Here are (most of) the Best Song nominees performing live at the Oscars 

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Gillian Welch shares new, lovely rendition of her Oscar-nominated Buster Scruggs song

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Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and her musical partner David Rawlings are slated to perform the song “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs at this year’s Academy Awards. But, if you happen to have plans on the ev…

Gillian Welch, David Rawlings Release Own Take On Oscar-Nommed ‘Buster Scruggs’ Song

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Singer/songwriters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have already been announced as set to perform their Oscar-nominated song from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” on the Academy Awards telecast Feb. 24. But no one will have to wait till then …

‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ Costume Designer Mary Zophres Breaks Down Approach To Six Western Vignettes

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With several Westerns under her belt prior to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs—the Coen brothers’ latest—Mary Zophres knows the many challenges that come with the territory. Earning her first Oscar nomination for True Grit back in 2010, the cos…

Netflix Soars With 15 Oscar Nominations, Led By 10 For ‘Roma’, Off Unique Theatrical & Streaming Release Model

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The streaming giant proved once again it is a force to be reckoned with at Oscar time, earning 15 nominations, up from last year’s eight nods, and charging toward the Feb. 24 ceremony armed with 10 noms for Alfonso Cuaron’s black and white …

‘Mowgli,’ ‘Buster Scruggs’ and Beyond: Streaming Cinema Is Enlisting A-List Composers

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‘Bird Box’ Viewed By 45 Million-Plus Subscriber Accounts, Netflix Says, In Best First Week For Any Of Its Original Films

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Netflix, which is notoriously strict in refusing to reveal data about its platform, lifted the veil on Sandra Bullock thriller Bird Box by revealing in a tweet that 45,037,125 accounts streamed the film during its first seven days.
That tally was the h…

The best films of 2018

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In a year defined by division, the one thing we could all agree on was movies. Just kidding! If anything, film discourse grew more contentious and fractured than ever in 2018, which began with a battle for the soul of the world’s most popular franchise…

‘Buster Scruggs’ Star Tim Blake Nelson on How James Franco Taught Him the Secret to Acting

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A version of this article about Tim Blake Nelson and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” first appeared in TheWrap’s Actors/Directors/Screenwriters Oscar magazine.

“I have certainly never put so much time into a role, if you think about the effort in terms of the resulting screen time,” said Tim Blake Nelson, who plays the title role in the new Coen brothers movie “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

Nelson is on screen in virtually every frame of the movie’s first 20 minutes as a singing cowboy who also happens to be an ace gunslinger — and then, with the end of the first section of the deliciously dark anthology Western, he disappears, never to be seen again.

But Nelson makes those minutes count, crafting a white-suited, fast-talking, quick-drawing cowpoke for the ages.

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The actor said he spent six months learning to play guitar and perform pistol tricks without breaking a sweat. “There’s an adage that an actor is responsible for the history of every action,” he said. “You need to be able to read in how adroitly a character does something what his history with that action is. And so the riding and the singing and the playing the guitar and the shooting and the pistol twirling all have to feel almost like they’re extensions of the body, almost effortlessly unselfconscious.”

He did the preparation at the same time that he was preparing for Chris Poche’s indie film “The True Don Quixote,” in which he played a modern version of the Cervantes hero. “I cleared the first half of the year and spent every day preparing for the two roles,” he said.

That he pulls it off with a twinkle in his eye is perhaps testament to the mindset of an actor who first worked with the Coens as one of the three leads in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and who routinely makes two, three, even four movies a year.

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“I like that pace,” he said. “It’s not so much that I am overwhelmed and can’t give the attention to each role that the role merits, and yet it’s enough that I’m challenged to find new ways of working and new approaches. I think that in the best possible way, you want to relearn acting every time you essay a part.”

His career revelation, he said, came on a little-seen 2013 film directed by James Franco,” “Child of God.” “He had this tiny crew, and everybody was being paid the same, crew and actors,” he said. “There was a coherence and a solidarity in the filmmaking that jarred me out of my complacency.

“Even then, I was doing three or four movies a year, and I kinda figured I had it licked. And then working with James caused me to understand that I actually didn’t want to have it licked. I wanted to keep finding new ways of expression through acting.”

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Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video

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How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Turned the Coens’ ‘Buster Scruggs’ Into a Yodeling Musical-Comedy

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Netflix, Cannes Film Festival Still at Odds Over Theatrical Release Rules

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‘Buster Scruggs’ DP Bruno Delbonnel on Lensing Coen Brothers’ First Digital Film

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Get to Know the Coen Brothers’ Newest Batch of Misanthropic Adventurers

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With their new Netflix Western anthology “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” the Coen Brothers bring us six tall tales from the American Frontier and populate them with one unforgettable character after another.

Netflix Cancels ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ Red Carpet At AFI Fest Amid Southern Califorina Fires

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In the wake of the fires that have been affecting Los Angeles, Netflix announced Sunday that they have decided to cancel the red carpet for the AFI Fest screening of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Deadline has learned…