Golden Globes 2020: Full List of Nominations

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Marriage Story leads this year’s nominees for the film categories of the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, receiving six nominations, followed by The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with five nominations apiece.

Nominations were announced on Monday (Dec. 9), with winners to be revealed on Sunday, January 5. NBC will broadcast this ceremony live beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. PT. Ricky Gervais is set to return as host. The 2020 Golden Globes is also set to honor Tom Hanks with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The Golden Globes honor achievement in both television and film and is organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA).

See the full list of nominees below.

BEST PICTURE – DRAMA
1917
The Irishman
Joker
The Two Popes
Marriage Story

BEST PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL
Dolemite Is My Name
Knives Out
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Rocketman

BEST DIRECTOR
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

BEST ACTOR – DRAMA
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
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Disney Developing Aladdin Spinoff Featuring Prince Anders

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Disney is developing a spin-off based on a character from this summer’s blockbuster hit, Aladdin, Prince Anders, The Hollywood Reporter shared on Friday.

The scene-stealing character was played by Billy Magnussen and one of Princess Jasmine’s suitors on the Disney adaptation which starred Mena Massoud as the title character, Will Smith as Genie and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

The publication also reports that Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme will write the script and is intended for Disney+ streaming service

The announcement was met with some criticisms, with fans frustrations over recent news that the film’s lead Mena Massoud has not been able to get an audition since the film.

Aladdin was a massive hit this summer, grossing $1 billion worldwide box office after opening with $117 million over the Memorial Day holiday.

AFI Announced Top 10 Films Of 2019

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American Film Institute have released their picks for top 10 movies and TV shows of 2019, highlighting some films in contention during the award season.

Now in its 20th year, the annual AFI Awards for film focuses on American-made films deemed culturally significant, and includes a diverse list of films such as Martin Scorsese’s epic crime film The Irishman, and Todd Phillips’ comicbook psychological thriller Joker.

Another Oscar contender, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, took the AFI’s special award.

AFI’s annual list is historically a strong predictor of the Academy’s Best Picture category. Last year, five films landed on both lists, including A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, The Favourite, as well as eventual Oscar Best Picture winner Green Book.

AFI top 10 movies of 2019 (listed alphabetically):

1917
The Farewell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell

Special award: Parasite

AFI top 10 TV shows of 2019 (listed alphabetically):

Chernobyl
The Crown
Fosse/Verdon
Game of Thrones
Pose
Succession
Unbelievable
Veep
Watchmen
When They See Us

Special award: Fleabag

“Marriage Story,” Awkwafina, Sandler Win Gotham Awards 2019

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The awards season’s first major honors were handed Monday night, and it was Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” that emerged as the big winner, winning Best Feature and Best Actor for Adam Driver. In total, the Netflix release won 4 awards.

The 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The big surprise however came in the form of Awkwafina, who won best actress for her stunning breakout performance in Lulu Wang’s critically acclaimed family drama “The Farewell.”

During the ceremony, honorary awards for actors were given to Laura Dern and Sam Rockwell, Ava DuVernay received the directors tribute, while Glen Basner received the industry tribute.

Below is the complete list of winners for the 2019 Gotham Awards.

Best Feature
“Marriage Story”

Best Documentary
“American Factory”

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre, “The Mustang”
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First “Black Widow” Trailer Features The Character’s Long Awaited Solo Movie

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After a long wait since her introduction to the MCU franchise in Iron Man 2 (2010), Natasha Romanoff’s standalone movie is almost here, with Marvel Studios releasing the film’s first trailer today. Scarlett Johansson returns to play the character with Cate Shortland directing.

The thrilling new trailer is heavy on action and delves into Romanoff’s past. “Nothing lasts forever,” Black Widow, a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff says. “I’ve lived a lot of lives, but I’m done running from my past.”

Given what transpired in this year’s blockbuster juggernaut Avengers:Endgame, the film takes place during the period of time between “Captain America: Civil War” where the Avengers split in two teams battling each other, and last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The footage also features Yelena (played by Florence Pugh), a character referred to as Romanoff’s sister-figure and also uses the name “Black Widow” in the comics. We also see the rest of her assassin family such as Russian super-soldier Red Guardian (David Harbour) and seasoned spy Melina (Rachel Weisz).

Black Widow is set for release in theaters on May 1, 2020.

“Frozen II,” “Missing Link” Lead 2020 Annie Awards Nominations

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Its been another great year in animation, and this year’s Annie Awards have the list to prove it. ASIFA-Hollywood has just announced the nominees for the 47th Annual Annie Awards, with ‘Frozen 2’ and ‘Missing Link’ topping the list.

Presented annually by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, Annie Awards recognizes the best in the field of animation throughout the year.

Just as “Frozen 2” is currently breaking boxoffice records, the Disney film also earned an incredible eight nominations, including Best Feature. Also in this category is fellow Disney film “Toy Story 4,” LAIKA’s “Missing Link, DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” and Netflix’s “Klaus.”

This bodes well for all five films’ prospects at the Oscar’s Best Animated Feature. Since 2002, the Academy Awards has bestowed the trophy to the same Annie winner a total of 13 times. Last year’s big Annie winner “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won seven awards including Best Animated Feature. The film went on to emerge victorious the Academy Awards.

This year’s Best Character Animation is equally competitive, with “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Game of Thrones,” “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” all vying for the trophy.

The Annies also announced the nominations for the categories in television, student film, commercial, special production and VR. See the list of nominations below, or visit annieawards.org/nominees.

Both “Birds of Prey” and “The Suicide Squad” Expected To Be R-Rated

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After the massive success of “Joker,” its probably not that surprising for WB/DC’s upcoming comic cook films to take the same path. As Variety reports, “Birds of Prey” and “The Suicide Squad” are expected to the be Rated R.

“In the case of Birds of Prey, the film won’t be in the pitch-black, grim vein of Joker,” says the article. “Insiders describe the film has a more humorous, spirited, girl gang adventure, albeit not one for younger children. A series of recent reshoots dramatically improved test screening results and the studio is confident Birds of Prey will be a hit when it opens in February.”

Although “Logan” and the “Deadpool” films were released with such restricted ratings, Hollywood superhero blockbusters have largely avoided it. During the past two months however, Joker proved to be a strong precedent for filmmakers to appeal to more adult audiences, earning over $1 billion worldwide and emerged as a strong contender for the upcoming awards season.

Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan, is set for release on February 7, 2020, while The Suicide Squad sequel from James Gunn will be released on August 6, 2021.

“EMMA” Teaser Trailer And Poster Released

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“Behold a new vision of Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about love and all its surprises.”

Focus Features has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Emma, a new adaptation of the classic Jane Austen comedic book about happiness, love and romance.

Directed by Autumn de Wilde from the script by Eleanor Catton, the film reimagines Austen’s 1815 novel and features Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular Emma Woodhouse, the clever young woman who plays matchmaker to her friends. This is de Wilde’s directorial debut.

The film is set for release in the US on February 21, 2020. The film’s full ensemble cast includes Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Here’s the first teaser trailer for Autumn de Wilde’s Emma:

“Uncut Gems” & “The Lighthouse” Lead 35th Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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The nominations for the 35th Independent Spirit Awards have been announced this morning, with Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse” and Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” scoring the most nods this year with five.

A24 also have a lot to celebrate, with the indie studio leading the field once again with 18 nominations, spread out over 7 films. A24 released both The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems. Neon was second with 10 noms, while Amazon was third with eight.

Netflix received seven, though it should be noted that one of its awards contenders “The Irishman”, went above the Spirit Awards’ budget ceiling of $22.5 million.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards is produced by Film Independent, the organization which decides the nominees. Film Independent is produces the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The nominations were announced by Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker) and Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black, Russian Doll) at The LINE LA. The winners will be revealed at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Below are the nominees for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Award:

Best Feature
A HIDDEN LIFE
CLEMENCY
THE FAREWELL
MARRIAGE STORY
UNCUT GEMS

Best Director
Robert Eggers – THE LIGHTHOUSE
Alma Har’el – HONEY BOY
Julius Onah – LUCE
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie – UNCUT GEMS
Lorene Scafaria – HUSTLERS

Best First Feature
BOOKSMART
THE CLIMB
DIANE
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
THE MUSTANG
SEE YOU YESTERDAY
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Noah Hawley To Write & Direct Next “Star Trek”

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The next Star Trek film seems to be back on track once again, with Legion and Fargo creator Noah Hawley said to be in “final talks” to pen and direct the next installment.

There has not been a lot of activity on a new Star Trek after 2016′ Star Trek Beyond, but that appears to be changing soon.

Though not a lot of details has been released, it is said that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Karl Urban are set to return.

In 2009, director J.J. Abrams has relaunched the franchise which featured a Chris Pine as Captain Kirk. The film was success, grossing $385 million at the boxoffice, and was critically well-received. Abrams returned to direct a follow up in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. This makes the upcoming film the fourth in the series.

Noah Hawley has recently made his directorial feature film debut in this year’s “Lucy in the Sky.”

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