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#OscarsSoWhite Founder: “One Year Does Not Make Up for over Eighty Years of Underrepresentation”

(L-R) Director Barry Jenkins, and actors Naomi Harris and Mahershala Ali, all nominated for the 89th Annual Academy Awards for “Moonlight.” ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — April Reign, the activist who launched the #OscarsSoWhite movement, is speaking out about the Academy Award nominees saying a diverse nominations list does not erase, “eighty years of underrepresentation.”

Reign, who is a former attorney and the managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, released a statement this morning offering her thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations list. The nominations, in which 35 percent of the acting nominees are people of color, include the likes of Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Barry Jenkins and Joi McMillion, who is the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing.

“This year’s slate of Oscars nominees highlights that, when given the opportunity, films that reflect the diversity of this country will shine. I am especially encouraged by the nomination of the first Black Cinematographer in Bradford Young for Arrival, and the Adapted Screenplay nominations for Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures, and Moonlight,” Reign begins her message. “Nevertheless, one year does not make up for over eighty years of underrepresentation of all genders, sexual orientations, races, abilities, and First Nation status.”

Reign continues adding that even with this step towards inclusion, there are still many areas where the Oscars are lacking.

#OscarsSoWhite is about the inclusion of all marginalized communities, both in front of and behind the camera, throughout the entertainment industry,” she explains. “Films that reflect the nuance and complexity of all theatergoers have been incredibly successful this year, both critically and financially.”

Reign concludes her statement promising that her #OscarsSoWhite campaign will continue to hold Hollywood accountable.

“It is incumbent upon Hollywood to ensure that more stories like these are told. That can only be achieved with enthusiastic support from studios beginning at the screenwriting process and continuing through film distribution. I will continue to push for change using #OscarsSoWhite as a platform.”

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#OscarsSoWhite Founder Speaks Out on Academy Nominations: “One Year Does Not Make Up for over Eighty Years of Underrepresentation”

(L-R) Director Barry Jenkins, and actors Naomi Harris and Mahershala Ali, all nominated for the 89th Annual Academy Awards for “Moonlight.” ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — April Reign, the activist who launched the #OscarsSoWhite movement, is speaking out about the Academy Award nominees saying a diverse nominations list does not erase, “eighty years of underrepresentation.”

Reign, who is a former attorney and the managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, released a statement this morning offering her thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations list. The nominations, in which 35 percent of the acting nominees are people of color, include the likes of Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Barry Jenkins and Joi McMillion, who is the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing.

“This year’s slate of Oscars nominees highlights that, when given the opportunity, films that reflect the diversity of this country will shine. I am especially encouraged by the nomination of the first Black Cinematographer in Bradford Young for Arrival, and the Adapted Screenplay nominations for Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures, and Moonlight,” Reign begins her message. “Nevertheless, one year does not make up for over eighty years of underrepresentation of all genders, sexual orientations, races, abilities, and First Nation status.”

Reign continues adding that even with this step towards inclusion, there are still many areas where the Oscars are lacking.

#OscarsSoWhite is about the inclusion of all marginalized communities, both in front of and behind the camera, throughout the entertainment industry,” she explains. “Films that reflect the nuance and complexity of all theatergoers have been incredibly successful this year, both critically and financially.”

Reign concludes her statement promising that her #OscarsSoWhite campaign will continue to hold Hollywood accountable.

“It is incumbent upon Hollywood to ensure that more stories like these are told. That can only be achieved with enthusiastic support from studios beginning at the screenwriting process and continuing through film distribution. I will continue to push for change using #OscarsSoWhite as a platform.”

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Director Rian Johnson Snaps Picture of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Opening Shot

Lucasfilm – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — A day after it was revealed that the next chapter in George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away would be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the writer and director of the movie, Rian Johnson, Instagrammed a picture of the movie’s opening shot.

Well, technically, it doesn’t reveal anything but the first shot of the movie’s “crawl,” the introduction that has led off every Star Wars theatrical film — except the stand-alone blockbuster Rogue One — but hey, it’s something.

“Felt so good to drop this into the cut this morning,” Johnson captioned the image, which was snapped in an edit bay, the movie projected before him, next to R2-D2, who no doubt is giving input — or making sure the edit bay is functioning properly.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the canonical follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, again stars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and the late Carrie Fisher.

The movie will be released December 15, 2017 from Lucasfilm, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Co-Host Erin Andrews Reveals Battle with Cervical Cancer

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars co-host and ESPN personality Erin Andrews revealed Tuesday that she battled cervical cancer late last year.

The 38-year-old told Sports Illustrated‘s MMQB in a new interview that she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 11.

At the time, Andrews, who is also a sideline reporter on Fox NFL Sunday, missed two tapings of DWTS, but told her oncologist: “I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”

Five days later, she was back to work on the sidelines of a Green Bay Packers game.

“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told SI. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”

Andrews went through a second procedure on Nov. 1 and was later told she wouldn’t need radiation or chemotherapy.

The cancer battle came toward the end of an emotional year for Andrews. In March, she was awarded $55 million in her civil lawsuit against a stalker and a hotel owner over a secret recording and release of a video showing her naked during a hotel stay.

“Throughout my career, all I’ve ever wanted is to just fit in,” Andrews told Sports Illustrated. “That I had this extra baggage with the scandal, I didn’t want to be any different. I felt that way about being sick too. I don’t want players or coaches to look at me differently.”

She ended the year on a happier note. Last month, Andrews got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, hockey player Jarret Stoll.

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Oscar Nominees React: “What a Morning!”

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”; Dale Robinette/Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — Here are some of the reactions from this year’s Oscar nominees, following the nominations announcement Tuesday morning:

Emma Stone, Best Actress nominee, La La Land: “What a morning…The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I’m also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it’s hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can’t wait to celebrate together.”

Ryan Gosling, Best Actor nominee, La La Land: “I’m very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else’s wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special.”

Damien Chazell, Best Director nominee, La La Land: “…I am thrilled that the Academy is celebrating the work of Emma and Ryan, who brought these characters to life with such humanity and depth, and also the work of my college roommate Justin [Hurwitz] who created the beautiful music. As a filmmaker, you are only as strong as the team around you and so to share this moment and recognition with my brilliant team…the people that worked so hard and tirelessly and collaborated so creatively, is more than I could ask for.”

Viola Davis, Best Actress nominee, Fences: “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!” said Davis, as per EW.

Nicole Kidman, Best Supporting Actress nominee, Lion: “I want to thank the Academy for all of the acknowledgements you have given this heartfelt film. But, most importantly, I want to thank the Brierley family for putting themselves in such a vulnerable place and sharing their story with the world…Woo Hoo!” Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierly, an Indian man who searches for his family decades after becoming separated from them and subsequently being adopted by an Australian family. In the film, Kidman plays Saroo’s adoptive mother.

Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actor nominee, Lion: “I just talked to my mum in London and she is screaming and crying and people are looking into her office to see what’s wrong,” Patel tells the Hollywood Reporter. “These nominations only mean we will get more butts in the seats for a movie that talks about something that is very important — those lost children on the streets of India.”

Michelle Williams, Best Actress nominee, Manchester By the Sea: As per EW, the actress said, “…Making this film was incredibly rewarding and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey, Lucas and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category.”

Jeff Bridges, Best Supporting Actor Nominee, Hell or High Water: According to EW, the actor said, “…What a thrill, especially for a movie that is so close to my heart…Woo Hoo! Thanks Academy.”

Viggo Mortensen, Best Actor nominee, Captain Fantastic: “I was hoping our movie would get lucky and I’m really proud to be able to represent Captain Fantastic. It was the little movie that could. It was one of the finest I’ve ever been part of … For a small movie like ours, it means the world to us,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America.

Mel Gibson, Best Director nominee, Hacksaw Ridge: “What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor,” said Gibson about his first Oscar nod since Braveheart, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The Academy’s recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Best Original Song nominee, “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana: “I’m beyond, beyond beyond thrilled,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America. “The directors of this film changed my life when I was 9 years old and they directed The Little Mermaid… I think this movie is about an amazing young woman who changed the world.”

Michael Shannon, Best Supporting Actor nominee, Nocturnal Animals: “Obviously it’s kind of a dark movie, very emotional, but it seems to be striking a chord with some people,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America.

Kenneth Lonergan, writer and director, Best Picture nominee Manchester By the Sea: “I’m really overwhelmed…It’s such an honor to be counted alongside our fellow nominees and all the really extraordinary movies that came out this year. We tried to make a movie about people standing by each other no matter what; thank you to everyone who let us try, and to everyone out there trying to tell the truth about what it is to be a human being.”

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Newly-Minted Oscar Nominee Mel Gibson Welcomes Ninth Child

Getty Images/Steve Granitz(LOS ANGELES) — On the day his career comeback appears official, thanks to Best Director and Best Picture Oscar nominations for Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson has something of a personal nature to celebrate as well: he’s become a dad for the ninth time.

Gibson, 61, and his girlfriend of two years, Rosalind Ross, 26, welcomed Lars Gerard Gibson into the world on January 20, People reports. A source tells the magazine, “They’re thrilled and Lars is adorable. Their family is all around them and Mel is over the moon. They’re home and everybody is healthy and happy!”

A rep for Gibson has confirmed the details to ABC News.

Oscar winner Gibson has seven children — a daughter and six sons — from his 28-year marriage to ex-wife Robyn Moore; the couple divorced in 2011. He also has a 7-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

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“La La Land” Ties Oscar Nominations Record with 14

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land”; Lionsgate(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Modern-day musical La La Land leads the nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards with a record-tying 14 nods. The only other movies that have received that many nominations are All About Eve and Titanic. The film, about a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who fall in love, is up for, among other categories, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and Actress for stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Meryl Streep received her 20th nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins; she’s won three times.

The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air February 26 on ABC.

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Best Actor

Casey Affleck — Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield — Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling — La La Land
Viggo Morgenson — Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington — Fences

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert — Elle
Ruth Negga — Loving
Emma Stone — La La Land
Natalie Portman — Jackie
Meryl Streep — Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali — Moonlight
Jeff Bridges — Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges — Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel — Lion
Michael Shannon — Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis — Fences
Naomie Harris — Moonlight
Nicole Kidman — Lion
Octavia Spencer — Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams — Manchester by the Sea

Best Picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director

Arrival — Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge — Mel Gibson
La La Land — Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea — Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight — Barry Jenkins

Best Cinematography

Arrival – Bradford Young
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Lion – Grieg Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine, Denmark, dir: Martin Zandvliet
A Man Called Ove, Sweden, dir: Hannes Holm
The Salesman, Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director
Tanna, Australia, dir: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Toni Erdmann, Germany, dir: Maren Ade

Best Costume Design

Allied
— Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins — Consolata Boyle
Jackie — Madeline Fontaine
La La Land — Mary Zophres

Best Original Score

Jackie — Micachu
La La Land — Justin Hurwitz
Lion — Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
Moonlight — Nicholas Britell
Passengers — Thomas Newman

Best Original Song

“Audition” — La La Land
“”Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — Trolls
“City of Stars” — La La Land
“The Empty Chair” — Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” — Moana

Best Sound Editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Production Design

Arrival
— Patrice Vermette
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Stuart Craig
Hail Caesar
La La Land — Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
Passengers — Guy Hendrix Dyas

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings — Focus Features
Moana — Disney
My Life As a Zucchini — GKIDS
The Red Turtle — Sony Classics
Zootopia — Disney

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha — National Film Board of Canada
Borrowed Time — Quorum Films
Pear Cider and Cigarettes — Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation
Pearl — Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures
Piper — Pixar

Best Film Editing

Arrival — Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge — John Gilbert
Hell or High Water — Jake Roberts
La La Land — Tom Cross
Moonlight — Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

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Oscar Nominations to Be Announced This Morning

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”; Dale Robinette/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced this morning, and one film’s definitely the frontrunner.

La La Land, a modern-day musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, won a record seven Golden Globes earlier this month, including Best Actor and Actress nods, and is expected to pick up nominations in many of the major categories this morning, including Best Original Song.

Moonlight, Fences, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Hidden Figures are also frontrunners, but the R-rated action comedy Deadpool could also find its way onto the list.

Manchester by the Sea‘s Casey Affleck and FencesViola Davis also took home acting awards at the Golden Globes and have a good shot at Oscar nods, along with Davis’ Fences co-star and director, Denzel Washington. Annette Bening may be nominated for Best Actress for her role as a single mom trying to raise her son in the ’70s in the film 20th Century Women.

Other films to keep an eye on are Arrival, Hell or High Water, Jackie, Sully, Florence Foster Jenkins and Loving.

Actor Ken Watanabe, actresses Jennifer Hudson and Brie Larson, along with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and film director Jason Reitman are among the Academy members who will join its President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the nominations today. Unlike previous years, when the press was invited to a live announcement event, this year’s nominations will be announced via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and local broadcasters, including ABC’s Good Morning America.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Academy Awards, airing live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre February 26 on ABC.

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“The Bachelor” Recap: A Match Made in Milwaukee?

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor, Nick Viall called it one of his favorite weeks ever — but it’s likely Corinne didn’t feel the same.

As Vanessa continued to confront Nick about his behavior with Corinne in the bouncy house, Taylor and Sarah went directly to Corinne — warning her the other girls were upset with her and she’d better get her act together.

At the rose ceremony, the other women hoped Corinne was headed home, but ultimately, Nick saved the last rose for his trouble-making bouncy-house partner. Christen and Brittany were sent on their way.

This season, hometown dates came a little early, as the entire troupe headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Nick grew up. Danielle L. spent the day exploring Nick’s favorite haunts, even managing to make an encounter with one of his exes go smoothly.

At dinner, Danielle opened up about how her own parents’ divorce made her uneasy about finding happiness for herself. The night ended with a rose for Danielle and a surprise serenade, as she and Nick danced while country singer Chris Lane performed his latest hit, “For Her.”

With the show relocated to dairy country, it only made sense that the group date would be on a dairy farm. From feeding and milking cows, to shoveling poop — the ever-troubled Corinne was having none of it. Sitting out the poop-scooping portion of the date once again landed her in hot water with the rest of the bachelorettes.

With a rose on the line, both Sarah and Kristina clashed with Corinne, as they questioned her intentions. Feeling neglected by Nick, Corinne decided to steal some one-on-one time, which much to her dismay ended without a kiss. Things only got worse for her when Nick excitedly awarded Kristina the rose.

Nick seemed to connect with his most promising partner so far, choosing Raven for a one-on-one date to a soccer game with his little sister, Bella. Raven not only won Bella over, but got to meet Nick’s parents as well. As the soccer game transitioned to a trip to the skating rink with Bella and her friends, Nick and Raven’s connection only seemed to grow.

On a romantic nighttime date at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Raven opened up about catching her most recent boyfriend in the act of infidelity. Nick seemed unfazed even by the uncomfortable details, and wasted no time giving Raven a rose.

Meanwhile, Corinne and Taylor continued on their collision course, as each was determined to set the other straight. The show ended with the promise that only one of them will survive next week’s episode.

We’ll find out which one it is, when The Bachelor airs next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Priyanka Chopra Talks About Her “Quantico” Concussion, and How Amy Schumer Helped

ABC/Phillippe Bosse(NEW YORK) — Tonight, ABC’s twisty spy drama Quantico returns, and its star, Priyanka Chopra appeared On Live with Kelly, to promote the show and its new Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern time slot.

However, Kelly Ripa and her guest co-host Anderson Cooper wanted to know if the Bollywood superstar was okay, considering she suffered a concussion on the show’s New York set last week.

“I wish I had a better story to tell, where I would be like, ‘I was doing these stunts, and, you know, somebody hit me in the jaw,’ Chopra joked, “but I just slipped on a rainy day…It was such an anti-glamorous way of getting a concussion.”

Priyanka noted that she slipped, hit her head on a car bumper, then on the ground. “So I was rushed to the ER — but I still…finished the scene,” she joked, earning an “Attagirl!” from Ripa.

Chopra explained that although it’s apparently an “old wives’ tale,” her doctor recommended she not go to sleep after suffering the brain bruise, leading to a recovery method that involved a famous comedienne.

“I did have someone waking me up every two hours to see if I was fine. I wasn’t supposed to watch TV or read anything…So I … couldn’t do anything. So I had a weekend off with just Amy Schumer in my ears, listening to her new book, because I couldn’t do anything else. Which was great,” Chopra joked, “I love the book.”

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