Nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and the race still very much is wide-open without a clean-cut choice for Best Picture… and no host set for ceremony itself.
Tying at ten nods apiece are Alfonso Cuarón‘s ROMA and Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE. Best Picture nominees include:
Best Picture Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite Green Book Roma A Star Is Born Vice
Continuing on its Golden Globes success, we see Bohemian Rhapsody continue to be a major force into the Oscars with Rami Malek up for the highly-competitive Best Actor alongside Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen, Willem Dafoe and Christian Bale.
The Best Actress category also is hotly-contested with screen veteran Glenn Close up against Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman and aboriginal Mexican Actress Yalitza Aparicio, who stars in ROMA.
Marina de Tavira who also stars in ROMA, pops-up as a bit of a surprise candidate for Best Supporting Actress. The category also includes favourite Regina King, Amy Adams, plus The Favourite Co-Stars and previous Oscar winners, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
Best Supporting Actor sees Mahershala Ali in contention with Adam Driver, Richard E. Grant, Sam Rockwell after a snub at the Golden Globes,Sam Elliott for A STAR IS BORN.
Many are shocked that after a presence in the Directing category most of Awards Season, that Bradley Cooper was omitted in the Oscars race for his directorial debut in A STAR IS BORN. Up for Best Directing are Spike Lee, Adam McKay, Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos and favourite Alfonso Cuarón.
Another noticeable omission is Morgan Neville’s Mr. Rogers Documentary WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? which has been present through much of the season. Nominated for Best Documentary are Free Solo, Hale County, This Morning, This Evening, Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons and RBG.
The Animated Feature category sees Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse pitted against Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Toronto’s Domee Shi is up for Animated Short with Disney•Pixar’s BAO.
THE UPSIDE lands on top of the Box Office with $19.1 million, a first ever for STX Entertainment. Starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, the Remake of French crowd-pleaser The Intouchables, opens in 3,080 theatres. It is released in Canada by Elevation Pictures. It gets an A CinemaScore and 39% on the Tomatometer.
AQUAMAN slips to third this weekend with $15.5 million, bringing its four-week tally to $286 million for Warner Bros. in North America.
In third is A DOGS WAY HOME with $11.2 million from 3,090 theatres for Sony Pictures. It gets 61% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore.
ESCAPE ROOM lands in fourth with $8.4 million, bringing its two-week tally to 31.9 million for Sony Pictures.
ON THE BASIS OF SEX expands to 1,213 theatres with $6 million for Focus Features/Universal Pictures, placing it in sixth, a three week total of $10.3 million.
VICE rounds things out in tenth with $3.3 million, a total $36 million for Annapurna Pictures/eOne Films.
AQUAMAN continues to splash a second week at the Box Office, taking $52.1 million for Warner Bros. from 4,125 theatres. Over two weeks it has made $189.3 million domestically.
In second is MARY POPPINS RETURNS with $32 million from 4,090 theatres for Disney, a two-week tally of $102.9 million gross in North America.
BUMBLEBEE lands in third with $20.6 million for Paramount Pictures from 3,550 theatres, a two-week total of $66.9 million in these parts.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (which like Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld also), is in fourth with $19.3 million from 3,813 theatres for Sony Pictures. $104.6 million is its total in its second week of release.
VICE is in sixth with $8.2 million from 2,442 theatres for Annapurna Pictures/eOne Films. Since its Christmas Day release, it has made $18.1 million. It gets 64% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore.
HOLMES & WATSON opens in seventh with $7.6 million from 2,776 theatres for Sony Pictures. It gets 9% on the Tomatometer and a D+ CinemaScore.
THE GRINCH rounds things out in the Top Ten with $4.9 million for Universal Pictures, a healthy total $266.2 million over eight weeks.
Nominations were unveiled this morning for the 76th edition of the Golden Globe Awards from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Coming out of nowhere to lead the tally was Adam McKay’s VICE, which still has yet to open in theatres. The Dick Cheney Biopic starring Christian Bale, comes out ahead with six nods, including Motion Picture – Comedy, Actor in a Comedy and Director.
Not far behind with five nominations, is Bradley Cooper’s Box Office and commercial success A STAR IS BORN which sees the Film nominated for Motion Picture – Drama and himself cross-nominated for Director and Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Already a Golden Globe winner, Lady Gaga gets recognition again for her performance, up for Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Very shockingly, Sam Elliott didn’t get a nod for Supporting Actor after a win in the National Board of Review Awards last week.
THE FAVOURITE and GREEN BOOK, the latter which won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and also Best Picture at the National Board of Review Awards, likewise get five nominations. All three stars of the former are up for Actress in Motion Picture – Comedy (Olivia Colman) and Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz). Both stars of the latter are up for awards also in the category of Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy (Viggo Mortensen) and Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).
In Television categories, we saw AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE validated with four nominations including Best Limited Television Series, Actor in a Limited Series (Darren Criss),Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series (Edgar Ramirez) and Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series (Pénélope Cruz).
There is a six-way tie between BARRY, THE KOMISNKI METHOD, HOMECOMING, SHARP OBJECTS, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL and A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL.
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VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
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This looks incredible! Introducing Christian Bale as Dick Cheney! Check-out this Trailer for VICE from Adam McKay.
Synopsis: VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
VICE stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Bill Pullman, Alison Pill and Lisa Gay Hamilton, directed by Adam McKay.
See the Trailer:
eOne Films release VICE, in theatres this Christmas.