All the highlights you need to know about the Oscars and upcoming award season


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77th Annual Golden Globes In The Books

(Beverly Hills, CA)  —  The 77th Annual Golden Globes Awards is in the books. “1917” won Best Drama Picture and Best Director.  Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” took home three awards, including Best Comedy, Best Screenplay and Brad Pitt as Best Supporting Actor.  Laura Dern was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Netflix’s “Marriage Story.”  Renée Zellweger made a comeback winning Best Actress for playing Judy Garland in “Judy.”  The winner for original song is “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from the movie “Rocketman.”  Tom Hanks was this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award and Ellen DeGeneres took home this year’s Golden Globes recipient of the Carol Burnett Award.


“Joker” Beats “The Dark Knight” As Most Oscar-Nominated Comic Book Movie

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The “Joker” is not going unnoticed this award season.  The psychological thriller centered on the Batman villain earned eleven Oscar nominations.  The film was recognized in almost every major category from Best Picture to Costume Design.  “Joker” now outranks “The Dark Knight” as the most Oscar-nominated comic book movie ever.  In 2009, “The Dark Knight” was up for an Oscar in eight categories.  The movie won two.  So far, “Joker” has won two Golden Globes and has garnered two SAG nominations and 11 BAFTA nominations.


Oscars Criticized For Lack Of Diversity

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  The Oscars are once again being criticized for the lack of diversity among the 2020 nominees.  People took to social media following the newly announced Academy Awards nominations yesterday, slamming the severe lack of diversity and tweeting #OscarsSoWhite.  Of all the nominees in the four major acting categories, Cynthia Erivo, who portrays Harriet Tubman in the Harriet biopic, was the only person of color to be recognized with a nomination.  People have also taken issue with the lack of female directors being nominated in the Best Director category.


Elton John, Randy Newman Nominated For Oscar

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Elton John and Randy Newman highlight the Academy Award nominees for Best Original Song.  Elton John was nominated for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman,” and Newman was nominated for “I can’t let you throw yourself away” from Toy Story 4.  For Elton, it’s his fourth nomination, having won for “Can you feel the love tonight” from the Lion King in 1995, and Randy Newman is a two-time Oscar winner, winning for Toy Story 3 and Monsters Inc.  Also nominated were “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough,” “Into the Unknown” from Frozen Two,” and “Stand Up” from Harriet.”


Critics Choice Awards Handed Out Sunday Night

(Santa Monica, CA)  —  Quentin Tarantino’s film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is the big winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards.  It was named Best Picture by the Critics Choice Association Sunday night in Santa Monica.  “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” actor Brad Pitt also took home the trophy for best supporting actor for his role.  “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix picked up the Best Actor win, while Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for portraying Judy Garland in “Judy.”  Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Marriage Story.”  On the TV side, Fleabag won for Best Comedy Series and Succession picked up the win for Best Drama series.