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Dee Rees on her debut film Pariah: ‘My favourite scene is the dildo scene, honestly!’
The film-maker’s first movie, about a Black lesbian teenager, has made it to the Criterion Collection, a catalogue of canonical films. She discusses her characters and the pleasure of this success

Ellen E Jones

16, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Mary J Blige: No more drama?
Following a bitter divorce, a career cul de sac and a botched Burger King ad, can a double nomination give the queen of hip-hop soul her mojo back?

Words by: Hattie Collins, Typography by: Steven Wilson and Design by: Frank Hulley-Jones

03, Mar, 2018 @10:00 AM

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Mary J or Miguel, Sufjan or Showman: who will win the Oscar for best song?
Can Diane Warren bag a best original song Oscar on her ninth attempt? Will Sufjan Stevens’ fingerpicking lose out to Miguel’s strumming? Here are your runners and riders for the big race

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Mar, 2018 @7:00 AM

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'Ever heard of a woman cameraman?': why female cinematographers get overlooked
Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison has just become the first woman ever nominated for an Oscar for cinematography. The recognition is long overdue

Pamela Hutchinson

25, Jan, 2018 @6:18 PM

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Oscar nominations 2018: a cautious, comfort-food list in Trumpian times
The Shape of Water leads a nominations list that offers up exotic fantasy and imagined past, but is missing something ferocious and polarising

Peter Bradshaw

23, Jan, 2018 @4:14 PM

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'Invisible no longer': women in film on the female directors the Oscars must celebrate
We asked women working in film to tell us the standout films with female directors deserving of Oscar recognition this year

Guardian readers, Matthew Holmes and Rachel Obordo

23, Jan, 2018 @11:16 AM

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Academy of excellence… The Observer’s alternative Oscars
Ahead of the official Academy nominations on Tuesday, Observer critics pick their own shortlists

Mark Kermode, Wendy Ide, Simran Hans and Guy Lodge

21, Jan, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The rising star to look out for at the Oscars? That’ll be Netflix…
The success of Mudbound and a string of fine documentaries must surely convince the Academy that the streaming giant deserves a little love

Guy Lodge

21, Jan, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists?
As talented directors such as Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees continue to miss out, overcoming the gender bias behind the camera must become a film-industry priority

Anna Smith

15, Jan, 2018 @1:57 PM

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Mary J Blige: 'I went through hell with sexual harassment'
On the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the R&B star told of a history of sexual harassment she faced as a child

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

08, Jan, 2018 @10:33 AM

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Three Billboards leads Screen Actors Guild nominations as The Post is snubbed
Dark comedy-drama picks up four nominations, but there’s no room for Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Paul Thomas-Anderson

Gwilym Mumford

13, Dec, 2017 @4:19 PM

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Sublime Shape of Water leads Golden Globes on merit, but all-male director list is dismaying | Peter Bradshaw
Prestige pictures lead the way, with The Post and Three Billboards also up there – but with no Dee Rees, Kathryn Bigelow or Greta Gerwig, the director nominations look dubious

Peter Bradshaw

11, Dec, 2017 @5:09 PM

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