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  • And the 2018 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's films of the year

    Guardian Film’s official best of the year list – voted for by a panel of reviewers, writers and editors – is into the final furlong. Meanwhile, here are our chief critic’s personal picksSee our countdown of the 50 best films of 2018This year’s awards season peaks here with the publication of the “Braddies” – that is, my personal 10-strong best-of lists for films released this calendar year. These are distinct from the paper’s top 50, and come in the categories best film, best director, best...

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  • Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman trophy

    Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the latest in a long line of elite football players to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded each year to "most outstanding football player in the United States." Murray's win marks the first time since 1945-46 that two different players from the same school won the award in back-to-back seasons. "I've worked my whole life to fulfill my goals. There's a higher power looking down on me," Murray said. "This is an honor. It's something I'll...

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  • Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman trophy

    Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the latest in a long line of elite football players to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded each year to "most outstanding football player in the United States." Murray's win marks the first time since 1945-46 that two different players from the same school won the award in back-to-back seasons. "I've worked my whole life to fulfill my goals. There's a higher power looking down on me," Murray said. "This is an honor. It's something I'll...

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  • Social media is a landmine for celebs

    Kevin Hart learned the hard way that the past can come back to haunt you. Nothing posted on social media ever dies and Hart is just the latest celeb to learn that lesson. While some like Roseanne Barr have experienced immediate furor over controversial tweets, still others are coming under fire for what they said years ago. Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after homophobic tweets he made between 2009 and 2011, included derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments...

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  • ABC had a million reasons to boot Kevin Hart

    The Academy and its television partner, ABC, need a new host for the 2019 Oscars, stat. And they need to explain why they didn't see this Kevin Hart controversy coming a mile away. His old tweets and stand-up routines were in plain view all along. Hart said Thursday night that he was stepping down as host of the Oscars just two days after he took to Instagram to announce that he got getting the job. In the statement, he apologized for homophobic tweets and comments from his past. "I'm sorry that...

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  • France 2019: What you need to know about the Women's World Cup

    The draw for the eighth edition of the Women's World Cup takes place Saturday at La Seine Musicale in Paris. Twenty-four teams will compete at next year's tournament in France, which will be held from 7 June to 7 July. Across nine host cities, 52 matches will be played to determine the winner. Who are the favorites? Who are the players to watch? How did Bob Marley's daughter help Jamaica to the finals? Here is what you need to know about an event billed as the most competitive Women's World Cup...

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  • Profound and prosaic uses for the iPhone

    Turner prize | Bad sex | Cornish literature | Housing crisis | Dr Wendy Atkin | Corbyn’s cunning Brexit plan I was interested to read that the chair of the Turner prize judges has declared winner Charlotte Prodger’s work the “most profound use of a device as prosaic as the iPhone camera that we’ve seen in art to date” (Video clips shot using an iPhone win Turner prize, 5 December). I am finding my iPhone very useful for holding down the wrapping paper on the Christmas presents, when I need both...

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  • Grammy nominations 2019 could be surprising

    We may not know who will be nominated, but there's already controversy over who won't be. Both Cardi B and Post Malone have had breakout years in music, but neither is eligible to be nominated in the best new artist category at the Grammys. Nominations will be announced Friday, but it was reported months ago that the pair had been knocked out of new-artist contention -- Cardi, because her nominations last year disqualified her, and Post Malone, because Recording Academy voters reportedly decided...

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  • Golden Globes 2019: it's Dick Cheney v Lady Gaga in a surreal title fight

    Vice is a surprise frontrunner – perhaps due to liberal nostalgia for when Republicans were intelligible – while A Star Is Born squares up to it, a little over-solemnly, in the best drama categoryGolden Globes 2019 nominations: the full listNominations analysis: Vice leads the pack, Sorry to Bother You snubbedWhile the critical consensus has been building around A Star Is Born, Roma and The Favourite, the Golden Globes nomination list has launched a surprise new frontrunner. Leading the field...

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  • Black films show up strong in Golden Globe noms

    The nominations for the 76th Golden Golden Globe Awards showcase strong work by black directors this past year. "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" were all directed by black men -- Ryan Coogler, Spike Lee and Barry Jenkins, respectively. The films were nominated for top drama, along with "Bohemian Rhapsody" and " A Star Is born." Progress toward inclusion has been notoriously slow in Hollywood, but 2018 has seen some forward momentum. Marvel's "Black Panther"...

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  • 'Black Panther' breaks through at Golden Globes

    "Black Panther" is looking like the answer to Hollywood's prayers as the industry embarks on awards season, adding blockbuster sizzle to an annual ritual that has been reluctant to acknowledge its costume-clad box-office stars. With its latest accolades -- a Golden Globe nomination as outstanding drama on Thursday, and recognition from the American Film Institute's annual 10-best list -- the next hurdle would be the Academy Awards, which would represent a breakthrough for superhero...

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  • Golden Globes 2019: Vice leads pack with six nominations

    Adam McKay’s comedy starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney picks up most nods, while A Star is Born, The Favourite and Green Book each take five Golden Globes 2019 nominations: the full list Dick Cheney may never have officially ruled over America, but Vice, a new biopic about the power-hungry politician, is the surprise leader going into next year’s Golden Globe awards. The comedy stars Christian Bale – who gained 40lb and wears a bald-cap for the role – as George W Bush’s deputy, and has been...

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  • Golden Globe nominations to kick off Hollywood's award season

    Will the 76th Golden Globe Awards honor Wakanda forever or go gaga for "A Star is Born?" We'll find out on Thursday morning when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, made up of roughly 90 journalists who vote on the Golden Globes, unveils its annual nominations for the best in movies and TV. The announcement will live-stream, beginning at 8:05 a.m. ET. Below is a full list of Golden Globe categories. Check back for updates as the nominees are announced. Movies Best Motion Picture -...

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  • Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg to host 2019 Golden Globes

    Oh, yes. On the eve of Golden Globe nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced it has tapped "Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" Andy Samberg to host the 2019 awards ceremony. It will mark Oh and Samberg's first time co-hosting together, but it will not be their first time appearing on a big stage side by side. Oh and Samberg presented an award together at the Emmy Awards in September, executing a well-timed banter that earned their short appearance...

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  • Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg to co-host 2019 Golden Globes

    The Killing Eve star and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian will co-host next year’s ceremony Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been announced as hosts of the 2019 Golden Globes. The Killing Eve star and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian will follow in the footsteps of this year’s host, Seth Meyers, next January. The pair presented together at that ceremony, ridiculing the La La Land snafu in a warmly received skit. Continue reading...

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  • Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobia is no laughing matter

    The comedian-actor has been chosen to take charge of next year’s awards ceremony but a history of hateful remarks suggest he’s not the man for the job At first glance, the Academy picking the ebullient and experienced comedian-actor Kevin Hart to host the 2019 Oscars seems like a smart pick. The 39-year-old star of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Ride Along has quipped his way to becoming one of the most dependable box office stars working today with his films totalling over $3.5bn worldwide....

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  • Ada Hegerberg won't be at Women's World Cup

    To make history, to be the first, but to have the world focusing elsewhere. The talk is not about what has been achieved; of the goals scored or records broken. The questions asked are not about outrageous talent or phenomenal performances but twerking. That is what it is like to be the best female footballer in 2018. "Obviously, I was expecting a question about my football skills, how [I was] feeling to stand there and win, but in the end I was really happy to get the award and wasn't quite...

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  • Can Kevin Hart tiptoe through the Oscars minefield?

    The comedian is hosting next year’s Academy Awards thanks partly to its diversity drive, but his close-to-the-bone style has potential for gaffes social media will leap on So the curiously flavoured chalice passes to stadium-filling, movie-starring, controversy-provoking comedian Kevin Hart, the star of Jumanji and many other films and specials, who has confirmed that he will be hosting the 2019 Oscar ceremony. In some ways, it is a surprise that he hasn’t done this gig before now. Hart’s is one...

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  • Kevin Hart to host the Oscars

    Kevin Hart is headed to the Oscars stage. The comedian took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce he's been selected to host the 2019 Academy Awards for the first time. "For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same...I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's suppose to," he wrote. "I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply...

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  • Academy Awards: comedian Kevin Hart to host 2019 ceremony

    Hart, who starred in 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, follows talk show host Jimmy Kimmel Comedian Kevin Hart will host the next Academy Awards ceremony in February 2019, the Ride Along actor said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” Hart wrote. The Academy Awards are the film industry’s highest honours. Continue reading...

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  • iPhone film-maker Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner prize

    Glasgow-based artist’s film Bridgit praised by judges as ‘unexpectedly expansive’ Bridgit: a memorable, rich and beguiling film A series of short clips filmed on an iPhone featuring the Scottish countryside from a train window, a T-shirt on a radiator and a cat pawing at a lamp has helped Charlotte Prodger win the 2018 Turner prize. Prodger was named winner of the £25,000 prize by the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at a ceremony in London on Tuesday evening. Continue reading...

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  • Golden Globes could go Gaga for 'popular' films

    The Golden Globe Awards historically have a taste for star power, hit movies, musicals, and international talent. Happily for the broader awards-industrial complex, this year's roster of contenders includes an abundance of all of them, in a year where the Oscars flirted with creating a "popular film" category. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the group of roughly 90 journalists who wield outsized influence because of the Globes, will unveil its annual nominations in movies and TV on Thursday,...

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  • There’s more to this bad fiction than bad sex – between the lines is privilege

    Only a famous white man could get away with publishing a book as dreadful as Katerina, James Frey’s Bad Sex Award winner When in competition with a book that likens a vagina to a “enamelled pepper mill”, perhaps one doesn’t expect to win the Bad Sex in Fiction award – yet this is where James Frey finds himself, having won on Monday night for his novel Katerina. Given the critical response to Katerina, it might be the only prize the book will win. In his review for the Observer, Alexander Larman...

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  • Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or

    Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to receive the award since 2007. The midfielder, 33, who helped Croatia reach the men's World Cup final in Russia in the summer, is the first Croatian to win the prestigious prize, which is voted for by journalists. On a historic evening in Paris, the ceremony had a women's category for the first time since its inception in 1956, with Norway's Ada Hegerberg crowned the inaugural...

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