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Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year’s Contenders a Box Office Boost?

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Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year’s Contenders a Box Office Boost?
With nominees like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born,” the 2018 class of movies proved the Oscars don’t need a popular films category to recognize movies that also made bank in theaters. But now that the academy has selected this year’s crop of awards hopefuls, is there any green left to squeeze out of the nominated films?

That’s something honorees like “Vice” are banking on. Annapurna is increasing the number of theaters for Adam McKay’s scathing look at former vice president Dick Cheney from 1,175 venues to over 2,000 in its sixth weekend of release. Despite nabbing eight Oscar nominations, “Vice” has largely gotten the cold shoulder from audiences, especially those in red states. The $60 million biopic has amassed $42 million so far. Awards recognition won’t necessarily fill seats in theaters, but a little pat on the back from Hollywood can’t hurt.

“This is the
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‘A Star Is Born’ at the Oscars: How did each version fare with the academy?

‘A Star Is Born’ at the Oscars: How did each version fare with the academy?
A Star Is Born” reaped eight Oscar nominations on Tuesday, three fewer than our predicted 11 after some snubs, like Best Director. But despite those omissions, there’s a lot for Ally to sing about because it’s still the most nominated version of “A Star Is Born” ever in Oscar history, edging out the original by one bid.

Here’s how all four versions of “A Star Is Born” have done with the academy:

1937 version: 7 nominations, 1 win, 1 honorary award

Best Picture

Best Director — William Wellman

Best Actor — Fredric March

Best Actress — Janet Gaynor

Best Original Story (win)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Assistant Director

Honorary Oscar to W. Howard Greene for the color photography (“A Star Is Born” was the first color film to get a Best Picture nomination)

1954 version: 6 nominations, 0 wins

Best Actor — James Mason

Best Actress — Judy Garland

Best Original Song — “The Man That Got Away”

Best Scoring of
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Oscar Campaign Spending Reaches New Heights in Competitive Season

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Oscar Campaign Spending Reaches New Heights in Competitive Season
The escalating cost of awards campaigning may reach an all-time high this season as heavyweights such as “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” battle for Oscar gold.

The quest for an Academy Award has always been expensive, but Netflix’s hunger to nab its first best picture win, coupled with the presence of legitimate studio contenders like Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Universal’s “Green Book,” is leading to sticker shock.

Oscar campaign budgets for films seeking nominations in multiple categories, such as “A Star Is Born,” “Roma” and “First Man,” can run from $20 million to $30 million as companies compete with each other to out-wine and dine awards voters, according to insiders at the various studios and streamers. One source said the campaign for “A Star Is Born” came in at slightly lower than $20 million, in a studio effort to spend more strategically than in past years.

The current cycle has few precedents,
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Controversies Surrounding Green Book

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When Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, one of the more controversial films of the year was heavily represented. Green Book, the feel-good drama about a black pianist and his white driver in the 1960s deep South, received several major nominations, including nods for stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, as well as a best picture nom.

While the story of interracial friendship in the civil rights era might seem like a typical movie, Green Book has been dogged by controversy since its release. Below, we're breaking down why the award season favorite is not such a favorite in many circles.

(Not) Based on a True Story

Green Book claims to be based heavily on a true story. Cowriter Nick Vallelonga's father, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, was the white driver (played by Mortensen) who was assigned to escort concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley through his tour in the South,
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Controversies Surrounding Green Book

Image Source: Everett Collection

When Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, one of the more controversial films of the year was heavily represented. Green Book, the feel-good drama about a black pianist and his white driver in the 1960s deep South, received several major nominations, including nods for stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, as well as a best picture nom.

While the story of interracial friendship in the civil rights era might seem like a typical movie, Green Book has been dogged by controversy since its release. Below, we're breaking down why the award season favorite is not such a favorite in many circles.

(Not) Based on a True Story

Green Book claims to be based heavily on a true story. Cowriter Nick Vallelonga's father, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, was the white driver (played by Mortensen) who was assigned to escort concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley through his tour in the South,
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What to Know About the 8 Best Picture Nominees (in Case You Didn't Watch Them All)

What to Know About the 8 Best Picture Nominees (in Case You Didn't Watch Them All)
Every year, we eagerly anticipate the Academy's announcement of all of the Oscar nominees, inevitably recoiling from a handful of snubs upon learning those officially in the running. Best actor, actress, and director are important categories, but most of us keep our eyes fixed on the biggest prize: best picture. It's everything that the one special night builds up to and can sometimes be the source of drama (e.g. the La La Land and Moonlight debacle). This year's roster for the category is stacked, including everything from Black Panther to The Favourite. Before you cram all of the best picture contenders in one go, here's a helpful rundown about the nominees' plots, casts, and general buzz, which, yes, includes controversies.
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What to Know About the 8 Best Picture Nominees (in Case You Didn't Watch Them All)

Every year, we eagerly anticipate the Academy's announcement of all of the Oscar nominees, inevitably recoiling from a handful of snubs upon learning those officially in the running. Best actor, actress, and director are important categories, but most of us keep our eyes fixed on the biggest prize: best picture. It's everything that the one special night builds up to and can sometimes be the source of drama (e.g. the La La Land and Moonlight debacle). This year's roster for the category is stacked, including everything from Black Panther to The Favourite. Before you cram all of the best picture contenders in one go, here's a helpful rundown about the nominees' plots, casts, and general buzz, which, yes, includes controversies.
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Oscars 2019 Poll: Who Should Win the Top Academy Awards This Year?

After weeks of anxious Hollywood campaigns — and false alarms about a new category — this week we finally got the slate for who will be up for accolades at the 91st Academy Awards, set to take place February 24th. Of course, there’s always some annoying snubs and oversights, but here’s your chance to vote on who you think should take home the top prizes in our poll.

Roma, Green Book and A Star Is Born will compete for multiple Oscars, including Best Picture. And the Best Picture category will also feature Black Panther,
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Will Oscar-shunned performers Emily Blunt, Timothee Chalamet, etc. get revenge at 2019 Gold Derby Awards? [Vote Now]

Will Oscar-shunned performers Emily Blunt, Timothee Chalamet, etc. get revenge at 2019 Gold Derby Awards? [Vote Now]
What do Emily Blunt, John David Washington, Margot Robbie and Timothee Chalamet all have in common? Despite being nominated at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, they were cruelly snubbed at the Oscars on Tuesday. If you’re frustrated that your favorites were shunned by Oscar, then it’s time to let them know by casting your own votes for the 2019 Gold Derby Film Awards.

SEEGold Derby Film Awards 2019: Vote now for the nominees!

Of course, our awards are the ones that really matter because they’re bestowed by folks like you who truly know their stuff. Gold Derby Awards wins and nominations are now even a part of each contender’s awards history at IMDb. You have until Saturday, January 27 to vote in all 22 film categories — everything from Best Picture to Best Animated Feature to Best Ensemble. As of this writing more than 2,000 Gold Derby readers have cast their votes for the 2019 film awards,
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Oscars 2019: Nominations in all 24 categories

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Omg! Wtf! Where did that come from? Such was the refrain echoing throughout Hollywood as the Oscar nominations were announced at the crack of dawn on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. What films and performances made the cut with the Academy? Tour through our photo gallery above to see the contenders in all 24 categories.

The 91st Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Director

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma

Adam McKay, “Vice

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma

Glenn Close, “The Wife

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy,
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An “Alternate” Look at Yesterday’s Oscar nominations and What They Could Have Been

Ladies and gentlemen, after the intensity of waiting for the Academy Award nominations, it’s time for something a little bit fun today. As we wait for the ballots to go out to Academy members and final Oscar voting to get underway (which is still a little ways away at this point), why not play around with a hypothetical situation? Now is the time to do it, after all. This is something I’ve done from time to time in the past, and I enjoy it. What is it, exactly? Well, what I do here is to look at what the Oscar nominations could have looked like if you remove all of the actual nominees. Weird, I know, but hey, it’s fun to do. Below you will be able to see what these alternate Academy Award nominations could have been. In some categories, it’s easy to speculate, like
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Returns to Theaters After Six Oscar Nominations (Exclusive)

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Returns to Theaters After Six Oscar Nominations (Exclusive)
BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee’s crime drama about a black detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, is heading back to theaters after picking up six Oscar nominations.

The film will be re-released in 168 theaters across the country this weekend. “BlacKkKlansman” will play in over 30 states, including New York, California, and Florida. Academy members will be allowed in showings free of charge with their membership card.

Focus Features initially released “BlacKkKlansman” in theaters in August, where it debuted with $10.8 million — the third-best opening weekend of Lee’s career. It went on to earn $48.5 million at the domestic box office and $40.8 million overseas.

BlacKkKlansman” recounts the true story of black detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who goes undercover to expose the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. After over 30 years of making movies, “BlacKkKlansman” finally landed Lee a best director nomination, making him only the sixth black filmmaker to
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‘True Detective’ helped Matthew McConaughey win an Oscar, so is Mahershala Ali next?

The first season of HBO’s crime series “True Detective” arguably helped Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) win an Oscar in 2013, as the well-reviewed program aired smack-dab in the middle of Academy Awards voting. Now that Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) has taken the reigns as the Season 3 lead of the paycaster’s limited series, will he now follow in McConaughey’s Oscar-winning footsteps?

SEEWho will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor? See exclusive racetrack odds

McConaughey’s ascension from surfer dude to Oscar champ may not have happened without his critically acclaimed TV role as Detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle. His first major television performance, which later scored nominations at the Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards, kept him top of mind as academy members began marking their ballots. “True Detective” aired for eight episodes in January-March of 2014, with phase two of Oscar voting taking place February 14-25 of that year.
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‘A Star is Born’ got 8 Oscar nominations, but how many Academy Awards will it win?

‘A Star is Born’ got 8 Oscar nominations, but how many Academy Awards will it win?
A Star is Born” got eight Oscar nominations with Bradley Cooper sharing in three of those for producing, writing and acting in this remake of the Hollywood classic. Lady Gaga reaped bids for both acting and songwriting. Scene stealer Sam Elliott earned the first Oscar of his 50-year career. The cinematography and sound mixing are also in contention.

However, we expected the film to do even better with the academy and were shocked that Cooper could not parlay his DGA nomination into a Best Director bid at the Oscars. We also expected the film editor and sound editors to contend at the Academy Awards as they are at their guild awards.

See Top 20 Oscars snubs of movies, directors and screenwriters: ‘First Man,’ Bradley Cooper, ‘Black Panther’ script …

We are predicting that Lady Gaga will share in a win for Best Original Song for “Shallow.” And we think that this tune-filled
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Oscar nominations 2019 slugfest: What has us celebrating and what had us scratching our heads? [Watch]

“This was the year where, after several seasons of having all these new voters come in, we finally saw this massive shift in what the Academy is thinking about,” proclaims Gold Derby contributor Sam Eckmann in our fascinating post-Oscar nominations slugfest. “It was really the first year where we saw the impact that all the new influx of members are having. All these other types of films like a foreign, black and white, Netflix movie as a major front runner, Spike Lee finally getting in with three nods and a superhero movie finally competing in Best Picture.” Eckmann is joined by fellow contributors Charlie Bright, Amanda Spears, Tony Ruiz and Kevin Jacobsen. Watch the video of our discussion above.

SEEOscar nominations slugfest 2019: Editors’ stunned reactions to Wtf snubs and Omg shockers [Video And Audio Podcast]

When it came to which category threw us the most curve balls, Kevin is very emphatic on which one had the most surprises.
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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ to Bow in China on March 1

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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ to Bow in China on March 1
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will swoop into Chinese theaters on March 1, its Beijing-based promotion company He Song confirmed to Variety on Wednesday. The date puts its China release a week after its Feb. 22 debut in the U.S. and also pits it against “Green Book,” which has scored a China release on the same day.

“The Hidden World” is the third installment in DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise, but is the first to be distributed by Universal since its parent company, NBCUniversal, purchased the animation studio in 2016. The first 2010 “Dragon” film made RMB89.89 million ($13 million) in China, while the second more than quadrupled that figure to take in an even more respectable RMB403.33 million ($59.4 million) in 2014, according to data from research company EntGroup.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” was written and directed by Dean DeBlois, who has helmed the entire trilogy,
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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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From Emma Stone to Rami Malek: Check Out the Early TV Work of This Year’s Oscar Nominees
Every actor gets their start somewhere, and more often than not it’s television. Today’s sitcom guest star can be tomorrow’s award-winning actor, thanks to the blend of fate, luck, and talent that helped them ascend to the highest industry recognition. Here’s a look at early work of all the acting nominees — except for Best Actress candidate Yalitza Aparicio, for whom “Roma” was her first acting job.

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Lead Actor Christian Bale

Nominated for “Vice

Ignore the commentary over the clip above to witness Bale in one of his earliest on-screen appearances, screaming in the 1987 BBC miniseries “Heart of the Country.” Later that year, “Empire of the Sun” would make him into a rising child star.

Bradley Cooper

Nominated for “A Star Is Born

It would be easy to spotlight Cooper’s two seasons as a series regular on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias,” but it’s hard to
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AMC and Regal Should Reconsider the ‘Roma’ Oscar Marathon Boycott — Opinion

No sooner did Roma receive 10 Oscar nominations on January 22 did North America’s two largest theater chains — AMC and Regal — put out press releases announcing that they would refuse to play the Oscar Best Picture nominee as part of their annual pre-awards marathons. The reason for this unprecedented move, of course, is Netflix.

This seemingly knee-jerk response stems from their stated policies of never playing a film that doesn’t honor the 90-day theatrical window. In the words of AMC, “Roma” was never licensed to play at their venues, implying that Netflix didn’t want them. The reality is somewhat different, according to multiple sources: The chains rejected repeated offers to negotiate terms, but the divergence in policies made it impossible. In the meantime, “Roma” has played in significantly more than 100 theaters, covering most cities across the country. While Netflix won’t release numbers, we estimate a gross approaching $3 million.
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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AMC and Regal Cinema Theaters Won't Play Roma in Their Best Picture Film Showcase

For years the AMC and Regal Cinema theater chains have showcased all of the films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Well, this is the first year that a Netflix film was nominated for Best Picture. That film is Alfonso Cuarón‘s critically acclaimed Roma. The movie landed 10 Oscar nominations, but neither AMC or Regal will be screening the film in their Best Picture showcase screening events. Why? Because the movie was never licensed to them because they didn’t want to play it in their theaters because it was a Netflix film.

The funny thing about this is that Roma will probably ended up winning the award. Deadline shared a statement from AMC that makes it clear Roma will not be screened:

“For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC Best Picture Showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year.
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