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2016 BET Award Nominations: Drake Leads with 9, Beyoncé and Rihanna Grab 5

The BET Awards nominations have been announced and Drake leads the field with 9 nominations. Beyoncé and Rihanna came in with five apiece and even Adele managed to crack the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist list. The group normally rewards black artists but in the past has given awards and nominations to Sam Smith (Best New Artist winner) and Justin Bieber. ...

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2016 MTV Movie Awards Nominations: Star Wars Leads with 11, Diversity Reigns

  Just when you thought awards season was over… Often acting as the anti-Oscars, the nominations for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards reflect some Oscar picks as well as a broader level of diversity in its choices that include Straight Outta Compton, Creed and Concussion among its nominees. Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads the pack with 11 nominations and ...

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16th Black Reel Award Winners: Creed Punches Its Way to the Top

  The boxing drama Creed delivered a TKO at the 16th Black Reel Awards, winning five awards: Outstanding Film, Outstanding Director (Ryan Coogler, Outstanding Actor (Michael B. Jordan) Outstanding Supporting Actress (Tessa Thompson) and Outstanding Screenplay (Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington). For a look at the full list of nominations go here. Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq found love with an Outstanding ...

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BAFTA Preview and Winner Predictions: Is The Revenant Inevitable?

  The BAFTAs are this weekend (that’s the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and in this topsy-turvy awards season we could see another tide change or the solidifying of the new and final frontrunner for the Oscars. Of course I’m talking about The Revenant and that it’s snagged the lead from both Spotlight and The Big Short after ...

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47th NAACP Image Awards: Creed, Compton, black-ish Big Winners

  The NAACP Image Awards don’t often get a lot of press but this year is different. In the face of the overwhelming backlash against the Oscars snubbing any acting nominees who are people of color, the timing and need for recognition by the NAACP couldn’t be more crucial. To be clear, this is (and always will be) more than ...

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AW’s 50 Favorite Performances of 2015 – The Shortlist

  It’s almost time for AwardsWatch 50 Favorite Performances list but for now, I have the hot off the presses shortlist of eligible players. Now, in order to qualify for the shortlist and eventual final list, you only needed to show up on two ballots but even then you’ll see some shocking snubs and delightful inclusions. Take a lesson, Academy, ...

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Gold Rush Gang 2016 Oscar Winner Predictions

The 2016 Oscar nominations are in and The Gold Rush Gang has their first winner predictions ready for you. 9/10 Gold Rush Gang members are predicting Spotlight to triumph as Best Picture with me, of course, as the sole holdout in thinking that The Revenant has changed the course of the race. Now, things could change dramatically after next weekend’s Producers ...

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Oscar Podcast #34: Post-Oscar Nomination Reactions, Controversy

In Oscar Podcast #34, recorded Sunday, January 17th I am joined by Gold Rush Gang members Kenneth Polischuk and Evan Kost to comb over what got snubbed (Carol!) and what overperformed (Room, The Revenant). We run down our predictions in all of the top categories (who’s the frontrunner – Spotlight? The Revenant? The Big Short?) and talk about the exhaustive research ...

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2016 Oscar Nominations: Who Soared, Who Sunk; Why Are Race, Sexuality and Gender Still An Issue?

  The nominations are in and The Revenant mauled the competition with an astonishing 12 nominations today. The survival epic dominated, earning nominations in Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy). It’s only major miss was in Adapted Screenplay (more on that later) and it was ineligible for Original Score ...

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