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    Oscar Nominations 2020: The Complete List

    Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations for 2020.

    Best Picture

    Ford v Ferrari

    The Irishman

    Jojo Rabbit

    Joker

    Little Women

    Marriage Story

    1917

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Parasite

    Best Director

    Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

    Todd Phillips, Joker

    Sam Mendes, 1917

    Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

    Best Actor

    Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Adam Driver, Marriage Story

    Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

    Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

    Best Actress

    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

    Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

    Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

    Charlize Theron, Bombshell

    Renee Zellweger, Judy

    Best Supporting Actor

    Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Al Pacino, The Irishman

    Joe Pesci, The Irishman

    Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

    Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    Best Supporting Actress

    Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

    Laura Dern, Marriage Story

    Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

    Florence Pugh, Little Women

    Margot Robbie, Bombshell

    Best Original Screenplay

    Rian Johnson, Knives Out

    Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

    Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917

    Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

    Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

    Todd Phillips, Joker

    Greta Gerwig, Little Women

    Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

    Best Animated Feature Film

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    I Lost My Body

    Klaus

    Missing Link

    Toy Story 4

    Best International Feature Film

    Corpus Christi

    Honeyland

    Les Misérables

    Pain and Glory

    Parasite

    Best Documentary – Feature

    American Factory

    The Edge of Democracy

    The Cave

    Honeyland

    For Sama

    Best Documentary – Short Subject

    In the Absence

    Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

    Life Overtakes Me

    St Louis Superman

    Walk Run Cha-Cha

    Best Live Action Short Film

    Brotherhood

    Nefta Football Club

    The Neighbors’ Window

    Saria

    A Sister

    Best Animated Short Film

    Dcera (Daughter)

    Hair Love

    Kitbull

    Memorable

    Sister

    Best Original Score

    Joker

    Little Women

    Marriage Story

    1917

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Best Original Song

    “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Toy Story 4)

    “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman)

    “I’m Standing With You” (Breakthrough)

    “Into the Unknown” (Frozen 2)

    “Stand Up” (Harriet)

    Best Sound Editing

    Ford v Ferrari

    Joker

    1917

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Best Sound Mixing

    Ad Astra

    Ford v Ferrari

    Joker

    1917

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Best Production Design

    The Irishman

    Jojo Rabbit

    1917

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Parasite

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Bombshell

    Joker

    Judy

    Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

    1917

    Best Cinematography

    The Irishman

    Joker

    The Lighthouse

    1917

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Best Costume Design

    The Irishman

    Jojo Rabbit

    Joker

    Little Women

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Best Visual Effects

    1917

    Avengers: Endgame

    The Irishman

    The Lion King

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Best Film Editing

    Ford v Ferrari

    The Irishman

    Jojo Rabbit

    Joker

    Parasite

    The Academy Awards will air on February 9 on ABC.

    Should Laura Dern’s Oscar Nomination Have Been For Little Women And Not Marriage Story?

    This morning’s Oscar nominations were announced and while there were, as usual, a few snubs and surprises, one place there was little shock was in the Best Supporting Actress category. The very first category announced this morning included a nomination for Laura Dern in the category for her role in Marriage Story. It’s not surprising. Dern won the Golden Globe for her performance in the film, but I simply can’t help but feel that the Oscar nomination, while going to the right actress, might have been given for the wrong role. Should Luara Dern have been nominated for Little Women instead?

    Cards on the table, Little Women made my top 10 of 2019 and Marriage Story did not, though I think it’s a good movie and certainly worthy of the accolades it has received. However, Marriage Story is very much a two person show. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson own that movie, as well they should. They’re so great in their roles that basically everybody else just falls to the side.

    Laura Dern certainly doesn’t phone in her performance. She’s great in the movie, she’s basically great in everything ever, but I never would have put her in the running for Best Supporting Actress after seeing the film. The role feels small. It’s not that small, but Driver and Johansson are such powerful forces that everything else in the movie feels small.

    Laura Dern‘s role in Little Women probably isn’t any larger than her role in Marriage Story in the grand scheme of things, there are so many great performances that she’s alongside here, but it just feels stronger, more vital. As the matriarch of the family, Laura Dern’s character is the glue that holds the family together in the movie.

    Dern’s just given more to do in Little Women. In Marriage Story, her character is a smooth talking divorce lawyer that seems to only have one speed. One questions how much she truly cares about her client, and one is never given a satisfactory answer. As Marmee, she experiences joy and sorrow in equal measure. Performances with range are usually what the Academy likes to reward, and the Marriage Story role just doesn’t have that, regardless of how good it is otherwise.

    One caveat I need to mention, is that by no means and I arguing that Laura Dern should have received a Best Supporting Actress nomination over her Little Women co-star Florence Pugh. If that movie was only going to see one nomination in the category, Pugh absolutely is the one that deserved it, she’ll likely be my pick in the Oscar pool as Pugh is having quite possibly the greatest single year of any actress in living memory, especially considering this is the year most people heard her name for the first time.

    But Little Women certainly could have seen multiple Best Supporting Actress nominees, and I feel like Laura Dern should have been one. I’m glad to see her nominated, I’m just not sure it was the right role. Am I on the right track, or am I crazy? Let me know in the poll below.

    Which Movie should Laura Dern have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress?

    Cardi B Could Make The Jump From Rapper To Politician In The Future

    Cardi B could be on the campaign trail in the near future, smooching babies on their cheeks with grey streaks running through her hair. The rapper, who’s been politically-inclined for the duration of her career, revealed last night (January 12)  that she’s mulling over the idea of entering into the world of United States politics later in her career. In a series of tweets, she promised to elaborate on her feelings. So down the road, expect Cardi’s political passion to burn brighter than ever before.

    Cardi’s announcement seemingly came out of the blue. “I think I want to be a politician,” she tweeted to her 8.7 million followers. “I really love government even tho I don’t agree with [our] government.” She set the stage for fans at large to already mentally cast their votes, preparing them for a future in which she’ll be focusing on all of the important issues and working towards fixing them.

    In her next tweet, Cardi elaborated a bit on her choice, revealing where her inspiration to tackle this career path came from. “Like I was watching War documentaries. No matter how many weapons a country have you need people!” she wrote. “How are you trying to go against a country and possibly start a war when this country lacks patriotism? I barely see people claiming they LOVE being American.”

    Further news about her political career is set to come down the line. “I will have to explain a lot so I will have to do a video or a live talking about it …So imma come back to my last two tweets another day. Imma talk about it another day,” she wrote, capping off the tweet series with hope for the future. Could she be the political bright spot that we need?

    When it comes to rappers taking over pop culture, it’s not a stretch to say that Cardi is one of the most politically inclined. In August, she shared a 12-minute video interview with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in which they discussed his stance on racism, police brutality, and more. Last January, she called out President Donald Trump for the extended government shutdown and its effects on employees.

    Check out Cardi B’s series of political tweets up above.

    2020 Academy Award Nominations, Updated Live

    This time of the year is always an exciting one for the film world. In addition to Holiday releases, Awards Season is also in full wing. The Golden Globes kicked off the season, presenting categories in both TV and film. There will also be other ceremonies like the SAG Awards and BAFTAs, but the creme de la creme is always the annual Academy Awards. The film academy gives out those coveted Oscars, and it all starts by nailing the “for your consideration” period of time, and securing a nomination. And now we can see how well those campaigns worked, as the Academy Award nominations are being announced.

    It’ll be a fascinating year at the Oscars, as there have been a variety of quality projects, coming to both theaters and streaming services. Netflix is no doubt hoping to perform well, with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story both attempting to secure major noms after performing well at earlier ceremonies. Plenty of other movies debuted at film festivals and won awards before their theatrical release, including Jojo Rabbit, Waves, and A Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood. Below is how the 2020 Academy Award Nominations are shaking down. There’s also dark horses like Joker, especially following Joaquin Phoenix’s Best Actor win at the Globes.

    Best Foreign Language Film

    Best Makeup And Hairstyling

    In many ways the Academy Awards are the peak of Award Season. Countless filmmakers aspire to take home one of the golden statues one day, putting an Oscar on their mantle and possibly completing an EGOT in the process. It should be interesting to see how the Film Academy ultimately votes, and how the results differ from other ceremonies like the Golden Globes. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

    What Sutton Foster Wore to Audition For ‘Younger’

    A sizable regret I carry with me? That I’m not a massive Broadway star. It’s easier said than done, I understand, but growing up in New York, I was the ultimate musical theater kid, lining up for standing-room-only seats with my friends on Friday nights, and using my birthday money on compilation CDs from Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sondheim, and the entire 3.5-hour score of Les Miserables in various languages. Yes, really.

    So talking to Sutton foster—the ultimate massive Broadway star—was a real kick. She’s been nominated for six tony awards and has won two. It was also a real kick because for the past 6 seasons, Sutton has been starring on Younger, the beloved TV Land series in which she plays a 40-something single mom masquerading as a millennial to get back into the workforce, which she does.

    For her episode of What I Wore When, Sutton talks about how she dressed when she auditioned for Younger—a job she said she really, really wanted to book. She explained that she had to prove she could pull off playing a 20-somerthing but also a woman in her 40s, and so the resulting outfit had to work overtime. We also talked about the fashion on the show (which some fans have compared to Sex and the City in its approach to the characters’ style), her exceptional career on Broadway—catch her this fall in The Music Man alongside Hugh Jackman, and and how in some ways, caring less about you wear to auditions can be an asset.

    When we met, Sutton had just come from getting her 2 1/2-year-old daughter ready for school—there was a story there—so we talked quite a bit about about motherhood and her complicated path. She was forthcoming about undergoing several rounds of IVF before turning to adoption.

    Sutton also had a newish pair of Gucci loafers which were approved by her Younger co-star Hillary Duff, so that opened the door to a charming conversation about spending money on power pieces and how even though it sounds cliche, a great pair of shoes can change everything.

    Here’s the episode!

    Follow host Perrie Samotin on Instagram @perriesamotin, guest Sutton Foster at @suttonlenore or on Twitter at @sfosternyc, and subscribe to What I Wore When on Apple Podcasts or where ever you listen to your favorite shows.

    The Lion King’s VFX Supervisor Believes Virtual Reality Will Become A Normal Part Of Filmmaking

    Nala and Simba in The Lion King 2019

    Jon Favreau’s The Lion King is a revolutionary bit of filmmaking just in being an animated film meant to look hyper realistic – but it’s not only in the finished product where you can see the next level thinking, as it was also a big part of the work behind the scenes. As part of the development for the project, a special virtual reality program was created that allowed key members of the cast and crew the ability to figuratively step inside the world of Pride Rock and get a sense of the setting as though the production was shooting on location.

    Based on the commentary surrounding The Lion King both prior to and following its release this past summer, the virtual reality program was apparently a major boon to the filmmakers working to make the feature the best it could be – and what’s extra fascinating is that the concept isn’t simply limited to the specific kind of animation accomplished by the Disney blockbuster. According to VFX Supervisor Rob Legato, it’s something that any production could use advantageously.

    Walt Disney Studios held a special VFX press day on their lot in Burbank, California last week, and it was while sitting down with The Lion King’s Rob Legato, in addition to fellow VFX Supervisors Elliot Newman and Andy Jones, that I inquired about the potential future of virtual reality in live-action filmmaking. It was an idea that Legato was enthusiastic about, saying,

    I think Jon [Favreau] coined it, ‘you made a game called filmmaking and you’re able to walk through it.’ But even for me, I use it a lot of times to figure out if I were to shoot this on stage with all the artificial things, here’s a screen, here’s a light, there’s a thing – what would it feel like before I actually step onto it, and what mechanical rig would be necessary to create this illusion? Well, now I can not only create the illusion, but I can create the set and walk around and go, ‘Oh, now that I see it, too close to the wall, the light is not high enough.’

    Surely one of the biggest hurdles for any blockbuster in pre-production must be the difficulty that comes with planning cinematography and production design prior to any kind of construction being done, which is where virtual reality can become incredibly useful. While it would obviously take some work for artists to create digital versions of planned sets, once that work is done filmmakers can start thinking about their work in entirely new dimensions, and have the ability to change key things without spending a dime.

    Having previously worked with genius directors including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, James Cameron, and Robert Zemeckis, Rob Legato knows a thing or two about the limitations that can come with working in live-action, and sees how virtual reality can solve those issues:

    All of a sudden things become clear, and you answer a lot of questions. So when you show up on a stage, you have answered all these questions and are now at the next level on day one, as opposed to… because when it gets physical and you go, ‘Oh shit, the set is too close to the wall,’ it’s a deal to move it. So you get all that. It’s really great.

    Once set construction starts, things start to become more permanent, and there is less latitude available to change things on a whim. As described by Rob Legato, virtual reality has no such limitation, as there exists the possibility to cycle through multiple options in a matter of seconds, and exploring them is far cheaper than demolition and reconstruction. Said the filmmaker,

    It’s really great to share an idea before you actually cement it. Even in artificial terms, it’s like, ‘You know what? Let me show you something else. I’ll move the trees over here; what do you think of this?’ And it doesn’t really cost you anything, and you get to experiment and continue to iterate and make better. Really, I think it’s here to stay. It’s definitely here to stay, and every filmmaker I show, they’re like, ‘Holy shit, this is great. This is a powerful tool.’

    To that last point, all that needs to happen now is for more blockbusters to start experimenting with using virtual reality during pre-production. There is certainly the possibility that Jon Favreau will continue to use it as he moves to whatever his next project winds up being (likely The Jungle Book 2), but it would also be interesting to see some of the writer/director’s colleagues over at Marvel Studios give it a whirl. Once word of mouth spreads, and people start to see legitimate benefits, a whole new trend could begin.

    Whether or not that happens we’ll just have to wait and see. For now you can enjoy the final results of the process used on the set of The Lion King, which is available for Digital purchase and is now on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. For those of you looking forward to streaming it on Disney+, the title will be available for subscribers starting at the end of the month on January 28th.

     

    Critics’ Choice Awards 2020: The Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet

    Awards season rolled on tonight, January 10, with the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards. Taye Diggs hosts this evening’s show, which includes the most nominations for Martin Scorsese’s movie, The Irishman. Following closely behind are Little Women, 1917, and Marriage Story.

    As usual, celebrities showed up and showed out on tonight’s red carpet—keeping up the momentum from last week’s incredibly stylish Golden Globes. Tonight we saw classic gowns, suits, and an array of different colors and styles. Here’s hoping the style is equally as on point for the Screen Actors Guild Awards next week—plus the Oscars and the Grammys later down the line.

    Below, check out the best looks from tonight’s Critics’ Choice Awards.

    How to Have a Cervical Orgasm, According to a Neuroscientist

    The cervical orgasm, much like the nipple orgasm sounds a bit like sex science fiction. For many years, scientists thought it was, believing that the cervix itself doesn’t register sensation. Luckily, they were wrong.

    In my three decades of practice as a psychotherapist, relationship expert, and sex therapist—plus 10 years conducting sex research as a neuroscientist—I’ve learned a lot about the science of sex. In my new Glamour column Ask Dr. Nan (and in my new book Why Good Sex Matters) I’m answering all of your burning questions about pleasure—an absolute necessity to a woman’s wellbeing.

    What better place to start than the different types of orgasms? Famous sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson were the first to discover that the cervix does in fact respond to pressure (though they overlooked what the consequences of their data meant for the future of women’s orgasms). It always amazes me how much the female human body has remained a mystery—so let’s demystify.

    Here’s everything you need to know about cervical orgasms and how to have one.

    What is a cervical orgasm?

    When a penis or dildo rubs against the cervix during deep penetration of the vagina, the result can be an incredibly intense orgasm.

    That orgasm doesn’t come from cervical stimulation alone—Mother Nature wired our magnificent genitalia such that stimulation of various parts of the vagina results in indirect clitoral stimulation and vice versa. Same goes for the cervix. In a lab, you can use a special probe to stimulate the cervix directly, but in real life, lighting up the cervix involves stimulating the walls of the vagina, which also triggers the clitoral bulbs hugging the walls of the vagina. Translation? In the process of stimulating your cervix, you’re also lighting up other hot spots.

    What does a cervical orgasm feel like?

    The sensations (and orgasms) arising from stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, and cervix tend to differ, primarily because the sensory nerves that wire each part are different. You’re most likely to stimulate the cervix during deep vaginal penetration—the resulting orgasms have been described as a “shower of stars,” according to research conducted by my mentor, and sex science superstar, Dr. Beverly Whipple. A cervical orgasm feels like it starts in the pelvis, spreads to the abdomen, and then engulfs the whole body.

    Can anyone have a cervical orgasm? Is it safe?

    In a study done in 2000, 35% of 128 healthy women reported experiencing orgasms from stimulation of the cervix by the penis during intercourse. These numbers suggest that orgasm enhanced by cervical stimulation may be in reach (pun intended) by those motivated to pursue such pleasures.

    Cervical stimulation does require deep penetration. Very deep. And that can seem a little scary. In terms of safety, the short answer is that cervical stimulation is safe under normal circumstances—trying something out like this is probably not the smartest move during advanced pregnancy. If you experience cramping, bleeding or more than mild discomfort, this mode of stimulation might not be for you—and that’s totally fine. Take it slow, and always speak up if you’re in pain or uncomfortable. (And if you have bleeding from intercourse, consult your doctor. The tissue of the cervix is sensitive and can be bruised if the stimulation is too intense.)

    It’s perfectly okay if this type of deep stimulation does not appeal to you. Individual differences loom large in and out of the bedroom—listening to your gut feelings about such things is always a good practice.

    How to have a cervical orgasm

    1. Communicate

    Underwater Actress Almost Played Star Wars’ Rey After Grueling 6-Month Audition

    Once you come to love a star in a role, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing that character. But it’s fun to hear about the castings that almost happened. Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched the final act in the Skywalker Saga with Rey as the central character. Daisy Ridley ended up getting the role, but so many other actresses wanted it. One of those actresses was Jessica Henwick.

    The Iron Fist and Game of Thrones alum is now starring in Underwater with Kristen Stewart. While talking about her new sci-fi movie, Jessica Henwick discussed how she ended up in The Force Awakens as Jess Pava, and what happened to Pava after her appearance. Turns out, J.J. Abrams wrote the character of Jess Pava for her after breaking her heart when she didn’t get the role of Rey after a six-month audition.

    I can only imagine the disappointment. Six months of auditions was probably several callbacks, each one dangling the hope. It’s cool that she got to be in a Star Wars movie at all, and Jess Pava developed her own little fan base even with such a small appearance. But Rey. Rey is the main character of the new trilogy. Do you think Abrams knew when he was casting Rey that he planned to do THAT with Rey’s parents?

    Anyway, Jessica Henwick may not have gotten to lead the new Star Wars movies, but she does have a role coming up in Godzilla vs Kong and she played Colleen Wing in Iron Fist and The Defenders. She also played Nymeria Sand on Game of Thrones, and she’s now in theaters as Emily Haversham in Underwater. She’s definitely getting her name out there.

    But these kinds of almost-played stories make me think of other close castings. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio was offered Anakin Skywalker. Paul Walker reportedly wanted the job (via TIME) and was bummed not to get it. Ryan Phillippe even tested for the role, which ultimately went to Hayden Christensen.

    Christopher Walken was reportedly almost Han Solo instead of Harrison Ford. Kurt Russell said he auditioned for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo and took himself out of the running to do something else. Sylvester Stallone said he auditioned for Han Solo and George Lucas didn’t even look at him. Al Pacino said he was also offered Han Solo, but he said he was offered everything at that point in his career after The Godfather.

    Jodie Foster reportedly turned down the chance to play Princess Leia, and Laverne & Shirley‘s Cindy Williams was also in the running. Rooney Mara almost played Jyn Erso in Rogue One, although she didn’t get very far in that casting process because of a scheduling conflict.

    And Rey? Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s own daughter — who also ended up with a new role in the Star Wars sequels — said she met with J.J. Abrams to discuss the role of Rey. The great Saoirse Ronan reportedly auditioned for Rey as well, and said she had such a great time auditioning and pretending to take a lightsaber out of a bag that the experience was enough on its own.

    J.J. Abrams seemed to create a lot of little roles for various actors who didn’t make the cut for big roles, or who maybe didn’t have time for them — from Jessica Henwick and Billie Lourd to Dominic Monaghan and Keri Russell’s new characters in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s possible one of the new characters will end up with a spinoff, since the movie left room for some.

    Jessica Henwick can now be seen in Underwater, which was actually filmed a few years ago and is only just now releasing in theaters. Maybe J.J. Abrams can put in a good word for her to be in Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian Season 2?