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2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Vice’ and ‘Green Book’ keep lead after Critics’ Choice nominations

2019 Oscars scorecard: ‘Vice’ and ‘Green Book’ keep lead after Critics’ Choice nominations
Breaking down the precursor awards — both nominations and winners — as well as the top Oscar nominations by categories gives us 35 key races that will determine the strongest films at the Academy Awards. Different films will have different strengths: some will do well with acting, others with writing and directing and some will pop up here and there. To be a leading Oscar contender, a film needs to be represented across a range of races.

The second round was the announcement of the Critics’ Choice nominations on Dec. 10. Here are the results.

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As you can see, “Widows” is bereft of not just husbands (too soon?), but also boxes ticked – it’s stuck on zilch after being shut out at the Globes and failing to make it into the Best Picture line up at the Critics’ Choice. “Roma” picks up
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Will Mary Poppins return to Oscars after 54 years with another huge nomination haul?

Will Mary Poppins return to Oscars after 54 years with another huge nomination haul?
Mary Poppins is finally making her triumphant return from the sky on December 19, 2018 in the aptly named “Mary Poppins Returns,” a full 54 years after the 1964 version. The original “Mary Poppins” scored a practically perfect 13 nominations at the Oscars with five wins, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews. If the glowing reactions from those who have attended early screenings of “Mary Poppins Returns” are any indication, the sequel could come pretty close to, or even match, that nomination total at the upcoming 91st Oscars.

SEEGolden Globes 2019 nominations: ‘Vice leads with 6, ‘A Star is Born,’ ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Green Book’ at 5 each

“Mary Poppins” earned 13 Oscar nominations at the 37th annual ceremony: Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Stevenson, Best Actress for Andrews, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Adaptation Score and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.
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Adam McKay Says He’s Relieved He Cut ‘Cheeseball’ Donald Trump Cameo From 2010 Film

Adam McKay Says He’s Relieved He Cut ‘Cheeseball’ Donald Trump Cameo From 2010 Film
“Vice” director Adam McKay said in a new interview published Tuesday that he decided to cut a cameo featuring President Donald Trump from his 2010 comedy, “The Other Guys,” and would’ve felt “gross” every time he watched it had he left it in.

“I would have felt gross every time I watched it,” McKay said of the Trump cameo.

The film opens with a chase scene that culminates in Samuel L. Jackson launching his car through the front doors of Trump Tower in a giant fireball explosion. But in order to feature the building, McKay said that Trump demanded a cameo in any movie that featured his properties, as well as licensing fees and that the name of the building was clearly visible. McKay said the scene Trump filmed involved him commenting on TV later on in the film, but it was ultimately cut.

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No host with the most? Word is that the Oscars are considering to go emcee-less after Hart failure

No host with the most? Word is that the Oscars are considering to go emcee-less after Hart failure
Now that offensive tweets from his past caused funnyman Kevin Hart to swiftly vamoose from the Oscar-hosting gig last week, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences are apparently stumped about how to put on its annual ritual of self-congratualtion that is in desperate need of excitement and relevancy. And when we say excitement and relevancy, we mean ratings.

This year’s show in March that was overseen by ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel earned the lowest ratings ever – just 25.6 million viewers, a 19 percent plunge from 2017 — by a showbiz TV tradition that is turning 91.

Variety has reported that the Board of Governors will meet Tuesday night to discuss a plan. Right now, the idea of going host-less is supposedly out there for the telecast that airs live on Feb. 24. The Screen Actors Guild traditionally eschews a celebrity overseer for its annual TV event — and tends to tidily wrap up
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Oscar Predictions: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Could Be Music to the Academy’s Ears

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Oscar Predictions: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Could Be Music to the Academy’s Ears
So far the film awards season has largely been shaped by box office dollars from the moviegoing public and assessments from committees of critics, journalists and other professionals. The actual industry has only just begun to weigh in, starting with last week’s Annie Awards nominations announcement.

The Screen Actors Guild will add its collective voice Wednesday with a list of performance nominations, and next week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will narrow the field in nine categories with a bundle of shortlists. After the new year, other guilds and organizations representing various disciplines will join the party. But before that whirlwind takes hold, it’s high time for a stab at predicting the nominees in the Academy’s 21 feature film categories.

At the moment — and remember, all of this is fluid — In Contention has music-heavy studio releases “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns” leading
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Oscars: 10 Standouts for This Year’s Best Picture Race

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Oscars: 10 Standouts for This Year’s Best Picture Race
With all of this year’s Oscar narratives thoroughly dissected and each of the contenders mapped out, it’s time for the first real assessment of this season’s best picture race in this space. Below are the top 10 players as we see it, with nominations just over a month away.

(Also check out In Contention’s full list of predictions in the Academy’s 21 feature film categories.)

BlacKkKlansman” (Focus)

Spike Lee’s latest has been on a mission since scooping up the Grand Prix in Cannes back in May. It’s a movie that speaks to the zeitgeist, which is always a key ingredient in the best picture derby, and it does so quite directly; footage from the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., closes out the drama.

Black Panther” (Disney)

In some corners of the web, you’ll uncover actual anger over a Marvel release finding itself in the Oscar discussion.
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SAG Awards 2019 film nominations predictions: Racetrack odds in top 5 categories

SAG Awards 2019 film nominations predictions: Racetrack odds in top 5 categories
The 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations will be announced on Wednesday morning, December 12, by SAG Award winner Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black“) and breakout star Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8“). So who made the cut at these awards honoring the best on both the big and small screens? Scroll down for our list of predicted nominees in the top five film categories in order of their racetrack odds. Projected winners are highlighted in gold, while potential spoilers for nominations are in italics.

The nominees for these awards are decided by special nominating committees selected at random from over 100,000 total members of the SAG-AFTRA union representing actors as well as journalists, dancers, program hosts, stunt performers and various other media professionals. The winners will be decided by all eligible members of the organization.

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2018 Critics Choice nominations led by Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite”

Yesterday morning, the Broadcast Film Critics Association released the nominations for their 24th annual Critics Choice Awards. The Bfca made their choices and again put down a flag in the awards season. Any movie hoping for Academy Award attention really needs to avoid embarrassing snubs right now. For something like First Man, a miss here could have been problematic. That wasn’t the case, as you’ll see below, but it was touch and go for a moment. The Critics Choice Awards are still just a critics group, so it’s not the Guilds, but it’s worth paying attention to. So, that’s exactly what we’re doing now. Leading the charge was The Favourite with a whopping 14 nominations. Perhaps surprisingly, next in line was Black Panther with 12 nominations. First Man got a welcome jolt of energy with ten citations, while the lot of Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Designing a Depression-Era London ‘Dipped in Reality’

‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Designing a Depression-Era London ‘Dipped in Reality’
The mandate for “Mary Poppins Returns” came straight from Oscar-winning production designer John Myhre: It had to look “London-y,” but also “dipped in reality.” That’s because, unlike Walt Disney’s idyllic world of 1910 in the original movie, the London here took place in 1934, the era of the Depression, or “The Slump,” as the British called it.

“When I first heard the opening song, ‘Underneath the Lovely London Sky,’ I saw this as a love letter to London,” said Myhre, but with a gritty twist in accordance with director Rob Marshall’s vision of becoming much more colorful with the return of the beloved nanny (Emily Blunt).

We glimpse London coming awake out of the fog, gliding by Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, through some parks, before making our way to the familiar Cherry Tree Lane. “And we embraced London in the winter with the gray sky,
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Disney Makes History Again With $7 Billion at Global Box Office for 2018

Disney has topped $7 billion at the global box office for 2018 — with three weeks left in the year.

Disney reached the milestone on Dec. 9, marking only the second time in history that any studio has hit that landmark. Disney set the record in 2016 with $7.6 billion.

Avengers: Infinity War” led the way with $2 billion, followed by “Black Panther” with $1.35 billion and “Incredibles 2” with $1.24 billion for the first, second, and fourth place on the worldwide-grosser list for 2018. Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” came in third with $1.3 billion.

The studio’s estimated international box office gross through Dec. 9 is $4.07 billion, marking Disney’s second-biggest year and the third-largest in industry history. The domestic gross is $2.95 billion and approaching the $3 billion record set by Disney in 2016. Disney is opening “Mary Poppins Returns” on Dec. 19 amid expectations that it will take in $65 million through Christmas Day.

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” took in $622.6 million,
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Disney Hits $7 Billion at Global Box Office for Second Time in 3 Years

Walt Disney Studios made box office history on Monday as its global box office total for 2018 hit $7 billion. It’s only the second time in industry history that a studio has reached that mark, with Disney previously reaching it in 2016.

The milestone comes a week before Disney’s final 2018 release, “Mary Poppins Returns,” is set to arrive in theaters after earning four Golden Globe nominations. When it opens on December 19, it will push Disney past the all-time annual domestic record of $3 billion that it set in 2016. The studio’s domestic total is currently at $2.94 billion.

Disney has set multiple box office records in 2018, including the largest opening weekend in box office history with “Avengers: Infinity War” with $257.7 billion. The Marvel crossover also became the first summer release to gross over $2 billion worldwide. Marvel Studios also gave Disney the record for the biggest pre-summer release ever with “Black Panther,” which became
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That Time Dick Van Dyke Peed in the Bushes and Paid Walt Disney for 2nd ‘Mary Poppins’ Role

That Time Dick Van Dyke Peed in the Bushes and Paid Walt Disney for 2nd ‘Mary Poppins’ Role
In this month’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” Dick Van Dyke plays a surprisingly nimble elderly London banker — who bears an uncanny resemblance to the elderly Mr. Dawes he played in the original 1964 film “Mary Poppins.”

The 92-year-old actor, who’s best know for playing the “step-in-time” chimney sweep Bert in the Walt Disney classic, has said that he went to great lengths — and his own personal expense — to land the bonus role in the film.

“I loved portraying old men, and since first reading the script, I had been secretly eyeing that part, which included the song ‘Fidelity Fiduciary Bank,'” the actor wrote in his 2011 memoir, “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.” “I saw a lot of potential for extracurricular amusement.”

Also Read: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins' Set to Lead Most Crowded Christmas Box Office in Years

To his surprise, though, studio chief
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Nominations for the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards

The nominations for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards have been announced today, with Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite leading the movie nominations with 14 in total, including Best Picture, Best Director (Lanthimos), Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) and Best Comedy.

The film will contest the Best Picture Award against Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, First Man, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Poppins Returns, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.

On the TV side of things, The Americans, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Escape at Dannemora led the field with five nominations apiece, while HBO leads the networks with 20 nominations in total.

Check out the full list of nominations here…

Best Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Actor

Christian Bale
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters on Facing the Pressure of Following a Classic

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters on Facing the Pressure of Following a Classic
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are participating in TheWrap’s third annual songwriters panel at the Dolby Screening Room Hollywood Vine on Monday. A version of this story first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have collaborated on Broadway hits and movies in the past, but they took on a formidable task when Disney decided to bring back Mary Poppins in the Rob Marshall film “Mary Poppins Returns.” The Sherman brothers wrote a string of classics for the 1964 film, and Shaiman and Wittman had to step into their shoes for the new adventure.

The songwriting team wrote nine songs for the film, two of which were submitted to the Oscars for the Best Original Song category: the ballad “The Place Where Lost Things Go” and the large-scale dance number “Trip a Little Light Fantastic.”

Also Read: 'Mary Poppins Returns' Trailer:
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From ‘The Favourite’ to ‘Green Book’: Oscar Contenders Jockey for Box Office Dominance

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They may be triumphs of filmmaking, but 2018’s crop of awards season contenders have been a mixed bag when it comes to box office returns.

Sadly, that’s become something of a tradition — as much a staple of the Oscar race as Peggy Siegal luncheons or Meryl Streep. Last year’s best picture nominees had the lowest grosses in six years. This year’s slate of favorites could turn that around as a number of blockbusters seem to have a serious chance at Oscar glory. At the same time, a handful of indie titles have struggled to gain momentum at the specialty box office.

A number of expected champs, including “Vice,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Mary Poppins Returns” have yet to hit theaters, though the trio have already picked up plenty of plaudits. “Vice,” Adam McKay’s scathing look at former vice president Dick Cheney, surprised awards sages
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25 most outrageous Critics’ Choice Awards snubs: ‘Widows,’ Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep …

25 most outrageous Critics’ Choice Awards snubs: ‘Widows,’ Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep …
There weren’t too many big surprises when the Critics’ Choice Awards announced their 2019 nominations on Monday morning, December 10. After all, with 10 nominees for Best Picture and six (or sometimes seven) nominees for acting and directing, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. casts a wide net and nominated most of the names that have been in the discussion as top Oscar contenders. But there were inevitably awards hopefuls that missed the cut.

For instance, “Widows” was completely absent from the main categories including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), and Best Actress (Viola Davis); it did manage an ensemble nomination. “First Reformed” reaped bids only for leading man Ethan Hawke and Paul Schrader for his screenplay but not direction.

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Even with seven contenders, the Best Actor race could find no room for Golden
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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations by film led by ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’

2019 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations by film led by ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’
Only three films reaped double digit nominations for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Film Awards. “The Favourite” leads with 14 bids while “Black Panther” scored an even dozen and the “First Man” has 10 in total. Three films are tied for fourth place on the overall list: “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vice”). Regional critics darling “Roma” earned eight nominations. Scroll down to see the full list of contenders in every category.

Below, check out the complete breakdown of nominations by studio and by film:

14 nominations

The Favourite

Best Picture

Best Actress – Olivia Colman

Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone

Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz

Best Director – Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Original Sceenplay – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Best Cinematography – Robbie Ryan

Best Editing – Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Costume Design – Sandy Powell

Best Hair and Makeup

Best Production Design – Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Comedy

Best Actress in a
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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards film nominations: Full list led by ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘First Man’ …

2019 Critics’ Choice Awards film nominations: Full list led by ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘First Man’ …
The Favourite” leads the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards for film with a whopping 14 nominations. Close behind with 12 bids is “Black Panther” while “First Man” also cracked double digits with 10 nominations in total. There is a three-way tie among the nominees for fourth place while regional critics darling “Roma” reaped eight bids. Scroll down to see the full list of contenders in every category.

These prizes are bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca), which comprises more than 300 film critics from television, radio, and online media. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 13, 2018, in the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica, California. The two-hour broadcast will air live on the CW Network at 8:00pm Eastern and Pacific.

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Best Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2019: ‘The Favourite’ is just that with 14 nominations but watch out for ‘Black Panther’

Critics’ Choice Awards 2019: ‘The Favourite’ is just that with 14 nominations but watch out for ‘Black Panther’
The Favourite” just got a big boost in the 2019 Oscar race thanks to the Critics’ Choice Awards. Yorgos Lanthimos‘ tale of palace intrigue reaped a leading 14 nominations. Close behind with a dozen bids is “Black Panther” while “First Man” is the only other contender to break double digits with 10 nominations. All three number among the 10 nominees for Best Picture.

Also in the running for that top prize are: a trio of films with nine nominations each; eight-time contender “Roma,” which has dominated the regional critics awards; “Green Book”; with a lucky seven in all; five-timer “If Beale Street Could Talk”; and “BlacKkKlansman” (4 nominations in total).

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The Critics’ Choice Awards for film are handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., an organization of more than 300 journalists working in TV, radio, and online media. They
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‘The Favourite’ Nabs 14 Nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards, Followed by ‘Black Panther’

‘The Favourite’ Nabs 14 Nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards, Followed by ‘Black Panther’
It was a good weekend for “Roma” and “The Favourite.” After notching wins at Sunday’s Lafca vote, both films are kicking off the week with a number of Critics’ Choice nods.

This year, Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite” racked up 14 nominations including Best Picture, Olivia Colman (who just picked up a Lafca win for Best Actress this weekend) for Best Actress and Best Actress in a Comedy, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz both for Best Supporting Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Yorgos Lanthimos for Best Director and Best Editing, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for Best Original Screenplay, Robbie Ryan for Best Cinematography, Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton for Best Production Design, Sandy Powell for Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Comedy.

The annual Critics’ Choice Awards are voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja). Because it’s
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