BIGGEST SNUBS AND WINS FROM 2019 OSCAR NOMINATIONS – (01/23/2019)
While there were many celebrated films this year, there wasn’t an obvious front-runner for Best Picture, so the always eagerly-anticipated Academy Awards nominations were even more closely watched than usual Tuesday morning.
Roma and The Favourite led the pack, with 10 nominations each. A Star Is Born and Vice followed with two apiece. Black Panther nabbed seven nods, and made history as the first comic book movie to be in contention for Best Picture.
Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman earned six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, both firsts for Lee.
There were the usual snubs as well. One of the biggest was Bradley Cooper, who got passed over in the directing category for A Star Is Born, which has raked in more than $400M worldwide. As Variety points out, the Academy often skips over successful actor-directors; he joins Barbra Streisand (Yentl), Ben Affleck (Argo) and Angelina Jolie (Unbroken) whose directing work didn’t get recognized.
For acting awards, Timothee Chalamet got skipped for his work in Beautiful Boy. Plus, no actors from Black Panther got nods. Many thought Ethan Hawke was a shoe-in for his critically acclaimed work in First Reformed, but nope. Emily Blunt also got skipped over for her work in Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place.
Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling, meanwhile, got shut out completely from the main categories.
The ceremony, which is host-less after Kevin Hart stepped down, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
JUSTIN & HAILEY BIEBER DELAY WEDDING AGAIN: Justin and Hailey Bieber just can’t find the perfect day to celebrate their union; TMZ reports that the 300 people who received their latest save the date card were told the party is being rescheduled. They learned that some of their closest friends couldn’t make the date (also Justin’s 25th birthday), so they’re looking for a better one. The pair are already married, this is just a celebratory formality, though they will reportedly have a second ceremony. (TMZ)
ARIANA GRANDE REVEALS TRACK LIST FOR UPCOMING ALBUM – (01/23/2019)
Ariana Grande is getting closer and closer to releasing her upcoming album, thank u, next, and she just revealed the tracklist.
The 25-year-old singer will have 12 songs on the album and there are no featured artists on any of the tracks. The track list was revealed on the Instagram account for her previous album Sweetener, which was released back in August 2018.
The new album’s release date will be revealed on Friday, when the cover artwork and presale link go live.
Theitle track “Thank U, Next” was released as the lead single November 3rd and Grande dropped an accompanying music video that referenced classic films like Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30 and Legally Blonde on November 30th. The album’s second single, “7 rings,” dropped January 18th along with a music video.
Grande is up for two Grammy awards at the 2019 ceremony, for Best Pop Solo Performance for “God Is A Woman” and best pop vocal album for Sweetener. She’s scheduled to headline Coachella in April, and it is rumored that she’s also been booked for Lollapalooza.
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