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Who Is Oscar Best Song Nominee Sufjan Stevens, Beloved by Indie-Rock Fans and Music Supervisors?

Who Is Oscar Best Song Nominee Sufjan Stevens, Beloved by Indie-Rock Fans and Music Supervisors?
Sufjan Stevens is a household name… if you happen to live in an indie-rock household. Among the broader pool of Oscar-watching or -voting homes, there may be a bigger Sufjan-ian learning curve. (For starters: his name is pronounced soof-yon.) The singer/songwriter who just snagged a nomination for “Mystery of Love,” one of his contributions to the “Call Me By Your Name” soundtrack, doesn’t easily lend himself to any nutshell treatment, as any novice who’s come away confused from Stevens’ sprawling Wikipedia page can attest.

He hasn’t been a mystery to music supervisors, anyway. The two songs he contributed to “Call Me By Your Name” represent his first original compositions for a nonfiction feature film, but most TV viewers, at least, have probably happened across his music before. His song “Death With Dignity” was featured in the pilot episode of “This is Us” and recurred toward the end of the season. Going back a
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Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Texted Her After Oscar Nomination

Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Texted Her After Oscar Nomination
Allison Janney celebrated her exciting Oscar nomination with her closest friends and family — and Tonya Harding!

The 58-year-old actress has been sweeping up awards season with wins at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her portrayal of Harding’s mother Lavona in I, Tonya. And now, as the infamous skater told her, she’s going to the “big top” with a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

“I got a lovely text from her this morning congratulating me saying, ‘You’re going to the big top, girl!’ Which was very sweet of her,
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The Best Child Actors on TV Right Now – IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which child star is giving the best performance on TV today? (Must have appeared in a show that aired in 2017 or is about to air for midseason.)

Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald), The Undefeated

Alex Hibbert. The kids in “The Chi” are one of my favorite elements of the show, and Hibbert gives his performances a wonderful, innocent interiority that just draws you in. I was curious to see what his future would be like after “Moonlight.” I’m glad to see he’s playing a kid with normal, relatable kid-like problems (like having a schoolboy crush) while also taking on some serious challenges, again, by witnessing
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James Franco Out! Greta Gerwig In! Biggest Surprises and Snubs of 2018 Oscar Nominations

James Franco Out! Greta Gerwig In! Biggest Surprises and Snubs of 2018 Oscar Nominations
Oscar nominations always come with a bit of a surprise!

This year’s nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and, as usual, left some fans either scratching their heads or unexpectedly jumping for joy.

Read on for the biggest surprises and snubs from the 2018 Academy Award nominations.

Snub: Wonder Woman left out of Best Picture category

It’s the year of the woman — but the movie that has become a symbol for the movement failed to score a nomination. The long-awaited superhero movie wowed fans and critics alike as it dominated the summer box office
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SAG Winners Allison Janney and William H. Macy on Where They'll Display Their 11-Pound Awards

SAG Winners Allison Janney and William H. Macy on Where They'll Display Their 11-Pound Awards
Allison Janney and William H. Macy understand the weight of their SAG Awards honors: 11 lbs.

Janney, who took home a statue for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for I, Tonya, and Macy, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Shameless, talked to People backstage on Sunday night and opened up about where they’d be stashing the massive statuettes.

Related: Inside This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown’s Made Over Man Cave — Plus Where He’ll Stow his Golden Globe

“We have a place where we keep hardware in our house,
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Editor's Picks: Our Top Fashion Highlights from the 2018 SAG Awards

Editor's Picks: Our Top Fashion Highlights from the 2018 SAG Awards
The Screen Actors Guild Awards were Sunday night, and stars embraced that red carpet’s typical M.O. – having freewheeling fun with fashion – to the fullest extent. After the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globes, where stars wore black outfits to make a statement about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace (and to draw attention to their Time’s Up legal defense fund), celebalirities and their stylists went in the opposite direction, embracing color, pattern and fun embellishment for a red carpet that was bold, bright and unforgettable. Check out the dresses that had a special place in
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Full list of winners from the 2018 SAG Awards

Ahead of tomorrow’s Oscar nominations, the Screen Actors Guild announced the winners of the 2018 SAG Awards last night.

Leading the way with four nominations going into the night, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri taking home three awards on the theatrical motion picture side of things in Outstanding Cast, Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) and Outstanding Supporting Male Actor (Sam Rockwell). Gary Oldman (Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for Darkest Hour) and Allison Janney (Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role for I, Tonya) were also honoured, while on the TV front This Is Us and Veep named Outstanding Ensemble for Drama and Comedy respectively, and there were also wins for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Claire Foy, Sterling K. Brown, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and William H. Macy

Check out a full list of the winners below, highlighted in red…

Theatrical Motion Pictures
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Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
It was a big night for Allison Janney Sunday, as she took home the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in I, Tonya.

In her acceptance speech, Janney praised her I, Tonya cast members, particularly Margot Robbie.

“ so fearless and brave and such a rockstar,” Janney said. “She paved the way for all of us to make courageous choices in these roles that we got to play.”

Janney has been a dominant force this awards season, winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in
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Allison Janney Wins SAG Award for Supporting Role in I, Tonya--Is an Oscar Next?

Allison Janney Wins SAG Award for Supporting Role in I, Tonya--Is an Oscar Next?
Allison Janney has won the 2018 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her performance in I, Tonya, marking her first individual Screen Actors Guild Award win for a part in a movie and third overall. The actress beat fellow stars Mary J. Blige for MudboundHong Chau for DownsizingLaurie Metcalf for Lady Bird, and Holly Hunter for The Big Sick. Janney had recently won a Golden Globe for her role and is expected to become an Oscar contender. In I, Tonya, Margot Robbie plays Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Janney plays Harding's mother, Lavona Fay...
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Allison Janney Wins SAG Award For Best Supporting Actress in a Film For ‘I, Tonya’

Allison Janney Wins SAG Award For Best Supporting Actress in a Film For ‘I, Tonya’
Allison Janney won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Janney won for her portrayal of Lavona Harding in “I, Tonya,” directed by Craig Gillespie and also starring Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan. Janney made waves for her performance as the tough-talking mother of former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. Sporting a small bird on her shoulder, a fur coat, and chain-smoking cigarettes, Janney’s was one of the film’s most memorable.

Read More:Kristen Bell’s SAG Monologue: ‘Everyone’s Story Deserves to Be Told — Especially Now’

“Your performances are extraordinary, your performances over the years have continued to inspire me,” Janney said to her fellow nominees. Janney was up against heavy hitters such as Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,” and Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird.” Newcomers to acting also nominated included Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound,” and Hong Chau in “Downsizing.
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Margot Robbie Admits She Will "Cry Out of Fear" If She Wins at the 2018 SAG Awards

Margot Robbie Admits She Will
Home really is where the heart is. After a standout 2017, Margot Robbie revealed to E! News at the 2018 SAG Awards that the highlight of the past few months was traveling home to Australia for Christmas to spend time with her family and friends, as well as a recent ski trip with her friends.  And while she's earning rave reviews for her performance as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, Robbie said most people don't recognize her when she's out and about in her everyday life. "Honestly, if I don't wear make-up and just wear a t-shirt and shorts it's kind of fine," Robbie, nominated for her work as Harding, told E!'s Giuliana Rancic. "If I dress...
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Allison Janney Reveals Her 'First Dream' to Become a Professional Figure Skater

Allison Janney Reveals Her 'First Dream' to Become a Professional Figure Skater
Allison Janney had a very different career in mind when she was younger.

The I, Tonya actress revealed on the E! red carpet ahead of Sunday’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards that she originally wanted to pursue figure skating — just like Tonya Harding. She’s nominated for best supporting actress for playing Harding’s mother, Lavona Golden, in the film.

“That was my first dream, to be a figure skater. I wasn’t very good,” Janney, 58, said. “I was actually very graceful but it’s really an acrobatic sport. I’m 6 feet tall. I maybe could’ve been an ice dancer,
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Allison Janney Calls the Bird in I, Tonya Her 'Favorite Animal Co-Star Ever' — Here's Why

Allison Janney Calls the Bird in I, Tonya Her 'Favorite Animal Co-Star Ever' — Here's Why
It took a bird to let Allison Janney‘s fury out of its cage.

The I, Tonya star, who played Tonya Harding’s mom in the film about the controversial ice skater, called the live bird who she shared scenes with her “favorite animal co-star ever” on the 2018 SAG Awards red carpet Sunday — noting that she’s worked with at least a few non-human actors.

“That bird? We fought hard for that screen time, and I was not going to let it take me down,” Janney, 58, said on The People, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Official SAG Awards Red Carpet Live Show.
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‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ Shine as Oscar Nominations Loom

‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ Shine as Oscar Nominations Loom
With Academy Awards nominations looming, Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion drama “Phantom Thread” has performed respectably in its expansion with $3.4 million at 896 locations to finish in 12th place at the weekend box office.

Phantom Thread,” which opened Christmas Day, expanded from 62 sites this weekend and has now grossed a total of $6.2 million for Focus Features. The awards contender is expected to be Day-Lewis’ final film. The movie — set in 1950s post-war London — follows Day-Lewis’ character as a renowned dressmaker at the center of British fashion whose life is disrupted by a strong-willed woman, played by Vicky Krieps.

Phantom Thread” earned director Paul Thomas Anderson the National Board of Review’s best screenplay award and Day-Lewis a Golden Globe nomination. It received four BAFTA nominations.

Focus’ ninth weekend of “Darkest Hour” finished in 14th place with $3.1 million at 1,341 sites to lift the domestic total to $41.1 million. Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe on Jan. 7 as best actor
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With Oscar Nominations Ahead, Specialized Releases Hold Their Breath at the Box Office

With Oscar Nominations Ahead, Specialized Releases Hold Their Breath at the Box Office
Tuesday’s Oscar nominations could add $100 million or more to the box office, but for now new titles don’t have much to say for themselves. In a non-holiday weekend, six titles grossed $31 million, down less than a quarter from last week. Still, that’s way up from last year, a period that was powered by the widely popular “Hidden Figures.”

A higher than usual number of new releases have yet to report numbers, perhaps with distributors more occupied with battles over future films than keeping track of their current entries.

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower (GKids) – Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: AFI 2017

$1,497,000 in theaters; PTA (per theater average): $2,361

This Japanese animated adaptation of the popular’s children’s novel is Studio Ghibli in style if not actual production company. Niche distributor GKids, which most years has at least one Oscar nomination for animated film (less likely this year,
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Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’

Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’
Amid awards season recognition as a producer, Amy Pascal has admitted that her 2015 dismissal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably merited.

Pascal made the remark Saturday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills at the Producers Guild of America’s panel discussion featuring the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Pascal is the only producer nominated this year for two films — “Molly’s Game” and “The Post” — and was asked by PGA co-president Gary Lucchesi if she loves being a producer.

“I think I should have gotten fired much sooner,” she said in response, evoking laughter and applause from the capacity crowd.

Pascal stepped down in February, 2015, in the wake of the massive computer hack of Sony Pictures email system, and segued into a producing deal at the studio.

Pascal was asked by “The Big Sick” producer Barry Mendel about what she had learned as a producer since leaving Sony.

“I learned
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Farewell to a Hellfire Club Inspiration

This is Foggy Ruins of TIme, a feature that provides the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of “Seinfeld” will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal).

Reader Bruce P. wrote in to note the passing of a major British pop culture icon who also ended up playing a major role in the introduction of the Hellfire Club!
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Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer

Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress next week, but she could end up making Oscars history in another category as well as was recently reported by one of our Experts, Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Robbie is also a producer of the film, so if “I, Tonya” also receives a Best Picture nomination she would be the first actress to receive acting and producing nominations for the same film. After a year that saw actresses Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all win Emmys as both actors and producers of TV programs, it would be fitting for Robbie’s passion project to go the distance with a pair of historic Oscar nominations.

It has been an incredible year for female stories, both real and fictional. The “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have shined
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After ‘I, Tonya,’ 30West Skates Into Majority Stake Deal With Distributor Neon

30West has acquired a majority stake in Neon, the upstart distribution company formed by Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League. The two parties got into an altared state after kindling a relationship on the awards-season sleeper I, Tonya, the Craig Gillespie-directed black comedy which was acquired out of Toronto. The film broadens its release heading into the Winter Olympics, a timely slot for a film about disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot…
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ will lead SAG Award winners, followed by ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘I, Tonya’ …
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” surprised us by earning the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (four), and it’ll win every category it’s up for according to the combined predictions of over 2,000 users who have made their forecasts thus far. There’s still time to enter or edit your own picks here to influence our odds and potentially win our predictions contest before the prizes are handed out on Sunday night, January 21.

We’re betting on “Three Billboards” to win prizes for its ensemble cast, for the lead performance by Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, and for the supporting turn by Sam Rockwell as a violent racist cop. This would be the third SAG Award victory for McDormand and the first for Rockwell, who is up against his co-star Woody Harrelson as the chief of police in the title Midwestern town.

There are only three other awards
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