Is Danai Gurira on the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster Because Okoye Is the New Black Panther?

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There was an interesting real-world subplot that developed last week when the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer dropped. Marvel Studios also released a poster for the film, and every actor whose character was featured got their name listed at the top, save one: Danai Gurira, who plays the Wakandan warrior Okoye from “Black Panther.”

This bit of info understandably irked some folks — Okoye is a great character and Gurira is awesome in the role. So it made perfect sense to question why her name was left off the top of the poster if her face was important enough to be included on the thing in the first place.

Disney quickly put out an updated version of the post with Gurira’s name on it, and the furor died down as everyone resumed parsing every frame of the “Endgame” trailer for clues to how this whole “Avengers” story is going to end. But I say that the fact that Okoye is even on that poster is a big clue about her importance in this film.

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Her inclusion on the poster is particularly interesting because she is the only character on it who hasn’t been seen at some point in one of the two trailers or the Super Bowl commercial. So why in the world would she be on the poster if she isn’t a key character in the film? The answer, we can’t help but think, is that she actually is a key character.

It’s impossible to guess just how important she will be overall, given how secretive Marvel is being in general about “Avengers: Endgame” and the fact that Gurira has not been featured in any of the leaked set photos that have come out. And, of course, the fact that Marvel has not even really suggested that Okoye will be a key figure in “Endgame” at all.

But, again, there has to be some reason why they would put her on the poster, and I can’t help but think that it’s because Okoye will take up the mantle of the Black Panther after T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes one of the victims of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) deadly finger snap.

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But what does that mean for her involvement in the plot of “Endgame”? She hasn’t been included in any of the team shots from the marketing, but then again neither has Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and there’s no question he’s going to figure in heavily to everything that goes on in the movie. But if I had to guess about the specifics of Okoye’s involvement, I would think that Wakanda would certainly be involved in whatever plan the Avengers eventually cook up since it has by far the best technology on the planet.

Since Shuri (Letitia Wright) is also a victim of Thanos’ snap (she’s listed as one of the missing in the first “Endgame” trailer), our heroes won’t be operating at peak efficiency — but just having those stores of vibranium will no doubt be helpful. And if the Avengers are doing stuff in Wakanda, then Okoye will by extension definitely be around.

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Making any guesses beyond that would be very difficult since we know so little. But you can be sure that Okoye is not the type to want to take advantage of the situation in order to keep her Black Panther powers — T’Challa was her close friend and she, like all our other surviving heroes, will definitely be up for doing whatever it takes to undo the unfathomable damage Thanos caused.

But to find out what exactly “whatever it takes” will involve for Okoye specifically, we’ll probably just have to just watch “Avengers: Endgame” when it hits theaters on April 26. Not long now.

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‘Walking Dead’: We Need to Talk About Jocelyn and Michonne

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(Spoilers ahead for the March 17 episode of “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” has not generally spent much time exploring what happened during the six-year time jump that occurred in the first half of this season. I assumed, generally, that we were meant to think that it was relatively uneventful. Aside, of course, from Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leaving Hilltop to go hang out with Georgie (Jayne Atkinson).

But it turned out there was at least one pretty significant event that took place fairly early on in that time period we skipped over, and that incident is the reason why Michonne (Danai Gurira) has been a bit more harsh and cautious than she had been before. Michonne had a nearly catastrophic run-in with an old friend named Jocelyn (Rutina Wesley) while she was pregnant that changed her.

That story was detailed in this week’s episode, which was split between the present narrative and the past. It’s a pretty “Lost”-esque way of fleshing out who Michonne is now, making this episode squarely focused on developing her character over progressing the main plot — the war with the Whisperers didn’t move very far this week.

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Interestingly enough, the character of Jocelyn is original to the show and is not someone who Michonne has mentioned before. She’s not a loose interpretation of a comics character repurposed for this arc. She, and this story, are brand new. It’s a fascinating addition, given what we know about the changes the show already made to Michonne’s story from the comics and the fact that we know she’ll be leaving “The Walking Dead” next year.

Let’s talk about who Jocelyn is for a second. She simply showed up one day at Alexandria, severely injured and babbling about other survivors she needed to save. The Alexandrians take on that rescue duty while Jocelyn recovers, and it turns out that she had been shepherding a bunch of children.

Adding a compelling layer to this story is that Jocelyn was a friend of Michonne’s from college, and thus was someone Michonne felt pretty strongly she could trust. But that didn’t last long. After Jocelyn recovered she would hold sleepovers for the other kids who lived in Alexandria, and one night they stole a bunch of food and sneaked out of town — with the Alexandrian kids, including Judith Grimes.

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The situation ended very poorly, with a pregnant Michonne and Daryl (Norman Reedus) mounting a rescue that ended with Michonne having to kill all the older children under Jocelyn’s care. It turned out that Jocelyn was indoctrinating the kids in a philosophy that was actually pretty similar to that of the Whisperers — you gotta be strong and not soft, trust no one, etc. And the kids worshiped Jocelyn in a very cult-like fashion. But Michonne managed to rescue Judith and the other kids from Alexandria, and also took in some of Jocelyn’s kids. But from then on she was significantly more wary about accepting outsiders, as we’ve seen many times this season since the time skip.

The changes to Michonne’s backstory on “The Walking Dead” show have been largely incidental thus far — she only had one son, instead of two daughters, and that son is very much dead when she first appeared on the show. In the comics, one of Michonne’s daughters ended up at a place the Commonwealth, which is a major plot thread in the next big storyline from the books after the Whisperer War.

Absent that major thread, Michonne sort of naturally becomes expendable in the near term, and this new wrinkle to her personal arc makes her vulnerable because she’s sort of echoing the Rick’s arc before his exit from “The Walking Dead.” A harsh, life-altering situation hardened them before he tried to change for the better — but it was clear that after the war with the Saviors Rick’s worldview did not quite fit with how things really were, and that’s why he knew he had to sacrifice himself.

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Michonne has always been a character that carried a particularly large amount of baggage, with the death of her three-year-old son in the early days of the apocalypse. That detail in particular makes this new story strike a nerve all the more. It appears by the end of this episode that Judith has softened Michonne’s heart a bit, but this story feeds into the instincts that she’s had all along — that she can’t trust anyone and that she has to handle everything herself. With Rick she was able to share the burden a bit, but he’s long gone now. It’s not hard to imagine Michonne reaching her breaking point sooner than later, especially if the creative powers-that-be behind “The Walking Dead” are choosing this moment to reveal this key plot detail.

With her baggage both from the death of her first son and from this incident with Jocelyn, Michonne feels like she’s headed for a similar situation Rick faced — where she finally feels like she knows what direction she and the people in her charge should take but the reality doesn’t really line up.

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Marvel Adds Danai Gurira’s Name to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster After Fan Backlash

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Following a backlash from fans, Marvel Studios has added Danai Gurira’s name to the “Avengers: Endgame” poster after it had been missing from the original version. “She should have been up there all this time,” the company tweeted on Thursday. She should have been up there all this time. Check out the official Marvel Studios’ […]

Marvel Reissues New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster After Backlash From Danai Gurira Credit Omission

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Disney/Marvel released a new poster for Avengers: Endgame following the backlash from earlier today after fans noticed that Danai Gurira, while featured on the poster, was the only cast member not credited on the top line of the poster.
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Marvel Adds Danai Gurira’s Name to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster After It Was Left Off the First One

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Marvel has added Danai Gurira’s name to the official poster for “Avengers: Endgame” after failing to include her name among all the other Avengers in the first poster released Thursday morning.

They’ve even issued a new poster for the film, correcting the oversight.

“She should have been up there all this time,” Marvel Studios said in a tweet. “Check out the official Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever.”

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Gurira’s character Okoye appeared on the poster along with all the other Avengers who didn’t get dusted at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” but her name was absent. It’s a big omission, considering that Gurira is one of only two black characters among the cast, and Gurira was one of the stars of Marvel’s Best Picture nominated “Black Panther.”

It also sparked some online outrage over her snub.

“Why isn’t [sic] @DanaiGurira ‘s name not on the top of the poster ??? @Marvel. Put some respect on her name,” one user said.

The new poster is otherwise unchanged, but Gurira is now slotted in between Karen Gillan and Bradley Cooper on the very long list of names.

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Disney will release “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters on April 26. See the official new poster below:

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Danai Gurira’s Name Was Left Off the New Poster for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and People Are Not Happy About it

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The new trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” is thrilling fans because of all the action and drama it includes, but the film’s poster is being called out for what it fails to include: The name of Danai Gurira, one of the film’s stars.

Gurira’s character, Okoye, appears on the poster, but her name isn’t at the top alongside the names of her co-stars.

It’s an especially notable lapse because Gurira is one of only three female characters pictured, and one of two black characters. She is the only black woman on the poster. Additionally, her character, Okoye, is the only one on the poster to have appeared in the film that was just nominated for Best Picture, “Black Panther.”

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“Black women always get the short end of the stick. Why isn’t @DanaiGurira’s name on here but everyone else’s is? Literally everyone else but her. Tf?!,” said one of many people who complained on Twitter.

“Every actor who appears on the poster has their name listed at the top………except Danai Gurira, the one Black woman,” said another.

Marvel did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The poster features the likenesses and names of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Josh Brolin (Thanos).

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“UGHHH. i freakin’ love @DanaiGurira, and she deserves to be listed AT THE TOP too. please explain @MarvelStudios,” another fan wrote.

“Why isn’t @DanaiGurira ‘s name not on the top of the poster ??? @Marvel. Put some respect on her name,” one user said.

The new trailer for the film has racked up nearly six million views on YouTube and is the No. 1 trending video on the site, since being dropped early Thursday morning.

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Danai Gurira to Exit ‘The Walking Dead’ After Season 10

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Danai Gurira is set to depart “The Walking Dead” after returning for a limited number of episodes next season, TheWrap has learned.

Gurira has portrayed the katana-wielding Michonne on the AMC zombie drama since Season 3. She has since risen to become one of the show’s main players, with Michonne becoming Rick’s main love interest and succeeding him as leader of Alexandria following his death.

She is set to appear in a handful of final episodes dispersed throughout the recently announced 10th season, and sources say she could potentially appear in the spinoff film series alongside Lincoln. AMC declined to comment.

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Her exit follows the departure of series star Andrew Lincoln last year and the loss of a number of other major cast members across recent seasons, including Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun and Chandler Riggs.

Gurira’s career has exploded since she first started on “The Walking Dead” in 2012. Last year, she starred in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” later reprising her character with appearances in last summer’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and this year’s follow-up “Avengers: Endgame.” A “Black Panther” sequel is also set to begin production sometime later in 2019 or in early 2020.

In addition, Gurira’s career as a playwright has earned a number of accolades, including six Tony Award nominations for her 2016 play “Eclipsed,” starring her “Black Panther” co-star Lupita Nyong’o.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Will There Be an ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer During the Super Bowl?

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It’s a cliche by now that a lot of folks watch the Super Bowl primarily for the commercials, and for movie studios the Big Game tends to be a pretty big marketing day. So you tune in for the football and the funny ads, and you’re treated to new trailers for some of the biggest movies of the year.

And there’s little doubt, at this point, what will be the biggest movie of 2019. After “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed more than $2 billion worldwide and ended on probably the most insane cliffhanger in the history of the cinema blockbuster, everyone is expecting “Avengers: Endgame” to make a similarly gargantuan splash.

This is an unusual year for the Super Bowl in that we aren’t expecting a whole lot of movie trailers during the game this year. For whatever reason, studios seem to be shying away from the spectacle this time. But will Disney be among those skipping the Super Bowl this year?

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Officially, there’s no word on whether “Avengers: Endgame” will make an appearance during the Super Bowl, but we are expecting a new trailer Sunday evening.

The marketing cycle for the film started fairly late for one of these things, with the first trailer dropping in early December. For a mega-blockbuster like “Endgame,” we expect three trailers before it lands in theaters on April 26. Around the release of “Captain Marvel” in March is a natural place to put one, and so the Super Bowl likewise would make perfect sense as far as timing.

But that’s just our guess — we don’t actually have any official word about an “Avengers: Endgame” trailer for the Super Bowl. But we would be surprised if the game comes and goes without one.

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On the other hand, given how cryptic and relatively low key we expect the marketing for this movie to be — Marvel doesn’t want to give away anything — they could very well just skip past the Big Game confident that they don’t have to make a huge push to get folks out to see how this whole thing ends. Anything is possible.

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Danai Gurira On ‘Black Panther’s “Beautiful” Journey & Impact: “We Head Forward, We Don’t Turn Back”

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Golden Globes: Marvel Scores First Best Picture Drama Nod for ‘Black Panther’

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Marvel Studios has scored its first nomination in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category at the 2019 Golden Globes for “Black Panther,” which also marked the first time a superhero movie has been nominated in that category.

Fandango’s Managing Editor Erik Davis wrote on Twitter, “Congrats to @MarvelStudios for landing their first ever Best Picture nod at the today with . No superhero film in the history of the awards show has ever been nominated for Best Picture (Drama). This is the first.”

Congrats to @MarvelStudios for landing their first ever Best Picture nod at the #GoldenGlobes today with #BlackPanther. No superhero film in the history of the awards show has ever been nominated for Best Picture (Drama). This is the first. pic.twitter.com/MxGHrXlbCy

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 6, 2018

Indeed, Ryan Coogler’s superhero entry was nominated in the category, as well as in the categories Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

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The only other superhero film to break into the Globes Best Picture categories was 2016’s “Deadpool,” which received a nod in the category Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The movie’s star, Ryan Reynolds, also received a Best Actor nomination that year.

Many Marvel fans shared their excitement on social media following the announcement.

me: the golden globes are a joke

black panther: gets nominated for a golden globe

me: i’d to thank the hollywood foreign pres

— angela (@captaindeadpooI) December 6, 2018

INTO THE SPIDERVERSE AND BLACK PANTHER GOT NOMINATED FOR GOLDEN GLOBES I pic.twitter.com/Yeo8iffKcX

— megan ???? (@spidervalkyrie) December 6, 2018

y’all say black panther is a “mediocre” movie but it was the first comic movie to be nominated for Best Picture are the Golden Globes so idgi

— BP AS IN BEST PICTURE (@wakandapwr) December 6, 2018

black panther getting nominated for best picture at the golden globes is SO huge wow…im over here cryin and shit

— kaiya (@fiImlesbian) December 6, 2018

“Black Panther” was directed by Ryan Coogler and starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman and Daniel Kaluuya. So far, it was won BET Awards, a Hollywood Film Award, MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

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Apart from “Deadpool” and “Black Panther,” the only other two superhero movies to receive major recognition from the Academy or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were “The Dark Knight,” for which Heath Ledger was nominated for his performance, and “Batman,” for which Jack Nicholson received a nod for his role. That of course does not count the various films that have been nominated in the sound or visual effects categories, or the animation category in which “The Incredibles” won in 2005 and “Big Hero 6” won in 2015.

The 2019 Golden Globes will take place on January 6. Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be hosting the 76th annual awards show.

A spokesperson for Marvel has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Golden Globes Nominations Announcement Livestream – Watch

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Golden Globes 2019: The Complete List of Nominees

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The nominees are in for next month’s 76th annual Golden Globes! Yes, Little Monsters: Lady Gaga got a nod. And also yes, Comic-Con dwellers: “Black Panther” has been nominated for Best Movie – Drama.

Find all of the nominees in each of the 25 categories below. “Vice” led the way for film, while “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story” collected the most chances for a trophy on the TV side of the business.

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards take place Sunday, Jan. 6 starting at 8/7c on NBC. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh are set to host the ceremony.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams – “Vice”
Claire Foy – “First Man”
Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone – “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin – “The Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin – “Succession”
Edgar Ramirez – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Ben Whishaw – “A Very English Scandal”
Henry Winkler – “Barry”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell – “The Good Place”
Candice Bergen – “Murphy Brown”
Alison Brie – “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Debra Messing – “Will & Grace”

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Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” – TNT
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – FX
“Escape at Dannemora” – Showtime
“Sharp Objects” – HBO
“A Very English Scandal” – Prime Video

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” – HBO
“The Good Place” – NBC
“Kidding” – Showtime
“The Kominsky Method” – Netflix
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Prime Video

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
“A Quiet Place”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Black Panther”
“First Man”
“Mary Poppins Returns”

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams – “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora”
Connie Britton – “Dirty John”
Laura Dern – “The Tale”
Regina King – “Seven Seconds”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Patricia Clarkson – “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz – “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”
Yvonne Strahovski – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen – “Who Is America”
Jim Carrey – “Kidding”
Michael Douglas – “The Kominsky Method”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Bill Hader – “Barry”

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas – “Genius: Picasso”
Daniel Bruhl – “The Alienist”
Darren Criss – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Patrick Melrose”
Hugh Grant – “A Very English Scandal”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum” – Lebanon
“Girl” – Belgium
“Never Look Away” – Germany
“Roma” – Mexico
“Shoplifters” – Japan 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma”
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – “The Favourite”
Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Adam McKay – “Vice”
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly – “Green Book”

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Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
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 Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
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 Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Olivia Colman – “The Favourite”
Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade”
Charlize Theron – “Tully”
Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”

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Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma”
Peter Farrelly – “Green Book”
Spike Lee – “BlacKkK
lansman”
Adam McKay – “Vice”

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans” – FX
“Bodyguard” – Netflix
“Homecoming” – Prime Video
“Killing Eve” – BBC America
“Pose” – FX

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve”
Julia Roberts – “Homecoming”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”

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Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman – “Ozark”
Stephan James – “Homecoming”
Richard Madden – “Bodyguard”
Billy Porter – “Pose”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
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 Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali – “Green Book”
Timothee Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver – “BlacKkKlansman”
Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell – “Vice”

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Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“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”

Jennifer Maas contributed to this report.

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Here’s When the Second Half of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 Will Begin

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The Season 9 mid-season finale for “The Walking Dead” left our heroes — specifically Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Aaron (Ross Marquand), Magna (Nadia Hilker) and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) — in a pretty precarious position, as they face off for the very first time against a new threat. The Whisperers are coming, and the good guys have no idea what kind of fight they’re in for.

On the “Talking Dead” aftershow Sunday night, host Chris Hardwick revealed exactly how long you’re gonna have to wait for the second half of season 9 to kick off. The mid-season premiere for the ninth season of “The Walking Dead” will go down on Feb. 10, 2019. That is, of course, a Sunday night.

The mid-season premiere will air at the same time as usual, at 10 p.m. ET.

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It likely won’t be quite as eventful a mid-season premiere as season 8 had — that episode, you’ll recall, was the one in which Carl died, and event we knew was coming because of the reveal that he had been bitten by a zombie a couple episodes earlier. We aren’t expecting anything quite so massive, though we did just get a major death in the mid-season finale.

We are however expecting this new war to start for Alexandria and the Hilltop. The Whisperers, this new villainous group that worships zombies, have officially made themselves known and it’s all downhill from here for the good guys. While the first half of season 9 of “The Walking Dead” has been relatively chill by this show’s standards, don’t expect the calmness to last into the second half of the season.

That Wild ‘Walking Dead’ Mid-Season Cliffhanger Explained

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(Spoilers ahead for the season 9 mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” on AMC_

The excellent first half of season 9 of “The Walking Dead” has come to a close, and it did so with one hell of a bang. We got a climactic showdown in a foggy graveyard in the middle of the night, a major character death and a new foe finally revealing itself.

Those of us who have kept up with the major storylines in the “Walking Dead” comics know exactly what just happened, but those who have not might be a little bit confused as we head into the show’s hiatus. So for the sake of those folks, let’s break down that ending real quick.

To recap the situation: the entire episode sees Daryl (Norman Reedus), Jesus (Tom Payne) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) trying to rescue Eugene (Josh McDermitt) while dodging a herd of zombies that seems way smarter than any group of walkers they’d ever encountered before. Plus, as Eugene notes, some of these zombies had been talking as they stalked him.

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Daryl goes his own way to try to draw them off while Aaron and Jesus try to escape with the injured Eugene, but Daryl’s schemes don’t work and the other three men end up cornered in a creepy graveyard in one of the best locations the show has ever spent time in. Aaron and Jesus end up having to fight, but Michonne (Danai Gurira), Magna (Nadia Hilker), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) and Daryl eventually catch up to them.

It looks like they’re going to get away, and then suddenly one of the zombies actually dodges Jesus’s blow and stabs him through the back. This shockingly spry zombie then whispers to Jesus as he dies: “You are where you do not belong.”

Our surviving heroes then take down that “zombie” and several of his actually still living compatriots, ending the battle. Then Daryl, inspecting one of the bodies, reveals that this zombie is wearing a masking — tearing it off, we see just a normal-looking dude who had been pretending to be a zombie.

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Then the whispers start up again, everyone looks around in terror, and  the episode ends.

Holy crap. So there is your answer for why those zombies were talking — they actually were not zombies at all. These fake zombies are instead part of a group called the Whisperers, people who essentially worship zombies as the purest form of humanity.

The Whisperers do have a society, albeit a primitive one. They live in camps as nomadic hunter-gatherers, operating under a brutal survival-of-the-fittest brand of law. Basically, the person who proves to be the strongest is the leader, and all sorts of criminal behavior is permitted — if you can’t defend yourself, then you don’t deserve to be defended, more or less.

In the comics there’s more than a hundred of these guys, and they pose a pretty significant threat, thanks to their ability to blend in with and steer zombie herds in whatever direction they want. And now they’re going to come after all the good guys.

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This certainly looks like it will be very different from the wars that Alexandria and the Hilltop have fought before, though, with this mid-season finale episode taking a full-on horror story approach that the show really has never quite had before.

However this war plays out — it’ll probably take significant liberties from the comic books since Carl and Rick were front and center in that version — this is certainly an exciting new direction for “The Walking Dead.”

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‘Walking Dead’: Is Rick Grimes Actually Gone for Good?

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(Major spoilers for the Nov. 4 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

After months of talk about how Andrew Lincoln would be leaving “The Walking Dead,” with everyone assuming that meant Rick Grimes would bite the dust after being the center of the series since it began so many years ago, it appears now that AMC may have pulled a bit of a fast one on everyone.

That’s because, as of the end of what AMC has billed as Rick Grimes’ final episode, Rick Grimes is not dead. He looked like he blew himself up when he destroyed the bridge to keep the herd of zombies from reaching any of their settlements.

Instead, he’s rescued by Jadis after washing up on shore downriver, put on that mysterious helicopter, given medical attention and taken away to who knows where. And then “The Walking Dead” gave us a big time jump of at least two years and we’re left to wonder what all this means.

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On “Talking Dead” after the episode aired, producer and “Walking Dead” franchise overlord Scott Gimple said that Rick is done on “The Walking Dead” but will return in what he calls “AMC original films,” which will expand the “Walking Dead” universe beyond the main series and “Fear the Walking Dead.”

AMC says these projects will go into production “as early as 2019.” For more on this new aspect of the “Walking Dead” universe, click here.

We do have a guess about what that might involve, since we’ve been pondering that mysterious helicopter for so long now. We’ve long assumed that the helicopter comes from the Commonwealth, an actual city in Ohio where some 50,000 people reside. We’ve also assumed that Georgie is from the Commonwealth.

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The Commonwealth is the subject of the current story arc in the comics — the show is one big arc behind, as we head into the Whisperers story that will be the subject of the second half of season 9.

If Rick is indeed taken to the Commonwealth, there are plenty of question marks about Rick’s story there. For one thing, it seems incredibly unlikely that Rick would choose to stay there of his own volition for years with Judith and Michonne (Danai Gurira) still back in Alexandria, presumably thinking he’s dead all this time.

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Ryan Coogler to Write and Direct ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

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Ryan Coogler will officially write and direct the “Black Panther” sequel for Marvel, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Of course, most everyone anticipated that Coogler would sign back on for the sequel, given the success of this past February’s mega-blockbuster that grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and has received critical acclaim. The film is even in consideration for a Best Picture nomination at the upcoming Academy Awards.

“Black Panther” was also written and directed by Coogler. Chadwick Boseman starred as the titular character, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright also having roles in the film.

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The film holds a “fresh” score of 97 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Production on a sequel is set to start in either late 2019 or early 2020. Currently, Coogler is in development for the drama “Wrong Answer,” which also stars Michael B. Jordan.

He will also serve as an executive producer on the upcoming “Creed II” with Jordan, as well as on LeBron James’ “Space Jam” sequel.

Coogler is represented by WME.

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Marvel had no comment. Representatives for Coogler and Disney have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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