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Disney’s awards season plans reveals ‘Black Panther’ is coming for all the Oscars next year

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On Tuesday, Disney kicked off its awards season campaign for Ryan Coogler’s superhero smash hit Black Panther by unveiling a For Your Consideration list for awards voters, which shows that the studio plans on submitting the film in all of the major categories at next year’s Academy Awards.

According to the list, Black Panther will be submitted to Best Picture, Best Director (Ryan Coogler), Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis) and Best Actress (Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett).

The studio will also be submitting Black Panther in categories such as Best Adapted Screenplay (Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole), Best Cinematography (Rachel Morrison), Best Costume Design (Ruth Carter), Best Original Score (Ludwig Goransson), and Best Original Song (for “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA).

A big awards season push for Black Panther was inevitable given both its immense critical and commercial success earlier this year, earning a 97% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a massive $1 billion haul at the worldwide box office.

Over the course of its decade-long run, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned nine Oscar nominations, but no wins. Should Black Panther win an Oscar next year, it will be the first time an MCU title will have managed to pull off such a feat—one that the DC Extended Universe already managed to pull off with 2016’s Suicide Squad.

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ officially wraps principal photography with an emotional cast photo

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Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams announced today via Twitter that the highly anticipated final chapter in the Skywalker saga has officially wrapped principal photography, leading us to believe that our first look at the film could be just around the corner.

“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all,” Abrams wrote in his tweet this afternoon.

Abrams’ tweet also includes an emotional set photo featuring cast members Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, John Boyega, who plays Finn, and Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, embracing on their final day of shooting.

“That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for,” Boyega wrote in a tweet of is own. “What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ, thank you for making my dreams come true.”

Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, will now take Episode IX to the editing bay, where it will remain in post-production for the next 10 months or so until its December 20 release date.

You can check out the tweets from Abrams and Boyega below.

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Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron strike up a hilarious romance in the first ‘Long Shot’ trailer

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Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival next month, Lionsgate has released the first trailer for Long Shot, the eagerly awaited romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen from The Night Before and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine.

Long Shot follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), an unemployed journalist who reunites with his first crush (and former babysitter) Charlotte Field (Theron), one of the most influential women in the world. As she begins eyeing a run for the Presidency, she hires Fred as her speechwriter, making him a fish out of water on her elite team.

However, despite Fred’s unpreparedness for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight, sparks begin to fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a serious of unexpected (and somewhat dangerous) incidents.

In addition to the dynamic duo that is Rogen and Theron, Long Shot‘s incredible ensemble cast also includes the likes of O’Shea Jackson Jr., Alexander Skarsgård, Andy Serkis, Ravi Patel, Randall Park, and June Diane Raphael.

Long Shot will have its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9 before opening in theaters nationwide on May 3.

You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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As the awards season race nears an end, Spike Lee begins to plot his next directorial effort

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As Spike Lee’s Oscar campaign for BlacKkKlansman begins to near an end, the legendary director is already beginning to put the pieces together for his highly anticipated next project, which is in talks to be distributed by Netflix.

Per Variety, Lee has tapped Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman to join the ensemble of Da 5 Bloods, a drama which follows five Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence.

Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also said to be in negotiations to star.

Lee, in addition to scripting the film along with Kevin Willmott, based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, is also producing along with Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin, and Jon Kilik.

Sources tell Variety that production on Da 5 Bloods could begin as soon as next month after Lee is done campaigning for BlacKkKlansman in the ongoing awards season race.

BlacKkKlansman, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, marked a return to form for Lee, earning the iconic filmmaker multiple Oscar nominations last month, including best picture and best director.

2018 was also a big year for Boseman, who starred in Marvel’s billion-dollar-grossing superhero pic Black Panther, another strong contender in the Oscar race, with nominations for best picture and visual effects.

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