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2019 Oscar nominations: ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Roma’ to vie for best film

The Oscar nominations were announced today in Hollywood, with blockbusters like "A Star of Born" and "Black Panther" up for a swag of major awards. But "Roma" and "The Favourite" topped the nominations with 10 each. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for films in 24 categories, nominations for the 91st Oscars saw Ryan Coogler's superhero epic "Black Panther:; Alfonso Cuaron's Mexican drama "Roma", English period comedy drama "The Favourite", Deep South drama "Green Book" and musical "Bohemian Rhapsody" all joining "A Star is Born" as multiple award contenders. "Roma" and "The Favourite" were nominated for 10 awards each. Netflix received its first best picture nomination with "Roma," which was released exclusively through the streaming service. All in all there were eight nominees for best picture, the others including "A Star Is Born," "Green Book," "The Favourite," "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Vice," which won eight nominations. German film "Never Look Away," inspired by the life of artist Gerhard Richter, was nominated for best foreign language film and best cinematography. Star power While award season kicked off with controversy when the host chosen initially for the 2019 ceremonies, Kevin Hart, was forced to withdraw due to previous homophobic tweets — a replacement is yet to be announced — the Academy is celebrating a host of fan and critic favorites. Hot Oscar tip "A Star Is Born," which has already taken in $400 million (€352 million) worldwide at the box office, garnered nine nominations despite faring poorly at the Golden Globes, where it only won best song. Stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are both up for best acting awards on February 24 and the pop star drama will also be a frontrunner for best picture. The film is likewise in contention for best song and best screenplay adaptation. Meanwhile, blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," a film that has been panned by critics, is also up for best film after it reigned at the Golden Globes — where it won best film and best actor for Rami Malek. Spike Lee was nominated for best director for the first time since 1989 for "BlacKkKlansman" — which is also contending for best film. Other best director nominees include Alfonso Cuaron for "Roma" (also in the running for best original screenplay), Poland's Pawel Pawlikowski for "Cold War," Adam McKay for political drama "Vice" and Yorgos Lanthimos for "The Favourite." No women were on the list in 2019 after Greta Gerwig last year became only the fifth female nominated for best director. Marvelous breakthrough Other films in the running for film's most prestigious prize include Ryan Coogler's superhero epic "Black Panther." While comic book adaptations are generally shunned by the Academy, the Marvel comics work was both a massive box office hit and was also praised by critics. "Black Panther's" seven nominations also included best production and best song. Another comic book adaptation, "Avengers: Infinity War", which was the highest grossing film of 2018, was also nominated for best visual effects. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson favorite "Isle of Dogs" was nominated for best animated feature. The Oscars award ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The Oscar nominations were announced today in Hollywood, with blockbusters like “A Star of Born” and “Black Panther” up for a swag of major awards. But “Roma” and “The Favourite” topped the nominations with 10 each. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for films in 24 categories, nominations for the 91st Oscars saw Ryan Coogler’s superhero ... Read More »

Champions League: Arsenal end Bayern’s winning run, Leverkusen snatch point

Arsenal strike twice to send Bayern Munich home pointless from matchday three. Bayer Leverkusen and Roma, meanwhile, played out a classic Champions League encounter that will live long in the memory. Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich (Giroud 77', Özil 90+4) Two late goals have resurrected Arsenal's Champions League campaign as the North London side beat German champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud punished an error from Manuel Neuer on 77 minutes before Mesut Özil struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure the Gunners' first win of the campaign. Bayern Munich, having won all of their league games this season, were off the pace and suffered their first loss in 12 games. Pep Guardiola lined up with a 4-3-3 formation comprising of Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa in attack. The inclusion of the Brazilian left-winger was the only change to the side from the 1-0 win at Werder Bremen on Saturday. But the Gunners were on the front-foot from the first whistle. Özil forced an early save from Neuer on seven minutes before Theo Walcott missed the first of several chances on 29 minutes. Bayern's number one keeper produced an outstanding, quick-reaction save on 32 minutes to keep out Walcott's header from close range. Costa had the beating of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin in one-on-one situations and forced a fine save from Petr Cech on 42 minutes. The Brazilian set up a chance for Thiago a minute later but the Spaniard's shot was blocked. But for all Bayern's possession, Arsenal were rewarded for their patience on 77 minutes as Neuer was caught out of position at a set-piece and allowed Giroud to score from the loose ball. Bayern conjured up very little and Lewandowski was uncharacteristically tame in attack. Arsenal sealed the points in the 94th minute as Bellerin crossed for Özil, the German turning the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Neuer. Bayern remain on top spot in the group, but experience defeat for the first time since losing in the Super Cup to Wolfsburg in August. Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma (Hernandez 4' pen, 19', Kampl 84', Mehmedi 86' - De Rossi 29', 37', Pjanic 54', Falque 73') Bayer Leverkusen and Roma played out an exhilarating 4-4 draw on matchday three with both sides throwing away two-goal advantages at the Bay Arena. Leverkusen took an early 2-0 lead and fell 4-2 behind with about 20 minutes left to play. But goals from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi turned the game around once more inside the last five minutes to share the spoils ahead of a rematch in Rome two weeks from now. Ahead of the third 4-4 draw in Champions League history, Leverkusen drew 0-0 at Hamburg as their league troubles continued. But Roger Schmidt's men delivered the perfect response early on to take a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes. 'Chicharito' Hernandez tucked home opener on four minutes from the spot after the referee penalized a handball in the box. Leverkusen were bright and energetic, the performance similar to the first half efforts in Barcelona on matchday two. Hernandez's instinctive finishing was on show again on 19 minutes when the Mexican finished off a fine move at the second attempt. But Roma were presented with some gifts before the interval as Leverkusen failed to defend numerous free kicks and corner kicks. Miralem Pjanic delivered twice inside eight minutes and Daniele de Rossi reacted quickest to turn the ball home twice and level the scores at 2-2. Bosnia international Pjanic then delivered the sucker punch on 54 minutes, curling home an exquisite free kick to leave Bernd Leno helpless. Ingo Falque came off the bench and made it 4-2 on 73 minutes as the Germans were punished for overcommitting in attack. Incredibly, Leverkusen found the extra energy to claw the game back. Kampl was key to the late revival and sent a shot from 25 yards into the top corner. Two minutes later, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder rallied his troops and surged forward with possession and set up Mehmedi who tapped home from yards out. Leverkusen sit second in the group on four points, while Roma have just two points from three games. Champions League matchday two results: Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Olympiacos Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma BATE Borisov 0-2 Barcelona Valencia 2-1 Gent Zenit 3-1 Lyon Porto 2-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Chelsea

Arsenal strike twice to send Bayern Munich home pointless from matchday three. Bayer Leverkusen and Roma, meanwhile, played out a classic Champions League encounter that will live long in the memory. Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich (Giroud 77′, Özil 90+4) Two late goals have resurrected Arsenal’s Champions League campaign as the North London side beat German champions Bayern Munich at the ... Read More »

Deadly shootout at Roma camp in France

France's gendarmerie says four people have been killed and at least three wounded in a shootout in northern France. Police say the shooting suspect is in custody. The shootout killed a police officer and an unidentified man, a woman and a six-month-old baby at a Roma camp in Roye, France, authorities said Tuesday. Investigators on scene Officers responding to the reports of gunfire at the Roma encampment opened fire after being fired upon, police said. An officer was killed and another wounded in the ensuing gun battle; the gunman was also wounded and detained. A three-year-old child was also seriously wounded, the Reuters news agency reported. The circumstances and motive for the killings near the town of Roye have yet to be established, police sources said. Alcohol was suspected to be a factor, and the unidentified gunman was a resident of the Roma camp, police said. Roye is about 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of Paris.

France’s gendarmerie says four people have been killed and at least three wounded in a shootout in northern France. Police say the shooting suspect is in custody. The shootout killed a police officer and an unidentified man, a woman and a six-month-old baby at a Roma camp in Roye, France, authorities said Tuesday. Investigators on scene Officers responding to the ... Read More »

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