Jordan Peele Is First African American to Win Best Original Screenplay Oscar

It may not have won Best Picture, but Get Out still managed to make history at this year’s Oscars. Jordan Peele won for Best Original Screenplay for his work on the critically acclaimed and massive box office genre hit, which made for one of the most exciting moments of the entire Academy Awards ceremony. Not just because people were excited to see Get Out actually walk away with a major award, but because Peele became the first ever African American to win the award for Best Original Screenplay. It only took 90 years to make it happen.

Jordan Peele transitioned from primarily being known as a sketch comedy actor for his work on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele, to becoming an Academy Award nominated writer and director (now winner) with his first movie. Get Out isn’t just his first movie as a filmmaker, but a rare genre movie that actually managed to get some very serious love from the Academy, something that almost never happens. Peele was understandably emotional when he took the state to collect his well-deserved Oscar. Here’s what he had to say in his acceptance speech.

“This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work. I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”

Taking to Twitter shortly after his win, Jordan Peele acknowledged the moment saying, “I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?” Peele had reason to be surprised and honored, as The Best Original Screenplay field was quite crowded this year. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water) were also nominated In the category. The Shape of Water ultimately went on to win Best Picture over Get Out.

Other black writers have won in the past for Best Adapted Screenplay, including Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney last year for Moonlight and John Ridley in 2013 for 12 Years a Slave, but never for an original screenplay. This is a massive win for Get Out and Jordan Peele. Just a few days before the Academy Awards ceremony, it was revealed that several older Oscar voters were snubbing Get Out because they say it didn’t feel like an Oscar movie. Not only that, but several of those voters hadn’t even seen the movie, according to an anonymous Academy member.

“I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members who were like, ‘That was not an Oscar film.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s bulls***. Watch it.’ Honestly, a few of them had not even seen it and they were saying it, so dispelling that kind of thing has been super important.”

So much for that argument. Get Out defied the odds in many ways this year to earn its four Oscar nominations. The movie grossed $254.6 million worldwide and went on to earn near-universal critical acclaim. That acclaim helped keep the movie in the minds of Oscar voters for nearly a year in order to land these nominations and, ultimately, a historic win for Jordan Peele. You can check out Jordan Peele’s Twitter post for yourself below.

I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?

— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018


Oscars: ‘Shape of Water’ Is Top-Grossing Best Picture Winner in Five Years

Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale has earned $57.4 million to date in the U.S.

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Mary Poppins Returns Trailer Is Here

Disney premiered the official teaser trailer for Mary Poppins Returns tonight during the 2018 Oscars. The Robert Marshall (Chicago) directed movie began production back in February of this year after being announced in September of 2015. Emily Blunt was announced as the titular character in February of 2016, in the sequel to 1964′s beloved Mary Poppins. The movie is still currently filming so fans were skeptical that a trailer would be prepared in time for Disney’s D23 Expo, but it appears that those fans didn’t have anything to worry about after all.

Emily Blunt was the perfect choice for the role of Mary Poppins and she looks and sounds stunning. The story takes place 25 years after the original movie in 1935, right in the middle of the Great Depression when Mary returns after Michael suffers a personal loss, which has left him and his family numb and joyless. The teaser trailer comes after an incredibly short clip of the movie was shown during a sizzle reel on Friday. The brief clip shows Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack exclaiming “It’s a good thing you come along when you did, Mary Poppins!”

Mary Poppins Returns will be released to theaters on December 25th, 2018 and is drawn from a number of source materials, namely PL Travers’ original 7 books, and takes place during the mid thirties, which is when the original books were set. The movie stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Pixie Davis as Annabel Banks, Joel Dawson as Georgie Banks, Nathaniel Saleh as John Banks, Julie Walters as Ellen, Meryl Streep as Topsy Poppins, Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins, Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr., and Angela Lansbury as Balloon Lady.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has been quoted as saying that “he’s in the middle of a dream job dancing with Emily Blunt all day, extremely grateful to be here.” Miranda’s sentiment has been echoed by many from the cast who are just overjoyed to be a part of such an iconic project. The original movie came out in 1964 and quickly became one of Disney’s most beloved movies. The sequel will come out 54 years after the original movie, making it one of the longest gaps between movie sequels in film history.

While we still have quite a long wait for Mary Poppins Returns, it was a treat to finally see some footage from the upcoming sequel. As previously stated, Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters on Christmas Day, 2018 in the North America, which is the perfect time for a Mary Poppins movie. Until then, make sure to check out the brand new teaser trailer for the movie below.

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Oscars 2018 Winners, the Complete List

The biggest names in Hollywood have gathered at the Kodak Theater in the Hollywood and Highland center for the 90th Annual The Academy Awards tonight, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. As the Oscars are handed out, we’ll be updating this story live with all of the big winners, so you can keep refreshing to find out the latest news, if you’re unable to watch from home. There will definitely be a number of intriguing stories to keep an eye on tonight, one of which being how prevalent the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are at the ceremony.

During the Golden Globes in January, a number of stars, male and female alike, sported special pins in support of the Times Up Now movement, while also wearing black to support the cause. Times Up Now was formed at the beginning of this year by a coalition of over 300 women in the entertainment industry, from actresses to writers, directors, agents, producers, entertainment executives and more. The movement has raised over $13 million for a defense fund for less privileged women, with stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Maggie Gyllenhaal and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes supporting the movement. It remains to be seen if Times Up supporters will be wearing black at the Oscars this Sunday night as well.

As for The Academy Awards themselves, The Shape of Water lead all contenders with a whopping 13 nominations, including nominations in four of the top five major categories, Best Picture, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) and Best Original Screenplay (Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor). The front runner for the Best Picture award, though, may still be Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which won the Best Picture – Drama award at the Golden Globes in January. Three Billboards is up for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), Best Film Editing (Jon Gregory) and Best Original Score (Carter Burwell).

There are a number of historic Oscar nominations this year, including Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele, who became the first black filmmaker and just the third ever to receive nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director for their first ever feature film. The only two to previously achieve this feat was actor Warren Beatty for his directorial debut Heaven Can Wait (1978) and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983). Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig also became just the fifth female director to be nominated for Best Director, following Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties, 1976), Jane Campion (The Piano, 1993), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2003) and Kathryn Bigelow, the first female to win the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker (2009). Rachel Morrison also became the first female to be nominated for Best Cinematography, for her work in Mudbound.

Christopher Plummer also became the oldest actor to ever be nominated for an Oscar, for his supporting performance in All the Money in the World, at 88 years of age. The actor already holds the record for being the oldest Oscars winner, taking home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Beginners at the age of 82. Take a look at all of the Oscars winners and nominees below, and keep refreshing throughout the night for the latest Oscar winners, with winners coming directly from The Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri







  • Chile, A Fantastic Woman

  • Hungary, On Body and Soul
  • Lebanon, The Insult
  • Russia, Loveless
  • Sweden, The Square




  • Edith+Eddie – Thomas Checkaway, Louis Lee Wright
  • Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 – Frank Stiefel
  • Heroin(e) – Elaine McMillon Sheldon, Kevin Sheldon
  • Knife Skills – Thomas Lennon
  • Traffic Stop – Kate Davis, David Heilbroner



  • The Breadwinner
  • The Boss Baby
  • Coco

  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincentf



  • Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard J. Hoover

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Dan Sudick, Jonathan Fawkner, Guy Williams, Christopher Townsend
  • Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Richard Bain, Ben Morris, Neil Scanlan, Chris Corbould
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Joel Whist



  • Baby Driver – Julian Slater
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Mark Mangini
  • Dunkirk – Richard King

  • The Shape of Water – Nathan Robitaille
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Matthew Wood


  • Baby Driver – Paul Machliss
  • Dunkirk – Lee Smith

  • I, Tonya – Tatiana S. Riegel
  • The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
  • Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory








  • The Big Sick – Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele

  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh


The Shape of Water Wins Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars

The Shape of Water has won Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards. It’s Hollywood’s biggest night and a whole of folks took home big awards for some of the best movies in recent memory. But one movie rose above the rest to bring home the night’s biggest award. Guillermo Del Toro’s dark and beautiful fairytale triumphed over the likes of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Dunkirk and Get Out in order to walk away with the night’s top honor. And it went off without a hitch this time.

It’s hard not to remember last year when looking at this year’s Best Picture Oscar presentation. Once again, it was Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway on stage to present the award. Though, this time, they had the chance to do so without a major flub. Even host Jimmy Kimmel joked about last year’s Moonlight mix up before the Bonnie and Clyde stars took the stage to hand the award to the team from “Thank you. It’s so nice seeing you again,” Beatty said before announcing The Shape of Water as the winner of this year’s Best Picture Oscar.

Heading into this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, The Shape of Water led the pack with a total of 13 nominations, just one shy of the all-time record. Ultimately, the movie walked away with four Oscars, including Best Picture. Guillermo Del Toro also won for Best Director, with Alexandre Desplat winning for Best Original Score and the movie also winning for Production Design. Del Toro, who was the only person to speak on behalf of the movie before being cut off by host Jimmy Kimmel, dedicated the win to young filmmakers around the world who are “showing us how it’s done.” He concluded by encouraging young filmmakers to tell their stories.

“This is a door. Kick it open and come in.”

This was easily one of the tightest Best Picture races at the Oscars in recent memory, with several movies having a shot at the grand prize. However, it was that ultimately The Shape of Water, a movie beloved by many and one that finally got Guillermo Del Toro widespread critical and awards recognition for his work, that walked away with it. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was seen as the other major contender, with Get Out and Lady Bird seen as possible dark horse upsets. Three Billboards‘ powerhouse performances were ultimately honored, with Sam Rockwell winning for Best Supporting Actor and Frances McDormand winning for Best Actress. Get Out also claimed a historic win for Jordan Peele, who became the first ever African American to win for Best Original Screenplay.

Guillermo Del Toro defied the odds and made a dark fairytale, that is ultimately a love story between a mute woman and a fish monster, that somehow managed to win over the Academy. That’s something that would have seemed unfathomable not long ago, but also speaks to just how likable The Shape of Water really is, despite being a genre movie with some rather strange elements in it. Especially considering that movies like Dunkirk and The Post, movies that feel much more like traditional Oscar movies, were also nominated for Best Picture this year. Though Get Out would have been the more surprising win, The Shape of Water winning the Academy’s top prize still feels like a significant one.


New Infinity War Art Reveals the Holder of the Soul Stone?

One of the biggest mysteries yet to be solved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is when and where fans will finally get to see the sixth and final Infinity Gem, the Soul Stone. Many thought that Black Panther would reveal where the Soul Stone is, since it’s the last movie before Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, but that never happened, so it seems we’ll finally get to see it in Infinity War. A new promo poster for Infinity War showcases all of the Infinity Stones, which seems to offer a big hint at where the Soul Stone may be.

The poster features all of the Infinity Stones, with an image of the Marvel hero who is associated with each one embedded within the stone. The Space Gem image features Captain America (Chris Evans), since that gem debuted in Captain America: The First Avenger, the Power Stone photo features Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the Time Stone features Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Reality Stone features Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Mind Stone is with Vision (Paul Bettany). What’s surprising is the Soul Stone prominently features Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), which could have some connection to the new Arc reactor in his chest, although that has not been confirmed.

The artwork comes from the upcoming IncrediBuilds: Marvel: Infinity Gauntlet Deluxe Book and Model Set, which will be released on April 17. Given how little we know about the Infinity War story thus far, it remains to be seen if Iron Man/Tony Stark will actually be connected to the Soul Stone, and if that connection has anything to do with Iron Man’s new Arc reactor. It’s possible that there may have been a connection to Tony Stark with the Soul Stone all along, but we won’t know for sure until Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4.

The first five minutes of Avengers: Infinity War are said to be devastating, with theories abound that the opening of the movie may kill off a number of different heroes right off the bat. There has been no confirmation as to who may be killed off in the opening moments of Avengers: Infinity War, but with the arrival of Thanos (Josh Brolin), it could be anyone. As for the Infinity Stones, there are five that have already been introduced, and there is no indication of how many stones Thanos will actually get his hands on in Infinity War before Avengers 4.

This artwork debuted on Reddit, with some Redditors theorizing that Iron Man is the most important Marvel hero, so they put him on the Soul Stone artwork just because of that, and not because he has any connection to the Soul Stone. Regardless, we will likely get our first glimpse of the Soul Stone in Avengers: Infinity War, hitting theaters May 4, which will be followed by the final Phase 3 movie, Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. Take a look at the new artwork below.

Infinity Stone Promo Art. from r/marvelstudios


Artist Accuses Disney of Ripping Off Han Solo Posters

Last month, Disney dropped a series of character posters for Solo featuring a unique design, with art of each character embedded within their actual name. The Solo character posters featured Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo, Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo’s Chewbacca, each with a different color scheme, and now it has been revealed that this design was lifted from a series of 2015 album covers by French artist Hachim Bahous. Here’s what the artist had to say in a statement on his Facebook page, which featured an image with all of the posters side by side his album covers.

“On the left are the official posters of the next Star Wars (Disney), on the right the compiles for which I created in 2015 for Sony Music France / Legacy Recordings France following the brief of the project manager Romain ‘Rpiz’ Pizon. I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery. I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony! A thought for all the people who worked hard on this very beautiful project: DJ Reverend P (Patrice Larrar), Richard Lecocq, Aurélien Orel, David Hachour, Yazid Manou and therefore Romain ‘Rpiz’ Pizon. #LegacyOfStarWars.”

The posters were also noticed by another graphic designer, Adam Livermore, who pointed out these striking similarities in a series of tweets this weekend. The artist noted that it was entirely possible that Disney/LucasFilm reached out to Sony Music France for permission to use this design, and that they wouldn’t necessarily have needed to notify the artist about using his designs. Here’s what Adam Livermore had to say in a statement in a series of tweets.

“Um, Disney, I loved the posters for #StarWars #Solo, but you have some explaining to do to the artist who created these album covers in 2015. As a designer, this #StarWars #Solo poster business makes me wonder where we draw the lines between inspiration, homage, and outright theft. And do we have an ethical responsibility to distinguish between the legal and moral definitions of “theft”? Yes, it is possible that Disney reached with Sony to let them repurpose the design, and if that happened, neither studio would be under an obligation to notify the original artist. And I am not familiar enough with copyright law to say whether it is – or should be – a legal matter. But from a *design* standpoint, I find it highly problematic. It goes far beyond taking inspiration from source material. What bothers me most is that the original (a series of albums for a French audience) was so obscure, at least in terms of the target audience (American moviegoers). I can’t prove anything, but that doesn’t *feel* like homage to me. It feels like something someone felt they could get away with. It’s also a little depressing that my most engaged-with tweet ever is one shining a negative light on Disney and Star Wars, both of which I have such great fondness for. But it’s a light that needed shining.”

Disney and LucasFilm haven’t responded to this controversy thus far, and there is no indication if they plan on doing so or not, or if they’re planning on pulling these posters in response. With just over two months until Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, there will likely be many more posters surfacing between now and then. Take a look at the statement (in French) that was posted on Hachim Bahous Facebook, along with the Twitter thread from Adam Livermore about these posters.

Um, @Disney, I loved the posters for #StarWars#Solo, but you have some explaining to do to the artist who created these album covers in 2015.

— Adam Levermore (@lexigeek) March 3, 2018


Black Panther Wins 3rd Weekend Box Office with $65.7 Million

Heading into its third frame in theaters, most box office analysts believed Marvel’s Black Panther could not be beat, coming off a record-breaking debut ($202M) and an impressive second weekend ($111.6M), where it dropped just 44.7%. In its third frame, it posted an even smaller drop, 41.2%, to win at the box office for a third straight weekend with $65.7M. The superhero adventure easily beat out two R-rated newcomers, 20th Century Fox’s Red Sparrow, which took second place with $17M and MGM’s Death Wish remake, which opened in third place with $13M.

This updated tally pushes Black Panther past the $500M mark at the domestic box office in just its third weekend in theaters, with its domestic total currently at $501.1M. It took just 17 days for Black Panther to cross the $500M domestic box office threshold, the third fastest ever to reach that mark, behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi (16 days) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Black Panther also managed to add 64 theaters this weekend, to capitalize on the massive buzz swirling around the movie, bringing its theater count to 4,084, pulling in an impressive $16,088 per-screen average. With a jam-packed frame next weekend with four new movies debuting in wide release, the streak of Disney movies will likely continue with Black Panther perhaps ceding the box office throne to A Wrinkle in Time.

Heading into the weekend, neither Red Sparrow nor Death Wish were expected to give Black Panther much of a run for its money, and both movies’ critical receptions didn’t help matters much either. Red Sparrow posted largely mixed reviews with critics almost divided right down the middle on this spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, with a 51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Death Wish, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly as divisive, with director Eli Roth’s remake starring Bruce Willis posting just a 15% rating on RT. While neither movie was a huge hit, neither of them were produced for huge budgets, so they still may fare well, when all is said and done.

Red Sparrow debuted in 3,056 theaters, with a decent $5,563 per-screen average. It also added an additional $26.5M overseas for a worldwide opening weekend total of $43.5M. While that certainly isn’t a blockbuster number, the movie was produced under a relatively-modest $69M production budget, so it could still eke out a minor profit throughout its theatrical run. While it has already opened in most international territories, it will debut in Japan on March 30, France on April 4 and Russia on May 31. It’s worth noting that Red Sparrow will not open in China, the second biggest box office market in the world behind the United States.

Death Wish arrived in 2,847 theaters, for a middling $4,575 per-screen average. No international figures have been given for Death Wish yet, but even with this disappointing opening weekend, its $13M debut is still just under half of the movie’s $30M production budget, so it still could pull in a profit as well. This movie also won’t open in China, and will open in far fewer international markets, so it’s possible that the international grosses won’t be much of a factor, in terms of the movie’s worldwide box office performance. Rounding out the top 5 this weekend are Game Night in fourth with $10.7M and Peter Rabbit in fifth with $10M, but it’s possible that they could swap spots when the actual numbers are released tomorrow, since they’re so close to each other.

The top 10 is rounded out by Annihilation ($5.6M), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($4.5 million), Fifty Shades Freed ($3.3 million), The Greatest Showman ($2.6 million) and Every Day ($1.5 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend was Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxtrot, which earned $36,786 from four theaters for a $9,197 per-screen average, and Hannover’s Death House, which took in $10,295 from one theater. Next weekend, Disney will roll out its highly-anticipated adaptation A Wrinkle In Time, which will go up against STX Entertainment’s Gringo, Aviron’s Strangers: Prey At Night and Entertainment Studios’ The Hurricane Heist. Take a look at the box office estimates for the weekend of March 2, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, and check back on Tuesday for next weekend’s predictions.

1Black Panther
2Red Sparrow
3Death Wish
4Game Night
5Peter Rabbit
7Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
8Fifty Shades Freed
9The Greatest Showman
10Every Day

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