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ReFrame Stamp Affixed On Record 26 Films For 2019

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ReFrame Stamp Affixed On Record 26 Films For 2019
The ReFrame coalition has awarded 26 feature films released in 2019 with its ReFrame Stamp, which recognizes the top 100-grossing gender-balanced narrative and animated features. The list, which grew from 20 total films that earned the stamp a year ago, includes Booksmart, Captain Marvel, Harriet, Hustlers and Oscar Best Picture nominee Little Women.

This reflects gains for women in the important roles of director, department heads, and women of color leads and co-leads. With an aim to increase the number of women of all backgrounds working in film, TV, and media, the ReFrame Stamp, which is showcased in end credits and appears on IMDb, serves as a mark of distinction for projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced hiring. Additional points are awarded to content that has women of color in key positions.

This year’s list included 12 women directors (12 percent) in the top 100 films at the box office compared to 4 in 2018, with
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Watch Octavia Spencer Star as Madame C.J. Walker in New Series Trailer

Watch Octavia Spencer Star as Madame C.J. Walker in New Series Trailer
Octavia Spencer portrays Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire, in the new Netflix series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madame C.J. Walker. The four-part limited series hits the platform on March 20th.

As seen in the trailer released on Tuesday, Walker notably became an entrepreneur in the early 20th century thanks to her innovative products marketing to black hair; like many black women of the time period, she herself had suffered from severe dandruff and baldness while working as a laundress in St.
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‘Self Made’ Trailer: Octavia Spencer Radiates Strength as C.J. Walker in Netflix Series

‘Self Made’ Trailer: Octavia Spencer Radiates Strength as C.J. Walker in Netflix Series
After the debacle that was the Oscars all but ignoring black talent this year, audiences are long overdue to see black characters thriving and succeeding onscreen. Like most progressive change in Hollywood these days, when the movies won’t do it, television steps up to the plate. Enter Netflix’s exciting new four-part limited series, “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” starring Octavia Spencer as America’s first female self-made millionaire. With an uplifting first trailer released today, as well as some gorgeous first-look photos, “Self Made” is sure to become Netflix’s latest water cooler hit.

The official synopsis reads: “Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Inspired by the book, ‘On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker,’ written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles,
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51st NAACP Image Awards: ‘Just Mercy,’ ‘Black-ish’ Dominate, Kobe Bryant Celebrated

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51st NAACP Image Awards: ‘Just Mercy,’ ‘Black-ish’ Dominate, Kobe Bryant Celebrated
The winners of the 51st NAACP Image Awards were announced last night during a live broadcast on Bet, from the Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium in California. The live special was hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, who also doubled as a nominee.

The big winners of the night were “Just Mercy” in the motion picture categories, and “Black-ish” in the television categories. “Just Mercy” took home four trophies, including the top award of the night for Outstanding Motion Picture, as well as Outstanding Actor for Michael B. Jordan, and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Jamie Foxx.

Meanwhile, “Black-ish” topped all television winners for the second year in a row, with six awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Anderson, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Tracee Ellis Ross, and Outstanding Comedy Series.

Additional winning highlights included Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed limited series “When They See Us,” which
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NAACP Image Awards: Lizzo Named Entertainer Of The Year; ‘Just Mercy’, ‘Black-Ish’, ‘When They See Us’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards: Lizzo Named Entertainer Of The Year; ‘Just Mercy’, ‘Black-Ish’, ‘When They See Us’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List
The 51st NAACP Image Awards were handed out tonight and were aired live on Bet with trailblazing musician Lizzo bringing the “Juice” and taking the top honors for Entertainer of the Year and black-ish and When They See Us dominating the TV side and Just Mercy and Dolemite Is My Name taking trophies in the film categories.

Black-ish swept the TV awards with repeat wins for Outstanding Comedy Series and lead acting accolades for Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. On top of that, Dion Cole and Marsai Martin walked away with wins for their supporting roles on the ABC sitcom.

In addition to her TV awards, Martin was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture for her role in Little.

Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed limited series When They See Us took home the award for Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or
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NAACP Winners 2020: The Complete List

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NAACP Winners 2020: The Complete List
Lizzo was named Entertainer of the Year at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. The singer-rapper edged out Angela Bassett, Billy Porter, Regina King and Tyler Perry for the night’s top prize.

Warner Bros.’ legal drama “Just Mercy,” meanwhile, nearly swept the top film awards, taking home best motion picture, ensemble, best actor (Michael B. Jordan) and supporting actor (Jamie Foxx). Lupita N’yongo was named best actress for Jordan Peele’s home invasion thriller “Us.”

Rihanna, accepting the President’s Award for her philanthropy work, called for unity during her remarks onstage.

“We can only fix this world together – we can’t do it divided,” she said to thunderous applause.

On Friday night, in a pre-telecast ceremony, some of the other winners were announced. Own’s “Greenleaf” nabbed the best drama series prize while ABC’s “black-ish” was named best comedy.

Beyonce, who led all 2020 NAACP nominees with 8 nods in total,
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Lead Category in NAACP Image Awards Reflects Spike in Diversity and Artistic Caliber

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Lead Category in NAACP Image Awards Reflects Spike in Diversity and Artistic Caliber
To best appreciate the competitiveness and quality of the outstanding motion picture nominees for the 51st NAACP Image Awards, which takes place on Feb. 22, check the numbers.

All five of this year’s nominees — “Dolemite Is My Name” “Just Mercy” “Harriet” “Queen & Slim” and “Us” — scored well on Rotten Tomatoes. To wit, “Dolemite” nabbed a 97% “fresh” rating, “Us” landed at 93% and “Just Mercy” and “Queen and Slim” fielded an 84% and 83%, respectively. “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo as the iconic Underground Railroad liberator, scored lowest with a still-respectable 73% rating.

Compare that to the dearth of choices as recently as seven years ago when “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” which earned a 34% Rotten Tomatoes rating, was a contender in that same category. In other words, the Image Awards and the industry have come a long way.

“We created a nominating committee that’s diverse in terms of national perspectives around the art related to our community,
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With ‘Gentefied,’ America Ferrera Brings a Series Unlike Any Other to Netflix

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With ‘Gentefied,’ America Ferrera Brings a Series Unlike Any Other to Netflix
America Ferrera had directed before, but not like this. She and her crew were shooting scenes from a massive burner party — think a miniature Burning Man, complete with drugs and costumes and bad dancing — for Netflix’s upcoming series “Gentefied.” Though she wouldn’t appear on camera, Ferrera was dressed for the occasion in a sheer robe, her face and chest covered in glitter and plastic stick-on jewels. The shoot presented the most significant logistical challenge she had faced behind the camera. The party, which takes up much of the fourth episode of the show was meant to give the impression of hundreds of people packed into a small Los Angeles warehouse. But Ferrera had too much soundstage and too few extras.

“I had to tell the story and do it really, really fast, screaming through a megaphone at the extras,” she says. “We only had 75 extras that had to look like hundreds.
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The week in TV: The Pale Horse; Endeavour; The End; The Split – review

Sarah Phelps retro-fettles with aplomb in her latest Agatha Christie adaptation; Endeavour hits a tricky 1970; plus, all of life and death – and Harriet Walter – in The End

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Endeavour (ITV) | ITV Hub

The End | Sky Atlantic

The Split (BBC One) | iPlayer

The Pale Horse was the fifth and allegedly the last – but please, no – in Sarah Phelps’s (generally) celebrated Agatha Christie adaptations for the BBC, which began with The Witness for the Prosecution in 2016. Again, she’s probably going to get pelters from purists, the type who watch the telly with a dog-eared 1956 paperback in their lap, and enjoy fretting hugely about, actually, very little.

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Twitter’s Outraged Over Harriet Tubman Doing Black Panther’s Wakanda Forever Salute

Twitter’s Outraged Over Harriet Tubman Doing Black Panther’s Wakanda Forever Salute
There really is no inappropriate time to celebrate the life and valor of Maryland abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and since the official establishment of Black History Month by President Gerald Ford in 1976, February has become a particularly fitting period to commemorate the woman who earned the nickname of Moses for her successful liberation of more than 70 slaves by way of the network of secret routes and safehouses known as the Underground Railroad.

But while there’s no inappropriate time, there are certainly inappropriate ways, and one Boston-based bank has struck upon a remarkably tactless one. The African-American-owned OneUnited Bank, founded in 1968 as the Unity Bank & Trust Co., elected to observe the month by issuing limited edition Visa Debit Cards featuring Tubman’s likeness as what the company calls “a symbol of Black empowerment.” And while that alone may not have caused an uproar, the image portrays Tubman as displaying the Wakanda
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Watch Combo Chimbita Play With Fire in New ‘Revelación (Candela)’ Video

Watch Combo Chimbita Play With Fire in New ‘Revelación (Candela)’ Video
As part of Latin indie rock’s new wave of mad scientists, Combo Chimbita is a hard act to emulate. They turn up the heat in their latest single, “Revelación (Candela).” The song is featured in their sophomore LP Ahomale, which was named one of Rolling Stone’s Best Latin Albums of 2019.

Fronted by vocalist Carolina Oliveros, the Brooklyn-based band specialize in their own blend of tropical psychedelia, accented by surfy guitar licks and Afro-Caribbean percussions. Producer Daniel Schlett (the War on Drugs, Modest Mouse) ramps up the mysticism in
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Cynthia Erivo to Star in Film Adaptation of Her Podcast ‘Carrier’

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Cynthia Erivo to Star in Film Adaptation of Her Podcast ‘Carrier’
Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Cynthia Erivo is bringing her podcast “Carrier” to the big screen.

The Oscar nominee will star in and produce the sci-fi thriller for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. The movie is based on the podcast “Carrier,” created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, who will also write and direct the film.

Erivo will reprise her role from the podcast as Raylene, a truck driver who accepts an off-the-books long-haul trucking assignment to cover for her ill father. She soon realizes that her mysterious cargo is a threat to the world and various forces begin targeting her to control or destroy it. She starred in and co-produced the seven-episode season of “Carrier.”

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to bring this podcast to the screen and marks the beginning of a new adventure in creativity for me as a producer,” Erivo said. Erivo
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26% of Oscar viewers say Cynthia Erivo gave best musical performance: ‘It wasn’t even a contest’ [Poll Results]

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26% of Oscar viewers say Cynthia Erivo gave best musical performance: ‘It wasn’t even a contest’ [Poll Results]
With eight musical performances to drool over, the 2020 Oscars felt more like the Grammy Awards than ever before. Of the artists who entertained the crowd during Sunday’s telecast, who gave the best performance? We tasked Oscar viewers with answering that very question and the poll results are in: Cynthia Erivo‘s powerful rendition of “Stand Up” from “Harriet” leads all performances with 26% support. “It wasn’t even a contest,” commented Gold Derby reader Jonathan Goeschl. Do you agree or disagree with those poll results? Sound off down below.

SEEHow did Bong Joon Ho pull off that huge Best Director Oscar upset? Here are 5 explanations

Erivo was nominated for a pair of Oscars this year: Best Actress for portraying Harriet Tubman and Best Song for co-writing “Stand Up” with Joshuah Brian Campbell. She ending up losing her two bids to Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) and Elton John & Bernie Taupin (“I’m
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Omg Oscars explained: Why did Brad Pitt and ‘Parasite’ win? What to think of ceremony? [Watch]

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Omg Oscars explained: Why did Brad Pitt and ‘Parasite’ win? What to think of ceremony? [Watch]
“They did something extraordinary for the first time this year. They actually went with a Best Picture that was international,” says Gold Derby editor-in-chief Tom O’Neil about South Korea’s “Parasite” winning Best Picture at the Oscars in an upset against “1917.” That made it the first film not in the English language ever to win the top prize from the academy, so he discussed that feat with fellow editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Joyce Eng, Zach Laws, Daniel Montgomery, Paul Sheehan and Susan Wloszczyna. Watch their morning-after Oscars smackdown above.

SEE2020 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 92nd Academy Awards

The Oscar season got off to a rough start with nominations that included no women for Best Director and only one person of color recognized for acting (“Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo for Best Actress). So with the academy still largely white and male despite the
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From Leonardo DiCaprio to Timothee Chalamet, What You Didn’t See on TV at the Oscars

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From Leonardo DiCaprio to Timothee Chalamet, What You Didn’t See on TV at the Oscars
The Oscars made history on Sunday night by awarding “Parasite” best picture, the first time in the 92-year-history of the telecast that a foreign-language film took home the top statue.

Indeed, it was a big night for “Parasite,” which won a total of four Academy Awards, including best director for Bong Joon Ho, who — along with his translator Sharon Choi — stole the show. The twisty drama about a wealthy family in South Korea was the underdog coming into the evening, as many pundits predicted that the best picture prize would go to “1917,” Sam Mendes’ sprawling World War I epic.

Inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, it was clear that the audience was on team “Parasite,” as there was thunderous applause every time Bong took the stage. But there were also other highs (and some lows) during the ceremony. As Variety takes you inside the Oscars, here’s what TV viewers didn’t see at home.
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The 92nd Oscar winners in full

The Oscars were celebrated and handed out in a lavish ceremony in Hollywood last night and, as ever, there were many surprises. Arguably, the big winner on the night was Bong Joon Ho and his stunning film, Parasite, which won no less than four awards; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. Parasite is the first film to win both the Palme d’Or in Cannes and the Best Picture at the Academy Awards since Marty back in 1955 and also the first film not in the English language to take the top gong.

Parasite

Elsewhere, as expected Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor award for his work on Joker, Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for Judy, Brad Pitt scored Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, and Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story.

Toy Story 4 was awarded Best Animated Feature,
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92nd Academy Awards Make History With “Parasite” Winning Best Picture!

Wow! Seconds ago, the Oscar for Best Picture was handed out, and with that, history was made, as the 92nd Academy Awards came to a close in spectacular fashion! For the first time, the Academy gave a foreign language film their top honor, as Parasite took Picture in an historic upset (one that yours truly predicted). Moments before that, Bong Joon Ho pulled off a Best Director shocker, too, making it quite the evening for Parasite. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises throughout the night, though there were some very good speeches, but the Oscars saved some of their most exciting moments for the final section, culminating in a first for AMPAS that will long be remembered. Aside from Parasite winning Best Picture and Best Director, it also took home Best Original Screenplay (giving Bong Joon Ho quite the golden haul) and Best International Feature, while the four
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2020 Oscars telecast review: Historic wins and politics enliven an otherwise listless ceremony – is it time to bring back hosts?

2020 Oscars telecast review: Historic wins and politics enliven an otherwise listless ceremony – is it time to bring back hosts?
The 2020 Oscars telecast was host-less for the second consecutive year. But while last year’s ceremony was more of a daring experience, this year’s comparatively by-the-numbers event showed signs that the experiment might need to come to an end. Thankfully the ceremony was saved by a little historic Korean film, whose presence injected some much-needed joy and energy into an otherwise listless ceremony.

SEE2020 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 92nd Academy Awards

Janelle Monae began by serenading Best Supporting Actor nominee Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) with the theme song to Mr. Rogers’s eponymous children’s program. But that note of quiet gave way to a rousing opening number that was equal parts classic and progressive.

You had background dancers dressed in some of the nominated films’ costumes, while Monae called out the Oscars for their lack of diversity. It was certainly a political opening,
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Oscars: Watch The Musical Performances – Billie Eilish, Elton John, Janelle Monáe, More

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Oscars: Watch The Musical Performances – Billie Eilish, Elton John, Janelle Monáe, More
Tonight’s 92nd Oscars had no shortage of stellar musical performances. Billie Eilish performed a poignant cover of the Beatles’ Yesterday during the In Memoriam segment, accompanied by her brother and producer Finneas O’Connell. Janelle Monáe opened the show in a high-energy original number with featured dancers and Billy Porter, and a shout-out to films that weren’t nominated this year, including Dolemite is My Name, Midsommar, Jordan Peele’s Us and Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers.

Elton John performed his best original song winner “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman. Other best song nominees included Randy Newman performing “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from best animated feature winner Toy Story 4; Chrissy Metz with “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough; Cynthia Erivo with “Stand Up” from Harriet; and Idina Menzel with “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2.

Irish composer and conductor Eímear Noone conducted a best original score medley.
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Oscars TV Review: Eminem Can’t Save Another Hostless Night For Hollywood, Despite ‘Parasite’s Historic Best Picture Win

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Oscars TV Review: Eminem Can’t Save Another Hostless Night For Hollywood, Despite ‘Parasite’s Historic Best Picture Win
With most of the top categories long locked in, if there was any real drama in the 92nd Oscars on Sunday it was how well another year of no host would fare.

Not so great turned out to be the answer for Hollywood and ABC after the more than three-hour-long ceremony.

After the novelty of last year’s forced lack of a host after the Kevin Hart fiasco, this year seemed to hope going hostless again would hide the cracks in a show produced by Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain that had nothing much new to say on Tinseltown’s biggest night. Hope sometime can’t close the deal, sorry to say.

Yes, with 1917 left out of the party, it was certainly a big and historic night for Parasite and director Bong Joon Ho. Major acting category wins went to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Brad Pitt,
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