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Find Out Which Actress We Think Will Bring Home Oscar Gold In 2018

With so many strong female performances this year, it will be hard to chose who will win the Best Actress trophy from among them at the Oscars on March 4. Women led the box office this past year, with the top three films featuring women in leading roles. From Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman, 2017 might just have been the year of the woman. And one the strongest performances came from someone you might not expect.

Margot Robbie proved that she is more than just a pretty face in her role as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. The 27-year-old has come a long way from her small roles in About Time and The Wolf of Wall Street, and now she could very well take hold some gold as well thanks to her charming, yet funny and trashy role. In order to do that however, she will have to get by a veteran who has 20 nominations and 3 statues to her name.

There’s no denying it, Meryl Streep is the darling of the Oscars. Hardly a year goes by without another break-out performance and nomination. Her role as Kay Graham in The Post shows once again why she is considered the go-to actress for many dramatic roles. Streep’s real genius is finding the character’s true motivation, and her ability to do so is on display throughout the film as the character transforms from a rich, directionless woman with no voice, to a woman who discovers her true worth. This type of transformative character is also on display in another of the year’s top films.

It’s hard to describe Frances McDormand’s character in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, without using the word rage. Throughout her career she’s been known for playing quirky, odd characters, but in this film, she plays a grieving mother who lets her rage take control of her actions, and she flawlessly takes charge of the role. Still, as angry as she is, Frances allows the audience to catch a glimpse of the gentle, empathetic person her character truly is. It’s a difficult line to walk, yet Frances manages to balance all the traits just right. As strong as she is though in the film, Frances might just not be as good as Sally Hawkins.

Hawkins received an Oscar nominations for 2014’s Blue Jasmine, but throughout her career a case could be made for several more. Last year however her role as a mute janitor who falls for a fish creature in a top secret laboratory in The Shape of Water might just be her best performance yet. Hawkins has the ability to draw viewers in and feel empathy for whatever character she plays, and this role is no difference. In a year of exceptionally great female performances though Hawkins might get overlooked once again, this time for Saoirse Ronan.

Ronan has been growing as an actor right in front of our eyes. With three Oscar nominations already in her career, it’s hard to believe the Irish lass is just 23. In Lady Bird she plays an energetic, angsty teen on the cusp of adulthood. Her strong spirit guides her in the direction she wants to head, yet she’s still learning along the way as she stumbles onward. For those of us dealing or have dealt with, millennials who find everything boring, and have a need to find the excitement they think they are missing in life, Lady Bird, and more specifically Ronan’s performance, will ring true. The best thing though, is that Ronan brings a relatable depth to the character, that should bring her right to Oscar gold.

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Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again

Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.

Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”

Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.

While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place. 

Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍

A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Sep 20, 2018 at 8:51am PDT

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards

Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.

The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons.  And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry. 

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Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.

Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture. 

Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.  

By Roderick Thedorff

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