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Just a little more than two weeks to go until the big night on February 9, and a key moment will happen Saturday when the winner of the all-too-Oscar-predictive DGA Award will be announced at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles. If it is Sam Mendes for 1917, it will likely cap a huge night for that film as cinematographer Roger Deakins is expected to win handily at the ASC Awards ceremony across town at the same time. A win would make him and the picture instant frontrunners for the Oscar.
On the other hand, if it is Parasite's Bong Joon-Ho it will immediately spark comparisons to last year, when another Foreign Language film, Roma, won for its director Alfonso Cuarón who returns to present the prize tomorrow, but it won't instantly make Parasitea slam dunk for the Best Picture Oscar.Roma, after all, eventually lost to Green Book.It would, however, make Bong the frontrunner for the Best Director Oscar that Cuarón also went on to win; only seven times since the award's inception in 1949 has the DGA winner differed from the eventual Oscar Directing winner.
If it is Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it will put that film back in the game big time after losses at the PGA which went to1917 and for the SAG cast award which went to Parasite. If it is Taika Waititi forJojo Rabbit, it will throw the whole race into chaos since he is the one DGA nominee this year not also nominated for the Oscar for Best Director. That wouldn't be unprecedented as it has happened a few times in the past where the DGA winner was not even nominated for an Oscar in the category including Steven Spielberg for The Color Purple,Ron Howard forApollo 13,and Ben Affleck forArgo.However Waititi isn't nearly as well known as that trio so it would be a shocker and certainly boostJojo'schances in Best Picture.Shutterstock
If it is Martin Scorsese forThe Irishmanit will immediately revive that Netflix film's chances after having a bad run at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG , and PGA awards. Scorsese is beloved and has been nominated 12 times at DGA, winning three forThe Departedin movies, and an episode ofBoardwalk Empirein TV, as well as the 2003 Life Achievement Award. If he does win he won't be there as reps for the director say he is staying in New York for personal reasons but will participate via Skype for the symposium with the other nominees Saturday morning, and tape an acceptance for his Medallion that is given for the nomination. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci the latter otherwise absent on the circuit this entire season will present to Scorsese.
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Eight months ago, Sheila Nevins, the former longtime president of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, took over as head of MTV Documentary Films, a division of MTV Studios. One of the first projects she set up was short documentary St. Louis Superman, which today landed a Oscar nomination in the Documentary Short Subject category. It marked MTV's first Oscar nomination in 15 years.Nevins is no stranger to Oscars, her projects having won 28 statuettes over the course of her career. St. Louis Superman is MTV's third Oscar nomination in its 39-year history. The network previously won for Best Original Song in 2005 for Hustle & Flow, and received nominations for 2004's Tupac: Resurrection and 1999's Election.
“St. Louis Superman is an underdog story and MTV is an underdog film distributor which makes all of this that much more gratifying and very special,” Nevins told Deadline. “There are so many great shorts — it's such a competitive category and every year it seems to get more so. Bruce Franks Jr. is a hero and this nomination means that more people will get to hear his story and the amazing work he's doing. That's the beauty of documentary. We're very happy and grateful. It's a really good day and we've MTV Documentary Films only been at it for eight months!”
Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan-directed St. Louis Superman is about Representative Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives.
Produced by Mundhra, Khan and Poh Si Teng, and executive produced by Nevins and Fiona Lawson-Baker, St. Louis Superman won the jury prize for Best Documentary Short at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Short at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Audience Award for Best Short at AFI Docs and the Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival.
During her tenure at HBO, Nevins oversaw the production of more than 1000 documentary films and earned 32 Primetime Emmys as an executive producer or producer, more than any other individual. In addition, she received 35 News and Documentary Emmys and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Lionsgate has given us digital download codes for movies featuring some of the studio’s favorite leading ladies, and we’re passing them along to you. You could always use more things to watch during this time of self-isolation, right? Read on to find out how to win copies of Bombshell, Judy, The Hunger Games, A Simple Favor, and The Spy Who Dumped Me.
One lucky winner will win a bundle prize containing a digital download code for each of these films. To enter, send us an e-mail at [email protected] with the words “Lionsgate Giveaway” in the subject line. And since this giveaway is honoring Women’s History Month, we want to hear about your favorite performances from the women who play prominent roles in these movies. So in the body of the email, explain what your favorite performance is and why! from Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Mila Kunis, or Kate McKinnon. If you’re bored and looking for something to do to kill some time, feel free to write about more than one of them. We’ll choose the answer we like best, and email the winner with their winning codes. The contest begins now and ends at midnight PST on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
First up is Bombshell, director Jay Roach‘s 2019 film about the sexual harassment scandal that took down Fox News chief Roger Ailes. The movie won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for the incredible work the team did, transforming actress Charlize Theron into the spitting image of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Read our review here.
Next up is The Hunger Games, Gary Ross‘s 2012 dystopian action film that launched Jennifer Lawrence to the next level of her career. This movie kicked off one of Lionsgate’s biggest franchises, and continued the trend of YA adaptations that dominated much of the 2000s and 2010s. Read our review here.
Then there’s A Simple Favor, director Paul Feig‘s sexy, funny mystery thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively from 2018. This is an underrated and underseen movie, and now is the perfect time to catch up with it. Read our review here.The Spy Who Dumped Me Giveaway
And finally, we’re also giving away five copies of Susanna Fogel‘s The Spy Who Dumped Me, the goofy 2018 spy comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Read our review here.
HBO is reportedly going to begin paying cast members on shows that have had their production impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Deadline reported that HBO has agreed to a payment schedule that will include giving actors 25 percent of their pay now, 25 percent when production on their shows was supposed to start, and the remaining 50 percent when filming commences. The publication provided no indication that below the line employees or other workers would receive payments.
An HBO spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
The HBO news came one week after Netflix made headlines for beginning to minimum guarantees to cast members on its shows that have been impacted by coronavirus-related production shutdowns. Like Netflix, HBO parent company WarnerMedia is pledging $100 million in relief to workers affected by production shutdowns.
The Deadline report also noted that other studios are still pondering their options, with some of their labor executives arguing that the production delays are essentially hiatuses, therefore meaning that actors should not be paid. The publication noted that the SAG-AFTRA union reportedly does not agree with the hiatus arguments and may threaten to file grievances if the issue is not resolved.
It is unclear if actors on the following programs will be paid by HBO, but HBO series that have had their production impacted by the coronavirus include “Succession,” “Barry,” “The Righteous Gemstones,” and “Euphoria.”
While the coronavirus has caused significant disruptions across the entertainment industries, streaming services and other television platforms are reportedly enjoying considerable spikes in popularity as more consumers hole up indoors. WarnerMedia recently announced that HBO Now has enjoyed a surge in popularity and the company also said that overall television viewing across the industry has grown by 20 percent recently. WarnerMedia is still expected to release its upcoming HBO Max streaming service in May.
There are several organizations and programs offering financial aid to entertainment industry employees whose livelihoods have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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