THE FAVOURITE
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 12/15/2018
Running Time: 120
Rated: R
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn.
Crew: Director: Yorgas Lanthimos. Producers: Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Jennifer Semler, Cait Collins, Ceci Dempsey and Ed Guiney. Executive Producers: Daniel Battsek, Deborah Davis, Rose Garnett, Ken Kao, Andrew Lowe, Tony McNamara and Josh Rosenbaum. Screenwriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

With “The Favourite,” screenwriters Tony McNamara (TV’s “Doctor Doctor”) and Deborah Davis eschew much of the stuffiness you often find in period pieces and instead deliver a sardonic and sexually explicit dramedy that’s occasionally and absurdly entertaining.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”), “The Favourite,” is set in the early 18th Century and is actually a veritable showcase for its female leads, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

Colman, who is set to star in TV’s “The Crown” plays Queen Anne. She is in ill health, suffering from gout and is emotionally jarred by her 17 failed pregnancies.

Queen Anne no longer wants to rule over England. No, this Queen would rather spend time playing with her pet rabbits and the young women who catch her eye.

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz, “My Cousin Rachel”) is closest to the Queen and she's the one really making all the big decisions along with Prime Minister Godolphin (James Smith, “Carnage”).

However, things change when Sarah’s scandalous cousin Abigail (Emma Stone, “La La Land”) arrives at Kensington Palace broke and depressed since her father squandered their fortune through gambling and sullied their noble name.

Abigail winds up getting a job as a maid for the Queen, but, with all those come-hither looks being exchanged between them, she won’t be in that position for long.

Sarah and Abigail up their power-playing, conniving and vulgar ways to try and win favor and the attention of the Queen.

There are also some worthy, male supporting roles in “The Favourite,” most notably Nicholas Hoult (“Deadpool 2”) who plays the unscrupulous Speaker of the House of Commons. There’s also Joe Alwyn, “Mary Queen of Scots”) who is the apple of Abigail’s eye.

If it weren’t for the fierce performances from Stone, Weisz and Colman, “The Favourite” would just be another period drama. Together, they bring a quirky, devilishness and manic energy to the film that works in the oddest way.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my N2Entertainment.net movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays now at 6:20 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Take A Look At This Trailer For "THE FAVOURITE"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

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Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

Now with summer behind us, the arrival of fall means weekends attending and watching plenty of football games. Whether they’re college, pro or high school, I’m all over them.

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The Equalizer 2 <b> (Dec. 11) </b> Title: The Equalizer 2 (Dec. 11)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 121
Production Company: Sony/Columbia
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE EQUALIZER 2”

“The Equalizer 2” won’t win any Oscars, but it is hands down one of the most exciting action dramas this year and an equally satisfying follow-up to 2014’s “Equalizer” hit movie. The big reason of course, is because of its lead star, Mr. Denzel Washington.

For all of his accomplishments, Washington never reprised a role until this one.

In “The Equalizer 2,” from director Antoine Fuqua (“The Magnificent 7” remake), Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired CIA Black Ops operative turned Lyft driver in Boston who still dispenses, swift, street justice to anyone who wrongs or harms innocent people. In other words, don’t cross this guy at all.

Robert (Washington) has adapted to his quiet lifestyle. He still misses his wife and fills his time reading and talking with his Lyft passengers.

Along the way this avenging angel can’t help but take care of those who find themselves in some uncomfortable positions. It could be a mother trying to locate her missing daughter. a teenager (an excellent, Ashton Sanders, “Moonlight”) trying to escape the grips of a gang in his drug infested neighborhood or an abused young woman (Tamara Hickey, “Chappaquiddick”) who hooks up with the wrong, rich guys.

However, nothing prepares Robert for the news he gets regarding his former colleague and best friend, Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo, TV’s “I’m Dying Up Here”). Susan has been killed and Robert’s former co-worker, Dave York (“”Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and TV’s “Narcos”) helped orchestrate the murder.

That sets Robert off and in hot pursuit to use every one of his unique skills to methodically kill those responsible for Susan’s death.

The action is incredibly intense this time around and Robert is extremely calculating as he seeks revenge on the bad guys.

But, what I really liked most about “The Equalizer 2” is returning screenwriter Richard Wenk allows the movie to breath and doesn’t simply turn it into a blood splattering actioner.

Don’t get me wrong it’s bloody violent, but the involving story moves at a nice pace as it leads up to the heavy hitting.

Yet, some of the film’s most gripping moments are when Washington is shown merely thinking about his next move and says absolutely nothing.

Washington is such a phenomenal actor and he truly owns this role. I sure would love to see it taken to a new level and have it developed into a Jason Bourne type series. Antoine Fuqua and Washington have already worked on four movies together. “The Equalizer 2” is further proof they make a dynamic duo.
(Highly Recommended).

EDITOR’S NOTE: The digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases of “The Equalizer 2” features the cast and crew dissecting some of the film’s most intense and action-packed moments from rehearsals to production. In the featurette: “Through Antoine’s Lens: The Cast,” Antoine Fuqua and Denzel talk about why the returning cast play such an important part in this sequel’s success and what it was like working alongside the film’s crop of new talent.

Mission Impossible: Fallout <b> (Dec. 4)</b> Title: Mission Impossible: Fallout (Dec. 4)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 148
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT"

When it comes to action movies, you can always count on Tom Cruise to give you your money’s worth. This guy never phones in a performance.

At 56-years-old, Cruise still delivers supersized entertainment by doing most all his stunts.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is 2½ hours of pure exhilaration from start to finish.

And yes, Cruise/Ethan Hunt’s action sequences here are just as jaw-dropping as the ones in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Ghost Protocol.”

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie sure knows how to crank up the mayhem. That bathroom fight scene is a real doozy. He even serves it all up with perfect amounts of humor. And with Cruise in control, “Fallout” works to perfection.

We first see Hunt at a safehouse in Belfast. It’s here he receives the details of his mission that involves retrieving three plutonium cores that have been stolen by a terrorist group known as The Apostles which are part of The Syndicate.

Hunt’s adventure takes him to Berlin. He meets up with his IMF crew Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames, “Con Man” ) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg, “Ready Player One”).

Complicating matters is Hunt’s old nemesis, Solomon Lane (a terrific Sean Harris, TV’s “Lucifer”).

According to Hunt’s boss, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), the former CIA Director now IMF Secretary, Lane has joined forces with an egomaniac terrorist who is hell-bent on destroying the world with a nuclear attack.

That’s not about to happen with Hunt around. When new, CIA Director Erica Sloane (the wonderful Angela Bassett, TV’s “9-1-1”) instructs Special Activities operative August Walker (Henry Cavill, “Justice League”) to shadow Hunt, well, it just raises the stakes even higher especially when August turns out to have ulterior motives.

And this is when “Mission Impossible: Fallout” goes all in with double and triple crosses and stunning twists that will just blow you away.

“Mission Impossible: Fallout” is one of the best action movies I’ve seen this year.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: Take a look at all the bonus features on “Mission Impossible: Fallout” (4K Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray Combo & Digital DVD).

Behind The "Fallout"
1. Light the Fuse.
2. Top of the World.
3. The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown.
4. Rendezvous in Paris.
5. The Fall.
6. The Hunt is On.
7. Cliffside Clash.

Deleted Scenes Montage With Optional Commentary By Director Christopher Mcquarrie And Editor Eddie Hamilton:
1. Foot Chase Musical Breakdown.
2. The Ultimate Mission.
3. Storyboards.
4. Theatrical Trailer.
5. Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise.
6. Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton.
7. Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe
8. Isolated Score Track.

"Mission Impossible: Fallout" will also be part of a 6-movie Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Collection hitting stores during the Christmas holiday season.

Blindspotting <b>(Nov. 20) </b> Title: Blindspotting (Nov. 20)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 95
Production Company: Summit/Lionsgate Films
Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"BLINDSPOTTING"

There have been a number of impressive independent films this year. One that will make my Top 20 list for sure, is “Blindspotting” from former music video producer Carlos López Estrada (Goo Goo Dolls and Passion Pit).

This movie simply blew me away with its originality and honesty. It wowed audiences too at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “Blindspotting” also arrives on the heels of director/rapper Boots Riley’s Oakland-based critical darling, “Sorry to Bother You.”

Not only is “Blindspotting” set in Oakland like “Sorry to Bother You,” but it’s also written by Oaktown natives Daveed Diggs (Tony Award-winning Play “Hamilton”) and newcomer Rafael Casal who got his start on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam."

The movie boldly, powerfully and uniquely illuminates contemporary hot button issues such as police brutality, race, gentrification and classism.

In “Blindspotting,” Diggs plays a convicted felon named Collin who wants nothing more than to ride out the last three days of his probation without any incidents and so that he can try to patch up things with his old squeeze Val (Janina Gavankar, “White Orchard”).

If Collin were just hanging out in Oakland by himself, that would be relatively easy to do.

However, his ghetto-fabulous best friend Miles, (Casal) who sports a grill and plenty of tattoos, grew up in the same neighborhood as Collin. This guy is a real knuckle-head with a nose for trouble. Even so, Collin enjoys hanging out at Miles’s house which he shares with his girlfriend Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones, “Hamilton”) and their young son Sean (Ziggy Baitinger in his debut).

Both guys work as furniture movers, but also share a love of freestyle rapping and spirited duels which help pass the time.

Oakland is a city they both love and have embraced since childhood. But, they can’t stand to see how gentrification is rapidly changing its culture and diversity. Some small, high-tech companies fronted by white millionaire yuppies are moving into Oakland’s impoverished neighborhoods and changing the landscape with cutesy, high priced coffee shops and pressed juice stores.

Even one of the local hamburger joints serves vegan patties unless you specifically ask for meat. There’s a funny scene involving Miles and the burger that he orders there.

However, despite their similar upbringing, Miles and Collin have strikingly different viewpoints about gentrification. Their relationship is severely tested one night after Collin witnesses a white cop (Ethan Embry, TV’s “Grace and Frankie”) gun down a black teen.

The situation haunts Collin because he felt helpless that he couldn’t do anything for fear of getting thrown back in jail. Yet, when he mentions to Miles what happened to him, it doesn’t nearly affect Miles in the same way. That kind of surprises Collin.

There are so many layers to “Blindspotting.” As each scenario unfolds you’re completely drawn in to the film’s forcefulness.

It’s rare to see a “buddy comedy” tackle such broad social commentary and not oversimplify it or understate it.

It’s a balancing act that “Blindspotting” director Carlos López Estrada juggles exceptionally well. The result is an incisive dramedy that is timely and absolutely brilliant.
(Highly Recommended).

Crazy Rich Asians <b> (Nov. 20) </b> Title: Crazy Rich Asians (Nov. 20)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 121
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Jon M. Chu
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“CRAZY RICH ASIANS”

A few years ago, when I interviewed director Jon M. Chu for his dance movie, “Step Up 2: The Streets,” I asked the Palo Alto, California native what other types of movies he’d like to make.

He said he wanted to direct a film—either musical or drama--that would spotlight a broad representation of his culture.

Now, nearly 10 years later Chu has done just that with his latest movie, “Crazy Rich Asians,” which is based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is a Hollywood gamechanger and comes at a perfect time as the industry scrambles to produce more diverse movies.

Yet, “Crazy Rich Asians” shouldn’t be applauded simply because it features a terrific and predominately Asian cast. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a pretty, big deal especially because it’s the first real major Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club” and 2005’s “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

The real reason you’ll want to see “Crazy Rich Asians” is simply because it’s a remarkable and excellent movie.
It’s a contemporary love story about family, money and classism. The balance of drama and comedy which comes courtesy of comedians Ken Jong (TV’s “Bobs Burgers”) and Awkwa-Fina (“Ocean’s Eight”) works to perfection.

The story centers on Constance Wu (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”) and Henry Golding (upcoming, “A Simple Favor”). They play young lovers. Rachel Chu (Wu) is New York University professor raised by a single Chinese working class mother (the delightful Tan Kheng Hua, “The Faith of Anna Waters”). Nick comes from a very rich family. He’s made it a point to keep his family’s wealth under wraps and from Rachel.

But when Nick (Golding) flies Rachel home to Singapore--first class of course--for a friend’s wedding and to visit his mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh, TV’s “Star Trek Discovery”), Rachel realizes Nick’s family is more than just comfortable. They’re filthy rich.

Rachel and Eleanor’s first meeting is far from love at first sight. And the more they talk, it appears the less likely Rachel will ever have a shot at being accepted into the family.

She tries mightily, along with the assistance of her fashionista college buddy, Peik Lin (a scene-stealing Awkwafina, “Oceans Eight”).

The Young’s have all sort of wacky family members and friends. When word gets out that the lowly Rachel has Nick completely sprung and will soon be his lovely wife, a few mean girls at the wedding go to great lengths to humiliate Rachel.

But over time, Rachel develops some spine and stands up to Eleanor. However, her actions do come with a price. It sets them on a collision course with the entire family. What’s worse is Rachel and Nick must now choose between love, money and happiness.

Although you can probably guess which one prevails in the end, “Crazy Rich Asians” takes you on a joyful and colorful ride filled with cultural delights of breathtaking views of Singapore and food so mouthwatering you can almost taste it.

I initially though this movie would be a silly slapstick sort of comedy. It’s not. It’s so much more. It’s wonderful and I really loved every minute of it.
(Highly Recommended).
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“BLACK PANTHER” AND “THE FAVOURITE” LEAD FILM NOMINEES FOR CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced (Dec. 10) the nominees for the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

There were many outstanding movies for N2Entertainment.net to vote on as a member of the BFCA. The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live on The CW Network on January 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).

“The Favourite” leads all films this year with 14 nominations including Best Picture, Olivia Colman for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Comedy, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz both for Best Supporting Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Yorgos Lanthimos for Best Director and Best Editing, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for Best Original Screenplay, Robbie Ryan for Best Cinematography, Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton for Best Production Design, Sandy Powell for Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Comedy.

“Black Panther” impressed with 12 nominations, followed by “First Man” with 10 nods, and “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vice” with nine nominations each.

“Roma” earned eight nominations, while “Green Book” has seven. Ryan Coogler, didn't receive a "Best Director" nod for “Black Panther."

Chadwick Boseman" didn't garner one for “Best Actor" either. However, Michael B. Jordan got a nod for “Best Supporting Actor.”

For the record, N2Entertainment.net did cast votes vote for Coogler, Jordan and Boseman. Also surprised that Viola Davis was left out of the mix for "Best Actress" ("Widows"). But there were so many outstanding performances once again to choose from.

There are a number of multiple award nominees, led by Alfonso Cuarón who could take home four awards for his work on “Roma” including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Bradley Cooper is nominated for his first turn as director for “A Star Is Born” along with nods for Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the latter two categories, Cooper is up against Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman.” Adam McKay’s work on “Vice” earned him nominations for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Several actors have been recognized in multiple categories this year including Christian Bale for “Vice,” Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” and newcomer Elsie Fisher for “Eighth Grade.”

Costume Designer Sandy Powell is nominated for her creations for “The Favourite” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

In the television field, Julia Garner is nominated for her roles in both “Dirty John” and “Ozark.” Amy Adams stands out as a nominee in both film and television for her roles in “Vice” and “Sharp Objects,” respectively.

HBO and Netflix lead the networks with 20 nominations each, followed by FX with 17, Amazon with 12, and NBC with 11.

Topping the list of nominated series are The Americans (FX), The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX), and Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) with five each.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) and “Sharp Objects “(HBO) follow close behind with four nominations. “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon), “Atlanta” (FX), Barry (HBO), “Better Call Saul “(AMC), “Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic), “The Good Place” (NBC), “Homecoming” (Amazon), “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC), “Killing Eve” (BBC America), “One Day at a Time” (Netflix), and “The Tale” (HBO) all received three nominations.

Other multi-nominated series include “Dirty John” (Bravo), “The Good Doctor” (ABC), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix), “Notes from the Field” (HBO), “Pose” (FX), “Succession” (HBO), “This Is Us” (NBC), “Will & Grace” (NBC), and “Young Sheldon” (CBS) each with two nominations.

“The films of 2018 have been some of the most culturally impactful in recent history,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “They’ve portrayed stories from every walk of life, from all different perspectives, and have touched audiences and inspired conversations that we will continue to have for years to come. We are so excited to have the opportunity to celebrate all of them, and the people who made them, on Jan. 13 on The CW!”

“The extraordinary wealth of talent and growing number of platforms makes narrowing down each television category an unenviable task,” said BTJA President Ed Martin. “Despite that, we are thrilled with this year’s nominees and look forward to recognizing their outstanding achievements.”

“Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences.

Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME.

Take a look at the Critics’ Choice Awards nominees in the film categories.

For the complete list of TV nominations, log on to www.CriticsChoice.com. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for N2Entertainment.net’s picks (TV section) of who we believe should win as we get closer to the broadcast of the Critics’ Choice Awards Show on Jan. 13.

“BEST PICTURE” “Black Panther” “BlacKkKlansman” “The Favourite” “First Man” “Green Book” “If Beale Street Could Talk” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Roma” “A Star Is Born” “Vice”

BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – “Vice” Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate” Ryan Gosling – “First Man” Ethan Hawke – “First Reformed” Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book”

BEST ACTRESS Yalitza Aparicio – “Roma” Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns” Glenn Close – “The Wife” Toni Collette – “Hereditary” Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” Lady Gaga – “A Star Is Born” Melissa McCarthy – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Mahershala Ali – “Green Book” Timothée Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy” Adam Driver – “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott – “A Star Is Born” Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Michael B. Jordan – “Black Panther”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Amy Adams – “Vice” Claire Foy – “First Man” Nicole Kidman – “Boy Erased” Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk” Emma Stone – “The Favourite” Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”

YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade” Thomasin McKenzie – “Leave No Trace” Ed Oxenbould – “Wildlife” Millicent Simmonds – “A Quiet Place” Amandla Stenberg – “The Hate U Give” Sunny Suljic – “Mid90s”

ACTING ENSEMBLE “Black Panther” “Crazy Rich Asians” “The Favourite” “Vice” “Widows”

DIRECTOR Damien Chazelle – “First Man” Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born” Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” Peter Farrelly – “Green Book” Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Favourite” Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman” Adam McKay – “Vice”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Bo Burnham – “Eighth Grade” Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – “The Favourite” Adam McKay – “Vice” Paul Schrader – “First Reformed” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – “Green Book” Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski – “A Quiet Place”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole – “Black Panther” Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters – “A Star Is Born” Josh Singer – “First Man” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman”

CINEMATOGRAPHY Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” James Laxton – “If Beale Street Could Talk” Matthew Libatique – “A Star Is Born” Rachel Morrison – “Black Panther” Robbie Ryan – “The Favourite” Linus Sandgren – “First Man”

PRODUCTION DESIGN Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart – “Black Panther” Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez – “Roma” Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman – “Crazy Rich Asians” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton – “The Favourite” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas – “First Man” John Myhre, Gordon Sim – “Mary Poppins Returns”

EDITING: Jay Cassidy – “A Star Is Born” Hank Corwin – “Vice” Tom Cross – “First Man” Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough – “Roma” Yorgos Mavropsaridis – “The Favourite” Joe Walker – “Widows”

COSTUME DESIGN Alexandra Byrne – “Mary Queen of Scots” Ruth Carter – “Black Panther” Julian Day – “Bohemian Rhapsody” Sandy Powell – “The Favourite” Sandy Powell – “Mary Poppins Returns”

HAIR AND MAKEUP “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Mary Queen of Scots” “Suspiria” “Vice”

VISUAL EFFECTS “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “First Man” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” “Ready Player One”

ANIMATED FEATURE “The Grinch” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Mirai” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

ACTION MOVIE “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “Deadpool 2” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” “Ready Player One” “Widows”

COMEDY “Crazy Rich Asians” “Deadpool 2” “The Death of Stalin” “The Favourite” “Game Night” “Sorry to Bother You”

ACTOR IN A COMEDY Christian Bale – “Vice” Jason Bateman – “Game Night” Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book” John C. Reilly – “Stan & Ollie” Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool 2” Lakeith Stanfield – “Sorry to Bother You”

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns” Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade” Rachel McAdams – “Game Night” Charlize Theron – “Tully” Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”

SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE “Annihilation” “Halloween” “Hereditary” “A Quiet Place” “Suspiria”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM “Burning” “Capernaum” “Cold War” “Roma” “Shoplifters”

SONG “All the Stars” – “Black Panther” “Girl in the Movies” – “Dumplin’” “I’ll Fight” – “RBG” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” – “Mary Poppins Returns” “Shallow” – “A Star Is Born” “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – “Mary Poppins Returns”

BEST SCORE Kris Bowers – “Green Book” Nicholas Britell – “If Beale Street Could Talk” Alexandre Desplat – “Isle of Dogs” Ludwig Göransson – “Black Panther” Justin Hurwitz – “First Man” Marc Shaiman – “Mary Poppins Returns”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Be sure to tune to the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards Jan. 13 on the CW Network at 7p.m. (ET/PT).


golden globe By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINEES ARE...

Nominations for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced today (Dec. 6).

I love the selections for “Best Film Drama.”

They include: “Black Panther,” “BlackKklansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “A Star Is Born”.

However, I was taken back that Ryan Coogler was snubbed for “Best Director” (“Black Panther”) and Michael B. Jordan didn’t get a nod for “Best Supporting Actor.”

No superhero movie in the history of the Golden Globe Awards has ever been nominated for "Best Drama Picture" so this is a big deal. A big congrats to Marvel/Disney pictures.

The Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 6 on NBC, 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Now we’ll have to see how my organization, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) does. We’re voting this week on our nominations. They’ll be announced on Dec. 10. The Critics’ Choice Awards show will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Jan. 13 and air live on The CW Network at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).

N2Entertainment.net will be on the scene bringing you Twitter and Facebook posts/updates throughout the evening.

In the meantime, here’s a look at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie nominations:

BEST FILM DRAMA: “Black Panther” “Black KKKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “If Beale St Could Talk” “A Star Is Born".

BEST FILM DRAMA ACTOR: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”) Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”) Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”) Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) John David Washington ("BlacKKKlansman”).

BEST FILM DRAMA ACTRESS: Glenn Close (“The Wife”) Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”) Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”) Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”).

BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL: “Crazy Rich Asians” “The Favourite” “Green Book” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Vice”.

BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR: Christian Bale (“Vice”) Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) Robert Redford (“The Old Man & The Gun”) John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”).

BEST FILM COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS: Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Olivia Colman (“The Favorite”) Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”) Charlize Theron (“Tully”) Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”).

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) Timothy Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) Adam Driver (BlacKKKlansman”) Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Sam Rockwell (“Vice”).

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams (“Vice”) Claire Foy (“First Man”) Regina King (“If Beale St Could Talk”) Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”).

BEST DIRECTOR: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Peter Farrelly (“Green Book” Spike Lee (“Black KKKlansman”) Adam McKay (“Vice”).

BEST SCREENPLAY: Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”) Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”) Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) Adam McKay (“Vice”).

BEST SCORE: Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”) Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”) Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”) Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”).

BEST SONG: All the Stars (“Black Panther”) Girl in the Movies (“Dumplin’”) Requiem for a Private War (“A Private War”) Revelation (“Boy Erased”) Shallow (“A Star Is Born”).

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Mirai” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Capernaum” “Girl” “Never Look Away” “Roma” “Shoplifters”.

Editor’s Note: The Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 6 on NBC at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).


Golden Globe Reactions By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“THEY SAID IT”…

FOCUS FEATURES GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES REACTIONS:

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Pictures--Musical or Comedy: CHARLIZE THERON for “TULLY”

Best Director--Motion Picture: SPIKE LEE for “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Motion Picture – Drama: “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Pictures--Drama: JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON for “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Performance By A Supporting Actor In A Motion Pictures – Drama: ADAM DRIVER for “BLACKkKLANSMAN”

Best Original Song In A Motion Picture--REVELATION from “BOY ERASED”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Pictures – Drama: LUCAS HEDGES for “BOY ERASED”

"TULLY”

“I honestly didn't expect this and am completely thrilled. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible nomination. I loved playing Marlo, so this is a real honor.” Charlize Theron/Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Tully.”

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”

“I found out about these Golden Globe Nominations for “BlackKklansman” in between advising my NYU Grad School students because I teach on Thursdays. The first word that came to mind was “BOOM SHAKALAKA”. Thank you to the HFPA!” Spike Lee/ Best Director – Motion Picture.

“BlacKkKlansman was a responsibility none of us took lightly. With Spike Lee at the helm, we knew this important story would be told fearlessly. We are honored that the HFPA recognized this eye-opening film, Spike’s genius and the incredible performances by John David Washington and Adam Driver.” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Shaun Redick – producers of BlacKkKlansman Best Motion Picture – Drama.

“Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this incredible honor and for your support of BlacKkKlansman. My deepest appreciation to the legendary Spike Lee - we stand on your shoulders, sir. Thank you to the most talented group of actors and the crew, and to Focus Features for their unwavering support. Most importantly -- Ron Stallworth, you're a hero. Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow. Thank you.” John David Washington/ Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture–Drama

“I’m very thankful to the HFPA and pretty blown away by all of this. To be at the Golden Globes in January representingBlacKkKlansman with Spike and John David means a great deal to me. I’m very proud to be in their company.” Adam Driver/ Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture.

“BOY ERASED”

“Writing ‘Revelation’ for “Boy Erased” was an incredible honor for all of us. The song echoes the film’s message that love is love, and that not only is there no way to change who you love, but there is no reason to change. We’re thrilled that the HFPA and Golden Globes heard that in our song and are humbled by this nomination.” Best Original Song - Motion Picture –“Revelation” Written by Jon Thor Birgisson, Troye Sivan & Brett McLaughlin Performed by Troye Sivan and Jónsi.

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination, which I proudly share with the LGBTQIA community as well as with Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, the rest of the cast and crew, and most of all, with Garrard. I was honored to be a part of this story which will hopefully one day help put an end to conversion therapy in the United States where it is currently still legal in 36 states.” Lucas Hedges, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “BOY ERASED”

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES REACTIONS:

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - “The Favourite”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama - Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - Robert Redford, “The Old Man & the Gun”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy - Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture - Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture - Emma Stone, “The Favourite” AND Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture - “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Best Original Score--Motion Picture--“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat

Best Animated Feature Film - “Isle of Dogs”

“THE FAVOURITE”

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing The Favourite. I’m so proud to be nominated alongside such a brilliant group of actresses, including my incredible co-star Emma. And all hail our nominated Queen Olivia! These honors are a testament to the brilliance of our director Yorgos Lanthimos.” Rachel Weisz, “THE FAVOURITE”

"The Favourite has been in the works for two decades, so I can honestly say the HFPA nomination is a dream come true.. It was a privilege, a joy – and a lot of fun - to help once again bring Yorgos Lanthimos’ singular vision to the screen. It’s the story of three brilliantly clever women with equally strong survival instincts – and Olivia, Emma and Rachel could not have been more perfect for their parts.” Ceci Dempsey, producer of “THE FAVOURITE”

“We are delighted with these nominations, which are a brilliant tribute to the team behind THE FAVOURITE including Yorgos, the amazing cast and crew as well and Tony and Deborah. We are also so grateful to the HFPA and our wonderful partners Scarlet, Fox Searchlight, Film4 and Waypoint as well as the team at Element. This recognition is so important to the life of the film and will give it extra momentum as it continues its expansion in the US and beyond.’” Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, producer and executive producer of “THE FAVOURITE.”

“How does a writer describe the joy and excitement of being nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their first screenplay? Impossible! I am honoured to have played a part in Yorgos Lanthimos’s masterpiece. And of course this could not have happened without Tony McNamara. When I wake up tomorrow my first thought will be that I must have been dreaming!” -Deborah Davis, co-writer of “THE FAVOURITE”

“I am so grateful to the incredibly brilliant Yorgos Lanthimos. And to Deborah Davis for finding this incredible story. Also shout outs to the amazing Olivia, Emma and Rachel! It’s the first time I’ve been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press and it’s a lovely surprise. Thank you. ” Tony McNamara, co-writer of “THE FAVOURITE”

“CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?”

“I am utterly stunned and astonished to be nominated by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Humbled and enormously THRILLED to be sharing this honor with Melissa McCarthy, my true partner in crime!!! Gratitude abounds for our brilliant director Marielle Heller.” -Richard E. Grant, “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?”

“I am thrilled and amazed to be nominated by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I'm so proud of my non-biological brother - Richard E. Grant - on his nomination. Forever grateful to Marielle Heller, our brilliant ship’s captain. I’m humbled to be in the company of the other dreamy nominees.” -Melissa McCarthy, “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME”?

“ISLE OF DOGS"

“Thank you to the HFPA for the nomination for ISLE OF DOGS!” The film was a huge group effort that took years to make and I know that all of our many brilliant animators and craftspeople were very proud to have been part of bringing Wes’ vision to life in this special film and are especially thankful and flattered today for this recognition of their work. Also truly pleased to have our amazing composer, Alexandre Desplat, join us in this honor.” Jeremy Dawson, producer of “ISLE OF DOGS”

“What fantastic news! So many thanks to the HFPA. I love dogs. I love cats. I love Japan. I love Wes (Anderson)!” Alexandre Desplat, composer of “ISLE OF DOGS”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information used in this report obtained from Fox Searchlight Pictures and Focus Features.