With all of this year’s Oscar narratives thoroughly dissected and each of the contenders mapped out, it’s time for the first real assessment of this season’s best picture race in this space. Below are the top 10 players as we see it, with nominations just over a month away.(Also check out In Contention’s full list of predictions in the Academy’s 21 feature film categories.)“BlacKkKlansman” (Focus)scooping up the Grand Prix in Cannes back in May. It’s a movie that speaks to the zeitgeist, which is always a key ingredient in the best picture derby, and it does so quite directly; footage from the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., closes out the drama.“Black Panther” (Disney)a Marvel release finding itself in the Oscar discussion. “Superhero movies are for children and teens,” one person sniped on Twitter when asked why so serious. OK, but what about movies that center a conversation about growing up … [Read more...] about Oscars: 10 standouts for 2019 Best Picture race
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In a time where women are taking charge, power suiting is also dethroning dresses on the red carpet in 2018.Nicole Kidman stepped out Sunday night for her "Destroyer" premiere at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival. The 51-year-old actress traded her typical gown for an Armani Privé black suit with fuschia shirting, detailed with a silk black tie. She accessorized her look with pointed toe black pumps and jewelry by Berganza London. 5 PHOTOS Nicole Kidman attends Destroyer premiere at BFI Film Festival See Gallery Nicole Kidman attends Destroyer premiere at BFI Film Festival Nicole Kidman attending the Destroyer Premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival, at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square, London. Sunday October 14th, 2018 (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images) Nicole Kidman attending the Destroyer Premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival, at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square, London. Sunday October 14th, 2018 … [Read more...] about Nicole Kidman borrows-from-the-boys for her latest red carpet moment
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is instituting sweeping changes to the Oscars broadcast as it tries to find ways to bolster ratings for the flagging telecast.In a message to its membership, the group’s president John Bailey and its CEO Dawn Hudson said the broadcast will now include a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. The group did not provide details on what movies would be eligible and when the award will first be handed out, but its intent is clear.At one point in its history, Oscar voters routinely named blockbusters such as “Titanic” or “Gladiator” as the year’s best. That’s changed. Recent best picture victors such as “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and the 2017 winner “The Shape of Water” have been firmly ensconced in the arthouse world, whereas well-reviewed hit films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Star Wars: The Force … [Read more...] about The Academy is adding a popular film category to the Oscars — which will only be three hours!
Gary Oldman happily posed for pictures alongside his wife on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival.The 60-year-old actor has enjoyed a successful year, winning best actor at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.And he looked content as he smiled alongside his wife, Gisele Schmidt, in Cannes.The pair married in August 2017.Oldman recently revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he proposed to his now wife while he was dressed as Churchill.He said: “There was a break in the filming, and we had talked about it and I just felt the urge.“We were down in the war rooms, and I took her into the back room. And as Winston Churchill, I said, ‘Will you marry me?'”Oldman was attending the premiere of Palme d’Or contender Capernaum, a drama from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki.The film reportedly received a 15-minute standing ovation following its debut.Capernaum is about a 12-year-old boy, Zein, … [Read more...] about Oscar winner Gary Oldman pictured on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival
John Travolta and Kelly Preston had a family affair at the red carpet screening of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. In their rare public appearance together, the 64-year-old actor and actress wife were accompanied by their daughter Ella Bleu, 18, and son Benjamin, 7. The family suffered a very public loss back in 2009 when their son Jett passed away from Kawasaki disease.Shying away from color, the whole family matched in black. Preston stunned in a tulle gown with a copper metallic bodice while Travolta opted for a black velvet suit and bow tie. 8 PHOTOS John Travolta and Kelly Preston's rarely seen kids See Gallery John Travolta and Kelly Preston's rarely seen kids CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Kelly Preston, Benjamin Travolta, John Travolta and Ella Bleu Travolta attend the screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, … [Read more...] about John Travolta and Kelly Preston make rare red carpet appearance with kids