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January 7, 2019

LADY GAGA SURPRISE LOSER OF ACTING HONOR AT GOLDEN GLOBES

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In an acting battle between veteran Glenn Close and singer-turned actress Lady Gaga, you’d figure Close would win. And that’s just what happened last night at the Golden Globes. But in this case, Close’s win is considered an upset. Lady Gaga was thought to be a lock to win best actress honors for her work in the remake of “A Star is Born” But it was Close who scored the win for “The Wife.” A Star is Born was also denied a win for best drama — as another music-based movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” took that prize. A Star is Born did win the Golden Globe for best original movie song. Lady Gaga says that’s fitting since director Bradley Cooper put so much effort into making sure the music performances in the movie were authentic.

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“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” AMONG UPSET WINNERS AT GOLDEN GLOBES

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It was popular with moviegoers, but not with critics. That usually spells trouble for a movie with award aspirations. But that didn’t stop “Bohemian Rhapsody” from pulling up the upset of the night at the Golden Globes. The movie bio of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury won for best dramatic movie. In doing so, it beat the heavily-favored “A Star is Born,” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directed. The movie, seen as an early Oscar favorite, got just one win, for the original song “Shallow.” In accepting the award for the best actor that many thought Cooper would win, Rami Malek thanked Mercury for giving him “the joy of a lifetime” adding, “this is for you, gorgeous.”

″’GREEN BOOK” WINS GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Many movie critics and fans criticized “Green Book” for taking a simplistic look at racism in the pre-civil rights era. But the man who directed the movie says he sees his project as a way to bring people hope. Peter Farrelly says the two main characters in the movie overcame deeply-held prejudices to find common ground. He says that’s needed now more than ever in these politically and racially polarized times.

CHRISTIAN BALE THANKS ANTICHRIST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — You’ve heard of actors thanking God for winning an award. But Satan? That’s who Christian Bale jokingly thanked after winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy. Bale played former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice.” Bale wondered aloud which polarizing political figure he should play in the future, asking “What do you think? Mitch McConnell next?” It was one of the few politically pointed comments at last night’s Golden Globes. Last year’s event focused on the #MeToo movement and criticism of the Trump administration.

SANDRA OH CITES “FACES OF CHANGE”

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Golden Globe co-hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg didn’t make many waves with their humor as they shepherded the three-hour plus show last night. But Oh’s opening remarks highlighted the continuing need for diversity in Hollywood. She noted the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” by name-checking films in which white stars played Asian roles over the years. But she added she wanted to host to see what she called “this moment of change.” Tearing up as she looked at minority nominees, Oh said she saw “faces of change” and now, “so will everyone else.” Some of those “faces” won. Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor for “Green Book.” And best supporting actress in a movie went to Oscar front-runner Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

GOLDEN GLOBES - SPECIAL HONORS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Bridges received the Golden Globes’ honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award last night. In his rambling acceptance remarks, Bridges compared his life to a great game of tag. “We’ve all been tagged,” said Bridges before ending his comments by “tagging” everyone watching. This year, there is first-ever lifetime award for TV. It’s named for Carol Burnett, who was also its first recipient. She said she’s “really gob-smacked” by the honor, even as she asked, “Does this mean that I get to accept it every year?”

GOLDEN GLOBES - LIST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Complete list of winners at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, presented last night in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

FILM

Drama: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Actor, Drama: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Comedy or Musical: “Green Book”

Actor, Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale, “Vice”

Actress, Comedy or Musical: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Actress-Supporting Role: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Actor-Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Foreign Language Film: “Roma”

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Screenplay: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”

Animated: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, “First Man”

Original Song: “Shallow,” ″A Star Is Born”

TELEVISION

Drama: “The Americans”

Actress, Drama: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Actor, Drama: Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”

Musical or Comedy: “The Kominsky Method”

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actress, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

Actor, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actress, Supporting Role, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”

Actor, Supporting Role, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”

WRITERS GUILD AWARDS-NOMINATIONS

‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star is Born’ get Writers Guild noms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The scripts for “Black Panther” and “A Star Is Born” are among the five films that have been selected to compete for best adapted screenplay at the Writers Guild of America Awards. The two blockbusters will compete against “BlacKkKlansman,” ″Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The writers guild also on Monday announced its nominees for best original screenplay, including Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade,” Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” as well as the scripts for “A Quiet Place,” co-written by John Krasinski, and “Green Book.” Documentary scripts nominated include Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” and Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth.” Winners will be announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 17.

KEVIN HART - OSCARS

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Kevin Hart become the once, former and future host of the Oscars? The comic-actor says he’s reconsidering his decision to quit the gig after an on-air chat with Ellen DeGeneres. Hart quit two days after being named to host last month, after catching renewed flak for jokes seen as offensive to LGBTQ supporters. In an interview that aired Friday, DeGeneres urged Hart to host, saying she’d reached out to the Oscars people on his behalf. The academy hasn’t named a replacement to host the Feb. 24. ceremony.

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Aquaman” is gliding along as box office champ. It has added another $30.7 million to its booty, bringing its domestic gross thus far to nearly $260 million. Finishing second: “Escape Room” with $18 million, doubling its production budget in its very first week. “Mary Poppins Returns” is third. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is fourth, while “Bumblebee” buzzes in at fifth.

SOULJA BOY - MUDSLIDES

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Soulja Boy was among motorists whose cars were trapped by mudslides caused by a powerful storm that shut down Southern California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The rap star retweeted a photo of mudslides in Malibu on Saturday. He says his car “almost went into the ocean.” The rapper has retweeted well wishes from fans and news stories about the mudslides, caused by heavy rains that swept through greater Los Angeles, loosening hillsides in areas that had been scorched by recent wildfires.

KID BAR SIGN CRITICIZED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In November, Kid Rock got into trouble with officials in Nashville because of his mouth. Now, the singer is irking people in Music City because of something he’s done. Kid Rock has added a large sign to his recently opened bar. It’s a 20-foot-tall neon display featuring a giant guitar in which the base of the instrument is shaped like a woman’s rear. City officials had signed off on the sign — but are bummed that the guitar looks like, well, a woman’s “bum” as they say across the pond. Last year, Kid Rock was criticized for comments he said on live TV about Joy Behar of “The View”

DISNEY - PRICES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a more expensive world, after all. Disneyland Resort is boosting its prices. And it’s doing so just before the scheduled opening of a Star Wars-themed expansion. The price hikes bump the cost of the least expensive daily ticket to over $100. The new prices are in effect now — and cover tickets, annual passes and parking at the theme park.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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