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Oscars 2018: 8 exclusive chats with nominated composers and songwriters including Mary J. Blige, Common & more [Watch]

Oscars 2018: 8 exclusive chats with nominated composers and songwriters including Mary J. Blige, Common & more [Watch]
That tune you can’t get out of your head might be from one of the nominated songs or scores by this year’s crop of Oscar contenders. A number of nominated songwriters and composers spoke with Gold Derby over the last few months about their awards-contending films. So in anticipation of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4, we offer up eight exclusive chats with some of the awards’ top names in music. Follow the links below to be taken to their full interview.

See Oscars 2018: 10 exclusive interviews with acting nominees Mary J. Blige, Timothee Chalamet, Allison Janney, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, and more [Watch]

Mary J. Blige (Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for “Mighty River” from “Mudbound”) contends for Dee Rees‘s period drama about two WWII veterans (Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund) who must combat racism when they return home to the rural South.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 20 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Award, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 2015, more than a decade since their collaboration on “The Manchurian Candidate,” Meryl Streep and filmmaker Jonathan Demme reunited on what would prove the director’s final motion picture. “Ricki and the Flash”, written by another Oscar winner (Diablo Cody), cast Streep as a wannabe-rock star who abandoned her family to chase her dreams. She later returns home, hoping to reconcile, to a chilly reception.

While “Ricki and the Flash” has its passionate proponents, the film was greeted that August to a lukewarm critical reception and modest box office – Streep’s lowest-grossing live action feature in nearly a decade. Even more
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of 1990s: Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Judi Dench … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of 1990s: Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Judi Dench … ? [Poll]
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to a wide swath of talented actresses in the 1990s, including Whoopi Goldberg, Marisa Tomei, Anna Paquin, Judi Dench and Angelina Jolie. A surprising amount of comedic performances won this category in the ’90s, especially for an academy that typically prefers drama. Which Best Supporting Actress winner is your favorite?

Check back on all the former champs and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actress.)

Whoopi Goldberg, “Ghost” (1990) — Whoopi Goldberg became the second black actress to win an Oscar thanks to her scene-stealing role as scheming psychic Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost.” She was previously nominated in Best Actress for “The Color Purple” (1985). Goldberg is one of only 12 individuals to have won the Egot, a.k.a. the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

SEEWho’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins,
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Best Picture Oscar predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ would be first female-led winner in — glug — 13 years

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Best Picture Oscar predictions: ‘The Shape of Water’ would be first female-led winner in — glug — 13 years
Want proof that the Oscars are the ultimate boys club? If “The Shape of Water” wins Best Picture at the Oscars, as it recently did at the Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild Awards, it would be the first female-led winner in a whopping 13 years. “The Shape of Water” is told through the eyes of Sally Hawkins‘ deaf janitor Elisa Esposito, a woman who falls in love with a sea creature. The last female perspective film to prevail at the Oscars was “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), which starred Hilary Swank as amateur boxer Mary Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald.

The Shape of Water” is hardly the only female-led film in this year’s Oscar discussion. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother who guilts the police department for not solving her daughter’s murder. McDormand has already won trophies at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards,
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Alexandre Desplat: From Golden Globes winner to Oscars for ‘The Shape of Water’ score?

Alexandre Desplat: From Golden Globes winner to Oscars for ‘The Shape of Water’ score?
While the Golden Globes has an uneven record in previewing the Oscar winners in the top categories, it does give us great insight into one of the below-the-line races: Best Original Score. In the past decade, the two groups have differed only twice. In 2014, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members opted for Alex Ebert’s score for “All is Lost,” while the academy awarded Steven Price for “Gravity,” which won a leading seven Oscars. The following year, the Globes honored Johann Johannsson (“The Theory of Everything”) while the Oscars went with Alexandre Desplat (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

This year, Desplat is hoping that the rule holds as he won the Globe for “The Shape of Water.” Our official Oscar odds have him far ahead in the race for Best Original Score. Trailing him are his four Golden Globe rivals: Carter Burwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Jonny Greenwood (“Phantom Thread
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Idris Elba’s ‘Luther’ Casts BAFTA Winner Wunmi Mosaku (Exclusive)

Idris Elba’s ‘Luther’ Casts BAFTA Winner Wunmi Mosaku (Exclusive)
Wunmi Mosaku, who won a BAFTA last year for her performance in BBC’s “Damilola, Our Loved Boy,” will join Idris Elba in the fifth season of Emmy-nominated crime drama “Luther,” which has started shooting in London.

Elba, who won a Golden Globe and SAG Award for the role, returns as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the series created by Emmy-nominated Neil Cross and produced by BBC Studios. Mosaku, who currently can be seen in Jack Thorne’s “Kiri” on Britain’s Channel 4 and “The End of the F—ing World” on Netflix, plays new recruit Detective Sgt. Catherine Halliday in “Luther.” Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide return in the four-part season as detective superintendents Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius.

The coat is back: @idriselba shoots series five #Luther @BBCOne, with new cast member @wunmo playing D.S. Catherine Halliday – https://t.co/IR0hlJQQ9J pic.twitter.com/T1LyV
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As Industry Awards Move Forward, ‘The Shape of Water’ Takes the Lead

As Industry Awards Move Forward, ‘The Shape of Water’ Takes the Lead
The new year has brought the usual wave of guilds and industry groups weighing in on the year’s best work. Editors, art directors, casting directors, writers, makeup artists, and now, producers, have all chimed in this week, with cinematographers, sound mixers, visual effects artists, and directors still to come.

And pay attention. This is momentum week, as Oscar voters receive ballots Friday and will vote for a single pressure-cooked week. It will be pencils down on Jan. 12.

The December circuit made it clear what film is the critical darling of the year: Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which has claimed 12 best picture prizes so far. But “critics don’t vote for Oscars” is always an important mantra this time of year. Conversely, the guilds have crossover membership with the film Academy, so it’s worth taking serious note of their choices.

At this point, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” has reaped the most
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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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Jeff Bridges Can’t Stop Calling 2017 Kirk Douglas Award Honoree Judi Dench ‘James Doodie’

When considering Best Actress contenders one name has been dropped from the conversation, “Victoria and Abdul’s” Judi Dench. The Oscar winner and seven-time nominee hasn’t made it to the Dolby Theater since 2014 for “Philomena,” but when she has a starring role she usually has a good chance of being a fixture during the season. So, if she ends up with a SAG Award nomination in a few weeks just remember she’s also one of the few actors who have earned three nominations in one year from her peers in the guild.

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Despicable Me 3 Blu-ray

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Now you can own Despicable Me 3 on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have
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Despicable Me 3 Available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 5th

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment present Despicable Me 3 on Digital and Digital 3D November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 5, 2017. The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more!

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of
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Judi Dench Admits to Feeling Torn by Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal

Judi Dench Admits to Feeling Torn by Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal
Dame Judi Dench has admitted to feeling torn in two directions by the sexual misconduct allegations rocking Hollywood.

Speaking to Sky News at the London premiere of The Murder on the Orient Express on Thursday, the Oscar-winner said, “It’s very hard when a lot of people concerned are great friends of yours.”

“I feel loyal to them and at the same time I feel appalled by what has happened to a lot of young actresses who had no way of getting out.”

Dench — who plays Princess Dragomiroff in the revamped murder-mystery alongside Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom Jr.
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The best TV this week: Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan's Motherland

An uproarious tale of school runs, alpha mums and child care starts on BBC2, while 1920s Berlin is the setting for Sky Atlantic’s latest drama

Last year’s pilot clearly wasn’t a fluke: this sitcom, created by Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan, is an uproarious treat. Anna Maxwell Martin is Julia, a middle-class mother floundering through a suburban hell of caterpillar cakes, oversized kids’ parties and judgmental supermums. Diane “Philomena Cunk” Morgan offers support.

7 November, 10pm, BBC2

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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Geostorm movie review: weather bomb

MaryAnn’s quick take… Almost hilariously terrible: absurd plot machinations, dubious politics, not a single character to care about. And it doesn’t even give good disaster porn. I’m “biast” (pro): big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what Hollywood often does with sci fi

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Who was it who said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it”? Well, we showed that guy! After the catastrophic weather year of 2019 (which apparently made 2017 look like a pleasantly warm and breezy day), we — that is, humanity — “fought back” against, I guess, ourselves and the climate disasters we brought upon our planet, by launching a network of weather-control satellites covering the entire globe, and operated from a newly supercool International Space Station, which has a big wheel and gravity and factories to make more satellites,
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Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out of Academy Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out of Academy Following Sexual Abuse Allegations
Harvey Weinstein, one of the most prolific modern Oscar influencers, has been ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy,” the organization said in a statement on Saturday. “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that
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Judi Dench Calls Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Sexual Misconduct 'Horrifying' and Asserts She Was 'Unaware'

Judi Dench Calls Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Sexual Misconduct 'Horrifying' and Asserts She Was 'Unaware'
Judi Dench is speaking out against Harvey Weinstein amid allegations of decades of sexual misconduct.

In a statement released Monday, Dame Judi Dench, 82, called the allegations against the Hollywood mogul “horrifying” and offered her “sympathy to those who have suffered.”

“Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out,” she said.

Dench has long credited Weinstein for her start in Hollywood.
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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops

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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops
Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.

Read More:With ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Showing Strong, Will Churchill-Heavy Britpics Storm the Oscars?

Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point.

Last year,
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Judi Dench to Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award

Judi Dench to Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award
On Wednesday, the Santa Barbara International Film Fest announced that Dame Judi Dench will receive the 12th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented on Nov. 30 at a black-tie gala dinner at the Bacara Resort and Spa.

The Kirk Douglas Award was first given in 2006 and has been used to honor an individual who is considered to be a “lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both.” Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta have all previously received the award.

Dench is best known for her numerous appearances as M in the James Bond franchise, as well as her roles in “Shakespeare in Love” and “Philomena.”

“I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name. She
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