Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for Best Director Oscar

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch. The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was …

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch.

The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was asked to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, she was invited as an actor, meaning she can only vote on the acting categories for the annual Academy Awards.

However, Gerwig recently moved into writing and directing with 2017’s Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, for which many hoped she would be nominated for Best Director. She was ultimately snubbed in the category in favour of all-male nominees, something which caused an uproar on social media.

In an interview with Variety, Gerwig said that while she had no expectations of being nominated, “there was clearly a chance,” and added, “There’s probably a handful of votes that went that way. I mean, mine did – oh no, I can’t!”

The filmmaker then explained that she was planning to switch branches from acting to directing and commented: “I think that the directors’ branch could probably stand to bolster its lady numbers… This will go to the top of my to-do list!”

Little Women received six Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. And Gerwig was also thrilled that her partner Noah Baumbach landed six nominations for his movie Marriage Story.

“It felt like it (the Best Picture nomination) was for everyone… So, there was a lot of ecstatic texting among the Little Women chain,” she continued. “Noah’s across the room, and he was like, ‘I got six too!’ I don’t know, it was an amazing day.”

Elsewhere, Gerwig confessed that she had been carefully monitoring the impressive box office performance of Little Women because she knows the takings dictate whether she gets another opportunity to direct, something she really wants.

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Parasite lands top prize at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.The filmmaker took to the stage …

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.

The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.

The filmmaker took to the stage at London’s May Fair Hotel and thanked his cast and crew for their work on the movie, calling his wins a “huge honour”.

His film is also up for four awards at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, two weeks after Parasite became the first foreign-language movie to win Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Parasite will also compete for six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

The other double winners at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were Marriage Story, which won Screenwriter of the Year for director Noah Baumbach and Supporting Actress of the Year for Laura Dern, and The Souvenir, which was named British/Irish Film of the Year. Its star Honor Swinton Byrne, the daughter of Tilda Swinton, won Young British/Irish Performer of the Year.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger continued their successful awards season streak by winning the leading actor and actress prizes for Joker and Judy, respectively, although there was a surprise in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Joe Pesci winning for The Irishman over current Oscars favourite Brad Pitt for his work on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The full list of London Critics’ Circle Film Awards winners is:

Film of the Year – Parasite

Actress of the Year – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Actor of the Year – Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Supporting Actress of the Year – Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Supporting Actor of the Year – Joe Pesci, The Irishman

British/Irish Film of the Year – The Souvenir

British/Irish Actress of the Year – Florence Pugh, Fighting with My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

British/Irish Actor of the Year – Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year – Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir

Director of the Year – Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Screenwriter of the Year – Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Foreign Language Film of the Year – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Documentary of the Year – For Sama

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker – Mark Jenkin, Bait

British/Irish Short Film of the Year – The Devil’s Harmony

Technical Achievement Award – Barbara Ling (production design), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film – Sally Potter and Sandy Powell

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Laura Dern: ‘I can finally financially support myself with acting’

Laura Dern has revealed she can finally support herself financially through acting.The 52-year-old actress made the surprising revelation during an interview with Into The Gloss, in which she said that despite beginning her career in the 1970s, she’s o…

Laura Dern has revealed she can finally support herself financially through acting.

The 52-year-old actress made the surprising revelation during an interview with Into The Gloss, in which she said that despite beginning her career in the 1970s, she’s only just been able to support herself with the money she’s been making from films and TV.

“It was only this year where I really felt like I could fully support myself (financially) through acting,” Laura explained. “I was taught that being an actor was a sacrifice, and being an actor meant you might not make a living. Being financially independent while doing something we love is not a story we’ve been sold as women… I’m really interested in that story changing.”

The actress, who has been winning accolades for her performance as divorce lawyer Nora in Marriage Story, credited her “fierce” mother Diane Ladd for supporting her dream of being a movie star.

“I’ve known since I was seven that I wanted to be an actor,” Laura shared, before adding that she was really lucky to have parents – including father Bruce Dern – who were already seasoned Hollywood stars.

“There was no paparazzi, false-glamour life. Being an actor felt like a practical craft. You worked hard and you went to work like other people went to work. For me, the reality of growing up in Hollywood was the opposite to the idea of growing up in Hollywood,” she stated.

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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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Laura Dern used her own divorce lawyer to prepare for Marriage Story role

Laura Dern looked to the divorce lawyer she used following the break-up of her own marriage to prepare for her Oscar-nominated role in Marriage Story.The actress has become an Oscars frontrunner for her role as feisty divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw foll…

Laura Dern looked to the divorce lawyer she used following the break-up of her own marriage to prepare for her Oscar-nominated role in Marriage Story.

The actress has become an Oscars frontrunner for her role as feisty divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw following her Best Supporting Actress wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards – and she may have top celebrity lawyer Laura Wasser to thank.

Wasser, who has represented the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner and Kim Kardashian, assisted Dern during her split from musician Ben Harper in 2012, and revealed she helped her former client make the role more authentic.

“I don’t think I gave her any specific advice; I think we just talked things through,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I hope she wins the Oscar, I really do.”

The Big Little Lies star shares two children with her musician ex – son Ellery, 18, and daughter Jaya, 15. In 2010, Harper filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, but the pair briefly reconciled. Dern restarted legal proceedings in 2012, with the divorce finalised in September 2013.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wasser revealed she allowed Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach to shoot the Netflix project in her offices.

“When he (Baumbach) decided to write this and shoot this movie, he said, ‘Do you think we can use some of the conference rooms in your office for the scenes?'” she explained.

And the finished film proved so real that Wasser confessed she found it difficult to watch.

“It was like, ‘I hope I can bill for watching this two-hour movie, because I feel like I’m right back at my job!'” she quipped.

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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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Laura Dern spent ‘too many years’ hiding her skin

Laura Dern spent “too many years” hiding her skin with make-up.The 52-year-old, who recently won a Golden Globe for her role in Noah Baumbach’s drama Marriage Story, has opened up about her beauty and skincare regime during a chat with Into The Gloss. …

Laura Dern spent “too many years” hiding her skin with make-up.

The 52-year-old, who recently won a Golden Globe for her role in Noah Baumbach’s drama Marriage Story, has opened up about her beauty and skincare regime during a chat with Into The Gloss.

Laura confessed that she no longer uses foundation on her face but instead slathers on True Botanicals’ Pure Radiance Oil, which contains chia seed, passion fruit and papaya seed oils, along with algae extract and squalane.

“My morning routine is washing my face and using the Pure Radiance Oil,” she explained. “That oil has become my foundation. If I’m using make-up, I use just a little bit of concealer when I need and a lip and a little mascara.

“I spent too many years thinking that I had to hide my skin. The quicker I moved away from foundation that suffocated my skin, the healthier and happier my skin became.”

And the oil transformed Laura’s skin so dramatically that even her make-up artist on Big Little Lies noted a big change.

“Suddenly over three months, the make-up artist was like, ‘Hold on, your skin looks beautiful. Your pores are looking smaller, and when you come in the morning your skin looks rested even though you tell me you haven’t slept,'” the star laughed. “Literally, the only thing that had changed was the oil.”

Laura, who serves as a brand ambassador for True Botanicals, knows she needs to keep her routine as simple as possible, due to her sensitive skin, and swears by a probiotic face mask if she needs to give her face a lift.

“I’ve tried so many different masks and they’re all so full of chemicals. Masks, particularly overnight masks, break me out,” she stated, before adding that her favourite is the Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. “It feels activating – I really, really like it. It feels like you’re nourishing your skin and waking it up, like taking acidophilus.”

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Little Women, Marriage Story and The Irishman among Barack Obama’s best films of 2019

Barack Obama has named Little Women, Marriage Story, The Irishman and Booksmart among his favourite films of the year.The former U.S. President took to social media on Sunday, a day after he released the list of his favorite books of the year, to share…

Barack Obama has named Little Women, Marriage Story, The Irishman and Booksmart among his favourite films of the year.

The former U.S. President took to social media on Sunday, a day after he released the list of his favorite books of the year, to share which on-screen ventures and TV shows he’s enjoyed the most throughout 2019.

In addition to Greta Gerwig’s latest retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama, Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic and Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age comedy, Obama also selected Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller Parasite, the criminal justice drama Just Mercy as well as The Farewell, Ford v Ferrari, Atlantics, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and The Souvenir.

“Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019,” Obama wrote on Twitter, taking time to mention the documentary American Factory, which he and his wife Michelle Obama helped produce. “Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar.”

Booksmart director Olivia Wilde was quick to share her excitement over Obama’s tweet, reposting the list and adding “OH MY GOD” alongside a GIF from her directorial debut which showed Beanie Feldstein expressing her shock.

When it came to TV shows, Obama included season 2 of Fleabag, Netflix’s Unbelievable, and HBO’s Watchmen on his list.

Obama’s praise of Little Women comes days after the film made its debut in theatres, coming in third with $16.5 million (£12.6 million) at the U.S. box office. Gerwig’s adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, and Florence Pugh.

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Adam Driver to receive prize at Palm Springs Film Festival

Adam Driver has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival.The 36-year-old will be honoured with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a star-studded gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January…

Adam Driver has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious award at the 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival.

The 36-year-old will be honoured with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a star-studded gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January.

Driver was chosen for the award thanks to his stellar performance in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, in which he plays a stage director going through a messy divorce with his actress wife, as well as starring roles in fact-based drama The Report, with Annette Bening, The Dead Don’t Die, and in the finale of the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, in which he portrays villain Kylo Ren.

“This has been a career year for Adam Driver with an award-winning role in Marriage Story, and solid performances in The Report and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “In Marriage Story, Adam Driver brings raw human emotions in his portrayal of a man going through an acrimonious divorce in this powerful and moving story. For this outstanding performance, we are honoured to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor to Adam Driver.”

Earlier this month, the actor beat the likes of Willem Dafoe and Adam Sandler to scoop the Best Actor gong at the Gotham Awards in New York for his role in Marriage Story.

He joins the likes of past Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients including Casey Affleck, Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Redmayne, and Gary Oldman – all of whom went on to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Nothing was improvised on Marriage Story’

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver didn’t improvise any of their dialogue in Marriage Story because director Noah Baumbach was specific about sticking to the script.In the new drama, the Avengers star and Star Wars actor play an estranged couple goin…

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver didn’t improvise any of their dialogue in Marriage Story because director Noah Baumbach was specific about sticking to the script.

In the new drama, the Avengers star and Star Wars actor play an estranged couple going through a cross-country divorce process while trying to juggle parenting duties.

There are many scenes in which they have arguments and discussions that feel so realistic many people have assumed they were improvised, but Scarlett has now revealed that it was all in the script in the first place.

“What surprises a lot of people about that film is that every single hesitation, every unfinished sentence, every moment where an actor talks, all of that stuff is scripted,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. “It’s just so well written. Every single thing that comes out of our mouths is totally scripted, and nothing is improvised. No hesitation. No ‘If….’ No ‘But….’ It’s all completely scripted, and Noah is so specific about it.”

The director approached the 35-year-old about starring in his divorce drama before he had even written the script and he created the character with her in mind.

Although she was saying his lines, he felt like it could have been Scarlett’s movie as she made it feel so personal.

“You want actors who are there to bring truth to the scenes, and only they can do it at the moment – she’s amazing at it,” Noah praised. “I mean, everything is right there… I feel like I’m watching her movie a lot of times because it feels so personal, what she’s doing, even though they’re my lines.”

Marriage Story, which also stars Laura Dern and Ray Liotta, is now streaming on Netflix.

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