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17 great performances that were totally overlooked this awards season



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In theory, awards season is a chance to celebrate the best of the best that Hollywood has to offer. As anyone who’s ever rolled their eyes at a list of nominees could tell you, however, it never quite works out that way in practice.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we can’t praise those who were unjustly overlooked.

Below are some of our favorite performances of 2017 that were snubbed by the major awards – by which we mean the Oscars, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes, the Indie Spirits, the BAFTAs. (We are not counting critics’ awards, festival awards, or audience awards.)

In no particular order …

Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name

Stuhlbarg is actually pulling off the rare and unusual trick of co-starring in three Best Picture nominees without netting a single nomination himself – he’s also in The Post and The Shape of Water. But his third-act monologue in Call Me By Your Name seems like it should be worth a nomination in itself.

Betty Gabriel, Get Out

Gabriel plays a character at war with herself – she’s both the Sunken Place and the one trapped inside the Sunken Place – and it’s to her immense credit that we see that tension all over her face, even when her expression is perfectly pleasant and placid.

Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman

Diana was an impossibly tall order. She had to be both otherworldly and down-to-earth; purely good without being totally dull; sheltered and innocent but never naïve or stupid. Gadot filled all those and imbued Diana with a warmth made her impossible not to love.

Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Sandler’s work as an overlooked son and affectionate father in The Meyerowitz Stories is so good, it’s almost infuriating. It’s a reminder of just how excellent he is when he tries – which emphasizes just how rarely he does.

Jack Black, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

Black is playing a teenage girl in a middle-aged man’s body, and he’s so convincing it’s easy to forget we’re not actually watching a teenage girl. Moreover, he manages to pull off that trick without ever once tipping over into caricature or mockery – even when his character is at her most obnoxious.

Chadwick Boseman, Marshall

We’ve been waiting since 2016 or perhaps since the beginning of time for Black Panther, but Chadwick Boseman managed to find time in between to portray former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in a biopic. The young Marshall is idealistic but firm and – perhaps a cinematic liberty – possessed of a charismatic sarcasm. And it helps that he has a nose for justice. – Proma Khosla

Cate Blanchett, Thor: Ragnarok

In typical Marvel fashion, Thor didn’t give its villain nearly enough to do – but Blanchett took what she got and ran with it. She delivers her lines like she’s savoring every vowel, and struts like she knows the entire world is watching. In short, she looks like she’s having the time of her life vamping it up as Hela, and we had the time of our lives watching her do it.

Luke Evans, Beauty and the Beast

Even by cartoon standards, Gaston is larger than life. Luke Evans is not. Or at least we didn’t think he was until we saw Beauty and the Beast, in which he demonstrated that – though he may not have the animated Gaston’s thick neck – he can project a swagger that’s roughly the size of a barge.

Rebecca Hall, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

All of Professor Marston‘s most deeply felt conflicts play out across Hall’s expressive face – she’s a proudly unconventional woman who’s scared to break the rules, a brilliant thinker who goes under-appreciated in her time. On a lesser actress, those contradictions might play as inconsistencies. On Hall, they feel like messy reality.

Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

Awards voters rarely know what to do with a comedy, so perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Haddish wasn’t nominated. That doesn’t make it any less disappointing. She was one of the biggest breakouts of 2017, and it’s thanks to her unforgettable demonstration that we’ll never look at a grapefruit the same way again.

Jason Mitchell, Mudbound

Mudbound is an all-around acting powerhouse, and Mitchell deserves special recognition for his work as Ronsel. He’s alternately tender and tough, seething with righteous fury and weighed down with regret, and he says as much with the words he can’t say as the ones he does.

Jason Sudeikis, Colossal

In Colossal, Sudeikis took his slightly-douchey-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold schtick to a new level as the ultimate manifestation of the toxic Nice Guy. The genius of his performance lies in its subtlety – he’s never a cackling villain, just an all-too-recognizable regular dude who thinks the world owes him far more than he got.

Dafne Keen, Logan

In a film filled with dusty, hardened men, Keen was the spark of life that made it all seem worthwhile. Her ferocious intensity is what gets you to sit up, but it’s her quiet vulnerability that keeps you paying attention. Even more impressively, she conveys all of this without a single word for much of the film.

O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ingrid Goes West

Jackson first rose to fame playing his dad in Straight Outta Compton, but it was Ingrid Goes West that proved he had more than a famous name. He’s utterly winning as a boy next door with an intriguingly odd edge. That thousand-watt smile helps, too.

Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth

If you didn’t know who Florence Pugh was before, you’re not likely to forget her after you see Lady Macbeth. Throughout the course of the film, she swings from meek terror to insolent sensuality to ice-cold cruelty – hers is a sly, slippery turn, in the best possible way.

Zac Efron, The Greatest Showman

Truth be told, The Greatest Showman is a hollow Christmas ornament of a movie. But you’d never know it from watching Efron, who elevates every scene he’s in. He’s effortlessly charming in the song-and-dance numbers, and surprisingly soulful in his romantic subplot with Zendaya.

Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Driver gave one of the most indelible performances of 2017 as the conflicted Kylo Ren, adding heartbreaking nuance to the character without ever losing sight of his darker side. (And only occasionally losing track of his shirt.) It’s just a shame that the one thing the Academy disdains more than laugh-out-loud comedies is big-budget blockbusters.

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Drop everything and listen to Pitbull’s version of Toto’s ‘Africa’ for the ‘Aquaman’ soundtrack



“Future acoustic prodigies, I regrettably must inform you… your services will not be needed. The peak of mankind’s musical ability has already been reached.

There are a lot of reasons to see Aquaman, not the least of which is the absurd banger that is Pitbull’s contribution to its soundtrack, titled “Ocean to Ocean.” An aquatic and very Pitbull take on Toto’s “Africa,” this soon-to-be chart-topper features original verses alongside Rhea covering the original’s iconic “I bless the rains” lyrics.

The track accompanies a sequence in which Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) head to the Sahara Desert. Get me an ambulance. I’m simply not ready.

When asked why he took on the task of creating this oceanic masterpiece, Pitbull told Entertainment Weekly, “Bottom line: water gives us freedom.” Yes, it does, sir. Yes. It. Does.

Aquaman is in theaters Dec. 21. Its soundtrack is available Dec. 14.”

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Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now the most-streamed song from the 20th century

Charmaine Blake



(CNN)In the battle for 20th-century streaming glory, Queen reigns supreme.

“The 1975 song bested such other classics as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
The label says the song and official video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” have garnered more than 1.6 billion streams globally across all major streaming services.
“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” Queen’s guitarist and founding member Brian May said in a statement.
The six-minute song likely received a bump thanks to the recent release of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen biopic that stars Rami Malek as singer Freddie Mercury. The movie has grossed almost $600 million worldwide and is nominated for two Golden Globes.
The singular song, which combines elements of balladry, opera and hard rock, returned to the Billboard Hot 100 last month.
In a statement, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Sir Lucian Grainge called “Bohemian Rhapsody” “one the greatest songs by one of the greatest bands in history.”
“We are so proud to represent Queen and are thrilled to see the song still inspiring new fans around the world more than four decades after its release,” he said.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” from Queen’s album “A Night At The Opera,” was Queen’s first Top 10 hit in the United States and topped the charts in the UK for nine consecutive weeks, a record at the time.
The song got renewed life in 1992 when it was featured in the movie “Wayne’s World.” It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.”

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Elizabeth Debicki Brought her A-Game in ‘Widows’



Article by Mark Olsen LA Times

“The heist thriller “Widows” has arguably the most impressively stacked ensemble cast of the year, including Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Jacki Weaver, Colin Farrell and Cynthia Erivo.

Which makes it all the more impressive that 28-year-old Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has been singled out for her performance as Alice, a young woman who gets out from under the repression of her abusive husband and her exploitative mother to discover she has more to offer than anyone, including herself, had previously known.

“She resonated on many, many levels,” Debicki said of the part during a recent interview in Los Angeles. “I mean, I’ve been looking and waiting for some time to play somebody like Alice, somebody who was very real and raw and multidimensional, had an arc that was quite an amazing sort of growth in that woman’s life. So there was me as the actor looking at it and thinking, ‘I just want to get my hands on that.’”

In the movie Davis plays Veronica, a woman who is suddenly in debt to a dangerous gangster when her husband, a career criminal, dies during…………………………………..”

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