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  1. Earlier this year, Guneet Monga's 'Period. End of Sentence' created history (both for the world and India) by winning the Best Documentary Short Subject at the Oscars 2019, and now, it looks like the 92nd Academy Awards too will be pretty much owned by India as another short film, 'Kamali', has qualified for the Oscars 2020. In fact, 'Kamali' recently won praises and the Best Documentary award at the Atlanta Film Festival. 'Kamali' is based on the life of Suganthi, a single mother from Tamil Nadu and how she strives each day to raise her 9-year-old skateboarder daughter. Facebook According to a report in The News Minute, Kamali's mentor Aine Edwards said. "When Suganthi (Kamali's mother) sees her children, she reflects on her childhood and how she could not do the things she wished to do because of the society. Today, she wants Kamali to taste the freedom she did not have." Aine further added, "The crew came and shot the film over six weeks. After it was edited, they even sent it to the Mumbai International Short Film Festival in December 2018, where it won Best Director Award." Twitter When asked about the awards the short film has won so far, Kamali's mother said, "I think this award is the biggest achievement of my life, only after my children, of course." For those of you who didn't know, 9-year-old Kamali Moorthy is the only girl skateboarder from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. She has reportedly, travelled across the country along with professional skateboarding teams to promote skateboarding as a sport. Kamali also dreams of becoming a professional surfer. The 24-minute short film, 'Kamali' is directed by Sasha Rainbow, a filmmaker from New Zealand. Let's hope that 'Kamali' wins an award at Oscars 2020 and makes sure that everyone across the globe knows how talented this little girl is and how her mother struggles each day to give her a better life.
  2. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga and Bradley - the 'it' onscreen couple of the season, thanks to 'A Star Is Born', and honestly anyone can see the chemistry between them, especially when you see them performing together. Well, that kind of closeness would make anyone jealous, right? Especially their significant others? And, looks like that's what has happened. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper absolutely KILLED this #Oscars pic.twitter.com/0MIG7WT6m0 — Nirupam Bhardwaj (@imrock45) February 25, 2019 People couldn't help but notice the, ahem, special seating arrangement at the Oscars. Take a look, can you see it clearly? Image1 Yep, Bradley's fianceé Irina Shayk made sure she's sitting between the two stars that were recently born (sorry, bad joke) and separates them, and well, the biggest petty energy of 2019 was born. irina shayk sitting between lady gaga and bradley cooper and girrrrrrrrl, i would be too. #Oscars — crystal (@crystalhoff) February 25, 2019 Yes, it's all a joke and no one is really hating on any of them, it's just so funny and I feel like everyone appreciates some pettiness. While a lot of people who actually ship a non-existent romance between Bradley and Lady Gaga would love this, that's not the case. It's just people poking fun at Irina for sitting in the middle. bradley breaking his neck tryna see gaga this is too much i can't breathe pic.twitter.com/ITE7FeWqYk — r (@bluntgaga) February 25, 2019 Oops. Thinking about how Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have to go back to their seats and act like they didn't just eye **** on stage in front of Irina pic.twitter.com/qL2vJwZq7U — Ria (@BarstoolRia) February 25, 2019 That gif tho. I know Irina Shayk made sure to put herself BETWEEN Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and I'm crying ððð #Oscars #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/S4qUoEEbH8 — Nia â¤ï¸ (@niasimone_duh) February 25, 2019 Oh come on. Irina Shayk after watching Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sing together #Oscars pic.twitter.com/SnbVDVjICE — Saba Bashir (@sbvb20) February 25, 2019 The pettiest energy. Irina Shayk making sure she's sitting between Gaga and Bradley is the petty energy I want to see in 2019 — Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) February 25, 2019 Somebody's gonna catch some hands. Irina Shayk sitting between Gaga and Bradley like #Oscars pic.twitter.com/8Opst6aydp — Dorin (@Innuendorin) February 25, 2019 Sure. irina sitting between bradley and lady gaga at the #Oscars pic.twitter.com/a6nfZsmdz3 — gabby veri (@gabbyveri) February 25, 2019 Umm. Irina Shayk watching Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga on stage #Oscars pic.twitter.com/qk15Hx96VX — s (@kerrywshngtn) February 25, 2019 Yep. Gaga and Bradley trying to talk to each other while irina is in the middle has me laughing so hard — Rachael â­ (@GovrnmtUnicorn) February 25, 2019 Exactly. irina shayk watching bradley cooper & lady gaga performing shallow pic.twitter.com/Tvv91foKdW — Nick Usen (@nickusen) February 25, 2019
  3. The Marvel universe is just that, a pure marvel. It boasts of a following that's no less religious about its super teams and superheroes, than the ones who believe in the existence of a higher order placed within holy shrines. An array of captivating movies and stunning characters have taken birth on-screen under the Marvel Studios banner over the years. From the 'X-Men' to 'Fantastic Four' and 'Spiderman' to 'Deadpool', Marvel universe's oeuvre is packed with the best of the best that there are in the arena. © Marvel Studios Yet, regardless of the marvellous stories, and powerful characters that have made their way to the silver screen over the years, with over close to 35 Oscar nominations to its credit, none of them actually came close to take the gilded dude home. However, Marvel's bad luck with Oscars seems to have come to an end as 'Black Panther' won an Oscar for the Best Costume Design in a Motion Picture. 'Black Panther' had earned seven Oscar nominations in the Academy Awards 2019, of which designer Ruth Carter's costume designs for the film brought home the gold! Not just that, Carter also became the first black woman to ever win under the Costume Design category. In her acceptance speech, Carter said, “ It's been my life's honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you for honouring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.” Apart from costume design, 'Black Panther' also won an Oscar for Best Production Design in a Motion Picture. Production designer Hannah Beachler also happens to be the first black artist to not only win under this category but also get nominated in the category in the last 90 years. Hannah Beachler to @laraspencer after becoming 1st African-American to win #Oscar in production design: "I want all the young women of color...to be able to now stand on my shoulders." Backstage #Oscars moments presented by @Cadillac. https://t.co/VY7QZnkOdq #KeepRising pic.twitter.com/tGxY3OFdUY — Good Morning America (@GMA) February 25, 2019 But if you thought that was it, you're wrong. It seems 'Black Panther' was on a mission to make up for all of Marvel's lost chances, and went on to bag an Oscar for Best Score in Motion Picture, which was accepted by composer Ludwig Goransson. It's been a good day for the cast and crew of 'Black Panther' and the rest of us Marvel fanatics. Wakanda Forever!
  4. Arguably one of the biggest ceremonies that honour the genius of filmmakers and actors, the Academy Awards aka the Oscars have developed a knack for keeping all the film enthusiasts on their toes. Thus, when the 91st Academy Awards came calling on 25th February, the 'Oscar fever' once again took over the world. From fans, celebrities to even sports icons, everyone was seen expressing their views on the recently-concluded awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California. Such has been the buzz around the Oscars that everyone wants to cash in and ride the wave. Something similar surfaced on the social media when England's 'Barmy Army' presented their own version of the Oscars. Ahead of the much-anticipated awards ceremony, the England's fan group shared a collage of pictures on the social media and asked the fans to vote for the 'Best Supporting Actor' category. Taking a dig at Australia's infamous ball-tampering scandal, the tweet carried pictures of Aussie cricket stars - Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Darren Lehmann - as nominees for 'Best Supporting Actor' award. It's almost time for the Oscars! Who gets your vote for Best Supporting Actor? #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/jSSre5vdoG — England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) February 24, 2019 While the tweet was a light-hearted take on one of Australia's darkest hours in cricket, it infuriated the Oz fans who, then, took turns to present their own nominations which included England cricketers. " And Oscar for Best Lead and Supporting Actor goes to... "#Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/yOuD8qrEYc — Mandvee Mishra (@im_mandvee) February 25, 2019 Taking a dig at the assault case of Ben Stokes, an Australian fan was seen sharing the photos of the England all-rounder and Alex Hales before nominating the duo for 'Best Lead Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actor'. Best actress goes to..... pic.twitter.com/0csu7ZNAom — Craig Lewis (@Lew1570) February 25, 2019 Another Aussie loyalist shared a picture of Stuart Broad and nominated him for the 'Best Actress' category. Apart from cricket, the Oscars also seemed to have engulfed football as Atletico Madrid mocked their city rivals Real over a controversial penalty in their 2-1 win over Levante on the same day as the awards ceremony. Casemiro should be given a #Oscars for this dive that won Real Madrid a penalty. pic.twitter.com/ngLWxVRs4D — Hakuna Matata (@Matoke_) February 24, 2019 Although there seemed to be minimal contact between the two players, Casemiro went down on the ground after a clearance by Cheick Doukoure. The referee awarded a penalty to Real before it went to VAR and the decision stood. Thereon, Gareth Bale scored from the spot and sealed the game for Los Blancos. ð½ La noche de los Oscars ha arrancado a lo grande. ¿Una película? #LaHistoriaInterminable. Atléticos, ¿cuál elegís vosotros? ð­ — Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 24, 2019 Taking a dig at Casemiro's alleged theatrics, Atletico tweeted: “Oscar night has ripped out big. A movie? #TheEndlessStory Athletics, which one do you choose?". Os recomiendo la del “Corazón de la DÉCIMA” y “UNDÉCIMA”. yo las tengo hasta en dvd!! ð — Dani Carvajal Ramos (@DaniCarvajal92) February 24, 2019 However, the tweet didn't really go down well with Real defender Dani Carvajal who replied back: "I recommend the "Heart of the TENTH" and "ELEVENTH". I have them up on DVD!".
  5. Jason Momoa is all about effortless fashion, and he just proved it yet again on the Red Carpet for the Oscars 2019. His super rugged, scruffy aesthetic with his signature flowing locks strikingly complemented his dust pink suit, that was designed by the iconic Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away on the 19th of February. His accessory game just hit a major fashion sixer and proved that you don't have to go extravagant to create an iconic moment in fashion. © Getty Images The 'Aquaman' star carried a pink velvet Fendi scrunchie with him, just in case he later wanted to tie up his long tresses. The statement way he converted that little accessory as a super cool add-on to his pink suit, is one for the books. He tied it around his wrist, without a sliver of hesitation whatsoever. © Getty Images © Getty Images Now, if anyone on this planet can be secure about their masculinity without checking off the pointers on the list, it has to be this man right here. He could wear a little black frilly dress and still look manly, and he clearly knows that - which is why he probably didn't so much as think twice before embracing the pink velvet scrunchie. And isn't this exactly how fashion should work? Adherence to gender-based boundaries? No, thanks! © Filmmagic © Getty Images He matched his outfit with his wife Lisa Bonet, and also somehow ended up coordinating it with his other 'Queen' - the mother of dragons herself. © Instagram/prideofgypsies Way to go, Jason!
  6. It's that time of the year again, folks. The 61st Academy Awards, also known as the legendary Oscars, was held and the best in the business showed up in all their glory. While it's hard for men to compete with the glitz and the glamour that the ladies bring to the red carpet, they're not so far behind. From head-to-toe velvet to sequin trains, the red carpet had it all. The event has a black tie dress code, leaving lesser room for experiment. While there were a few classic tuxedos, a few edgier outfits also grabbed the spotlight this year. Here's our list of the 10 best dressed men at the Oscars 2019: 1. Jason Momoa © Getty Images Wearing a pink velvet suit designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi, Jason Momoa looked classy AF. No one does it like Aquaman! 2. Chris Evans © Getty Images Cap wore a light blue velvet dinner jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo to the award show. Who else pulls off blue better than Captain America himself anyway? 3. Chadwick Boseman © Getty Images The Black Panther himself wore a black sequin jacket by Givenchy with a train and Bulgari jewelry. We're team Chadwick forever, just like Wakanda. 4. Billy Porter © Getty Images Actor Billy Porter wore a custom tuxedo gown by Christian Siriano and looked fabulous. It's 2019 and gender fluid clothing is definitely here to stay. 5. Michael B. Jordan © Getty Images Michael B. Jordan looked fine as hell in a midnight blue velvet dinner jacket by Tom Ford. Now that's the 'Creed' we believe in. 6. Paul Rudd © Getty Images Paul Rudd looked downright classy in a blue Canali suit with a bowtie. Never underestimate the power of blue, Ant-Man would agree. 7. Henry Golding © Getty Images The 'Crazy Rich Asians' star showed up in a custom Ralph Lauren Purple Label tuxedo. He opted for a white bowtie instead of a classic black one and made the look understated yet edgy. 8. Nicholas Hoult © Getty Images Nicholas Hoult looks chic in an asymmetric all-black Dior Homme outfit. The striking jacket has asymmetric pleat detailing which is a refreshing change to a classic tuxedo we didn't know we needed. 9. David Oyelowo © Getty Images Jewel tones never did anyone wrong. David Oyelowo rocks an all velvet green tuxedo by Etro at the red carpet and 'be-dazzled' everyone. 10. Bradley Cooper © Getty Images All things aside, a classic tuxedo is a fail-safe red carpet stunner. Bradley Cooper looked dapper in custom Tom Ford tuxedo. We're still in this look's 'Hangover' (excuse the puns please). Congratulations to all the award winners and these men who blessed our eyes with their style!
  7. "I can't believe a film on menstruation just won an Oscar!" - said 25-year-old director, Rayka Zehtabchi. Honestly, neither can we. But, Guneet Monga's 'Period. End of Sentence' has created history (both for the world and India) by winning the Best Documentary Short Subject at the 91st Academy Awards aka Oscars 2019. © Twitter The documentary, which deals with the stigma around menstruation in rural India, revolves around a group of women who didn't have access to pads that further lead to health problems. But, when a sanitary pad machine is installed in their village, they start learning how to manufacture and market their own pads, in order to become financially independent and also improve their hygiene. © sikhya entertainment India swelled with pride when the short documentary was announced as the winner. In fact, from Guneet Monga, Priyanka Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Akshay Kumar to Joey King, Twitter is flooded with congratulatory messages and wishes for the team and the movie. One of the most special moments of the evening...a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #Periodendofsentence team, and my fearless friend @guneetm!! #Oscars2019 — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 25, 2019 Congratulations to @guneetm and the entire team of #PeriodEndOfSentence for winning big at the #Oscars! Much needed topic of discussion and well deserved win ðð — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2019 WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth... know that you are a goddess... if heavens are listening... look MA we put @sikhya on the map â¤ï¸ — Guneet Monga (@guneetm) February 25, 2019 Congratulations Guneet!!! #Oscar #PeriodEndOfSentence ð¤ð¤ð¤ https://t.co/QbyXKHWMsZ — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) February 25, 2019 Congrats MrMuruganandam,cast&crew of 'Period,End of sentence'.Women's issue which was considered awkward in our country for long is now taken to the level of Oscars' recognition to reach the entire population of the world.Proud of you, the makers of the film.#Periodendofsentence — R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) February 25, 2019 Congrats Guneet Monga @sikhya ! for coproducing this documentary film that won the Oscar. https://t.co/PV2w3yZMgD — Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) February 25, 2019 Congratulations @guneetm for Winning an Oscar for the short film PERIOD ! My producer and India's pride . — Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) February 25, 2019 “I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything! I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!” — Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 25, 2019 “A period should end a sentence not a girls education” â¤ï¸ #oscars — Joey King (@JoeyKing) February 25, 2019 “I'm not crying because I'm on my period...” is the new standard by which all opening sentences of acceptance speeches should be judged. — Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) February 25, 2019 The family of Sneha, one of the women who appeared in the documentary, have been celebrating ever since the it won the award. Hapur: Family of Sneha, one of the women appearing in 'Period. End of Sentence.' which won #Oscars for Best Documentary Short Subject celebrate in Kathikhera village. It's based on a group of women, including her, which led a revolution here against taboo surrounding menstruation pic.twitter.com/88Aaujjksy — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 25, 2019 'Period. End of Sentence' also features the real 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganantham and his unit in UP's Hapur, where the documentary is based.
  8. The 91st Academy Awards got off to a fantastic start, thanks to a memorable performance by the surviving members of the iconic band 'Queen' and Adam Lambert. A rocking performance which included them singing the classic 'We Will Rock You' from 'Bohemian Rhapsody' saw the crowd engage immensely with the aura of their music. The so called 'hostless' Oscars' stage was then taken over by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph. The trio's 'Not Your Oscar Hosts' opening was received with a huge roar of laughter from the crowd. Moving on, just like every year, this year's 'Biggest Night Of Hollywood' was another memorable affair. From winners to reunions to special moments, here are some highlights from 91st Academy Awards. 1) Making India Proud © BCCL Oscars 2019 proved to be a historic night for India as Guneet Monga's 'Period. End Of Sentence' won 'Best Documentary Short Subject' at the awards. The film based on menstruation was competing with the likes of 'Black Sheep', 'End Game', 'Lifeboat' and 'A Night at the Garden'. 2) Real Life Captain © Twitter/9gag Chris Evans had a real life 'Captain America' moment because of his chivalrous act towards 'Best Supporting Actress' winner Regina King. Evans helped King up the stairs proving him to be the leading candidate for 'Best At Supporting Actors' award. 3) Wayne's World Reunion © Entertainment tonight Mike Myers and Dana Carvey had a reunion (which we're not worthy of) at the Oscars. The duo's coming together reminded people of the iconic friends headbanging violently while singing along a Queen song in the car scene. Mike and Dana came together to introduce 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. 4) 'Wa-kanda' Awards © Bustle After the amazing year that Marvel has had, many people questioned, “Wa-kan-da awards Marvel hasn't won?” It turns out it was the Oscars. Marvel ended its barren run of the prestigious awards by winning not one, not two, but three trophies as 'Black Panther' won awards for 'Best Costume Design', 'Best Production Design' and 'Best Original Score'. 5) Cooper And Gaga's Show What stole the show was Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's intimate performance of their song 'Shallow' from the movie 'A Star Is Born'. We cannot be thankful enough for a performance like that. Shallow also led Lady Gaga to her first ever Oscar in the 'Best Song' category. 6) Brian And Melissa's Parody Brian Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy performed a subtle parody by putting on a fashion show when they came out to announce the category for 'Best Costume Design'. McCarthy stepped out in a mash-up of 'The Favourite' and 'Mary Queen of Scots' in bunny rabbit couture, completed with a bunny hand puppet, while Henry rocked a 'Mary Poppins Returns' look with lots of lace and a dress to match. Below is the list of all the winners of the coveted trophy. Best Picture Green Book Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Best Actor Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Best Actress Olivia Colman, The Favourite Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, Green Book Best Supporting Actress Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk Best Original Screenplay Green Book Best Adapted Screenplay BlacKkKlansman Best Cinematography Roma Best Film Editing Bohemian Rhapsody Best Sound Mixing Bohemian Rhapsody Best Sound Editing Bohemian Rhapsody (John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone) Best Original Score Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson Best Original Song "Shallow" A Star is Born (written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt; performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga) Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Best Costume Design Black Panther (Ruth E. Carter) Best Visual Effects First Man Best Animated Short Film Bao Best Documentary Feature Free Solo Best Documentary Short Period. End of Sentence. Best Foreign Language Film Roma (Mexico) Best Production Design Black Panther Best Makeup and Hairstyling Vice Best Live-Action Short Film Skin
  9. Academy Awards 2019 saw Billy Porter, the 'Pose' actor (previously a Tony winner), as one of the first to arrive on the red carpet in a glorious gown by Christian Siriano paired with jewellery by Oscar Heyman and Bros. © Getty Images A few details of his outfit included: the velvety silk lapels, the Victorian white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. © Getty Images Adam Smith, Billy Porter's husband cleaned up sharp in a suit and white bow tie by his side. Take a look. © Getty Images And if this is too much to handle, he even made a change later in the evening, into another look for his hosting duties (with Elaine Welteroth, Ashley Graham, and Maria Menounos). Ensemble number two was tux-inspired, but featured wide leg pants and an embellished skinny tie. © Getty Images © Getty Images In the last month, he's even worn an embellished suit with a fuchsia-lined cape at the Golden Globes. © Getty Images Back home, Ranveer Singh has never shied away from wearing ghaghras or lehengas. We think 2019 is going to be the year of gender fluid fashion and we support it completely. © Getty Images
  10. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 2019 Oscar nominations late Tuesday evening, with 'Roma' and 'The Favourite' leading in the league with an incredible 10 nominations a film. via GIPHY Fellow nominees in this category happened to be 'Black Panther', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Green Book', 'A Star Is Born', 'Vice' and 'BlacKkKlansman'. via GIPHY Where on one hand 'A Star Is Born' and 'Vice' earned a giant 8 nominations per film, 'Black Panther' earned 7, 'BlacKkKlansman' got nominated in 6 and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' earned a total of 5 nominations. via GIPHY 'Green Book' also remained a major eye-catcher this year with 5 nominations. If we talk about the directing category ( via GIPHY ), after spending 30 years in Hollywood, Spike Lee finally earned his first Best Director Oscar nomination for 'BlacKkKlansman'. On the other hand, though Bradley Cooper earned praise for directing 'A Star Is Born', he was snubbed in this category. via GIPHY Lady Gaga got her first nomination for Best Actress for the same film. Rami Malek (in 'Bohemian Rhapsody') got nominated for the first time ever for the Best Actor. via GIPHY The biggest surprise came in after Black Panther's unexpected nomination in the Best Film category. On a good note, 'Roma' becomes the first film to earn Netflix its first ever Academy nomination. Let us take a look at all the nominees of this year: Best Picture Black Panther (Kevin Feige, Producer) BlacKkKlansman (Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers) Bohemian Rhapsody (Graham King, Producer) The Favourite (Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers) Green Book (Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers) Roma (Gabriela Rodriguez and Alfonso Cuaron, Producers) A Star Is Born (Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers) Vice (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers) Best Director Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) Adam McKay (Vice) Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) Best Actress Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) Glenn Close (The Wife) Olivia Colman (The Favourite) Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) Best Actor Christian Bale (Vice) Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate) Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams (Vice) Marina de Tavira (Roma) Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) Emma Stone (The Favourite) Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali (Green Book) Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born) Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) Sam Rockwell (Vice) Best Original Screenplay The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara) First Reformed (Paul Schrader) Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly) Roma (Alfonso Cuaron) Vice (Adam McKay) Best Adapted Screenplay A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Will Fetters & Bradley Cooper) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee) If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty) Best Makeup & Hairstyling Border (Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer) Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks) Vice(Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney) Best Costume Design The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres) Black Panther (Ruth E. Carter) The Favourite (Sandy Powell) Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell) Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne) Best Cinematography The Favourite (Robbie Ryan) Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel) Roma (Alfonso Cuaron) A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique) Cold War (Lukasz Zal) Best Original Song "All the Stars" (Black Panther) Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith) Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe "I'll Fight" (RBG) Music and Lyric by Diane Warren "The Place Where Lost Things Go" (Mary Poppins Returns) Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman "Shallow" (A Star Is Born) Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch Best Original Score Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson) BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard) If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell) Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat) Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman) Best Documentary Feature Free Solo (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill) Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim) Minding the Gap (Bing Liu and Diane Quon) Of Fathers and Sons (Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert) RBG (Betsy West and Julie Cohen) Best Animated Feature Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle) Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson) Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito) Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) Best Foreign-Language Film Capernaum (Lebanon) Cold War (Poland) Never Look Away (Germany) Roma (Mexico) Shoplifters (Japan) Best Sound Mixing Black Panther (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin) Bohemian Rhapsody (Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali) First Man (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis) Roma (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia) A Star Is Born (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow) Best Sound Editing Black Panther (Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker) Bohemian Rhapsody (John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone) First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan) A Quiet Place (Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl) Roma (Sergio Diaz and Skip Lievsay) Best Production Design Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart) The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton) First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas) Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim) Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez) Best Visual Effects Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick) Christopher Robin (Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould) First Man (Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm) Ready Player One (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk) Solo: A Star Wars Story (Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy) Best Film Editing BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown) Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman) The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis) Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito) Vice (Hank Corwin) Best Animated Short Animal Behaviour (Alison Snowden and David Fine) Bao (Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb) Late Afternoon (Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco) One Small Step (Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas) Weekends (Trevor Jimenez) Best Live-Action Short Detainment (Vincent Lambe and Darren Maho) Fauve (Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon) Marguerite (Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset) Mother (Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado) Skin (Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman) Best Documentary Short Black Sheep (Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn) End Game (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman) Lifeboat (Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser) A Night at the Garden (Marshall Curry) Period. End of Sentence. (Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton) The Academy is known for following its own set of rules and seems to have got less affected by the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, it is the final voting by the jury that would ultimately decide the fate of all these nominees. via GIPHY The Oscars will take place on February 24, 2019. We will keep you updated with more stories till the awards conclude.
  11. The race to the 91st Academy Awards is heating up and as we are nearing the big day in Hollywood, it is becoming difficult for fans and critics to figure out their list of nominees in various categories. Amongst the nominees under major categories, the ones for the film direction remain highly popular each year. Choosing the best director of the year is a very particular task and often with the ongoing reviews and fans' expectations, the jury takes a decision which is later criticized. Remember how only last year, Christopher Nolan was snubbed for a record-breaking fifth time by the Academy? Well, surprises and snubs are common each year and may be highly visible this year too with so many great contenders and films around. After going through each film and each category, we have come up with a list of best directors of the year 2018. Take a look below to know who all may be nominated this year under the Best Director category at the Academy Awards: Alfonso Cuarón Orozco – Roma When 'Gravity' won multiple Oscars in 2014 including the one for the Best Director, Alfonso Cuarón's fate changed and he became one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. © YouTube His efforts in directing the science-fiction thriller were so weighty, that he famously made one journalist believe about the film having been shot in space. After 4 years, the maestro is back with his most artistic work till date, 'Roma' has set the bar high. Emerging from Alfonso's own life in Mexico, the semi-autobiographical work is not only technically absorbing, but the director has also made sure to leave the audience with a cinematic experience larger than life. The film's black and white theme is a magnificent product of his imagination. His nominations in the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards, strengthen his stance for his next Oscar. Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born This has been so far a rewarding year for actor Bradley Cooper who debuted in the world of film direction through his much talked about flick 'A Star Is Born'. A three-time Oscar nominee for acting, Cooper gave us a movie that is emotionally profound, brilliantly written and intensely directed. As a first time director, Cooper has done a brilliant job which made us think that he could be the one this year. 'A Star Is Born' also resonates of how fabulously he has acted too while sitting in the director's seat. © Warner Bros He has made sure to add new hues to the old story thus creating an immaculate piece. Critics all over the world have given thumbs up about cooper's nomination; he has already been announced the Best Director trophy by the National Board of Review. He has also been nominated for the Golden Globes in the same category. Peter Farrelly - Green Book While the reviews about 'Green Book' are mostly positive thus advancing its slant for the big day, critics are also highlighting Peter Farrelly's expertise as the film's director. © YouTube Known for directing films like 'Dumb and Dumber' and 'There's Something About Mary', Farrelly has dug in this time and gave us a perfect example of masterful storytelling. We aren't surprised about his nominations for the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards, looks like this is going to be a remarkable year for the director. Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee, the 1990 Oscar nominee for 'Do the Right Thing' is back with his highly acclaimed work 'BlacKkKlansman', a film that hit the audiences straight away. It is said to be Spike Lee's best work till date after his all-powerful 'Malcolm X'. The film is a perfect balance of adroit narration and exquisite direction. Also nominated for the Globes, Lee has all chances of winning the golden trophy. The film is also expected to get nominated in multiple categories at the Oscars. Adam McKay – Vice Though the world is going gaga about Christian Bale's performance and his transformation journey in Adam McKay's 'Vice', critics are also lauding the director's will to breathe life in a stale story. © YouTube The Oscar-winning director has bolstered his position this season and has effortlessly become the jury's favorite. Before we reach any conclusion, we must also take note of his willingness to work with Bale again and present a dialogue highlighting Bale's performance that has surpassed the film's direction. Howbeit, McKay is up in the list of nominees for the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards. Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins came to the limelight with his 2017 win for Best Adapted Screenplay (Moonlight), a film that was otherwise shadowed by the great 'La La Land' snub. © YouTube Looks like he is all geared up this season too, with his singular anecdote - 'If Beale Street Could Talk'. This intimate piece of art gives you the 'Moonlight' feels, however, is distinctive from the direction perspective. The film has got many visually stunning moments and is just too beautiful to be ignored especially in the direction category. Though Jenkins has not been nominated for the Globes, he is immensely talented and this movie is a pure gift for the moviegoers. We are expecting him to be one of the nominees despite a line of directors ahead of him in the race. Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite When visually appealing films like 'The Favourite' are made, it takes up an immense amount of courage and devotion for a director. Such projects take years for completion and need much involvement from the one who directs the film. © YouTube 'The Favourite' started somewhere near 2 decades ago and concluded its journey in 2018. Yorgos Lanthimos took us back in time by skillfully recreating the Victorian era. He is one director whose work is not everyone's cup of tea. He was previously nominated for creating the Best Original Screenplay for 'The Lobster. He has been snubbed by the Globes, on the other hand, his film has received 14 nominations for Critics' Choice Awards. He might get nominated for the Oscars too for creating a vividly stunning film. Damien Chazelle The proud Oscar winner for 'La La Land' and also the youngest winner in the direction category is back in the scene with another Ryan Gosling starrer flick 'First Man'. This is Chazelle's first attempt in creating a science fiction, and a very laborious one. Quite different from his previously directed films, this director needs more attention from the critics because 'Firstman' is not a film that could have easily been made. Not like 'Gravity' and nothing like 'Interstellar' this one is a clear emotional ride into space. Tough job done by Chazelle might not be easily overlooked by the jury. Ryan Coogler – Black Panther We know that this is a superhero genre movie and is almost not eligible for consideration by the Academy, however, the film has been nominated for the Golden Globes and that too in a major film category. © YouTube While fans are contemplating if the film could be a Best Picture winner, we simply cannot ignore the high-end direction that has gone behind creating this superhero genre masterpiece. As the film moves ahead in the race with strong contenders like 'Roma', this somehow creates space and more likeliness for Ryan Coogler's first Academy nomination. Regardless, 'Black Panther' made us see something beyond the regular superhero films and certainly became a cultural phenomenon. Honourable Mentions Rob Marshall – Mary Poppins Returns Marielle Heller – Can You Ever Forgive Me? Steve McQueen – Widows Clint Eastwood – The Mule Paul Schrader – First Reformed John Krasinski – A Quiet Place
  12. Oscars 2019 is nearing and boy, it's going to a tight race this time, thanks to the string of mind-blowing string of performances we witnessed this year. via GIPHY It goes without saying that Rami Malek is leading the race after his unbelievably brilliant portrayal of the iconic Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. via GIPHY However, he does have some serious competition lined up: Christian Bale - Vice Academy Award winner Christian Bale has gone through a massive transformation in Adam McKay's 'Vice', and we see him as one of the front-runners this awards season. via GIPHY Bale delivers a distinctive performance as he imitates former Vice President Dick Cheney. The world is all in praise of Bale's acting here and we now know up to what extent he can strain himself to add weight to his character. Literally, if needed. via GIPHY Though he didn't receive any nominations for his transformative role in 'The Machinist', we are highly positive of this one, as his magnificence and hard work cannot be ignored. Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper is in the limelight again after years, thanks to his highly commercial and critically acclaimed film 'A Star Is Born'. via GIPHY Bradley has not only acted in the film, but has also directed it. This was a performance that was deep and spectacular at every level. As much as the glitter was on Lady Gaga, Cooper effortlessly shifted the spotlight upon him at various junctures in the film. via GIPHY Cooper's evolution in the film was much of an emotional ride for fans who have always seen him doing the bro-dude characters (apart from the one in 'Silver Linings Playbook'). We predict Cooper to be amongst one of the nominees. Who knows, he might win as well! Viggo Mortensen - Green Book Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book' is receiving a very clear response from the audience, thanks to Viggo Mortensen's poignant act that has landed him almost to the Academy conversation. via GIPHY Beyond any doubt, this is Viggo's career-defining performance. Toni (played by Viggo) may have used the N-word in the film, however, that would certainly not reduce his chances of getting nominated for Oscars 2019. via GIPHY Though Viggo has never been nominated by the Academy, he has won the SAG-AFTRA for 'The Lord of the Rings'. Robert Redford - The Old Man & The Gun In September this year, Robert Redford announced his retirement from Hollywood leaving his fans disappointed. Redford's last performance as Forrest Tucker in 'The Old Man & the Gun' is now being appreciated. via GIPHY Robert plays a grandpa with a pistol who escapes a prison and carries out a series of bank robberies. via GIPHY Though the film's script and direction are being criticized, Redford has strong chances of getting nominated, thanks to his five-decade-long career that may influence the jury about his nomination. Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody Rami Malek deserves an Oscar for his outstanding performance in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'! Well, this is what people and media outlets are tweeting these days. via GIPHY Malek has added the absolute proportions of boldness, madness, and depth while playing Freddie Mercury, a timeless icon! For some, the film is too much to absorb, for others Rami is the real Queen! via GIPHY It is interesting to note that 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hasn't received any lukewarm responses and has now become the highest grossing music biopic that has ever been made. Rami Malek can be a game changer, and we are entirely positive about his nomination. Honourable Mentions Hugh Jackman – The Front Runner John C. Reilly - Stan & Ollie Ryan Gosling – First Man Stephan James - If Beale Street Could Talk Clint Eastwood – The Mule Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
  13. We are almost two months away from the 91st Academy Awards and before the nominees are announced, critics are busy making their predictions about the front runners of this season. One of the most talked about categories is definitely that of the best actress in a lead role. This year, women have played some incredible characters and have been a part of some of the most thought- provoking stories. They are giving a neck-to-neck competition to each other and it is too difficult to ignore any of them. We have finally made our predictions of the top five, read below to find out the names of actresses who may get nominated for Oscars 2019: 1. Lady Gaga- A Star Is Born Film critics and fans around the world are making their bet on the strongest contender of the year in the best actress category i.e Lady Gaga. The global sensation is not only one of the best singers who ever walked on Earth, but she has also given a tough competition to many brilliant actresses of her generation. 'The Star Is Born' is Gaga's first shot as an actress in a lead role in a mainstream film. In the Bradley Cooper directorial debut film, Gaga plays a pop singer and is the most natural version of herself. She is simply phenomenal. 2. Glenn Close- The Wife Though 'The Wife' has not earned any major traction at the box-office and is neither commercially successful, critics are calling it Glenn Close's performance of a lifetime. Glenn (Joan Castleman) plays an ignored wife of a celebrated author and in her very riveting act, strongly comes into view from the sidelines. Sadly, in her long career in Hollywood Glenn has never received a single Oscar nomination, but this role has strengthened her position for the upcoming awards season. 3. Melissa McCarthy- Can You Ever Forgive Me? After doing plenty of films in the comedy genre and even similar kind of roles, Melissa McCarthy makes a turn in her career through an outstanding performance in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' This is the third film McCarthy has acted in this year and she has indeed given us a glimpse of her caliber. Melissa plays a celebrity biographer Lee Israel who turns into a literary forger. Her role is intense and very intelligently portrayed, something not many have done so far in this genre. She was nominated in the best-supporting-actress category for 'Bridesmaids' in 2012 Oscars and we are suspecting she takes the lead under this year's nominations. 4. Viola Davis- Widows The director of '12 Years a Slave' brings another thoughtful film having a first-rate ensemble cast including the likes of Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya. Academy Award winner Viola Davis gives a moving performance in 'Widows' and has thus strengthened her stand for the best actresses category. Viola who is Veronica in the film not only mourns the loss of her husband, but also fights the evil in a never seen before avatar! Davis is super talented anyway and her involvement in the film is a plus point, especially with respect to her career. This role has transformed Viola as we have watched her doing some very serious stuff over the years now. She is here to give a tough competition to others; her last Academy win was for 'Fences'. 5. Toni Collette- Hereditary Toni Collette gives a tour de force performance in 'Hereditary', a film that is too exceptional to be ignored. Though we are not really sure if the Academy would recognize the film due to its horror genre, we can expect it to be an exception on the lines of 'Get Out'. Toni Collette who plays a disoriented Annie Graham has made sure to capture the audience's attention and holds onto it. She scared to the core with her unbelievable performance and one can't avoid looking at her, even during the most terrifying and heart-sinking junctures in the film. Honourable Mentions: . Felicity Jones - On the Basis of *** . Emma Stone – The Favourite . Rachel Weisz – The Favourite . Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots . Saoirse Ronan – Mary Queen of Scots . Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns . Julia Roberts – Ben is Back . Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased, Destroyer
  14. Seems like we have a back-to-back string of proud moments for every art loving, cinema appreciating Indian out there. After Rima Das' 'Village Rockstars' became the official entry for India to the Oscars 2019, turns out that Bangladesh's official entry now has a wonderful Indian connection. Irrfan Khan's 'Doob- No Bed Of Roses' is now their official entry for the Academy Awards next year. The movie has been co-produced by Irrfan himself and follows the story of a filmmaker, who finds himself simmering in controversy after a tryst with his daughter's friend, that lands him in a soup. The movie has been written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and is apparently inspired by a real-life story which actually shook the conservative Bangladeshi society. © Jaaz Multimedia The movie was banned in the country after everyone claimed that it was loosely based on the life of Humayun Ahmed, a famous Bangladeshi filmmaker who divorced his wife of 27 years and married an actress 33 years his junior. © jaaz mutimedia The ban was eventually lifted last year in October, after which the movie was viewed in many countries and won many critical accolades as well.
  15. While watching a 'masala' pop movie is loved by all of us and re-runs of 'K3G' is like a Sunday jam we play on repeat, can we, for a moment, please praise the movies which are made in some of the most beautiful corners of this country and deserve our dire attention? It gives us immense pleasure in telling you that our official entry for the Oscars is not a big budget, 100-crore scraping movie, but a wonderfully made Assamese film called 'Village Rockstars'. The movie is helmed by Rima Das and follows the story of a 10-year-old boy who dreams of forming his own band and playing guitar. The movie also won a national award in the 'best feature film' category and won many accolodaes across the globe. With tears of joy and a feeling of pride, I humbly accept this news. #VillageRockstars is India's official entry for the #Oscars ! Let that sink in ð https://t.co/CoprRkBT50 — rima das (@rimadasFilm) September 22, 2018 Congratulations have been pouring in for the team for this happy piece of news. Selecting Village Rockstars was a well-calculated decision, because it ticks every box. It's a film rooted in India, has an international appeal and works beautifully at every level-@ananthmahadevan https://t.co/fW4x372O6H — Fenil Seta (@fenil_seta) September 23, 2018 Huge congratulations to @rimadasFilm for her film #VillageRockstars being selected as India's Entry to #Oscars2019.. How proud I am of you Rima ðððð¤ð¤ first after a long a film worthy has been selected. Thanks to the Selection Committee. — Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) September 22, 2018 Congratulations to the talented (and funny) @rimadasFilm! Her lovely film Village Rockstars is India's entry for the Oscars. More power to you Rima. — Vaishali Sinha (@VaishaliSinha) September 22, 2018 I still remember my conversation with @rimadasFilm at @Festival_Cannes I had seen pieces of #VillageRockstars and told her and @siffcy @Jitendra_siffcy that its a matter of time when you will walk up to the #Oscar19 and change the World. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ https://t.co/2DMiKUaLcZ — Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) September 22, 2018 Finally a movie which captures the essence of our roots and tells a narrative straight out of the interiors of our country will represent us. Looks like cinema is evolving now!