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An “Alternate” Look at Yesterday’s Oscar nominations and What They Could Have Been

Ladies and gentlemen, after the intensity of waiting for the Academy Award nominations, it’s time for something a little bit fun today. As we wait for the ballots to go out to Academy members and final Oscar voting to get underway (which is still a little ways away at this point), why not play around with a hypothetical situation? Now is the time to do it, after all. This is something I’ve done from time to time in the past, and I enjoy it. What is it, exactly? Well, what I do here is to look at what the Oscar nominations could have looked like if you remove all of the actual nominees. Weird, I know, but hey, it’s fun to do. Below you will be able to see what these alternate Academy Award nominations could have been. In some categories, it’s easy to speculate, like
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What movies were robbed of the last two slots in Best Picture at the Oscars?

What movies were robbed of the last two slots in Best Picture at the Oscars?
The Oscars only nominated eight movies for Best Picture. It could have gone as high as 10, which meant that two films suffered snubs and got denied bragging rights to Hollywood’ highest honor. We had predicted that “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” would round out the roster had the count in this category at the Academy Awards had gone to its maximum.

Were these your picks for the final two slots in this category? Or were you enamored with one of the films that was just outside our predicted top 10? Among these were two more that reaped multiple bids in other Oscar races but didn’t number among the eight up for the big prize.

As with “First Man,” “Mary Poppins Returns” is nominated in four below-the line races. And along with”If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” also has three nominations. However, all
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91st Academy Awards Nominations Announced

Actor-comedian and Oscar-nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress–producer–director Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars® nominations today (January 22), live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and broadcast media.

Nanjiani and Ross announced the nominees in 9 categories at 5:20 a.m. Pt, and the remaining 15 categories at 5:30 a.m. Pt. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to
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From Spike Lee to Alfonso Cuarón: Why #OscarsSoWhite May Take a Break in 2019

Oscar viewership sank to record lows last year, but diversity among its 2019 nominees could provide the Academy Awards celebration with a much-needed ratings jolt. Inclusion sells: A 2015 Nielsen report found that the more diverse the major-category nominees, the larger the audience.

In the past, there was less the Academy could do to influence that income; it’s hard to vote on movies that haven’t been made. This year, however, there are indications that the Hollywood pipeline has responded to the demands of April Reign’s 2015 hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. (It may not be coincidental that four years is also a rough estimate of the time required for a film to move from inception to awards consideration.)

Read More: Oscars 2019 Shut Out Female Filmmakers in Best Director and Best Picture Races

At the risk of damning with faint praise, this year’s nominees may represent the most diverse in Academy history — enough
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Amy Adams Oscar nominations: All 6 bids from ‘Junebug’ to ‘Vice’

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Amy Adams Oscar nominations: All 6 bids from ‘Junebug’ to ‘Vice’
Despite her relatively young age, Amy Adams has already earned six career Oscar nominations. On January 22, 2019 the 44-year-old actress received her latest bid for playing Lynne Cheney in the political comedy “Vice.” This marks her fifth nom in Best Supporting Actress in addition to one prior notice in Best Actress. Will Adams finally win an Academy Award this year, or will she become a six-time also-ran? Get a closer look at Adams’ six Oscar nominations by clicking through our photo gallery above.

SEE2019 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories [Updating Live]

Junebug” (2005) — Adams started down her Oscar road with the indie film “Junebug.” In the film, she played Ashley, a chipper woman who gets pregnant with her husband in the hope of saving their marriage. Adams earned a slew of Best Supporting Actress prizes, including the Critics’ Choice Award, and scored her first Oscar nomination, the sole representative for “Junebug.
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‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Oscar Music Nominations

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‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Oscar Music Nominations
Songs from “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Rbg,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Ballad of Lester Scruggs” were nominated for Best Song for the 2019 Academy Awards, announced Tuesday morning, while “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Mary Poppins Returns” received nods for Best Score.

Specifically, the Best Song nominees are Lady Gaga and her co-writers for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”; Kendrick Lamar and his co-writers for “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”; Diane Warren for “I’ll Fight” from the documentary “Rbg”; Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”; and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” the amusing punchline from the first segment of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

There are always surprises in the Oscars’ original song and original score categories, and this
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Oscars’ Big Snubs: Bradley Cooper & Ryan Coogler For Director, Mr. Rogers Docu, Emily Blunt Get Cold Shoulder

Oscars’ Big Snubs: Bradley Cooper & Ryan Coogler For Director, Mr. Rogers Docu, Emily Blunt Get Cold Shoulder
Looks like the 91st Academy Awards won’t have a traditional host like in past years but for some this morning not hearing their names read out in the nominations announcement by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani was the real shocker.

Kicking off the first round of nominations, the black-ish star admitted that she had never watched the early Am announcement before and perhaps Bradley Cooper, Timothee Chalamet and a few others wish they hadn’t either.

Check out our list of the most noteworthy people and projects that didn’t get any love from the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences today. And please tell us who you think we and AMPAS overlooked.

Host or not, the Oscars will be presented live on February 24 at 5 Pm Pt/8 Pm Et on ABC.

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born snagged nominations for Best Picture, Best Song, and
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Oscars 2019: ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ Lead With 10 Nominations

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Oscars 2019: ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ Lead With 10 Nominations
The Favourite” and “Roma” led the 2019 Oscar nominations with 10 nods each, including Best Picture, on Tuesday morning.

A Star Is Born” and “Vice” scored eight nominations each, while “Black Panther” earned seven. “BlacKkKlansman” received six nominations. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” each scored five nominations.

The coveted Best Picture nominations went to “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”

Also Read: Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List

Black Panther” is the first comic book-based film to earn a Best Picture nomination. Another cool record: “Roma” has tied the record of 10 nominations held by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” from 2000 for the most nominations received by a foreign language film, and it is also the fifth film to be nominated in both the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture categories. In the acting categories, eight are first-time nominees.

Best Actor nominees include
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"Roma" is the not so surprising superstar of the 1st annual Leja Awards

We told you back in December about a new critics organization Leja (Latino Entertainment Journalists Association) and they've announced their first year's worth of awards winners. Roma leads with Ten wins. The only other multiple winners were Black Panther (3), If Beale Street Could Talk (3), A Star is Born (2), and Into the Spider-Verse (2). They've mostly they avoided category fraud except in the messy Best Supporting Actor category where they rubberstamped Mahershala Ali. But we'll forgive that since they honored Bradley Cooper as Best Actor and he's been weirdly denied wins all season despite his multiple threat sucess with A Star is Born. The full list of Leja winners is after the jump.
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Oscars: With PGA Victory, ‘Green Book’ Becomes Best Picture Frontrunner

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Oscars: With PGA Victory, ‘Green Book’ Becomes Best Picture Frontrunner
Save for a pair of recent back-to-back discrepancies in “The Big Short” and “La La Land,” the Producers Guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures has been a fairly reliable barometer for the annual Oscar season outcome. At least, ever since both the PGA and film Academy expanded their top categories, sharing the ever mysterious preferential ballot for determining nominees and winners, it’s been safe to say whatever wins the producers’ honor is your best picture frontrunner.

Well, with a victory at the Beverly Hilton Saturday night, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” is now your best picture frontrunner.

Universal and Participant Media’s heartfelt race relations drama — which has been through the ringer multiple times this season, weathering criticism that it’s antiquated, that it’s a regressive choice in the year of films like “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” that it
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Oscar Experts’ Top 8 Best Picture hopefuls we’re underestimating: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘The Rider’…

Oscar Experts’ Top 8 Best Picture hopefuls we’re underestimating: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘The Rider’…
What films do our 31 Oscar Experts think will be nominated for Best Picture? Under current voting procedures, there could be anywhere between 5 and 10 nominees, but since that system was established in 2011 there have always been either eight or nine contenders, so that’s probably what we can expect this year too.

At Gold Derby you can predict up to the maximum 10 nominees, and our Experts have reached a consensus about what those likeliest 10 films are: front-runners “A Star is Born” and “Roma” followed by “Green Book,” “The Favourite,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Vice,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “First Man” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Is there room for any other films to break through? The following eight films are predicted by at least one of our Experts to pull off an Oscar nominations surprise.

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“Mary Poppins Returns” (10 Experts) — 54 years ago the original
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Listen: From ‘Beale Street’ to ‘Spider-Verse,’ Brian Tyree Henry Was Your 2018 Mvp

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Listen: From ‘Beale Street’ to ‘Spider-Verse,’ Brian Tyree Henry Was Your 2018 Mvp
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor Brian Tyree Henry is coming off a sensational year. A second, acclaimed season of FX’s “Atlanta” sent him headlong into a fall movie season that saw featured roles in Yann Demange’s “White Boy Rick,” Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” among others. He capped it all off with voice work in one of the year’s biggest hits, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” It’s been a whirlwind for the 36-year-old North Carolina native, and it’s a million miles away from where he ever expected to end up.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“For me, [acting] seemed like something very unobtainable,” Henry says.
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Shazam, Godzilla 2 and More Are Coming to ScreenX in 2019

Forget about IMAX, Warner Bros. is going all in on ScreenX. For those who aren't familiar, ScreenX is a premium theater format that immerses moviegoers with a massive 270-degree screen that expands the image to the side walls, which makes the viewer feel like they're actually in the movie. This is good news for some of the year's biggest blockbusters, such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Shazam, as they're set to be screened across the globe in the up-and-coming format.

Warner Bros. has struck a deal with Cj 4Dplex, the South Korean cinema technology company behind ScreenX, to bring six different movies to the format globally this year. So far, the titles announced include Shazam!, which drops on April 5. The horror movie The Curse of La Llorona, which arrives on April 19. And the highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is scheduled for May 31. The studio has yet
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‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ Earn 2019 USC Scripter Nods

The 31st USC Scripter Awards nominees were announced by the USC Libraries this morning and they made the race for Oscar’s Adapted Screenplay even more intriguing than previously thought.

Read More: Debra Granik on finding that right ending for “Leave No Trace” [Podcast]

The USC Scripter Award is given to both the original author and the screenwriter of the adapted work. This year’s film nominees include “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “The Death of Stalin,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.” That differentiates from the WGA Awards who honored “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star is Born” over “Leave No Trace” and “Death of Stalin.” The BAFTA Awards nominations lined up with the WGA except that instead of nominating “Black Panther” the Brits recognized “First Man.” So, with the USC honors announced there are still eight films in the mix for five Oscar slots.

Continue reading ‘Leave No Trace,
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Oscars 2019: All 15 Best Original Score Contenders Ranked from Worst to Best

In December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 15 film scores that would be moving forward in the 2019 Oscar race. The shortlist runs the gamut from mega-blockbusters like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” to prestige holiday season releases like “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and mixes some of Hollywood’s most revered composers with major talents who are just starting to assert themselves in the movie world. On the morning of January 22, five of the 15 remaining suites will be nominated for Best Original Score, but some of the shortlisted efforts — it goes without saying — are more worthy of the honor than others.

Now that Oscar voting is open and the battle lines are being drawn, here are all 15 shortlisted scores ranked from worst to best.

15. “Avengers: Infinity War” (Alan Silvestri)

Alan Silvestri deserves real credit for sewing palpable signs of life into one
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Snag Scripter Award Nominations

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Snag Scripter Award Nominations
Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “The Death of Stalin,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Leave No Trace” have received nominations for the USC Libraries Scripter Award for best movie adaptation.

Due to a tie, six noms were announced on Tuesday in the television category for episodes of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Looming Tower,” “Patrick Melrose,” “Sharp Objects,” and “A Very English Scandal.”

The Scripter Awards, now in their 31st year, honor the year’s best film and television adaptations, along with the works on which they are based. The USC Libraries will announce the winners on Feb. 9 at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.

The scripts for “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” received nominations on Jan. 7 for the Writers Guild of America’s adapted screenplay award, along with “A Star Is Born” and “BlacKkKlansman.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Black Panther’ Land Nominations for Scripter Award

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Black Panther’ Land Nominations for Scripter Award
Thirty one years after his death, esteemed author James Baldwin has been nominated for his first Hollywood award. Baldwin is now a nominee for the 31st Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, an honor that recognizes both the author of an original work and the writer of its film or television adaptation.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is one of five films nominated for this year’s Scripter Award, along with “Black Panther,” “Leave No Trace,” “The Death of Stalin” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

In addition to Baldwin and Jenkins for “Beale Street,” the nominated writers are screenwriters Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole and original character creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for “Black Panther”; screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; screenwriters Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin and David Schneider and graphic novelists Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin for
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Brian Tyree Henry Waxes ‘Poetic’ Over ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

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Brian Tyree Henry Waxes ‘Poetic’ Over ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
The final days of filming writer-director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” were dedicated to moments that foreshadowed its entire plot: Having run into the recently incarcerated Daniel (Brian Tyree Henry) on the streets of Harlem, the struggling artist Fonny (Stephan James) invites his friend back to his apartment for dinner, to the chagrin of his girlfriend Tish (KiKi Layne). Over beers and talk of Fonny’s struggle to gain acceptance in a white society, Daniel offers what Henry calls a “war cry” that was “basically a warning to Fonny that this could be you one day.” Unfortunately, he was right.

Henry: “Barry was pretty amazing and poetic when he did that scene because I forgot that there were cameras. There are moments where you see Daniel reflecting and smoking a cigarette and I really don’t remember that Barry had set up equipment there.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Star KiKi Layne Is ‘Actively Plotting’ to Play X-Men’s Storm

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Star KiKi Layne Is ‘Actively Plotting’ to Play X-Men’s Storm
KiKi Layne is on a roll.

Not only has she received rave reviews with her feature film debut in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but she’s following up the Barry Jenkins-directed movie with a big-screen adaptation of “Native Son.” Directed by Rashid Johnson from a screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, “Native Son” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24.

“I’m just feeling thankful that right out of the gate, I get to let audiences know that this is the type of work that really matters to me, and that I recognize that I have the ability to say something with my art, with the projects I choose,” Layne told Variety on Sunday at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

That’s not to say that she’s only interested in indie films. In fact, she’s got a particular superhero she wants to tackle — X-Men’s Storm.

“She was an image of myself,
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ICM Partners Names Lorrie Bartlett to Board of Directors

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ICM Partners veteran Lorrie Bartlett has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, marking a first for an African-American woman at a major Hollywood talent agency.

Bartlett, a partner and co-head of ICM’s talent department, has emerged as a leader at the agency and in the industry. She was among the early organizers of Time’s Up in late 2017 and serves on its executive board. Bartlett has also become a prominent voice in the creative community’s efforts to advocate for diversity and inclusion at all levels of the business.

Bartlett is the fourth woman to be named to ICM’s 12-member board, alongside publishing department stalwarts Esther Newberg and Jennifer Joel and TV production department co-head Janet Carol Norton.

“I have been very proud of the way our company has expanded and grown in a really gender-neutral way,” Bartlett told Variety. ICM Partners was among the
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