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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Nia DaCosta — “Little Woods”

Little Woods

Nia DaCosta has written and directed projects for stage, film, and new media platforms. “Little Woods” is her debut feature.

Little Woods” premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Nd: “Little Woods” is a film about two estranged sisters who live in a fracking boomtown in North Dakota and have to work outside of the law to improve their lives. This takes them on a dangerous journey that drives them to extremes.

It’s a film about choice in the face of few options and the lives of women in little seen parts of America.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Nd: Part of what drew me to the story was my desire to explore a rural part of America that I was unfamiliar with and understand the lives of women in these spaces.
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True colours by Anne-Katrin Titze

‪Carmen Dell’Orefice‬: "The thing about Guo Pei is that she is the purest child. She doesn't envy. Her love is so pure. That's what makes her artistry just unique." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When I commented to Pietra Brettkelly at the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of Yellow Is Forbidden, about her very creative use of a film about Balenciaga that Guo Pei admired, the director gave credit to her "extraordinary" editor Nicolas Chaudeurge. Carmen Dell’Orefice followed up from the stage with her personal feelings for Guo Pei and what makes her artistry unique.

Guo Pei evening gown - China: Through the Looking Glass Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Rihanna, in 2015, wore a yellow cape gown designed by Guo Pei to Anna Wintour's Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass,
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Greta Gerwig? Agnès Varda? How T-shirts are doing their bit for #TimesUp

Girls on Tops have developed a line of clothing with the names of leading female directors and actors to bolster the fight for equality in the movie industry

Perhaps you’ve seen them at a movie screening or on Instagram: plain white T-shirts spelling out the names of prominent female filmmakers or actors such as Andrea Arnold or Isabelle Huppert in black capital letters. What makes the Girls on Tops T-shirts particularly eye-catching is, paradoxically, their simplicity. With their slogan-like typography, they seem tailor-made for the #MeToo movement – which opposes sexual violence amid allegations of sexual harassment within the film industry. Yet the small and fast-growing London-and-Hastings-based company was launched months before women in film started coming forward with stories of harassment. “We wouldn’t claim that we’ve had any impact on that change compared with movements such as #Time’s Up,” says Louisa Maycock, one of the founders of Girls on Tops,
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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Stephanie Wang-Breal— “Blowin’ Up”

“Blowin Up”

Stephanie Wang-Breal is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director. Her Emmy-nominated feature documentary “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” was awarded Best Us Feature at AFI Silverdocs Festival. Her other credits include “Tough Love” and the short film “From Infirmity to Firmness.”

“Blowin’ Up” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Swb: The film is about a courtroom in Queens, New York run by a group of women who are attempting to change the way women arrested for prostitution are treated by the criminal justice system.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Swb: It dealt with two populations of women I have explored in my previous works: Asian women and young girls from the foster care system. I became fascinated with the labels: sex work, prostitution, and human trafficking, and grew interested in unraveling
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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Laura Bispuri — “Daughter of Mine”

“Daughter of Mine”

Laura Bispuri’s short film “Passing Time” was selected as one of the best international shorts by France’s Académie des César, and her next short, “Biondina,” was awarded Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Award for Most Promising Director. Bispuri’s first feature, “Sworn Virgin,” premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015. It was presented in more than 80 festivals worldwide, and received numerous awards, including the prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival

Daughter of Mine” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Lb: This is the story of Vittoria, who — during the summer of her 10th birthday — finds out that she has two mothers. It is the story of a child who is divided between two mothers — the foster mother who brought her up with a lot of love and devotion for ten years,
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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Get Cozy With a New Bll Cast Member in This Bts Shot

Production is officially underway for season two of Big Little Lies. After much anticipation - and some exciting new additions to the cast - our prayers have been answered and we finally have a sneak peek of what's to come. Zoë Kravitz (Bonnie Carlson) recently shared an Instagram selfie on set, writing, "Bonnie's. Back. #BLL2." Moments later, Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman) followed suit with a snap of her own, captioning it, "Janes Back. #letsdothis #BLL2." Laura Dern was quick to follow with her own epic photo with Reese Witherspoon a few days later, and the pictures have just kept coming.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reason HBO waited so long to confirm the second season was because it was finding a new director. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the first season, is now directing Sharp Objects. But don't worry - American Honey director Andrea Arnold has signed on for season two.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Big Little Lies’: First look at her in character as Nicole Kidman’s mother-in-law from hell

Meryl Streep in ‘Big Little Lies’: First look at her in character as Nicole Kidman’s mother-in-law from hell
Meryl Streep may look like a kindly grandmother in this first photo from the second season of “Big Little Lies.” But looks can be deceiving. She plays Mary Louise Wright who has come to town to get answers from her daughter-in-law Celeste (Nicole Kidman) about the death of her son Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Expect plenty of fireworks as these two women face off.

For the first time on-screen, Streep is playing a character with her real first name. Likewise, she is acting opposite Kidman for the first time. While they both appeared in “The Hours” back in 2002, they didn’t share the screen. Kidman won the Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf while Streep was snubbed by the academy. We might also see Streep working with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon, who both stars and produces in this Emmy-winning HBO series.

Since her breakthrough role in the 1978 miniseries “Holocaust,
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First Look at Meryl Streep on ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2, Courtesy of Nicole Kidman (Photo)

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First Look at Meryl Streep on ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2, Courtesy of Nicole Kidman (Photo)
Meryl Streep has landed in Monterey.

Nicole Kidman, star and executive producer of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” shared the first photo of the Oscar-winning actress on set of the drama series’ second season, wearing a robe and short, brown wig. “First day on the set with Meryl and ‘my’ darling boys!” she wrote.

First day on the set with Meryl and “my” darling boys! #BigLittleLies

A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman) on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:00am Pdt

Streep joins the cast as Mary Louise Wright, the mother-in-law to Kidman’s character who arrives in Monterey to tend to her grandchildren and search for answers regarding her son’s death.

Also Read: Laura Dern Shares On-Set Photo From 'Big Little Lies': 'Madeline and Renata Are Back' (Photo)

HBO announced back in December that the Emmy-winning miniseries would return for a second season, with nearly all of the original cast since signing on to return, including Kidman and fellow Ep Reese Witherspoon.

David E. Kelley will write and executive produce Season 2, which will be based, in part, on story by “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty. Andrea Arnold will direct all seven installments.

Big Little Lies” marks Streep’s first major foray into television since the HBO miniseries adaptation “Angels in America,” which earned the actress an Emmy award in 2004. Streep has also taken home Emmys in 1978 and 2017, for the NBC miniseries “Holocaust” and for narrating the Netflix docuseries “Five Came Back,” respectively.

Read original story First Look at Meryl Streep on ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2, Courtesy of Nicole Kidman (Photo) At TheWrap
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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard

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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard
When a European director makes his or her first movie in the United States, you can pretty much rely on two things: the camera’s awe at the wide-open spaces and big skies, and a downbeat story of how the Land of Opportunity so often lets its most helpless citizens fall between the cracks.

So on the American Miserabilism shelf at your local shuttered video store, you can put Andrew Haigh’s powerful and poignant “Lean on Pete” alongside such other classics of the genre as Werner Herzog’s “Stroszek” and Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.”

Lean on Pete” calls to mind other greats as well — one imagines a pitch meeting where it was described as “The 400 Blows” meets “Wendy and Lucy” — but writer-director Haigh, working from the novel by Willy Vlautin, has his own way of telling this kind of story. While the film’s semi-picaresque, road-trip nature might seem antithetical to the maker of such intimate dramas as “Weekend” and “45 Years,” Haigh brings his gifts as a filmmaker with him to the great outdoors, always capturing little moments of character and emotion even in an expanse of seemingly infinite American desert.

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Teenage Charlie (Charlie Plummer, “Boardwalk Empire”) has just moved to Portland, Oregon, with his ne’er-do-well dad Ray (Travis Fimmel). Mom is long-gone, and Charlie’s only other family is his loving aunt Margy (Alison Elliott, “20th Century Women”), who he hasn’t seen since childhood after she and Ray had a squabble about how he’s been raising Charlie. (When Charlie was 12, Ray left the boy alone for several days to spend time with a woman.)

Their new house is near a racetrack, and Charlie ingratiates himself with small-time horse owner Del (Steve Buscemi), working with him at the stable and traveling with him to seedy races on the state-fair circuit. Along the way, Charlie befriends Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), a jockey who rides Del’s horses from time to time. Bonnie tries to tell Charlie that the horses aren’t pets, and that he shouldn’t get attached, but it’s too late — he’s already bonded with an aging Quarter Horse named Lean on Pete, even though the racer is coming to the end of his career, likely to be “sent to Mexico” (where horses can be legally slaughtered) once his use to Del has run out.

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When the husband of Ray’s latest conquest beats Ray bad enough to send him to the hospital, Charlie has to elude Family Services while still earning money to keep up the household. But as Ray’s condition worsens, and Lean on Pete seems destined to be destroyed, Charlie steals Del’s truck in an attempt to save the horse and to look for Margy in Wyoming.

As you might imagine, Charlie’s journey gets more and more bleak as he faces starvation, thirst and eventual homelessness. But while “Lean on Pete” certainly has its dark moments, and its 119 minutes seem like it’s never going stop throwing obstacles in Charlie’s way, there’s ultimately a sense of hope here, much of it being communicated by Plummer, in an extraordinary performance. There’s so little calculation or actorliness in his work that I thought Haigh had found a 15-year-old non-actor; I was surprised to learn after the fact that Plummer is an experienced pro with an ascendant career. (He’s about to play kidnap victim John Paul Getty III in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming “All the Money in the World.”)

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The anguish and determination that Plummer can display with just a look or subtle motion is heartbreaking; this is the kind of naturalistic acting that can just kick you in the stomach. He’s part of a strong ensemble: Buscemi’s Del makes an honest mentor, but he doesn’t sugarcoat the character’s darker side. (And it’s fun to see the easy chemistry between Buscemi and Sevigny: she starred in his feature directorial debut “Trees Lounge” two decades ago.) Steve Zahn turns up as a mercurial homeless man who offers Charlie some help along the way, and Elliott (an indie stalwart since her breakout role in “The Spitfire Grill”) radiates a warmth that makes you realize why finding Margy is worth Charlie’s Herculean effort.

Haigh adjusts to a different kind of storytelling here: “Weekend” was fairly dialogue-heavy (as was, to an extent, his little-seen debut “Greek Pete”), and unlike “45 Days,” he can’t substitute dialogue with a meaningful glance from Charlotte Rampling. Still, he manages a lot of quiet here — with the exception of some exposition dumps that Charlie gives the horse in conversation — and his storytelling is no less powerful. Danish cinematographer Magnus Nordenhof Joenck (“A War”), also working in the States for the first time, collaborates with Haigh to place the characters into a very specific context, finding both beauty and horror in the American sprawl.

Your gut will be wrenched by “Lean on Pete,” but it’s also quite likely that your heart will be touched. It’s a powerful new entry for a director who is ever more deserving of attention, and it provides a spotlight for a talented young actor who would appear to be going places.

Read original story ‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard At TheWrap
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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard

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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard
When a European director makes his or her first movie in the United States, you can pretty much rely on two things: the camera’s awe at the wide-open spaces and big skies, and a downbeat story of how the Land of Opportunity so often lets its most helpless citizens fall between the cracks. So on the American Miserabilism shelf at your local shuttered video store, you can put Andrew Haigh’s powerful and poignant “Lean on Pete” alongside such other classics of the genre as Werner Herzog’s “Stroszek” and Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.” “Lean on Pete” calls to mind other greats as...
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'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Will Include New Faces — Here's Everything You Need to Know

Round two! Big Little Lies fans have reason to celebrate because Reese Witherspoon's hit show is returning for a second season. Originally, the HBO drama was created as a limited series based on the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name. But, after Bll received both critical and commercial acclaim — the network decided to renew it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Season 2 will kick off sometime in 2019 with production beginning in the spring of 2018. Last year, the show's creator David E. Kelly hinted a second season was in the works. "We're kicking around ideas and trying to lasso the talent [and] get the band back together," he explained. "It's just a lot of logistical things. But I'm optimistic because everyone wants to do it. We feel we still have storytelling to do." Keep scrolling to learn more about Big Little Lies Season 2! Shailene, Reese, and Nicole in Big Little Lies.
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Submissions open for Screen Stars of Tomorrow 2018

Screen’s annual talent portfolio is open for submissions until June 1, 2018.

Screen International is looking for new actors, writers, directors and producers from the UK and Ireland to showcase in its 15th annual Stars of Tomorrow portfolio.

Screen has a direct line for industry recommendations and submissions, which should be emailed to screenstarsoftomorrow@gmail.com.

Open from now, the final deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018.

Candidates for inclusion in Screen International Stars of Tomorrow should be professional and with a track record, albeit brief, in the film business. They should be UK or Republic of Ireland nationals, and, as this is a young talent portfolio,
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Brings Back Four Cast Members, Adds Two More

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Brings Back Four Cast Members, Adds Two More
The cast for “Big Little Lies” keeps on growing.

The second season of the HBO drama is bringing back Kathryn Newton as Abigail Carlson, Robin Weigert as Dr. Amanda Reisman, Sarah Sokolovic as Tori Bachman, and Merrin Dungey as Detective Adrienne Quinlan. In addition, Newton and Sokolovic have been upped to series regulars while Dungey and Weigert will recur. Season 2 will also see the additions of Crystal Fox as Elizabeth Howard, and Mo McRae as Michael Perkins. Fox will be a series regular and McRae will recur.

They join previously announced returning cast members Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley,
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Top 50 Future TV Binge List: Cannes Vets Coen Bros., Refn & Haneke Top Inaugural Chart

With TV being the new orange, it’s becoming increasing difficult to keep tabs on what our filmmaker favorite are up to and while we remain a film-centric outlet, our Top 50 TV Binge List is a monthly ranking of what we are craving for the most in the the medium. We will be sticking to upcoming TV series in the works (before they premiere) and won’t be populating the list with second seasons (although we can’t wait to see how Andrea Arnold jump with Big Little Lies) or TV shows or pilots (L.A. Confidential has got us curious). For the… Read the rest

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10 Must-See Films From Emerging Filmmakers At This Year’s New Directors/New Films

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10 Must-See Films From Emerging Filmmakers At This Year’s New Directors/New Films
Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s New Directors/New Films festival will screen features and shorts from 29 countries across five continents, with 10 North American premieres, 13 films directed or co-directed by women, and 14 works by first-time feature filmmakers.

The opening and closing night selections at this year’s fest feature Sundance award-winning documentaries, both celebrating their New York premieres as part of the event. Stephen Loveridge’s “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” an intimate long-term look inside the life of global rap sensation through her own video diaries, will open the festival, coming off its World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award at Sundance in January.

RaMell Ross’s “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” billed as “a visionary and poetic look at resilient African American families in the titular Alabama region,” will close the festival, its next big event after winning the U.
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Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough Teaming Up for Noir Thriller “The Earthquake Bird”

Vikander in “Tomb Raider”

Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough are heading to Japan. The new Lara Croft and the “American Honey” actress are in talks to topline Netflix noir thriller “The Earthquake Bird,” based on Susanna Jones’ Tokyo-set novel of the same name. Deadline broke the story.

From writer-director Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”), the pic “tells the story of young female expat who is suspected of murder after her friend goes missing in the wake of a tumultuous love triangle with a handsome local photographer.”

Production is set to kick off in Tokyo and Sado Island in May. Ann Ruark (“Thank You for Your Service”) and Georgina Pope (“The Forest”) are among the project’s producers.

Vikander stars as adventurer Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” in theaters now. The Academy Award-winning actress is set to star in kidnapping thriller “The Marsh King’s Daughter” next. Vikander started her own production company,
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Which Reese Witherspoon TV project are you most excited for? [Poll]

Which Reese Witherspoon TV project are you most excited for? [Poll]
Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award-winning actress, but in a few short years, she has transformed herself into an Emmy-winning mega TV producer with no fewer than five series in the works. She won’t star in all of them — she’s only one woman! — but they will feature some A-list talent and she will produce them all, so she could have a whole bunch of Emmys coming her way. And frankly, we’d watch all of these. But which one are you most excited for? Let’s break them down.

Big Little Lies” Season 2

You can debate whether or not we need a second season, but you can’t deny what a boon the eight-time Emmy-winning series has been for producers/stars Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and HBO as well. The whole star-studded cast — yes, even Alexander Skarsgaard, in flashbacks — and writer David E. Kelley are back, but director Jean-Marc
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 first look: All’s well between Madeline and Renata… for now [Photo]

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 first look: All’s well between Madeline and Renata… for now [Photo]
Look who’s back in town! Laura Dern shared the first behind-the-scenes look at “Big Little Lies” Season 2 on Instagram on Monday.

The image features Renata (Dern) and her frenemy Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) sitting outside Seaside Coffee Shop in Monterey. “Madeline and Renata are back,” Dern captioned it.

Witherspoon later shared the same photo and posted an Instagram Story from set. “How was I?” she asked Dern after they wrapped. “You were amazing,” Dern replied. “I knew it!” Witherspoon declared with Peak Madeline Type-a ferocity.

Have Madeline and Renata completely put aside their differences after the deadly events of Season 1? Seems like it for now, though they don’t exactly look excited to be together. Maybe they’re discussing Meryl Streep’s impending arrival to Monterey? The three-time Oscar winner will play Mary Louise Wright, Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) mother-in-law who drops by in the wake of her son Perry
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‘Big Little Lies’: Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon Back on Set in First-Look Season 2 Photo

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‘Big Little Lies’: Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon Back on Set in First-Look Season 2 Photo
Big Little Lies” has started production on Season 2, and that’s the truth. Stars Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley have all posted photos on Instagram in recent days, celebrating the HBO show’s return and giving a sneak peek at what’s to come.

Back are stars Reese Witherspoon (as Madeline Mackenzie) and Nicole Kidman (as Celeste Wright), as well as Woodley (as Jane Chapman), Kravitz (as Bonnie Carlson), and Dern (as Renata Klein). Also returning are Adam Scott (Ed), James Tupper (Nathan), Jeffrey Nordling (Gordon), and Iain Armitage (Ziggy), while Meryl Streep is on board this season as the mother of Alexander Skarsgård’s deceased character, Perry Wright.

Read More:‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything to Know About HBO’s Blockbuster Follow-Up

“Fish Tank” and “American Honey” director Andrea Arnold is directing all seven episodes of Season 2, while David E. Kelley is back to write all seven scripts.
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Shia Labeouf Is Starring in a Movie About Shia Labeouf, but He Won’t Be Playing Shia Labeouf

Shia Labeouf Is Starring in a Movie About Shia Labeouf, but He Won’t Be Playing Shia Labeouf
You might think it’s too soon for a Shia Labeouf biopic, but you would apparently be wrong: “Honey Boy” is adopting the actor’s “just do it!” philosophy and coming into existence whether you like it or not. Labeouf will star in the film, but not as himself — the actor will instead play his father, with Lucas Hedges taking on the role of Labeouf.

Loosely based on its subject’s life, the project is described by Variety as “the story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade.” Hedges, 21, is 10 years Labeouf’s junior. He’s built an impressive resume throughout his young career, earning an Academy Award nomination for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea” and most recently appearing in “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” both of which were nominated for Best Picture.
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