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‘All Quiet’ Wins 7 BAFTAs, Including Best Film, At UK Awards

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LONDON, England BAFTA— The antiwar German film “All Quiet on the Western Front” won seven awards, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, bolstering the somber drama’s momentum as awards season approaches its climax at the Oscars next month.

The Irish tragicomedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” and the rock biopic “Elvis” won four awards.

Edward Berger won the best director award for his film “All Quiet,” a visceral depiction of life and death in World War I trenches based on Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel. It also won awards for the best-adapted screenplay, cinematography, best score, best sound, and best film not in English.

Austin Butler won best actor for his performance in “Elvis.” The dazzling musical by Baz Lurhmann also won awards for casting, costume design, and hair and makeup. Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her performance in the orchestral drama “Tár.”

Martin McDonagh’s “Banshees,” a bleakly comic story about a sour friendship, was named the best British film.

“Best what award?” McDonagh joked about the film, shot in Ireland with a predominantly Irish cast and crew. The British government funds it, and McDonagh was born in the United Kingdom to Irish parents.

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“Banshees” also won for McDonagh’s original screenplay, as well as best supporting actress Kerry Condon and best-supporting actor Barry Keoghan.

The awards, officially known as the EE BAFTA Film Awards, are Britain’s equivalent of Hollywood’s Academy Awards and will be closely watched for hints as to who will win at the Oscars on March 12.

The Academy Award frontrunner, “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once,” was the night’s big loser, winning only one of its ten BAFTA nominations for editing.

The ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall was hosted by actor Richard E. Grant, who was suave and self-deprecating, with help from TV presenter Alison Hammond. The U.K.’s film academy lauded its efforts to become more diverse but said there was still work to be done.

In his opening monologue, Grant made a joke about the infamous Oscars brawl between Will Smith and Chris Rock.

“Nobody gets slapped tonight on my watch,” he said. “Except the back.”

Colin Farrell, Ana de Armas, Eddie Redmayne, Brian Cox, Florence Pugh, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cynthia Erivo, Julianne Moore, and Lily James were the guests and presenters who walked the red carpet on the south bank of the River Thames.

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The throne’s heir The audience included Prince William, president of the British Film and Television Academy, and his wife, Kate. William wore a tuxedo with a black velvet jacket, while Kate wore a floor-length Alexander McQueen gown, which she also wore to the BAFTAs in 2019.

Helen Mirren paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, William’s grandmother, who died in September. Mirren, who played the late Queen in “The Queen” and “The Audience,” called Elizabeth “the nation’s leading lady.”

In 2020, the British Film Academy made changes to increase the awards’ diversity, as no women were nominated for best director for the seventh year in a row, and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white.

This year, 11 female directors were nominated for awards in all categories, including documentary and animated films. Only one of the main best-director nominees, Gina Prince-Bythewood for “The Woman King,” was a woman.

BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar described the academy’s soul-searching as “necessary and humbling.” He stated that the “crucial work of leveling the playing field” would be continued.

Ariana DeBose, who starred in “West Side Story,” opened the show with “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” which included a rap shoutout to some of the nominated women, including Blanchett, Michelle Yeoh, and Viola Davis.

“It’s been an extraordinary year for female performers,” Blanchett said. To be counted among them is truly unique.”

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Irish actors had a strong year at the BAFTAs, with Deryl McCormack nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star award — which he lost to Emma Mackey — and Condon, Keoghan, Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson all receiving acting nominations for “Banshees.”

The event was dubbed “the Irish BAFTAs” by McCormack.

“It’s a small country, but the talent that comes out of it is incredible,” he said.

Charlotte Wells won the award for best British debut for her touching father-daughter drama “Aftersun.” Sandy Powell, a three-time Oscar winner, became the first costume designer to receive the BAFTA fellowship.

The harsh world outside showbiz intruded on the awards when Bulgarian journalist Christo Grozev, who works for the investigative website Bellingcat, said he was no longer allowed to attend due to a threat to public security. He appears in “Navalny,” a documentary about imprisoned Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny that won the BAFTA for best documentary.

Odessa Rae, the producer of “Navalny,” dedicated the award to Grozev, who she described as “our Bulgarian nerd with a laptop who couldn’t be with us tonight because his life is under threat by the Russian government and Vladimir Putin.”

Jamie Lee Curtis, a supporting actress nominee for “Everything, Everything,” said the opportunity to celebrate cinema provided by awards season is more important than who wins.

“It’s a moment of celebration amid everything,” Curtis said on the red carpet to The Associated Press. “It’s tough out there. Everywhere. At the same time. Every time.”

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2024 OSCARS: Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s Oscars

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NEW YORK — After a winter of award events, including the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys, the granddaddy of them all, the Academy Awards, is just around the horizon. The 96th Academy Awards may be a coronation for “Oppenheimer,” which leads with 13 nominations, but other films, including “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Poor Things,” are also in the running.

Here’s what you should know about this year’s show:

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When are the Oscars?

The Oscars will be on Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. EDT, one hour earlier than normal, and will be live on ABC. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This is an early reminder to set your clocks – the first day of daylight saving time in the United States.

Are the Oscars livestreamed?
You can access the show on ABC.com and the ABC app with a cable subscription. You may also watch on Hulu Live, YouTube, AT&T, and FuboTV.

Who is hosting the Oscars?
Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the ceremony last year, will serve as emcee for the fourth time. That matches him with fellow four-timers Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon, leaving Kimmel trailing only Johnny Carson (five), Billy Crystal (nine), and Bob Hope (eleven) among Oscar hosts. “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times,” Kimmel told the audience.

What films are nominated for Best Picture at the 2024 Oscars?
The ten best-picture nominees are: “American Fiction,” “Anatomy of a Fall,” “Barbie,” “The Holdovers,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Maestro,” “Oppenheimer,” “Past Lives,” “Poor Things,” and “The Zone of Interest.”

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Who are the favourites?

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is the front-runner. Nolan, the best director favourite, is expected to win his first Oscar. The best actress category could be a close call between Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”) and Emma Stone (“Poor Things”). If Gladstone wins, she will be the first Native American to win an Oscar. Best actor might also be a tight call between Cillian Murphy (“Oppenheimer”) and Paul Giamatti (“The Holdovers”). They would be first-time winners. Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Giamatti’s co-star, is the favourite to win Best supporting actress, while Robert Downey Jr. (“Oppenheimer”) is predicted to win Best Supporting Actor. Ryan Gosling is his closest competitor for “Barbie.”

What’s with the ‘Barbie’ snubs?
While “Barbie,” 2023’s largest box-office blockbuster, received eight nominations, much of the conversation has focused on the film’s lack of nominations. Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing, while Margot Robbie did not win best actress. Some have detected reflections of the misogyny spoofed in “Barbie,” while others have noted comedians’ traditionally poor reception at the Oscars. The nominations for “Barbie” include best-adapted screenplay (by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach), best supporting actress (America Ferrera), and two best song nominees: Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” and Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt’s “I’m Just Ken.”

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Are there any changes to this year’s Oscars?

Though prior Oscars have been marred by slaps, envelope snafus, and debates about which prizes are presented live during the ceremony, this year’s show promises to remain relatively unchanged. All of the awards will be broadcast live. The academy is introducing a new award for best casting, but the trophy will be handed in at the 2026 Oscars.

What else is there to look for?
Composer John Williams has been nominated for his record 49th best-score Oscar for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and 54th overall. Godzilla is making his Oscar debut, with “Godzilla Minus One” nominated for outstanding visual effects. Two non-English language films are nominated for Best Picture for the first time: the German-language Auschwitz drama “The Zone of Interest” and the French courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Fall.”

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Beatles To Get A Fab 4 Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

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NEW YORK — The Beatles are receiving the big-screen biography treatment in not just one film but four, with each band member getting his spotlight – all directed by Sam Mendes.

For the first time, the Beatles, traditionally among the most stingy rights holders, are granting complete life and music rights to a film project. Sony Pictures revealed Monday a contract that may dwarf all previous music biopics, with the story of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr divided across four films.

The Mendes-conceived films are intended to be released theatrically in a unique manner, with the films coexisting or intersecting in theatres. Specific release plans will be communicated at a later date. Sony has set a release date of 2027.

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Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

McCartney, Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have all approved the initiative through the band’s Apple Corps. Ltd. Sony Music Publishing has rights to the majority of Beatles’ songs.

“I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” Mendes stated in an e-mail.

Each film will be told from the perspective of one of the Beatles.

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives, which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” stated Pippa Harris, the film’s producer. “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege.”

The Beatles’ most well-known film appearances were during their early career. From 1964 to 1970, they appeared in five films, including “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and the animated “Yellow Submarine” (1968). They have, of course, been the subject of numerous documentaries, most recently Peter Jackson’s 2021 “The Beatles: Get Back.”

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Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

The Beatles reunited in 2023 using artificial intelligence in the newly released song “Now and Then.” The track was made feasible by technology employed by Jackson on “Get Back,” it included a music video directed by the New Zealand director.

Attempts to dramatise the Beatles’ narrative have been intermittent and less effective. A 1979 biography titled “The Birth of the Beatles” was developed while Lennon was still alive, with the Beatles’ original drummer, Pete Best, serving as an adviser. The 1994 indie drama “Backbeat” followed Lennon’s connection with Stuart Sutcliffe before the Beatles became famous. Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed a teenage Lennon in the 2009 “Nowhere Boy” film.

However, music biopics have become a lucrative business in the last decade. Box-office successes like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman,” and “Elvis” have prompted Hollywood executives to seek the next jukebox blockbuster. Over Presidents Day weekend, “Bob Marley: One Love,” co-produced with the Marley estate, was the top-grossing film in theatres. A Michael Jackson biopic is currently under production.

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Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

“Theatrical film events today must be culturally significant. “Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and more,” said Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group.

The combination of Mendes’ crew “with the music and stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe,” Rothman added. “We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision.”

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George Santos Sues Late-Night Host Jimmy Kimmel For Tricking Him Into Making Videos To Ridicule Him

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NEW YORK — Former United States Representative George Santos said in a complaint filed Saturday that late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel duped him into creating films on the Cameo app that were used to mock the disgraced New York Republican on the show.

Kimmel, ABC, and Walt Disney Co. are named as defendants in the action filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A Disney staffer was identified as a media contact for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! The show has yet to respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting comment.

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George Santos Sues Late-Night Host Jimmy Kimmel For Tricking Him Into Making Videos To Ridicule Him

George, who was ejected from the House of Representatives last year after being charged with numerous counts of fraud and stealing from contributors, is suing for alleged copyright infringement, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment.

Kimmel misrepresented himself to persuade George to create personalised videos “capitalising on and ridiculing” his “gregarious personality,” according to the lawsuit.

Individuals and corporations contacted Santos via Cameo to request personalised video messages. According to the complaint, Kimmel made at least 14 requests using fictitious identities and storylines, which Santos was unaware of.

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George Santos Sues Late-Night Host Jimmy Kimmel For Tricking Him Into Making Videos To Ridicule Him

According to the claim, the films began playing on a segment titled “Will Santos Say It?” in December.

In one of the videos, Santos congratulates the alleged winner of a beef-eating contest, praising the achievement of eating 6 pounds (2.7 kilogrammes) of loose ground beef in under 30 minutes as “amazing and impressive.”

“Frankly, Kimmel’s fake requests were amusing, but what he did was a clear violation of copyright law,” said Robert Fantone, an attorney for George, in an email.

Santos is seeking $750,000 in statutory damages for the five videos he generated that were featured on the show and numerous social media sites. He also requests that other damages be established at trial.

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George Santos Sues Late-Night Host Jimmy Kimmel For Tricking Him Into Making Videos To Ridicule Him

The former senator is facing a raft of criminal charges, including allegations that he cheated campaign donors, lied to Congress about his wealth, took unemployment benefits while employed, and used campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses such as designer apparel. He is also accused of making unauthorised payments on credit cards belonging to several benefactors.

George pleaded not guilty to an amended indictment in October.

On Tuesday, Democrat Tom Suozzi won a special election to fill Santos’ previous seat.

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