It's sigh-of-relief time at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After a tumultuous build-up, a host-free, more streamlined Oscars yielded a mild uptick in ratings Sunday night, and while far from perfect, a slick and satisfying enough show to avoid the disaster that some surely anticipated. The question is: Now what? Like the Grammys, the Oscars achieved a modest audience gain, after an alarming drop in 2018. Yet the lessons that the Academy can apply going forward aren't entirely clear -- thanks in part to all the variables at play -- other than the fact that efforts to change or evolve the show and its format in any significant way, including the nominees and winners, are going to be met with stiff resistance from traditionalists who would protect the institution. Sifting through the remnants of Oscar night, here are five key takeaways, and areas that the Academy will surely be contemplating in postmortem conversations: The ratings Oscar ratings exhibited marked … [Read more...] about Oscars 2019: Takeaways from the ‘host-free’ Academy Awards
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The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were revealed Tuesday morning. "Roma," a Netflix film that looks back at director Alfonso Cuarón's youth in Mexico, and "The Favourite," a period dramedy with an all-star cast, tied for most nominations with ten each. "Black Panther" made history as the first superhero film to ever be nominated for best picture. The Marvel mega-hit was joined in that category by "BlacKkKlansman," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "The Favourite," "Green Book," "Roma," "A Star Is Born" and "Vice." Without a clear frontrunner for best picture among popular favorites, or as of yet a host, this year's Oscar ceremony is shaping up to be particularly unpredictable. Observers had been interested in a potential best actress race between Glenn Close for her role in "The Wife" and Lady Gaga for her performance in "A Star Is Born," and they got their wish with Tuesday's announcement. Close took the trophy in that category at the Golden Globes, and the pair tied for best actress … [Read more...] about Oscar nominations 2019: Full list by category
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It won the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the gala, television's answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for best comedy series "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel," Amazon's story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic. "The Handmaid's Tale" -- last year's best drama and an early favorite for more hardware -- went home empty-handed from the event at the Microsoft Theater, having won three minor awards handed out a week ago. The ceremony hosted by "Saturday Night Live" regulars Colin Jost and Michael Che took on a decidedly political hue, with a barrage of edgy jokes on hot-button issues such as diversity in Hollywood, #MeToo and President Donald Trump. The gala also saw a handful of sentimental favorites take home their first Emmys. Matthew Rhys won for best drama actor for spy thriller "The Americans," Claire Foy was named best drama actress for … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ takes top prize at surprising Emmys
Record-breaking fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" is back in the competition and once again looking to slay its rivals. But winter could come early for HBO's blood-spattered smash hit if it fails to snare the coveted best drama series prize, with last year's winner "The Handmaid's Tale" hotly tipped to defend its crown. Both shows have already picked up some Emmys hardware: "Game of Thrones" won seven statuettes in technical categories at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, while "The Handmaid's Tale" scooped up three. And both are likely to add to that haul at Monday's glittering gala in downtown Los Angeles, but the race for the top prize still seems to be a crapshoot, with dark horse pick "The Americans" also in the hunt. Can "Handmaid" -- Hulu's bleak take on a totalitarian America where women are oppressed, based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel -- again win over voters, especially in the #MeToo era? Will "The Americans" -- the gripping FX thriller about Soviet sleeper agents in the … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ back at Emmys for duel with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’