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A Star Is Born has everyone sobbing and singing in the shower; Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's flick about an aged rock star who plucks a young musician from oblivion and elevates her platform, while falling in love at the same time.

The movie is currently on the awards run, vying to win the Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars, as well as Best Original Song and Best Actor/Actress nominations for the protagonists.

The reboot film is inspiring in it's treatment of male depression, fame, talent and romance; it's even inspired this outrageously amazing lip art.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We think this artwork alone deserves numerous accolades, I mean WOW.

It was created by Ryan Kelly, a make-up artist with some serious talents. She just gave beauty enthusiasts a reason to rewatch the film over-and-over again. 

Kelly has blown us away with her intricate designs, she's also behind some of the best Bird Box lip art and Golden Girls lip art features we've ever seen.

We can practically HEAR Shallow play while we gaze at those painted lips. It's unbelievably life-like.

Why can't we be this talented? BRB, going to painstakingly hone our artistry skills and then cry when we can't recreate Ryan's artwork.

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Lady Gaga has spoken only the kindest words about Bradley Cooper, her talented Oscar nominated co-star and Oscar-snubbed director of A Star Is Born.

The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and while both actors earned nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress, Cooper was snubbed for Best Director. (More like ROBBED)

Bradley has been an unofficial favourite for multiple honours during awards season, but didn't receive the nod this time around, despite the film earning eight nominations overall.

The film was a remake of the classic movie about an ageing rock star and Jackson Maine, who falls in love with aspiring musician and muse, Ally. It was Cooper's first major project as a director, and he did a stunning job.

Lady Gaga told the Los Angeles Times after hearing of his Oscar snub that "at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast."

The singer has repeatedly told of how welcoming he was on set, and how he magically made the private, safe atmosphere perfect for the performer to shed her mask and dive into the difficult role of Ally.

Gaga is the favourite to take the award for Best Original Song home for their duet, Shallow.

The 32-year-old spoke of the unpredictability of awards season, saying; "You never know what’s going to happen."

The Grammy-winner said that Cooper was pleased as the film, his directorial debut, was well-represented in terms of the Academy Awards, despite not receiving the coveted Best Director nod. 

"I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognised and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition,' the Perfect Illusion singer told the publication.

Gaga is experienced in awards ceremonies herself, winning six Grammys out of 24 nominations, as well as a Golden Globe.  "There's really no award that is more esteemed than the Oscar in acting, and for music, it is also extremely special," she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Since I was a little girl, I always admired all of the artists that put in so much hard work and passion into filmmaking. Watching the award shows, I used to cry with them."

'It was always like I felt like I was them, even though I wasn't there. It was always a big deal with my family," she stated. 

The singer, who is already achieving massive success with her Las Vegas residency Enigma, told The New York Times she overslept, and didn't hear the Oscar nominations being read that morning.

"I just burst into tears," Gaga told the Times. Congrats to Gaga and Bradley on their well-deserved nominations.

As for the Best Director gong, well… now he knows how every female director feels, every single year *sprinkles salt*

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Netflix has finally introduced a category exclusively for female directors, and we could not be happier.

One glance over the brand new grouping has made it abundantly clear that movies and TV shows created by women are complex and truly special.

From the post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box directed by Susanne Bier, rom-com Dumplin’ directed by Anne Fletcher, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before from Susan Johnson, to comedy specials like Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and Relatable from Ellen Degeneres; it's obvious that compelling works by women are insanely binge-worthy.

Netflix’s recognition of the importance of the work from female filmmakers couldn’t come at a more crucial time.

The Oscars will announce their nominations for 2019 next week, and the abysmal shutout of female directors is likely to continue.

Only FIVE women have ever been nominated in the Best Director category, and Kathryn Bigelow remains the only winner.

Despite the success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, action remains the genre most closed off to women, with just 13% female directors. 

Women made up just 4% of directors and 3% of cinematographers in 2018's top 100 highest-grossing film.

Rachel Morrison was the cinematographer for Black Panther, but it's all the way down at number 34 where you can find A Wrinkle in Time helmed by Ava DuVernay.

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Chris Rock has claimed that the current state of comedy has made it next to impossible to say anything "offensive and funny" anymore due to backlash.

While on presenting duties the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, he was presenting Bo Burnham with the Best First Film prize and joked;

"If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can’t do that anymore, so… hey!“

Hart controversially rejected the chance to apologise, after the Academy said they would be open to his return after doing so.

He then appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' day-time TV show, where she called for him to reconsider hosting the gig, but the job remains unfilled.

The LGBT+ are asking Hart to learn from the situation and act as an ally, rather than turn away from the problem.

Sarah Silverman was then criticised by Nick Cannon for old tweets containing homophobic slurs which Cannon claims she never faced consequences for.

Cannon believed it was a race issue, where black male comedians were facing different playing fields than their white, or female, counterparts.

A number of LGBT+ comedians rushed to Silverman's defence, claiming she had changed her actions and gracefully apologised, unlike Hart.

Chris Rock hosted the Oscars himself in 2005 and 2016, but said: “Steve Martin should host the Oscars! Because I’m not doing it, goddammit! You’re not getting me.”

The last time the Academy led the ceremony without a host was in 1989, so who knows what could happen this year?

One thing's for sure, Chris Rock has no intention on taking up the gig.

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Dublin Feminist Film Festival is back, and better than ever.

The DFFF takes place from 20 until 22 of November at the Light House Cinema, and will prioritise shining a spotlight on women in film and promoting and celebrating female filmmakers.

The huge gem on Dublin’s cultural calendar hopes to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking, and after the turbulent year in cinema with the rise of #MeToo, the DFFF has more meaning than ever.

The festival is run entirely voluntarily, and all proceeds go to charity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This year, the theme is REFRAME/REFOCUS.

Instead of foregrounding particular topics, this year features films which are directed by women but also shot by female cinematographers.

The emphasis is to get women as involved as possible in ALL aspects of film, not just in front of the camera.

The dual-aspect of showcasing and celebrating fantastic female film-making parallels with the hope to demonstrate women as compelling and complex characters and subjects.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The weight placed on cinematography this year is down to a very important fact: Rachel Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography in 90 years of the Oscars.

Her work on Mudbound was breath-taking, and she worked hard for her nomination.

Historically speaking, cinematography has always been the hardest aspect of film for women to break into. One nomination simply isn’t enough.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Production roles have nearly always been male-dominated domains, but recently some of the most exciting and visceral films in global cinema have been created by women.

For the fifth DFFF, thinking of film from the point of view of a woman behind the camera asks questions about how women see the world.

TimesUp and #MeToo have asked hard questions which need answers, and women are stepping up all over the world to share our stories and experiences.

This includes screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing and acting.

If someone won’t share your story and represent your experience, go out there and do it yourself. You can do it best.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We’ve seen it this year with black female actresses taking control of their own projects to finally get the roles they have consistently been deprived of: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson to Lupita Nyong’o are currently producing and seeking out their own projects.

From documentaries to dramas, short forms to features or foreign films to intersectional feminism, there are facets of every side of cinema on show.

Their current aim is to expand the notion of who ‘makes’ a film and what ‘films by women’ actually means, while raising questions about the idea of the gaze.

Do films shot by women encompass a whole other gaze? There’s only one way to find out… see you gals there.

As part of the festival there will be a talk by an esteemed academic on female cinematography, and a roundtable discussion with two Dublin-based female cinematographers as well as screenings of female-made films only.

Ready yourselves for some serious empowerment, ladies (and gents).

The deets:

The DFFF: 21st & 22nd November 2018 – Light House Cinema Smithfield Dublin 7

Launch & Special Events 20th November – The Generator Hostel Smithfield Dublin 7

Feature image: Instagram/@rmorrison

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Ireland's film and television industry has received a major boost this weekend after it emerged that two Irish films have automatically qualified for Oscar nominations following wins at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Now in its 29th year, the Galway Film Fleadh is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards and after scooping prizes for Best Animation and Best Short Drama, An Island and Wave are one step closer to the coveted gold statue.

An Island, is an animated film about a solitary man who makes it his mission to conquer an isolated island, while Wave tells the story of a man who wakes from a coma with the ability to speak a fully-formed but unrecognisable language.

An Island 

Wave

When it come to short film and animations, Irish production companies have a strong track record at the Oscars.

There were nominations for The Secret of Kells in 2010 and Song of The Sea in 2015, as well as a win for Benjamin Cleary's short film, Stutterer in 2016.

Here's hoping the films get a chance to compete for the top prize.

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Jennifer Garner's black Versace gown at this year's Academy Awards was totally breathtaking – in more ways than one.

Speaking to Jimmy Fallon this week, the newly divorced star admitted that the strapless corseted dress was pretty horrific to wear.

"It's so intense," she said of the process of getting fitted into a custom-made gown.

"This was Versace, and they made it just for me. What they do is they move your organs around," she joked, before explaining what really went down.

"There are basically two men who come in with screwguns, and they screwed me into a metal corset – this isn't true, but it was a metal corset and it did take two Italian people. The next thing you know, my ribs were compressed.

"There's metal inside and these people just kind of move your ribs and they move your liver out of the side and they pop you in. To keep you in place, you step into a bodysuit first, which is like the bottom of a leotard, but it's a thong."

But it was during the Oscars ceremony itself that poor Jen really began to suffer, with pains in her ribs and muscle spasms – and had to rope one of her best friends in to help.

"I said, 'I'm going to have to stand up. I can't breathe. I'm going to have to stand up.'

"And she said, 'If you stand up, they'll think you're Kanye West. They're going to think you're protesting. You can't stand up! You have to sit down.' We're laughing, and that makes it worse."

After eventually making it to the bathroom during an ad break, Jennifer described the stress of actually trying to get out of the gown to do her thing on the loo.

"The connection of the bodysuit, because it had a hook and eye situation, was in an intimate position. I was like, in my vageen, OK?!

"I couldn't reach it, you know what I'm saying? So, I said to my friend, 'I don't know what's going to happen, but I think you've got to get this.' I couldn't reach it.

"She's a good friend. She said, 'If this has to be done, it has to be done, but listen: I want you to give it a good college try.'"

"Eventually it worked out, and I'm going to get those ribs removed anyway."

What an ordeal – she's some trooper!

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After accepting an Academy Award in front of the world's millions on Sunday night, it's understandable that Hungarian filmmarker Nemes Jeles László would want to keep his trophy close to hand.

It is, after all, a pretty distinctive piece of equipment, and certainly not something you'd want to lose on your way home from LA.

But even Oscar winners have to follow the rules when passing through airport security, as László proved with a brilliant snap on Facebook yesterday:

"Airport Security, no exceptions… on my way back to Hungary," the filmmaker – who won the Best Foreign Language Film for Son Of Saul – wrote.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about his win shortly after Sunday's awards, László said he was wary of the fact that all of the recognition could be a "poisoned" gift.

"But if we handle it with skill it won't crush us," he added.

Handle it with skill, for sure – and always remove it from your bag at airport security.

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It's rare that a Best Actor and Best Actress from the same Oscars year feature in a film together – so rare, in fact, that it hasn't happened since 1997's As Good As it Gets – but this year that's exactly what went down. 

Leonardo DiCaprio may have scooped the Academy Award for his role in The Revenant last Sunday night, but he also makes an appearance in one other very noteworthy film from this year's contenders, Lenny Abrahamson's Room.

Well, kinda.

US studio A24, who distributed the film Stateside, took to Twitter earlier this week to point out that Leo's face does indeed appear just a few feet away from Best Actress winner Brie Larson during one scene:

See what they did there? 

Unlike Leo's cameo, both Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson had moving, speaking roles in As Good As It Gets, before being awarded Best Actress and Best Actor respectively for their parts in the film.

If you ask us though, the role of Teen Heartthrob Poster should definitely have earned Leo some kind of award,

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For the first time ever, the Academy Awards are taking drastic steps to tackle the diversity issue that is plaguing the acclaimed awards ceremony. 

Cheryl Isaacs announced yesterday that historic alterations are to happen that will change how the awards are conducted from now on. 

"The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up," said a statement by Isaacs. 

"These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition."

So what exactly do these new measures entail? 

Members who have been enjoying lifetime voting rights will now be restricted and only those who have been active in the film industry in the last ten years will be entitled to vote. 

Three new seats will be appointed to the top tier of the Academy and these measures are hoped will see the number of women and diverse members double in the next four years. 

PHEW! 

Considering that a survey conducted in 2012 revealed that of the five thousand members of the Academy, over ninety per cent were Caucasian and over fifty per cent were over the age of sixty, we reckon these measures could make a significant difference. 

This year, the Oscars faced serious criticism from fans and the film industry alike who were quick to point out that the lack of diversity noticeable in the majority of this years nominees. 

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It's been an amazing day for Irish film after a slew of Oscar nominations for both Room and Brooklyn, and actress Saoirse Ronan says the whole experience has been a "dream."

The Carlow native scooped a Best Actress nomination today for her role as Eilis in Brooklyn, after missing out on a Golden Globe win last Sunday night.

"When we made Brooklyn, we had no idea of what was to come," the 21-year-old said in a statement this evening. 

"It is the most personal film I have ever done, the hardest one too. I am honoured to represent this film with my friends – John, Nick, Finola, Yves, Colm, Amanda.

"This has all been a dream. To see how the film has been embraced has been heartwarming.

"Thank you so very much to The Academy – you are a group of people I respect greatly and to be recognised by you means so much."

Despite not being able to pronounce her name, US audiences have definitely fallen for Saoirse's charm in recent months, with a host of appearances on US chat shows during the press circuit for Brooklyn.

Just last night she gave Stephen Colbert a crash course in Irish names, from Tadhg to Caoimhe:

Here's hoping there's no issues for Saoirse's name (it's pronounced like inertia, doncha know) at the Academy Awards next month.

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It's been a busy few days for Glen Hansard, for sure.

On Saturday he performed to a tiny crowd in Dingle as part of RTÉ's annual Other Voices event… but his music has reached an altogether more international stage today.

The Frames frontman has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for his solo work, earning a Best Folk Album nod for Didn't He Ramble.

Glen's album, his second as a solo artist, was released in September of this year. The Dublin-born singer spread his wings while putting together the album, choosing to record songs in New York, Chicago and France as well as his home country.

For many musicians, a GRAMMY might be considered the peak of their career, but of course we can't forget that Mr. Hansard already has an Oscar to his name. Back in 2008, Glen and Marketa Irglova won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards for Falling Slowly, featured in their film Once.

Other top contenders at this year's GRAMMYs include Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran.

See the full list of pop, rock, R&B and folk nominees here:

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Record of the Year
D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Really Love"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel my Face"

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Florence + The Machine, " Ship to Wreck"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

Best Dance Recording
Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston, 'We're All We Need"
The Chemical Brothers, "Go'
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me"
Galantis, "Runaway (U & I)"
Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Florence + The Machine,"What Kind Of Man"
Foo Fighters, "Something From Nothing"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
Wolf Alice, "Moaning Lisa Smile"

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

Best Rap Album
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou, Our Love
The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes
Disclosure, Caracal
Jamie XX, In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Best Rock Song
Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
James Bay, "Hold Back the River"
Highly Suspect, "Lydia"
Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"

Best Rock Album
James Bay, Chaos and the Calm
Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

Best R&B Performance
Tamar Braxton, "If I Don't Have You"
Andra Day, "Rise Up"
Hiatus Kaiyote, "Breathing Underwater"
Jeremih feat. J. Cole, "Planes"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Faith Evans, "He Is"
Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"
Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
Tyrese, "Shame"
Charlie Wilson, "My Favorite Part of You"

Best R&B Song
Miguel, "Coffee"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"
Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"
D'Angelo and The Vanguard, "Really Love"
Tyrese, "Shame"

Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole, "Apparently"
Drake, "Back to Back"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"
Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, "Classic Man"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls"
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"

Best Rap Song
Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Drake, "Energy"
Common & John Legend, "Glory"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

 

Best Folk Album
Norman Blake, Wood, Wire & Words
Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
Patty Griffin, Servant of Love
Glen Hansard, Didn't He Ramble

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Best Music Video
A$AP Rocky, "LSD"
The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Pharrell Williams, "Freedom"

Best Music Film
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy

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