Golden Globes Set 2020 Date for Earliest Ceremony Ever

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that the 2020 Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 5, the earliest date that the Globes have ever been held.

As usual, the ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC and will be produced by Dick Clark Productions.

While the Globes show has been steadily moving earlier in the year for decades, the early date will be particularly important in 2020 as the Academy Awards shifts to Feb. 9, which will be the earliest Oscars show ever by almost two weeks.

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The Oscars’ move will force many other awards shows to shift their usual timing – but the Globes have been held on the first Sunday in January for the last two years, a spot ideally positioned for the newly accelerated and constricted awards calendar.

The first two Golden Globes ceremonies were held in late January in 1944 and 1945, but the show moved to March in 1946 and was held in either February or March until 1973. At that point it moved into January to stay, steadily moving earlier in the month as the Oscars moved from March and April into February.

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Steven Spielberg’s Push for Oscar Rule Change Reignites Movie Theater vs Netflix Debate

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Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg ignited a fierce debate this weekend over a plan to propose new rules for the Oscars that would place limits on Netflix and other streamers trying to get around a theatrical release, but still win Best Picture.

“Ultimately the Oscars are meant to promote the theatrical experience,” video director Joseph Kahn argued on Twitter, supporting Spielberg’s move.”Netflix releasing in one theater and claiming they should be celebrated the same way as ‘BlacKkKlansman’ or even yes, ‘Green Book,’ is not remotely fair.”

“Real talk, has Spielberg been to a normal people movie theater lately?” Fangoria editor-in-chief Phil Nobile, Jr. asked on Twitter. “Last month I had the absolute pleasure of watching a film I exec-produced play to a sold-out crowd at the Egyptian on Hollywood. So I get where Spielberg is coming from. But the next week I was just a regular person again. And the theaters I go to are trash fires.”

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IndieWire reported on Thursday that Spielberg is expected to propose a rule change at next month’s Academy Board of Governors’ meeting to restrict eligibility for films that do not have a significant theatrical run, a reaction to the strong showing by the Netflix release of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” at this year’s Oscars. In a statement sent to IndieWire, the Academy said that “awards rules discussions are ongoing with the branches. And the Board will likely consider the topic at the April meeting.”

Representatives for Spielberg and the Academy did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for further comment.

The exact rules that Spielberg is planning to propose have not been disclosed, but one idea Academy insiders tell TheWrap may be on the table is to restrict eligibility to films that were exclusively in theaters for four to six weeks before being released on streaming.

That would prevent a film like “Roma,” which was on just over 100 screens for less than a month before hitting Netflix, from getting nominated. But getting support from the Academy for such a change would be difficult, as this would affect non-streaming indie studios as well, not to mention that the Academy already granted eligibility to films that open in theaters and streaming simultaneously back in 2012.

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One Academy board member told TheWrap this weekend that they will oppose Spielberg’s proposals if they come forward. Outside the board, Ava DuVernay, a member of the Academy’s directors branch who has released films on Netflix, has also said she opposes such changes. 

The Black List founder Franklin Leonard said such a rule change would disadvantage filmmakers of color: “I think we can all agree that the theatrical experience is worth protecting. I, for one, do,” Leonard tweeted. “I also think we can all agree that it is more difficult for films by and about women, people of color, and myriad other communities to access the resources necessary to secure an exclusive four week theatrical window.”

But Spielberg has insisted that such changes are necessary to protect the value of seeing a movie in theaters, something that he vowed to protect during a speech at the Cinema Audio Society Awards last month.

“I love television. I love the opportunity,” he said. “The sound is better in homes more than it ever has been in history but there’s nothing like going to a big dark theater with people you’ve never met before and having the experience wash over you. That’s something we all truly believe in.”

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And some writers and filmmakers are publicly backing the director in his stand against streaming.

“Streaming is television. Quality television that has elevated the standards for made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies, but still television. Either do a theatrical release correctly or enjoy your Emmys,” tweeted writer David Cornelius. “All [Spielberg] is asking is for a slight window between theatrical availability and home video availability, to help underscore a film’s status as a big screen event.”

But not everyone feels like movie theaters provide that “big event” feel anymore. Repertory theaters like Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre and the Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly Cinema go the extra mile to make going to the movies feel special. National chains like AMC and Cinemark have also made efforts in recent years to woo back moviegoers with upgraded food, alcohol availability and recliner seats. But despite these efforts, movie theaters still have a stigma of inconvenience and poor quality that is proving difficult to shake.

“At my home, I’ve invested in a home theater setup,” Tedone said on Twitter. “When it’s time to watch a film, no phones, no talking. We are watching the film. That’s it. The picture is calibrated, the sound is too. The picture in my room is better than most of the times I see something at the theater.”

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But there’s also a debate over just how much the communal and large-format nature of the movie theater adds to movies as an art form. Spielberg sees it as absolutely essential, to the point that he has openly said he doesn’t think Netflix films should be eligible for Oscars at all.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he told ITV News. “You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

Films like “Roma,” which were not produced by Netflix and premiered at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, are blurring the line, especially as streamers take a bigger presence as buyers at Sundance and other festivals. On top of that, there’s another awards campaign practice that leads to many Academy members seeing Oscar contenders out of the theater: screeners.

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“Here’s how we’ll know if Spielberg has the courage of his convictions: When he calls for abolishing screeners,” tweeted “The Daily Show” writer/producer Daniel Radosh. “After all, shouldn’t the people who actually vote for the Oscars be the ones required to see the films in their ideal form?”

The trend is actually going in the other direction. In an effort to encourage wider viewing of all nominees among voters and to consolidate the screening process, the Academy has encouraged its members in recent years to watch screeners through its member website. While studios and trade news outlets (like this one) still host FYC screenings during awards season, even the Academy is recognizing that streaming makes it easier for all the nominees to get in front of their entire membership.

“Roma” may have failed to become the first film released by a streamer to win Best Picture, but with three Oscars from 10 nominations, it has definitely forced the issue. Along with the battle to come at the Board of Governors meeting, April will also see movie theater owners convene at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where the National Association of Theater Owners will certainly be faced with questions on how it will deal with Netflix’s steadfast refusal to disclose its box office numbers.

And Netflix won’t be stopping with its plans to deal out big films, as it will release Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” next fall. With an all-star cast led by Robert De Niro and a blockbuster budget to de-age the stars in flashback scenes, Netflix will almost assuredly be back in the Oscar conversation next year…provided that Spielberg’s crusade isn’t successful.

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Watch ‘Rocketman’ Star Taron Egerton Perform ‘Tiny Dancer’ With the Real Elton John (Video)

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Anyone wondering if Elton John approves of Taron Egerton being cast to play him in the upcoming biopic “Rocketman” got resounding confirmation when the pair shared the stage for an iconic performance of “Tiny Dancer” on Sunday night.

With the “Kingsman”star belting out the lyrics to the beloved ballad and John beside him on piano, the duet proved that there’s no better actor to play the five-time Grammy winner.

The beautiful moment occurred at the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party during a live auction for a trip to attend the “Rocketman” world premiere in London in May.

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Egerton was brought from his dinner table onto the stage to amp up bidding on the exclusive experience and was then asked to perform one of the hit songs from the movie.

“But I need someone to play piano. Is there a pianist in the house?” he asked the audience. Cue John, who comes up to join Egerton on the ivories, prompting a standing ovation from the surprised guests.

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Sat chatting on stage with John after the song was over wearing an signature pair of oversized glassed, Egerton looked uncannily like the original metamorphosis of Reginald Dwight.

Elton returned to role of accompaniment pianist later in the night when he performed “Daniel” during the The Killers rousing set.

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John and David Furnish’s annual Oscar night gala raised over $6.3 million on Sunday for the global effort to end AIDS. The auction also featured a Yahama piano signed and played by John at the “Lion King” 20th anniversary concert, studio sessions for the “Devil Wears Prada Musical” in Las Vegas and Toronto, as well as at this year’s Academy Awards Viewing Party.

Along with “Rocketman” stars Egerton and Jamie Bell, and director Dexter Fletcher, other VIP guests included  Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mädchen Amick, Patricia Arquette, Alina Baikova, Jamie Bell, Thora Birch, Chad Buchanan, Candace Bushnell, Charlie Carver, Kristin Chenoweth, Erika Christensen, Chris Colfer, Chace Crawford, Terry Crews, Heidi Klum, Caitlyn Jenner, Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy and Rumer Willis.

“Rocketman” is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. Set to John’s most beloved songs, it tells the story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. The movie also stars Richard Madden, John Reid and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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Oscars Early Ratings Rebound From 2018’s All-Time Low

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The 2019 Oscars on ABC rebounded in early ratings from last year, according to early ratings, posting a 21.6 rating/36 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.

That initial rating means that Sunday’s show rose 14 percent from 2018, per the earliest-available numbers. This year’s Oscars ran 3 hours and 21 minutes. These metered market ratings cut off at 15-minute increments, meaning the 21.6 covers 8 p.m. ET to 11:15 p.m. ET. So they do not include the Best Picture presentation, in this case.

Last year’s Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, received an all-time low 18.9 overnight rating. That number was down almost 16 percent from Kimmel’s previous turn a year earlier. This year, the Oscars ended up with no host.

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The 2018 Oscars ended up tallying 26.5 million total viewers, per Nielsen, which was a record low itself by a pretty wide margin. That sum was down 20 percent year over year. We’ll get Sunday’s overall audience count later today.

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That’s Regina King we have pictured above. She won Best Supporting Actress for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which was the first award handed out last night.

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Green Book” won Sunday’s final trophy — the coveted Best Picture Oscar. The film also brought Mahershala Ali another Best Supporting Actor statuette. “Green Book” won the Best Original Screenplay award as well.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” actually won the most Academy Awards with four. Like “Green Book,” “Black Panther” and “Roma” won three Oscars apiece.

Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) earned Sunday’s top acting honors. Alfonso Cuarón was named best director for “Roma.”
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Oscars 2019: 11 Best and Worst Moments, From Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper Duet to ‘Wayne’s World’ Reunion (Photos)

Oscars 2019: 11 Best and Worst Moments, From Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper Duet to ‘Wayne’s World’ Reunion (Photos)

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The 91st Academy Awards may not have had a host, but the 3 hour, 17 minute-long show was filled with plenty of heartwarming but also gut-wrenching moments. Here, TheWrap rounds up the 11 best and worst bits of the 2019 Oscars.

BEST/WORST: It’s not your fault, Adam Lambert. It’s just that it’s weird to anyone’s voice sing “We Are the Champions” that isn’t Freddie Mercury. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph made their best pitch to be next year’s Oscars hosts.

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BEST: Tyler Perry Calls Out Academy In announcing Best Cinematography, Perry reminded everyone of one of the Academy’s ill-fated attempt to move some of the awards to the commercials.

BEST: Trevor Noah Roasts Mel Gibson The “Daily Show” host got to present Best Picture nominee/winner “Black Panther” and took a jab at Mel Gibson in the process: “Mel Gibson came up to me like, ‘Wakanda Forever.’ He said another word after that, but the Wakanda part was nice.”

BEST: Dana Carvey and Mike Myers “Wayne’s World” reunion A Queen biopic, titled after the song that Wayne and Garth famously rocked out to was nominated for Best Picture? Yea, like this wasn’t going to happen.

BEST: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga made us cry (again) with “Shallow” — Ally and Jackson Maine — er, we mean Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, silenced the entire Dolby Theatre when they took the stage to sing “Shallow,” their already-iconic duet from “A Star Is Born.” Hey, even if you’ve rewatched that scene from the movie a million times already, it was nice just to take another look at them. Oh, and then the song won an Oscar later in the evening, making this moment even more perfect.

BEST: Awkwafina and John Mulaney Are the Most Adorable/Overwhelmed Presenters Ever — The breakout star of “Crazy Rich Asians” and the “SNL” alum were honored just to be announcing those who were nominated for Best Animated Short at the 91st Annual Academy Awards — even if they were totally freaked out to be doing it. These two very funny people had a very funny, joint on-stage panic attack while recapping how starstruck they were hanging out backstage, rubbing elbows with the other A-list presenters.

BEST: Keegan-Michael Key Enters Mary Poppins-style – The comedian came down from the the Dolby Theatre’s rafters via umbrella to introduce Bette Midler’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” Let’s just say there are few ways to upstage Bette Midler, but that was one of them.

BEST: Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry Are the Best Costumed While Presenting Best Costume – When the “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” star and “Widows” actor were given the costume category they clearly decided to lean into the job. You can read our full breakdown of there look here.

WORST: In Memorium Snubs The Academy had to shave time off somewhere to reach it’s goal of a three-hour show. It looks like the In Memorium segment — which left out Sondra Locke, Verne Troyer, Dick Miller, R Lee Ermey — was where they did it.

BEST: Oscars Stays Pretty Close to Its 3-Hour Runtime Pledge No bloated opening monologue, a much tighter show (with a shaved-down In Memorium segment) helped the Academy stick very close to its goal of a three-hour show, coming in at just 17 minutes over, despite airing all 24 awards live.

WORST: ‘Green Book’ Best Picture Speech Omits Don Shirley — “Green Book” producers and director Peter Farrelly thanked a number of people – even giving a shoutout to the late Carrie Fischer – but there was one notable admission. Don Shirley, which was made all the worse by Mahershala Ali winning an Oscar for playing him.

Oscar Analysis: ‘Green Book’ Win Gives an Old-Fashioned Ending to a Diverse, Forward-Looking Show

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“Green Book” shouldn’t have been able to win. In an era where representation and diversity is of paramount importance, it was another movie about race relations from the perspective of the white man. The reviews were middling, it didn’t have a Best Director nomination, it lost at the Writers Guild Awards and it was up against Netflix’s big-money campaign for the year’s clear critical favorite, “Roma.”

“Green Book” should have been the wrong movie at the wrong time, too divisive to be named Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards. But this was a year when almost everything was divisive — there was no consensus choice to sweep to a win, which opened the door for a film with strong negatives to win the top prize, because it also made a lot of people feel good when they saw it.

And after an awards season that took the conventional wisdom, trashed it, chewed it up and spit it out, the winner was a movie that once upon a time would have made for a thoroughly conventional Oscar winner.

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That might be the key: Just because “Green Book” felt like an old-fashioned Oscar winner, just because this year’s show had more nonwhite winners than any Oscars ever, doesn’t mean that the old-fashioned movie can’t still be an Oscar winner in 2019.

Credit the old guard of the expanded Academy, holding the center against an influx of diverse international voters over the last three years.

Credit the fact that Hollywood is still full of professionals who consider Netflix the enemy of the movie business and would put “Roma” low on the ballot just to keep the streaming company from winning the big one.

Credit the fact that this was a pretty mainstream group of Oscar Best Picture nominees — “Roma” and “The Favourite” were art movies, but everything else was relatively commercial — and when the preferential system of vote-counting was finished reshuffling the ballots, it came up with a mainstream winner.

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And above all, credit “Green Book” itself, which put a familiar and even clichéd story on the backs of two exceptional actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, and took their likability on a road trip where you knew where they were going but didn’t care because they were such engaging traveling companions.

Sure, there will now be an outcry. The credibility of the film’s portrayal of pianist Donald Shirley (played by Ali) will no doubt be questioned again and again. The fact that we’re still seeing race relations from the white man’s perspective will be dissected and slammed (as will the producers’ failure to even mention Shirley from the stage of the Dolby Theatre).

Some will clear a spot for the film on the “Worst Best Picture Winners” lists alongside “Crash” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” And we’ll hear lots about how in 1989 Spike Lee (and “Do the Right Thing”) lost to “Diving Miss Daisy,” and now 30 years later Lee lost again to an old-fashioned movie about racial differences being healed in a car, “Green Book.”

Spike has held his tongue and not directly criticized “Green Book” in recent weeks, no doubt in recognition of Academy rules against trash-talking fellow nominees, but you can bet that he’ll have a few choice words now.

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Of course, a divisive winner is the nature of the beast in these dark, divisive times — there would have been complaints if “Roma” or “Black Panther” or “BlacKkKlansman” or “Bohemian Rhapsody” had won, too.

But a show that gave its top award to “Green Book” and made “Bohemian Rhapsody” the night’s biggest winner in total prizes could only stoke the ire of film critics and drive cinephiles on Twitter into overdrive.

As for the rest of the show, the Academy went hours into the show without a single surprise before dropping a big one at the end of the night when “The Favourite” star Olivia Colman beat Glenn Close for Best Actress. That not only made Close the actress with the most nominations without a win (seven), it gave every single one of the eight Best Picture nominees a win, something that has only happened one other time since the category was expanded beyond five nominees (in 2015).

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Even without many surprises, the ceremony had an historic feel to it — a testament, perhaps, to the new, more diverse group of voters. In the first 90 years of the Oscars, only one black woman had won an award in a non-acting category; in the space of three awards in the first 40 minutes of Sunday’s show, two more names were added to that list.

Around the halfway mark, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” director Peter Ramsey became the first African-American to win in the Best Animated Feature category. Asian women won in the Best Documentary Feature and Best Animated Short categories. Mahershala Ali, who was already the first Muslim actor to win an actor, became the first to win two.

By the end of the night, the Academy had set records for black winners and for female winners.

The wins, though, were a mixture of the bold and the safe, with voters honoring edgy movies and feel-good ones in equal measure. One segment, in which Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson presented the writing awards, summed it up: Best Original Screenplay went to “Green Book” over the more twisted “The Favourite,” and then Best Adapted Screenplay gave Spike Lee the first competitive Oscar of his career, for the incendiary “BlacKkKlansman.”

And in the end, maybe the 91st Oscars are an accurate portrait of a diverse but divided Academy: forward-looking at times, open to diversity to a far larger degree than it used to be, and also looking for old-fashioned pleasures regardless of how out of step they may feel.

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