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'Shape of Water' leads Oscar nods; women and people of color also shine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water," about a woman who falls in love with a strange river creature, led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday in a wide-ranging list that embraced stories about and by women and people of color. Read More


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'Wonder Woman' stumbles, 'Get Out' surprises at Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Wonder Woman" failed to conquer Oscar voters on Tuesday despite riding to one of the biggest box office hits of 2017 on a wave of female empowerment, making it one of the biggest snubs for Hollywood's highest honors. More »


In Davos, Cate Blanchett jokes about playing Melania Trump

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Actress Cate Blanchett, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, drew laughs when she jokingly speculated about playing First Lady Melania Trump on screen, saying she would not approach such a role from a "Free Melania" point of view. More »


Feeling the Oscar love: Women's stories grab attention in 2018 nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaner with a passionate love life; Frances McDormand is a grieving woman in a fury about the shortcomings of the men around her; and Margot Robbie turns the tale of disgraced 1990s ice skater Tonya Harding on its head. More »


British talent bag raft of nominations in Oscar race

LONDON (Reuters) - British films and talent were nominated for a slew of Oscars on Tuesday, securing most of the picks in the best actor category, several entries for best film as well for many technical categories. More »


Russia cancels release of 'insulting' film about Stalin's death

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had canceled the release of "Death of Stalin", a dark, satirical movie from British director Armando Iannucci, saying many Russians would find it an insulting mockery of the country's Soviet past. More »


Comedian Bill Cosby back on stage for first gig since sex scandals

(Reuters) - U.S. comedian Bill Cosby performed his first stand-up gig since being swept up in sex scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fueling criticism on social media, according to video posted online. More »


Israel's culture minister hails her country's Oscar failure

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's culture minister breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday that her country's contender had failed to land an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film - despite not having watched the movie. More »


Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest in home town

BALLYBRICKEN, Ireland (Reuters) - Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was laid to rest at a private funeral in her home town on Tuesday, remembered as someone who rescued people from "the darkness of depression". More »


India's top court rejects bid to reinstate ban on film as Hindu groups protest

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected bids by two states to reinstate a ban on the disputed Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theaters. More »


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