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Nominations voting is from January 11-16, 2024, with official Oscar nominations announced January 23, 2024. Final voting is February 22-27, 2024. And finally, the 96th Oscars telecast will be broadcast on Sunday, March 10 and air live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT. We update predictions through awards season, so keep checking IndieWire for all our 2024 Oscar picks.

The State of the Race

As always, big-name directors with big-budget projects get a marketing and awareness lift on the road to the Oscars. But festivals offer a crucial leg up in the prestige department.

Sundance introduced the acclaimed “Past Lives” (A24) from rookie director Celine Song, a Korean-American playwright who spins an auto-fiction relationship triangle about a married professional (Greta Lee) meeting her childhood sweetheart (Teo Yoo). The film is a specialty smash and could follow A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” into Oscar contention.

It’s not unusual for a first-time director to get nominated or even to win: two stage-to-screen directors accomplished that feat with Delbert Mann (“Marty,” 1955) and Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” 1999). Winner James L. Brooks came from television with “Terms of Endearment” (1983), and movie stars Robert Redford (“Ordinary People,” 1980) and Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves” 1990) won directing Oscars their first time behind the camera.

This season, “A Star is Born” director-star Bradley Cooper has a chance to land his first directing nod for “Maestro” (Netflix), in which he directs himself as composer Leonard Bernstein. And Ben Affleck could score the directing nomination denied him on Best Picture-winner “Argo,” although “Air” (Amazon/Warner Bros.) was neither as popular or critically hailed — it grossed as much as it cost ($90 million) at the worldwide box office. Still, older male Academy members are a ripe target demo.

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Cannes launched several veteran directors into the race, including “The Departed” Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese with his gangster epic “Killers of the Flower Moon” (AppleTV+/Paramount), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, and Lily Gladstone; and Todd Haynes, with his bizarre truer-than-fiction “May December” (Netflix) starring Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman. Haynes has yet to land a directing Oscar nod. Emerging from Cannes as a box-office hit is Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” (Focus), the auteur’s most accessible (and American) entry since “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which earned nine nominations including Picture and Director and won four craft Oscars. Anderson wouldn’t mind another crack at a Directing Oscar.

Never-nominated British director Jonathan Glazer won the grand prize for German-language “Zone of Interest” (A24), a hard-hitting holocaust movie starring Sandra Huller, who also toplines French director Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winning courtroom thriller “Anatomy of a Fall” (Neon), which is about 50 percent in English. The increasingly international Academy voters could push these films into contention in multiple categories, as they did “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Parasite,” and “Drive My Car.”

Summer movies “Oppenheimer” (Universal), a biopic starring Cillian Murphy, and Mattel toy-inspired comedy “Barbie” (Warner Bros.) are eschewing festival launches in favor of intense marketing; directing nominees Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) have never won the Oscar for Best Directing.

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Coming up at the fall festivals is Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to “Dune: Part One” (Warner Bros.), starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. Sequels and sci-fi are often overlooked at Oscar time, especially when a third film is on the horizon, but while “Arrival” directing nominee Villeneuve was surprisingly overlooked for director, the first “Dune” entry garnered 10 nominations and six craft wins.

Another group of past-due Oscar nominees could be in contention for a directing win. After four directing nods, Ridley Scott has yet to take home a statuette; this year’s entry is bio-epic “Napoleon” (Apple Original Films/Sony Pictures) starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby. After three directing slots, Alexander Payne is back with Christmas movie “The Holdovers” (Focus), rejoining his “Sideways” star Paul Giamatti.

Thrice-nominated for director, David Fincher puts an assassin (Michael Fassbender) on the run in “The Killer” (Netflix). Michael Mann (“The Insider”) will also make a splash at the fall fests with Italian racing biopic “Ferrari” (Netflix), starring Adam Driver in the title role and Penélope Cruz as his wife. Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) cast “Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi as Elvis opposite Cailee Spaeny (“Mare of Easttown”) in biopic “Priscilla” (A24) and Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”) rejoins Emma Stone in surrealistic sci-fi romance “Poor Things” (Searchlight).

Also upcoming is a set of promising titles from auteurs never-nominated for director. Taika Waititi’s Michael Fassbender soccer comedy “Next Goal Wins” (Searchlight) premieres at audience-friendly TIFF. Emerald Fennell’s portrait of the moneyed aristocracy “Saltburn” (Focus) stars Rosamund Pike, Jacob Elordi, and Carey Mulligan. Jeff Nichols’ motorcycle odyssey “Bikeriders” (20th Century Studios) stars Tom Hardy and Austin Butler.

Mexico’s Michel Franco directs Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) and Peter Sarsgaard in New York-set “Memory,” which is seeking a buyer. Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” (Amazon/MGM) is a tennis world romantic triangle starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist. Reinaldo Marcus Green follows up “King Richard” with music biopic “Marley: One Love” (Paramount) starring British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir in the title role.

In his own category is Oscar-winner Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”), who directs caper comedy “Drive Away Dolls” (Focus) solo for the first time without brother Joel. Margaret Qualley and Beanie Feldstein play two women who run into a band of inept criminals on the run.

Potential nominees are listed in alphabetical order; no one will be deemed a frontrunner until we have seen the film.


Ben Affleck (“Air”)
Wes Anderson (“Asteroid City”)
Martin Scorsese (“Killers of the Flower Moon”)
Celine Song (“Past Lives”)
Justine Triet (“Anatomy of a Fall”)


Ethan Coen (“Drive Away Dolls”)
Bradley Cooper (“Maestro”)
Sofia Coppola (“Priscilla”)
Emerald Fennell (“Saltburn”)
David Fincher (“The Killer”)
Michel Franco (“Memory”)
Greta Gerwig (“Barbie”)
Jonathan Glazer (“Zone of Interest”)
Luca Guadagnino (“Challengers”)
Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Marley: One Love”)
Todd Haynes (“May December”)
Yorgos Lanthimos (“Poor Things”)
Michael Mann (“Ferrari”)
Jeff Nichols (“Bikeriders”)
Christopher Nolan (“Oppenheimer”)
Alexander Payne (“The Holdovers”)
Ridley Scott (“Napoleon”)
Denis Villeneuve (“Dune: Part Two”)
Taika Waititi (“Next Goal Wins”)


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Mo Gilligan to “step down and hand over the baton” as BRIT Awards host

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Mo Gilligan attends The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Mo Gilligan has announced he will be “stepping down” as a BRIT Awards host due to his first world tour.

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The comedian took to his official social media account to share that due to scheduling conflicts with his first-ever world tour, he will “hand over the baton” and give his usual hosting duties to someone else.

“I’ve had the most incredible time working on The BRITS but unfortunately as I’ll be in the US for my first world tour next spring. I’m sorry to say that I’ll be stepping down from hosting duties for 2024 and handing over the baton,” began his statement on his Instagram stories.

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He continued: “It’s been phenomenal to work on this iconic event. I’ve loved getting to know all the remarkable people who run The BRIT Trust and the outstanding BRIT school. The tireless work you do to improve lives through the power of music and the creative arts is sensational and I promise to continue supporting wherever I can.

“Thank you to ITV for making a young man’s dream come true and to all the brilliant performers, guests, production team and most importantly, the viewers at home for all your amazing support. It’s been an honor. See you on tour!”

Gillian also shared one of his tweets from 2011 in which he wrote: “In 2013 I need to host the #MOBO’s or #TheBritAwards *Fingers Crossed*”.

The comedian has served as the awards show presenter for the past two years. Speaking to The Sun, a BRITs spokesperson said: “The BRITs are incredibly proud of Mo hosting the awards for the last two years, he is an exceptional entertainer who is going from strength to strength in his career, and we thank him for delivering two brilliant shows for us.”

They continued: “The live awards show is always evolving, and we are excited to welcome someone new to the helm for 2024, with more details to be announced at a later date.”

Back in September, the date for the BRIT Awards 2024 was revealed. Next year’s ceremony is due to take place on March 2 at The O2 in London. It’ll mark the second consecutive year that the show has aired in a primetime Saturday night slot on ITV1 and ITVX.

Last week, the  BRIT Awards organisers announced that they will be tweaking their rules for the 2024 instalment, following a row over diversity.

According to a new report by BBC News, it has been announced that the organisers of the BRITS will now increase the number of shortlisted artists for the Best Artist award. This sees an expansion from five to 10 nominees for the 2024 edition, in the hopes of creating a more balanced field.

The expanded shortlist will also apply to the Best International Artist category as of next year. As well as broadening the number of nominees, the organisers have also confirmed that they will be introducing a new award category, dedicated solely to the R&B genre.

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Here’s The Full List Of 2023 Soul Train Awards Winners

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The year is coming to an end, but there are still so many flowers still to be given out to the year’s biggest musical acts. Last week, the Billboard Music Awards celebrated the chart metric. Today (November 26), the 2023 Soul Train Awards, presented by BET, honored R&B acts moving the genre forward.

Keke Palmer did the honors of hosting the event. While acts like Muni Long, Coco Jones, and BJ The Chicago Kid appeared to perform for the attendees. However, the evening is all about walking away with a trophy.

Both Janelle Monáe and T-Pain were bestowed special honors during the ceremony. Janelle Monáe was granted the Spirit Of Soul Award. “[Janelle Monáe] have shown us the true meaning of freedom of expression through all facets of entertainment,” said organizers in a statement.

T-Pain was given the Legend Award for his impact on R&B, Soul, and hip-hop’s forever-intervened mix.

Continue below for the complete winner list for the 2023 Soul Train Awards.

Album Of The Year

Janelle Monáe — The Age of Pleasure
Ari Lennox — Age/Sex/Location
Summer Walker — Clear 2: Soft Life EP
Babyface — Girls Night Out (Extended)
Burna Boy — I Told Them…
Victoria Monét — Jaguar II
Coco Jones — What I Didn’t Tell You (Deluxe)

Song Of The Year

October London – “Back to Your Place”
Toosii – “Favorite Song”
Usher Feat. Summer Walker & 21 Savage – “Good Good”
Coco Jones – “ICU”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Janelle Monáe – “Lipstick Lover”
Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”
SZA – “Snooze”

Video Of The Year

October London – “Back to Your Place”
PinkPantheress & Ice Spice – “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”
Usher – “Boyfriend”
Usher Feat. Summer Walker & 21 Savage – “Good Good”
Coco Jones – “ICU”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Janelle Monáe – “Lipstick Lover”
Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”
Lizzo – “Special”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Ari Lennox
Coco Jones
Janelle Monáe
Summer Walker
Victoria Monét

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Brent Faiyaz
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
Eric Bellinger
October London

Best Group

Jagged Edge
Kool & The Gang
Maverick City Music
Phony Ppl
Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers
Tank and The Bangas

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé Feat. Kendrick Lamar – “America Has a Problem” (Remix),
PinkPantheress & Ice Spice – “Boy’s a Liar, Pt. 2”
Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, Diddy Feat. 21 Savage – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
Flo feat. Missy Elliott – “Fly Girl”
Usher Feat. Summer Walker & 21 Savage – “Good Good”
Burna Boy Feat. 21 Savage – “Sittin’ on Top of the World”
Lizzo Feat. SZA – “Special”
Summer Walker Feat. J. Cole – “To Summer, From Cole (Audio Hug)”

Best New Artist

Ayra Starr
Coco Jones

Certified Soul Award

Anthony Hamilton
Eric Bellinger
PJ Morton
Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers

The Ashford And Simpson Songwriter’s Award

October London – “Back to Your Place”
Toosii – “Favorite Song”
Usher Feat. Summer Walker & 21 Savage – “Good Good”
Coco Jones – “ICU”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”
Burna Boy Feat. 21 Savage – “Sittin’ on Top of the World”
SZA – “Snooze”

Best Dance Performance

Ciara Feat. Summer Walker – “Better Thangs”
Usher – “Boyfriend”
Usher Feat. Summer Walker, 21 Savage – “Good Good”
Ciara & Chris Brown – “How We Roll”
Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”
SZA – “Snooze”
Chris Brown – “Summer Too Hot”
Chris Brown – “Under the Influence”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Shirley Caesar – “All Of The Glory”
Kirk Franklin – “All Things”
Fridayy Feat. Maverick City Music & My Mom – “Came Too Far”
Koryn Hawthorne – “Cry”
Erica Campbell – “Feel Alright (Blessed)”
Maverick City Music featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine – “God Problems”
H.E.R. – “The Journey”
Kirk Franklin – “Try Love”

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.


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JY Park goes viral for polarising 44th Blue Dragon Film Awards performance

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South Korean singer and businessman JY Park, best known as the founder and namesake of JYP Entertainment, has gone viral for a recent live performance at the 44th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

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JY Park recently made an appearance at the 44th Blue Dragon Film Awards, where he performed a medley of original songs (‘When We Disco’ and ‘Changed Man’) and popular hits (Eurythmics classic ‘Sweet Dreams’ and a-ha’s ‘Take On Me’).

The singer’s elaborate performance, including a costume change from a dramatic white coat dress to a purple bodysuit, elicited a range of reactions from the audience, which consisted of popular actors and K-pop idols alike.

A number of these reactions have since gone viral, including Concrete Utopia actress Kim Sun-young’s shocked face, Reborn Rich star Song Joong-ki’s apparent look of concern, and EXO‘s D.O. and Krystal Jung‘s looks of confusion.

The audience’s reactions to JY Park’s performance at the 44th Blue Dragon Film Awards have also since been compared those for NewJeans, who had taken to the stage to sing their hit singles ‘ETA’ and ‘Super Shy’ earlier in the night.

During NewJeans’ performance, the audience at the 44th Blue Dragon Film Awards can be seen smiling and clapping along to the girl group. Some also pointed out how singer-actress BIBI looked like she was about to cry watching the quintet perform.


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In other K-pop news, KISS OF LIFE member Belle recently covered Ariana Grande‘s 2013 ballad with Nathan Sykes, ‘Almost Is Never Enough’. Meanwhile, BABYMONSTER have made their long-anticipated debut with ‘Batter Up’.

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