Us is a triple winner at African American Film Critics Association Awards

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named the Best Film of 2019 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).The movie, which banked just over $255 million (£193.5 million) at the worldwide box office, also earned Peele the Best Director title and …

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named the Best Film of 2019 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).

The movie, which banked just over $255 million (£193.5 million) at the worldwide box office, also earned Peele the Best Director title and Best Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson shared in a statement.

“With Us, he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically.

“The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.”

Eddie Murphy was another big winner, taking the Best Actor prize for Dolemite Is My Name, while his co-star, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, picked up a supporting accolade, alongside Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy.

AAFCA officials also listed their top films of the year. In addition to Us, they named Dolemite Is My Name, Just Mercy, The Irishman, Clemency, Queen & Slim, Waves, Parasite, Atlantics, The Farewell, and Harriet as their favourites.

Meanwhile, there were double honours for Waves as Kelvin Harrison, Jr. landed Best Breakout Performance, and Taylor Russell claimed the We See You Award for rising stars.

Parasite was declared Best Foreign Film, its writer/director Bong Joon-ho scored Best Screenplay, while Queen & Slim won the Impact Award.

Best Animated Film went to Abominable, The Black Godfather won Best Documentary, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco was deemed Best Independent Film.

The winners of the AAFCA Awards will be celebrated at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 22 January.

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Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson lead 2020 SAG Awards nominees

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Ou…

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

He will compete with Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Leonardo DiCaprio, (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), while Johansson will take on Renee Zellweger (Judy), Charlize Theron, (Bombshell), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet).

The Black Widow star is also nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in Jojo Rabbit, and is up against her Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), and Bombshell co-stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.

In the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category, the nominees are Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), The Irishman co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, as well as Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

Competing for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are ensembles from Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Stars of the small screen will also be honoured at the ceremony, and male actors nominated for their TV work include Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice), Mahershala Ali (True Detective), and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method).

Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) are among the female nominees for TV prizes.

The nominations were revealed by actresses America Ferrera and Danai Gurira at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

As previously announced, Robert De Niro will be honoured with a lifetime achievement honour at the event, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on 19 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Bombshell

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Nicole Kidman – Bombshell

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Avengers: Endgame

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry

Fleabag

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Steve Carrell – The Morning Show

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader – Barry

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Patricia Arquette – The Act

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Joey King – The Act

Emily Watson – Chernobyl

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Mahershala Ali – True Detective

Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us

Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Game of Thrones

Glow

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Watchmen

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Lupita Nyong’o emailed Taylor Swift to secure song rights for Little Monsters

Lupita Nyong’o personally wrote to Taylor Swift to ask for her permission to use Shake It Off in her new movie Little Monsters.In the independent Australian comedy, the Oscar-winning actress plays Miss Caroline, a kindergarten teacher who must keep h…

Lupita Nyong’o personally wrote to Taylor Swift to ask for her permission to use Shake It Off in her new movie Little Monsters.

In the independent Australian comedy, the Oscar-winning actress plays Miss Caroline, a kindergarten teacher who must keep her class alive when zombies break out of a military testing facility and wander to the nearby petting zoo, where they are on a school trip.

Miss Caroline can usually be found playing the ukulele to entertain her youngsters and their particular favourite is Swift’s 2014 hit single. However, director Abe Forsythe struggled to get the rights to the song at a price the production could afford, so Nyong’o stepped in and made it happen.

“We tried for months and months and months to get the rights to it with no luck,” Forsythe explained to Vulture. “We tried reaching out to Taylor herself; didn’t get through. We tried her management. We tried her record company. Management I think came back at one point and said, ‘It will cost this,’ and it was like completely unaffordable for the type of movie we were.

“Anyway, when Lupita came onboard, Shake It Off was one of the things that appealed to her about Little Monsters, too. The song played a really particular role in one part of her life, so she really resonated with that being in the script. She was like, ‘We can’t not have this in the movie,’ so she told me she was going to write Taylor an email and not give Taylor the opportunity to turn her down… The only reason that song is in the movie is because Lupita is in the movie. I wouldn’t have been able to make the movie that we made with anyone else.”

Forsythe went on to explain that he wasn’t aware of the song but wrote it straight into the script after he heard children from his son’s school perform it on a ukulele at a recital.

Little Monsters in U.K. cinemas now.

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Lupita Nyong’o stars in Michael Kors charity campaign

Lupita Nyong’o has been tapped to front Michael Kors’ global philanthropic campaign against world hunger. Since the inception of initiative, the American designer and his company have helped the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its school…

Lupita Nyong’o has been tapped to front Michael Kors’ global philanthropic campaign against world hunger.

Since the inception of initiative, the American designer and his company have helped the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its school meals program deliver more than 18 million meals to children, and to celebrate its seventh year, the Black Panther actress has teamed up with the brand to support the drive.

“I am proud to support Watch Hunger Stop because it focuses attention on solutions to the problem of hunger and encourages people to take action on an individual basis,” she said in a statement.

“Watch Hunger Stop helps to fund meals for schools, which has a direct impact on leveling the performance playing field for underprivileged students,” Nyong’o added. “When students can eat, they can perform better in school which in turn leads to greater opportunities in life. In so doing, Michael Kors and WFP are facilitating better opportunities for women and girls on a daily basis.”

In the imagery for this year’s campaign, which has the theme “Food is love”, Lupita can be seen wearing a black T-shirt with the word “Love” written in white and a white T-shirt with black writing. Kors designed the limited-edition tops, which retail for $40 (£32), as well a black canvas tote bag, which costs $59 (£48), to mark World Food Day on 16 October.

Michael Kors will donate 100 per cent of profits from the sale of the products to WFP. For each selfie a person posts in the clothes with the hashtag #watchhungerstop, the company will donate a further 100 meals. During October, supporters can also made a direct donation to WFP in select Michael Kors stores.

The limited-edition collection is on sale now.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Hollywood can be oversensitive to sexism at times’

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’…

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’s happy people in the movie industry are now more sensitive to accusations of sexism, chauvinism, and abuse, at times she suggested they take things too far.

“I think there’s also at times an oversensitivity, which I just think is the nature of the pendulum shifting, and it takes time to find the balance,” the 36-year-old actress explained as she praised the industry for hiring intimacy coaches. “I’m quite happy that there is that kind of extreme change, and hopefully we find equilibrium as we move forward.”

Intimacy coaches ensure actors are comfortable during sex scenes and Nyong’o explained that they were now more commonplace.

“In the past, when it came to physical combat, there were always consultants on set, but when it came to intimacy there was never, ever somebody present to help actors navigate that,” she added. “Now you have that, which I think is a great inclusion, and ensures that those kinds of abuses don’t happen.”

As for her own real-life romances, the star closely guards her privacy, despite fans speculating over potential relationships with both male and female stars, including Michael B. Jordan and Janelle Monae.

“I feel like there’s parts of myself that I care to share and then there are parts that I don’t,” Lupita explained of her desire to keep her personal life private.

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Martin Freeman: ‘I will be returning for Black Panther 2’

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie. The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: C…

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie.

 The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: Civil War, and returned for 2018’s Black Panther, where he was injured in the line of duty and saved by Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, before going on to help Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and his forces battle Michael B. Jordan’s antagonist Erik Killmonger. 

 Original director Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct a follow-up, but further details are currently unknown. However, in a new chat with Collider, the British actor said he expected to be back for the sequel.  

 “As far as I know, I will be returning,” he shared. “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”  

 It isn’t known when the sequel will be released, but as it didn’t appear on Marvel’s slate for 2020 and 2021 during their San Diego Comic-Con presentation, it’s likely it won’t be due until at least 2022.  

 Alongside Freeman, other castmembers expected to return for the sequel include Wright, Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke. 

 Last year, Marvel boss Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly the plot for the sequel was coming together and he teased that audiences would be seeing more of Wright’s Shuri.   

 “One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one,” he said. 

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Karen Elson ‘nervous’ to wear Lupita Nyong’o’s dress for photoshoot

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot. To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet …

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot.

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses, with the British model wearing gowns made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Julianne Moore, among others.

The 40-year-old beauty also sported the plunging pale blue Prada dress the Black Panther star wore when she collected the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and can be seen wearing the iconic gown while resting on a sink in a public bathroom.

Sharing the image on Instagram, Elson revealed she was so anxious about wearing the outfit that hairdresser Lacy Redway sent a picture to the actress herself.

“This picture gives me the chills. The amazing hairdresser @lacyredway sent this picture to the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o as we were shooting as she wore this gorgeous @prada dress for the 2014 Academy Awards,” she wrote. “I was nervous that maybe she’d be freaked out that another woman was wearing something that was so iconic and specific to a time in her life.

“The point of this shoot is to pay homage to both the brilliant and powerful women who brought life into these gorgeous dresses and to the designers who created such timeless pieces. It’s this alchemy and collaboration between the actor and designer that made this shoot so special.”

Nyong’o is yet to respond publicly to the shoot, but Paltrow heaped praise on Elson for wearing the pale pink Ralph Lauren dress she wore when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1999.

“You wore it better,” the Avengers: Endgame actress responded, adding a heart emoji, before the catwalk star quickly replied: “Oh no, that dress is all you, I was just lucky to wear it!”

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Brandon Maxwell ‘thrilled’ to make InStyle’s iconic dresses list

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber V…

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.

  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet gowns, and Maxwell was overjoyed to see his pink column cape dress, which was worn by Thandie Newton to the 2018 Emmys, included in the list.  

 “For @instylemagazine 25th anniversary they chose 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot on today’s supermodels, and we are so thrilled to be included!” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of Elson modelling the design as she walks down a street.  

 “In the September issue, @misskarenelson wears #brandonmaxwell pink crepe column cape gown from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection. This dress was first worn by @thandienewton on the night she won her Emmy, and styled by @erinwalshnyc.”  

 The designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion director, who launched his eponymous label in 2015 and boasts Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama as celebrity supporters, also thanked InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown and her team for “including us amongst so many dresses that I have loved over the years!”  

 The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm. For the feature, the British model also wears the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, the ivory satin Marc Bouwer dress Angelina Jolie chose for the 2004 Academy Awards, the strapless emerald Tom Ford number Julianne Moore wore to the 2013 Oscars, and the plunging light blue Prada gown Lupita Nyong’o was wearing when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. 

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Chiara Ferragni unveils debut cosmetics collection for Lancome

Chiara Ferragni has launched her first capsule collection of cosmetics for Lancome.The Italian fashion star has risen to prominence since launching her blog The Blonde Salad in 2009 and now boasts over 11 million followers on Instagram. Chiara was nam…

Chiara Ferragni has launched her first capsule collection of cosmetics for Lancome.

The Italian fashion star has risen to prominence since launching her blog The Blonde Salad in 2009 and now boasts over 11 million followers on Instagram.

Chiara was named as Lancome’s latest muse last March, seeing her follow in the footsteps of Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, Taylor Hill, Lupita Nyong’o and Lily Collins, and on Monday, she unveiled her Lancome x Chiara Ferragni line on social media.

“This is such a milestone for me: my own capsule collection for @lancomeofficial, that is going to be available worldwide. Later in (Instagram) Stories (here it’s 5am) I’ll show you how the palette and products look like and all of the different sort of make-up looks you can achieve but for now, thank you for loving it and making me feel special,” she captioned a post on Instagram. “The #LancomexChiaraFerragni capsule is now available online (link in bio) and soon in stores all over the world and it’s better than in my dreams.”

The range features the Flirting Make-up Palette, which is made up of pink, red, and gold-toned eyeshadows and blushers, and contains three brushes. There is a black Hypnose Drama mascara too, as well as three new shades each of Lancome’s L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine lipstick and L’Absolu Lacquer gloss. Each item is presented in sparkly pink packaging with Chiara’s signature blinking eye logo, with prices ranging from $35 – $67 (£28 – £53).

Regarding the concept, Chiara told Harpersbazaar.com she was determined for the products to work with all skin tones.

“I feel like the palette, out of everything in the collection, defines what I feel about beauty,” the 32-year-old commented. “I love that you can achieve so many different looks by just buying one product, because it has a little bit of everything – whereas normally palettes just focus on one thing. It means you don’t have to carry around as many beauty products.”

The Lancome x Chiara Ferragni collection is now available to buy at Douglas stores in Italy and will roll out across Europe and the U.S. later in the year.

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Dior collaborates with African artists for cruise 2020 line

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Ap…

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.

The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Apr19), with celebrities in attendance including Karlie Kloss, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Alba, Shailene Woodley, and the Haim sisters.

Entitled Common Ground, the show was influenced by an excerpt from philosopher Naomi Zack’s 2005 book, Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality, and celebrated a “common ground for women and culture across territories”.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri has always had her heart set on establishing creative exchanges with African cultures,” a Dior representative said in a statement. “With this collection, she sought to dialogue with the real and imagined landscape of Morocco, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, as a dream destination for artists, poets, writers and eternal adventurers.”

Accordingly, Chiuri consulted with French anthropologist Anne Grosfilley on African wax fabrics and the techniques that make the intricate patterns, while the Italian designer also worked with Moroccan craftswomen on the set design, which included bonfires and pools filled with floating candles.

Famed South African shirtmaker Pathe Oueedraogo, aka Pathe’O, made a shirt which paid homage to late President Nelson Mandela, and milliner Stephen Jones teamed with Daniella Osemadewa and Martine Henry on pan-African headpieces and turbans.

In addition, British-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner and African-American artist Mickalene Thomas offered up their interpretations of Dior’s classic Bar Jacket and New Look skirt. Other highlights of the collection included off-the-shoulder patterned dresses and leather belts with the Dior logo on the front, while the presentation concluded with a line-up of red carpet-ready gowns, including a black number with a sweetheart neckline and fringed hemline.

The show marked the first time Dior has shown in the North African nation in spite of the fashion house’s long-held ties to Morocco, with former couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who helmed the label in the ‘50s, considering the country his second home. In 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech.

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