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This Year’s Best Picture Hopefuls Offer Fresh Takes on Eternal Issues

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This Year’s Best Picture Hopefuls Offer Fresh Takes on Eternal Issues
One of the main reasons movies resonate with us is that they make us think: about our own lives, our history or our appreciation for past pieces of art. So many of this year’s awards contenders do one or all of the above, be it a flashy musical that yanks at memories from our childhood like “Mary Poppins Returns” or period dramas like “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” that takes on race relations and reminds us that we haven’t evolved as far past the Jim Crow era as we’d like to think. We’ve rounded up a list of films that will most likely bring up these sensations – for better or for worse – with awards season voters.

A Star Is Born

Every generation nose this story

Since its inception, Hollywood’s delicate eco-system has maintained its balance by cheering talent on the rise while
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Willem Dafoe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Platoon,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘At Eternity’s Gate’

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Willem Dafoe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Platoon,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘At Eternity’s Gate’
The life of legendary Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh has resulted in a couple of pretty good films, including Vincente Minnelli‘s “Lust for Life” (1956) with Kirk Douglas as well as Robert Altman‘s 1990 biopic with Tim Roth as Van Gogh. Willem Dafoe takes a slightly different tack to van Gogh in painter Julian Schnabel‘s latest film “At Eternity’s Gate,” which is opening this weekend. Dafoe’s take on the artist is complex, as the film is set in the final years of van Gogh’s life in which he creates masterpieces while being hospitalized and finally winding up in an asylum. Oh, and there’s that business about an ear.

Early on in his film career, Dafoe was typed into playing a bad guy, such as his biker gang leaders in Kathryn Bigelow‘s “The Loveless” and Walter Hill‘s “Streets of Fire.” But his performance as kindly Sgt.
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]
Some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history won their Oscars in the 1970s. The Best Actor category of this decade was stacked with some of the biggest stars of the time, many of which have lived on for generations. But which Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1970s is your absolute favorite? Take a trip down memory lane and vote in our poll below.

George C. Scott, “Patton” (1970) — Scott took home the Best Actor prize for “Patton,” which also won Best Picture. In the film he plays the titular George S. Patton, the famous hot-tempered U.S. army general who led troops during World War II. He had previously been nominated for “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959), “The Hustler” (1961), and later for “The Hospital” (1971). Scott notably declined his nomination and win for “Patton.”

SEERobert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Gene Hackman,
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey (1944 – 2018)

Golden Globe-nominated American actor R. Lee Ermey – best known for his role as the no-nonsense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket – has passed away aged 74. The actor’s manager Bill Rogen shared the sad news on Twitter.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

After a career in the United States Marine Corps, Ermey made his feature film debut with a brief role in Apocalypse Now, and also served as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. He was later hired as a technical advisor to Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket,
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'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74

'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74
Former gunnery sergeant earned Golden Globe nomination for Kubrick’s Vietnam war classic.

R. Lee Ermey, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his iconic portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

His
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey. ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Star Dies At 74

Legendary character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He was 74 The actor had a career that spanned .

Ermey’s management confirmed the new on the actor’s official Twitter page late Sunday.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet says.

Before being an actor, Ermey was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant,
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R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74

R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74
R. Lee Ermey, the gunnery sergeant turned actor who portrayed the scene-stealing drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, died Sunday at the age of 74.

Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin confirmed Ermey's death on the actor's Facebook account. "It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote.

"It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for," Rogin added. "He
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R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74

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R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, a veteran character actor who earned Golden Globe nomination for 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday, his longtime manager Bill Rogin announced on Twitter. He was 74.

The Marine Corps veteran made his film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” and went on to play authority figures in films like “Mississippi Burning,” “Se7en” and even the “Toy Story” films (where he voiced Sarge, leader of the plastic Army men).

“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” the tweet reads.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

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Born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 when, after a second arrest for criminal mischief, he was given the choice between jail or the military. He chose the latter.

“Gunny,” as he became to be known, was a drill instructor in the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion in San Diego, where he served in the mid-’60s. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in 1968, before being sent to Vietnam for 14 months, at which time he was medically discharged because of injuries. In 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant.

While attending the University of Manila in the Philippines, Emery was cast in his first film — Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” playing a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot. Eight years later, he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” earning a Golden Globe nomination in the process.

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Among his 60 other film roles were “Mississippi Burning,” “Dead Man Walking,” Se7en,” ‘Leaving Las Vegas” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Emery also appeared on the small screen in “Miami Vice,” “House” and “The X-Files,” and his commanding voice can be heard in such animated projects as the “Toy Story” film franchise, “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

He went on to host two series on the History Channel, “Mail Call” and “Lock N’ Load With R. Lee Emery,” and “Gunny Time” on the Outdoor channel.

Emery is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nina, and their four children.

For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported Ermey’s age.

Read original story R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74 At TheWrap
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Frances McDormand Wins Oscar for Best Actress for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Frances McDormand Wins Oscar for Best Actress for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’
Frances McDormand has won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star a two-time winner. Though she faced stiff competition from the likes of Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), and Meryl Streep (“The Post”), McDormand’s powerful performance as a grief-stricken mother in Martin McDonagh’s divisive drama proved undeniable to the Academy.

The revered thespian has dominated awards season these last few months, with her Oscar triumph preceded by similar victories at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and SAG Awards, among many others. She previously won the same prize 21 years ago for her role in “Fargo” and has received Supporting Actress nominations for her work in “North Country,” “Almost Famous,” and “Mississippi Burning.”

Earlier in the evening, McDormand’s “Three Billboards” co-star Sam Rockwell was named Best Supporting Actor; the film received a total of seven nominations,
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Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be fifth double Best Actress Oscar champ with a 2-0 record

Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be fifth double Best Actress Oscar champ with a 2-0 record
Not only will Frances McDormand become the 14th person with multiple Best Actress Oscars if she wins for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Sunday, but she’ll join an even more exclusive group that not even Meryl Streep or Katharine Hepburn are part of: Best Actress winners with a perfect record after multiple nominations.

The 1996 champ for “Fargo,” McDormand would be the fifth person with a 2-0 record in Best Actress following Luise Rainer (1936’s “The Great Ziegfeld,” 1937’s “The Good Earth”), Vivien Leigh (1939’s “Gone with the Wind,” 1951’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”), Sally Field (1979’s “Norma Rae,” 1984’s “Places of the Heart”) and Hilary Swank (1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby”).

See Hardly a Sophie’s choice: Meryl Streep is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner

However, like Field, McDormand’s overall Oscar record isn’t pristine: She’s lost three supporting bids for
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German Figure Skater Nicole Schott Performs to 'Schindler's List' Score at Winter Olympics

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A German figure skater twirling to the score from "Schindler's List" -- how could she Nazi see the backlash coming? Yup, Nicole Schott performed her long program Thursday in Pyeongchang to the song that instantly reminds people of the Holocaust ... the disdain from Winter Olympics viewers was immediate. As one person so eloquently put it ... "Abort Abort Abort!" The German figure skater is skating to music from Schindler’s List...Abort Abort Abort!I repeat,
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After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?
The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. Each member of this quartet has taken home every one of the major precursors this awards season. They started their winning ways with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in mid January followed by the SAG Awards at the end of last month and now the BAFTAs. No group has pulled off such a sweep since the British academy moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000.

Oldman has been the Best Actor favorite all season long for his transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The veteran character actor has only contended at the Oscars once before, losing his 2011 Best Actor bid for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to Jean Dujardin who headlined the Best Picture champ “The Artist.”

McDormand is riveting as a mother struggling to accept her
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Willem Dafoe to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

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Willem Dafoe to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlin International Film Festival will present Willem Dafoe with an Honorary Golden Bear in recognition of the actor’s life work, the festival announced Tuesday. Following the presentation on Feb. 20, the festival will screen Daniel Nettheim’s 2001 film “The Hunter” starring the actor. Dafoe has over 100 film credits to his name, including “The Loveless,” “Roadhouse 66,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Platoon,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Cry-Baby,” “Mississippi Burning,” “American Psycho,” “Spider-Man,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Aviator,” “Inside Man,” “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “John Wick” and most recently “Murder on...
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Joe Pesci … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Joe Pesci … ? [Poll]
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 1990s went to many long overdue veterans of the industry. Actors like James Coburn, Jack Palance and Martin Landau finally earned Oscars in this decade, alongside then-newer stars like Cuba Gooding Jr and Kevin Spacey. What is your favorite Best Supporting Actor performance of the 1990s?

Read through a recap of their performances and vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

Joe Pesci, “Goodfellas” (1990) — Joe Pesci won his Oscar with the most iconic role of his career. In “Goodfellas” Pesci plays Tommy DeVito, a blustering gangster who provides some of the funniest lines in the film. Pesci was previously nominated in Best Supporting Actor for “Raging Bull” (1980).

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Jack Palance, “City Slickers” (1991) — Jack Palance finally won his Oscar thanks to “City Slickers,
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Oscars flashback: Frances McDormand sashays to podium for her 1st Best Actress award for ‘Fargo’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Frances McDormand sashays to podium for her 1st Best Actress award for ‘Fargo’ [Watch]
With her victories at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and SAG Awards, Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”) has officially become the frontrunner with Gold Derby odds of 2/13 to win another Best Actress Oscar on March 4. It would mark her second victory at the Academy Awards after “Fargo” 21 years ago, placing her in third for the longest period between Oscar wins (behind Katharine Hepburn’s 34 years and Meryl Streep’s 29.) Watch her acceptance speech above from the 1997 ceremony as she sashays to the podium to receive the award from Nicolas Cage.

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Fargo” remains one of the most acclaimed movies of the 1990s and was directed by her husband Joel Coen, who co-wrote and won the Oscar for original screenplay with his brother Ethan. Her character was Marge Gunderson, a pregnant policewoman who uncovers a homicide plot in Northern Minnesota.
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Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1990s: Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, Holly Hunter … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1990s: Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, Holly Hunter … ? [Poll]
The Best Actress Oscar winners of the 1990s have all had long careers of success in Hollywood to varying degrees. From overdue actresses finally getting their first statue like Susan Sarandon to younger talent like Gwyneth Paltrow, the decade is full of diverse performances. Now, two decades later, which do you think holds up as the top Best Actress performance of the ’90s?

Take a look back on each winning performance and make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Actress.)

Kathy Bates, “Misery” (1990) — Kathy Bates in “Misery” is a great example of an actress breaking through in an unconventional way. Playing Annie Wilkes, deranged fan of an author who tortures him mercilessly, Bates became one of few actresses to win for a pure horror movie. She would later earn supporting nominations for “Primary Colors” (1998) and “About Schmidt” (2002).

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Frances McDormand movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Almost Famous’

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Frances McDormand movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Almost Famous’
The 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” has now placed its star Frances McDormand back on the in-demand list for actresses over a certain age. Long before this comeback, McDormand won the 1996 Best Actress award for her role in “Fargo” and also had supporting nominations for “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Almost Famous” (2000), and “North Country” (2005). A second Academy Award could be hers on March 4, especially since she has already won at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice and more.

McDormand is also part of an elite group of actors who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting.” That distinction is given to actors who have won all three of the major acting awards given: the Oscar, Emmy and Tony. McDormand won her Emmy for the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” in 2015. She was also nominated for another Emmy for her supporting role in the TV movie “Hidden in America” in 1997.

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Frances McDormand movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Frances McDormand movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” placed its star Frances McDormand back on the in-demand list for actresses over a certain age. Long before this comeback, McDormand won the 1996 Best Actress award for her role in “Fargo” and also had supporting nominations for “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Almost Famous” (2000), and “North Country” (2005).

McDormand is also part of an elite group of actors who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting.” That distinction is given to actors who have won all three of the major acting awards given: the Oscar, Emmy and Tony. McDormand won her Emmy for the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” in 2015. She was also nominated for another Emmy for her supporting role in the TV movie “Hidden in America” in 1997.

Her Tony award came for her work on Broadway in the play “Good People” in 2011 for Best Actress in a Play. She had previous been nominated in that same
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Mississippi Burning [1988] Blu-ray Review

Director: Alan Parker

Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand

Certificate: 18

Running Time: 129 minutes

Special Features: ‘Through the Storm’ – An interview with director Alan Parker / ‘Remembering Mississippi Burning’ – An interview with actor Willem Dafoe / ‘Under Siege’ – An interview with writer Chris Gerolma / Audio Commentary with Alan Parker

Originally released in 1988 and set in 1964, Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning is based around one of the most notorious race-related murders in recent American history. What’s particularly disturbing is that, if the media is to believed, the States still has one of the worst records with racial tension now and with the film’s tagline ‘When America was at War with itself’, you could allege they continue to create their own horrific issues to this day.

Parker has always been a director to examine and reveal a certain type of story but especially those that affect real people. Mississippi Burning focuses around two FBI agents,
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Thanks to the Emmys, one actress is now a Grammy short of Egot

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Thanks to the Emmys, one actress is now a Grammy short of Egot
As any fan of "Tgs with Tracy Jordan" can tell you, the Egot is a sacred entertainment quadrivium. Why else would you be an entertainer unless you wanted an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony? Following Sunday's Emmys, one actress is now a Grammy away from the complete Egot. Can you guess who it is? The Egot contender is Frances McDormand. McDormand won an Oscar for "Fargo" (and she was nominated for "Mississippi Burning," "Almost Famous," and "North Country"), a Tony for "Good People" (in addition to another nomination for the '88 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"), and on Sunday she picked up an Emmy Award for "Olive Kitteridge." Like Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, and Geoffrey Rush, she just needs the Grammy to achieve the full Egot. We recommend recording an audiobook of a Kipling anthology Asap. You know Irons is perfecting his Baloo impression as we speak.
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