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Music of the part: Could all 4 Oscars go to actors playing musicians?

Music of the part: Could all 4 Oscars go to actors playing musicians?
It’s not uncommon to win an Oscar for playing a musical performer, real or fictional. From James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942), to Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980), to Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” (2006), just to name a few, it often pays dividends to star in a musical showbiz story. But this is a unique year where every Oscar could go to an actor playing a musician.

First there’s “A Star is Born.” Real-life recording artist Lady Gaga stars as a fictional up-and-coming recording artist in the musical remake. Her co-star Bradley Cooper — who also directed, produced and co-wrote the film — plays a veteran country singer whose career is on the skids. According to the latest forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users, they’re the front-runners to win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.

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But even if Cooper loses Best Actor,
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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a real prediction? Or is it just fantasy? Before you assume that I’m caught in a landslide (with no escape from reality), please open your eyes and look up to the skies and see … Here are five reasons why Rami Malek can win the Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

1. He plays a real person And is physically transformed onscreen.

It’s awardsology 101. The combination of portraying an actual individual plus altering one’s outward appearance is the easiest way to ensnare the academy’s attention. In the past twenty years alone, a plethora of people have won lead statuettes for doing exactly just that.

Look at Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line,
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‘Black Panther’ claws its way into Oscar race with Fyc event featuring Ryan Coogler, Kevin Feige, and more

‘Black Panther’ claws its way into Oscar race with Fyc event featuring Ryan Coogler, Kevin Feige, and more
Black Panther” clawed its way into the Oscar race with a recent Fyc event for awards voters and journalists. The exclusive soiree, held at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, featured director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, producer Kevin Feige, co-writer Joe Robert Cole, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, film editors Debbie Berman and Michael P. Shawver, composer Ludwig Göransson, visual effects supervisor Geoffrey Bauman, casting director Sarah Finn, and executive producer Nate Moore. The party was hosted by LucasFilms head Kathleen Kennedy.

Kennedy, an eight-time Oscar-nominated producer best known for her collaborations with Steven Spielberg (including Best Picture contenders “E.T.,” “The Color Purple,” “War Horse” and “Lincoln”), feted Coogler and the creative artists behind this box office behemoth. The film recently crossed the $700 million mark, making it the highest grossing 2018 release thus far at the domestic box office.

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Slash and Lucinda Williams Make for Strange, Satisfying Bedfellows at Americana Benefit

Lucinda Williams, John Prine and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. Which one of these things is not like the other? Or how about Lee Ann Womack, Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir and comedian Marc Maron?

Those acts and others shared the bill this weekend’s Across the Great Divide charity concert in Los Angeles. The show — staged by philanthropic-minded event producers Upperwest Music Group, and benefitting the Americana Music Association and the Blues Foundation — was a powerhouse revue of Americana usual suspects and strange-bedfellow collaborative performances, as backed by a
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Will Christian Bale (‘Vice’) continue recent trend of Best Actor Oscar winners playing real-life people?

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Will Christian Bale (‘Vice’) continue recent trend of Best Actor Oscar winners playing real-life people?
Want to win an Oscar? Here’s a tip: play a real-life person! The Academy Awards have always had a soft spot for actors who take on true-to-life characters. In fact, a whopping 7 of the past 10 Best Actor winners fall into this category, including last year’s champ Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” Will Christian Bale‘s performance as Dick Cheney in “Vice” be the next to join this ever-growing list? Click through our photo gallery below to see every performer who has won the Best Actor Oscar for playing a real-life person.

SEESee how Christian Bale balloons into VP Dick Cheney in the just-landed ‘Vice’ trailer

Much like Oldman’s Churchill, Bale’s Cheney is an achievement in makeup and hairstyling. In fact, the physical transformation is so massive that Bale is virtually unrecognizable in Annapurna’s new trailer. “From the pot-bellied physique and corona of
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Steven Spielberg movies on Netflix right now, ranked worst to best: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and …

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Steven Spielberg movies on Netflix right now, ranked worst to best: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List’ and …
Want your Steven Spielberg fix but you’re too cheap to buy the Blu-Rays or rent online? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Gold Derby has tracked down six of Spielberg’s directorial achievements that are currently streaming for free on Netflix. So sit back, relax and start binging! Click through our photo gallery above to see our rankings of all six of Spielberg’s movies on Netflix as of October 2018.

Spielberg is easily the most popular director in the film industry, having directed 30 movies and taken home three Oscars: for producing and directing “Schindler’s List” (1993) and for directing “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). He also scored additional directing noms for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Munich” (2005) and “Lincoln” (2012).

SEESteven Spielberg movies: Every film from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked

In recent years Spielberg has kept busy directing video game
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Ansel Elgort Cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Ansel Elgort Cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake
Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has been cast in the lead role of Tony in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” The script is written by Tony Kushner and based on the famous Broadway musical of the same name. Kushner has written the scripts for Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and “Munich,” both of which earned the playwright Oscar nominations.

West Side Story” was written for Broadway by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim and featured music by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The Broadway musical opened in 1957 and was first adapted on the big screen in 1961 by directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Larry Kert originated the role of Tony on Broadway, while Richard Beymer played the lead in the 1961 movie, which was nominated for 11 Oscars and won best picture.

Elgort is the first actor to be cast in Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” The actor earned some of the
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Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Gets 3-Year Contract Extension

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who has been the steward of the Star Wars universe since 2012, has signed a three-year extension that will keep her with the company through 2021.

Kennedy has been the lead figure for the cinematic reinvigoration of the Jedi universe under the corporate banner of The Walt Disney Co, and she would be the first to admit it has been a bumpy endeavor at times. Frequent backlash from dissatisfied fans, mixed reviews from critics and a few apparent retreats on strategic initiatives all have made Kennedy acutely aware of the different rules and expectations that apply to any chronicler of the Skywalker family exploits.

Disney has released four new Star Wars films with global box office revenues now approaching $4.5 billion. Big business, to be sure, but the most recent of those releases, Solo: A Star Wars Story, fell short of the legendary franchise’s usual expectations. Solo was
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Oscar flashback: Playing a politician is a great way to get elected Best Actor

Oscar flashback: Playing a politician is a great way to get elected Best Actor
In the 90 years of the Oscars, 11 leading men have earned nominations for portraying real-life politicians and five have won an Academy Award for their efforts. This year, a past Oscar winner and Oscar nominee will vie to join this distinguished group of actors. Christian Bale, who won an Oscar for playing a real-life fellow in “The Fighter,” takes on the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice.” And Hugh Jackman, who reaped a bid for the musical “Les Miserables,” headlines Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner” as U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart.

The first performer to earn a Best Actor nomination for portraying a real-life politician was George Arliss, honored for his turn as former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli” (1929). Arliss, who was also nominated in Best Actor for his performance in “The Green Goddess,” emerged triumphant for “Disraeli.”

In the following decade,
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Tommy Lee Jones movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’

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Tommy Lee Jones movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
Happy 72nd Birthday, Tommy Lee Jones! Though he has played his share of rednecks in films, the Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner is in real life a top-notch polo player and famously was Vice President Al Gore‘s roommate while both were studying at Harvard. Jones is an actor who is always full of surprises.

Having gotten his start acting in soap operas and independent films, Jones quickly moved up the ladder, earning his first Golden Globe nomination as singer Loretta Lynn‘s husband in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (opposite Academy Award champ Sissy Spacek). As his work continued to grow, so did Jones’ trophy case. In his film career of over four decades, Jones earned four Oscar nominations three Golden Globe nominations (also including a win for “The Fugitive”) and four Screen Actors Guild nominations (including two SAG trophies for 2007’s “No Country For Old Men” and 2012’s “Lincoln”).

So,
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Tommy Lee Jones movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Tommy Lee Jones movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 72nd Birthday, Tommy Lee Jones! Though he has played his share of rednecks in films, the Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner is in real life a top-notch polo player and famously was Vice President Al Gore‘s roommate while both were studying at Harvard. Jones is an actor who is always full of surprises.

Having gotten his start acting in soap operas and independent films, Jones quickly moved up the ladder, earning his first Golden Globe nomination as singer Loretta Lynn‘s husband in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (opposite Academy Award champ Sissy Spacek). As his work continued to grow, so did Jones’ trophy case. In his film career of over four decades, Jones earned four Oscar nominations three Golden Globe nominations (also including a win for “The Fugitive”) and four Screen Actors Guild nominations (including two SAG trophies for 2007’s “No Country For Old Men” and 2012’s “Lincoln”).

So,
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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2018 Academy Governors Awards Include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and Cicely Tyson

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On Tuesday night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for this year’s Governors Awards. Honorary Oscar winners are publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal, all presented at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

This was a relatively happy and carefree decision. Still on the table is the fate of the Best Popular Film award, which was the subject of much discussion at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Academy throws an annual party. Lucasfilm president Kennedy, who is no longer on the Board, wondered if it was an idea worth saving.

The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is presented to creative producers
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Honorary Oscars: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin chosen as 2018 awards recipients

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Honorary Oscars: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin chosen as 2018 awards recipients
Honorary Oscars for 2018 will be going to actress Cicely Tyson, producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, publicist Marvin Levy and composer Lalo Schifrin. Academy board of governors have chosen these five people for awards that will be given out a special ceremony on November 18. Kennedy and Marshall are being honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Tyson was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress for “Sounder” (1972). Schifrin has received six nominations for “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “The Fox” (1968), “Voyage of the Damned” (1976), “The Amityville Horror” (1979), “The Competition” (1980) and “The Sting II” (1983). Levy is the first publicist to receive an honorary Oscar and has worked for MGM, Columbia, Amblin and DreamWorks.

SEECicely Tyson movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Kennedy is the first woman to receive the Thalberg. She and Marshall have received Best Picture nominations for “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Seabiscuit” (2003), “Munich” (2005) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cicely Tyson, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin Tapped for Governors Awards

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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to present Honorary Awards to publicist Marvin Levy, composer Lalo Schifrin, and actress Cicely Tyson, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

The honors will be presented at the Academy’s 10th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 18 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“Choosing the honorees for its awards each year is the happiest of all the Board of Governors’ work. And this year, its selection of five iconic artists was made with universal acclaim by the Academy’s 54 spirited governors,” said Academy president John Bailey in a statement released Wednesday.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Irving G.
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Governors Awards Honorees: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin & Cicely Tyson

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has opened the envelope on the honorees for its 2018 Governors Awards: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Marvin Levy, Lalo Schifrin and Cicely Tyson will receive Honorary Oscars at a ceremony Sunday, November 18.

The honors are conferred by the Academy’s Board of Governors “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Kennedy and Marshall, who are married, will be receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, which is presented to creative producers “whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” Actress Tyson, publicist Levy and composer Schifrin will all receive honorary Oscar statuettes.

The Thalberg is rarely given these days. The last to get it was Francis Ford Coppola in 2010. It has only been presented 38 times previously in Academy history,
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Susan Lacy (‘Spielberg’ director) says the man behind the blockbusters is a more ‘personal filmmaker’ than he gets credit for [Exclusive Video Interview]

Susan Lacy (‘Spielberg’ director) says the man behind the blockbusters is a more ‘personal filmmaker’ than he gets credit for [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I never felt he really got the recognition for being what I call a personal filmmaker,” reveals “Spielberg” director Susan Lacy. As a documentarian, Lacy has always been fascinated by “that connection between the life and the work,” so in crafting this biographical look at Steven Spielberg‘s career, she “wanted to find Steven in those films that he’s made.” Now the HBO film has received an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Watch our exclusive video interview with Lacy above.

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While Lacy wouldn’t call Spielberg “an autobiographical filmmaker,” she believes “his choices are very personal to him.” Whether it’s blockbusters like “Jaws” (1975), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) and “E.T.” (1982), or historical dramas like “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Lincoln” (2012), “there are themes” that reoccur in his work,
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Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of 1970s: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Glenda Jackson … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of 1970s: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Glenda Jackson … ? [Poll]
The 1970s was a decade of heavyweight actresses taking home Oscar glory. The decade’s Best Actress winners included multiple performers who would go on to win many awards, including more Oscars. So which Best Actress winner for the 1970s do you consider your favorite? Let’s recap all 10 winners and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Glenda Jackson, “Women in Love” (1970) — Jackson won her first Oscar for playing a demanding sculptress named Gudrun in the film “Women in Love.” This was Jackson’s first nomination and win, though as would become customary over the years, she did not attend the ceremony. She earned a nomination the following year for “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

SEEMeryl Streep (‘Sophie’s Choice’) is clear choice for top Best Actress Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Jane Fonda, “Klute” (1971) — Fonda took home the first of two Oscars for “Klute,” in which she plays Bree Daniels,
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]
Some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history won their Oscars in the 1970s. The Best Actor category of this decade was stacked with some of the biggest stars of the time, many of which have lived on for generations. But which Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1970s is your absolute favorite? Take a trip down memory lane and vote in our poll below.

George C. Scott, “Patton” (1970) — Scott took home the Best Actor prize for “Patton,” which also won Best Picture. In the film he plays the titular George S. Patton, the famous hot-tempered U.S. army general who led troops during World War II. He had previously been nominated for “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959), “The Hustler” (1961), and later for “The Hospital” (1971). Scott notably declined his nomination and win for “Patton.”

SEERobert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Gene Hackman,
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Falls Short, But Lays the Foundation for the Franchise’s Future

It’s a testament to Jurassic Park (1993) director Steven Spielberg unparalleled skills behind the camera that we’re still here, twenty-five years later, talking about that movie’s latest sequel. Despite being a landmark is special effects technology integration and a genuine classic in its own right, in truth it’s just a second-tier Spielberg flick: nobody’s favorite out of his extensive filmography and not even the best movie that he made that year (that honor instead goes to Schindler’s List). Lincoln (2012), Minority Report (2002), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Schindler’s List (1993), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Jaws (1975) are

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Falls Short, But Lays the Foundation for the Franchise’s Future
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