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Kobe Bryant: Basketball Legend and Oscar Winner

Most people know Kobe Bryant as an all-time great basketball player in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. However, most of us here know that Bryant had recently delved into the world of film. His first foray into the medium earned him an Oscar in the category of Best Animated Short Film. Under the umbrella of Kobe Inc., Bryant established an entertainment division titled Believe Entertainment Group. Their first production was the 4-minute short film, Dear Basketball, written and voiced by Bryant himself. The film was based on the transcript of his retirement speech, originally...

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Frozen 2 was the Big Winner at the Lumiere Awards

The Lumiere Awards from Advanced Imaging Center handed out their awards last night. Frozen 2 won big with Best Immersive Feature, Original Song and use of HDR. Our very own Jazz Tangcay reports for Variety's Artisans. The full list of winners: Best Immersive Feature Film – Animated: “Frozen II” (Disney) Best Immersive Feature Film – Live Action: “Avengers: Endgame” (Disney) Best Music-Themed Motion Picture: “Rocketman” (Paramount) Best Documentary: “Save This Rhino” (National Geographic) Best Immersive Audio – Theatrical: “Ford v Ferrari” (Fox) Best Immersive Audio – Episodic: “Carnival Row” (Amazon) Best Use of AR in Live Broadcast: Madonna/Maluma on the Billboard Music Awards 2019 Best Use of AR in Musical Experience: “Grease AR” Best Use of High Dynamic Range – Episodic: “Stranger Things” (Netflix)...

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Best Picture — What the Stats Can Tell Us, and What They Can’t

It came as no surprise to our AwardsDaily readers who accurately predicted Sam Mendes to win the DGA in our poll. We followed the stats and the stats prevailed. The stats said no director has ever won the DGA without having first won some combination of Globe Picture, Director, or PGA. Mendes had won all three. But the love for Parasite online that most of us share is intense, and the loudest voices on the internet can cloud reality. Thus, if you spend a lot of time on Twitter you might have assumed that Bong and his masterful film were the runaway frontrunners. Its win at SAG ensemble and at ACE felt like major thrust of momentum. But remember, Parasite was beating every other...

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Sam Mendes Wins DGA, Roger Deakins Wins ASC, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Greta Gerwig Win Scripters, Ford v Ferrari Wins CAS

Sam Mendes Wins DGA, Roger Deakins Wins ASC, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Greta Gerwig Win Scripters, Ford v Ferrari Wins CAS

DGA nominees: Feature Film Bong Joon Ho, Parasite Sam Mendes, 1917 Martin Scorsese, The Irishman Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit First Feature Mati Diop, Atlantics Alma Har'el, Honey Boy Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim Tyler Nilson & Michael Shwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco Documentary Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, American Factory Feras Fayyad, The Cave Alex Holmes, Maiden Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska, Honeyland Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, One Child Nation Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "It's the Sixties, Man!" (Prime Video) Bill Hader, Barry, "ronny/lily," (HBO) Veep, "Veep," (HBO) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "It's Comedy or Cabbage," (Prime Video) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "Marvelous Radio,"...

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‘Klaus’ Dominates 47th Annie Awards

Klaus was the big (surprise) winner at the 47th Annie Awards, winning seven trophies including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature. Read on for the full list of winners. Best Animated Feature: Klaus Best Animated Feature, Independent: I Lost My Body Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus Directing in an Animated Television/Media Production: Disney Mickey Mouse (Episode: For Whom the Booth Tolls) Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Media Production: Carmen Sandiego (Episode: Becoming Carmen Sandiego: Part 1) Best General Audience Animated Television/Media Production: BoJack Horseman (Episode: The Client) Best Animated Television/Media Production for Children: Disney Mickey Mouse (Episode: Carried Away) Best Animated Television/Media Production for Preschool Children: Ask the Storybots (Episode: How Do...

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Randy Newman, an Essential Voice Behind Toy Story 4

Randy Newman is 75. Not only is he a musical genius, but he's one of the few who gets to the top of the pile on name alone. Newman has earned Oscar nominations for Original Song and Original Score since 1982's Ragtime. 38 years later he's back with a double nomination for Best Original Song for Toy Story 4 and Best Original Score for Marriage Story. In an interview with Newman on NPR's Tim Greiving notes: As the film series evolved, the characters stopped to reflect more. In Toy Story 2, Newman wrote "When She Loved Me" for Sarah McLachlan—which went with a montage about losing the most important person in the world to you. In Toy Story 3, Woody and the gang suffered...

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Cinema as Pure Art: The Case for 1917

If you put a hundred humans on an island to fight for survival or try to eke out a little happiness, sooner or later one of them is going to make art. They will make it not because there is any good reason, but because they have to. Because they feel compelled to. It starts as a rumble, a spark of imagination — and before long, it must be made, it must built, it must be created. Then it's put on prominent display for everyone else to see and to ponder because the art can’t exist just as a thing made. It must resonate or reflect off the people who look at it, off the people who live alongside it, the people who will...

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The Return of ‘Shrill’ Will Have You Screaming with Joy

Aidy Bryant's Annie is back, and she gets to spread her wings more in season two. When we last left Aidy Bryant's Annie at the end of the debut season of Shrill, she was confronting her online tormentor by hurling a brick through his car window. It's the kind of release and satisfaction that we wouldn't expect from an earnest comedy series, but it's a booster for Annie's confidence for the next chapter in her life. The second season of Hulu's Shrill continues to gives us a character to root for, and it's freaking hilarious. It...

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Best Picture

DGA Nominations*
BAFTA Nominations*
PGA Win+Nominations*
WGA Nominations*
SAG win+/nominations*
ACE Eddie win+ /nominations*
CAS Nominations*
Costume Design Guild Nominations* Art Directors Guild Nominations*
Golden Globe Win+ /nomination*
Critics Choice win+ /nominees*
NBR winner*/top ten+
NYFCC winner+

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*+**********
The Irishman++**********
Jojo Rabbit*******+***
Marriage Story*******
Little Women+**
Ford V. Ferrari*****

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker ++++*
Adam Driver, Marriage Story****
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood****
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes**
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory+*+*

Best Actress

Renee Zellweger, Judy++++*
Charlize Theron, Bombshell ****
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story****
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet***
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women***

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood++++*
Joe Pesci, The Irishman+*+***
Tom Hanks, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood***
Al Pacino, The Irishman****
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes***

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story+++*++*
Margot Robbie, Bombshell****
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit***
Florence Pugh, Little Women**
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell+*

Best Director

Sam Mendes, 1917+***
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood+****
Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite*+***
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman****
Todd Phillips, Joker**

Original Screenplay

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino++**
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach*+***
Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han*+***
1917, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Sam Mendes*
Knives Out, Rian Johnson***

Adapted Screenplay

Little Women, Greta Gerwig+**
The Irishman, Steve Zaillian+****
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi***
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver***
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten***


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
The Irishman**
The Lighthouse**


Jojo Rabbit+
Ford v Ferarri***
The Irishman***

Production Design

The Irishman***
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood***
Jojo Rabbit*

Sound Mixing

Ford v Ferrari*
Ad Astra
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferarri
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Costume Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood**
Little Women**
The Irishman**
Jojo Rabbit*

Visual Effects

The Irishman**
Avengers: Endgame**
The Lion King*
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker*

Original Score

Marriage Story**
Little Women***
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker*

Original Song

“(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
“I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
“I'm Standing With You” from “Breakthrough” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“Stand Up” from “Harriet” Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Makeup and Hair

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Animated Feature

Toy Story 4***
Missing Link+
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World**
I Lost My Body+

Documentary Feature

For Sama*
American Factory*
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy

Language Feature

Parasite, South Korea+++
Pain and Glory, Spain*
Les Misérables, France*
Honeyland, North Macedonia
Corpus Christi, Poland

Live Action Short

Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
A Sister

Documentary Short

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
In the Absence
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Animated Short

Hair Love
Dcera (Daughter)




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