Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dear Gossips,

It’s Oscar nomination day. By the time you read this we will know whether or not Black Panther will make history as the first comic superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. We’ll find out whether or not Roma will be the first Netflix film nominated for Best Picture.  Read Full Intro

What Else?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 22, 2019 21:11:21 January 22, 2019 21:11:21

Well this a headline. And in my head I’m reading it like Bill Hader’s Stefon. This story has everything: an artist, an athlete, a porn star, a threesome, and a baby. Full Story

I Spoke Too Soon: Sex Education’s Gay Representation is Bad

Prem Posted by Prem at January 22, 2019 20:57:25 January 22, 2019 20:57:25

I binged the rest of Sex Education this weekend. It’s an amazing show. Sex Education manages to strike the incredibly fine balance between comedy and intrigue. It’s a balance that makes the show feel lighthearted, but still enticing, enough to keep clicking the “Next Episode” button. Full Story

Melissa McCarthy’s Ironic Oscar Nom

Duana Posted by Duana at January 22, 2019 18:14:47 January 22, 2019 18:14:47
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Maybe the title above isn’t fair. Melissa McCarthy got an Oscar Best Actress nomination for playing Lee Israel, an irascible crank in her 50s who pulled off an incredible scam, and Can You Ever Forgive Me is completely worth your time. The nomination is completely deserved and also kind of surprising, since the movie and its buzz faded in the last few weeks, and because McCarthy has been a relatively quiet contender in the Best Actress categories at the Globes/Critics/SAGs – although that may change now?  The irony, though, comes because McCarthy plays not just an unlikeable woman, but a woman who’s trying – and failing – to get acknowledgement for her work, and it’s consistently not working. Full Story

Regina King and the Beale Street 3

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 22, 2019 17:42:06 January 22, 2019 17:42:06

All of us who write on this site have written repeatedly about how much we love If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s so … much. This is a film that will hold up, there will never be a time, in 10 years, 20 years, 100 years, when it won’t be relevant, when it won’t be seen as a masterpiece from the storytelling to the acting to the directing to the score. Full Story

A Star is… Spiked? Or is it Argo-ed? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 22, 2019 17:04:55 January 22, 2019 17:04:55

There are always snubs on Oscar nomination day. Some snubs are bigger than others. Because they’re so unexpected. This year’s #1 Oscar snub is Bradley Cooper for Best Director. And yet, it was not a bad morning for A Star is Born. ASIB earned 8 nominations, including Best Picture, tied with Vice for second-most nominated film after Roma and The Favourite. Full Story

Black Panther makes history again

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 22, 2019 16:45:18 January 22, 2019 16:45:18
Jean Baptiste Lacroix/ Jon Kopaloff/ Frazer Harrison/ Presley Ann/ Gregg DeGuire/ Taylor Hill/ Han Myung-Gu/ Leon Bennett/ Valerie Macon/ Handout/ Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/ Dave J Hogan/ Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images

Black Panther was the biggest movie of 2018. Oh sure, Avengers: Infinity War made more money, but Black Panther was right behind as the #2 moneymaker of the year, and there is no denying that it was THE cultural film moment of 2018. No movie made a bigger impact last year than Black Panther. And still we worried about its chances for an Oscar nomination. Full Story

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The Academy almost got it all right

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 22, 2019 16:16:51 January 22, 2019 16:16:51
Rich Fury/ Charley Gallay/ Michael Kovac/ Vivien Killea/ Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images

With one big exception, which Duana will be posting about later, this morning’s Oscar nominations are almost entirely acceptable. 2018 was a GREAT year for film, so for sure one of your faves didn’t get nominated. Eighth Grade got shut out, for instance. And Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers didn’t get nominated in the Best Documentary category (although I heard some compelling arguments against Strangers and its structure from documentarians so I’m not terribly surprised by that one). Full Story

Chris Pine starts the day (again)

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 22, 2019 14:25:17 January 22, 2019 14:25:17
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We kicked off the site yesterday with photos of Chris Pine heading to New York for promotional appearances for I Am the Night. Here he is yesterday on Good Morning America. He decided on an oatmeal clingy-ish sweater tucked into brown pants. The sweater is textured but it reads more casual, to me at least, than it might in person. Full Story