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Hi everybody!
Crazy couple of days, Back to the
man. Yesterday, Trump original handle.
was inaugurated. Is this thing still
Today, an entire gender on? Michelle
protested against him. and I are
off on a quick
Aziz Ansari, on the historic vacation, then
womens marches across the well get back
globe, in his Saturday Night to work.
Live monologue @BarackObama

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irritated with my family
since she got
We got Tasered in my foyer.
Mickey (Kaitlin Olson), wrongly
there and just explaining herself when a fireman
started, like, arrives at her house, on The Mick

humping
each other
right away.
Megan Mullally, describing
her connection with costars
at the Will & Grace reunion
that led to NBCs reboot,
on Jimmy Kimmel Live

What the
fork is a Chidi?
Eleanor (Kristen Bell),
whose memory of her afterlife
including her good friend
Chidi (William Jackson
Harper)has been wiped,
on The Good Place

Breathe. Gotta get [Halley]


Take your time. I know hooked on TV or
mouth-to-mouth, someday shell want me
if necessary. to play outside.
Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) to Howard (Simon Helberg),
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she suits him up in bulletproof daughter, on
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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

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THE
TOP 10 THINGS
W E LOV E
THIS WEEK

 Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, and Allison Williams

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M OV I E S
I AM NOT
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THE EDGE OF
MUSIC
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P O D C A ST S
EWS BINGE
This sixth-season YOUR NEGRO EVERYTHING, WILD HEART With clear eyes, full
premierewith a special James Baldwin may by Jeff Giles OF LIFE, hearts, and the return of
guest-starring role for have died almost A teenage girl falls Japandroids EWs BINGE podcast,
Riz Ahmed!is the begin- three decades ago, for a guy, only to discover On their third album, you cant lose. Relive all
ning of the end for Girls. but this powerful docu- hes a supernatural the Canadian rock five seasons of Friday
But not to worrytheres mentary, narrated bounty hunter who duo retool lo-fi garage Night Lights as the writ-
plenty of story left for by Samuel L. Jackson, was sent to bring a mur- rock with a smattering ers and stars of the
our favorite Brooklynites, breathes life into his derous soul back to a of acoustic guitars beloved series share their
as they navigate relation- unfinished final book, hellish dimension known and electronic effects. personal tales and
ships with exes and exploring both the past as the Lowlands. Combined with earnest reveal behind-the-scenes
one another. (Premieres and future of racial ten- An intriguing start to an lyrics, its their biggest secrets from the set.
Feb. 12, 10 p.m., HBO) sion in America. (PG-13) exciting new series. creative leap yet. Texas forever. (iTunes)

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6 M OV I E S
THE SALESMAN
Asghar Farhadi, the
Iraniandirector of the Oscar-
winning A Separation,
spins another mesmeriz-
ing Tehran-set tale, this
one centered on an actor
who pursues the person
rressponsible for assaulting
h
hiss wife. (PG-13)

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LEGION
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Meet TVs most inven-
tiv
ve superhero show.
Leegion is a trippy, visually
stuunning series about
ammental patient (Dan
Stevens) who learns the
8
vooices in his head may
acctually be real. (Debuts
7 Feeb. 8, 10 p.m., FX)

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THE ANIMATORS,
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W
Whitakers vivid debut
tra
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whho bond over their rural
Soouthern upbringings,
th
hen become an avant-
gaarde animation duo
wiith a cult following and
un
uncomfortable fame.

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MUSIC
LIVE IN PARIS,
LI
Slleater-Kinney
SSleater-Kinney broke
a 10-year
1 hiatus in 2015

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10 and returned to the
road, affirming their sta-
tus as one of the worlds
greatest rock bands.
This career-spanning col-
lection, recorded at their
tours Paris stop, belongs
in the riot-grrrl canon.

10
GA M E S
RESIDENT EVIL 7
BIOHAZARD
Resident Evil goes
back to basics, leaving
the player stranded in
a mansion teeming with
unknown terrors. The
first-person perspective
and PSVR mode bring
the horror even closer.

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COLUMNS
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Grammy Insider 2
Adele, Beyonc, Sound Bites
Chance the Rapper,
and more of musics 4
brightest stars are The Must List
all vying for hardware
this year. But who 13
will win? Industry News & Notes

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When the real world REVIEWS
is experiencing more
upheaval than any
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what is the ber- 94
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Tony-winning triumph 109
as Norma Desmond in Books
the musical Sunset
Boulevard. But always
up for a challenge,
Close is now returning
to Broadway for take 2.
BY CLARK COLLIS

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Oscars 2017
On Feb. 26, Los
Angeles will become
what La La Land
promises: a city of
stars. But before the
envelopes are
opened, weve got
inside intel on the
nominees, your first
predictions, and a
look back at a musical
that changed the
game...65 years ago.

ON THE COVER
Oscar statuette
photographed
exclusively for EW
by Charles Masters
Glenn Close reprises
on Dec. 16, 2016,
her award-winning in New York City
role in Broadways PROP STYLING: SARA
WACKSMAN/KING
Sunset Boulevard MANAGEMENT AGENCY

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News+Notes Daisy Ridley 

LU K E , W H E N G O N E A M I , T H E
last of the Jedi you will be
STAR WARS
Those were among Yodas nal
words to Luke Skywalker before the Grand

Who Is The Masters death in Return of the Jedi, and


they appear to be the inspiration behind

Last Jedi? the title of the upcoming Episode VIII. The


new Star Wars lm, recently revealed to be
called The Last Jedi (the tongue-in-cheek
With the ominous title of Episode VIII working title had been Space Bear), hits
revealed, heres everything we know so far theaters Dec. 15, and fans of the lm series
about the intergalactic sequel. will be puzzling over the titles possible
implications until then. Of course, we have
(Plus, our wildest dreams and theories!) a few theories of our own.
B y A nth o ny B reznic an The franchises new writer-director,
Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper), has already
confirmed that his sequel will pick up
exactly where 2015s The Force Awakens left
o: with Rey (Daisy Ridley), who is clearly

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INSIDE LADY
GAGAS SUPER-
SECRET SUPER
BOWL SET
The pop star touches down
in Texas for the Super Bowl LI
halftime show Feb. 5 on Fox.
But what will she sing? EW reads
her poker face. B Y N O L A N F E E N E Y

Lady Gaga radically reinvented


herself when she released her rock-
and country-inspired fifth album,
Joanne, in the fall. Now, as she pre-
pares to headline the halftime show
on Feb. 5, she has a choice: Does
she lean on the newer songs, or
stick mostly to beloved dance-pop
classics like Poker Face and Bad
Romance? When EW sat down with
pursuing the path of a Jedi (perhaps the the singer not long after the Super
Bowl announcement, she wasnt
last one?), standing before the exiled Luke sure. On one hand, her new sound
(Mark Hamill) and presenting him with might better suit the tastes of
traditional football audiences.
his lost lightsaber. Lucaslm has already The NFL heard the record before
released a brief clip of Ridley and Hamill it came out, she said. They gave
re-creating that scene on the Irish island of me that slot, really, off my album.
But on the other hand, fans do
Skellig Michael. love the hits. I would be happy to
I dont want to skip ahead, Johnson play new music during the Super
Bowl, of course, she said, but
said at the Star Wars Celebration fan event for me I just always want the show
in London in July. That last moment of to be great. Translation? Her
roughly five-song set will have
VIII want to see what happens next.
a little bit of everything.
So maybe Rey is the last Jedior maybe Well, almost everything: Despite
shes one of the last. As many Star Wars a report that the NFL asked the out-
spoken Hillary Clinton supporter to
faithful have pointed out, Jedi is spelled avoid addressing Donald Trump
the same whether its singular or plural. The during her showa report the NFL
has deniedGaga is not even inter-
Last Jedi could very likely refer to the duo of ested [in that], an insider says.

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master and new apprenticeand could It was never even a conversation.
mean a more hopeful fate for Luke, rather As for another rumorthat Gaga
wants to sing from the roof of Hous-
than the ominous one the title might imply. tons NRG Stadium, la her rooftop
At the Sundance Film Festival, Hamill set from the falls dive-bar tourthe
insider would only confirm plans
told the Associated Press he was relieved 
( From top ) Mark Hamill; Carrie Fisher for some sort of stunt. Youll have
the title was nally out, as it was one less and Harrison Ford to tune in to see if Gaga will take
secret he had to keep. He described the title her act to the literal edge
h g of glory.
g

as having a samurai feel to it. Its


straightforward and minimalist, and I like nished her scenes as General Leia Organa
that, Hamill said. before her untimely death in December.
As for what else we know about The Last And Leia could also be a factor in the
Jedi: New castings include Laura Dern, Kelly title. When Yoda died, she was the
Marie Tran, and Benicio Del Toro, the latter another he revealed, a hidden Skywalker
as a new villain. Returning Force Awakens and potential Jedi, although she chose a
actors include John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, dierent fate. It would be beyond impres-
Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita sive to see Fisher, in her final Star Wars
Nyongo, Domhnall Gleeson, and Andy Ser- appearance, brandishing a lightsaber. But
kis. Carrie Fisher will also be back, having for now, thats just wishful thinking.

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(REALLY, I HAVE NO HANDS...)

CRUNCHY WHEAT. FROSTED SWEET.


FEED YOUR INNER KID
, TM, 2016 Kellogg NA Co.
NIGHT TIME
With the box-oce-busting Split, lm-
maker M. Night Shyamalan returns
to ne form. B Y J O E M C G OV E R N

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Hows this for a twist: With posi-
tive reviews and a staggering
$40 million opening weekend for
his low-budget thriller Split, M.
Night Shyamalan is back on the
A list. In the past decade, the
writer-directorwho at 29 scored
two Oscar noms for The Sixth
Sensehad slipped down Holly-

( From left ) woods merciless ladder. In 2010,
Grace Kelly, Marilyn after duds like Lady in the Water
Monroe, and Peg (2006) and The Happening
Entwistle
(2008), a video went viral of audi-
ences groaning at a trailer for the
horror film Devil as soon as from
the mind of M. Night Shyamalan
flashed on screen. And that was
PODCAST WE LOVE before the disastrous After Earth.
There was nowhere to go but
up. Shyamalans rehabilitation

You Must Remember This


Since 2014, film historian Karina Longworth has chronicled secret and forgotten stories of
began in 2015 with Foxs sci-fi
series Wayward Pines (which
he exec-produces) and the found-
footage flick The Visit; Split is
Hollywood on her top-ranked podcast. Now, for the new season launching Jan. 31, essentially the 12th step in his
shell cast the spotlight on (wait for it) Dead Blondes. We investigate. B Y D A R R E N F R A N I C H career recovery. Made for no-frills
horror factory Blumhouse
Productions and starring James
Thats quite the Entwistle, this Broad- I wanted to do some- I was doing it, you McAvoy, the movie benefited
theme! What can we way actress who was thing that was half- didnt have so from a top-notch ad campaign
expect from the in only one Hollywood way between firing many media compa- (those chilling trailers!) and
new season? movieand her off a few tweets about nies involved, and whispers of a shock ending unlike
part was cut. Today, something that I you didnt have so anything Shyamalan had ever
The title is a little bit shes pretty much watched on TCM and many celebrities with attempted, one that shattered
tongue-in-cheek, only famous for hav- writing a book. I got their own podcasts. a seemingly unbreakable ceiling
but its also incredibly ing committed sui- lucky that people I hope its still a
in his career. So now that hes
literal. Its about 11 cide by jumping off found it right away democratic thing.
in his second act, whats next?
actresses, all of them the Hollywood sign. and liked it. Actually,
blond, who died
Could the elliptical conclusion of
Entertainment Weekly Youre coming up on
unusually or tragically, Split promise more to come?
Theres been a real wrote a brief blurb 100 episodes.
and whose deaths Yes, Shyamalan says, revealing
explosion in podcast- about it, and that Are there any Holly-
[are] as much a leg- brought the show a that he has a really robust outline
ing since your show wood icons you badly
end as their careers. lot of attention. Now want to explore in for a continuation of the story.
debuted. Has that
There does seem to I dont know if future installments? Were sure therell be no snickering
changed your process?
be this fascination in you could just throw when that trailer is released.
the wider culture with When I started, a podcast out there There are a lot of
these quote-unquote I didnt know that any- without some kind of real heavy hitters.  M. Night Shyamalan and James McAvoy
perfect victims, body would listen. promotion. When Ive never done Gene
the beautiful woman Kelly or Cary Grant.
who is taken too soon. I considered putting
Betty Grable in this
Which actresses will  [season]. Ive talked
you focus on? Karina about everybody
Longworth like her: the blondes,
The series is really the pinups, the
wide-ranging. World War II-era peo-
I decided to pick a ple. Thats a big one
combination of peo- I need to get to at
ple like Grace Kelly some point. There
and Marilyn Monroe, are just too many
but the very first epi- dead blondes to fit
sode is about Peg into one season!

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( Left )
Cheryl
Strayed
with Claire
Danes;
( above )
Strayed
greeting
a fan

Wild Writer Walks


I wept in the days after the election. I just
cried and cried and cried, and Ive never had
that experience before. Ive been pissed o,

on Washington
EW tagged along with Cheryl Strayed for the historic Womens
but this was dierent. I was like, What are we
going to do? Keep going. It sounds trite, but its
absolutely true. Thats why walking is so
healing. Youre doing with your body what
March on Jan. 21. Here, she shares her field notes from the journey.
you need to do with your spirit.
I started hearing about the march within
CHERYL STRAYED KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT WALKING. AS an hour of the election results. I knew
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the author of the best-selling 2012 memoir Wild, which chronicles her immediately I had to be here to essentially
grueling 1,100-mile hike on the Pacic Crest Trail and was adapted into a exercise our freedom to protest. This was
2014 lm starring Reese Witherspoon, she translated her very personal, the rst time in my life where I was like,
very physical journey into a transcendent one for millions of fans. So it was this isnt about politics, its about the sur-
a no-brainer that she would y from Portland, Ore., to Washington, D.C., vival of democracy. Women have to register
to march in support of the rights of women, minorities, and marginalized our protests with our bodies. We are here
communities a day after Donald Trumps inauguration. (Millions more with our bodies since our bodies are being
walked in sister marches around the globe.) Strayed spent hours weaving threatened in so many dierent ways.
through the crowd and greeting fans who cried in her arms. Throughout Heres what [author Ellen Urbani and I]
the day, she ruminated on the power of putting one foot in front of the did on the plane: We watched the rst three
other and moving forward when it feels impossible. episodes of this seasons Bachelor. We

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Meanwhile,
3 Doors Down...
Days before hundreds of thousands of
women marched to the White House, D.C.s
Lincoln Memorial played host to an
inauguration kickoff concerttitled Make
America Great Again!with an almost
star-studded lineup. B Y R U T H K I N A N E

3 DOORS DOWN
 The Mississippi hard-rock band proudly
ALL THE STARS WERE OUT ( Clockwise from top left ) Jessica Chastain and
Chlo Grace Moretz; Alicia Keys and Janelle Mone; Debi Mazar, Gloria Steinem, headlined the concert while the president-elect
Madonna, and Amy Schumer; Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal head-bobbed along to Kryptonite. Yes, you
read that right, Kryptonite.
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like, this is the most hideous show ever made and were watching
it on the way to the Womens March! Were radical feminists!
Some people didnt like the [idea of a] gendered [march], but
I always felt like its a womens march because women are mar-
ginalizedbut it doesnt mean men cant join. My son was like,
Can I be a feminist? and Im like, Of course! There is a ridicu-
lously old idea that feminism is man-hating.
Were doing an American thing today, march-
ing on the National Mall. Its so historic. Im TOBY KEITH
proud to stand here with all these people. This is
PATRIOTISM, Country artist Toby Keith toasted both the incoming
our sacred ground. I love the signs. Some are really
FOR A LOT OF and outgoing presidentsred Solo cup in hand
before a patriotic performance of his hits, including
funny, some are really moving. I love this one: I
didnt come from your rib, you came from my
PEOPLE WHO ARE Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.

vagina. Yesterday was so sad and its still going PROGRESSIVES,


to be sad tomorrow, but right now, here, we are HAS BEEN A
walking together. I always say, at any moment of DIRTY WORD, BUT
your life, if you go stop and walk for 15 minutes, I REALLY LOVE
you always feel better. With writing, too. When MY COUNTRY.
you get stuck and youre like, How do I just go CHERYL STRAYED
walk and your head gets cleared or something.
I have big plans for the way this moment and era in life
will inuence my writing. As devastated as I was by the election, it
actually sparked in me a new way of looking at this book Im writ-
ing, a memoir. Often your best writing does come out of THE PIANO GUYS

suering or passion or struggle. Theres something about being The YouTube sensations, famous for their
instrumental covers of popular hits, opened the
here and walking on this land, which is our land. Its a real thing. show with a song featuring the lyric Its going
A s told to Jessica Goodman to be okay over and over again...
QUEER EYE
RETURNS!
Netflix is giving
the beloved series
a makeover.
BY JAMES HIBBERD


How to heal a divided
America? Netflix has an
idea. The streaming
service is reviving Bravos
groundbreaking reality
show Queer Eye for the
Straight Guywhich fol-
lowed a group of experts
as they made over a mans
lifeonly this time the Fab
IN MEMORIAM 19552017 5 will have a very topical
mission. Queer Eye is
back and ready to Make

Miguel Ferrer
The prolific character actor died Jan. 19 at the age of 61, leaving
America Fabulous Again,
said a statement from pro-
ducers, who are morphing
the NYC-based show into a
tour of conservative parts
behind one impressive rsum. B Y LY N E T T E R I C E of the country. The goal:
Turn the red states pink
one makeover at a time.

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Though the original
Miguel Ferrer, the veteran film and TV actor best known for playing Owen Granger on NCIS: gang may cameo, the
Los Angeles, died Jan. 19 from throat cancer; he was at home, surrounded by family. The 61-year- reboot will feature a new

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old, who was the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jos Ferrer, and a first cousin squad for eight episodes
of George Clooney, had just wrapped filming his role on the upcoming Twin Peaks revival for or more. And at least one
Showtime. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier, former Fab 5-er, Carson
and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, monumental events, pale Kressley, is thrilled by
in comparison, George Clooney said in a statement. We love you, Miguel. We always will. the news: We need some
Here, the highlights from his long Hollywood career. new fabulous gays to
come to the rescue now
ROBOCOP (1987) more than ever.

In Paul Verhoevens dystopian epic, the fiercely funny Ferrer


shined in his breakout role as Bob Mortonan ambitious
executive from Omni Consumer Products who creates a
robot program to police the city.

TWIN PEAKS (199091)

Ferrer was cast as cynical FBI agent Albert Rosenfield, a


forensics expert with little patience for the denizens of the
The Queer
small rural town. Then, of course, we learned that there was Eye cast
more to the man than met the eye. on our
cover in
CROSSING JORDAN (200107) 2003

In this Boston-set NBC drama about sexy medical


examiner Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessy), Ferrer played
recovering alcoholic Dr. Garret Macy, Jordans boss and
an avid poetry writer.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (201217)


Kyan
Douglas,
Ferrer joined the CBS procedural in its third season, Carson
playing assistant director Owen Granger. He is slated to Kressley,
and
appear in two more episodes; producers are still figuring straight
out how they will address his death on the show. guy

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GRAMMY
AWARDS
SUNDAY, FEB. 12
8PM ET ON CBS

The Race Is On Adele , Beyonc , Chance the Rapper , and more of musics brightest stars are all vying
for hardware this year. But who will win? Industry insiders share their unfiltered predictions with EW.
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GRAMMY

INSIDER BEST POP DUO/


BEST BEST RAP
GROUP
COUNTRY ALBUM PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE

Brandy Clark, The Chainsmokers Chance the Rapper

Rock
Big Day in a Small Town feat. Halsey, feat. Lil Wayne
Loretta Lynn, Full Circle Closer & 2 Chainz,
Maren Morris, Hero Lukas Graham,7 Years No Problem
Sturgill Simpson, Rihanna feat. Drake, Desiigner, Panda
A Sailors Guide to Earth Work Drake feat. the Throne,
Keith Urban, Ripcord Sia feat. Sean Paul, Pop Style
Fat Joe & Remy Ma

the Vote!
Cheap Thrills
Twenty One Pilots, feat. French Montana
Stressed Out & Infared,
BEST DANCE/ All the Way Up
ELECTRONIC ALBUM Schoolboy Q
BEST ROCK feat. Kanye West,
PERFORMANCE That Part
Okay, so your vote doesnt count, but Flume, Skin
its still fun to keep score. Heres whos in Jean-Michel Jarre,
Electronica 1: The Alabama Shakes, BEST
the running for this years major categories. Time Machine Joe (Live From Austin RAP SONG
Will your favorites make the cut? Tycho, Epoch City Limits)
Underworld, Beyonc feat. Jack White,
Barbara Barbara, Dont Hurt Yourself Chance the Rapper feat.
We Face a Shining Future David Bowie, Blackstar Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz,
Louie Vega, Disturbed, No Problem
Louie Vega The Sound of Silence Drake, Hotline Bling
Starring...XXVIII (Live on Conan) Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat.
Twenty One Pilots, French Montana & Infared,
Heathens All the Way Up
ALBUM OF B E S T A LT E R N AT I V E BEST URBAN Kanye West,
THE YEAR MUSIC ALBUM CONTEMPORARY Ultralight Beam
ALBUM BEST Kanye West feat. Rihanna,
ROCK SONG Famous
Adele, 25 Bon Iver, 22, A Million Beyonc, Lemonade
Beyonc, Lemonade David Bowie, Blackstar Gallant, Ology
Justin Bieber, Purpose PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Blackstar BEST COUNTRY
KING, We Are King
Drake, Views The Hope Six Highly Suspect, SOLO PERFORMANCE
Demolition Project Anderson .Paak, Malibu My Name Is Human
Sturgill Simpson, Rihanna, ANTI
A Sailors Guide to Earth Iggy Pop, Metallica, Hardwired
Post Pop Depression Radiohead,
Radiohead, Burn the Witch Brandy Clark,
Love Can Go to Hell
A Moon Shaped Pool BEST Twenty One Pilots,
RECORD OF Heathens Miranda Lambert, Vice
MUSIC VIDEO
THE YEAR Maren Morris, My Church
Carrie Underwood,
BEST POP Church Bells
BEST R&B
VOCAL ALBUM Beyonc, Formation Keith Urban,
Adele, Hello PERFORMANCE
Leon Bridges, River Blue Aint Your Color
Beyonc, Formation Coldplay, Up&Up
Lukas Graham, 7 Years Jamie xx, Gosh
Adele, 25
Rihanna feat. Drake, OK Go, BJ the Chicago Kid, BEST COUNTRY
Work Justin Bieber, Purpose Turnin Me Up
Ariana Grande, Upside Down & Inside Out DUO/GROUP
Twenty One Pilots, Ro James, Permission PERFORMANCE
Stressed Out Dangerous Woman
Musiq Soulchild, I Do
Demi Lovato, Confident
Rihanna, Needed Me
Sia, This Is Acting BEST
Solange, Cranes in the Sky Dierks Bentley
MUSIC FILM
SONG OF feat. Elle King,
THE YEAR Different for Girls
BEST BEST Brothers Osborne,
ROCK ALBUM Steve Aoki, R&B SONG 21 Summer
Ill Sleep When Im Dead Kenny Chesney & Pink,
Adele, Hello The Beatles, Setting the World on Fire
Beyonc, Formation The Beatles: Eight Days a Pentatonix feat.
Justin Bieber, Blink-182, California WeekThe Touring Years Tory Lanez, Luv Dolly Parton,
Love Yourself Cage the Elephant, Beyonc, Lemonade Maxwell, Lake by the Ocean Jolene
Lukas Graham, 7 Years Tell Me Im Pretty PARTYNEXTDOOR
Yo-Yo Ma & Chris Young with
Mike Posner, Gojira, Magma the Silk Road Ensemble, feat. Drake, Cassadee Pope,
I Took a Pill in Ibiza Panic! at the Disco, The Music of Strangers Come and See Me Think of You
Death of a Bachelor Various Artists, Rihanna, Kiss It Better
Weezer, Weezer American Saturday Bryson Tiller, Exchange
Night: Live From the
BEST Grand Ole Opry BEST
NEW ARTIST COUNTRY SONG
BEST BEST RAP/
RAP ALBUM SUNG PERFORMANCE
BEST POP
Kelsea Ballerini SOLO PERFORMANCE Miranda Lambert, Vice
The Chainsmokers Tim McGraw,
LOGO DESIGN BY MAT T LEHMAN

Chance the Rapper, Beyonc feat. Humble and Kind


Chance the Rapper Coloring Book
Maren Morris Kendrick Lamar, Maren Morris,
De La Soul, Adele, Hello Freedom My Church
Anderson .Paak And the Anonymous Nobody Beyonc,Hold Up Drake, Hotline Bling Thomas Rhett,
DJ Khaled, Major Key Justin Bieber,Love Yourself D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty, Die a Happy Man
Drake, Views Kelly Clarkson, Broccoli Keith Urban,
Schoolboy Q, Piece by Piece Kanye West, Blue Aint Your Color
Blank Face LP (Idol Version) Ultralight Beam
Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Kanye West feat. Rihanna,
The Life of Pablo Dangerous Woman Famous

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INSIDER

And the
Winner Is...
Think Adele and Beyonc are sure things? Maybe not! Three music-industry
insiders share their unfiltered, expert opinions on this years
nominees. (They promised brutal honesty in exchange for anonymity!)

Album Record Song Best New


of the Year of the Year of the Year Artist

My favorite is Drakes Rihannas Work was Justin Biebers Love The Chainsmokers.
album. Adele and Beyonc everywhere, but Twenty One Yourself. Its just a proper, Electronic music has always
are at this untouchable Pilots Stressed Out is stripped-down song. fallen by the wayside
THE POP HITMAKER

level, but 25 and Lemonade my favorite. The production But Id be shocked if Hello at the Grammys, but itd
werent my favorite albums is really amazing. I like how didnt win. be cool if their songs were
from either of them. Drake, they did the rock-pop-rap recognized. Theyve
melodically and hook-wise, combo in a way that was reinvented themselves since
A topline writer for has the best collection. really relevant. They totally #Selfie. But what Chance
some of the biggest crushed the thing everyone the Rapper has done without
artists in the Top 40 thought was over. a label, thats also deserving.

I would go with Drake. Id pick Stressed Out. I never thought Id give Chance the Rapper.
T H E R E C O R D - C O M PA N Y P R O

I think the cultural impact is Im personally not a fan of Justin Bieber an award, but In a heartbeat. And that just
what you need to think Adele. And as dope as Id pick Love Yourself. goes back to cultural
about. I cant remember a Formation was, Twenty Its an amazing song, and its impact. The influence hes
recent time when an artist One Pilots really broke smartly written by Benny having on rap and pop
dropped record after record through this year. Stressed Blanco and Ed Sheeran. cultureand doing it
and had them all influence Out is the perfect hybrid Anytime you can have just completely independently
An A&R executive sales charts, streaming of alternative and pop a guitar for an entire song is next to impossible to do.
at a major label charts, and the vernacular. and hip-hop. and have it be that kind of
Its just incredible. hit, it speaks volumes about
how good the song is.

If youre talking about hit I want to be entertained Lukas Grahams 7 Years Commercially, the
T H E N A S H V I L L E H E AV Y W E I G H T

after hit, Justin Biebers and surprised by Record of still gets me! It has a great Chainsmokers dominated
Purpose was a factory! the Year, and Beyoncs hook but takes you on a everyone in this category,
Drakes Views too! But Formation does that. journey. When I first heard it, but the limited amount
a lot of the voters are more But I have to say, I thought he was this faceless of music that they released,
conservative, and for the Justin Timberlakes Everyman. And then you maybe it didnt tell us
old-fashioned idea of Cant Stop the Feeling! see him, and hes this nerdy enough for them to win.
the Grammy-deserving would be here. guy! Anyway, its just I voted for Maren Morris.
One of this decades
most prolic country record that is sprawling and a really well-written song. With her raw artistry, she
songwriters has song after song, stood out to me.
Adeles 25 has the edge.

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Music Album Vocal Album Album Album Album

David Bowie will get it, Sia. Looking at the stuff that Panic! at the Disco Chance the Rapper. I dont know a lot about
but my choice is Bon Iver. she writes and puts out, should win, but its not I dont agree with a lot of country music, but
Ive always been aware of I know how much her vocal a proper rock album, what Kanye is doing as a my favorite thing about it
his music, but 22, A Million and her intonations sell and voters wont think its human, so it makes it hard is the storytelling and
really sucked me in for the songs. And artists who cut a proper rock album. for me to enjoy his music. lyrics. Maren Morris
first time. The layered her songs end up trying to Rock fans are particular Drake is more pop than rap. definitely has that.
vocals that hes doing have sing like her. Shes had so about what rock is. Maybe Kanye and Chance are I love 80s Mercedes.
already weaved into the many different waves of her itll be Weezer. both using the format to That song is really cool
mainstream. In sessions career, so to see where talk about real, gritty stuff. and super nostalgic.
now, Im seeing people pull shes at now is incredible. I cant believe DJ Khaled is She has a similar appeal as
that kind of stuff up. nominated.d Thats
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K Musgraves.
M g .

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Bowie just because educated on streaming. This album so much. successful.
I love the album. album was used as a poster
child for what you want an
aalbum to do in 2016. There are
sstripped-down songs, big pop
hits... Everything got playlisted
[on services like Spotify]. And
thats a difficult thing to do.

I didnt vote in this Heres the deal: The name I love the Panic! at the I could talk about When you talk about
category, to be honest. of the award is Pop Vocal Disco album. I feel like that this kind of stuff all day epic songs that are going
David Bowie would be the Album; the word vocal record deserves to be except rap. [Laughs] to matter in 50 years,
person that I would have affects me. It tells me that recognized, though maybe I feel like Brandy Clarks
chosenI really thought this category is meant for not in this category. Big Day in a Small Town
his record would be in someone like Adele. If it just is that. But it seems
[Album of the Year] instead said Best Pop Album, I would like Sturgill Simpson
of Sturgill Simpson have a tougher time, but will win, since he got up in
but it would have just shes the best vocalist out the big categories.
been a posthumous vote. there right now.

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room. Thats what well try to do.


But its not about bringing the
same energy: Our show is a little
studio with 240 people in the
room, and this is in the Staples
Center with 17,000 people
and millions watching at home.
Theyre very different.

Will you incorporate Carpool


Karaoke in some form?
I dont think were going to.
The truth is, there really isnt time.
All of my [Grammys segments]
are pretty short. Those Carpools
at their shortest are six minutes;
the longest is 16 minutes.

Is there an artist that youre


hoping wins big?
Chance the Rapper! That album is
brilliant. I just love every facet of
his performances. I love what hes
saying. He feels like a new wave.

If you were put in charge of


organizing the Grammys
of your dreams, what would be
at the top of your wish list?
This is kind of it, really. If you look
at the people that are nominated,
its incredible. The full list of per-
formers is jaw-dropping. Were
really talking about the biggest art-
ists in the world. Im just excited to
be in their orbit for a little while.

This Host Is on Fire!


But if it was me in charge of the
Grammys, I would have O-Town
open it, leading into *NSYNC and
the Backstreet Boys. And then
reunite One Direction and get
James Corden hosts musics biggest stars on Carpool Karaoke. Now hes hosting all them to close the show.
of them at the same time on musics biggest night. BY N O L A N F E E N E Y
Lets play a Grammys edition of
Would You Rather. Do you (a)
have Taylor Swift and Katy Perry
How are you feeling about You hosted the Tony Awards as possible, really. Im going to end their feud on stage or (b) get
emceeing the Grammys for last year. Whats the biggest try and do a couple of things that Adele and Nicki Minaj to do the
the first time? difference between preparing havent been seen before, but Monster rap live together?
J A M E S C O R D E N Oh, man, lower
for that show and this one? I dont knowI might lose my [Laughs] Ive been lucky enough
your expectations. I feel crazy In many respects the Tonys are nerve and decide not to! to witness Adele doing that
nervous. Outrageously nervous! a more traditional hosting job. rap, and its pretty incredible when
But I do enjoy nervesI think The show has [almost] always had youre right beside her. I would
Have you gotten any input about
theyre good. Youre only nervous a host, and traditionally those love to see Adele do that live.
hosts have done certain things. what they want from you?
when you want to do your best. Itd be hilarious.
There were a lot of years when the Not at all. I think they like what
Youre only nervous when you
Grammys didnt have a host at all! Ive done on The Late Late Show
really care about something.
The biggest thing with the and would like it to carry on. They We know from Into the
Grammys is that its a music show would like me to bring an energy Woods that you can really sing.
more than an awards show. Mostly to itmy love and enthusiasm Will viewers get to hear that
your job is to just usher the show for music, and my love and enthu- come Grammys night?
along with as much joy and energy siasm for so many artists in the You know what? You just might.

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SCANDAL
WHEN THE REAL
WORLD IS
EXPERIENCING
MORE UPHEAVAL
THAN
ANY PLOTLINE
SHONDA RHIMES
EVER DEVISED,
WHAT IS
THE BER-
PRODUCERAND
OLIVIA POPE
LEFT TO DO?
By Lynette Rice @Lynetterice

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culture of this show was that the things we fact that Scandal trades in being shocking,
say and do are outrageous and unfathom- recalls Je Perry, who plays Vargas running
Heres something that Scandals Kerry able. Now we are having to change plotlines mate, Cyrus Beene. It was really upsetting
Washington didnt expect to worry about and reconsider airdates because its too because Frankie was an objectively beau-
after four years of playing D.C. xer Olivia close to whats actually happening or could tiful man and candidate and represented a
Pope: whether viewers were taking the be misconstrued as such. That is a reality lot of really good things and a lot of hope.
drama a tad too seriously. It was disquieting I am consistently trying to wrap my
enough to see her character trend on Twit- head around.
ter after Donald Trump won in November. Granted, Scandal does have
Scandal wasnt even on the airthe sixth
season had been pushed to winter to
a colorful history of reflecting
real-life eventsremember ego-
LIFE
accommodate the birth of Washingtons maniac billionaire businessman AFTER THE
second child on Oct. 5. But scores of fans turnedRepublican presidential ELECTION
were wishing Olivia would make things candidate Hollis Doyle, anyone? WHATS NEXT
better, if only in their wildest dreams. It so it would be easy to assume that FOR THE OLIVIA POPE
made me anxious, admits Washington, Rhimes had adjusted the story line GLADIATORS KERRY WASHINGTON
Her candidate may have
who returned to the set in January after a to parallel Clintons loss in Novem- AND THE lost, but Olivia has
only begun to fight.
three-month maternity leave. I just felt it ber. But when Rhimes was AGENTS OF I think she is really try-
was important for us to focus on reality preparing Scandals latest season EVIL WHO KEEP ing to think about whats
best for the country,
and the truth. last summer, she was far more THEM BUSY explains Washington.
Now Washington and show creator interested in telling an edge-of-
Shonda Rhimes are facing questions about your-seat thriller about what
the dramas Jan. 26 return and if the epi- happens when suddenly a presi-
sodes surprising revealthat the well- dent-elect is murderednot a
qualified senator and former First Lady prophetic tale about what happens
Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) lost the pres- when an embattled former First
idency by a narrow marginwas designed Lady loses a bid for the Oval Oce. ROWAN POPE JAKE BALLARD
JOE MORTON SCOTT FOLEY
to parallel what happened in the real world. And the only way to do that was,
Rowan will arouse suspi- Did he or didnt he have
I think its important that people know the SPOILER ALERT, by killing Mel- cion of being the a hand in Frankies death?
assassinations master- Foleys not spilling, but
episode was written and lmed a long time lies winning opponent, Frankie mind. Usually its my he did offer this reminder
before the outcome of this past November, Vargas (Ricardo Chavira), a twist position that I mustve for Scandal fans: Isnt
had something to do with everyone involved with
insists Washington, who together with that truly stunned the cast at the it, says Morton, smiling. everything all the time?

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me, that was much more interesting. I If anything, Rhimes is keenly aware of
wanted to know what we could do with that. the despair that many people feel after the
At rst ABC did too. Then, 10 days before election, and she hopes to lighten the tone
Rhimes TGIT lineup was set to return, the of the show in the coming 15 episodes.
network had second thoughts about airing Does that mean Olivia will leave the dark
a presidential assassination so close to side and put her white hat back on? Rhimes
Trumps inauguration and opted to air a wont say, but she did promise that fans
one-hour special titled Americas New First will learn who killed Frankie by episode 5.
Family: The Trumps Go to Washington on Arcs that had been planned forever had to
Jan. 19 instead. Execs pushed the return of be dropped, mostly because of the stories
Darby Stanchfield,
Washington, Scandal, Greys Anatomy, and How to Get that I am now in the mood to tell, Rhimes
and Bellamy Young Away With Murder to a week later, even tells EW. We were worried about peoples
though it had heavily promoted their return appetite for watching something about
with on-air promos featuring Washington, politics. Do you want to watch a scary
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It never occurred to me that we would Ellen Pompeo, and Viola Davis sipping red story in the dark? Like everybody else, I
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have Mellie win, continues Rhimes. It was wine and munching on popcorn. (Asked if needed to talk about something thats a
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about what happens when your newly she had any say in the matter, Rhimes told little more positive now.
elected candidate is not alive anymore, reporters at the Television Critics Associa- Washington certainly hopes that fans
before they have actually been elected by the tion tour earlier this month: I am not will embrace the new season. (So does ABC,
electoral college. Does the vice president get commenting on conversations with my since viewership on Thursdays dropped an
to be president? Does the person with the boss. I like my job.) Tony Goldwyn astonishing 34 percent in the fall without
next-highest votes get to be president? To whose character, Fitzgerald Grant, remains Olivia Pope and company.) Its hard to tell
president for nowsays no one what impact the current politics will have
should misjudge what Rhimes on peoples needs and desires in their
wants to accomplish this season. escapism and imaginary worlds, says the
As much as a lot of us in Shonda- actress, whos nevertheless happy to be
land felt very strongly about Hillary carrying those Prada bags again. I missed
Clinton, thats not what shes tell- our Gladiators as much as they [viewers]
ing stories about, the actor says. missed us, thats for sure. It was weird not
Shonda wants our country to pre- to live-tweet on Thursday nights and to not
FITZGERALD GRANT MELLIE GRANT vail and be successful. So in terms be on that roller coaster with everybody.
TONY GOLDWYN BELLAMY YOUNG
of having some ax to grind or to Its wonderful to be back.
Fitz knows he and Olivia Despite the shocking
are over, but that doesnt developments, Mellie may diminish President Trump, thats Back at you, Liv. Just dont expect us to
mean hes okay with it, not be so quick to make
says Goldwyn. Hes in another play for presi- not what were up to here at all. stop wanting you to save the day. X
love with her. If she were dent. I think she just
to die or marry, that really stops to think, At
would be devastating. what price? says Young.

CYRUS BEENE DAV I D RO S E N QUINN PERKINS HUCK ABBY WHELAN F R A N K I E VA RGAS


JEFF PERRY JOSHUA MALINA KATIE LOWES GUILLERMO DIAZ DARBY STANCHFIELD RICARDO CHAVIRA
Time jumps will reveal Fitzs attorney general Now that the election is Happiness has eluded No one dares cross Fitzs Dont say goodbye to the
how Cyrus really felt may be lonely for a while. over, Quinn will help this Gladiator for years chief of staff in the new president-elect just
about Frankie. Oh, and ex Ive been walking Pope & Associates get until now. Someone is season. She starts to yet. In a series of flash-
Tom is not gone yet. the line of overeating, back to business. Were coming into his life! really take up space and backs, fans will see what
Cyrus needs to go to hoping that my shirt not as nutty as we have says Diaz. He hasnt had make decisions happened before the
marriage school in a big wont come off anytime been and having sex on a lover or a girlfriend that may ruffle some feath- election and what led to
way, jokes Perry. soon, says Malina. desks, Lowes says. or a wife in a while. ers, says Stanchfield. his fatal shooting.

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Glenn Close in
character
for the revival
Y U MIGHT THINK
YO
SHED BE CONTENT
O N Y-
W I T H O N E TO
WINNING TRIUMPH
AS NORMA
DESMOND IN THE
MUSICAL S U N S E T
B O U L E VA R D .
B U T A LWAY S U P F O R
A CHALLENGE,
GLENN CLOSE
IS NOW RETURNING
TO B R OA D WAY
F O R TA K E 2 .

By C L A R K C O L L I S
@ClarkCollis
W H E N S H E F I R S T P L AY E D T H E P L U M
role of Norma Desmond in the musical
Sunset Boulevard, Glenn Close was already
a Broadway veteran and a ve-time Oscar
nominee for her masterful performances in
such movies as Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal
Attraction. But Close admits that portraying
the faded silent-lm-era diva was an educa-
tional experience. I was the worst singer of
the whole company, she recalls. I would
go out at night not knowing if I could reach
certain notes. I really learned how to sing in
that production.
She wasnt the rst to tackle this demand-
ing star role. Patti LuPone originated it on
Londons West End, where Betty Buckley
(Split) and Elaine Paige also had their turns.
But it was Close who brought it to Broad-
wayand won a Tonyand her take on the
character is widely regarded as the deni-
tive one. Now the 69-year-old headlines a
new production, which premiered to critical theater. This is not the whole story, how- biotech entrepreneur David Shaw. Despite
acclaim in the U.K. last year and begins a ever. Sure, Close seems serene enough as she her rst, acclaimed run in the role, Close was
16-week run at New Yorks Palace Theatre rustles up cups of Yorkshire Gold tea for her- not content to merely reprise her Broadway
starting Feb. 2. self and your writer or shows o the tricks performance. I didnt want to go back to
Based on Billy Wilders 1950 movie, and she has taught her Havanese dog Pip (regis- anything, she says. Its a dierent inter-
boasting music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, tered name: Sir Pippin of Beaneld). But she pretationI think she is more human now.
Sunset Boulevard details the twisted affair confesses that, while prepared, shes also Another big dierence is the shows stag-
between a down-at-heel young Hollywood panicked. Im terried! she says. I had a ing. The revivals design is much more spare
screenwriter named Joe Gillis and the whole ocean separating me from New York than the lavish 1994 Broadway productions,
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middle-aged Desmond, who delusionally when I did it in London, and that was kind of with utilitarian stairs merely hinting at the
dreams of playing the teenage lead in a lm a comfort. Here, Im coming home! decadent glamour of Desmonds abode. Its
version of the Salome story. So, to adapt one Close was initially approached about just scaffolding, says Close. I love that.
of the most famous lines from both Wilders returning to the show by U.K.-based pro- I think the audience will ll in everything.
film and Lloyd Webbers musical, is the ducer Michael Linnit, who in 2015 helped But the audience will get to feast their eyes
actress ready for her proverbial close-up? oversee a London revival of Sweeney Todd on her actual costumes from the original,
Pretty close, she says, speaking with starring Emma Thompson. Id never done which were designed by three-time Academy
EW in the Manhattan rehearsal complex the West End, and it was a good time in my Award winner Anthony Powell and subse-
where she and the rest of the cast are being life to just totally bury myself in something quently squirreled away by Close. I have an
put through their paces by director Lonny creatively challenging, says Close, who in extensive costume collection, she says.
Price. The next huge step is getting into the 2015 divorced her husband of nine years, Lonny said, Well, we should use them. So

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ROLES
OF A

LIFETIME
CLOSE LOOKS BACK ON SOME OF
HER THEATER-CAREER HIGHLIGHTS,
FROM MARVELING AT MIKE
NICHOLS TO THE TIME STAGE
CRASHERS STOLE THE SPOTLIGHT

B A R N U M | 1980
The actress scored her first Tony nomina-
tion for playing Chairy, the wife of Jim
Dales P.T. Barnum, in this musical about
( Clockwise
from left ) Close as
the famed circus showman.
Norma Desmond It was one of those casts where
in the 1993 Los
Angeles tryout of
they sang, they danced, they were
Sunset Boulevard; acrobats, and they played three
on stage with John instruments. It was like, where did
Lithgow in 2014s these people come from?
A Delicate Balance;
in The Real Thing
with Jeremy Irons
in 1984
T H E R E A L T H I N G | 1984
Close, Jeremy Irons, Christine Baranski,
director Mike Nichols, and playwright Tom
Stoppard all went home with Tonys for
this complex drama about theater folk
scientist determined to nd the cure for an and political activism.
undead plague in the U.K.-set zombie lm To go to rehearsal every day and
have Mike Nichols at one table and
The Girl With All the Gifts (out Feb. 24).
Tom Stoppard at the other table will
My agent said, Youll never want to do be always one of the highlights
a zombie movie, she recalls. I read it and of my career.
I said, I want to do this movie! [Laughs] It
was really a fun experience. B E N E F A C T O R S | 1985

The movie role Close truly covets is the Close and Sam Waterston starred in the
NYC debut of Michael Frayns play about
one she is currently preparing to play on the tensions that arise in a 1960s London
stage. It has been more than a decade since neighborhood when slums are replaced
by high-rises.
it was first reported that Lloyd Webber
There was a day when two men had
wanted to film the musicalwith Close, walked o the street and came onto
Meryl Streep, and Madonna at various the stage and started haranguing the
audience. And the audience for a long
times rumored to be in the frame to play
time thought it was part of the show.
with a couple of, you know...[laughs] panels Desmond. Close reveals that Lloyd Webber
put in some of them, I said okay. remains keen to get a movie version o the D E AT H A N D T H E
Of course, Sunset Boulevard has a lot to say ground and has even written additional M A I D E N | 1992
about aging, particularly as it applies to material for it. She says her return to the Nichols directed Gene Hackman, Richard
Dreyfuss, and a Tony-winning Close in the
movie stars. Close contends that the shows show was a deliberate attempt to help that Broadway debut of playwright Ariel Dorf-
depiction of Hollywoods harsh attitude missionbut was it also a way to put her mans harrowing drama about a former
political prisoner who finds herself in the
toward older female performers remains at the head of the line when it comes to unexpected position to avenge her rape.
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sadly relevant today. There are more pos- casting the part? Um, that might have been That was a hard one. I remember
sibilities with all the cable stu thats come, in the back of my mind, but it certainly was Gene Hackman coming off stage
says the actress, whose own TV credits not the reason, she says. I did consciously and saying, Well, three more to
gomonths, that is!
include the twisty legal drama Damages. think, Lets do it again to see how people
But, I mean, really, really meaty fabulous respond, just to see if the story is still viable A D E L I C AT E B A L A N C E | 2014
good roles for an older woman? Not many. and exciting for people. And that we cer- Close appeared alongside her World
Its hard to feel too bad for Close, though, tainly proved in London. According to Garp costar John Lithgow
and British actress Lindsay Duncan in
given her lengthy slate of upcoming lms, Regardless, when it comes to the classic this revival of Edward Albees eerie
which includes the Owen Wilson- and Ed tales hoped-for leap back to the big screen, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.
Helms-starring comedy Bastards, the sci- Glenn Close would most denitely be ready Thats a challenging play. Hardest
thriller What Happened to Monday?, and for her close-up. I would, she conrms dialogue Ive ever had to learn. Lind-
say played the fun role, the drunk
this Mays superhero sequel Guardians of with a laugh, adding, with good lighting sister. As the run went on, I said,
the Galaxy Vol. 2. Close also stars as a and a brilliant makeup artist! Ah, I wish I was playing that role!
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AFTER YEARS OF
ALL-WHITE ACTING
NOMINEES, THE ACADEMY
CHANGED ITS POLICIES.

WERE ACKNOWLEDGED THIS


YEAR, BUT THE BATTLE FOR GREATER
I N C L U S I O N I S FA R F R O M O V E R .

By Nicole Sperling @nicsperling Illustration by Jules Julien


W I N N E R S C I R C L E ( Clockwise from lower left ) Hattie McDaniel (1940); Miyoshi Umeki (1958); Rita
Moreno and George Chakiris (1962); Sidney Poitier (1964); Halle Berry (2002); Haing S. Ngor (1985)

counting. So...great! That OscarsSoWhite


hashtag and social-media campaign worked,
and were all good here, right? Not quite.
Certainly, impressive progress has been

MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GET T Y IMAGES; MCDANIEL, MORENO AND CHAKIRIS: BET TMANN ARCHIVE/GET T Y IMAGES (2); POITIER: JOHN
made in a short period of time. Last year, in 17-year-old rape case against Parker and his
response to public uproar, the Academy of co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin. (Parker

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Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituted was acquitted. Celestins conviction was
dramatic changes to refresh the 6,687 voting overturned on appeal.)
members of its organization. It recruited 683 Thats a lot of rapid change, but its only a
new members, many of them women and rst step. While weve had a spate of lms
people of colorthe most diverse class on that reflect the black experience, we still

D. KISCH/SEPAR ATE CINEMA ARCHIVE/GET T Y IMAGES; NGOR: ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES/GET T Y IMAGES
recordand implemented new mandates dont have lms that reect the Latino expe-
that allowed the Academy to cut voters who rience, the Asian-American/Pacic Islander
had become inactive in the lm industry. experience, the LGBTQIA experience, says
The protest movement can also take #OscarsSoWhite creator and entertainment
AF TER T WO YEARS OF 20 ALL-WHITE ACTING credit for 20th Century Foxs eort to speed journalist April Reign. Lets remember that
nominations and subsequent protests, 2016 Hidden Figures into production last year. It #OscarsSoWhite is not just about race and
emerged as a banner time for diverse lm- prompted J.J. Abrams to seek out lmmakers definitely not just about the black race.
making. Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures of color for his upcoming projects. In the While weve had some forward movement,
all landed Best Picture nominations on movements wake, Disney and Marvel both there is a lot of work that needs to be done.
Jan. 24, along with acting nods for Viola Davis, hired black filmmakers to shepherd high- Reign launched #OscarsSoWhite from
Mahershala Ali, and Denzel Washington, profile films like A Wrinkle in Time (Ava her living-room couch in 2015. At the time,
among others. In total, seven actors and one DuVernay) and Black Panther (Ryan Coogler). the managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com
director of color were nominated, tying the And last January, at the height of the protest, was frustrated watching the Academy
amount nominated in 2006, and that num- Fox Searchlight plunked down $17.5 million choose an all-white pack of Oscar nomi-
ber grows if you include nominees in the on Nate Parkers Sundance drama about nees, a phenomenon that repeated itself
cinematography and documentary feature slave rebellion leader Nat Turner, The Birth of again in 2016. Other minority voices joined
categories. Whats more, Hidden Figures a Nationthe lm that was on track to run her on social media and built the campaign
is a bona de hit, earning $84 million and the Oscar table before it was derailed by a into a powerful rallying cry.

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B E YO N D greenlight] decisions are people of color, until
they are women, nothing is going to change.
BLACK AND Notably, A Wrinkle in Times DuVernay and
WHITE Blank Panthers Coogler are two of only a tiny
number of directors of color currently direct-
EW investigated the number
of Oscar acting nominations ing big-budget studio movies. Both lms fall
for every major minority under the Disney banner and are being led by
group and compared them
to the most recent U.S. black studio executives: Tendo Nagenda for
Census data.* The numbers Disney, and Nate Moore for Marvel.
may surprise you.
C . M O L LY S M I T H , W I T H
Those two execs are in the vast minority.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY Walk into any greenlight meeting at a
D E R E K L AW R E N C E
studio and youre likely to see mostly white,
male faces. But industry executives tell EW
that #OscarsSoWhite has prompted studio
heads to initiate conversations surrounding
12.6 diversity, both within the exec suites and
% OF U.S. POPULATION
within some casting choices. It doesnt hap-
3.9 pen all the time and it isnt the top priority,
% OF ALL ACTING NOMINATIONS
but at least now its part of the discussion.
4.4
% OF ALL ACTING WINS
And talent agents, who put their actors for-
Hollywoods record on race is uneven ward for roles, are feeling emboldened to
at best. While the Academy proclaimed promote their clients of color.
Sidney Poitier its rst black Best Actor win- A few high-profile successes dont hurt.
ner back in 1964 and named In the Heat of (NON-EUROPEAN HISPANIC ONLY) The leads of the Star Wars lms are multi-
the Night Best Picture for 1967, it has failed 16.3 cultural with strong female roles. The Fast &
to consistently recognize the work of actors % OF U.S. POPULATION Furious franchise continues to expand its
and filmmakers of color. Today, 15 years 1.3 global box oce because its cast is so diverse.
% OF ALL ACTING NOMINATIONS
after Halle Berry became the first black The central question is whether these
woman to win Best Actress, she is still the 1.2 improvementsand this years nomina-
% OF ALL ACTING WINS
only one, and the paucity of actors of other tionsare the beginning of real, long-term
races who have been nominated is nothing change or just a reaction to last years pro-
short of shocking (see sidebar). Its unfor- tests. Charles D. King, executive producer of
tunate, Reign says, that in 2017, we are Fences and a nancier with an agenda to pro-
still talking about rsts. 4.8 duce multicultural content, thinks the focus
% OF U.S. POPULATION
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs on diversity is permanent. I dont look at
0.5
is hopeful that her organizations initiative % OF ALL ACTING NOMINATIONS
this as a cycle, he says. I believe studios,
to double its number of female and minority independent nanciers, and the mini majors
0.9
voters by 2020 will help correct the dispar- % OF ALL ACTING WINS are beginning to recognize the new majority
ity. To get there, shes urged her members and the shifting demographics. I believe we
who nominate new membersto look are going to continue to move forward.
outside their usual circle for potential appli- Others, however, think were still far from
cants. Its not always whats right in front 4.1 real parity. Franklin Leonard, a former studio
of you, she says. We are asking everyone % OF U.S. POPULATION*** production executive and the founder of the
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to extend that vision, because there are a lot 0.2 Black List, an annual compilation of the years
of talented people out there. % OF ALL ACTING NOMINATIONS best unproduced screenplays, puts the end
Still, no matter how aggressively the 0 zone for equality in precise and concrete
% OF ALL ACTING WINS
Academy diversifies its membership, terms. I wont buy the idea that weve moved
#OscarsSoWhite is ultimately about which past this thing until it is no longer perceived
movies get made, not just which ones get as a risk to make a movie about a person of
* A L L P O P U L AT I O N DATA C O U RT S E Y O F 2 0 1 0
awards recognition. This comes down to a U. S. C E N S U S ( C E N S U S.G OV ) color, he says, or to hire a writer of color to
** O N LY I N C LU D E S AC TO R S W H O W E R E O P E N
very fundamental employment problem, A B O U T T H E I R S E XUA L I T Y AT T H E T I M E O F
T H E I R N O M I N AT I O N
write on a subject that has nothing to do with
says Hidden Figures producer Donna Gigliotti. *** AC C O R D I N G TO A 2 0 1 6 GA L LU P P O L L being that color. In other words, #OscarsSo
Until the people making the [hiring and White isnt going away anytime soon. X

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EMMA STONE L A L A L A N D _ _ _ P. 4 5 NATALIE PORTMAN J A C K I E _ _ _ P. 4 6 MERYL STREEP FLORENCE
EMMA
STONE
STARRING IN_ La La Land

AGE_ 28

OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Mia, an aspiring actress in Los Angeles
who manages to stay upbeat in the face
of professional rejection

After a decade of starring in


successful Hollywood films, Emma
Stone doesnt seem like the most
plausible struggling actress.
But thats where her extraordinary
vulnerability comes in. I have
had bad audition experiences, for
sure, she says, but the deeper
thing here is when youre being so
open and emotional as one human
being to another human being, and
its just not seen or recognized.
F---, thats painful. Amid all the
buoyancy and romance of La La
Land, Stone turns that pain into
grace. Her mixture of melancholy
and hopefulness makes Mia first
and foremost relatable. Thats an
instinct that Stone, luckily for us,
cant shake. By the end of the
musical, though circumstances
have changed for her, Mia still
walks on the Warner Bros. backlot
with a sense of absolute wonder.
If that magic is gone for any
of us, then you should be doing
something else, Stone says.
I hope I never lose that. I cant
ever lose that. J O E M C G O V E R N

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B E ST ACT R E S S

N ATA L I E
PORTMAN
STARRING IN_ Jackie

AGE_ 35

OSCAR PA ST _ 2 Noms 1 Win

ROLE CALL_
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, coping BEST ACTRESSES
with the assassination of her husband WHO WON
FOR ROLES IN
MUSICALS
For Natalie Portman, playing
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a historical figure as renowned


as Jackie Kennedy was a bit of
a double-edged sword. On one
hand, there were vast resources
interviews, articles, film footage
WOMEN
to help her perfect that breathy NOMINATED
finishing-school accent. At the FOR PLAYING
THE FIRST LADY:
same time, all those resources
GREER GARSON
only showcased the First Lady as AS ELEANOR
she presented herself to the ROOSEVELT, JOAN
ALLEN AS PAT
public, not the heartbroken wife NIXON, AND SALLY
privately grieving her husbands FIELD AS MARY
assassination. She edited her TODD LINCOLN
interviews, Portman says. I think
that was the most helpful [for me]
because there are big sections STARRING IN_ Florence Foster Jenkins
that are deleted, and it says,
This portion has been deleted by AGE_ 67 OSCAR PA ST _ 19 Noms 3 Wins
Jackie. Its a little bit of a detective NUMBER OF ROLE CALL_ Florence Foster Jenkins, the wealthy 1940s dilettante who
story, imagining what she wouldnt TIMES MERYL
STREEP
became known as the worst singer in the world
want out there. The result is a
HAS LOST
performance thats both
meticulously true to the former Its hardly revelatory to say that Meryl Streep, the worlds most
First Lady and a devastating celebrated actress, turns in an extraordinary performance. She has as
exploration of what it must have
many career Oscar nominations as Katharine Hepburn and Marlon
been like to cope with such loss.
Each of us has heard our parents
Brando put together. But that shouldnt diminish what a fascinating
or grandparents tell us where tightrope she tiptoes in Stephen Frears dramedy. Florence is
they were and what that was entitled and spoiled but also generous and bighearted; a truly
like on that day, Portman says. terrible singer who is so devoted to music she can still bring all of
We understood how collectively Carnegie Hall to its feet. For her costar Hugh Grant, who plays
traumatic it waswhich is Florences husband and manager, just chatting with Streep between
obviously only an iota of what she
takes was inspirational. Its like talking to a university professor,
felt. Portman captures Jackies
pain, our pain, in a searing, Grant says. And I admire how shes so keen on what she doesit
unforgettable performance. reawakens my enthusiasm, listening to her. To say nothing of our
D E VA N C O G G A N enthusiasm for watching her. S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N

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B E ST ACT R E S S

RUTH NEGGA
STARRING IN_ Loving

AGE_ 35

OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Mildred Loving, one half of a Virginia
couple whose historic 1967 Supreme
Court case struck down laws banning
interracial marriage in America

In archival footage, one of the


first things youll notice about
Mildred Loving is her voice. Oh,
God, those elegant, mellifluous
tones, Ruth Negga says. I could
listen to her all day. And all night:
While portraying the humble
civil rights warrior in Jeff Nichols
poignant Loving, the Irish-
Ethiopian actress fell asleep to
recordings of Mildred from Nancy
Buirskis documentary The Loving
Story. She speaks so articulately
and not in a peacocky, show-off
way, Negga says. Her lack of
cynicism and her lack of self-
awareness is really beguiling, and
its something that people are
quite starved for these days.
Neggas preparation also included
traveling to Virginia to meet with
the only surviving member of the
Loving family, their daughter
Peggy. I didnt go out there with
a barrage of questions, Negga
says. All I wanted to do was sit
with her and just be with her and
her energy. I think we just both
cried for about an hour. Watching
Neggas performance, audiences
have had the same reaction.
J O E M CG OV E R N
BEST ACTRESS
NOMINEES
FOR FOREIGN-
LANGUAGE ROLES

AGE OF YOUNGEST
ACTRESS TO WIN
TWO BEST ACTRESS
OSCARS: LUISE
RAINER

STARRING IN_ Elle

AGE_ 63 OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins

MOST ROLE CALL_ Michle, a Parisian CEO of a videogame company, dealing with the
NOMINATIONS aftermath of a rape
BEFORE WINNING
FIRST BEST
ACTRESS OSCAR: Michle, the woman at the center of Paul Verhoevens provocative drama, is many
GERALDINE PAGE
things: a mother, a businesswoman, a daughter of a jailed murderer. Shes also
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the target of a sexual assault in the lms very rst scene. But instead of following
the traditional cinematic path of either victim or avenger, Michle responds in a
way thats sometimes humorous and sometimes horrifyingand Isabelle Huppert
captures every single facet. Shes almost the man of the story, Huppert says,
in the sense that she by no means espouses the pattern of what you might expect
from a woman whos afraid or fragile. Even though this is hardly the rst time
the French actress has played a forceful woman, Huppert still relished the chance.
When you act a woman of power, it gives you a lot of credit as an actress, she
says. In a way, it gives you the good cards. And Huppert certainly knows how
to play them. D E VA N C O G G A N , W I T H A D D I T I O N A L R E P O R T I N G B Y N I C O L E S P E R L I N G

Isabelle Huppert has


made more than 100
films. This is her first
Oscar nomination.

HOW E M M A STO N E _ _ La La Land


THE N ATA L I E P O RT M A N _ _ Jackie
RACE I SA B E L L E H U P P E RT _ _ Elle
LOOKS
RIGHT M E RY L ST R E E P _ _ Flore nce Foste r Je nkins
NOW R U T H N EG GA _ _ Lo ving

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MAHERSHALA ALI M O O N L I G H T _ _ _ P. 5 1 JEFF BRIDGES H E L L O R H I G H W A T E R _ _ _ P. 5 2 LUCAS HEDGES
MAHERSHALA
ALI
STARRING IN_ Moonlight

AGE_ 42

OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Juan, a softhearted drug dealer who
becomes a father gure to a bullied boy

Mahershala Ali didnt think twice


before signing up to play Juan, the
drug dealer who takes in Chiron
(Alex R. Hibbert), a shy and lonely
9-year-old living in Miami with
his crack-addict mother (Naomie
Harris). Ali understood Juan; hed
known someone like him growing
up, someone who could show
limitless compassion but carry just
as much shame. Hed also known
someone like Chiron. These were
people in the black community
that Ive seen, Ali says, and they
dont tend to get a story. With
an opportunity to tell Juans, Ali
focused on the mans empathy.
In an early scene, Juan takes
Chiron to his home with girlfriend
Teresa (Janelle Mone) and smiles
as he watches the scrawny boy
practically inhale his food. The joy
in that moment should resonate
with anyone who watches the film,
Ali observes. When you peel all
the layers away, were all the same,
he says. Were all dealing with
wanting to be a part of a tribe. We
all need to be supported. We all
need a presence in our lives. Thats
why this story has connected with
people. S H I R L E Y L I

M A N C H E S T E R B Y T H E S E A _ _ _ P. 5 2 MICHAEL SHANNON N O C T U R N A L A N I M A L S _ _ _ P. 5 3 DEV PATEL L I O N _ _ _ P. 5 3


B E ST S U P P O RT I N G ACTO R

LUCAS
HEDGES
STARRING IN_
Manchester by the Sea

AGE_ 20

OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Patrick Chandler, a teenager forced to
live with his uncle in the wake of his
fathers death

Lucas Hedges won over writer-


director Kenneth Lonergan to play
the suddenly fatherless teenager
left in the care of his emotionally
unavailable uncle (Casey Affleck),
but shooting wasnt necessarily
easy for him. I just really wanted

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to impress CaseyI wanted him
to be my best friend, Hedges
says with a laugh. That did not
happen. Affleck remained distant
on purpose to maintain their
tense dynamic. On the last day of
production, Affleck invited Hedges
for a walk. He put his arm around
Je Bridges love aair with Westerns began long before his rst me and told me he was proud of
STARRING IN_ Oscar nomination for 1971s The Last Picture Show, a rueful ode to a meit meant the world to me,
Hell or High Water dying Texas town. When I was a kid, whenever [my father] was play- and I started crying, Hedges says.
ing a cowboy in a movie, I loved to try on his boots and his hat when That is something I will remember
AGE_ 67 for the rest of my life.
he came home from work, explains the actor. Hell or High Water is a
S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N
OSCAR PA ST _ return to that thematic territory, with Bridges playing Marcus Hamil-
6 Noms 1 Win ton, a grizzled Texas Ranger on the cusp of retirement. Every element
of Bridges performance feels beautifully lived-in, and Marcus becomes
ROLE CALL_
both an amused witness and a struggling participant at the end of a
Marcus Hamilton, the
good-ol-boy Texas whole way of life. The actor took special inspiration from Joaquin
Ranger whose last case Jackson, a storied lawman who consulted on the lm before his death
before retirement is a last June. Theres not a tougher guy around than a Texas Ranger,
string of bank heists
Bridges says. You might think these guys have got this macho pres-
ence. But Joaquin was so condent in his toughness, he didnt have to
project any of that. He actually had kind of a sweetness about him.
Tough, condent, and sweet? We know the type. D A R R E N F R A N I C H

Dev Patel is the third actor


of Indian descent to be
nominated for an Oscar,
after Sir Ben Kingsley and
actress Merle Oberon.

HOW M A H E RS H A L A A L I _ _ M oonlight
THE J E F F B R I D G E S _ _ Hell or High Wate r
RACE LU CAS H E D G E S _ _ M ancheste r b y the Sea
LOOKS
RIGHT D E V PAT E L _ _ Lion
NOW M I C H A E L S H A N N O N _ _ Nocturnal Animals

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STARRING IN_ Lion

AGE_ 26

OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Saroo Brierley, an Indian-Australian
adoptee who uses Google to map his
childhood memories and nd his home

To play Saroo, a young Australian


searching for his long-lost Indian
birth family, Dev Patel (Slumdog
Millionaire) started at the end:
AGE OF THE Saroos reunion with his mother
YOUNGEST
SUPPORTING
after years apart. I shot my last
ACTOR WINNER: scene of the film first, Patel
TIMOTHY HUTTON, explains, and the amount of appre-
ORDINARY
PEOPLE (1981)
hension and pressure going into
that [resulted in] lots of sleepless
nights. Patel had to be as true as
possible to the real Saroo, who was
adopted as a boy by an Australian
couple, and as a young man spent
months combing Google Earth to
SUPPORTING try to find his way home. The result
ACTOR WINNERS
is a performance of gravity and
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WHO PLAYED
LAWMEN humanity. Dev has such light and
joy, but he also managed to find
those more challenging aspects of
STARRING IN_ Nocturnal Animals
himself, director Garth Davis says.
Patels radiance and Saroos vulner-
AGE_ 42 OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 0 Wins
ability proved a magical alchemy.
ROLE CALL_ A gru Texas cop named Bobby Andes, whos willing to bend the law Im really proud that this is the film
BLACK ACTORS
to see justice done for a bereaved man that gave Dev that sexy leading-
WHO HAVE
WON SUPPORTING man status, says Nicole Kidman,
ACTOR who plays Saroos adoptive mother.
As a huge fan of hard-boiled ction author Jim Thompson (The Grifters), Hes very sexy in it! A slumdog
Michael Shannon needed little persuading to join Tom Fords slippery psycho- no more. D E VA N C O G G A N
logical thriller as Lieut. Bobby Andes. Bobby seemed like he was of that great
Jim Thompson world, and man, I just love those old gumshoe detectives,
Shannon says. Like fellow nominee Je Bridges character, Shannons is a law-
man working on his last case, hunting down a murderer while, in one memora-
ble scene, nearly coughing up a lung. Michael is playing an iconic Marlboro
Man type, Ford says, but Bobby is also dying from cancer, decaying, and that
gives him this intensity and this urgency. I was afraid of Michael on the setand
he was the good guy. For Shannon, who appeared in 10 lms in 2016 (including
Midnight Special and Loving), the dark road that Bobby travels feels like home
turf. Hes burnt-out, cynical, nihilistic, Shannon says. So I kinda love the
guy. But the actor sees his second Oscar nomination (eight years after nabbing
his rst for Revolutionary Road) as an unexpected thrill: Its nice to get a little
pleasant surprise in the midst of all the, uh, carnage. J O E M C G O V E R N
CASEY AFFLECK M A N C H E S T E R B Y T H E S E A _ _ _ P. 5 5 ANDREW GARFIELD H A C K S A W R I D G E _ _ _ P. 5 6 RYA N
Casey Affleck has compared his character Lee Chandler
to a boiling pot trying (often in vain) to keep its lid clamped
tight. He doesnt want to feel things again, but hes
CASEY probably feeling more feelings than most people all the

AFFLECK time, Affleck says. Lee is haunted by his past and con-
flicted over his future after returning to his hometown to
bury his older brother and take care of his 16-year-old
nephew. Its a strange and beautiful performance, says
STARRING IN_ writer-director Kenneth Lonergan. This is someone who
Manchester by the Sea cannot bear the thoughts in his own head. It makes him
detached on the surface, and Casey beamed in on that
AGE_ 41 beautifully. He found this gold mine within himself. Lonergan
credits his leading actor with keeping the directors head
OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 0 Wins in the game during the relatively brief seven-week shoot.
He really pushed me to think about the characters as
ROLE CALL_
thoroughly as he had, Lonergan says, laughing. If you let
Lee Chandler, a benumbed janitor thrust him, Casey would shoot takes until the batteries ran down
back into his hometown
in all of the equipment. S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N

GOSLING L A L A L A N D _ _ _ P. 5 7 VIGGO MORTENSEN C A P T A I N F A N T A S T I C _ _ _ P. 5 8 DENZEL WASHINGTON F E N C E S _ _ _ P. 6 0


B E ST ACTO R

ANDREW
GARFIELD
STARRING IN_ Hacksaw Ridge

AGE_ 33

OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Desmond Doss, the World War II
hero who refused to carry a gun
because of his religious beliefs

This past year, in addition to


playing a 17th-century Jesuit priest
in Martin Scorseses Silence,
Andrew Garfield took on a second
spiritual role, as a Seventh-day
Adventist compelled to serve (but
not shoot) during World War II, in
Mel Gibsons Hacksaw Ridge. And
though his character, Desmond
Doss, was a figure from much
more recent history than
Silences Father Rodrigues, the
transformation into the soft-
spoken hero wasnt necessarily
less of a stretch. How on earth am
I going to access this Lynchburg,
Virginia, kind of Appalachian
working-class, very Southern,
uneducated, pure-of-heart? the
U.K.-raised Garfield remembers
worrying. How do I even begin to
think about that? Evidently, he
found his way. As Doss, Garfield
captures a man of fierce
conviction whose unwavering
belief does not simplify him. Its a
performance that makes a story
of unbelievable bravery into
something relatable and human.
In the end, Doss is an everyday
person who found great power in
his responsibility to others. Maybe
Garfield was more prepared
for the role than he thought.
K E V I N P. S U L L I VA N
TOTAL AFFLECK-
FAMILY OSCAR
NOMINATIONS
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BEST ACTOR
NOMINEES WHO
HAVE ALSO PLAYED
SUPERHEROES

BEST ACTOR
WINNERS
WHO PLAYED
MUSICIANS STARRING IN_ La La Land

AGE_ 36 OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_ Sebastian, a passionate jazz pianist whose heart and soul are tested
when he falls for a fellow Los Angeles dreamer

Ryan Gosling oats to the heavens during a scene of romantic reverie in


La La Landbut ask many moviegoers and theyd say that he already possessed
the ability to dance on air. The actor is a paradigm of style and presence, but
his biggest concern about playing Sebastian, the ambitious jazz pianist, was
keeping his feet on the ground. What worried me was losing track of the char-
acter when the musical numbers came in, he says. That it wouldnt feel like
the same person you saw beforehand because of the singing and dancing. The
verisimilitude paid o. In the sweetest, most Goslingian moment of his whole
performance, hes crooning the Oscar-nominated song City of Stars when
he takes an elderly woman into his arms for an impromptu waltz (much to the
chagrin of her husband). Thats pure Ryan, director Damien Chazelle says.
Theres a timeless glamour about him as a performer, but when he experiences
an emotion on lm, you feel what he feels. J O E M C G O V E R N

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B E ST ACTO R

VIGGO
MORTENSEN
STARRING IN_ Captain
Fantastic

AGE_ 58

OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Ben Cash, an idealistic patriarch
raising his kids in the wilds of the
Pacic Northwest

The title may suggest a superhero


story, but you wont find Viggo
Mortensens character leaping over
tall buildings in Captain Fantastic.
Instead, Ben Cash is an anti-
capitalist intellectual, raising his
six children in an off-the-grid
utopia. He has lots of great ideas, LORD OF THE
RINGS CAST
and he obviously loves his
MEMBERS WHO
children, Mortensen says of his HAVE OSCAR
Noam Chomsky-worshipping NOMINATIONS
protagonist. But he makes
mistakes and contradicts himself
at times. Ben and his family may
be a bit unconventional, but
Mortensen connected with Bens
values. Mortensen and the
OCEANS ELEVEN
younger actors bonded at CAST MEMBERS
survivalist boot camp, learning WHO HAVE OSCAR
NOMINATIONS
how to scale rocks, jam out on the
bagpipes, and skin animals.
Encourage people to think for
themselves and not only form their
own ideas but be able to defend
those ideas, says Mortensen.
And be open to changing those
ideas if someone comes along
with a better one. Perhaps
Mortensen is the superhero we
need. D E VA N C O G G A N
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Andrew Garfield is the


only first-time Oscar
nominee in this category,
and Denzel Washington
is the only Oscar winner.

HOW CAS E Y A F F L EC K _ _ M ancheste r b y the Sea


THE D E N Z E L WAS H I N GTO N _ _ Fe nces
RACE RYA N G O S L I N G _ _ La La Land
LOOKS
RIGHT A N D R E W GA R F I E L D _ _ Hacksaw Ridge
NOW V I G G O M O RT E N S E N _ _ Captain Fantastic
B E ST ACTO R

DENZEL
WA S H I N G T O N
STARRING IN_ Fences

AGE_ 62

OSCAR PA ST _ 6 Noms 2 Wins

ROLE CALL_ Troy Maxson, a


sanitation worker in 1950s
Pittsburgh whose rage and resent-
ments derail his life

Denzel Washington first saw an


adaptation of August Wilsons
Pulitzer Prize-winning play back in
the 1980s with James Earl Jones
in the lead role of Troy Maxson.
Though he connected to
the anguish swirling inside the
character, he always felt too young
for the part. It wasnt until producer
Scott Rudin handed him the script
in 2009 that he realized the time
had finally come. I was like, Oh,
wait, Im almost too old. I better
hurry up, Washington says with a
laugh. And hurry he did. Portraying
the embittered ex-ballplayer on
the Broadway stage in 2010 landed
him a Tony award, but its on
film where Washington shines
brightest. His years of big-screen
experience coalesce with his
mastery of the material to channel
a man penned in by his own
regret. To harness deep-seated
nostalgia, Washington relied on
simple things, primarily Troys
trusty wooden baseball bat. That
was my most important tool to find
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Troy, he says. That was where he


found comfortby the tree, with
his batthat was his past. That was
when things were good. The bat
was the positive, and the bottle
the boozewas the negative.
Capturing the glory and the agony,
its a performance that swings for
the bleachers, and knocks it out of
the park. N I C O L E S P E R L I N G
V I O L A DAV I S F E N C E S _ _ _ P. 6 3 NAOMIE HARRIS M O O N L I G H T _ _ _ P. 6 4 NICOLE KIDMAN L I O N _ _ _ P. 6 4
STARRING IN_ Fences

AGE_ 51

OSCAR PA ST _ 2 Noms 0 Wins

ROLE CALL_
Rose, a wife and mother in 1950s
Pittsburgh who endures her husbands
erratic moods and volatile behavior

Viola Davis has filled her two-


decade film career with roles that
ache with humanity. As Rose, a
woman whose destiny rises and
falls on the acts of her husband,
Troy (Denzel Washington), Davis
elevates that ache into artistry.
When Rose comes out of the
house in the first scene, I didnt
want her introduced as a sad,
downtrodden black woman, Davis
says. I wanted this to look like a
marriage with a lot of joy, a lot of
frustration. I wanted [to show] it all
so that when the tragedy happens,
you feel the loss. Although she
won a Tony award for playing
Rose on Broadway in 2010, Davis
jumped at the opportunity to
reprise the role for the big screen
under the guidance of Washington
as the director. Most actors, we
get one great narrative that comes
along in a lifetime, so when it does
come, you grab it, you lunge for it,
she says. And her Rose refuses to
let us go. N I C O L E S P E R L I N G

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES WHITE


B E ST S U P P O RT I N G ACT R E S S

NICOLE
KIDMAN
STARRING IN_ Lion

AGE_ 49

OSCAR PA ST _ 3 Noms 1 Win

ROLE CALL_
Sue Brierley, the devoted Australian
wife who adopts two Indian children

Nicole Kidman has perhaps never


been more perfectly cast. The Aus-
tralian adoptive mother plays an
SHORTEST
Australian adoptive mother, Sue
SCREEN TIME OF A
SUPPORTING Brierley, who welcomes two Indian
ACTRESS WINNER: boysSaroo and Mantoshinto
BEATRICE
STRAIGHT,
her home. The boys handle the
NETWORK (1976) cultural adjustment differently, and
Saroo becomes an adult obsessed
with finding his birth family. Kidman
taps into a mothers unconditional
love. Theres this [fear], I think,
that if a child wants to find his birth
mother, it will somehow lessen the
SUPPORTING
love between the adoptive mother
ACTRESS WINNERS
WHO PLAYED and the child, Kidman says. Sue
ADDICTS made it more like, Youve been
raised, and I want her to see that
youre safe and youre loved. She
STARRING IN_ Moonlight gave words to things I felt. Its
that personal connection that
AGE_ 40 OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins director Garth Davis noticed every

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day. Watch that performance,
WOMEN WITH
ROLE CALL_ Paula, a boys negligent single mother, spiraling downward he says. You feel the scars. You
MORE THAN ONE
due to crack addiction SUPPORTING feel the love. You feel the truth.
ACTRESS OSCAR:
D E VA N C O G G A N
DIANNE WIEST AND
At rst, Naomie Harris didnt want to play Paula in Moonlight. She preferred the SHELLEY WINTERS

character of Teresa, the kind surrogate-aunt role (eventually played by Janelle


Mone), but after reading Barry Jenkins screenplayand wiping tears from her
eyesHarris realized her resistance to Paula was crucial to why she should portray
her. I found Paula a dicult character to warm to because shes a bad mother,
says the British actress, best known as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond
lms. And the acting process was about overcoming that judgment and having
compassion for her. Harris spent a month talking to drug abusers and researching
addiction, but once she arrived on location in Miami, convoluted work-visa issues
forced her to shoot all her scenes in just three days. There was not a moment
to waste, she says. And not a moment was. Harris is the only actor who appears
in all three of Moonlights segmentsand her harrowing performance is the
thread, albeit a frayed one, that binds the movie together. J O E M C G O V E R N

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O C TAV I A
SPENCER
STARRING IN_ Hidden Figures

AGE_ 46

OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 1 Win

ROLE CALL_
Dorothy Vaughan, a NASA worker
who combats the racism of the 1960s
to help launch John Glenn into orbit

When she first read about Dorothy


Vaughan, Octavia Spencer was
appalled that history books had
ignored the African-American
women whose brains helped win
the space race. To know that
these women werent credited
for their contributions, I felt
compelled to be a part of it, says
Spencer. To step back into the
mindset of a 1962 black woman,
she immersed herself in that era
and dealt only with co-workers to
keep the performance as pure as
possible. As Vaughan, she stares
down racism within NASA and her
Michelle Williams has only a few scenes in Manchester by the Sea, local Virginia community. Theres
STARRING IN_ but most of them are soul-wrenching. Writer-director Kenneth not many actors that do as much
Manchester by the Sea Lonergan, a longtime fan of hers, recognized she was one of the as she does with just a look, says
rare actresses who could unpack Manchesters broken couples director Theodore Melfi. Theres
AGE_ 36 never a false beat. T I M S TA C K
history in a few spare moments. He points to the run-in between
OSCAR PA ST _ Randi and her estranged ex-husband, Lee (Casey Aeck), as
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3 Noms 0 Wins a prime example. She really blew my mind, Lonergan says.
That scene is a miracle. I dont even know how many shooting
ROLE CALL_
days she had, but they were both so ready for that moment and
Randi, the ex-wife of a
haunted man with whom committed to it. She did so much work on that part. Everyone
she shares a tragic backstory cried, and wed do it again and then everyone would cry again.
Williams had admired Lonergan since he directed You Can Count
on Me in 2000. I was unsure if I was ready to jump back into
work [after doing Broadways Cabaret], but I realized Id be fool-
ish to pass this up, she says. I kept thinking, Michelle, dont
be ridiculousits Kenny! Smart thinking. S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N

Octavia Spencer won


this Oscar for her 2011
performance in The Help.
Viola Davis was nomi-
nated for Best Actress
for the same film.

HOW V I O L A DAV I S _ _ Fe nces


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Mahershala
Ali and Barry
Jenkins on set

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human essence of his characters. He insisted,
for example, that the three actors playing Chiron
at different ages never meet until after filming
BARRY was completed. I didnt want them to physically
mimic what the others were doing, he says.
JENKINS Whenever a new chapter starts, I wanted the
audience not to see the same exact person
but the results of the life thats been lived.
DIRECTOR OF_ Moonlight Thats truest of the transformation from the
scrawny teenage Chiron (Ashton Sanders) into
AGE_ 37 the hulking, jewel-toothed adult (Trevante
Rhodes)a practical effect thats every bit as
OSCAR PA ST _ 0 Noms 0 Wins spectacular as a character in a Marvel movie.
Over time some people become less and less
Born and raised on the rough side of Miami, themselves and instead turn into this thing that
much like his movies introverted protagonist they feel like they need to be in order to
Chiron, Barry Jenkins is a filmmaker who feels survive, Jenkins explains. His instincts were
the truth like gravity. It might not be visible exactly right: Audiences get it. It might take a
but its always there, keeping us on the ground. minute for people to catch up, he says of the
With Moonlight, his staggering second film movies leaps between segments, but these
(after 2009s Medicine for Melancholy), Jenkins cats in the audience are smart. They dont mind
deployed unorthodox methods to elicit the a little bit of work. J O E M C G O V E R N

M A N C H E S T E R B Y T H E S E A _ _ _ P. 6 8 DAMIEN CHAZELLE L A L A L A N D _ _ _ P. 6 9 MEL GIBSON H A C K S A W R I D G E _ _ _ P. 6 9


Theres a deafening hush that permeates Arrival regardless of the
DIRECTOR OF_ action on screen. Turns out it existed behind the cameras, too.
Arrival The set was the quietest Ive ever worked on, says Amy Adams,
AGE_ 49
who plays Louise, the linguist tasked with communicating with KENNETH
OSCAR PA ST _
aliens. No drama, no yelling. Such is the inuence of Denis Ville-
neuve, a man who says his favorite places are churches and des-
LONERGAN
0 Noms 0 Wins ertsa surprise from the director of the darkly tense Prisoners and
Sicario. I deeply love silence, the French-Canadian says. Silence DIRECTOR OF_
makes you listen more closely. And I know for actors, its precious Manchester by the Sea
to keep concentration. This kind of consideration is entirely char-
AGE_ 54
acteristic of Villeneuve. He was condent in telling this intimate
story, Adams says. Anytime it would start to get at all crazy he OSCAR PA ST _ 2 Noms 0 Wins
would say, We just need to tell Louises story. As big as it would
get, hed always remind us of that. Her costar Jeremy Renner was Just about every actor in this
equally impressed. Hes a gentle, thoughtful man, Renner says. shattering drama had scenes that
I didnt realize until after I saw the completed lm just how visual required them to strip themselves
he is. I walked out of the lm thinking, Now thats a goddamn direc- to their emotional bones. But
at least they could take comfort
tor. For whom silence may be golden indeed. S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N
knowing their director was right
 there with them. Hed be crying
Denis behind the monitor, says Michelle
Villeneuve Williams. He was living it with you.

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and Amy
Adams You could hear him weeping. The
accomplished playwright set three
weeks aside for rehearsal before
shooting his third film. The things
between the lines are not always
on the page, says Casey Affleck,
who stars as the Massachusetts
janitor reluctantly pulled back to
his hometown after his brother
dies. Kenny loves actors and likes
working with actorsI think thats
the most fun for him. Especially
when he collaborates with a friend
such as Affleck (who starred
in a 2002 British production of
Lonergans This Is Our Youth).
Theres not a word in the script
that Kenny didnt think about,
Affleck says. And his answers are
just the beginning of a conversa-
tion. I loved arguing with him
all the time. He argues with love.
S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N

Damien Chazelle would


be the first musical
director to win since
Bob Fosse in 1973.

HOW DA M I E N C H A Z E L L E _ _ La La Land
THE BA R RY J E N K I N S _ _ M oonlight
RACE K E N N E T H LO N E RGA N _ _ M ancheste r b y the Sea
LOOKS
RIGHT M E L G I B S O N _ _ Hacksaw Ridge
NOW D E N I S V I L L E N E U V E _ _ Arrival

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MEL GIBSON

Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling
on the set of La La Land
DIRECTOR OF_
Hacksaw Ridge

AGE_ 61

OSCAR PA ST _ 2 Noms 2 Wins

With Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson


made a brutal war film about
World War II hero Desmond Doss,
a conscientious objector who
refused to pick up a gun. The films
three major battle scenes are epic,
the carnage gruesome. They are
like movements of a symphony
they all have to have different
characteristics, says Gibson, a
master of the genre, who pulled
DIRECTORS OF off the whole project in 59 days
COLOR WHO WON
with only $40 million. I know what
IN THIS CATEGORY:
ANG LEE, Im doing, he adds. You dont
ALEJANDRO G. want people to give you a special
IRRITU,
ALFONSO CUARN
round of applause because Oh,
its an indie film. I think it looks like
100 million bucks. The Academy
thinks so too, redeeming a man
who became a Hollywood
outcast a decade ago after he
uttered anti-Semitic epithets
DIRECTORS WHO during a 2006 DUI arrest. To star
WON IN THIS
CATEGORY FOR
Andrew Garfield, its ancient
THEIR FIRST FILM history. I had heard everything
everyone else had heard, and I was
really excited to find out, really,
who he was. I fell in love with him,
Garfield says. Hes done things
hes not proud of and hes worked
through that. He hasnt abdicated
DIRECTOR OF_ La La Land MOST DIRECTING
responsibility for that at all. And
NOMINATIONS:
WILLIAM WYLER thats not easy to do. Whether the
AGE_ 32 OSCAR PA ST _ 1 Nom 0 Wins
L A L A L AND: DALE ROBINET TE/LIONSGATE; HACKSAW RIDGE: MARK ROGERS/LIONSGATE

industry has forgiven him remains


to be seen. N I C O L E S P E R L I N G
On Oscar night, Damien Chazelle will be 32 years and 38 days oldand a win
in this category would put him in the record books as the youngest Best Direc- 
tor ever. Thats most remarkable because his lm, more than any other this Mel Gibson with Sam Worthington
(left) and Vince Vaughn (right)
year, is a magnicent throwback, an old-fashioned celebration of the genre MOST DIRECTING
once dened by the likes of Busby Berkeley, Gene Kelly, and Jacques Demy. WINS:
JOHN FORD
Musicals are a hard sell for todays audiences, Chazelle says. The full-edged
idea of people breaking into song is something that I love, but the challenge
was to make that seem accessible and relevant. That he gloriously did. Assisted
by the electric charm of actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and nine musical
numbers that both enrapture and bring tears to the eyes, Chazelle (Whiplash)
crafted a drama about yearning in which oating o the ground is as natural
as breathing air. No genre better simulates the feeling of falling in love, he
says. Thats the promise of the musical: looking at things that might not seem
so operatic on paperreal people doing everyday thingsand investing them
with the epicness of dreams. Its a gift for us that Chazelle is so young. Well be
buying tickets on his dreamship for decades. J O E M C G O V E R N

Emma
Stone and
Ryan
Gosling

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movie opened in theaters at the end
LA LA LAND of the darkest, stormiest year in recent
American historyand immediately
felt like the warmth of the sun.
DIRECTED BY_ Damien Chazelle Chazelle toiled on the musical for
six years, imbuing his script with
STARRING_
modern swoon while also drawing
Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend
inspiration from dozens of classics
like Singin in the Rain and The
Everybody predicted a bright future Umbrellas of Cherbourg. And though
for Damien Chazelle after his furious, the story was once planned to skew
bloody-drumstick drama, Whiplash, younger (Miles Teller and Emma
unexpectedly won three Oscars in Watson were attached at one point),
2015. But who honestly could have the casting of Ryan Gosling and
expected the gentle, sophisticated Emma Stone, in their third onscreen
concerto on romance and heartache coupling, gave the story a deeper
that is La La Land? Whiplash was the resonance. When I came on board
angry, venting-my-frustrations script, as a guy in his mid-30s, Gosling says,
Chazelle says. La La Land is a big we changed the character into
love letter to Los Angeles and all the someone who was perhaps once
artists struggling to live there. The an optimist but had become pretty
cynical and was on the verge of
becoming a bitter person. As with
all great romances, fate intervenes.
Gosling adds, This love that he finds
keeps him from becoming the worst
version of himself. And thats the
magic of La La Land. It provides us
with a road map to be better people
even if weve got to sit through traffic
on the way there. J O E M C G O V E R N

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A starless microbudget indie made on the mean


DIRECTED BY_ streets of Miami, Moonlight lit up the movie sky like
Barry Jenkins
a blazing Roman candle after its premiere last year at
STARRING_
the Telluride Film Festival. Barry Jenkins transcendent
Mahershala Ali, Naomie three-chapter coming-of-age story about a sweet soul
Harris, Ashton Sanders, named Chiron (played at dierent ages by Alex R.
Trevante Rhodes Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) asks
the most fundamental question: Who am I? I dont
think the world can completely beat the true essence
out of anyone, Jenkins says. Everyone is capable of
a little bit of tenderness. He points to an early scene as
the skeleton key to the whole lm: In the blue Florida
surf, young Chiron is getting instructions on how to
swim from his streetwise mentor (Mahershala Ali).
Its a kind of baptism, Jenkins says. Because of the ORIGINAL
MUSICALS THAT
weather we only had a short window to shoot, and
I told Mahershala, Youre showing a young black boy
WON BEST
PICTURE: AN
HELL OR
how to stay aoat as a storm is rolling in. Thats the
AMERICAN IN
PARIS, GOING MY
WAY, THE GREAT
HIGH
movie right there. Naomie Harris, who plays Chirons
mother, cites another factor for the movies power.
ZIEGFELD, AND
THE BROADWAY
WAT E R
MELODY
Its amazing to me that the three actors look quite
dissimilar, she says, until you realize: their eyes.
They all share something so soulful and sensitive and
kind in their eyes. Moonlight is a movie that looks
back at you while youre watching it. You might not be
prepared for how perceptively it sees. J O E M C G O V E R N WESTERNS
NOMINATED FOR
BEST PICTURE

BEST PICTURE
WINNERS WITH
A CENTRAL GAY
CHARACTER
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WERE PRIMARILY
ABOUT WOMEN

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HACKSAW RIDGE
DIRECTED BY_ Mel Gibson

STARRING_ Andrew Gareld, Vince Vaughn

When Mel Gibson first read about Desmond Doss,


the Medal of Honor recipient who waded into battle
unarmed and saved 75 men during one of World
War IIs bloodiest clashes, the story grabbed him by the
heartstrings. I had to tell this story, he says. There were
tears on page 58. Its unbelievable that someone could
do what this man did. Doss beliefs compelled him
to serve in the military, but he refused to carry a gun.
Andrew Garfields portrayal of Doss, coupled with
Gibsons brutally realistic filmmaking, results in an
unflinching war film thats ultimately about peace. Every
drop of Gibsons love for this story is on the screen,
says his star. Mel is all muscle and heart and gut and
 Chris Pine and Ben Foster
physicality, and he cant contain himself and his passion,
Garfield says. Hes [either] crying behind the monitor or
who plays the Texas lawman on chewing on the leg of the chair. Its wonderful because
DIRECTED BY_ their tail. But then youve got these you know whether its going well or not. With six
David Mackenzie banks who are loaning to people, nominations and $158 million in global box office,
and they know damn well they Hacksaw clearly went very well. N I C O L E S P E R L I N G
STARRING_
cant pay back that money. You
Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Je Bridges can say the movie is cynical.
But theres a vibrance in the films
A Western about the end of the core, a yearning humanism and
West. A thriller about bank robbers a spontaneity. There was an inti-
and the bank that robbed them. macy, a fearlessness, a desire to
Hell or High Water is riveting enter- try and fail in this artistic way, says
tainment for our times, capturing Chris Pine, who plays the brainier
with uncanny insight the economic of the brothers. Here is a movie
and moral anarchy that defined about Americans who try and fail.

2016. Youve got brothers who are Come hell or high water, they will Andrew
bank robbers, says Jeff Bridges, try again. D A R R E N F R A N I C H Garfield

 Jim Parsons, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Costner

Americans all know the achievements of John Glenn and the


DIRECTED BY_ NASA astronauts. But almost nothing had been told of the African-
Theodore Melfi American female mathematicians behind Glenns 1962 orbit. Hidden
STARRING_
Figures, the stirring drama directed by Theodore Mel (St. Vincent),
Taraji P. Henson, puts the focus on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy
Octavia Spencer, Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Mone),
Janelle Mone real-life NASA employees who overcame racism and sexism to aid
Glenns mission. It was a true storya big, important piece of
history, and it was missing, Henson says. How come we dont
know this story? Unabashedly inspirational, Figures message
of empowerment feels even stronger given our current political
climate. If the same diculties have to keep surfacing, then we
have a lot of soul-searching to do, Spencer says. Adds Mel, To
get to do a movie that shines light and illuminates something really
good is like a dream. A dream with all the right stu. T I M S TA C K

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Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges

MANCHESTER
BY THE SEA
DIRECTED BY_
Kenneth Lonergan

STARRING_
Casey Aeck, Michelle Williams,
Lucas Hedges

Theres a tragedy that stalks

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this intimate drama about Lee, a
withdrawn janitor (Casey Affleck)
who is summoned back to his
hometown to care for his teenage
nephew (Lucas Hedges) after the
death of his brother (Kyle Chandler),
one that is extraordinary in its hor-
ror. But for writer-director Kenneth
Lonergan, griefhow we bear it,

Two irresistible flavors


Hey, I know those guys.
I cant believe theyre making
a megasta r like me do this.

Winner Chocolate Category.


Survey of 40,000 people by TNS
how it rearranges usis grief
regardless of circumstance. We
dont all have that level of catastro-
phe, but terrible things do happen
to people, and I think its worth
writing about and worth making 
movies about, Lonergan says. Mykelti
Williamson,
Ordinary people carry these great Viola Davis,
burdens with them with varying and Denzel
degrees of difficulty. You can move Washington
forward, but you dont always
move on. And yet, considering the
subject matter, this film works in
part because of its humorusually
between the emotionally shut-
down Lee and his resilient teen August Wilsons Pulitzer Prize-winning play, about the life of Troy
chargefound in the weird and DIRECTED BY_ Maxson (Denzel Washington), an African-American garbageman, and
offbeat details of the everyday. Denzel Washington his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), in segregated 1957 Pittsburgh, overows
Kenny manages to put a patina of
real life on top of something that is STARRING_
with tension. But Washington, who also directed, magnies the right
very carefully crafted, Affleck says. Denzel Washington, elements to produce truly great cinema. We get to see how Rose feels
He spent three years working on Viola Davis when she is alone, how Troy feels when he is alone, Washington says.
this script, and its a finished piece It doesnt just hold up; August Wilson wrote a masterpiece. The direc-
of writingnot just a blueprint for tors big rule for leading his castmost of whom came with him from
a movie. If it had never been made,
PAR AMOUNT PICTURES

the Tony-winning 2010 Broadway productionwas to remember the


it would still be something great.
love, according to Davis. When the downfall actually happens, you
Youd want to put it on your shelf
and read it from time to time. fall with [Troy], she says. If there is no investment, then there is no
Or watch it (over and over) again. journey. The Maxsons may be fenced in, but their journeyand the
S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N audiencesfeels as large, and as real, as life. N I C O L E S P E R L I N G

under 200 calories.


I dont li ke the way people a re looking at us.

I better be getting paid overtime for this.

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Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, and Sunny Pawar

A R R I VA L
DIRECTED BY_
Denis Villeneuve

STARRING_
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

At first glance, Arrival might sound


like a typical sci-fi thrillerwith
alien spaceships and frightened
humans. But in the expert hands of
director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario),
this film becomes a lyrical drama
that poetically tackles such heady
themes as grief, time, love, and
the power of hope. It was the
SCI-FI BEST
PICTURE optimism that attracted me from
NOMINEES the start, says Villeneuve. Based
on the Ted Chiang novella Story of
Your Life, the film focuses on
DIRECTED BY_ linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams),
Garth Davis who seems to still be mourning
the death of her daughter when
STARRING_
It sounds almost too fantastic to be true: A 5-year-old shes recruited to decipher the
Indian boy, Saroo, is separated from his family and, after TIMES IN THE
Dev Patel, Nicole PAST DECADE aliens language. The film looks and
Kidman, Sunny Pawar falling asleep on a train, ends up a thousand miles from THAT THE FILM sounds hauntingly different from
WITH THE MOST any other. Theyd set up shots and
his village. Years later, after hes adopted by an Austra- NOMINATIONS
lian couple, he painstakingly searches Google Earth, WON BEST PICTURE Id run back to looknot because
I wanted to see myself, but because
hoping to trigger any memory of his long-lost home.
they were just so beautiful, Adams
The deeply moving lm adaptation explores the mean- says. They looked like paintings.
ing of family. Home is not about the house you live in The poignant third-act twist is yet
or about a biological daughter or son, director Garth another surprise, one that leaves
Davis (Top of the Lake) says. Its about the love that you audiences in tears.
have from someone. Lion is Davis feature-directing S A R A V I L KO M E R S O N

debutalthough hes a proven TV directorand as an


added challenge, many of his actors didnt speak Eng-
lish. Then-5-year-old Sunny Pawar, who plays Saroo as a
child, had to learn his English lines phonetically. Still,
the lms universal message of love (and a few transla-
tors) helped the cast and crew transcend any language
barriers. Says the director, You dont need a language to
understand the power of this story. D E VA N C O G G A N
 Amy Adams
LION: MARK ROGERS/WEINSTEIN CO.; ARRIVAL: JAN THIJS/PAR AMOUNT
La La Land scored 14
noms. It will need to
win 12 to break the
record held by Titanic
and two other films.

LA LA LAND
MOONLIGHT
HOW M A N C H E ST E R BY T H E S E A
THE FENCES
RACE
H I G H O R H E L L WAT E R
LOOKS
RIGHT A R R I VA L
NOW HIDDEN FIGURES
H AC KSAW R I D G E
LION

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MAKEUP AND LIVE ACTION
HAIRSTYLING SHORT FILM

A Man Called Ove Ennemis Intrieurs


Star Trek Beyond La Femme et le TGV
Suicide Squad Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode
ORIGINAL SCORE

SOUND EDITING
Jackie
La La Land
Lion Arrival
B E F O R E T H E AC A D E M Y AWA R D S O N F E B . 2 6 , H E R E S O U R Moonlight Deepwater Horizon

HANDY GUIDE TO HELP YOU MAKE YOUR PICKS Passengers Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully
ORIGINAL SONG
SUPPORTING
PICTURE DIRECTOR
ACTOR
SOUND MIXING
Audition (The Fools
Arrival Mahershala Ali Damien Chazelle Who Dream), music
Moonlight La La Land by Justin Hurwitz,
Fences Arrival
lyrics by Benj Pasek
Hacksaw Ridge Jeff Bridges Mel Gibson
and Justin Paul Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water La La Land La La Land
Lucas Hedges Barry Jenkins
Hidden Figures Moonlight Cant Stop the Feeling!, Rogue One: A Star
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land music and lyrics Wars Story
Dev Patel Kenneth Lonergan by Justin Timberlake,
Lion Lion Manchester by the Sea 13 Hours: The Secret
Max Martin, and
Denis Villeneuve Soldiers of Benghazi
Manchester by the Sea Michael Shannon Karl Johan Schuster
Nocturnal Animals Arrival Trolls
Moonlight
City of Stars, music
by Justin Hurwitz, VISUAL EFFECTS
DOCUMENTARY lyrics by Benj Pasek
ACTRESS ANIMATED FEATURE FEATURE and Justin Paul
La La Land
Deepwater Horizon
The Empty Chair,
Kubo and the Fire at Sea Doctor Strange
Isabelle Huppert music and lyrics by
Elle Two Strings I Am Not Your Negro J. Ralph and Sting The Jungle Book
Ruth Negga Moana Life, Animated Jim: The James Kubo and the
Loving My Life as a Zucchini O.J.: Made in America Foley Story Two Strings
Natalie Portman The Red Turtle 13th How Far Ill Go, Rogue One: A Star
Jackie music and lyrics by Wars Story
Zootopia Lin-Manuel Miranda
Emma Stone
DOCUMENTARY Moana
La La Land
Meryl Streep SHORT ADAPTED
Florence Foster CINEMATOGRAPHY S C R E E N P L AY
Jenkins PRODUCTION DESIGN
Extremis
4.1 Miles Arrival
Arrival
Joes Violin Eric Heisserer
SUPPORTING La La Land Arrival
Watani: My Homeland Fences
ACTRESS Lion Fantastic Beasts and August Wilson
The White Helmets Where to Find Them
Moonlight Hidden Figures
Viola Davis Silence Hail, Caesar! Allison Schroeder and
Fences La La Land Theodore Melfi
Naomie Harris FILM EDITING Passengers Lion
Moonlight Luke Davies
COSTUME DESIGN
Nicole Kidman Moonlight
Lion Arrival ANIMATED screenplay by
Octavia Spencer Hacksaw Ridge SHORT FILM Barry Jenkins,
Allied
Hidden Figures Hell or High Water story by Tarell Alvin
Fantastic Beasts and McCraney
Michelle Williams La La Land
Where to Find Them Blind Vaysha
Manchester by the Sea Moonlight
Florence Foster Jenkins Borrowed Time
Jackie Pear Cider and ORIGINAL
La La Land Cigarettes S C R E E N P L AY
FOREIGN
ACTOR Pearl
LANGUAGE FILM
Piper Hell or High Water
Taylor Sheridan
Casey Affleck Land of Mine
Manchester by the Sea Denmark La La Land
Andrew Garfield A Man Called Ove Damien Chazelle
Hacksaw Ridge Sweden The Lobster
Ryan Gosling The Salesman Yorgos Lanthimos and
La La Land Iran Efthimis Filippou
Viggo Mortensen Tanna Manchester by the Sea
Captain Fantastic Australia Kenneth Lonergan
Denzel Washington Toni Erdmann 20th Century Women
Fences Germany Mike Mills

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FORTY YEARS AGO, U N S T O P PA B L E
BUT BURIED BENEATH
LOVE BALL AD TOPPED THE CHARTS AND THEN WON THE OSCAR FOR
T H E S W E E T N E S S L A Y T H E S E E D S O F H O R R I B L E C R I M E S . By Devan Coggan @devancoggan

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I N L A T E 1 9 7 7, T H E R E W A S N O E S C A P I N G I T.

Turn on the radio, and it was there. Flip on


Johnny Carson or Mike Douglas or a prime-
time variety show, and it was there. Debby
Boones recording of You Light Up My to emerge again for the darkest of reasons. Its hard to imagine how a man capable of
Life, the sweet ballad from a little-seen In June 2009, Brooks was arrested and such crimes could have crafted one of the
summer movie of the same name starring charged with setting up fake casting calls to purest pop songs in music history. Brooks
Didi Conn (Grease), was a phenomenon that sexually assault or rape almost a dozen had penned You Light Up My Life, with its
spent a whopping 10 weeks at the top of the women. Manhattan district attorney Robert earworm melody and inspirational lyrics, as

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charts, setting a Billboard record and earn- M. Morgenthau accused Brooks, then 71, of a love song, but Boone privately interpreted
ing platinum certication. It was everywhere. using websites like Craigslist to lure women it as a prayer addressed to God. She was
I cant say how many weddings Ive sung from around the country to his apartment, only 21 when she was hired to record the
that song at, Boone says now, laughing. where he would allegedly ply them with song. She had toured for years as a member
Ive had a lot of DJs over the years saying, wine and instruct them to read for a seduc- of the Pat Boone Family, but after her older
I got so sick of playing that record. tive movie role before attacking them. sisters got married, her label, Curb Records,
Even after the song was nally dethroned His female assistant, Shawni Lucier, then encouraged her to pursue a solo career.
on the charts by the Bee Gees How Deep 42, was also arrested and charged with facil- Recording You Light Up My Life for the
Is Your Love in December, You Light Up itating the auditions, recruiting young radio was her rst big job.
My Life rode a wave of popularity to the women from places in the Pacic North- Commercial-jingle singer Kasey Cisyk
awards ceremonies. It snagged a Grammy west and flying them to meet Brooks in had performed the version heard in the
and a Golden Globe, and then, after Boone New York. As a police ocial later told The lm (with Conn lip-synching on screen),
performed it live at the Oscars, it won the New York Times, Brooks Oscar for You and Boone theorizes that it was a falling-
Academy Award for Best Original Song. Light Up My Life had played a role in these out between Cisyk and Brooks that led
Television audiences watched as Fred predatory seductions. He would tell some to Boone being hired. (Cisyk died in
Astaire handed the statue to its composer, of the women, This could be you holding 1998.) Brooks instructed Boone to emu-
Joseph Brooks, a tall, bespectacled man. this Oscar. If you do what I say. late Cisyks performance note for note,
Though few in Hollywood knew him, the At rst Brooks was charged with assault- singing over the same orchestration used
then-40-year-old Brooks had not only writ- ing 11 women between the years of 2005 in the film. He was not a nice man to
ten the song but had written and directed and 2008, but that number grew to 13. meever, Boone, 60, recalls. I might as
the lm, too. The former jingle writer for Prosecutors said that another assault may well have been a machine that he was
Pepsi and Maxwell House commercials was have occurred as far back as 1970, but Brooks tweaking. There were times in the studio
now an Oscar winner. After that night, he could no longer be charged for it because that I actually was reduced to tears work-
would fade into history for 30 yearsonly the statute of limitations had expired. ing with him.

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of having the woman let the girls in was
what happened to me, Guest says now.
He bragged to me about the jingles that he
wrotethe exact ones that were men-
tioned in the article. And then I saw his
face, and it was him.
In 2011, while still awaiting trial, Joseph
Brooks committed suicide, suffocating
himself with a plastic bag and a helium tank.
He had pleaded not guilty to the sexual-
assault accusations, and his suicide note
emphatically denied them. Three days later,
his assistant Lucier pleaded guilty to felony
and misdemeanor criminal facilitation
( Clockwise from far left ) and was sentenced to four months in
Debby Boone performing
at the Oscars in 1978;
prison. In 2013, Brooks son was convicted
Joseph Brooks accepting of second-degree murder and given a
his Oscar for Best Original
Song; Brooks in 2009, 25-years-to-life sentence.
after he was arrested in
New York; the album cover As You Light Up My Life celebrates its
to the hit 1977 soundtrack 40th anniversary, its dicult to reconcile
the song with the legacy of its songwriter.
When you see this kind of music, Id be
very surprised if it came from a dark soul,
Hoffman says. In recent years, Guest, a
You Light Up My Life proved to be the very dicult for him to play music, which casting director married to the brother of
career peak for both Boone and Brooks, and obviously was his whole life. His deterio- director Christopher Guest (Best in Show),
although Boone went on to record and per- rating health mirrored events in his private has continued to speak out about her
form as a singer for decades, Brooks never life; in 2010, his 24-year-old son, Nicholas, attack, and shes working on a short lm
approached the same heights. He directed, was arrested and charged with murdering with her daughter about her rape. I think
co-wrote, and scored the 1978 romantic his girlfriend. its the silence about these kinds of events
drama If Ever I See You Again, and in spite of Not long afterward, Pamela Guest of Los thats really damaging, she says.
his stutter and a lack of acting experience, Angeles found herself reading a magazine As for Boone, in the years after the Oscar
he cast himself as the films male lead: a article about Nicholas Brooks crime that win, she married Gabriel Ferrer (a son of
misunderstood jingle writer who dreams of also included a photo of his recently dis- actor Jos Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney)
making it in Hollywood. graced father. More than 40 years earlier, and raised four chidren, now all in their 30s.
Decades later, he tried his hand at the she had been a 21-year-old aspiring actress She won two more Grammys for her Chris-
stagewriting, directing, and producing at the University of Michigan when she tian music, and her most recent album was
the ill-received 2005 Broadway musical In answered a casting call, posted on campus, 2013s Swing This. She currently lives in Los
My Life, about a songwriter with Tourettes for a movie. She went to a nearby apart- Angeles and continues to tour. She says she
syndrome and a brain tumor. In its review, ment, where a woman ushered her into a considered retiring You Light Up My Life
The New York Times compared it to Spring- room with a video camera and a bare mat- after Brooks alleged crimes were revealed,
time for Hitler, citing plot elements that tress on the floor, and she was left alone but she ultimately decided to continue
included a jingle-loving God, a giant lemon, with a man who told her he was a director singing it. She had found her own personal
a transvestite angel, and a skeleton dance and the writer of several famous advertis- meaning in the song when she rst recorded
number. It closed after eight weeks. ing jinglesand that she was perfect for it. She now nds new meaning in it every
In 2008, shortly before he was indicted, the part he had in mind. The man then time she sings it in front of an audience.
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Brooks suffered a stroke, and his health asked her to remove her glasses and clothes I have nothing but gratitude for peoples
never recovered. He had one leg that he to read for the part, before he overpowered response to the song, Boone says. When
basically dragged, and he was in a lot of her and raped her. She never knew her you see people get tears in their eyes on the
pain, his attorney Jeffrey C. Hoffman attackers name, and she never reported it rst bar of the song, or somebody reaches
recalls. It was difficult for him to get to authorities. over and takes the hand of the person next
around, which was frustrating to him. And [Discovering that article] was a life- to them, you know youve been a part of
because of his physical condition, it was changing moment for me because his MO something really meaningful. X

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Gene Kelly
and Leslie Caron
MORE THAN SIX DECADES BEFORE

LA LA LAND,

SHATTERED THE MOLD,

W O N B E S T P I C T U R E , A N D A LT E R E D

THE COURSE OF

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY.

By Joe McGovern @jmcgvrn

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O N A C A D E M Y AWA R D S N I G H T, M A R C H 2 0, 1 9 5 2 , M I L L I O N S O F M O V I E FA N S H U D D L E D A R O U N D

their radiosthe Oscars still werent a tele-


vised eventto nd out if George Stevens
tragedy A Place in the Sun or Elia Kazans
seismic, sex-charged A Streetcar Named Desire
would take Hollywoods top prize. After
Stevens picked up Best Director and Streetcar
scored three of the four acting categories,
Best Picture seemed like a two-horse race.
But the winner that night was Vincente
Minnellis An American in Paris, the sunny
MGM musical starring Gene Kelly. Colum-
nists were outraged by the choice (at least
one called for a vote recount), but history
( From left ) French actress Caron, who was
19 when she made her acting debut in An
American in Paris, in the films Embraceable
You musical sequence; the movies French
poster; Kelly and Caron dancing to George
and Ira Gershwins Our Love Is Here to Stay
on a nighttime version of Paris River Seine
created on MGMs Hollywood backlot

The films ballet finale features


Kellys character dissolving
into Parisian artwork, including
Toulouse-Lautrecs Chocolat
( above ) . Gene read poetry and
studied art, says his widow, Patricia
Ward Kelly, and he saturated An
American in Paris with influences
from the art worldRenoir,
Rousseau, van Gogh, Raoul Dufy.
POSTER, KELLY AND CARON: MGM/PHOTOFEST (2); KELLY: AL AMY STOCK PHOTO;

has been a kinder judge. For its unabashed homes by 1950, Hollywood needed to dust the
romanticism, kaleidoscopic imagery, and cobwebs o its old-fashioned signature genre.
audacious, wordless finale, the movie has ts no coincidence that the first Enter Arthur Freed. The MGM executive
been a touchstone for artists, authors, lm- sound movie, 1927s The Jazz had produced musicals for Minnelli (1944s
makers, choreographers, and dancers Singer, was a musical. Watching Meet Me in St. Louis) and Kelly (1949s On
not to mention the creator of this years people sing and dance became the Town), and he hired the former to direct
PAINTING: ERICH LESSING/ART RESOURCE, NY

celebrated awards darling. An American in the denition of popular entertainment on and the latter to choreograph and star in
Paris is such a stunner, says La La Land the big screen in the 1930s and 40s. There An American in Paris. It was inspired by a
director Damien Chazelle. Thats a movie were Technicolor marvels like The Wizard of scintillating orchestral piece composed by
that we just pillaged. Its an awesome exam- Oz (1939), but most musicals of the day were George Gershwin more than 20 years
ple of how daring some of those old musicals simply black-and-white filmed theater earlier. The famed composer died in 1937,
really were. Its incredible that it ever got some elaborately so, in the case of a maestro but Freed persuaded Georges brother Ira
made, let alone that it won Best Picture. like Busby Berkeley. Yet with the presence of to sell him the whole Gershwin catalog in
television spreading rapidly in American the late 1940s. Freed thought the title and

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the postwar sentiment it evoked would
strike box oce gold.
He was right. Audiences ocked to watch
the story of an ex-GI named Jerry (Kelly)
whos struggling as a painter in the French
capital while falling for a sweet shopgirl
(Leslie Caron). Ten of Gershwins tunes were
matched to musical set pieces, including the
standards I Got Rhythm, Our Love Is
Here to Stay, and Nice Work if You Can
Get It, with George Gershwins instru-
mental An American in Paris reserved for
the movies 17-minute nale.

reached in the early 50s, Martin Scorsese decades of exceptional movie musicals that
ilmed entirely on 44 elaborate explained in his documentary A Personal challenged mainstream sensibilities and the

EVERET T COLLECTION (2); THE SOUND OF MUSIC: T WENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP/PHOTOFEST;
sets on MGMs backlot (except Journey Through American Movies. Minnellis artistic status quo. The list includes Kellys

MINNELLI, KELLY, AND CARON: AL AMY STOCK PHOTO; WEST SIDE STORY, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS:
for a few second-unit shots of musicals celebrated the triumph of the imag- masterpiece Singin in the Rain (1952), A Star

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Paris), the movie presented a inary over the real. Any aspect of reality, Is Born (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), Funny
fancied vision of the world that tapped into however trivial, could be transformed, styl- Face (1957), The Music Man (1962), The
an audience craving for the illusory. People ized, and incorporated into a ballet. Young Girls of Rochefort (1968, costarring
were still grieving over World War II, And in that light, An American in Paris Kelly), and ve musicals that went on to win
says playwright Craig Lucas, who wrote the Best Picture victory was truly a game Oscars highest honor (see below).
book for the 2015 Tony-winning Broadway changer. Prior to the awards in 1952, Kelly
adaptation of the lm. So here was a Holly- had lamented the shunning of his favored
wood version of Paris that gave very little genre. There is a strange sort of reasoning
indication that it had just been occupied by in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy
Nazis. But it didnt really matter. Gene Kelly of Academy consideration than dramas, he innelli and Kelly saved
and Leslie Caron made people feel trans- said. Its a form of snobbism. (On the their masterstoke in An
ported to someplace lovely and amazing. night before the ceremony, the Academys American in Paris for
It was popular entertainment, yes, but Board of Governors voted to give Kelly an last. The films daz-
Minnelli and Kelly had their hands on the Honorary Award for his cumulative work on zling, drawn-out climax, synched to the
steering wheel of a genre in the midst of radi- the lmthe only Oscar hed ever receive.) rhythm of Gershwins symphonic poem,
cal change. The pinnacle of the musical was But An American in Paris ushered in two still astonishes. Dejected after his sweet-

BEST PICTURE MUSICALS In 89 years, 10 musicals have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Here, we rank them, from

W E ST S I D E STO RY 1961 THE SOUND OF MUSIC M Y FA I R L A DY 1964 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS C H I CAG O 2002
1965 1951
DIRECTED BY DIRECTED BY DIRECTED BY
ROBERT WISE & DIRECTED BY GEORGE CUKOR DIRECTED BY ROB MARSHALL
JEROME ROBBINS ROBERT WISE VINCENTE MINNELLI
OSCARS WON 8 OSCARS WON 6
O S C A R S W O N 10 OSCARS WON 5 OSCARS WON 6
The full finale required four weeks and
about a half-million dollars to pull oplus
the belief that people would go along with it.
Irving Berlin passed Kelly on the MGM lot
during lming and said, Seventeen minutes?
I hope you know what youre doin, kid. Kelly
and Minnelli even reconsidered putting it at
the end out of fear that confused audiences
( From far would head for the exits. That nale is com-
left )
Vincente pletely experimental, avant-garde lmmak-
Minnelli, Kelly,
and Caron on
ing, Chazelle says. Nothing but Gershwin,
the set of An Gene Kelly, and painted sets. You look at that
American in
Paris in 1951; and you realize how daring the lm was.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: MGM/PHOTOFEST; OLIVER!, GIGI, THE GRE AT ZIEGFELD: EVERET T COLLECTION (3);

Kelly and
Caron in the Indeed, the movies Best Picture win can
films finale be attributed to the boldness of that nal
GOING MY WAY: PAR AMOUNT PICTURES/PHOTOFEST; THE BROADWAY MELODY: MGM/PHOTOFEST

production number. My dad pushed MGM


hard to include the ballet sequence, says
heart abandons him for another man, Kelly countries gured it out and that piece was Oscar winner Liza Minnelli, who visited the
turns inward and interprets his love aair as cut because it was considered too risqu. set as a 4-year-old. That movie pushed the
a dream balleta bright, alive rendezvous Risqu might have been Kellys goal. boundaries of the American lm musical.
through the iconic artwork of van Gogh, Originally aspiring to be a shortstop for the Its rightly regarded as the pinnacle of
Renoir, and others, depicting Paris. Pittsburgh Pirates, he possessed the solid Hollywoods studio era.
In the sequences lustiest segment, Kelly build of an athlete more than a dancer. He But in the past four decades, original
and Caron dance in a ripe romantic embrace often hemmed his own outts so that they movie musicals have slumped from the
on a fountain. That scene is the dierence were tighter around the thighs and hips. popular imagination. That seems to be
between the sexual and sensual, says Dancing And today there are Tumblr pages devoted changing. Are we craving more escapism via
With the Stars Derek Hough. It leaves more to his muscular derrieresomething that the genre thats always done escapism best?
to the imagination, and were more than cannot be said of Fred Astaire or Bing Kelly and Minnelli offered audiences
capable of lling in the blanks. Adds Patricia Crosby. When Im watching Gene Kelly, an invitation to a cinematic spectacle
Ward Kelly, who was married to Kelly for says Hough, it doesnt feel like hes in that also celebrated romantic dreamers.
six years until his death in 1996 at age 83, an older lm. That charm and that athleti- Perhaps we have more in common with
The sequence is pure lovemaking. Several cism feels like now. 1951 audiences than we think. X

the true showstoppers to the merely charming summer stock.

O L I V E R ! 1968 G O I N G M Y WAY 1944 G I G I 1958 THE GREAT ZIEGFELD T H E B R OA DWAY


1936 M E LO DY 1929
DIRECTED BY DIRECTED BY DIRECTED BY
CAROL REED LEO MCCAREY VINCENTE MINNELLI DIRECTED BY DIRECTED BY
ROBERT Z. LEONARD HARRY BEAUMONT
OSCARS WON 5 OSCARS WON 7 OSCARS WON 9
OSCARS WON 3 OSCARS WON 1

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Movies
EDITED BY KEVIN P. SULLIVAN
N @KPSull
@ ll

 Bryce Gheisar

A Dogs Purpose
A brief first burst of lifeas a feral
puppy caught on the wrong side of Animal
Controlmeets its end in a (mercifully o-
S TA R R I N G DIRECTED BY
screen) euthanasia. But rebirth quickly comes
Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz Lasse Hallstrm
tumbling in via the furry vessel of a golden
R AT I N G LENGTH REVIEW BY retriever named Bailey. Adopted by a nuclear
PG 1 hr., 40 mins. Leah Greenblatt @Leahbats family plucked straight from a Norman Rock-
well fever dream, Bailey is a lovable scamp
who romps and tumbles and regularly
W H AT D O E S I T A L L M E A N ? W H Y A R E W E H E R E ? A N D devours household nonedibles, happily
exactly how many brutal doggy death scenes are we about impervious to the occasional dark cloudthe
to be subjected to in the next 100 minutes? The answers, Cuban Missile Crisis, Dads increasing fond-
according to A Dogs Purpose, are: (a) Inconclusive; (b) ness for a morning bourbonthat passes
Treats, love, and belly rubs; and (c) Approximately four. overhead. Even as his boy companion, Ethan
Based on W. Bruce Camerons tail-wagging, tear- (Bryce Gheisar), grows from a goofy kid to a
JOE LEDERER /UNIVERSAL

duct-mining 2010 best-seller, Purpose follows the path chiseled All-American (Riverdales KJ Apa)
of a canine spirit (voiced with dopey-sweet wonder with grown-up distractions of his own, Bailey
by Josh Gad) as it passes through a series of acutely remains his faithful chaperone, though his
adorable forms: a mans best friend for all decades, graying muzzle and slowing gait eventually
breeds, and seasons. signal a second, imminent farewell. (With or

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REEL NEWS  Edgar Ramirez and Matthew McConaughey
Neon Nostalgia An untitled Lisa Frank movie is in the

works, which would bring the psychedelic 90s designs

to the big screen. A Crappy Role Patrick Stewart is


set to voice the poop emoji in The Emoji Movie.

A N I M A L-A B U S E Gold
A L L EGAT I O N S O N
A D O GS P U R P O S E S TA R R I N G Matthew McConaughey
Heres what you need
without inner immortality, earthly dog years to know about the on-set DIRECTED BY Stephen Gaghan
still apply.) And so Purposes reincarnations controversy
R AT I N G R| LENGTH 2 hrs.
roll on: a circa-1970s German-shepherd police
dog with a mustachioed human partner  REVIEW BY Darren Franich @DarrenFranich

(John Ortiz) and a wet nose for contraband; The footage, originally
obtained by TMZ, appears T H E S A M E N I G H T M AT T H E W
a stubby-legged corgi who lives for leftover
to show Hercules, a McConaughey gave one of the
pizza and very short walks in the park; German shepherd, fight-
longest acceptance speeches in
a shaggy Saint Bernardish mutt left to languish ing to stay out of a water
tank used for a stunt. Oscar history, HBO aired the seventh epi-
in a bleak, junk-strewn yard. Some owners Upon release of the video, sode of TV sensation True Detective. More
are kind, some are nasty or neglectful; nearly PETA called for a boycott
of the film. than a comeback, beyond #McConaissance,
all of them are lonely, which is perhaps the
this was domination: lm and TV, old-media
movies most abiding acknowledgment of 
prestige and modern memedom. After a
emotions outside its neat spectrum. (As for
A joint statement from night like that, we cant really blame him for
the grim reaping of its four-legged stars, producer Amblin Enter-
tainment and distributor
indulging his messianic side in self-serious
dont worry: Death comes in on the softest
Universal Pictures said the glop like Interstellar and Free State of Jones.
pawsa cosmic swirl of light somewhere production had ensured Nothing gold can stay. And Gold aint the
between lava lamp and Laser Floyd.) the dogs safety and
described the tape as McConaissance 2.0. But at least the actor is
Director Lasse Hallstrm, a veteran of edited, saying, On the day having fun again. As prospecting entrepre-
sprawling casts and story lines (Chocolat, The of the shoot, Hercules did
not want to perform the neur Kenny Wells, McConaugheys a
Cider House Rules), shoots in sumptuously
stunt portrayed on the tape, glorious wreck: round stomach, receding
rich Technicolor, even if narratively it often so the Amblin production
hairline, whiskey-scented desperation
GERMAN SHEPARD: AUSCAPE/UIG/GET T Y IMAGES; GAD: GET T Y IMAGES; GOLD: PATRICK BROWN/WEINSTEIN CO.

feels more like hes working with finger team did not proceed with
filming that shot. sweat. We follow Wells to Indonesia, to Wall
paints. Each segment, duly framed by text-
Street. There is narration, and money mon-
book fashion and music cues (headscarves 
tages, sex and crime, and rise and fall. You
and Simon & Garfunkel for the 60s, Jheri The American Humane guessed it: Gold wants to be the GoodFellas
curls and a-ha in the 80s), unfolds with the Association, the organiza-
tion responsible for certi- of mineral excavation, but its more like War
soothing blandness of a bedtime story. And
fying a films treatment of Dogs with a midlife crisis. Edgar Ramirez
Purpose itself plays like a family lm from animals, said it was dis-
turbed and concerned
plays Kennys swashbuckling partner, and
another era, its gentle sensibilities a million
about the footage and sus- its a kick to see McConaugheys energy
miles removed from the winky pop culture pended the representative ping-pong o Ramirezs Great Adventurer
references and meta layers of most modern who worked on the film.
charisma. (Think the Odd Couple doing
all-ages entertainment. The eect is sweet,  Fitzcarraldo.) The story, loosely true, ten-
benignly retro, and just a little bit boring;
Actor Josh Gad, who voices drils through big ideas about capitalist
a comforting Milk Bone for the soul. B the dog in the film and madness run amok. But Gold wastes
was not on set, tweeted a
message saying that he McConaugheys mania with unconvincing
THIS FILM CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING: was shaken and sad sentimentality. How sentimental? Late in
watching the footage and
that he has asked for an
the lm Kenny receives a (ctional) pros-
INTERSPECIES UNDERAPPRECIATED explanation from the stu- pecting award and gives a (long) speech
IK KISSES UC CAT dio and production team. about prospectors and dreamers. The music
swells; your eyes roll. Gold couldve been
F FETCH VO VOICE-OVER
great, but its just all right (all right). B

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Movies

The Best of
1|

Sundance
During the rst half of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (which runs
from Jan. 19 to Jan. 29), there was a star-studded womens march
on Park Citys Main Street on Saturday led by Chelsea Handlerand
a lot of snow. Last years festival gave us The Birth of a Nation,
Sing Street, and Manchester by the Sea, but this year has yet to
deliver even one comparable denitive breakout (at least not at
press time). Still, if you looked hard enough and were willing to brave
the elements, there were a handful of titles that movie lovers will
be talking about this year. Here are EWs picks for the ve best from
the rst half of the fest. B Y C H R I S N A S H A WAT Y

1 MUDBOUND 3 CITY OF GHOSTS


Writer-director Dee Rees Documentary filmmaker
devastating race epic tells Matthew Heinemans follow-
the intertwined stories of up to 2015s Oscar-nominated
two families (one white, Cartel Land is both timely
one black) in 1940s Missis- and urgent, chronicling an
sippi and the wars they inspiring group of anony-
fight at home and abroad. mous Syrian citizen journalists
Mudbound cuts right to from the war-ravaged city
the bone and features of Raqqa who risk their
amazing work from an lives (and the lives of their
ensemble that includes families) to stand up to ISIS. 2|
Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Harrowing, haunting, and
Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, ultimately hopeful.
Jonathan Banks, Jason Mitch-
ell, and Garrett Hedlund.
4 AN INCONVENIENT
SEQUEL
2 THE BIG SICK More than a decade ago,
Silicon Valleys Kumail Nanjiani An Inconvenient Truth was a
walks the tightrope between wake-up call about the threat
comedy and tragedy in this of global warming. Now we
autobiographical culture- have a new president whos
clash crowd-pleaser about trying to hit the snooze bar.
a Pakistani-born stand-up Al Gore couldnt have picked
comic and his girlfriend (Zoe a better time for this distress-
Kazan) who falls into a coma. ing advocacy doc. Gores
Hilarious, right? It actually is. grayer now and paunchier, too,
Directed by Michael Showalter but hes tireless and inspiring.
and costarring Holly Hunter 4|
and Ray Romano, The Big
Sick stirred up this years 5 CALL ME BY
first bidding war and eventu- YOUR NAME
ally landed with Amazon Director Luca Guadagnino
Studios (see sidebar). (A Bigger Splash) casts a
beautifully erotic, sensual
spell in this coming-of-age
story set during a lazy sum-
mer in the Italian countryside,
where the teenage son
(Timothe Chalamet) of an
antiquity professor (Michael
Stuhlbarg) falls in love with a
charismatic visiting academic
(Armie Hammer). A knockout.

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 Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini

SUNDANCE
SALES SHEET
At press time,
here were the festivals
top acquisitions

The Salesman
S TA R R I N G Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti

DIRECTED BY Asghar Farhadi

R AT I N G PG-13 | LENGTH 2 hrs., 5 mins.

REVIEW BY Joe McGovern @jmcgvrn

P E OPLE OF EARTH: IF YOUVE NEVER

THE BIG SICK


seen a movie by Asghar Farhadi, please,
The tragicomedy written by why not treat yourself? The 44-year-old
husband-and-wife team Kumail Iranian director, who won an Oscar for his stunning
Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
sold to Amazon Studios domestic thriller A Separation (2011), is a genius of
for a reported $12 million. tension, plot structure, and mysteries more layered
than a season of Sherlock. His magnicent new piece
of clockwork precision begins, tellingly, with large
cracks in the walls of an apartment building. Resi-
dents Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh
3| Alidoosti), married theater actors costarring in a
Farsi production of Death of a Salesman, move into a
new place, though one where the previous occupant
THOROUGHBRED
Focus Features spent a reported (a loose woman, according to neighbors gossip) has
$5 million to snap up rights to not cleared out all of her belongings. One night while
the dark teen thriller starring
Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl shes home alone, Rana is attacked by an intruder.
and the Dying Girl) and Anya And Emad, the next day, nds a strangers set of keys.
Taylor-Joy (Split).
To spoil any more of the plot would be foolish.
Farhadi, who directs all his lms in a lucid, easy-to-
follow style, carefully laces trip wires of revelation
throughout the story. The former tenant, who is spoken
about so much that you can practically picture her,
5| never appears on screen. Nor does the assault against
Rana. Farhadis female characters not only have
N OV I T I AT E
agency but they question the patriarchy at every turn,
Worldwide rights for the reli- encouraging us to check our assumptions. As the
gious drama starring Margaret
Qualley (The Leftovers) and
story hurtles along, we meet an old man with a weak
directed by Maggie Betts heart (Farid Sajjadi Hosseini) and realize that the
went to Sony Pictures Classics
for a reported price in the
invocation of Death of a Salesman was no accident on
midseven figures. Farhadis part. By the lms shattering end, youll feel
the spirit of Arthur Miller, one of the great dramatists
of the 20th century, reaching across the transom to
touch one of the great dramatists of the 21st. A

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IN 1979, JAMES BALDWIN WROTE A LA LA LAND
a letter to his agent describing his Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend 2 Directed by Damien Chazelle
latest project. His ambition was A THE RED TURTLE
no less than to tell the story of America
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit
through the lives of his three murdered

WATCH IT NOW
friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and The animated film about a man stranded on a desert
island invites us to consider our little spot in the
Martin Luther King Jr. Even though the world. Lavish with stunning imagery, its an experi-
silkily eloquent and intellectually incendiary ence that will ripple into your dreams.

author of The Fire Next Time didnt get far A 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
on the book before his death in 1987, direc- Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig 2 Directed by Mike Mills

BALDWIN: WALTER DAR AN/HULTON ARCHIVE/GET T Y IMAGES; THE RED TURTLE: SONY PICTURES CL ASSICS; SPLIT: UNIVERSAL PICTURES; UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS: L ARRY HORRICKS/SCREEN GEMS
tor Raoul Pecks essential documentary, A PAT E R S O N
I Am Not Your Negro, attempts to complete Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Rizwan Manji 2 Directed by Jim Jarmusch
it for him. The films narration is culled B+ HIDDEN FIGURES
from Baldwins own words, and theyre spo- Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Mone 2 Directed by Theodore Melfi
ken by Samuel L. Jackson, who trades in his
thunderclap for a hushed whisper. We see
B A MONSTER CALLS
clips of Baldwin on The Dick Cavett Show
Starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson 2 Directed by J.A. Bayona
(when ideas were actually discussed on
TV) and debating brilliantly at the Univer- B SILENCE
Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson 2 Directed by Martin Scorsese
sity of Cambridge. At one point he writes:
The story of the Negro in America is the B SPLIT
PROCEED WITH CAUTION

story of America. It is not a pretty story. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

Its plain and stark and hard to argue with. Splits giddy nonsense ultimately dissolves in a scrum
If theres a flaw with the film (and its a of half-realized ideas, but maybe thats exactly writer-
director M. Night Shyamalans goal: tipping his final
minor one), its Pecks impulse to cram it scene with a perfect tease, to be continued.
with clips from lily-white Doris Day movies
B LIVE BY NIGHT
and John Wayne Westerns that are a bit too
Starring Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper 2 Directed by Ben Affleck
on the nose. Then again, theres nothing
subtle about the sad, tragic legacy of civil B PAT R I O T S D AY
Starring Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman 2 Directed by Peter Berg
rights in this country. As Peck cuts from
archival scenes of police brutality in the B TRE SPASS AGAINST US

South in the 60s to recent footage from Starring Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson 2 Directed by Adam Smith

Ferguson, Mo., its impossible not to think: C+ THE FOUNDER

The more things change, the more they stay Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini 2 Directed by John Lee Hancock

the same. Its enough to make you weep. A C+ MONSTER TRUCKS


Starring Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Rob Lowe 2 Directed by Chris Wedge

C U N D E R WO R L D : B L O O D WA R S

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies

In Game of Thrones terms, the Underworld movies


SKIP IT

are all duels and no Dinklage. Blood Wars continues


in that same vein. While the film may justify its title in
terms of the viscera on display, it is badly in need of a
funny bone.

James D ASSASSINS CREED
Baldwin
Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons 2 Directed by Justin Kurzel

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An accountant (Kevin SEASONS 12 Amnesiac blue tang fish A woman (Mary Elizabeth
Hart) reconnects with Lonely lawyer Rebecca Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) just Winstead) wakes up in a par-
a classmateturnedCIA (Rachel Bloom) moves across keeps swimming to find her anoid mans bunker. To say
agent (Dwayne Johnson) the country to chase her family in this unforgettable more would ruin the ride.
to stop a terrorist. If only childhood ex Josh (Vincent sea-quel to Finding Nemo. MOVIE | FEB. 24
all high school reunions Rodriguez III) in this musical MOVIE | FEB. 1
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CELEBRATING 65 YEARS OF MORNINGS ON
TVEDITED BY CAITLIN BRODY @cbroday

 Katie Aselton and Dan Stevens

Legion
as metaphor. David Haller (Dan Stevens, a
million miles from Downton Abbey) is a
schizophrenic whose noisy psyche is a stir
D AT E TIME NETWORK REVIEW BY of voices that may or may not be fiction,
Debuts Feb. 8 10 p.m. FX Jeff Jensen @EWDocJensen
plagued further by confabulated memories
of childhood traumas and recent guilt. A
jaundiced, corpulent monster lurks in the
I S T H I S T H E R E A L L I F E ? I S T H I S J U ST FA N TA SY ? corner of his minds eye. A picture book
Thats not just a Queen lyric anymore. Thats the current about the worlds angriest boy haunts him.
epistemological panic of a post-truth, alternative facts We meet him locked up inside Clockworks
age that has us sweating manipulation and gaslighting, Psychiatric Hospital, a spacey panopticon
cynicism and apathy. While these concerns about how we decorated with reminders of nature, a
know what we know roil us, they have, ironically, made mediated environment suited formental
for fantastic television. Westworld. Black Mirror. And now, rehabilitation? Mind control? We wonder.
FXs Legion, a trippy, transcendent comic-book adapta- Davids pal is Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a
tion that takes its title from a biblical story about demonic Twizzler-chomping nihilist who shuts out
possession and potently expresses the overwhelming the world with her Beats. Is she a rebel
CHRIS L ARGE/FX

psychic riot of our uncanny, bewildering times. punk spirit guide or temptation to mania?
First and foremost, Legion is a portrait of mental ill- His love interest is Syd (Rachel Keller), a
ness, one that takes madness seriously while working it mystery who cant stand to be touched.

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BIG
BREAKING
LOGLINES

The Graduate ABC is eyeing a black-ish spin-off follow-

ing Zoey (Yara Shahidi) in college. Grab the Ros


Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex) will play the very first

Suitress on Everlasting in season 3 of UnREAL.

They kiss via window reectionsa virtual L EG I O N


romance. She entrances David with not C H E AT
SHEET
only her persona but a dangerous pitch: A primer
What if he isnt mentally ill? What if insan- on Marvels
mutant hero
ity is individuality no one understands?
Things get strange from here, but eventu- NAME
Legion, but
ally, Legion reveals itself. Kinda. David is a WHO

JERMAINE FOWLER
also goes by
next-gen human blessed/cursed with a David Haller
bonanza of psychic talents. While a govern- FAMILY
MEMBERS W H Y YO U M I G H T K N O W H I M
ment agency hunts him, the seemingly
Son of Charles He has performed in stand-up tours with CollegeHumor and
benevolent leader (Jean Smart) of a mutant Xavier Comedy Central, and co-created and starred on the truTV sketch
liberation group who sees David as a messi- series Friends of the People.
anic chosen one tries to help him get mentally W H Y YO U W I L L K N O W H I M
Hes the star and executive producer of CBS Superior Donuts.
clear and master his abilities. Thats a classic
superhero-story premiseand classic para-
noid delusion. Creator Noah Hawley, the Jermaine Fowler found Letts play centered on an old-
his calling as a stand- school doughnut-shop owner
ingenious imp behind Fargo, uses genre con- up comedian in the (Judd Hirsch) and his employee
ventions to dramatize schizophrenia while 12th grade after watching Eddie (Fowler), who pushes his boss
FIRST COMIC- Murphy Raw, but his initial to modernize the business.
subversively interrogating genre values: BOOK
attempt in the spotlight was less Fowler finds this prime-time
APPEARANCE
Legion is part of the X-Men universe, once a The New than stellar. I did my first set at piece of pastry especially
socially conscious allegory about Otherness Mutants #25 a talent show and I couldnt fin- relevant today: We talk about
(March 1985) ish because the judges didnt gentrification, politics, and
thats now, too often, just another gonzo like my jokes, the 28-year-old racial issues.... It could come off
HEALTH recalls of being kicked off offensive, but to me, its part
fantasy about privileged special people. DIAGNOSIS
stage. They were offensive. of our lives.... The show were
The ambiguity over whats real and who Legion has Judges opinions aside, making is just a reflection of the
PROFESSOR X: DC COMICS; FOWLER: ANDREW ZEITER; SUPERIOR DONUTS: MONT Y BRINTON/CBS

dissociative
to trust risks alienating an audience, but Im identity
Fowlers passion persisted, world were living in right now.
as did a desire for creative Between doughnut holes,
all-in. The storytelling is intoxicatingly auda- disorder, and
each of his control. After graduating high Fowler will recur on Judd
ciousbold colors, retro fashions, inspired personae has school, he moved to New York Apatows Crashing on HBO
musical montages, hellzapoppin action, its own set and began posting his sketches (Feb. 19, 10:30 p.m.), and down
of powers. to YouTube while waiting the line hed like to do, well,
wild and tender feelsall to plug us into for audition callbacks. Those basically everything. But
Davids subjective experience of everything. SPECIAL videos went viral, inspiring him stand-up will always be close
POWERS
to continue producing content to his heart: Ill probably do
Stevens grounds the live-wire weirdness and INCLUDE
across the board: I wanted my comedy special in a hospi-
Telepathy,
warms the chilly geekery with a witty, telekinesis, to keep the ball rolling. tal bed. C. Molly Smith
emotionally open performance, and his pyrokinesis, That he did, and he hasnt
reality really stopped. Fowler went on
chemistry with Plaza and Keller is winning. warping, and to co-create and star on truTVs
The rst three episodes focus on excavating teleportation Friends of the People in 2014
and took center stage in his own
David, whos spiraling toward some sup- 2015 Showtime special, Give
pressed memory apocalypse. The protracted Em Hell, Kidboth splashy
setup primes the pump for more explosive performances that didnt go
unnoticedand soon enough,
drama to come. An electroshock of striking CBS came to him with a script
originality, Legion seizes your imagination deal. Now hes the star and EP
of Superior Donuts (debuts
by blowing your mind and captures the Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m.), a Chicago-
high anxiety of reality-blur America. A set comedy based on the Tracy  With Judd Hirsch on Superior Donuts
TV

P O P C U LT U R E L I G H T N I N G RO U N D

DREW BARRYMORE
Before the ultimate flower girl, 41, goes on a strict human-flesh-eating diet
as a zombie on Netflixs Santa Clarita Diet (streaming Feb. 3), we put her to the
testand she had a bloody good time. B Y R AY R A H M A N

Whats your favorite Jaws. Spielberg single- could be really cool.


zombie flick? handedly made one Like Pippi Longstocking
of the greatest films ever and the Go-Gos: all
Night of the Comet. and, at the same time, these girls who werent
It was, like, super 80s! changed literally every- bad girls, they were just
Everybody goes to ones comfort level capable, cool girls.
watch the big comet, around water.
and then the entire What was the last TV show
human race gets wiped What was the first R-rated that you binged?
out, but there are a few movie you remember
zombies that make it seeing? The Crown. I just finished
and, of course, its a girl it, and Im mad its
and a boy. It was kind of I was in R-rated movies over! I loved it. I thought
creepy and just weird, when I was 3, but the John Lithgow was
and for some reason that first one I saw electively? incredible in it, too. I just
was my favorite zombie I snuck into Fast Times saw him at the Golden
movie growing up. at Ridgemont High when Globes and had to stop
I was 6 or 7. I was like,

BARRYMORE: MARK SELIGER /NETFLIX; PENN: EVERET T COLLECTION; MADONNA: MIR AMA X/PHOTOFEST; CARLISLE: RETNA LTD.; LITHGOW: ROBERT VIGL ASK Y/NETFLIX
and tell him that I was
You were in The Wedding This is the best movie his biggest cheerleader,
Singer. Whats the best ever! I love films that since 1975. He was so
song for the reception? can combine really nice, and exactly the
funny things with quiet, way you would hope to
Holiday or Vogue emotional things that meet someone when
by Madonna. No ones are very grounded in you really admire them.
getting out of dancing reality. It was a very pro-
to those! found movie, and I loved What is your favorite
the way it was directed. emoji to use?
Whats the one phone app From an early age,
you cant live without? I thought Amy Heckerling I think I use the red heart
was such a badass. the mostits so boring.
I would say Dark Sky, the But I sent someone the
weather app that pilots Whats an album that you middle finger the other
use. Im an obsessive cant live without? day! I was excited that
weather checker. Ive offi- theyve added that to the
cially become an old lady. Beauty and the Beat by emoji family. Sometimes
the Go-Gos. That was you just really need
One of your earliest roles, the album I bought that to send somebody the
obviously, was in E.T. But made me know chicks middle finger. Im all
whats your favorite non- appropriate mom now,
ap
E.T. Spielberg movie? but I still have a little
bu
bitt of that rebel in me.

( From left )
Jaws, Sean Penn
in Fast Times at
Ridgemont
High, Madonna,
Belinda Carlisle
of the Go-Gos,
h Lithgo
John h o w on
h Crown
The

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CITY OF SAINTS
24: Legacy & THIEVES
The Debut
D AT E Debuts Feb. 5 | TIME Approx. 10:30 p.m.

Fox | Jeff Jensen @EWDocJensen


Thriller You
NETWORK REVIEW BY

W H E N F OX A N N O U N C E D I T topicality? If so, their work comes o as


Cant Miss!
was rebooting its landmark pandering and cynical, while Carter
real-time thriller 24 with an comes off why did you do that?! A Teen Vogue Best New
African-American star, the news was stupid and insane. Young Adult Book
hailed as a victory for diversity. This Meanwhile, in a parallel plot so
remains true, regardless of what you near-camp absurd its enjoyable, a A Bustle Best YA Book
think of the show itself. Me, I think its thickly accented teenage femme fatale January 2017
laughably ludicrous. Corey Hawkins of from Chechnya (Finding Carters
Straight Outta Compton is rock-solid Kathryn Prescott) who has seduced An Amazon Best Book
Eric Carter, a hard-boiled Army Ranger her science teacher pursues her own of the Month
whose squad assassinated a terrorist explosive plan. Theres a character who
sheikh. Now theyre being hunted as protests the demonization of Muslims, A Barnes & Noble 2017
part of a vengeance scheme, which, in a criticism that has long dogged 24, Most Anticipated YA Debut
true 24 style, is linked to a larger con- but the show cant shake it here.
spiracy and a presidential campaign Familiar intrigues will either delight A Barnes & Noble Discover
(Jimmy Smits plays the candidate) that or bore fans of the original. Paranoia Great New Writers Pick
unfolds over the course of one long reigns within CTU, and yep, theres
day. Unfortunately, in classic bad-form probably a mole. Indies Introduce
24 fashion, egregious stereotypes and Theres still some crackle in the
Winter/Spring 2017 Pick
caricatures abound, from stock Islamic split-screen storytelling, still some pop
villains to crazed homeless vets to in the action. The sprawl of melodrama
Carters brother, an inner-city drug complicates quickly, so its possible
lord. At one point Carter has to steal $2 the series can evolve into something
million from a police station, and his more interesting than a guilty-pleasure
plan hinges on getting arrested by a hate-watch. But who has time for that
racist white cop. Within a second, one anymore? Get better soon, 24: Legacy.
rolls up. Are the writers aspiring to My clock is ticking. D

A gripping journey
of vengeance.
GUY DALEMA/FOX

Us Weekly
 Corey Hawkins
What to MONDAY JANUARY 30

Watch
A DAY-TO-DAY GUIDE TO NOTABLE PROGRAMS* BY RAY RAHMAN @RayRahman

Becoming Warren Buffett


1011:35PM HBO

Peter Kunhardts documentary about


Warren Buffett arrives at an inconvenient
time. An America still reeling from the
greed of Wall Street in the 2008 financial
crisis just does not feel like the right
environment for a hagiography about
one of Americas very richest meneven
a generous philanthropist like Buffett.
The subject himself is affable enough, witty
and self-deprecating as he guides us
through the stages of his life. But the story
is quite dry, and though the film shows off
his quirks (eating McDonalds breakfast
every morning, staying in Omaha his whole
life), it fails to build him into a unique or
compelling figure who can hold 95 minutes
of viewers attention. C Christian Holub


Riz
ST Ahmed
MU CH
WAT H E and Lena TUESDAY JANUARY 31
O F TE K Dunham
WE

Season Premiere
GIRLS

GIRLS: MARK SCHAFER /HBO; BECOMING WARREN BUFFET T: HBO; BILL BURR: WALK YOUR WAY OUT: NETFLIX
SUNDAY, JAN. 12 1010:45PM HBO

With Girls coming to a close this season, the premiere brings us


one step closer to a resolution for our old pals Hannah (Lena
Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and
Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). I think this is the season where they Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out
gure out if they are really going to stay friends, hints exec pro- STREAMING NETFLIX
ducer Jenni Konner. It all begins in the rst ep, which reveals that What happens when a profane, Boston-bred
Hannah has penned a Modern Love column in The New York comedian puts on a Western shirt and heads
to Nashville for a set at the Grand Ole Opry?
Times (nothing has ever made more sense) about Jessa and Adam The results are as mixed as youd expect.
(Adam Driver) becoming a couple. This leads her to new writing Dont get me wrong, Im a big Burr fan (F Is
for Family, Kroll Show). Hes a great per-
opportunities, including an article about a surf camp in the former, and his mind works in fascinating
Hamptons. Its there that well meet Riz Ahmed, playing a chilled- roundabouts; nearly all his tales wind into
unexpected places (see: a riff on Kanye
out surfer dude with aplomb. Hell be joined by many other guest West that ends up being a lesson in dicta-
stars this season, including The Americans Matthew Rhys, who tors throughout history). But the material
here rarely reaches the level hes capable of,
has a scene we promise you wont forget. Sara Vilkomerson and the audiences laughter is tepid at best.
Still, there are bright spots, particularly a bit
Go to ew.com/what-to-watch for our daily picks of What to Watch about planning a gorillas zoo escape. C+

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 THURSDAY
A FFEB
BRUARY 2

Season Premiere Serries Debut


The Expanse Superior Donuts
S
1011:35PM SYFY 8 309PM
8:30 CBS

Explosions, fistfights, sexytime in space This new comedy about a doughnut


suitsit all goes down in tonights two- sho op contending with gentrification
episode season 2 premiere. But The Expanse sha ares traits with its titular pastry.
has always been more than that. Its about Itss sweetgrumpy owner Arthur
corporate greed, space-era colonialism, (Judd Hirsch at his Judd Hirsch-iest)
(Ju
geopolitical battle lines, ethical conun- and his eager young employee Franco
drums, and personal accountability. (Which (Jermaine Fowler) have a warm, odd-
is why I led with the sexytime in space Series Debut couple rapportand its fluffy, with too
suits.) The heady sci-fi drama returns with a Training Day many easy jokes about a certain venti-
bit more muscle thanks to the debut of Mar- size coffee chain and too little nuance
1011PM CBS
tian Marine Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams), when tackling hot-button issues. (One
a favorite from the books. And it ends with a Rights holders, protect your films. riff on race and gun control could
moment of truth (and consequences) that Dont let what has happened to Train- have used a little more thought.) Like
threatens to tear apart the crew of the Roci- ing Day, once regarded as the title of a lot of fresh sitcoms these days,
nante. Get on board now. A Dalton Ross something good, happen to your Donuts may benefit from some addi-
precious assets. The CBS-ified take tional time in the oven. B Shirley Li
on the gritty crime movie that earned
THE E XPANSE: KURT ISWARIENKO/SYF Y; TR AINING DAY: ROBERT VOETS/CBS; SUPERIOR DONUTS: MICHAEL YARISH/CBS; POWERLESS: CHRIS L ARGE/NBC; SANTA CL ARITA DIET: SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX

Denzel Washington an Oscar and


taught eighth graders everywhere
what getting wet meant is a tooth-
less gruel of police-procedural
clichs and focus-grouped medioc-
rity. Bill Paxtons bad cop lacks an
ounce of actual menace, while Justin
Cornwells rookie character is given a
dead dad instead of a personality.
This show aint got s--- on King Kong.
C Kevin P. Sullivan

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2 (cont.) FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3 SAT FEB 4

Series Debut
SERIES DEBUT
Powerless
8:309PM NBC Killing Bigfoot
DC Comics first comedy follows a company 1011PM
working overtime to keep civilians safe in
DESTINATION AMERICA
a world overrun with superheroes and
villains, but the presence of superbeings is The docuseries
the only, well, super thing about it. Vanessa follows a group
Hudgens is fine as Emily Locke, a plucky new dedicated to finding
hire, and Alan Tudyks Van WayneBruces Bigfoot in the
cousindelivers some laughs as her cock- wild. This could
sure boss. But the cast gets saddled with take a while...
Series Debut
distracting references to heroes both iconic
Santa Clarita Diet
(Batman!) and less so (Crimson Fox?) in
every other line. Powerless wants to be more STREAMING NETFLIX
than a typical workplace comedy, but its
Its hard to classify Santa Claritazombie
own premise (hey, isnt superhero fatigue
farce? Suburban satire? Meat cute?but
hilarious?) is its kryptonite. B Shirley Li
surprisingly easy to buy the conceit that an
uptight Southern California Realtor (Drew
Barrymore) wakes up one day, barfs like
Linda Blair after a three-day bender, and
develops a sudden, ravenous appetite for
human flesh. And even that her husband
(Timothy Olyphant) and teenage daughter
(Liv Hewson) roll with it as well as they do.
Diets giddy, bloody hyperreality toes an
unlikely line between David Lynch and Des-
perate Housewives...then literally eats that
toe, which is pretty fun. B+ Leah Greenblatt

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POKER HELMET
APB
Super Bowl LI 910PM FOX

6:3010PM FOX A billionaire has a bold strategy for fixing Americas


broken infrastructure. The establishment tries,
Its everything
and fails, to stop him. This show might sound topical
football fans love:
but its just a rehash of Iron Man 2, complete with
high-powered
an identical musical cue (the Clashs Should I Stay or
offenses, superior
Should I Go) and just as much awfulness. After his
quarterbacks
quarterbacks,
friend is gunned down in an armed robbery, entrepre-
and d a Lady
d Gagag
Puppy Bowl XIII neur Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk) takes over his Chicago
halftime
a e sshow!
o
police district, because Reeves has money and
35PM ANIMAL PLANET
Chicago (apparently) has no police unions. His plan:
Team Ruff has blown out Team Fluff two years futuristic uniforms! Tasers that look like guns! Apps!
running. Has this competition to promote Drones! Hes so dumb, but this show thinks hes so
pet adoption gone to the dogs? Team Fluff smart, because this show is so dumb. C Darren Franich
is coming out with a vengeance this year,
declares Rufferee Dan Schachner. Theyre
out for payback. MVP caninedates include
Lab mix Hope and cocker spaniel mix Nikita,
who drags an unusual object into the end
zone for a TD. They had to have a debate in
the control room, Schachner notes. Does
it count? Does it not count? Stick around
for the kitten halftime show, which features
Kitty Gaga purrfoming PUP-arazzi. You
can see cats playing guitars, cats scratching
on a DJ turntable, and Kitty Gaga in her infa-
mous meat dress, says Schachner. Dont

PUPPY BOWL XII: DAMIAN STROHMEYER /ANIMAL PL ANET; APB: FOX; IMPOSTORS: EIKE SCHROTER /BR AVO; THE CHALLENGE: MT V; DETROITERS: COMEDY CENTR AL
worry, its a vegan meat dress, so theres
something for everybody. Dan Snierson

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7

Season Premiere
The Challenge
911PM MTV

After several seasons of the same old play-


ers dominating, MTV is wisely adding
a twist. Eighteen underdogsas in, folks
from more recent seasons of Real World
and Are You the One?show up in Thailand,
look around, and realize they might stand a
chance without stars like Johnny Bananas
Series Debut Devenanzio, CT Tamburello, and Laurel Series Debut
Imposters Stucky. So they celebrate. Little do they Detroiters
realize that the trio, as well as five more pre-
1011PM BRAVO 10:3011PM COMEDY CENTRAL
vious champs, are waiting in the wings to
This cat has quite a few mice chasing her, demolish them later in the game. Its diabol- Exec-produced by Lorne Michaels and
and we can hardly blame them. Imposters icaland kinda perfect. B Breanne L. Heldman Jason Sudeikis, the comedy stars SNL alum
follows Maddie (Inbar Lavi), a chameleon Tim Robinson and Veeps Sam Richardson
who uses her looks and wits to con marks as passionate yet terrible Detroit admen.
into marrying her so she can clean out their Mad Men this is not. While it provides
bank accounts. Just before she ditches her some laughs thanks to ridiculous one-liners
victims, she leaves a message threatening to and amusing gags, theres not enough
reveal a personal secret if they call the cops. story to justify a half-hour scripted series;
But thats not enough to keep her jilted part- its as if different sketch ideas were simply
ners from eventually banding together to thrown together. Robinson is solid and Rich-
find their wife. The result is fun, light, and ardson continues to be one of televisions
sexy, powered by Lavis undeniable allure and funniest actors, but were just not buying
ability to rock a wig. B+ Breanne L. Heldman what Detroiters is selling. C+ Derek Lawrence

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What to Watch

WED FEB 8 THU FEB 9 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10

Series Debut
SERIES DEBUT
So Cosmo
89PM E! The History
of Comedy
Step into the offices
of Cosmopolitan 910PM CNN
magazine with this
The history-minded
reality show, which
docuseries includes
is already earning
interviews with stars
raves like Not
like Betty White,
nearly as good The
Samantha Bee, and
Devil Wears Prada,
Larry David. Sounds
Id rather be watch-
prettyyy, prettyyy,
ing The Devil Wears
prettyyy good.
good
Prada, and I guess
Ill just rent The
Devil Wears Prada. David Brent: Life on the Road
STREAMING NETFLIX
Series Debut
City in the Sky David Brentthe boorish boss from the original Officeis almost
certainly Ricky Gervais best creation, so it makes sense hed
1011PM* PBS
want to return as a sure thing with a follow-up movie. The story
The series examines picks up 15 years later as Brent, now a cubicle jockey at a bathroom-
the system that supplies company, decides to take one more stab at pop-star
enables more than dreams with a pub tour. All the Office hallmarks are there: offensive
100,000 flights to jokes, painfully awkward flirting, and a few recycled bits from
cruise the skies Gervais previous work. The result is sadder by design (one
daily. And its all pos- character notes, Hes only doing it because he thought it would
sible because you be better than the first time), but also less fulfilling without the
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD: JILL FURMANOVSK Y/NETFLIX; THE 59TH ANNUAL GR AMMY AWARDS: JASON BELL /CBS; THE MISSING: SOPHIE MUTEVELIAN/STAR Z

turned off your cell endearing stable of misfits who softened his worst impulses
phone during take- on The Office. With this reboot Gervais falls for the same trap his
off. *check local listings character often does: hanging on to the joke too long. B

SAT FEB 11 SUND


DAY FEBRUARY 12

From Straight Season Premiere Midseason Premiere


As to XXX The Missing The Walking Dead
810PM LIFETIME 89PM STARZ 910PM AMC

Based on a true The shows first season was a After enduring


story, the movie quietly gripping thriller about months of brutal,
follows a college the search for a missing boy soul-numbing
student (Haley in France. Now the series has an torture, Rick and
Pullos) who has to updated cast (including David the gang finally
do porn to pay Morrissey), setting (Germany), begin their war
for tuition. Sounds and mystery (a long-lost girl against Negans
like another returns unexpectedly) yet still army. After that,
Trump University retains its eerie sense of dread. theyll never have
success story! If you have an endless appetite to worry about a
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards for bleak suspense stories set in group of bad people
Austin City Limits Northern Europe (and a lot of ever again. The end.
811:30PM CBS
people do!), welcome home. B
11PMMIDNIGHT* PBS
Its a concert lineup that not even the Season Premiere
Be sure to bring biggest, most Coachella-est music festival Last Week Tonight
your passport: could rival. Adele! John Legend! Keith With John Oliver
Tonights show fea- Urban! Metallica?? Yes, Metallica, too!
1111:30PM HBO
tures sets from Those are just some of the acts slated to
English indie-rock play the annual ceremony, hosted this year The British host
band Foals and by the always enthusiastic James Corden returns to his
Mexican-American (see page 28). If the prospect of live perfor- desk after a two-
singer-songwriter mances and a song-and-dance-loving host month hiatus.
Alejandro Escovedo. isnt enough to lure you, then consider this: Should we tell him
*check local listings Beyonc will be there. Thats what I thought. what happened?

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Music
EDITED BY KEVIN ODONNELL @ODtron

LOVE THIS? TRY THIS!

THE ED SHEERA N
Castle on the Hill
ELBOW
All Disco

Sheeran blends folksy charm with a grandiose, stadium-filling chorusnot too far

SHEER AN: GREG WILLIAMS; ELBOW: ANDREW WHIT TON; JAPANDROIDS: LEIGH RIGHTON; FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS: JOSEP CULTICE; POWERS: ROBBY KLEIN/CONTOUR BY GET T Y IMAGES
off from the sweeping tunes British art-rockers Elbow have spent years perfecting.

ULTIMATE
WINTER
M A RY J. BLIGE R AY B L K
Thick of It Patience (Freestyle)

Both the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and British newcomer RAY BLK show off
powerful pipes and rapid-fire rhymes on their slinky new releases.

SINGLES
SWAP
GREEN DAY JA PA ND ROID S
Revolution Radio Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Green Days Revolution Radio LP was a riotous return to form, and the title cut from
Japandroids latest offers as many furious power chords and shout-along choruses.

Tired of earwormy hits by Ed Sheeran,


Green Day, and Maren Morris? Revive your
playlist with a dozen fresh jams
from these not-yet-played-out artists.

F I T Z A N D T H E TA N T R U M S POWERS
HandClap Dance
With their fuzzy bass licks and frenetic, genre-bending production, these tracks
will make you do exactly what their titles say (just not at the same time).

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NOTEWORTHY

Ryan Adams will hit the road in support of his album

Prisoner on March 5. Lady Antebellum are


returning June 9 with a new studio LP, Heart Break; the

country group will also kick off a U.S. tour on May 26.

LOVE THIS? TRY THIS! LOVE THIS? TRY THIS!

T OV E L O V R I T D I R T Y P R OJ E C T O R S SA N F ERM IN
True Disaster Phase Me Out Little Bubble Bride
Swedish-born wild child Tove Lo and Brooklyns VRIT confront inevitable The founders of both bands studied music at Yale Universityand their technical
heartbreak and disappointment with icy synths and explosive hooks. chops show on these swirling experimental takes on indie rock.
LO: MAT T JONES; VERITE: ERIC RYAN ANDERSON; DIRT Y PROJECTORS: JASON FR ANK ROTHENBERG; SAN FERMIN: DENNIS RENSHAW; RIHANNA: STEPHANE CARDINALE/GET T Y IMAGES;
BANK$: ALYSIA MAROT TA; K. FL AY: L AUREN DUKOFF; SOFI TUKKER: BEKK A G.; GARRIX: TOM OXLEY; MIGOS: ALEX MCDONNELL; 21 SAVAGE: EMILIO SANCHE Z

KEHL ANI SY D R I H A N NA L I A NA B A N K $
CRZY All About Me Sex With Me Plead the Fifth

Singers Kehlani and Syd are only 21 and 24, respectively, but theyre already If Rihanna were less forthcoming about her bedroom exploits, shed sound a lot
taking stock of their lives and careers over hypnotic hip-hop jams. like Bank$, who shares RiRis love of dizzying R&B beats (but not the sexy details).

MAREN MORRIS NATA L I E H E M BY K .FL AY SOFI TUKKER


My Church Time Honored Tradition Blood in the Cut Johny
Both country singers got their start as songwriters for othersand both have a Grammy-nominated duo Sofi Tukker sing in Portuguese, but they speak the same
penchant for warm, reflective songs about finding comfort in the little things. musical language as alt-radio star K.Flay: brittle guitars and dark, moody vibes.

MARTIN GARRIX & S NA K E H I P S & M M IGOS F EAT. LIL UZI VERT 2 1 SAVAG E & M E T R O B O O M I N
BEBE REXHA In the Name of Love Dont Leave Bad and Boujee No Heart

EDM producers team up with rising pop stars for club bangers about romance on Metro Boominan A-list beatsmith for the likes of Kanye and Drakeproduced
the rocks. The relationship drama may be messy, but the bass drops are perfect. Migos recent No. 1, as well as the breakout mixtape from trap upstart 21 Savage.

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Lindsey
Bucking-
ham,
Christine
McVie, Mick
Fleetwood,
Stevie Nicks,
and John
McVie circa
1977

FLEETWOOD MACS
5 | DONT STOP 8 | YO U M A K E
L OV I N G F U N
Admittedly a stone classic, but
also so completely co-opted as Basically Christines sweet,

RUMOURS TURNS 40
a baby-boomer anthem for the rollicking way of letting her then
Clinton/Gore campaign that you husband John know what an
cant listen without picturing Al amazing time shes having boning
and Tipper taking it to second the bands lighting director.
base on stage at the 2000 DNC.
9 | SECOND HAND
Its almost impossible to rank the songs on an album so 6 | NEVER GOING N E WS
classic its essentially its own greatest hits. But in honor of its B AC K AG A I N
anniversary, we make judging fun. B Y L E A H G R E E N B L AT T Buckinghams giddy, album-
One of Lindsey Buckinghams opening ode to a post-Stevie
personal bests: a folksy, finger- re-bow-bow-bah-bow-bound
picked ramble so pretty, it takes chick who has no idea how
a full minute to realize how hard much she will not be missed.
1 | D R E A M S 3 | SONGBIRD its unnamed lady subject just
got permanently friend-zoned. 10 | OH DADDY
Thunder only happens when its Somehow, in a raging blizzard
raining, players only love you of adultery and cocaine, Chris- An atmospheric, unabashedly
7 | G O YO U R OW N WAY
when theyre playing, and Stevie tine McVie managed to carve sexual slow burn with slightly
Nicks only needs four minutes out a quiet moment for this ten- Thats not kick drum youre unsettling meet-me-in-the-Red-
and 17 seconds to capture the der, delicate sparrow of a ballad. hearing on the most indelible Room connotations.
FLEET WOOD MAC: WARNER BROTHERS/PHOTOFEST

bands epic interpersonal disinte- breakup anthem of the


gration in the dreamy, devastat- 4 | G O L D D U S T WO M A N era; its the sound of a million 11 | I D O N T WA N T
ing prism of her crystal vision. freshly inked Me Decade T O K N OW
Possibly the most perfect divorces hitting the floor.
encapsulation of Stevieeternal On any other album, it would
2 | THE CHAIN probably be a highlight; here, its
high priestess of sex and scarves
Coming on like a high-noon and silver spoonsat her witchy just the third-best Western-tinged
hero in a spaghetti Western, The 4 a.m. apex, conjuring haunting, guitar romp about infidelity
Chainone of the few Rumours diamond-sharp effigies of and forgiveness and rehashing
tracks each member of the frac- addiction and stardom and the past while also being totally,
tured group shared full credit romantic disillusion more totally cool with letting go.
onunfolds, link by link, into a vividly than a thousand hours of
massive country-rock stomper. Behind the Music marathons.

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The must-read
novels youve
Migos: The Viral been waiting for.
MCs Are Here to Stay An addictive psychological thriller.
Fresh off scoring their first No. 1 with Bad and Boujee, the rap trio
Offset, 25, Quavo, 25, and Takeoff, 22open up about their sudden fame
and why theyre nowhere near flaming out. BY ERIC RENNER BROWN

After releasing dozens of mixtapes You appeared alongside Donald Glover


and one studio album, you finally scored on Atlanta, and after his Golden Globe
your first No. 1 with the viral hit Bad and victories this year, he gave you a shout-
Boujee. Why do you think so many out, even comparing you to the Beatles.
fans connect with it?
T A K E O F F We got notications. Fans
QUAVO I compare it to Michael were blowing us up, sending us videos.
Jacksons Bad. We havent had that
type of song in a long time that just O F F S E T My mama called my phone:
makes you feel bad. To make you feel Donald Glover just shouted yall out
like [its] your crew against my crew... on the Golden Globes! Do you know
O F F S E T When you hear it, it gives you how big that is, fam?
attitude. Even older people like it.
Are you fans of the Fab Four? A dark and twisted coming-of-age tale.
How old are we talking about? O F F S E T I couldnt say Im a big fan, but
OFFSET We were in the airport, I do respect who they are in the game.
getting on the plane, and...she looked Q U A V O I like their style and I like their
like she was over 45, sort of gray. melodies and I like the fact that they
And she was like, You guys sing were a group and they were young.
Bad and Boujee!

Your second LP, Culture, is out now.


Bad and Boujee sparked thousands Is all this success overwhelming you?
of memes last year, just like Rae
Sremmurds Mannequin Challenge O F F S E T This is our rst number one,
smash Black Beatles.Are memes but we put all the groundwork in
the new way to score hits? behind it. [Our new album] is another
Q U A V O Most denitely. This is the level for us because weve got a
new way of breaking records. Records whole new vision. [But] weve got a
wasnt selling due to the internet, so catalog as long as a train track. Some-
now were actually using the internet times you dont wanna hit right then
to sell records! and there, because youll go out fast.

 ( From left ) Migos Takeoff, Offset, and Quavo


A high-stakes Nordic crime thriller.
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BETWEEN THE LINES

He won a National Book Award in November, and now

Rep. John Lewis has scooped up two more prestigious

honorsa Printz and a Coretta Scott Kingfor March:

Book Three, the final volume of his YA civil rights memoir.

EDITED BY TINA JORDAN @EWTinaJordan

clinics across the Midwest and a monstrous baby-killer to the


devout protesters who picket him daily. The two men meet
for the rst and last time on a chilly November morning in
a rural Ohio parking lot; moments later, Voorhees is dead,
and Dunphy is (at least temporarily) a household name.
The public assigns its own titles of villain and martyr in the
ensuing trial and media storm, and then moves on. But a
verdict doesnt bring anything close to peace for the collat-
eral victims of the crime. In the shattered aftermath, wives
and sons and daughters retreat from one
another and turn toward new obsessions
radical evangelism, painkiller addiction,
AT 78, OATES documentary filmmaking, even a profes-
REMAINS ONE OF sional boxing careerto mitigate or bury
LITERATURES a hurt they can hardly begin to talk about.
MOST ENDURING At 78, Oates remains one of literatures
CHRONICLERS OF most enduring and prolific chroniclers of
AMERICAN American darkness, mining the murky seams
DARKNESS. where moral relativism rules, faith turns to
fanaticism, and good families fall apart. In
Martyrs best passages, she is mesmerizing
unleashing feverish streams of prose in great,
incantatory swoons and laying her subjects
bare without judgment or pity. But her
enduring stylistic ticsthe circular echoes
A Book of and repetitions, the heavy italics for emphasis,

American Martyrs the often arbitrary scattering of quotation


marksalso begin to wear after nearly 750
dense, relentless pages. (As does her habit
BY PA G E S GENRE REVIEW BY
of abandoning certain characters; Luthers
Joyce Carol Oates 736 Novel Leah Greenblatt @Leahbats
second victim, a clinic volunteer, hardly
merits more than a few dismissive para-
THE FATES OF TWO FAMILIES ON OPPOSING SIDES OF graphs, while the youngest Voorhees
a seemingly unbridgeable cultural divide convergenot daughter simply disappears in a postscript.)
with sudden understanding but a shotgun blastin Joyce One of Oates greatest gifts is her ability to
Carol Oates fierce, provocative, and often maddening extract universal truths and resonance
new novel. Luther Dunphy, a 39-year-old roofer and father from even the thorniest subjects. So when
of ve, is a man of few words, though his spirit burns with the books nal paragraphs oer sudden,
righteous indignation for the unborn. Dr. Gus Voorhees, sunny resolution, it feels not just incongru-
an obstetrician with three young children of his own, ous but strangely unsatisfying: a rebomb
is a hero to the desperate patients he serves at womens diused in a wisp of smoke. B

O P E N I N G L I N E S Only say the word and my soul shall be healed. The Lord commanded me. In all that befell, it was His hand that did not waver.

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DAISY GOODWIN
Queen Victoria as a black-clad sourpuss?
Not on your life. Goodwins new novel
and hit PBS show (Sundays, check local
listings) serve up the petite ruler in a
most unexpected light: as a fun-loving,
bubbly-swilling teen. B Y T I N A J O R DA N

( Above ) Jenna Coleman on PBS


Victoria; ( inset ) a portrait of the young
queen shortly after her coronation

She was. And everyone wanted


a piece of hereveryone. As a
child shed been kept almost
under house arrest by her mother
and John Conroy, her mothers
adviser/lover/evil genius. She had
to sleep on a cot next to her
mothers bed; she couldnt play
with other children. She really
wasnt allowed to have any kind of
independent life. A lesser woman
might have been broken by that,
but Victoria, clearly, just bided her
When did you first get interested She wasnt the grumpy, the scene where Victoria comes time. The moment she became
in Queen Victoria? boot-faced old bag we all imag- home after her coronation queen, she said, All right, now

GOODWIN: FR ANCESCO GUIDICINI; VICTORIA: IT V/PBS; QUEEN VICTORIA: IMAGNO/GET T Y IMAGES


Growing up in England, I wasnt all ine; she was a feisty, spirited and decides to give her beloved were going to do things my way.
that keen on Victoriashe repre- teenage girl who liked dancing, little dog Dash a bath.
parties, and menjust like me. That really happened! Its in So she asserted herself from
sented everything that was stern,
the very beginning?
sulky, disapproving. But then, the diary. In fact, people have said
That taste of her early life seems She did. And thats really quite
when I was a 19-year-old history there are things on the show
to have really struck a chord. remarkable. You have to remem-
student at Cambridge, I decided that couldnt be real. But my
Yes. Fast-forward a few decades, ber what a patriarchal society
to take a course on her. One of scriptsand my novelare based
and Id made Victoria a character it wasand she just was not
the assignments was to read her on deep knowledge of the real having any of it. All these men
diaries. I was sitting in the univer- in my novel The Fortune Hunter. woman. I read her diaries looking
I found her so easy to write about who ran the country were very
sity library, which is this hallowed not just for facts but for mood, for pleased to have a young queen
space, and I opened one of the that I thought, Ill do an entire intention, for nuance. I was also
novel just about her. I started it because theyd just had a string
volumes to Nov. 3, 1839. Victoria inspired by my own daughter, of dissolute old kings whod had
and realized that it could be
was 19, like me, and shed just whos 15 and very strong-willed. mistresses, been corrupt, and
a screenplay. Well, be careful what
gotten engaged to Prince Albert. I remember having a row with generally brought the throne
you wish for, because I went
Theyd been on a [horseback] her and thinking, What would into disrepute. They saw Victoria
out to pitch the show; everyone
ride and gotten soaked in the happen if she were the most pow- and they thought, Well be
said, Yes, please!
rain, and she wrote, My dearest erful woman in the world? able to mold her, manipulate her
Albert, he was wearing white Ive been reading Victorias diaries What would that be like for me? into what we want her to be.
cashmere britches and nothing online, and it seems like you drew But Victoria refused to be molded
on underneath! When I read that, very heavily from them. I thought, Victoria was so young when or manipulated by anyone.
I whooped out loud. I thought, for example, that youd made up she was crownedonly 18. She chose her own destiny.

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Books

NEW YEAR,
NEW VOICES
Novel An extraordinary number of great
rst novels hit in 2016and 2017

Inspiration is shaping up to be even better.


Dont miss these six smashing debuts.
BY ISABELLA BIEDENHARN

In Jeff Giles YA debut, The Edge of


Everythingwhich has earned praise from ALL OUR WRONG
Peter Jackson and Maze Runner author TODAYS
James Dashnera Montana teen named Elan Mastai
Zoe goes out into a blizzard to save her
little brother and stumbles onto X, a super- Following a time-travel
natural bounty hunter from hell. Giles, mishap, a man from
a former EW executive editor, talks about a utopian parallel uni-
the pop culture that influenced the first verse ends up in our
book in his darkly funny fantasy series. 2016. Poor guy. (Feb.)

THE HATE U GIVE


JOHNNY DEPP HARRISON FORD EMILY BLUNT IDRIS ELBA IN Angie Thomas
IN EDWARD IN WITNESS IN EDGE OF LUTHER
SCISSORHANDS Ford is playing an TOMORROW Elbas character This YA novelabout
Tim Burtons com- undercover cop in Blunt gives such on the BBC series a teen who watches as
edy is an allegory an Amish commu- an amazing, femi- is a flawed and her best friend is shot
for feeling like you nity, and one day, nist performance recklessly violent by copswas inspired
cant get close to when they head to here, and I knew detective chief by the Black Lives Mat-
anyone without town in a buggy, that I wanted X inspector, but ter movement. (Feb.)
hurting them. The an idiot harasses to have a surrogate he carries himself
hero in my novel, them. Ford seethes family in hell. His with real moral
who is called X, and wants to kick mother figure? authority. The AMERICAN WAR
collects evil souls ass. An elder says, A Blunt-inspired father figure Omar El Akkad
for the under- Its not our way. Brit named Ripper, I invented for X is
world, but hes an Ford doesnt care: who taught X how one of the books After the second Amer-
innocent, like But its my way. to collect souls. centuries-old ican Civil War erupts in
Edwardhe just Its an exhilarating Shes badass, only lords of hell. Hes 2074, a young girl liv-
had the misfortune sceneand it semi-sane, and nicknamed Regent ing in a refugee camp
of being born in made me think shes been wearing because hes so meets an ill-intentioned
hell. When he falls about when the same ball fierce and proud stranger. (April)
for Zoe, he fears (and if) violence gown since 1832. that he seems
hell endanger her. in a storyy can bee like royalty. Thank
Those scissors justified.
j you, Mr. Elba.
were definitelyy on
THE LEAVERS
Lisa Ko
my mind.
When his undocumented
mom vanishes, an
11-year-old is adopted
and Americanized
by two white college
professors. (May)

CHEMISTRY
Weike Wang

A graduate student
struggling with her
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research begins to
question whether she
really loves science
COLLECTION; BLUNT: DAVID JAMES; ELBA: ROBERT VIGL ASK Y/BBC

or her boyfriend. (May)

OUR LITTLE
RACKET
Angelica Baker

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The world of Lisa Frank to come alive


as a movie. If you experimented

BARRYMORE: SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX; ARRIVAL: JAN THIJS/PAR AMOUNT; MCKINNON: WILL HE ATH/NBCU PHOTO BANK /GET T Y IMAGES; CONWAY: PABLO MARTINE Z MONSIVAIS/AP; HAMM: PASSAGE PICTURES; GOME Z: JB L ACROIX/GC IMAGES; THE GOOD
This years Razzie Awards expand
in college, youve already seen it. Aww, crap. to six nominees per category,

LETO: WARNER BROS.; WILL & GR ACE: GEORGE L ANGE/NBCU/GET T Y IMAGES; SPLIT: JOHN BAER /UNIVERSAL; HILL ARY CLINTON: RON GALELL A/WIREIMAGE; LEWINSK Y: JACK GUE Z/AFP/GET T Y IMAGES; BILL CLINTON: K ARL GEHRING/GET T Y IMAGES;
Patrick presumably to accommodate all of
Stewarts Jared Letos Suicide Squad scenes.
joining The
HBO premieres Slenderman Emoji Movie.
documentary, the latest
rude way Hollywood
will make you feel bad
about your body.

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Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stew h cchoice
It was a tough
announce joint tour. between this and d the
Sources say she just wants other potential title, Nice try pretending
to have fun, but he doesnt Star Wars: Episode VIII that Splits biggest twist
want to talk about it. Finn & Poe Go to Ibiza. isnt that everyone likes
M. Night Shyamalan again. American Crime Story
reportedly eyes Lewinsky-
Clinton scandal for season 4.
In related news, Sarah
Paulson is already being
fitted for a pantsuit.

PL ACE: JUSTIN LUBIN/NBC; STEWART: LISA L AKE/GET T Y IMAGES; L AUPER: DANIEL BOCZARSKI/GET T Y IMAGES; SLENDERMAN: HBO
John Mayer drops chill new EP
A very
about what its like when you Graceful return If were
being honest,
break up with Katy Perry and she we thought Drew
starts dating Orlando Bloom. After The Good Places Barrymores comeback
mind-blowing twist, if NBC would involve only half
doesnt renew it for season 2 this much blood.
well be forking furious. Departure. :(

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MTV confirms
Jon Hamm to be first actor turned into
rebirth of
a 3-D hologram. FYI: If youre considering
My Super Sweet 16,
Googling Hamm-o-gram, dont.
death of art.

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about being frie
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fri ends
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with Tom Brady
is the subtle Kellyanne Conway does a better
Her top half says Diane Keaton, way hell sneak your impression of Kellyanne
but her bottom half says snacks into the Conway than Kate McKinnon.
Diane Keatons old mom jeans. movie theater. #AlternativeFacts

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