Cynthia Erivo and Elton John to perform at 2020 Oscars

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards. Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed durin…

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during the ceremony on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

They revealed that Erivo, who is also nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Harriet, will perform Stand Up, a song she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell for the Harriet Tubman biopic. Her fellow performers include John, who will sing (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, which recently won the Golden Globe, from his biopic Rocketman, and Menzel, who will take to the stage with Norwegian singer AURORA to perform Into the Unknown, which her character Elsa sang in animated sequel Frozen II. The song was written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who have previously won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go from the original Frozen and Remember Me from Pixar animation Coco.

In addition, This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz will sing I’m Standing With You, which was written by Diane Warren, from her movie Breakthrough, and composer Randy Newman will perform I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Pixar animation Toy Story 4. Newman is also nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

Metz took to Instagram to express her excitement about the news and wrote, “When I tell you I don’t know what to say, I mean it! Honoured and elated to sing @warren_diane’s beautiful and timely song at the 92nd Oscars! See you all Sunday, February 9th!”

The ceremony will also feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone, who will become the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.

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Ava DuVernay criticises Stephen King for diversity comments

Ava DuVernay has criticised author Stephen King for posting “backward and ignorant” tweets about the lack of diversity at the 2020 Oscars. The 2020 Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, revealing that the vast majority of nominees were w…

Ava DuVernay has criticised author Stephen King for posting “backward and ignorant” tweets about the lack of diversity at the 2020 Oscars.

The 2020 Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, revealing that the vast majority of nominees were white males, with only one out of the 20 acting nominees being a person of colour.

The lack of diversity sparked a debate on social media, and The Shining author Stephen King, who has had many books adapted into films and TV shows, decided to weigh in on the issue and tell his followers he doesn’t consider diversity when casting his vote in three Oscars categories.

“As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just three categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue – as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway – did not come up,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “That said… I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

His tweets sparked backlash online from many social media users, including Selma filmmaker DuVernay, who expressed her dismay at his remarks.

“When you wake up, meditate, stretch, reach for your phone to check on the world and see a tweet from someone you admire that is so backward and ignorant you want to go back to bed,” she commented alongside a retweet of King’s message.

Writer Roxane Gay also tweeted, “As a fan, this is painful to read from you. It implies that diversity and quality cannot be synonymous. They are not separate things. Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic. And now, here you are.”

King returned to Twitter later to try and calm the backlash by writing, “The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, colour, or orientation. Right now, such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts… You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.”

The 2020 Oscars will take place in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Adam Sandler responds to Oscars snub

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Osca…

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.

The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Oscar nominees was released, revealing the race was between Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

However, Sandler took to Twitter to prove to his fans that he had found a positive in the snub.

“Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits,” he wrote, before congratulating Kathy Bates, who played the mother of his character Bobby Boucher in 1998 sports comedy The Waterboy, for her Best Supporting Actress nomination.

“Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama,” Sandler concluded the tweet, which featured a still of Bates.

The actress, who was nominated for her role in Clint Eastwood’s crime drama Richard Jewell, spotted his message and replied, “I love you my Bobby Boucher!!! You was robbed!! But Mama loves you!!! I learned a new urban slang word for you! You da GOAT (Greatest of All Time)!! Not the one we eat at home, Son.”

Bates joined many film fans on social media expressing their outrage at the 53-year-old’s rejection, including The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood, who tweeted, “Truly baffled that Sandler wasn’t nominated and that Uncut Gems wasn’t acknowledged at all.”

Sandler had previously joked that he would make a deliberately bad film if he got snubbed at the Oscars, and his Just Go with It co-star Brooklyn Decker registered her interest in supporting the project, with her writing on Instagram: “If I’m not in this movie it will be a crime.”

The 92nd Academy Awards show will take place in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh disappointed by Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Bes…

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.

The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Supporting Actress for Pugh.

While the actresses were thrilled with their nominations, they were shocked to learn Gerwig hadn’t been recognised for Best Director, a category which compromised of all-male nominees.

Ronan told Deadline she was “scratching (her) head a bit” over the filmmaker’s surprising exclusion.

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognised her for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” the 25-year-old said in a statement. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

British star Pugh, who earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for playing spoiled sister Amy March, said Greta’s absence was a “big blow”.

“Especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it’s just come out of her, and it’s been a story she’s wanted to do for so long,” she shared. “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

She added that the snub highlights the importance of the story in Little Women.

“Greta made a film about women and their relationship with money, and their relationship with men in a man’s working world. And it’s just highlighting the point. It’s just completely underlining how important this film is, and how the themes are still apparent now,” she said.

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Joker leads 2020 Oscar nominations

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for…

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.

The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of technical categories such as Best Cinematography.

The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each follows with 10 nods, and will face-off against Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite for Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with co-star Brad Pitt recognised in the Best Supporting Actor list and director Quentin Tarantino honoured with a Best Director nod.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci each landed a Best Supporting Actor nomination, with Martin Scorsese also appearing in the Best Director category.

Elsewhere, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson, Little Women’s Saoirse Ronan, Bombshell’s Charlize Theron, and Judy’s Renee Zellweger make up the Best Actress category.

Despite being tipped for Oscar success, Jennifer Lopez missed out on a nod in the Best Supporting Actress list for her acclaimed performance as stripper Ramona in Hustlers.

Instead, Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates, Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Jojo Rabbit’s Johansson, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, and Bombshell’s Margot Robbie will be competing for the prize.

Tom Hanks landed his first Oscar nod in almost 20 years in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as children’s TV favourite Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins completing the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Todd Phillips – Joker

Leading Actress:

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

International Feature:

Corpus Christi

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Honeyland

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

The Cave

For Sama

Honeyland

The Edge of Democracy

Animated Feature:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Original Score:

1917 – Thomas Newman

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story – Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Original Song:

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen 2

Stand Up – Harriet

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Production Design:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Costume Design:

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Judy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects:

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Animated Short:

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Documentary short:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Live Action Short:

Saria

A Sister

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

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Elton John: ‘Taron Egerton deserves an Oscar for Rocketman’

Elton John has called on Academy Awards voters to give the Best Actor prize to Taron Egerton for his performance in Rocketman.Taron has earned critical acclaim for his role as the music icon in the biopic and was a surprise winner in the Best Actor in …

Elton John has called on Academy Awards voters to give the Best Actor prize to Taron Egerton for his performance in Rocketman.

Taron has earned critical acclaim for his role as the music icon in the biopic and was a surprise winner in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Elton expressed his hope that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reward him with an Oscar.

“Taron – I mean, when I was looking at him, I was thinking, ‘That’s me! That’s me!'” he said. “I just think it’s phenomenal, and I really think he deserves the Oscar above anyone I’ve seen this year.”

The Welsh actor performed all of the Your Song star’s hits in the film, which gave a candid depiction of Elton’s career and his battles with alcohol and drug abuse.

Expressing his pride that the movie was a huge box office success, earning almost $200 million (£152 million) worldwide, the 72-year-old gushed: “I wanted to show the whole journey and the perils of it and the redemption.

“And, (impressively) for an R-rated film, it did $100 million (£76 million) in America. I actually can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

Meanwhile, Taron’s vocal coach Michael Dore said he was “really proud” of the “down to earth” star’s success.

“He’s a good guy, a very sweet guy… so amazing in the film,” he told the BBC.

The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards will be announced on 13 January.

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Oscars to go host-less for second year

The 2020 Academy Awards will be without a host for the second consecutive year.Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials decided to invite a string of guest presenters to carry the 2019 prizegiving after original host Kevin Hart quit for re…

The 2020 Academy Awards will be without a host for the second consecutive year.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials decided to invite a string of guest presenters to carry the 2019 prizegiving after original host Kevin Hart quit for refusing to apologise for old homophobic tweets, but the event went so well, they are now sticking to the same formula for this year’s ceremony.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced the news on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California.

“There will be no traditional host again this year,” Burke said, according to Entertainment Tonight. “Repeating what worked for us last year: huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy, and star power.”

Last year’s Oscars, the first time in over 30 years the show had been without an emcee, proved to be a big hit, drawing almost 30 million viewers, up 12 per cent from 2018’s bash.

Voting for the awards closed on Tuesday evening, with the nominations to be announced on 13 January. And even though the ceremony won’t have a main host, Burke is adamant the bash will be highly entertaining.

“We expect another really commercial set of nominations,” she shared. “A lot of incredible elements have already come together that have convinced us that we are going to have an incredibly entertaining show. Our goal is really that. Our goal is to present the most entertaining show possible and the producers have already put together a plan for what is going to be an entertaining telecast.”

The 92nd annual Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Ralph Lauren not a fan of dressing stars for the red carpet

Ralph Lauren isn’t a fan of dressing celebrities in his designs for the red carpet.The American designer has opened up on his lengthy career in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and during the chat, was asked how much he valued the publicity of…

Ralph Lauren isn’t a fan of dressing celebrities in his designs for the red carpet.

The American designer has opened up on his lengthy career in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and during the chat, was asked how much he valued the publicity of famous faces wearing his gowns to events.

“Not something I love, but certainly a showcase for stars and the designers that dress them,” Lauren stated.

The fashion veteran created Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic pink gown for the 1999 Academy Awards, which was the year she famously won the Best Actress gong for her turn in Shakespeare in Love.

Lauren revealed that despite not wanting his designs to grace the red carpet, he enjoys creating pieces that tell a story, and even imagines whole films based on his garments thanks to his love of cinema.

“Movies and storytelling have always been an inspiration. When I started designing, it was never about just the tie or the shirt or the dress. It was always about the hero or heroine I had in mind,” the 80-year-old explained. “They are the stars of my movies and express what I have to say. I study their character and I create for them and through them. I guess you could say, in some ways, I am the director and the screenwriter. I write through my clothes.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lauren insisted that his brand was a champion of diversity in fashion, and said he has created clothes that incorporate a different way of living.

“Diversity has always been part of our world and our story. Not just race or gender, but different ways of living,” he added.

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Karen Elson praised by Gwyneth Paltrow after modelling her iconic pink Oscars gown

Karen Elson has won adoring praise from Gwyneth Paltrow after modelling the star’s iconic pink Oscars gown for a magazine photoshoot.To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at U.S. publication InStyle have tapped Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta to…

Karen Elson has won adoring praise from Gwyneth Paltrow after modelling the star’s iconic pink Oscars gown for a magazine photoshoot.

To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at U.S. publication InStyle have tapped Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet dresses ever made.

Elson is pictured in nine gowns, including Angelina Jolie’s Marc Bouwer dress from 2004 Academy Awards, the purple Rodarte creation worn by a pregnant Natalie Portman at the 2011 Oscars, and Elle Fanning’s chic Valentino Couture outfit from last year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

However, after sharing a snap of her in Paltrow’s bubblegum pink Ralph Lauren Collection dress from the Oscars in 1999 on Instagram, the British model soon caught the attention of the actress.

“Sometimes you do a shoot that is so special you have to pinch yourself. I had the pleasure to wear iconic dresses from the red carpet over the years worn by women I profoundly admire. Like this pretty in pink dress worn by the radiant @gwynethpaltrow made by @ralphlauren that she wore to the 1999 Academy Awards which she won the Oscar for Shakespeare In Love. The whole story is magical,” Elson wrote.

“You wore it better,” Paltrow responded, adding a heart emoji, before the 40-year-old model quickly replied: “Oh no, that dress is all you, I was just lucky to wear it!”

Paltrow, who was just 26 when she scooped the Best Actress gong for her role as Viola in Shakespeare in Love, recently explained to InStyle that she picked out the designer gown on her own.

“When you are with your girlfriends, and you try on this pretty pink dress, and you think it is so great, so pretty. I just wanted to look very sweet,” the 46-year-old recalled.

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Nicole Kidman has Cinderella moment each time she steps on red carpet

Nicole Kidman swears she has a Cinderella moment each time she attends a Hollywood event.The Big Little Lies actress is always one to watch on the red carpet as she opts for glamorous designer gowns and beautiful accessories. But while Nicole has been …

Nicole Kidman swears she has a Cinderella moment each time she attends a Hollywood event.

The Big Little Lies actress is always one to watch on the red carpet as she opts for glamorous designer gowns and beautiful accessories.

But while Nicole has been attending premieres and awards shows since the launch of her career in the late ’80s, she has now insisted that the novelty never fades.

“No dress has ever changed my life. Marrying my husband, Keith (Urban), having children-those things changed my life,” she wrote in an essay for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “Nevertheless, the fairy tale aspect of wearing couture is a glorious sidebar to my career. Golly, it is still lovely to me. I always say, ‘I’m going to the ball,’ when I’m walking a red carpet because it really does have that Cinderella quality.”

Nicole went to pinpoint the blue Armani Prive strapless gown with bow attached to the front which she donned for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in March 2018 as one of her favourite dresses.

Even though the outfit fitted the star perfectly following two fittings, she was still surprised that it was easy to walk and sit in.

“Going to the Oscars as a presenter was just plain fun. I wore an Armani Prive dress, and I have to say they really take care of the details, like how to make a giant bow sit. Because remember, you have to be able to sit in the dress for four hours! Strangely enough, despite the boning on the corset top, this dress was unbelievably comfortable,” the 52-year-old shared.

In the essay, Nicole also added that she loves wearing vintage jewellery to events, especially “delicate” watches, and rarely attends after-parties, instead preferring to go home for a hot bath.

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