days since the last update, but that’s the nature of the beast in this final week. What you’ll see below is a »
- Joey Magidson
Twentieth Century Fox have released a brand new featurette and clip for their upcoming motion picture Hidden Figures, which arrives in cinemas in February. The film is getting great buzz from critics and fans alike, and has been at the top of the U.S. box-office chart for two weeks – beating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell and Kevin Costner star in the forthcoming film, which is directed by Theodore Melfi.
Here’s the plot.
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at Nasa, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, »
- Paul Heath
A total of 6 movies either opened or expanded nationwide over Mlk weekend, cannibalizing each other in the process. So in the end Hidden Figures was again number 1. Boosted by the longer Martin Luther King weekend Hidden Figures lost only 8.5% over 3 days with $20.9 million. Including Monday Hidden Figures went up to $27.5 million, which […]
Read Box Office: Hidden Figures Thrives While Others Bomb on Filmonic.
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- David Chen
I've updated the Picture, Director, Screenplays, Actor and Supporting Actress charts with final predictions. Though many questions remain we must make the hard calls with nominations only a week away!
Best Picture & Best Director
The Best Picture race will literally never be "locked up" again so long as Oscar sticks with its "5 to 10" balloting math. That shifting number of Best Pictures means that you just never know. I want to say 8 again this year but what if its 5,6,7,9, or gulp 10. The big question mark, at least for this pundit, is Nocturnal Animals. Given that it's the movie that won't go away in precursor season with great showings at the Globes and BAFTA and significant buzz in Los Angeles despite its polarizing nature and its relatively low box office take (lower than All the other still buzzing pictures with the exception of Loving). The thing is you can't vote Against something. »
- NATHANIEL R
Final Update, Tuesday, 4:23 Pm: This morning saw director Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures get a nice boost on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with this wisely timed rollout of what is now being seen nationwide by both sides of the equation as a patriotic film. 2oth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Hidden Figures and Lionsgate/Black Label Media’s musical La La Land, which are vying for Best Picture Oscar nominations, are both expected to ultimately end up above the… »
The Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrate the year’s best performances both in movies and on TV — but they’re particularly scrutinized as one of the most important forecasters on that red-carpeted road to the Oscars.
So: Ahead of this year’s awards show — which will air live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et/5 Pt on Sunday, Jan. 29 — let’s forecast, starting with the film nominees!
Watch our SAG Awards live red carpet special from 5:30-8 p.m. Et on Jan. 29 on People.com, EW.com, sagawards.tntdrama.com and the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (download the »
“The Search for Hidden Figures” is officially over. According to Shadow and Act, the scholarship contest, inspired by the film “Hidden Figures,” awarded its two grand prizes to Joy Buolamwin and Yuna Shin.
Originally announced in November, “The Search for Hidden Figures” is a initiative supporting young women with Stem (science, technology, engineering, or math) career ambitions. After reviewing upwards of 7,300 submissions from students across the country, the final prizes were granted to Buolamwini, in the Professional category, and Shin, in the High School category.
A panel of judges including “Hidden Figures” producers Pharrell Williams and Donna Gigliotti, Fox 2000 President Elizabeth Gabler, and President of the New York Academy of Sciences Ellis Rubinstein selected the two grand prize winners from a group of 50 semi-finalists. And it seems the competition was steep.
“Judging ‘The Search for Hidden Figures’ contest was a tremendous experience for me,” said Gigliotti. “Each and every contestant’s passion for Stem was exhibited with grace, humor, integrity, humanity, and intelligence. They were awe inspiring. […] May they all persevere and flourish like [“Hidden Figures” heroines] Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan.”
The enthusiasm and talent displayed by the young applicants wasn’t surprising, according to Rubinstein: “The quality of submissions was phenomenal and demonstrated the extraordinary breadth of creativity and ingenuity that is unleashed when students are given opportunities to shine.” It just goes to show why we need more Stem initiatives aimed at young women. The skills and interest are there — but the opportunity isn’t.
As “The Search for Hidden Figures” winners, Buolamwini and Shin will both receive resources, financial support, and incredible experiences that will give them a head-start in their respective careers. Each woman will be awarded “$50,000 in scholarships, a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida, and access to Stem training materials and programs from Nyas,” Shadow and Act details.
Buolamwini, a Rhodes scholar, is from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She plans “to conduct Stem research to develop tools that can help identify and mitigate algorithmic bias that can often lead to discriminatory practices and behaviors in society.” Shin hails from Bothell, Washington. She will explore “new ways to develop solutions in health sciences, specifically using Stem skills to detect abnormal brain waves that could help prevent seizures for those facing epilepsy.”
You can watch Buolamwini and Shin’s prize-winning presentations below or over at Shadow and Act. “Hidden Figures” is in theaters now. Co-written by Allison Schroeder, the inspiring drama is based on a true story, and centers on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant African-American women who worked at Nasa and played an instrumental role in the space race.
“Hidden Figures” Stem Contest Grand Prize Winners are Announced was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Here's your estimated 4-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Hidden Figures - $26.0 million ($60.3 million total) 2. Sing - $19.1 million ($238.3 million total) 3. La La Land - $17.5 million ($77.0 million total) 4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $17.1 million ($502.2 million total) 5. The Bye Bye Man - $15.3 million ($15.3 million total) 6. Monster Trucks - $15.0 million ($15.0 million total) 7. Patriots Day - $13.6 million ($14.5 million total) 8. Sleepless - $9.8 million ($14.5 million total) 9. Underworld: Blood Wars - $7.3 million ($25.4 million total) 10. Passengers - $6.5 million ($90.8 million total) The Big Stories On this holiday weekend where we celebrate Martin Luther King, film studios flooded the marketplace and may have...
- Erik Childress
Do you know what live streaming is?
Vulture in-depth interview with smart funny one of a kind Billy Eichner
This is Not Porn Jim Carrey impersonating celebrities in 1992
Coming Soon new images from Netflix superhero team series The Defenders
Mind of a Suspicious Kind a reminder of the amazing cinematography of Wings (1927) with a funny anecdote
If you were away for the weekend...
Team Experience Awards Moonlight, Arrival, Jackie, »
- NATHANIEL R
There’s a whole world of science stories just waiting to be told.
Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures is a wonderful victory tale, both in the true story it depicts and in how it has, as a film about Black women in Stem, been so warmly received by audiences. A lot of attention has been given to the first half (that is, it being a film centered around three Black women), and rightly so. As a Black woman, I left the film with a proud smile only somewhat tempered by the wistful thought that I wished such a film had been around when I was a little girl. But today I want to shine a light on the second part — the part where Hidden Figures demonstrates that fact-based films revolving around Stem (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) history can have mass appeal. More importantly, how Hidden Figures serves as a sort of blueprint as to »
- Ciara Wardlow
Awards season is officially in full swing!
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are just around the corner, and all the major players will be out once again competing for a coveted SAG statuette. The awards will simultaneously broadcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et/5 Pt on Sunday, Jan. 29.
The winners of the statuettes are chosen by card-carrying members of the Screen Actors Guild — meaning that recognition comes from the winners’ peers in the industry.
The SAG Awards will be honoring outstanding performances in both film and TV. Manchester by the Sea leads all film contenders with four nods, »
The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.
Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece, »
Forget sobbing suffering beauties. From Rebecca Hall’s unlikable newsreader to Jessica Chastain’s ruthless lobbyist, this is the year of the unsympathetic, deeply flawed femme. Thank goodness for that
The good news is that there are some great female characters coming up in the cinema in 2017. The bad news, if you’re looking for inspirational feminist role models, is that you won’t always find them in the movies. Lurking behind such obvious audience-pleasing instances of fine upstanding womanhood as Taraji P Henson plotting a course through the cosmos in Hidden Figures, or Rachel Weisz taking antisemitism to court in Denial, lies a monstrous army of deeply flawed femmes – perverse, prickly, deluded, depressed, obsessive, venal, scary. Well, I say hurrah for that.
- Anne Billson
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