Oscar nominations: ‘Oppenheimer’ leads, ‘Barbie’ snubbed

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Hollywood doesn’t say ‘Hi, Barbie’ at Oscar nominations; ‘Oppenheimer’ towers

“Oppenheimer” looks like the film to beat.

Scoring 13 Oscar nominations, it has the strength in a number of categories to take it all.

Its biggest competition was expected to come from “Barbie.” Despite eight nods, the revisionist look at the Mattel doll didn’t get ones for Best Director (Greta Gerwig), Best Actress (Margot Robbie) or Best Score. It did, however, land a Supporting Actor bid for Ryan Gosling, a Supporting Actress bid for America Ferrera and a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach. It also has two entries in the Best Song category (“I’m Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For?”), which could guarantee at least one trophy with “Barbie” on it.

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‘What if?’ conversations intrigue Andrew Scott in ‘All of Us Strangers’

When writer/director Andrew Haigh was working on the screenplay for “All of Us Strangers,” he thought back on his own childhood, the people he had lost and the experiences he had had.

“While the film is not autobiographical, it’s certainly very, very personal to me,” he says. “People who know me can see myself on that screen like I’m there.”

Even more surreal: The film was shot in Haigh’s childhood home, one that brought its own memories.

Playing with reality: Charles Melton goes beyond the tabloids for ‘May December’

To land a role in “May December,” Charles Melton spent six hours doing a self-tape.

“I probably had seven days to do my self-tape and I just dove in immediately,” Melton says. “I was talking with my coach, watching films, talking to my therapist about human emotions….and I completely exhausted myself.”

The result was an understated performance that “felt like it wasn’t just the lines I was saying.”

Getting it right: How Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone researched ‘Killers’ roles

Leonardo DiCaprio says he felt a great deal of responsibility getting “Killers of the Flower Moon” right.

“This was a very dark chapter in American history,” he says of the Osage Nation murders depicted in the film. “We needed to tell the story correctly and that meant we had to listen.”

Before and during filming, DiCaprio, co-star Lily Gladstone and director Martin Scorsese sought the advice of the Osage community and pored over considerable research compiled by author David Grann.

“The Osage are still affected by this moment in history,” he says. “We just knew it was our job and our responsibility to listen and get their perspective. A lot of those meetings (resulted in) the movie that you see today.”

DVD REVIEW: ‘The Marvels’ has a distinct TV feel

When “The Marvels” turns up on DVD next month, it’ll feel right at home. The latest superhero film resembles a TV show.

The special effects are fairly simple, the plot is right out of an afterschool special and the acting is, well, cable-level at best.

To make matters worse, there isn’t much for a newcomer to embrace. If you don’t know the backstory on Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), her uber-fan Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) or astronaut Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), this isn’t going to help.

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