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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Awkwafina and Kaitlyn Dever nominated for BAFTA Rising Star honour

Awkwafina and Kaitlyn Dever have been nominated for the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star Award. The 31-year-old, who is known for films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8 and Jumanji: The Next Level, made history at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night when…

Awkwafina and Kaitlyn Dever have been nominated for the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star Award.

The 31-year-old, who is known for films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8 and Jumanji: The Next Level, made history at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night when she won the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in The Farewell, becoming the first-ever Asian actor to win a leading actress Golden Globe for a film.

Awkwafina’s success continued on Monday when representatives for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled the five nominees for the Rising Star Award, an honour given to up-and-coming talent at the organisation’s annual British Academy Film Awards.

“It’s truly an honour to be nominated for the EE Rising Star Award,” said Awkwafina in a statement. “I’m grateful to BAFTA and the jury for the nomination and that I am able to share this recognition with so many other talented actors and actresses.”

The shortlist also included Dever, who was nominated at the Golden Globes for her work in Netflix miniseries Unbelievable, though she lost out to Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon. Dever, 23, is best known for films such as Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart, Short Term 12, Detroit, and the TV show Justified.

The other nominees include Scottish actor Jack Lowden, whose credits include Dunkirk, Mary Queen of Scots, and Fighting with my Family, Kelvin Harrison Jr., who established himself as one to watch with roles in films such as Waves, It Comes at Night, and Mudbound, and Top Boy actor Micheal Ward, who recently starred in Blue Story.

Previous winners of the Rising Star Award, BAFTA’s only fan-voted category, have included Shia LaBeouf, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega, Tom Holland, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright.

The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

The full list of nominees will be announced on Tuesday morning.

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Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress to be auctioned off by hotel maid

A maid from The Beverly Hilton hotel is auctioning off the dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.The Bad Romance singer made a splash when she stepped out in the custom-made periwinkle Valentino gown at the ceremony in January, where she…

A maid from The Beverly Hilton hotel is auctioning off the dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

The Bad Romance singer made a splash when she stepped out in the custom-made periwinkle Valentino gown at the ceremony in January, where she scooped the Best Original Song – Motion Picture prize for Shallow – her duet with Bradley Cooper from the hit movie A Star Is Born.

However, an employee from The Beverly Hilton named Sara Corea has now claimed that she found the dress on 8 January and handed it into the lost and found department at the luxury venue, and as no one collected the couture piece, she was given the garment to keep in September.

She has now put the dress up for auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions, with the bidding opening at $8,000 (£6,230). The auction is currently scheduled to take place on 31 October, with the dress presented with a letter from Corea explaining how the item came into her possession.

“I turned in the dress to the lost and found on the 8th of January 2019,” she wrote in the note. “After the time legally held by lost and found, they gave it to me as a gift from her and today I want to auction the dress.”

Yet, according to TMZ.com, there’s a chance the auction may not go ahead as the gown didn’t actually belong to Gaga, 33, but was loaned to her by Valentino for the event.

A source has told reporters at the website that executives at the Italian label have alleged the dress was stolen and are planning to report the theft.

On the evening of the Golden Globes, Gaga teamed her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds and complemented the look by dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

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Tom Hanks to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2020 Golden Globes

Tom Hanks is to be honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.Chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made …

Tom Hanks is to be honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.

Chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a “lasting impact” on the world of entertainment.

The 63-year-old actor will be recognised for his contributions to film and television at the annual awards show, with previous winners including Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and last year’s recipient, Jeff Bridges.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Tom Hanks,” Lorenzo Soria, HFPA President, said in a statement. “For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director.”

Hanks has enjoyed a successful career, appearing in hit movies including Big, Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, and lending his voice to cowboy Woody in Disney’s Toy Story franchise.

The two-time Oscar winner could also receive a competitive nomination for his role as friendly U.S. kids’ TV host Fred Rogers in Marielle Heller’s new movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which will be considered for the awards.

The 77th Golden Globe Awards will take place on 5 January, 2020. The nominations will be announced on 9 December.

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Bryan Singer ‘honoured’ after Globes win despite backlash surrounding sexual misconduct scandal

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start i…

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)

The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start in the music industry, took home gongs for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the movie.

While he was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony himself, Singer, who quit the movie during production and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, took to his Instagram to share a behind the scenes snap of filming, and wrote: “What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress.”

The moviemaker hit headlines in 2017, when it emerged that a Washington man had filed a lawsuit against him, alleging the star sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the accusations.

He was also accused of assault by Michael Egan in 2014, but Egan later confessed his claims were not true and apologised.

While Singer has yet to be arrested or charged with any crimes, it seems many of his peers are struggling to move on from the scandal. Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood likened the situation to that of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein – both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.

“So we just… we are all still supposed to be pretending we dont know about Bryan Singer? Cause it worked out really well with #Spacey and #Weinstein,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her performance in the breakout movie, found herself under fire after tweeting her delight over Bohemian Rhapsody’s victories.

“IM SO HAPPY RAMI MALEK AND BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY WON GOLDEN GLOBES IM THRILLED TONIGHT IS THE BEST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote.

After facing backlash from her followers, Elsie wrote: “Why is everyone being so mean about this? I’m genuinely sorry if I did something wrong.”

The 15-year-old later added: “My thoughts on this – please educate me in the future if I do something problematic. I want to better myself and grow! I was also vaguely aware the director of said film was bad but had no other information as to why he was considered such or what he had done. I know now.

“I’ll continue to be proud of Rami and the supporting cast because they are incredible, but otherwise I will hold back. Understand this though; there are many problematic people in Hollywood, and as someone who is busy frequently I don’t always have time to keep up. So tell me.”

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Lady Gaga leads Golden Globes glamour in stunning blue ballgown

Lady Gaga led the glamour at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (06Jan19), wowing in a stunning eggshell blue ballgown.The 32-year-old singer and actress may have missed out on the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama prize for …

Lady Gaga led the glamour at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (06Jan19), wowing in a stunning eggshell blue ballgown.

The 32-year-old singer and actress may have missed out on the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama prize for her role in A Star Is Born, but she topped numerous best-dressed lists thanks to her custom Valentino couture creation.

Fans were quick to point out the similarity between Gaga’s show-stopping outfit and the dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born. However, the multi-talented star, who picked up the Best Original Song gong for her A Star Is Born tune Shallow at the event, insisted any likeness was entirely unplanned.

Shown a picture of Judy in the gown by reporters at Entertainment Tonight, Gaga replied: “We didn’t say that. No, but it looks an awful lot like that, doesn’t it? She looks beautiful. This is a Valentino Couture custom creation for me. That’s special, except I’m missing the gloves. Thank you for showing me that. It made my night.”

Gaga teamed her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds, and complemented the look by dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

The star wasn’t the only celebrity to opt for a ballgown for the occasion. Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance Wu and GLOW beauty Alison Brie both opted for floor-grazing dresses from Vera Wang, while Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart matched the red carpet in an eye-catching Khyeli Couture number.

Penelope Cruz went for drama in her black and purple Ralph & Russo halterneck gown, while newly-engaged Heidi Klum was pretty as a princess in her Monique Lhuillier dress, which featured floral embellishments on the black tulle skirt.

Emmy Rossum, Jameela Jamil, Isla Fisher, and Amber Heard also opted for full gowns.

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Stars wear white roses to Grammy Awards in support of Time’s Up

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink were among the stars who wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28Jan18) in support of the Time’s Up movement.The fashion statement followed the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this m…

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink were among the stars who wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28Jan18) in support of the Time’s Up movement.

The fashion statement followed the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, when stars wore black to take a stand against sexual misconduct and call for equality in Hollywood and other industries.

Earlier this week, female music executives sent emails to the celebrity guests set to attend the Grammys, encouraging them to take part in the floral accessory trend, and as the show kicked off at Madison Square Garden in New York, it was apparent the message had been received loud and clear.

Gaga stepped out in a dramatic black ballgown with flowing train from Armani Prive, and chose to pin her white rose to the lace bodice, while Kelly sported a glamorous black gown with gold embroidery from Christian Siriano, and carried a white rose.

Pink dazzled in an embellished gown with fuchsia, blue, and violet feathers, also by Armani Prive, and walked the red carpet with her six-year-old daughter Willow, who also had a white rose attached to her cute grey dress with a feathered skirt.

Rita Ora had a white rose placed on the bodice of her chic Ralph & Russo gown, Zayn Malik had a rose motif embroidered onto one of the lapels of his pale pink Richard James suit, and country star Thomas Rhett had a tiny white rose added onto his black Gucci suit.

Camila Cabello, who stunned in a red Vivienne Westwood number, showed her support for the cause too, and carried a trio of small white roses as well as a silver purse from Judith Leiber.

Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, and The Chainsmokers also added the floral accessory to their outfits, as did actress Anna Kendrick, comedienne Sarah Silverman, and ceremony host James Corden, while Miley Cyrus and Cardi B each decided to carry a long-stemmed white flower on the red carpet.

The Grammys marks the first music awards show in which celebrities took a collective stance against sexual misconduct.

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