Meet the Stars Who Are First-Time PCAs Nominees: Brie Larson, Jonas Brothers, Keanu Reeves and More

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Burberry, Givenchy and Victoria Beckham Among Fashion Awards Nominees

TO THE FINISH LINE: Craig Green, JW Anderson, Dior Homme, Martine Rose and Burberry have been shortlisted for the top prizes at The Fashion Awards, which will take place in London next month.
The British Fashion Council released the names during an event on Tuesday morning. The awards are held in partnership with Swarovski.
The 10 categories nod to designers and brands that have made strides over the past 12 months. Winners will be announced on Dec. 10 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Green, Anderson, Dior Homme, Martine Rose and Burberry are up for the top men’s wear prize, while Givenchy, Jonathan Anderson, Roksanda, Simone Rocha and Victoria Beckham have been nominated for the women’s wear one.
In the running for British emerging talent men’s wear, brands include Cottweiler, Art School, Kiko Kostadinov, Phoebe English and A-Cold-Wall.
Competing for British emerging talent in women’s wear, nominees include Matty Bovan, A.W.A.K.E., Rejina Pyo, Richard Quinn and Aries.
Other categories include accessories designer of the year, brand of the year, business leader, designer of the year, model of the year and urban luxe.
The Fashion Awards have added a new element to their awards, New Wave: Creatives. It will shine a light on inspiring international young talent. Some 100 finalists from across the industry

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Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig and More Nominees Don Dazzling Designs at Vanity Fair’s 2018 Oscars After-Party

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Margot Robbie, Octavia Spencer and More Oscar Nominees on the Movies That Make Them Cry

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From Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, this year’s crop of Oscar films are sure to make you shed a tear.

But what movies can make even an Oscar nominee cry? Turns out, almost all of them. A number of female nominees sat down with PEOPLE for an exclusive photo portfolio and video interviews, where they dished on which films give them the feels.

E.T., that will get me every time,” said Sally Hawkins.

But while Octavia Spencer said E.T. evoked a variety of emotions from her, she admitted she usually had a different reaction to the classic film.

“It makes me heart chuckle,” she said.

Phantom Thread‘s Lesley Manville said Cinema Paradiso made her list for sentimental reasons.

“The movie that always makes me cry is cinema par. It’s a beautiful film about life and love,” she said. “It has a beautiful performance by a little boy and when it came out my son was roughly the little boy’s age so it just pulled at my heartstrings in a way that no other film has.”

As for the films the stars could watch over and over again, Spencer said she looks for movies that “run the gambit of emotions.”

Mary J. Blige, however, said she can’t resist a screening of Gladiator.

“No matter how hard they try to take away what’s destined to be his, they couldn’t stop him,” she said of the film.

The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

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SAG Awards 2018: See the Full List of Nominees

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are often seen as a road to the Oscars — so, who’s in the race this year?

Below, see which of your favorite TV and movie stars have been nominated for the 24th Annual SAG Awards, announced Wednesday morning — two days after we learned the nominees for the Golden Globes, the kickoff to awards season.

The 2018 SAG Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, will air Jan. 21 on TNT and TBS.


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 

The Big Sick
Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role 

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Ladybird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role 

Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role 

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Ladybird


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series 

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series 

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Laure Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series 

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, Glow
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series 

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan

Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

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Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

The two music categories in the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday morning include songs by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Miguel with Natalie Lafourcade and Keala Settle and scores by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. The full music nominations appear below […]



2017 Grammy Award Nominees: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles Among the Snubbed

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Gucci, Loewe and Dior Named Fashion Awards Nominees

INTERNATIONAL DASH: Gucci, Loewe and Dior have all been named as potential winners of The Fashion Awards 2017, which will take place at Royal Albert Hall in London on Dec. 4.
Formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, it is run in partnership with Swarovski, as previously reported.
During an event in London’s Soho House on Monday morning, the British Fashion Council announced the nominees for the nine categories, including business leader, urban luxe brand and designer of the year.
Alessandro Michele for Gucci, J.W. Anderson for Loewe, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Phoebe Philo for Céline and Raf Simons for Calvin Klein were shortlisted in the designer of the year category. Meanwhile, Christopher Kane, Erdem, J.W. Anderson, Roksanda and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen will vie for the women’s wear award.
Burberry, Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner, J.W. Anderson and Martine Rose have been nominated for British designer of the year in men’s wear, while Faustine Steinmetz, Matty Bovan, Rejina Pyo and Natalia Alaverdian for A.W.A.K.E. are up for the British emerging talent in women’s wear prize.
Cottweiler, Charles Jeffrey, Henry Holland, Phoebe English Man and A-Cold-Wall will compete for the British emerging talent in men’s wear prize.
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CMA Awards 2017: Miranda Lambert Tops List of Nominees

Brothers Osborne, American Idol alum Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch announced the nominations for the 2017 Country Music Association Awards Monday live on Good Morning America from New York’s Times Square. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and rising stars Alaina and Lynch gave a few of country music’s biggest and brightest stars a little something extra to celebrate on the Labor Day holiday.

Miranda Lambert leads the pack of CMA nominees with five nominations, including nods for Single and Song of the Year categories for “Tin Man,” as well as Music Video of the Year for “Vice.” She also earned her fourth nod for Album of the Year with The Weight of These Wings, as well as eleventh nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she’s won a record-setting six consecutive times between 2010 and 2015.

Little Big Town and Keith Urban each earned four nominations, tying for second place this year. LBT’s include a Single of the Year nod for “Better Man,” Album of the Year for The Breaker, Vocal Group of the Year, and their fourth nomination for Music Video. They have been nominated in the past for “Pontoon” (2012), “Tornado” (2013), and “Girl Crush” (2015). 

Urban scored nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Single and Music Video of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and Male Vocalist—his thirteenth nomination in the category that he won three consecutive times between 2004 and 2006. 

Read on for the complete list of nominees.

Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

“Better Man” – Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert

The Breaker – Little Big Town
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert

“Better Man”
Songwriter: Taylor Swift

“Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen

“Body Like A Back Road”
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Dirt On My Boots”
Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley

“Tin Man”
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

(Award goes to each Artist)
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
“Funny How Time Slips Away” – Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
“Kill A Word” – Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens
“Setting the World on Fire” – Kenny Chesney with P!nk
“Speak to a Girl” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

“Better Man” – Little Big Town
Directors: Becky Fluke and Reid Long

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
Director: Carter Smith

“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
Director: TK McKamy

“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne
Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver

“Vice” – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy

Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Old Dominion
Jon Pardi
Brett Young 

Award show favorites Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host the event for the 10th year.
The 51st annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville Nov. 8 on ABC.

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Behind-the-camera female Oscar nominees falls 2 percent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women earned a number of barrier-breaking Oscar nominations this year, but overall representation of women in Oscar-nominated behind-the-scenes categories fell two percent according to a report from the Women’s Media Center published Monday.
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Academy Calls Possible Effect Of Trump’s Ban On Foreign Nominees ‘Extremely Troubling’

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, responding on Saturday to reports that filmmaker Asghar Farhadi could miss the the 89th Academy Awards due to President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking millions of people from several majority-Muslim countries, called Farhadi’s possible absence “extremely troubling.”

Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for his film “A Separation,” was born and lives in Iran, one of seven nations from which Trump has barred immigrants and visitors to the U.S. for at least 90 days. The Academy Awards air Feb. 26. 

In a statement provided to The Huffington Post on Saturday, an Academy spokesperson said that the group stands for the “human rights of all people” regardless of borders or religion. Farhadi, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the matter.

“The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences,” the statement reads. “As supporters of filmmakers ― and the human rights of all people ― around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran ‘A Separation,’ along with the cast and crew of this year’s Oscar-nominated film ‘The Salesman,’ could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin.”

Farhadi is nominated again this year in the best foreign language film category for “The Salesman,” which follows an Iranian couple starring in a local production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”

Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, a nonprofit that promotes diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran, was the first to speak out on Farhadi’s possible banning. The Tribeca Film Festival, which awarded Farhadi Best Narrative Feature in 2009 for his film “About Elly,” issued a similar statement, calling the situation “heartbreaking and unacceptable.”

One of the stars of “The Salesman,” Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, spoke out earlier this week in anticipation of Trump’s executive order about boycotting this year’s ceremony.

“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians and others is a racist move and unacceptable,” she wrote on social media in Arabic and English. “Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest.”

In his 2012 Oscar acceptance speech for “A Separation,” Farhadi emphasized that the divide between the U.S. and Iran is fueled by politicians, not the people. He spoke about what the Academy’s recognition meant to Iranians watching at home. 

“At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy,” he said. “They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country Iran is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”

“I proudly offer this award to the people of my country,” he went on, “a people who respect all cultures and civilizations despite hostility and resentment.”

In response to Trump’s executive order, the Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Saturday that prohibits U.S. citizens from entering the country. Calling Trump’s ban an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular,” the action signals a further deterioration of ties between the two nations. 

The Huffington Post has reached out to Farhadi’s representatives and will update this post accordingly. 

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Nominees for 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards Announced

Nominees were unveiled Thursday for the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA), to be hosted by singer-actress Mandy Moore on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and for which Lacoste will return for the 14th year as presenting sponsor. As previously revealed, Meryl Streep will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland will receive the Career Achievement Award and illustrator Lois DeArmond will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award. In addition, costume designer Ret Turner will be posthumously inducted into the Guild’s Hall of Fame.
Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” Rebecca Hale
“Captain Fantastic, “Courtney Hoffman
“La La Land,” Mary Zophres
“Lion,” Cappi Ireland
“Nocturnal Animals,” Arianne Phillips
Excellence in Period Film
“The Dressmaker, “Marion Boyce, Margot Wilson
“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
“Hail, Caesar!” Mary Zophres
“Hidden Figures,” Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
Excellence in Fantasy Film
“Doctor Strange,” Alexandra Byrne
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Deborah Cook
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Colleen Atwood
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Crossman, Glyn Dillion
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
“American Horror Story: Roanoke,” Lou Eyrich, Helen Huang
“Empire,” Paolo Nieddu
“Grace & Frankie,” Allyson B. Fanger
“House of Cards,” Johanna Argan, Kemal Harris
“Transparent,” Marie Schley
Outstanding Period Television Series
“The Crown,” Michele Clapton
“Penny Dreadful,” Gabriella Pescucci

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This Is What 11 Golden Globe Nominees Looked Like Before They Were Famous

Ahead of Sunday night’s 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the night’s top nominees before they became Hollywood’s biggest stars. 

Thanks to the folks at Classmates, we’re bringing you back to the days when your favorite celebrities were just high schoolers. (Stars! They’re just like us!)

Continue scrolling to see what Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman and more looked like before they were famous. 

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And The Nominees For New Zealand’s New Flag Are …

In New Zealand, it’s time to let some freaky flags fly. 

The country may retire its national flag, and its government has sought the public’s help in coming up with a new design. Voters will rank four finalists in November and then, in a follow-up vote in March, they’ll choose between the most popular newcomer and the current flag.

But now is the fun part for all the armchair vexillologists before the competition gets too serious. A panel overseeing the Flag Consideration Project picked 40 entries on Monday for further review from a wild and wacky pool of 10,292 potential replacements. 

Many of the entires pay homage to Maori culture or include images of a kiwi; a beloved species of bird; the silver fern; an iconic national flower; and the Southern Cross.

Here are some of the contenders, with contestants’ descriptions:


Designed by: Daniel Crayford and Leon Cayford from Auckland

This is an evolution of the 1902 New Zealand flag. The unfurling white koru design, formed by the red and blue sides meeting together, represents a young land, full of potential. Next to it sits the guiding stars of the Southern Cross, or in Māori tradition, the Anchor or Arrow. No matter what object they represent, they help us find our way, and remind us of home.

Designed by: Otis Frizzell from Auckland

This design incorporates the long white cloud/whitecaps. The green of the land and sea. The Southern Cross on the blue background pays homage to the 1902 New Zealand flag, but the Māori design element replaces the Union Jack.


Designed by: Sven Baker from Wellington

This design represents the partnership forged between Māori and European settlers in the Treaty, through the interlocking Gordon Walters’ koru forms. These also symbolise Rangi and Papa – the sky and earth. A unity symbol that speaks to a shared spirit and collective ambition for the future.


Designed by: Mike Archer from International

This design subtly references ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’ and the Southern Cross, with a nod to New Zealand’s silver fern and our geographic location within the world. The colour palette is iconic and has been reduced to reflect New Zealand’s strong connection with the ocean and environment – past, present and future.

Designed by: Sven Baker from Wellington 

An abstract Koru forming a unity symbol for the New Zealand people, speaking to a shared spirit and ambition for the future of New Zealand. The contemporary circular Koru design is inspired by a new fern frond unfurling as it grows represents new life and harmony, the circle of life representing no beginning or end. 

Designed by: Kyle Lockwood from Auckland

Suggested by: Hayden Crosby from Auckland

The silver fern: A New Zealand icon for over 160 years, worn proudly by many generations. The fern is an element of indigenous flora representing the growth of our nation. The multiple points of the fern leaf represent Aotearoa’s peaceful multicultural society, a single fern spreading upwards represents that we are all one people growing onward into the future. The Southern Cross represents our geographic location in the antipodes. It has been used as a navigational aid for centuries and it helped guide early settlers to our islands.

The full catalogue of 40 flags is available on the New Zealand government’s website – and so are all 10,292 designs if you really want to see the good, the bad and the ugly.

You’ll see some outside-the-box versions, like these, in that second link:


Designed by: Hannah Maxwell from Waikato

Suggested by: Hannah Maxwell from Waikato

The winding road showcases many elements that kiwis pride themselves on: the sky tower is a well recognised landmark and represents kiwi ingenuity and creativity. A little further down the road but no less important is our stunning environment. But perhaps a little more literally this flag showcases NZ’s roading system — you can’t go anywhere without going around a few bends!

Designed by: Andre Braunias 

No description. 


Designed by: Frank Martinoff from International

it’s a simplified “Canting as well as a Heraldic Version”

Don’t forget about New Zealand’s current flag:

The panel overseeing the contest laid out their criteria for how a winning flag will emerge from the entries. 

A great flag should be distinctive and so simple it can be drawn by a child from memory. A great flag is timeless and communicates swiftly and potently the essence of the country it represents. A flag should carry sufficient dignity to be appropriate for all situations in which New Zealanders might be represented. It should speak to all Kiwis. Our hope is that New Zealanders will see themselves reflected in these flags’ symbols, colour and stories.

In September, the panel will reduce the number of entrants to four, which will be voted on by the public. 

A potential new flag should unmistakably be from New Zealand and celebrate us as a progressive, inclusive nation that is connected to its environment, and has a sense of its past and a vision for its future.

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15 Of The Emmys’ 18 Leading Actress Nominees Are Over 40. This Is Huge.

This year’s Emmy nominations included surprises, wearyingly predictable nods, and a few glaring snubs, but one of the most striking things about the nominations had to do with age. Of the 18 leading actress nominees across comedy, drama, and mini-series, 15 of them are over the age of 40.

It would be nice if this wasn’t notable, but it is. And it’s awesome. 

In the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Amy Schumer, at 34, is the youngest actress nominated. The other nominees include Amy Poehler, Edie Falco and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The oldest is Lily Tomlin, who earned a nod for her funny, honest and nuanced performance in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.” Tomlin is 75. A woman her age has never been nominated in this category (prior to her, the oldest nominee was Betty White at 69 for “Golden Girls” in 1991). 

The age diversity among this year’s female nominees is even more significant when you count the supporting actress categories, which include women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, from 28-year-old Emilia Clarke from “Game of Thrones,” to 63-year old Christine Baranski from “The Good Wife.” A vast majority of these actresses, even if they aren’t over 40, are in their 30s. All of the actresses are playing characters who are age-appropriate.

This is, in a word, huge.

In a Hollywood landscape where 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence consistently gets cast as a middle-aged single mom or 30-something divorcee, and where 26-year-old Emma Stone plays the charming young lover of men twice her age in Woody Allen movie after Woody Allen movie, it’s refreshing to see women of all ages being recognized and celebrated for playing complex, meaty roles across genres. 

Television has long been praised for being more daring and creative, and certainly more diverse when it comes to race and gender (though, of course, we have a long way to go — shows like “Jane the Virgin” and “Empire” were largely shut out of the major Emmy categories this year). This year, two African-American actresses are nominated for lead actress in a drama, and both of them (Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis) also happen to be in their 40s. 

As Davis said in a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, “I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size two be a sexualized role in TV or film… I’m a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the ‘mommified’ role.”

Hollywood perpetuates the straight male fantasy that every woman who is on screen, no matter her age or station in life, should be “fuckable” (in the eyes of white heterosexual male viewers). But this year’s Emmy nominees prove that pandering to that kind of audience is unnecessary and boring — there’s so much more out there. Davis doesn’t have to play the mom or the “Law & Order” judge just because she’s 49, and conversely Amy Schumer doesn’t have to play the dumb blonde type — instead, she can satirize it. 

This is all to say that there’s some room for optimism. The Emmys, like many awards shows, are a great representation of where we’re at and where we have to go. There’s been a growing trend not only of complex women on the small screen, and a diversity in the types of actresses who get these roles, but also in the accolades and acknowledgement that these performances are getting. That’s progress. Last year, the number of nominated lead actresses over 40 was 14. This year’s, it’s 15. That number — and the rich, interesting performances that go along with those stats — should only grow.

Check out all the female acting nominees below, and rejoice: 

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series 

Claire Danes “Homeland” – 36 

Viola Davis “How to Get Away with Murder” – 49

Taraji P. Henson “Empire” – 44

Tatiana Maslany “Orphan Black” – 29 

Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men” – 32

Robin Wright “House of Cards” - 49

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series 

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation” – 43 

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” – 75

Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback” – 51

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” – 52

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer” – 34 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” – 54

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”- 34
Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones” – 41
Emilia Clarke ,“Game Of Thrones” – 28 
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” – 63
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” – 40
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black” – 34

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 

Mayim Bialik ,“The Big Bang Theory” – 39 
Niecy Nash, “Getting On” – 45
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” – 45
Allison Janney, “Mom” – 55
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”  - 31
Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” – 33
Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – 46
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” – 34

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge” -58
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman” – 37
Queen Latifah, “Bessie” – 45
Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd: Live From Lincoln Center” – 56
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” – 66
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” – 52


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A Lot Of People Haven’t Seen The Year’s Best Picture Nominees

Amid controversy with this year’s list of Oscar nominees, there’s this sobering statistic: The eight movies nominated for Best Picture are the lowest-grossing group since the Academy Awards expanded from five nominees in 2009. As Box Office Mojo notes, the eight movies have earned a combined $ 203.1 million, more than $ 300 million less than the previous low in 2011.

Part of that has to do with the number of nominees: No fewer than nine movies have been in the Best Picture race since the 2009 ceremony. (This year, there were eight.) Part of that has to do with the snubs: “Gone Girl” ($ 167 million in North America), “Unbroken” ($ 103 million in North America), “Into the Woods” ($ 107 million in North America) and “Interstellar” ($ 185 million in North America) all failed to secure nominations.

As it stands now, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the most financially successful Best Picture nominee with $ 59 million in North American ticket sales. “The Imitation Game” ($ 42 million) follows close behind. Films like “Selma,” “The Imitation Game” and “American Sniper” should also make up big ground between now and Feb. 22, when the Oscars are handed out. (“American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game” could both crack $ 100 million prior to the ceremony, assuming each film continues to perform through nationwide expansion.) But for an Academy that originally expanded its roster of Best Picture nominees to be more inclusive, this year feels anything but: It’s an indie-heavy lineup that all but ignored major studio successes, and could prove deadly to the Oscars’ television ratings next month.

For more, head to Box Office Mojo.
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2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominees: ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Dominate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” lead the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees with 13 bids each. Both films are nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, acting ensemble, director, editing, costume design and makeup.

Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey, “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, also tops the list with 10 nominations, including best picture, actress, director and visual effects. Bullock was also nominated for her comedic performance in “The Heat.” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” ”Her,” ”Captain Phillips” and “Nebraska” received six bids each. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” logged five.

The awards will be held on Jan. 16 in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will air live on the CW Network and will be hosted by Aisha Tyler.
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