Boseman Leads US Screen Actors Guild Noms As ‘Ma Rainey’, ‘Minari’ Soar

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 30, 2019, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther Chadwick Boseman poses with his award in the press room during the 50th NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lisa O’CONNOR / AFP)

 

 

The late Chadwick Boseman earned double Screen Actors Guild awards nominations Thursday, boosting hopes of posthumous Oscars glory for the trailblazing “Black Panther” star.

Hollywood’s acting union nominated Boseman for his lead role as an ambitious young horn player in 1920s blues drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and his supporting role as a Vietnam War soldier in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.”

Both films also scored nominations for best cast — the top prize at the SAG ceremony, which like much of the Tinseltown awards calendar has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Although less high-profile than the Golden Globes nominations a day earlier, the SAG awards are seen as a stronger indicator of Oscars glory, since actors represent the largest branch of the roughly 10,000 Oscar voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Only two actors have ever posthumously won Oscars — Peter Finch for 1976’s “Network,” and Heath Ledger for 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

Boseman died at age 43 in August last year from colon cancer, a diagnosis he never publicly discussed.

Boseman’s co-star Viola Davis also earned a lead actress nod for “Ma Rainey,” putting it in a tie atop the SAG film acting nominations with Korean-American drama “Minari.”

“Minari,” which follows an immigrant family who move to 1980s rural Arkansas to scrape together a new life, is hoping to emulate “Parasite” — which won last year’s SAG best cast prize before ultimately being named the Oscars best picture.

Former “Walking Dead” favorite Steven Yeun and veteran South Korean star Youn Yuh-jung were both recognized for the film, along with the ensemble cast.

Rounding out the prestigious best cast category were a pair of 1960s-set civil rights movies: “One Night in Miami” and courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Netflix again dominated the film nominations with 13, while rival streamer Amazon followed with four.

– Trump row –
Former US president Donald Trump threatened to overshadow the morning’s announcement with an angry letter resigning from the Hollywood union, which had recently launched disciplinary action against him.

In the letter published on Thursday, the former star of reality TV show “The Apprentice” dismissed SAG’s threat to expel him with the words: “Who cares!”

“I no longer wish to be associated with your union… You have done nothing for me,” wrote Trump, whose screen credits include “Home Alone 2” and “Zoolander.”

SAG-AFTRA offered a succinct reply: “Thank you.”

The union had voted last month to find “probable cause of a violation” by Trump in connection with the January 6 mob attack on the US Capitol.

It instructed a committee to investigate those events and Trump’s mistreatment of broadcast journalists — whom the 160,000-member union also represents.

Also among the ranks of SAG members are Hollywood’s stunt workers, who receive their only major awards recognition at the annual SAG ceremony.

“Da 5 Bloods” and “Chicago 7” landed stunt nominations Thursday, alongside Disney’s “Mulan,” Tom Hanks-starring western “News of the World,” and superhero movie “Wonder Woman 1984.”

On the television side, “The Crown” and “Schitt’s Creek” followed a strong showing at the Globes by topping the SAG nominations with five apiece.

The SAGs nominated several TV shows overlooked by the Globes, including Netflix mega-hit “Bridgerton” and acclaimed British drama “I May Destroy You.”

The nominations were announced on Instagram Live by Daveed Diggs — who earned a television acting nod for the Disney+ version of Broadway hit “Hamilton” — and Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”).

The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were twice postponed, first by the pandemic and later by a clash with music’s Grammys. They will now take place on April 4, followed by the Oscars on April 25.

Chadwick Boseman Role In ‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Recast For Sequel

(FILES) Chadwick Boseman, the star of the ground-breaking superhero movie “Black Panther,”  died from colon cancer, his publicist told AFP August 28.
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There will be only one T’Challa: Disney paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman Thursday by announcing that his pioneering role in “Black Panther” will not be recast in the sequel, as the company set out details of its upcoming Marvel superhero films and series.

Boseman died in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer, having never publicly discussed his condition, throwing the follow-up to one of the record-breaking Marvel films’ most acclaimed movies into doubt.

“His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past — and it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Disney’s investor day.

But a planned sequel to the 2018 smash hit — which saw Boseman play the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the franchise — will still go ahead using “all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”

“To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda,” with returning director Ryan Coogler “hard at work on the sequel now,” added Feige.

The original “Black Panther,” set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

The sequel is due in theaters in July 2022.

In a packed presentation covering more than 20 upcoming Marvel films and series, Feige announced that a new “Fantastic Four” movie will be directed by Jon Watts, who helped to reinvigorate the “Spider Man” films.

Disney acquired the movie rights to the “Fantastic Four” characters with its recent takeover of the rival Fox film studio, which had produced a 2015 flop based on the comic books.

Big screen return

Among other Marvel film announcements, Christian Bale joins “Thor: Love and Thunder” as the sequel’s villain, with filming due to start next month.

Samuel L Jackson reprises his role in the franchise for “Secret Invasion” on the Disney+ streaming service, which Feige hyped as “arguably the biggest crossover comic event in the last 20 years.”

With Robert Downey Jr’s popular Iron Man character having seemingly departed the Marvel films, “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress Dominique Thorne will star in new series “Ironheart” about a female genius inventor with an advanced suit of armor.

Marvel films veteran Don Cheadle will reprise his role for “Armor Wars,” also a Disney+ series.

Amid fears Disney could emulate rival Warner Bros in sending next year’s blockbusters straight to streaming, Feige confirmed the long-delayed “Black Widow” superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson will “return to the big screen” in May.

At the start of Disney’s investor day Kareem Daniel, head of the company’s distribution unit, previewed plans to “release roughly 10 Marvel series, 10 ‘Star Wars’ series” as well as 15 Disney series and 15 Disney films on Disney+ “over the next few years.”

Disney also set out plans for a Pixar “origin story” for popular “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear, and a new “Sister Act” sequel with Whoopi Goldberg returning.

A new series based on the “Alien” films but set on Earth will be overseen by Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) along with original director Ridley Scott, while “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will pen songs for “Encanto,” Disney’s 60th animated film set in a Colombian world of magic realism.

 

LeBron James Sombre After Losing Black Panther, Black Mamba In 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers crosses his arms for the Wakanda salute during a moment of silence to honor the death of actor Chadwick Boseman before the start of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

 

LeBron James described 2020 as the worst year of his life on Saturday, with the Los Angeles Lakers superstar losing two of his black heroes just seven months apart.

James honoured actor Chadwick Boseman prior to the Lakers game five first-round playoff contest against Portland by folding his arms across his chest in the Wakanda salute from the Black Panther movie.

Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero blockbuster, died at the age of 43 this week after a battle with cancer. His death comes seven months after former Laker icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

“To lose the Black Panther and the Black Mamba in the same year, we can all agree that 2020 is the (expletive) year … in my 35 years, there is no question,” said James.

James also talked Saturday about stepping up his leadership both on and off the court in the NBA’s pandemic bubble, using his platform to ignite social justice change in communities across the United States.

“It is great to be back on the floor. But more important it is good to have a (social justice) plan and execute it and put into action right away,” said James, who scored 36 points as the Lakers reached the second round of the playoffs with a 131-122 win in over the Trail Blazers.

James this week helped negotiate the NBA’s restart after the players decided to boycott three days of playoff games following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin.

He was part of an initiative Saturday to get Staples Center and other NBA arenas designated as polling stations for the US presidential election this year.

James, who is no fan of US President Donald Trump, has spoken out numerous times since the Black Lives Matter protests started that change can happen when Americans use their right to vote.

“Having NBA arenas for polling sites is unbelievable,” James said. “November is just around the corner and we all understand how important that is.”

James said the players did consider not playing any more games this season, but added he was confident throughout the talks that they could work out a deal with the owners.

“There was some doubt,” James said. “It is great that we put together a plan. We are going to execute it. That is what we have been able to do the last few days.

“With solidarity we stood with our brothers from Milwaukee. We stood with them as a league.”

James said one of the problems with the way the NBA’s bubble was set up is that they are dealing with a busier game schedule than normal.

“We had a mission. That mission was lost in translation,” he said. “When the playoffs started. We were playing every other day.

“When we are trying to create (social justice) change we can’t lose site of what the main thing is. This was an opportunity to take a deep breath.

“It was the moment to just exhale and say what are we really doing and are we really trying to create change.”

James, who is a father, admitted he has thought about leaving the bubble environment in Orlando, Florida, but more so because of reasons other than political ones.

“I have had numerous nights and days, thinking about leaving the bubble. Everyone has. But not because of what has transpired.

“It crossed my mind for sure.”

AFP

‘Black Panther’ Star Boseman Dies At 43 After Battle With Cancer

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 23, 2018 Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives for the World Premiere of the film ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in Hollywood.
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Chadwick Boseman, star of the groundbreaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday.

Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between “countless” operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a statement.

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther,'” they said.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all,” the statement added. He died in his home “with his wife and family by his side,” it said.

Boseman played the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.”

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The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

Earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons, Jackie Robinson, in “42” — Friday, ironically, was Jackie Robinson Day in the US — and James Brown in “Get on Up.”

The news of Boseman’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood and around the world.

“The true power of @chadwickboseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen,” wrote Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even superheroes.”

Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris said she was “heartbroken” and referenced Howard University in Washington, nicknamed Bison, where they both studied.

“My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble,” she tweeted. “He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”

Boseman’s final post to Twitter, on August 12, was to congratulate Harris the day after she was announced as the Democratic candidate for vice president in the 2020 election.

Chris Evans, who played Captain America in the Marvel series, tweeted: “Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship.”

Another of Boseman’s Marvel co-stars, Mark Ruffalo, tweeted: “Brother, you were one of the all-time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya.”

Both Evans and Ruffalo signed off their tweets: “Rest in power, King.”

Leading US civil rights organization the NAACP praised Boseman for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace” and “to walk as a King, without losing the common touch.”

“#RestInPower #BlackPantherForever,” its tweet concluded.

‘Hearts Are Broken’

Boseman had recently appeared in Spike Lee’s Vietnam War-set “Da 5 Bloods,” and was set to appear in a sequel to “Black Panther” due in 2022.

“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace,” wrote the official Marvel Twitter account.

His character T’Challa, king and protector of technologically advanced Wakanda, was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, having been featured in “The Fantastic Four” in 1966.

The Marvel film was celebrated as an important cultural moment for its mainly black cast, and for subverting stereotypes by depicting a prosperous African country that takes in refugees and extends its culture and technology to poorer nations.

Boseman shrugged off doubters who tried to convince him not to give the superhero an African accent.

“There was a time period where people would ask me questions about whether or not an audience could sit through a movie with a lead character that spoke with that accent,” he said at the time.

“I became adamant about the fact that it’s not true,” he added.

Born in South Carolina, the son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur, Boseman has roots in the West African state of Sierra Leone.

Before Marvel, he was best known for his acclaimed portrayal of the legendary Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s “42” (2013), which had the highest-grossing debut for a baseball movie in Hollywood history.

He was also lavished with praise for his interpretation of soul singer Brown in “Get on Up” (2014), earning inclusion among the top 10 performances of 2014 by Time magazine.

AFP

‘Black Panther’ Scores Big Win At Screen Actors Guild Awards

L-R) Actor Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown winners of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “Black Panther” during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 2019. Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP

 

Groundbreaking superhero blockbuster “BlackPanther” on Sunday won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards — a major boost to its campaign for Oscars glory next month.

The film won for best ensemble cast, besting musical romance “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title role in what was the top-grossing film in North America in 2018, explained the film’s significance alongside his co-stars, nearly all of them black.

“We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black,” Boseman told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium.

“We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world — that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see.”

“Black Panther” also won for best stunt ensemble.

This year, the SAG Awards come at a key point in the race to next month’s Academy Awards — just after the Oscars nominations, and well before voting for the winners begins.

The Screen Actors Guild accounts for a major percentage of the 8,000-odd Oscar voters, so the SAG winners will earn a lot of awards season momentum.

Despite four nominations, “A Star Is Born” — the latest iteration of the classic Tinseltown story of an aging star and the ingenue he discovers — went home empty-handed.

One major absentee at the 25th edition of the SAG Awards was Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” — the top Oscar nomination getter was left out of SAG contention.

 Sure bets and surprises 

While SAG-winning casts have only gone on to win a best picture Oscar about half the time, the awards are better at predicting best actor winners (79 percent) and best actress (75 percent).

Glenn Close solidified her frontrunner status in the race for the best actress Oscar with a win for her searing work in “The Wife.”

So far this awards season, she has also won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award.

For best actor, Rami Malek’s star-making turn as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” was rewarded — over Christian Bale’s work in another biopic, as former US vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice.”

“I just never in my wildest dreams thought I could be in a category with these men,” said Malek, who also won a Golden Globe for the role and is nominated for an Oscar.

Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) continued his march to the Oscars by taking the best supporting actor trophy for his work in civil rights dramedy “Green Book.”

Ali — already a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award winner — stars as Don Shirley, a black pianist who hires a white Italian-American driver (Viggo Mortensen) to help him on a tour of the segregated American South in the 1960s.

“I am just really grateful to be amongst this fraternity of people, amongst this fraternity of artists who have the good fortune of getting to deal and wrestle with the human condition and trying to do that responsibly,” he said.

Emily Blunt meanwhile pulled off a major upset, winning the statuette for best supporting actress for “A Quiet Place,” an innovative horror film directed by her husband and co-star, John Krasinski.

“Thank you for giving me the part — you would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t,” she quipped at Krasinski. “You are a stunning filmmaker.”

On the television side, NBC’s popular “This Is Us” won top honors for best drama ensemble cast for the second year in a row, while popular Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” swept the three prizes in the comedy categories.

Jason Bateman won best actor honors for dark Netflix drama “Ozark,” while Sandra Oh triumphed for her work on BBC America drama “Killing Eve.”

And Tom Hanks presented a lifetime achievement award to veteran actor Alan Alda, the star of the long-running TV comedy “M*A*S*H” who revealed last year that he is battling Parkinson’s disease.

“It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes than when a culture is divided so sharply,” Alda said to a rapt audience.

“Actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do. (…) It can’t solve everything, but it wouldn’t hurt.”

AFP

Academy Awards: ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Nominated For Best Picture

In this file photo taken on March 1, 2018 Oscars statuettes stand on display during a preview for the Governors Ball during the 90th annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, California. 
VALERIE MACON / AFP

 

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced with A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther, making it to the Best Picture category.

It is the first time a superhero movie – Disney’s Black Panther – is getting a Best Picture nomination.

In 2018, it was the top-grossing film in North America, taking in more than $700 million in ticket sales.

The Shape of Water had won Best Picture for last year’s Oscars.

This year’s winner, however, will be announced on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Below is the full list of Best Picture nominees as well as nominees in the main categories.

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

“Vice”

Best Director:

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Adam McKay, “Vice”

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 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 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 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 Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Cold War” (Poland)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Best Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mirai”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Golden Globes 2019: Black Panther, A Star Is Born, Others Make Nomination List

Here are the nominees in key categories for the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out today in Beverly Hills.

Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” leads with six nominations, followed by a trio of films tied at five: “A Star is Born,” “The Favourite” and “Green Book.”

– FILM –

Best film, drama

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star Is Born”

Best film, musical or comedy

“Crazy Rich Asians”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“Vice”

Best actor, drama

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Lucas Hedges, “Boy Erased”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”

Best actress, drama

Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer”

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Rosamund Pike, “A Private War”

Best actor, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Mary Poppins Returns”

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Robert Redford, “The Old Man & The Gun”

John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie”

Best actress, musical or comedy

Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Elsie Fisher, “Eighth Grade”

Charlize Theron, “Tully”

Constance Wu, “Crazy Rich Asians”

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book,”

Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Best supporting actress

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Claire Foy, “First Man”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best director

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Adam McKay, “Vice”

Best foreign language film

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Girl” (Belgium)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Best animated feature

“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mirai”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

– TELEVISION –

Best drama series

“The Americans” (FX)

“Bodyguard” (Netflix)

“Homecoming” (Amazon)

“Killing Eve” (BBC America)

“Pose” (FX)

Best drama actor

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Stephan James, “Homecoming”

Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

Best drama actress

Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Julia Roberts, “Homecoming”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Best musical or comedy series

“Barry” (HBO)

“The Good Place” (NBC)

“Kidding” (Showtime)

“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Best musical or comedy actor

Sacha Baron Cohen, “Who Is America”

Jim Carrey, “Kidding”

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Bill Hader, “Barry”

Best musical or comedy actress

Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”

Candice Bergen, “Murphy Brown”

Alison Brie, “GLOW”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”

Best limited series or TV movie

“The Alienist” (TNT)

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)

“Sharp Objects” (HBO)

“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Best limited series or TV movie actor

Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”

Daniel Bruhl, “The Alienist”

Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”

Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”

Best limited series or TV movie actress

Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”

Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

Connie Britton, “Dirty John”

Laura Dern, “The Tale”

Regina King, “Seven Seconds”

– FILMS WITH MOST NOMINATIONS –

“Vice” — 6

“The Favourite” — 5

“Green Book” — 5

“A Star Is Born” — 5

“BlacKkKlansman” — 4

“Mary Poppins Returns” — 4

AFP

From Black Panther To Avengers: Disney Hauls In $7.325bn At 2018 Box Office

Disney posted its second-best year at the box office ever, raking in $7.325 billion worldwide for everything from “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” to hit animated sequel “Incredibles 2” and the latest “Star Wars” film.

Disney remains the only studio to ever post more than $7 billion in annual box office receipts. In 2016, it recorded its best year at $7.6 billion.

“Thanks to the support of fans of Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm around the world, it’s been a monumental year for The Walt Disney Studios,” chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.

In North America, Disney made nearly $3.1 billion, a new industry record, thanks to the runaway success of “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2” — now all among the top 10 highest grossing films of all time.

Each one earned more than $600 million in the United States and Canada.

Cumulatively, those three films alone made $4.64 billion worldwide.

Other successes on the Disney slate include Marvel superhero flick “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Mary Poppins Returns” — which has already made more than $200 million around the world and is still in theaters.

In 2019, Disney has another massive year ahead on the silver screen, with “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” leading the Marvel charge in the spring, and “Frozen 2” due at year’s end, along with “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

New versions of animated classics “Dumbo,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” are yet to come, as is Pixar’s “Toy Story 4 .”

AFP

Disney Makes History Again With $7bn Earnings At Global Box Office

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Walt Disney Studios is again ending the year on a high note, posting more than $7 billion in global box office earnings, thanks to hits such as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“This is only the second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7 billion mark, after Disney’s own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6 billion,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

“The Studios’ estimated international box office gross through December 9 is an estimated $4.069 billion, marking our second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history,” it added.

Disney’s success comes as the studio is set to release “Mary Poppins Returns” on December 19, which is expected to top the box office during the holiday season.

“To date, four of the top eight worldwide releases of the year are from The Walt Disney Studios, including the top two global and top three domestic releases,” the company said.

“Avengers: Infinity War,” made by Disney’s Marvel subsidiary, led the way, earning $2 billion alone. It is followed by superhero movie “Black Panther,” which earned $1.35 billion worldwide.

“Incredibles 2,” made by Pixar, another Disney subsidiary, earned $1.24 billion.

Other top box office earners for 2018 are “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which has held the number one spot at the North American box office for the third consecutive week.

AFP

Black Panther’s Sister, Shuri Gets Own Comic Series

Lagos screening of the Black Panther.

 

In Marvel’s massively successful “Black Panther” film released this year, one of the major surprises was how the superhero’s sister, tech genius Shuri, stole the show. Now, she is getting her own comic book series.

Marvel Comics has announced a spin-off series, to begin in October, in which Black Panther is lost on a mission to space, and Shuri is looked upon to step up to fill the void left by her big brother in their mythical home nation Wakanda.

“The world fell in love with Shuri in the movie. Now, the Black Panther’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures,” the publisher said, confirming news first published by news site Bustle.

British-Guyanese actress Letitia Wright earned praise for her portrayal of Shuri in the smash hit film, which critics agree was a groundbreaking moment for blacks on the silver screen.

While Shuri is not the first black heroine in the Marvel universe — Storm, one of the X-Men, has been around for decades — entire books dedicated to black female characters are rare.

Female Nigerian-American sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor will write “Shuri.” She is already working for Marvel on its “Wakanda Forever” series, which focuses on the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces unit in the fictional nation.

According to Box Office Mojo, “Black Panther” has taken in more than $1.34 billion, making it number nine on the all-time box office list. “Avatar” is the all-time champion at nearly $2.8 billion.

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‘Black Panther’ Star Honours Hero At MTV Awards

(L-R) Actor Winston Duke, host Tiffany Haddish, actor Michael B. Jordan, and actor Chadwick Boseman speak after ‘Black Panther’ won the Best Movie award (Presented by Toyota) onstage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018, in Santa Monica, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV/AFP

 

Landmark blockbuster “Black Panther” and nostalgic horror sensation “Stranger Things” shared the spoils Monday with a real-life hero at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” racked up four awards, including best movie. Its star, Chadwick Boseman, won best hero and best movie performance while his nemesis Michael B. Jordan was named best villain.

Boseman, 40, got his hero statuette from presenters Olivia Munn and Zazie Beetz — and promptly gave it to James Shaw Jr., the man who stopped a mass shooter at a Tennessee Waffle House.

“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life,” Boseman said.

He beckoned the 29-year-old on stage and led the crowd in a standing ovation.

“If you don’t know James Shaw Jr., he fought off a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee, at a Waffle House. He saved lives,” he said.

Shaw singlehandedly wrestled the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from the hands of Travis Reinking as he was allegedly reloading in the middle of a shooting rampage in April.

Four people were killed and two others wounded at the Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, America’s country music capital.

But Shaw has been credited with saving many more lives. He suffered a graze wound from a bullet and burns on his right hand from grabbing the hot barrel of the gun.

He was hailed as a hero by the survivors and their family members, but has repeatedly has rejected the label, saying he acted for reasons of self-preservation.

For the second year running, Netflix hit “Stranger Things” took best show and best actor in a show for Millie Bobby Brown. Noah Schnapp picked up best frightened performance.

Tiffany Haddish hosted, capping her night with the award for best comedic performance for “Girls Trip” while “scene stealer” went to Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom in The CW’s teen drama series “Riverdale.”

The MTV Movie and TV Awards have been taking a sideways look at Hollywood since 1992, honoring films and their actors with “golden popcorn” statuettes.

The nominees are decided by producers and MTV executives, while the winners are chosen by the public, who vote online.

As a result, the awards have historically recognized commercial favorites, in contrast to the Oscars and other events based on critical or industry acclaim.

MTV reverted to pre-recording the show, filmed on Saturday in a cavernous hangar at Santa Monica Airport in southern California, after broadcasting live last year.

For the second year running, the prize-giving dispensed with gender distinctions in the categories, and awarded best kiss to a same-sex embrace.

Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale played two American teenagers struggling with their sexuality in “Love, Simon,” which is also nominated for August’s Teen Choice Awards.

Here is the full list of winners:

MOVIE OF THE YEAR: “Black Panther”

SHOW OF THE YEAR: “Stranger Things”

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE: Chadwick Boseman – “Black Panther”

BEST ACTOR IN A SHOW: Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”

BEST HERO: Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – “Black Panther”

BEST VILLAIN: Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – “Black Panther”

BEST KISS: Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram) – “Love, Simon”

MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE: Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – “Stranger Things”

BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM: “It” – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE: Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” SCENE STEALER: Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) -“Riverdale”

BEST FIGHT: “Wonder Woman” – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German soldiers

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY: “Gaga: Five Foot Two”

BEST REALITY SERIES/FRANCHISE: “The Kardashians”

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The ‘Black Panther’ Actor Who Is An Undocumented ‘Dreamer’

Actor Bambadjan Bamba speaks to media at The ACLU Foundation of Southern California Annual Luncheon at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on June 8, 2018, where he received the organization’s Courageous Advocate Award.  Frankie TAGGART / AFP

 

On the hit sitcom “The Good Place,” Bambadjan Bamba plays an eternal being in the afterlife. In reality, the Ivorian actor is living in limbo in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

The 36-year-old Bamba, who most recently appeared in “Black Panther,” is one of 700,000 “Dreamers” — immigrants brought illegally to America as children who were protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“For a while, I wanted to share my story but I was paralyzed in fear,” he said in an interview with AFP as he picked up a human rights award in Los Angeles from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“I just didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. I didn’t want to put my career on the line, and even my family on the line.”

Bamba’s family fled political instability in the west African state of Ivory Coast in 1993 and he arrived in the US when he was 10.

Bamba then spent his teenage years between New York’s South Bronx and Richmond, Virginia.

The young French speaker learned English quickly and got into New York’s Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, driving taxis to pay the fees.

It was during the college applications process, when Bamba was thinking about financial aid, that his parents revealed they had no legal status in the United States.

They were eventually granted political asylum, but Bamba was 21 by then — too old to share the new rights they had won.

‘A lot of fear’ 

Despite his undocumented status, the aspiring star began picking up acting jobs and has appeared in more than two dozen television shows such as “Law and Order,” “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In 2016, he secured a recurring part as a human rights activist and secret celestial torturer in NBC sitcom “The Good Place,” and has since appeared in small roles in two comic book blockbusters — “Black Panther” and “Suicide Squad.”

Like thousands in his situation, Bamba felt like his world had collapsed when President Donald Trump canceled the DACA program last year, leaving Dreamers vulnerable to deportation at any moment.

The court system has ordered that the scheme continue, but the uncertainty surrounding their status remains.

“It has really been volatile. There’s so much uncertainty in our communities. There’s a lot of fear and we don’t know what’s going to happen next,” he told AFP.

“Most of us have families, degrees, have careers, have made our lives here, and we really don’t know what’s going to happen month to month.”

Bamba had told very few people of his citizenship status but decided to speak out in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in November of last year.

“I have a wife and a daughter. She’s one-and-a-half years old. Back in November, that really spurred my decision,” Bamba told AFP.

“I looked at her and I wanted her to know her father stood for something and stood for her, especially right now when families are being torn apart at the border.”

 Black cloud 

Bamba says friends and colleagues have been incredibly supportive since he “came out,” and his fears that it would nix his career turned out to be unfounded.

He told the LA Times his biggest worry was being hauled offset by immigration officials during a shoot. He works a lot in Canada or elsewhere abroad but always worries about getting back into the United States.

The Republican-led Congress failed earlier this year to pass immigration reform proposals, including one championed by Trump that would have resolved the legal status of 1.8 million migrants.

Lawmakers are working on a new solution that would include measures to boost border security and reform legal immigration but, for the time being, the uncertainty is a black cloud hanging over the Dreamers.

“I’m still being vocal but, to my surprise — I guess this was a little naive of me — I thought we would have a solution by now. I thought we would have a Dream Act passed by now,” said Bamba.

“I thought, with the government shutdowns and all those things that happened, that we would have something on the table. So the fact that we don’t have anything helps me know that the fight continues and that I have to continue to do my part.”

AFP