Oscars bosses to present four awards during commercial breaks

The Oscars for Best Cinematography and Film Editing will be presented during commercial breaks at this year’s (19) prizegiving to keep the event as streamlined as possible. The winners for Live Action Short and Make-up and Hairstyling will also be ann…

The Oscars for Best Cinematography and Film Editing will be presented during commercial breaks at this year’s (19) prizegiving to keep the event as streamlined as possible.

The winners for Live Action Short and Make-up and Hairstyling will also be announced during breaks in the show and recapped later in the telecast.

The category winners’ speeches will be livestreamed for film fans watching the show online.

Academy president John Bailey confirmed the changes in a letter sent out on Monday (11Feb19), which reads: “Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience.

“As you may remember, last summer the Academy’s Board of Governors committed to airing a three-hour show. I want to reiterate however, that all 24 Academy Award-winning presentations will be included in the broadcast. We believe we have come up with a great way to do this, and keep the show to three hours.

“While still honoring the achievements of all 24 awards on the Oscars, four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling – will be presented during commercial breaks, with their winning speeches aired later in the broadcast.”

In future years, the awards presented during commercial breaks will rotate, so no honours will be handed out as TV viewers aren’t watching live two years in a row.

Bailey adds: “The executive committees of six branches generously opted-in to have their awards presented in this slightly edited timeframe for this year’s show, and we selected four. In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation, in collaboration with the show producers. This year’s categories will be exempted in 2020.”

The Academy boss also revealed that Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform during the In Memoriam segment of the show “as part of their own centennial celebration”.

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Academy confirms Oscars will have no host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy. A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday nigh…

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night (04Feb19) that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December (18) following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement comes weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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The 2019 Oscars will be without a host for the first time in decades

The Oscars will air without a host. ABC bosses and Academy Awards chiefs have given up on trying to persuade Kevin Hart to reconsider his decision not to front the big show on 24 February (19), and new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has confi…

The Oscars will air without a host.

ABC bosses and Academy Awards chiefs have given up on trying to persuade Kevin Hart to reconsider his decision not to front the big show on 24 February (19), and new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has confirmed the prizegiving will be without a host for the first time in decades.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday (05Feb19), she said, “Ironically, the lack of clarity surrounding the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been compelling. People really care. It’s fascinating. We’re going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated. People really care to see who is going to win.”

Hart was confirmed as the Oscars host in December (18) and raved about landing his dream job, but critics forced him to back down after uncovering 10-year-old tweets featuring derogatory language towards gay people he had fired off.

The comedian has since apologised for his ill-advised social media remarks, insisting the time was not right for him to host the Academy Awards.

“There wasn’t messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation,” Burke revealed. “After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course. There was an idea that they were going to have the presenters just host the Oscars. We all got on board with that… Producers wisely decided not to have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars.”

She also promised the show will not overrun, insisting all the awards will be handed out in a “brisk three hours”.

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Rami Malek to receive performer of the year prize at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Rami Malek is set to receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Bohemian Rhapsody actor has been selected for the honour for his acclaimed portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mer…

Rami Malek is set to receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor has been selected for the honour for his acclaimed portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the music biopic.

“Rami Malek’s portrayal as Freddie Mercury is humble and full of humanity,” the festival’s executive director Roger Durling in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “No one could have expressed the joy Freddie felt when performing nor the complex reality he lived offstage better than Rami.”

The former Mr. Robot star will collect the honour on Friday (01Feb19) from the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.

The award is the latest Rami has picked up this season, after winning the Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama in January and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role on Sunday.

He is also nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award for his performance, but he faces stiff competition from Christian Bale for Vice. They both won Golden Globes, then Christian won the Critics’ Choice prize before Rami won the SAG accolade.

However, the festival honour could help Rami’s odds of landing the Oscar as the recipient of the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award has gone on to win an Academy Award in the past three years, with Allison Janney taking home Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, Emma Stone winning Best Actress for La La Land, and Brie Larson winning the same prize for Room in 2016.

During the ceremony on Friday, The Wife’s Glenn Close will be presented with the Maltin Modern Master Award, the festival’s highest honour, Green Book’s Viggo Mortensen with the American Riviera Award; Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) with the Montecito Award, and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) with the Cinema Vanguard Award.

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Michael Caine dishes on former co-star Beyonce’s Oscar dreams

Michael Caine has recalled how Beyonce once spoke to him about her desire to win an Oscar.The Hollywood veteran and the music superstar both appeared in 2002 spy comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, in which Beyonce won praise for her performance as Fox…

Michael Caine has recalled how Beyonce once spoke to him about her desire to win an Oscar.

The Hollywood veteran and the music superstar both appeared in 2002 spy comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, in which Beyonce won praise for her performance as Foxxy Cleopatra.

However, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Michael opened up about a chat he once had with the former Destiny’s Child singer on the set of the project, and how she was very open about her acting goals.

“I knew she was a singer and had a group. I asked her one day, ‘What do you want to do with your life, Be-yons?’ I always called her ‘Be-yons.’ And she said, ‘I want to win the Academy Award for acting,'” the 85-year-old remembered. “She was very good in the movie, a very competent actress, and I thought she could get somewhere with this. She’s gone far beyond my world. She’s so big now.”

To date, Beyonce has continued to dominate the music industry with her hit songs, winning 22 Grammy Awards, and receiving 66 nominations. She also has 25 MTV Video Music Awards to her name, though the closest she has come to the Academy Awards was for her performance in 2006 musical movie Dreamgirls, in which she played the lead character, Deena Jones.

Though she didn’t score any nominations, three songs she sings in the film – Listen, Love You I Do, and Patience – were nominated for Best Original Song, while Dreamgirls garnered nods in eight categories at the 2007 edition of the prizegiving, with Jennifer Hudson eventually receiving the golden statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White.

Beyonce, 37, has since had other acting roles, including in 2008’s Cadillac Records, in which she played Etta James, while she is currently voicing the role of Nala in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.

She was at one time also attached to star in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born remake but had to step down when she fell pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy, now seven.

Eastwood subsequently abandoned the project and Bradley Cooper took over as director and star, recruiting Lady Gaga to play his onscreen love interest.

Gaga was nominated in the Best Actress category when the Academy Awards nods were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19).

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Timothee Chalamet fails to make Oscars shortlist

Timothee Chalamet’s turn in Beautiful Boy and Bradley Cooper’s role as director of A Star is Born have both been snubbed in the nominations for the 2019 Oscars.The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19), with The Fa…

Timothee Chalamet’s turn in Beautiful Boy and Bradley Cooper’s role as director of A Star is Born have both been snubbed in the nominations for the 2019 Oscars.

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19), with The Favourite and Roma dominating the shortlist with 10 nods each.

There were some names missing though, noticeably 2018 nominee Chalamet and A Star is Born director Cooper.

However, Cooper did land a Lead Actor nod, while his film also picked up nominations for Best Picture, Lead Actress for Lady Gaga, Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott, Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Song for Shallow, Cinematography and Sound Mixing.

Beautiful Boy, which also stars Steve Carell, failed to receive any nominations.

Chalamet’s fans were outraged at the omission, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.

“Let me mourn Timothee Chalamet not getting the nomination do not interact please,” one wrote, with another adding: “twitter better turn on the nuclear power backup to handle the anger of the @RealChalamet fandom today.”

Chalamet’s snub comes as a surprise to many as he had been nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG and a BAFTA for his role this awards season.

Other snubs include Emily Blunt’s highly praised role in Mary Poppins Returns and documentaries Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Directors Ryan Coogler and Peter Farrelly also missed out on filmmaking nods for their movies Black Panther and Green Book, respectively, which both landed Best Picture nominations. And Best Picture contender Bohemian Rhapsody failed to score a director nomination for Bryan Singer, who departed midway through filming and was replaced with Dexter Fletcher.

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Chadwick Boseman wants Black Panther to get Oscar for Best Picture

Chadwick Boseman wants Black Panther to be considered for the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards.The actor starred as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Studios superhero film released in February (18), with the Ryan Coogler…

Chadwick Boseman wants Black Panther to be considered for the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards.

The actor starred as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Studios superhero film released in February (18), with the Ryan Coogler-directed flick widely praised by critics and grossing $1.347 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie of the year.

Regarding the upcoming awards season, Chadwick has now shared that he would like Black Panther to be in the running for the Best Picture prize at the Oscars rather than the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film category, a new honour being set up by officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We don’t know what it (the new prize) is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” he told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “What I can say is that there’s no campaign (that we are mounting) for Popular Film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for Best Picture, and that’s all there is to it.”

Eligibility requirements and other key details about the Popular Film category have not yet been announced, though the movie must have made over $300 million (£230 million) domestically.

And while Black Panther has been extremely popular around the globe, Chadwick is hopeful that members of the Academy won’t be deterred from nominating it in more than one category.

“A good movie is a good movie… and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ (in the minds of Academy members) because if (it did), the movies that get nominated and win (which have tended in recent years to not be blockbusters) wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides,” the 40-year-old commented. “For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”

The next Academy Awards are set to take place on 24 February 2019.

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Casey Affleck to produce and co-star in Fencer movie

Casey Affleck is to produce and co-star in sports drama Fencer.The Oscar-winning actor has signed on to serve as a producer and take on a supporting role in director Jasmine McGlade’s new film, according to a Collider report. Inspired by McGlade’s own…

Casey Affleck is to produce and co-star in sports drama Fencer.

The Oscar-winning actor has signed on to serve as a producer and take on a supporting role in director Jasmine McGlade’s new film, according to a Collider report.

Inspired by McGlade’s own experiences as a champion fencer, the plot will follow a female athlete who faces personal demons and childhood rivals as she vies for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team. The film will explore themes such as dedication, perseverance and the lasting effects of approval seeking.

Affleck, 43, will produce under his Sea Change Media banner alongside Whitaker Lader. It is believed that he will play the central character’s fencing coach.

McGlade will also write and produce the project. The 33-year-old’s previous credits include working as an executive producer on 2016’s La La Land, which was directed by her ex-husband Damien Chazelle, and producing/directing 2011’s Maria My Love.

A potential release date or other casting details have not yet been announced.

News of Affleck’s attachment to Fencer comes several weeks after he spoke out about his behaviour on the set of 2010 film I’m Still Here.

In 2010, two of his former co-workers on the movie filed civil lawsuits against him, with complaints including “sexual harassment” and “breach of oral contract”, with the lawsuits later settled out of court and dismissed, though the allegations re-emerged during his Oscar campaign for Manchester by the Sea in 2016-7, which in turn, led him to bow out of presenting the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 2018 ceremony.

“It was an unprofessional environment … the buck had to stop with me being one of the producers and I have to accept responsibility for that,” Affleck told The Associated Press of the production, which he directed and co-wrote. “I contributed to that unprofessional environment and I tolerated that kind of behaviour from other people and I wish that I hadn’t. I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I’m sorry.”

Affleck will next be seen onscreen in The Old Man & the Gun opposite Robert Redford.

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Gary Oldman keen to take on comedic role

Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman is looking to shake off his dramatic side and star in a big screen comedy.The actor is widely known for his serious roles, including a star turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which won him the …

Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman is looking to shake off his dramatic side and star in a big screen comedy.

The actor is widely known for his serious roles, including a star turn as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which won him the golden statue at Sunday night’s (04Mar18) Academy Awards.

While he’s flirted with funny roles in the past, including in straight-to-DVD comedy Tiptoes in 2003, Gary says he’s now ready to take the lead in a fun film.

“I would love to do a comedy, but no one in Hollywood thinks about me in that way,” he told The Sun. “In this town, people need to see you do it before they go, ‘Oh yeah, he can do it’. I did a comedy film once, but it was one of those that never got released, but I thought, ‘Here is my moment’.”

The 59-year-old also thinks his turn as Dracula in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula shows that he can handle hammier roles.

“You only have to look at Dracula really to know that I can possibly do comedy,” he said. “It was kitsch. But you have to show them and they have to see it. If you dance and sing they go, ‘Oh my God. I never knew he could dance and sing’. If you are funny they go, ‘I never knew he could be funny’.

“When I first started working in the theatre you were in musicals, comedies and dramas. It is sort of an accepted thing that you could do all those things.”

Gary can next be seen in horror movie Mary and action thriller Hunter Thriller.

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Jordan Peele hopes to inspire the younger generation with Oscars win

Jordan Peele hopes his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay on Sunday night (04Mar18) inspires young people from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams. The 39-year-old won the prize for his directorial debut Get Out, becoming the first black person…

Jordan Peele hopes his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay on Sunday night (04Mar18) inspires young people from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams.

The 39-year-old won the prize for his directorial debut Get Out, becoming the first black person to triumph in the category, and confessed to reporters backstage that he almost didn’t become a writer/director because there were so few African-American role models to inspire him.

He hopes that young people watching at home will see his win and feel like they can achieve anything – just like he did when he saw Whoopi Goldberg pick up the Best Supporting Actress gong for Ghost in 1991.

“When the nominations for this came out I had this amazing feeling of looking at the 12-year-old that had this burning in my guts for this type of validation, and I instantly realised that an award like this is much bigger than me,” he said.

“This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe they could achieve the highest honour in whatever craft they want to push for. You’re not a failure if you don’t get this, but I almost didn’t do it because I didn’t believe there was a place for me.”

He said he called Whoopi after receiving nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture to thank her for inspiring someone who doubted himself to feel like they could achieve the honour, and added, “I hope that this does the same and inspires more people to use their voices.”

Peele added he feels proud to be a part of the achievements African-American filmmakers are making in Hollywood right now.

“We had Spike (Lee), we had John Singleton (before)… but they felt like the exception to the rule,” he said. “I’m so proud to be part of a time, the beginning of a movement, where I feel like the best films in every genre are being brought to me by my fellow black directors. It’s very special and I think that goes for all areas of inclusion, but it’s clear by the work that Ava (DuVernay)’s doing, that Ryan (Coogler)’s doing, F. Gary Gray, Barry (Jenkins), that this is a very special time.”

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