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Golden Globes 2018: who will win and who should win the TV categories



The small-screen categories suggest that itll be a big night for dystopian drama The Handmaids Tale and the A-list stars of Big Little Lies

While last years ceremony found itself dominated by elegant Brit dramas The Crown and The Night Manager, the 2018 TV Golden Globes nominations suggest this is likely to be a more scattered and open race. The Handmaids Tale and Big Little Lies did good business at the Emmys in September, and its likely that well see a repeat of at least some of that, though the Golden Globes are much more ripe for an upset. With the surprising absence of Veep, and no Transparent or Orange Is the New Black, which have had a strong showing up until now, the comedy categories are particularly up in the air. What with the influx of Hollywood A-listers to TV, this year will be particularly starry, but may also be one for the underdogs to shine.

Best drama

The Handmaids Tale: not perfect, but it could clean up at the Globes. Photograph: MGM/Hulu

Last years winner The Crown returned with a grand second season, but given that its victory felt like a shock in 2017, its hard to imagine it pulling off the double. Stranger Things had a patchier second season than the first, when it seemed more likely to win and frankly its inclusion here feels like more of a nod to the zeitgeist than a true reflection of its quality. The Handmaids Tale wasnt perfect, and could well suffer from the same sort of criticisms, but it was more of its time than anything else, was consistently original, and given its dominance of the Emmys, it would be no surprise if it cleaned up here, too.

Will win: The Handmaids Tale

Should win: The Handmaids Tale

Best comedy or musical

Tracee Ellis Ross in Black-ish, which could win best comedy. Photograph: Byron Cohen/Getty Images

For the first time in years, this category appears to have cracked down on what counts as comedy, as opposed to shorter dramas with the occasional moments of absurdity (hello, Transparent). Theres an honourable mix of the established (Black-ish), the very well established (Will and Grace, which, with a surprisingly strong comeback, deserves its nod) and the brand new (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Smilf). Given its spread of nominations, historical showing and Tracee Ellis Rosss best actress win last year, Black-ish may well finally get the gong, if only to make up for the controversial snub of Ellis Ross this year. But it would be a treat for the inventive and increasingly confident Master of None to triumph too.

Will win: Black-ish

Should win: Master of None

Best TV movie or limited series

Big Little Lies: slick and masterful. Photograph: HBO

No TV movies were shortlisted, though HBOs Madoff drama Wizard of Lies has its acting nods instead, so its all about the limited series. If there is any realistic expectation of an upset for the big-name, glossy juggernaut that is Big Little Lies, leading the pack with six nominations, then perhaps there might be enough love for Fargos excellent third season, but lets face it, this one feels as if its already in the very expensive designer handbag. And rightly so it was a slick, masterly series packed to bursting with thrilling plot and elegant performances.

Will win: Big Little Lies

Should win: Big Little Lies

Best actor in a drama

Jason Bateman in Ozark. Bateman won a Golden Globe for Arrested Development in 2005. Photograph: Jackson Davis/Netflix

This category feels like a clear indication that women have led the field in 2017, in terms of both characters and storytelling, and there isnt one obvious standout. However, the Globes have shown their love for Ozark where other ceremonies have not, and Bateman has won it before, for his comedic side, in Arrested Development back in 2005. While Bob Odenkirk and Liev Schreiber may be similarly sturdy bets, Sterling K Brown was nominated last year for the much-decorated The People vs OJ Simpson, and this may be his chance to repeat his This Is Us Emmy win which would mean another outstanding victory speech.

Will win: Jason Bateman, Ozark

Should win: Sterling K Brown, This Is Us

Best actress in a drama

Elisabeth Moss is a likely winner. Photograph: George Kraychyk/AP

Claire Foy is routinely excellent as the Queen in The Crown, and deserved her Globe last year, but its likely to go to Elisabeth Moss this year, for suffering all the rage of Gilead in The Handmaids Tale. Look out for 13 Reasons Whys Katherine Langford as a potential underdog. The show may not have been to all tastes, but her harrowing performance was deeply convincing. The Deuce, however, is criminally underrepresented perhaps it will pick up more love as the series progresses and it deserves some recognition, not least for Gyllenhaal, who was magnificent as Candy/Eileen, and embodied the shows brittle heart.

Will win: Elisabeth Moss

Should win: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Best actor in a comedy

Aziz Ansari deserves a Globe for his performance in Master of None. Photograph: Netflix

There are heavyweights to contend with Eric McCormack has almost 20 years of playing Will & Graces Will Truman under his belt, while William H Macy has been nominated for Shameless before, in 2015, and Kevin Bacon is, well, Kevin Bacon, swimming through the often difficult I Love Dick. But its down to two frontrunners. Aziz Ansari will probably build on the success of Master Of Nones truly brilliant return, and deserves to, though if Anthony Anderson finally wins for Black-ish and with this seasons more in-depth silliness, he may well do nobody is likely to complain.

Will win: Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Should win: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Best actress in a comedy

Could this be Issa Raes year? Photograph: HBO

This is a particularly strong category, and each nominee has carved out a specific and unique path. Pamela Adlons Better Things went from strength to strength this year, and what she created was wonderful, warm and affectingly blunt. It would be a shame if the Louis CK fallout were to taint what she achieved. But with a strong, more steady, and consistently creative second season of Insecure, which she also created and co-writes, it feels as if this should, rightfully, be Issa Raes year.

Will win: Issa Rae, Insecure

Should win: Issa Rae, Insecure

Best actor in a TV movie or limited series

Ewan McGregor was fantastic in his dual role in Fargo. Photograph: MGM/Channel 4

Robert De Niro plus a prosthetic nose feels more Oscars than Golden Globes, which may nix his chances for The Wizard of Lies here, in addition to the fact that hes among strong competitors. Paolo Sorrentinos extraordinary vision of The Young Pope gave Jude Law the chance to smarm and charm as only Law can do, and it would be a nice way to recognise the ambition of this often astonishing series, which has never quite earned the level of acclaim it should have. A win for him would be some way of recognising the show. However, Ewan McGregor was fantastic as the troubled twins Emmit and Ray Stussy, and surely will walk away with it, not least for doing twice the work of everyone else.

Will win: Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Should win: Jude Law, The Young Pope

Best actress in a TV movie or limited series

Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies: subtle and strange. Photograph: HBO

Kidman had two knockout TV roles in 2017, stealing the show as a wafty freckled academic in the divisive Top of the Lake: China Girl, but its her subtle and strange turn as a woman in the middle of an abusive relationship that should grab her the honours. It was the meatiest role in Big Little Lies, though she and Reese Witherspoon shared the heavy lifting. Feuds up for four awards, and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon could relive the Davis/Crawford rivalry here, but all would be safe choices. The Sinner was as trashy as it was thrilling, in the end, and both aspects were a lot of fun, but it gave Jessica Biel a vehicle that she drove into the sunset with and proved her considerable acting chops.

Will win: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Should win: Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best supporting actor

Alexander Skarsgrd plays an excellent creep. Photograph: HBO

Again, star power and a strong storyline should propel Big Little Lies to victory here. Skarsgrd plays an excellent creep, and was truly chilling as the picture-perfect husband who never seemed to quite grasp the depravity of his actions. Davids Thewlis and Harbour played it grisly and grizzled for Fargo and Stranger Things respectively, but Alfred Molinas take on director Robert Aldrich was funny, touching and desperate, and may be one of his finest roles in a long and fine career.

Will win: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Should win: Alfred Molina, Feud: The Bette and Joan Story

Best supporting actress

Michelle Pfeiffers remarkable comeback continued. Photograph: Craig Blankenhorn/AP

Big Little Lies has two categories pitching its female stars against each other, and this time its Laura Derns Renata versus the traumatised Jane, played by Shailene Woodley. While Dern offered some necessary balance and even comedy in her uptight, Waspy panic, it may be a case of BLL overload, and Michelle Pfeiffers remarkable career comeback continued with a movie-saving turn in HBOs Madoff drama, for which shell probably be rewarded. However, Ann Dowd summoned stern cruelty as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaids Tale, and it would be no great surprise nor disservice if she walked away with it.

Will win: Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Should win: Ann Dowd, The Handmaids Tale

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Madonna to direct movie based on life of ballerina Michaela DePrince



MGM announces the singer will direct Taking Flight, the story of DePrinces journey from war orphan in Sierra Leone to world-class ballerina

Madonna is to return to the movies after a seven-year absence to direct Taking Flight, a feature film based on the life of Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone who became a leading ballerina.

According to Deadline, Hollywood studio MGM has been developing the project since 2015 when it acquired the rights to DePrinces memoir, co-written with her adoptive mother, Elaine.

Michaelas journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity, Madonna said. We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone, and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honoured to bring her story to life.

Ballet dancer Michaela DePrince in Johannesburg, in 2012. Photograph: Gallo Images/Rex/Shutterstock

DePrince, 23, lost both of her parents in Sierra Leones civil war when she was three years old. The following year, she was adopted by a New Jersey couple and brought to the US, where she developed a passion for ballet. She was one of the stars of 2011 documentary First Position, about young ballet hopefuls, and is a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet and Opera. She also appeared in Beyoncs music video album, Lemonade.

We were immediately awestruck by Michaelas journey and know Madonnas vision and passion for the material will deliver a film that inspires audiences everywhere, said producer Leslie Morgenstein.

No cast or released date has yet been finalised. Camilla Blackett, writer of the comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, will write the screenplay.

Madonna is the bestselling female recording artist of all time but her movie career has been more chequered, especially behind the camera. Her 2008 feature debut, Filth and Wisdom, was described by the Guardians Peter Bradshaw as a dumb and tacky comedy-drama about three people sharing a flat in a quaintly conceived London. Its follow-up, 2011s WE, in which Andrea Riseborough played Wallis Simpson, was also critically panned, with Bradshaw describing it as one long humourless and necrophiliac swoon at the Windsors supposed tragi-romantic glamour.

Madonna wrote, produced and narrated 2008 documentary I Am Because We Are, about children in Malawi orphaned by the Aids epidemic. She has adopted four children from Malawi, including twin girls in 2017.

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‘Black Panther’ Hits $1 Billion Mark In Worldwide Box Office Numbers



“Black Panther” has surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, challenging industry norms about films with black casts. 

The Marvel blockbuster passed the major benchmark on Friday, Forbes reports.

The film is now the United States’ ninth highest-grossing film of all time, and had the second-largest four-day domestic opening weekend. “Black Panther” brought in $242 million in the U.S. over Presidents Day weekend, behind the $288 million “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made when it opened in 2015. 

The international success of “Black Panther” has challenged the myth that films with predominately black casts don’t sell  and it helps unravel “unwritten Hollywood rules,” Jeff Bock, a senior analyst at entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations, told The New York Times.

“I think about it like a wall crumbling,” Bock said. “In terms of ‘Black Panther,’ no studio can say again, ’Oh, black movies don’t travel, overseas interest will be minimal.’”

Stars of the film, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, have spoken out about the importance of representation in the movie. “Black Panther,” which is set in the fictional country of Wakanda, shows the possibilities of an African society untouched by colonialism and gender inequity. 

“I think there’s a thirst for these images,” Boseman told NBC. “There’s a real thirst for black superheroes.” 

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed this week that a “Black Panther” sequel is in the works. Feige told Entertainment Weekly that there was “nothing specific to reveal” about the next movie but added that “we absolutely will do that.”


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Keegan-Michael Key’s reaction to Jordan Peele’s Oscar win will make you emotional



Find yourself a friend who loves you this much.

Jordan Peele had a historic moment last night when he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut solo film, Get Out. 

He became the first African-American screenwriter to win this category—and no one was prouder of him than his old Key and Peele partner, Keegan-Michael Key.

Key and Peele were the creators of the aptly titled sketch comedy series that ran on Comedy Central for five seasons, from 2012 to 2015.

Key was absolutely thrilled to see his “partner in laughs” snag his first Oscar.

Just look at that ecstatic jump!