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Complete Guide to This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Songs

  • Variety
This year’s crop of Oscar-nominated songs may be the most diverse in years: a ballad and a pop-rap from two of the year’s biggest films, plus a delicate lullaby from a Disney musical, a political themed anthem, and a novelty tune for singing cowboys.

“Shallow,” the top-10 hit from “A Star Is Born,” is widely favored to win, and would be a way for the Academy to acknowledge the success of the Bradley Cooper-directed musical remake and singer-songwriter Lady Gaga (also up for Best Actress), who was nominated three years ago for “Til It Happens to You.”

Its main competition would appear to be “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar’s duet with Sza for the “Black Panther” soundtrack, another top-10 hit but which — unlike “Shallow,” whose performance is central to “A Star Is Born” — is relegated to the end-credits roll of the Marvel film about an African prince-turned-superhero.
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The Heartwarming Way Bradley Cooper Helped Ken Jeong While Filming The Hangover

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The Heartwarming Way Bradley Cooper Helped Ken Jeong While Filming The Hangover
Bradley Cooper is most closely associated with A Star Is Born at the moment, but let's not forget about an iconic movie he was in 10 years ago: The Hangover. One of Bradley's costars, the hilarious comedian Ken Jeong, certainly hasn't forgotten their time together during the movie, and he shared a touching story about how Bradley did him a major favor during a challenging time.

Ken's wife, Tran Jeong, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and was going through chemotherapy in 2009 when Ken landed the role of Mr. Chow in the comedy. Tran was still going through recovery when the Hangover cast was filming in Vegas, and Bradley offered to help Ken. "He drove me from Vegas to La to be with Tran," Ken said in a video interview with Entertainment Tonight. He added that he and his wife spent the holidays with Bradley: "Tran was too weak from the chemo and couldn't travel.
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Oscars: Resistance to the Rescue

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Oscars: Resistance to the Rescue
When “The Dark Knight” failed to secured a best picture Oscar nomination, the snub was said to have prompted the Academy to expand the category from five nominees to as many as 10.

A decade later, maybe out of fear that something similar might happen again to the immensely popular “Black Panther,” the Academy announced — then withdrew — its intention to create an award for most popular film. The idea was derided as a bald attempt to shore up sinking ratings for the Oscar telecast, as opposed to honoring the quality of the filmmaking.

Black Panther” earned its spot in the best-picture category anyway, the first comicbook movie to do so. The film embedded itself in the culture so deeply and so quickly that “Wakanda forever” has been used as a knowing comic punchline everywhere from “Saturday Night Live” to the new film, “What Men Want.”

But “Black Panther” isn’t the
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2019 Oscars: Which Best Picture nominee made the most money and which was the most profitable?

2019 Oscars: Which Best Picture nominee made the most money and which was the most profitable?
Even if “Bohemian Rhapsody” doesn’t win Best Picture at the Oscars on February 24, it is already the biggest winner among the eight nominees in terms of profitability based on production budgets. This biopic of Freddie Mercury, the frontman for Queen, cost $50 million to make and it has taken in a whopping $850 million worldwide.

Subtracting the production cost from the gross, and then dividing the remainder by that same production cost, yields a very rough estimate of the return on investment (Roi) or profit. The studio costs don’t account for every dollar spent as they don’t include marketing and Oscar campaigns while only about half of the takings end up back in the hands of the distributors. In the case of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the math works out as follows: $850 million gross – $50 million production cost = $800 million, which is then divided by that same $50 million production cost for a Roi
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Bradley Cooper won't try to be Jackson Maine for his Oscar performance

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It seems like that with every new movie Bradley Cooper does he shows off another layer of talent we didn’t know he could have, and in the case of A Star Is Born it was his rather lovely singing voice. In the movie nominated for eight Oscars, the actor adopted the rock star persona of Jackson Maine, who with his grizzled yet soothing voice commands the stage between hard rock…
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Updated Academy Award Predictions As Voters Cast Their Ballots

In just over a week, the Oscar telecast, in what used to be all of its glory, will be held. There, those categories lucky enough to not be shown during commercial breaks will be honored. It’s the end of the road for this year’s Academy Awards, and thankfully, despite all of the chaos, we’re entering the big night with some genuine suspense. Best Picture is far from sewn up, a handful of the technical categories are essentially at pick-em status, and it doesn’t have the feel of a coronation. So, while the powers that be within the Academy have done as much as possible to screw the Oscars up, the films themselves have held strong. At this point, the race is a close one. Best Picture is obviously where all the marbles are, and there we see it likely down to Green Book or (the frontrunner) Roma,
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Bradley Cooper Will Perform ‘Shallow’ at Oscars as Himself, Not Jackson Maine

Bradley Cooper Will Perform ‘Shallow’ at Oscars as Himself, Not Jackson Maine
The 91st Academy Awards is already a nightmare, thanks to outrage over moving four categories to commercial breaks, including Best Editing and Best Cinematography. But there is one silver lining of this mess of an Oscars: The telecast will feature Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga singing live together for the first time on television. The two acting Oscar nominees will perform “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” which is the frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Cooper told Variety last November he was already eyeing a live performance of “Shallow” on Oscars night should the song get nominated, and now that the performance is set the actor is confirming he will perform “Shallow” as Bradley Cooper and not in character as Jackson Maine. Cooper told Stephen Colbert during an interview on CBS’ “The Late Show” that he’ll most likely perform the song in his tuxedo and
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Bradley Cooper Reveals How He Created His 'Star Is Born' Voice

Bradley Cooper Reveals How He Created His 'Star Is Born' Voice
Bradley Cooper spoke about the deep voice he used in A Star Is Born when he visited The Late Show on Thursday.

Host Stephen Colbert said that when Cooper's co-star Sam Elliott stopped by the show, Elliott said that the actor and director had "stolen his voice" to play the role of Jackson Maine.

"I knew that, as was revealed when I went up onstage to in Vegas, that I had to create a character cause that guy certainly isn't a rock star," Cooper said about his recent appearance at a Lady Gaga concert, in which he ...
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Time’s almost up to vote for the 17th Annual Gold Derby Film Awards: Some races are going down to the wire!

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Time’s almost up to vote for the 17th Annual Gold Derby Film Awards: Some races are going down to the wire!
As of this writing almost 2,000 Gold Derby users have voted for the 17th Annual Gold Derby Film Awards, but time’s running out to cast your ballot. Voting ends on Sunday night, February 17, and the winners will be announced during a live webcast next week. So show the Oscars who’s boss by picking the winners that really count. If you’ve already entered your votes, not to worry. You’re free to make any changes you like until Sunday night. Your choices won’t be final until voting closes. (Check out the complete list of nominations here.)

To vote, visit our predictions center here. Then scroll down to “Gold Derby Film Awards 2019” and click the green box to the right that says “Vote” to enter your picks in as many or as few categories as you wish. This is a plurality vote, so select your top choice Only in each category.
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2019 Oscars predictions by experts: 7 of the 8 Best Picture nominees will win at the 91st Academy Awards

2019 Oscars predictions by experts: 7 of the 8 Best Picture nominees will win at the 91st Academy Awards
Twenty-eight film journalists who cover Hollywood year-round are experts at predicting the Oscars. As the guild awards wrap up, they are finalizing their predictions for the 91st Academy Awards, which take place on February 24. According to our official racetrack odds, seven of the eight Best Picture nominees will take home at least one Oscar. One of these contenders is expected to claim four awards, another will win three, two more will win a pair of awards and three will take home a single Oscar. The other — seven-time nominee “Black Panther” — will leave the Dolby theater empty-handed.

Roma,” which is tied for first place among the nominees with 10 bids, is predicted to win four of those races: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

Its co-leader for the most nominations, “The Favourite,” is tipped to take home three: Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
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A Star Is Born's Sam Elliott Is Handsome Now, But Damn, Look at These Pics From the '70s

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A Star Is Born's Sam Elliott Is Handsome Now, But Damn, Look at These Pics From the '70s
Sam Elliott is one of those actors who seems like he's been around forever and has been in pretty much everything. A veteran character actor, Elliott is a first-time Oscar nominee this year, nominated for best supporting actor for his work on the musical drama A Star Is Born. Elliott has been easily recognizable onscreen for decades, with his slightly grizzled look and often a rather expressive mustache that wouldn't be out of place in a Western film (and has been in plenty of them). But in the early days of his career, in the 1960s and 1970s, Elliott's look was decidedly different. Check out a handful of pictures from Elliott's past below - what do you think?
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Never mind those humans! Let’s give a bow wow for those scene-stealing animals in award contenders [Poll]

Never mind those humans! Let’s give a bow wow for those scene-stealing animals in award contenders [Poll]
Yeah, Lady Gaga is hot stuff in “A Star Is Born.” But what about the performance by Bradley Cooper‘s own fluff-ball labradoodle, Charlie, who does his doggy best as Ally and Jackson’s baby-substitute pooch. And then there is that coven of kitties — three of which are called Tom, Jerry and Romeo — that slink about Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s pad like fur-bearing groupies in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Don’t you adore Rami Malek‘s rock idol all the more for having built a mansion with a bedroom for each cat. And where would Olivia Colman‘s Queen Anne be in “The Favourite” without her 17 white rabbits — one of which is named Hildebrand — who stand in for all the children she sadly bore and lost over the years. And don’t forget Horatio, the fastest web-footed quacker in the city when it comes to duck racing.

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Barry Jenkins (‘Beale Street’) may join Coppola, Payne and more in elite club of double Oscar winners for Adapted Screenplay

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Barry Jenkins (‘Beale Street’) may join Coppola, Payne and more in elite club of double Oscar winners for Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins and Spike Lee made history this year as the first black writers to earn multiple nominations at the Oscars. They’re both up for Best Adapted Screenplay, Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Lee for “BlacKkKlansman.” But Jenkins previously won this category for “Moonlight” (2016), so if he prevails again he will become the first black writer to claim multiple awards, and he would join an elite group of scribes with multiple Best Adapted Screenplay trophies on their mantels.

The auspicious list of multiple champs already includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz (“A Letter to Three Wives” and “All About Eve”), George Seaton (“Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Country Girl”), Robert Bolt (“Doctor Zhivago” and “A Man for All Seasons”), Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (together for both “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II”), Alvin Sargent (“Julia” and “Ordinary People”), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (“A Room with a View
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The Symbolic Meaning Behind Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born Tattoo

The Symbolic Meaning Behind Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born Tattoo
Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born success will follow her always. The 32-year-old singer and actress got a tattoo of a rose inked on her back, with the words "La Vie en Rose," a reference to French singer Édith Piaf's signature song, which Gaga's character Ally sings in Bradley Cooper's movie remake just before she meets his character, Jackson Maine. Cooper, who makes his directorial debut with A Star Is Born, cast Gaga in the leading female role after watching her perform "La Vie en Rose" at the opening of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Sean Parker's house in 2016.  The meaning of the words, loosely translated,...
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What the WGA awards hope to tell Oscar voters Sunday

Screenwriters are like architects. They create characters and a story for a movie, the cast and crew produce it and the director gets credit for it. The architect creates the blueprint for a high-rise, contractors build it and Trump slaps his name on it and says he built it all by himself.

Okay, it’s a cheap shot, I admit. Not all directors are narcissists and of the many collaborators on a picture, they are the ones making the decisions and facing the consequences.

But the directors considered to have done the best jobs on films released in 2018 have already been singled out by their peers in both the Directors Guild of America and now, it’s the architects’ turn.

On Sunday, the Writers Guild of America will reveal its choices for the best original and adapted screenplays, conveniently timed to the day before academy voters receive their final ballots.
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Oscars Dreamers Shoot for the Gold

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Oscars Dreamers Shoot for the Gold
It’s called the Dream Factory for a reason.

Hollywood has been churning out movies about dreamers for decades, and this year’s best picture contenders follow that cinematic tradition: Dreamers abound on screen and behind the camera.

Cleo, the indefatigable domestic at the center of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” seems to yearn for her own family while placidly caring for her single-mother employer and brood. But after fate (and a particularly toxic rat bastard of a boyfriend) undo what we thought were Cleo’s dreams, a day at the beach reveals she’s felt a part of a family all along. Her deepest instincts are to protect those children, one of whom will grow up to be the auteur, who will struggle for years to shape and finance a black-and-white, English-subtitled, stunning and highly personal tribute to a poignant life of self-sacrifice.

In two history-based epics it’s the powers behind the throne,
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Oscar Nominees Celebrate Most Inclusive Year Yet at TheWrap-WanderLuxxe Party

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Oscar Nominees Celebrate Most Inclusive Year Yet at TheWrap-WanderLuxxe Party
Oscar nominees Diane Warren, Mary Zophres, Terence Blanchard and more celebrated inclusion, diversity and the rising role of women at TheWrap and WanderLuxxe‘s party at Norah in West Hollywood on Wednesday night.

Among the many Oscar nominees attending the party were “BlacKkKlansman” composer Blanchard, “Free Solo” filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Shannon Dill, and Jimmy Chin and Melissa Berton, nominated for the documentary short “Period. End of Sentence.”

Nominees in categories ranging from Best Picture to Costume Design to Documentary Feature were on hand to raise a toast to mark such progress. And there were also be plenty of women on the Oscar ballot celebrating: Warren, who is up for Original Song with “I’ll Fight” from “Rbg;” Mildred Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee, co-nominees for Sound Editing for “First Man” (Lee is also nominated for Sound Mixing); Zophres, costume designer for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”; and more.

From left: Oscar nominee Melissa Berton,
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Watch: Paul Schrader, Eric Roth, Tamara Jenkins & More Discuss Screenwriting & Influences

As we come closer to the Academy Awards, THR has released their newest roundtable, this week focusing on the screenwriters. Included in the discussion are Oscar nominees Paul Schrader (“First Reformed”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), and Eric Roth (“A Star is Born”), in addition to John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”), Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”), and Bo Burnham (“Eighth Grade”).

Continue reading Watch: Paul Schrader, Eric Roth, Tamara Jenkins & More Discuss Screenwriting & Influences at The Playlist.
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Oscars squabble: Experts disagree with Top 24 Users predicting 3 key races and it’s good news for ‘Black Panther’

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Oscars squabble: Experts disagree with Top 24 Users predicting 3 key races and it’s good news for ‘Black Panther’
Of the 24 categories that will be rewarded at the 2019 Oscars, only three are causing a disagreement between the Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets and our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s winners. This year’s Oscars squabble is thanks to the head-scratching races of Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Sound Mixing. In two of those categories the Experts are predicting “Black Panther” to win, which could mean good news for the superhero film as these industry insiders have beaten or tied our Top 24 Users in their prediction accuracy scores every single year at Gold Derby. Below, let’s take a closer look at what each group is predicting in these three specific Oscar categories.

SEE2019 Oscar nominations by film: ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead with 10, but what about ‘Black Panther’?

Best Costume Design

Experts predict “Black Panther

Top 24 Users predict “The Favourite”

Sure,
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'A Star Is Born' Sound Mixer on Concert Film Challenges, Avoiding Music Leaks

'A Star Is Born' Sound Mixer on Concert Film Challenges, Avoiding Music Leaks
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, has scored eight Oscar nominations, including one for sound mixer Steve Morrow, who was previously nominated in 2017 for his work on Damien Chazelle's La La Land.

Morrow sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the challenges he faced while creating the sound in the concert film, including having the film's stars singing live on set.

"The first conversation I had with [Bradley] was at his house. We were talking about the process of making the film, that Lady Gaga wanted to sing everything live, and he wanted to attempt ...
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